Why Did Over 1,000,000 Americans Attend Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor Rally At The Lincoln Memorial On Saturday, August 28, 2010?

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“…We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. …”

~United States Declaration of Independence

August 28, 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Washington D.C.


Forty-seven years ago on Wednesday, August 28, 1963 there was the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The march was a political rally organized by civil rights, religious and labor organizations with over 300,000 Americans, mostly black, attending. It was the largest peaceful demonstration and march for human rights in the history of the United States. With millions of Americans watching on television and at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his historic and inspiring speech, “I have a Dream”.

Martin Luther King “I have a dream”

On Saturday, August 28, 2010, there was another march on Washington D.C. to Restore Honor and support the men and women in uniform, the professional soldier.  It was the largest peaceful rally of Americans to celebrate America’s heritage and heroes in the country’s history. The event was not a political rally or a “tea party” but an event organized by Glenn Beck and co-sponsored by the Special Operations Warrior Fund. Donations and profits from the event will go to the Special Operations Warrior Fund that provides college scholarships for the sons and daughters of those special operations warriors that died on active duty.

Beck is a libertarian radio and television show host. He has been highly critical of both Republicans when George W. Bush was President and Democrats under the Barack H. Obama Presidency on his radio and television shows. Beck indicated that when the Restoring Honor Rally was originally scheduled he was not aware August 28 was the forty-seventh anniversary of the Martin Luther King, Jr.’s  speech, but when he became aware of this fact he thought it was “divine providence.”

While the number of people attending the August 28, 2010 event is still being debated, the estimates range from a low of 500,000 to over 1,000,000. What is important is not how many Americans attended, but why did so many people spend their money and time to travel tens, hundreds, and even thousands of miles from all across the country to show their support for Glenn Beck and his Restoring Honor Rally on a hot and humid August Saturday in Washington, D.C.?

Glenn Beck Talks About Crowd Numbers, Media Reaction To Rally

Jobs and freedom are why hundreds of thousands of Americans showed up in 1963 and 2010.The majority of Americans believe their country has been going in the wrong direction for many years under both Republican and Democratic Administrations. More and more Americans are coming to the conclusion that professional politicians and government bureaucrats of both the Democratic and Republican parties are neither listening nor caring about the concerns of the American people.

The Federal government is not addressing their concerns; instead giant government interventionism is the problem. The primary concern today is the need for more jobs for the nearly thirty million Americans seeking full-time employment. For this to happen the Federal government needs to cut Federal Government spending, the national debt and taxes. Until this happens and the confidence of business owners and consumers is restored, small and medium size businesses are simply not in a position to expand their businesses and create more jobs and prosperity. Both jobs and wealth are created in the private sector. The Federal government mainly redistributes wealth through taxes.

While jobs and freedom may be the reason many Americans attended the Restoring Honor Rally, the event was not a political event or “tea party”. According to Beck he originally was going to summarize in a speech his new book, The Plan, about what he thought needed to be done based upon conversations with many experts and leaders across the country. However, he changed the focus of the rally to the virtues of faith, hope and charity and honoring the people throughout American history and today who best exemplified these virtues. Beck on his Friday television shows has provided the American people with insights into American history and the Founding Fathers and Mothers of America who practiced the virtues of faith, hope and charity.

Faith, hope and charity are the theological virtues that form the foundation of Christian activity. The rally included 240 clergy from several religious faiths from the ecumenical ministerial group, the Black Robe Regiment, who linked arms on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. The previous evening at the 2,454-seat Concert Hall in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Glenn Beck together with David Barton co-hosted a private meeting for clergy including the Black Robe Regiment and invited guests.

Badges of merit were presented at the rally to three outstanding Americans of character including Charles Lewis “C. L.” Jackson, a pastor involved in community outreach, for faith, Albert Pujols, evangelizing immigrant-athlete for hope, and Jon M. Huntsman, philanthropist and author, Winners Never Cheat for charity.

Badges of Merit Purple Hearts were presented at the rally by Sarah Palin, a Mom of combat veteran, to three courageous veterans, Marcus Luttrell (Navy SEAL, Afghanistan), Eddie Wright (Marine Sergeant, Iraq), and Tom Kirk (Air Force squadron commander, Vietnam).

Former Governor Sarah Palin said “…we must not fundamentally transform America as some would want, we must restore America and restore  her honor.”

Badges of Merit
To armed services veterans Presented by
Badge of Merit
purple heart
Marcus Luttrell
Navy SEAL, Afghanistan
Sole survivor, Taliban ambush.
Founder, Lone Survivor Foundation
Sarah Palin
James “Eddie” Wright
Marine Sergeant, Iraq
Lost hands but lead men to safety.
Co-founder, Operation Grateful Nation
Thomas Henry “Tom” Kirk, Jr.
Air Force squadron commander, Vietnam
5½-years captivity in Hanoi;
for 2 of them, John McCain’s cellmate
Civilian Presented by
For faith Charles Lewis “C. L.” Jackson
Pastor involved in community outreach
Serving since 1960s at Houston’s
Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church
Negiel Bigpond
For hope Albert Pujols
Evangelizing immigrant-athlete
Founder, Pujols Family Foundation, doing
Dominican Republic charitable work
Tony La Russa
For charity Jon M. Huntsman
Philanthropist-author, Winners Never Cheat
Proxy acceptor: Emma Houston
(treated, Huntsman Cancer Institute)
Raul A. Gonzalez


A video tribute to Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. was narrated by Glenn Beck and shown on the huge screens throughout the rally site and along the mall.

Restoring Honor Rally- Glenn Beck Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.

Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. was remembered by all three principle speakers, Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, and Dr. Alveda King in their presentations. Sarah Palin told the American people, “You have the same steel spine and moral courage as Washington and Lincoln and Martin Luther King”.

Sarah Palin speech at Glenn Beck 8/28 Restoring Honor Rally Lincoln Memorial Part 1 one

Sarah Palin speech at Glenn Beck 8/28 Restoring Honor Rally Lincoln Memorial Part 2

Sarah Palin speech at Glenn Beck 8/28 Restoring Honor Rally Lincoln Memorial Part 3

Sarah Palin speech at Glenn Beck 8/28 Restoring Honor Rally Lincoln Memorial Part 4

Sarah Palin speech at Glenn Beck 8/28 Restoring Honor Rally Lincoln Memorial Part 4 Final

Dr. Alveda King, the niece of Reverend Martin Luther King recalled her Uncle’s speech:

“Forty-seven years ago today Uncle Martin compared our nation’s promise of equal protection to a check marked insufficient funds. Today in more than one sense America is nearly bankrupt. Our material gains seem to be going the way of our moral losses. We are still suffering from the great evil divide of racism. Our children are suffering in failing schools systems. Our sons and daughter are being incarcerated at astronomical rates. Sickness, disease, and poverty of the spirit, soul and body are plaguing our community. …”

Dr. Alveda King speech at Glenn Beck 8 28 Restoring Honor Rally at Lincoln Memorial

Beck said “my challenge to you today is to make a choice, does America go forward and the American experience expands or does the experiment fail with us?”

Beck concluded “this nation is at a crossroads.”

The majority of Americans understands this. They know they must make an important decision to take either the road to serfdom under an ever expanding welfare state and government intervention into their lives or the road to peace and prosperity through individual initiative and free enterprise.

In  August 1963 the unemployment rate was 5.4% while the August unemployment rate is 9.5% . Both numbers actually understate the unemployment situation. In both years the black, Hispanic and youth unemployment rates were much higher. The American people marching then and now are still asking the same question, where are the jobs? Giant government intervention both domestically and abroad is not the reason why this country was founded.

Repeating the mistakes of the past, again and again, and getting similar results is insanity. Social Security, Medicare and Prescription Drugs (Medicare Part D) are now running deficits that will only get larger and larger as the baby boom generation retires over the next twenty years. The multi-generational Ponzi scheme of Social Security and Medicare has been exposed for the fraud it really is. What did both the Democratic and Republican parties do with all those surpluses over the decades? Both political parties spent it. The bills and debts continue to pile up and are coming due.

U.S. National Debt Clock


The National Debt is over $13,000,000,000,000 or 13 trillion dollars and is rising rapidly. The unfunded liabilities for Social Security, Medicare, and  Prescription Drugs (Medicare Part D) exceeds an estimated $110,000,000,000,000 or 110 trillion dollars and it also rising rapidly.

We the people and the United States of America are indeed at a crossroads. If Americans choose the easy road of serfdom and dependency on a giant welfare state, we are indeed on the eve of destruction. If Americans choose the road less traveled that of individual responsibility and freedom, honor indeed will be restored to America and with it peace and prosperity. We the people need to remember the words of Abraham Lincoln that are written on his temple wall:

“Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation: conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war. . .testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated. . . can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war.

We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate. . .we cannot consecrate. . . we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.

It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us. . .that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion. . . that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain. . . that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom. . . and that government of the people. . .by the people. . .for the people. . . shall not perish from the earth.”

Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, given November 19, 1863 on the battlefield near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, United States of America

The time has come to resolve that “these dead have shall not have died in vain.”

The time has come to restore honor to America by living and practicing the virtues of faith, hope and charity.

The time has come to put faith, family and freedom first.

Both the August 28, 1963 March for Jobs and Freedom and August 28, 2010 Restore Honor Rally were in part inspired by Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. Reverend Martin Luther King was inspired by the non-violent resistance philosophy of Gandhi. Glenn Beck’s message to first change yourself through faith, hope and charity reminds one of Gandhi’s words, “You must be the change you want to see in the world.”

The Founding Fathers in the United States Declaration of Independence knew and lived the true meaning of sacred Honor:

“… And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”

~United States Declaration of Independence

August 28, 12010 Restoring Honor Rally, Washington D.C.

Background Articles and Videos

Glenn Beck-08/30/10-A

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Glenn Beck-08/30/10-C

Glenn Beck on Bill O’Reilly (8/30/10)

Alex Jones on Glenn Beck Rally Restoring Honor

March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

“…By 1963, the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation, most of the goals of these earlier protests still had not been realized. High levels of black unemployment, work that offered most African Americans only minimal wages and poor job mobility, systematic disenfranchisement of many African Americans, and the persistence of racial segregation in the South prompted discussions about a large scale march for political and economic justice as early as 1962. On behalf of the Negro American Labor Council (NALC), the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), Randolph wrote a letter on 24 May 1962 to Secretary Stewart Udall of the Department of the Interior regarding permits for a march culminating at the Lincoln Memorial that fall. Plans for the march were stalled when Udall encouraged the groups to consider the Sylvan Theater at the Washington Monument due to the complications of rerouting traffic and the volume of tourists at the Lincoln Memorial.

In March 1963 Randolph telegraphed King that the NALC had begun planning a June march ‘‘for Negro job rights,’’ and asked for King’s immediate response (Randolph, 26 March 1963). In May, at the height of the Birmingham Campaign, King joined Randolph, James Farmer of CORE, and Charles McDew of SNCC in calling for such an action later that year, declaring, ‘‘Let the black laboring masses speak!’’ (King et al., 7 May 1963) After notifying President Kennedy of their intent, the leaders of the major civil rights organizations set the march date for 28 August. The stated goals of the protest included ‘‘a comprehensive civil rights bill’’ that would do away with segregated public accommodations; ‘‘protection of the right to vote’’; mechanisms for seeking redress of violations of constitutional rights; ‘‘desegregation of all public schools in 1963’’; a massive federal works program ‘‘to train and place unemployed workers’’; and ‘‘a Federal Fair Employment Practices Act barring discrimination in all employment’’ (‘‘Goals of Rights March’’).

As the summer passed, the list of organizations participating in and sponsoring the event expanded to include the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the National Urban League, the National Catholic Conference for Interracial Justice, the National Council of the Churches of Christ in America, the United Auto Workers (UAW), and many others.

The March on Washington was not universally embraced. It was condemned by the Nation of Islam and Malcolm X who referred to it as ‘‘the Farce on Washington,’’ although he attended nonetheless (Malcolm X, 278). The executive board of the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) declined to support the march, adopting a position of neutrality. Nevertheless, many constituent unions attended in substantial numbers.

The diversity of those in attendance was reflected in the event’s speakers and performers. They included singers Marian Anderson, Odetta, Joan Baez, and Bob Dylan; Little Rock civil rights veteran Daisy Lee Bates; actors Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee; American Jewish Congress president Rabbi Joachim Prinz; Randolph; UAW president Walter Reuther; march organizer Bayard Rustin; NAACP president Roy Wilkins; National Urban League president Whitney Young and SNCC leader John Lewis.

A draft of John Lewis’ prepared speech, circulated before the march, was denounced by Reuther, Burke Marshall, and Patrick O’Boyle, the Catholic Archbishop of Washington, D.C., for its militant tone. In the speech’s original version Lewis charged that the Kennedy administration’s proposed Civil Rights Act was ‘‘too little and too late,’’ and threatened not only to march in Washington but to ‘‘march through the South, through the heart of Dixie, the way Sherman did. We will pursue our own ‘scorched earth’ policy’’ (Lewis, 221; 224). In a caucus that included King, Randolph, and SNCC’s James Forman, Lewis agreed to eliminate those and other phrases, but believed that in its final form his address ‘‘was still a strong speech, very strong’’ (Lewis, 227).

The day’s high point came when King took the podium toward the end of the event, and moved the Lincoln Memorial audience and live television viewers with what has come to be known as his ‘‘I Have a Dream’’ speech. King commented that ‘‘as television beamed the image of this extraordinary gathering across the border oceans, everyone who believed in man’s capacity to better himself had a moment of inspiration and confidence in the future of the human race,’’ and characterized the march as an ‘‘appropriate climax’’ to the summer’s events (King, ‘‘I Have a Dream,’’ 125; 122).


The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

“…The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom (or “The Great March on Washington, as styled in a sound recording released after the event)[1][2] was a large political rally in support of civil and economic rights for African-Americans that took place in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, August 28, 1963. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech advocating racial harmony at the Lincoln Memorial during the march.[3]

The march was organized by a group of civil rights, labor, and religious organizations,[4] under the theme “jobs, and freedom.”[3] Estimates of the number of participants varied from 200,000 (police) to over 300,000 (leaders of the march). Observers estimated that 75–80% of the marchers were black and the rest were white and other minorities.

The march is widely credited with helping to pass the Civil Rights Act (1964) and the National Voting Rights Act (1965). …”


Eve of Destruction

“…”Eve of Destruction” is a protest song written by P. F. Sloan in 1965. Several artists have recorded it, but the best-known recording was by Barry McGuire. This recording was made between July 12 and July 15, 1965 and released by Dunhill Records. The accompanying musicians were top-tier LA session men: P.F. Sloan on guitar, Hal Blaine (of Phil Spector’s “Wrecking Crew”) on drums, and Larry Knechtel on bass. The vocal track was thrown on as a rough mix and was not intended to be the final version, but a copy of the recording “leaked” out to a DJ, who began playing it.[1] The song was an instant hit and as a result the more polished vocal track that was at first envisioned was never recorded. …”


Faith, Hope and Charity

By Glenn Beck

“…This is who we are:

Hope: What other country on the planet — better yet, what other country in the history of this planet — has inspired so many people to risk life and limb to get there just for the chance at a better life? There’s not even a guarantee. People don’t take their families on a raft, through shark-infested waters, because they are searching for a handout.

You’ve heard it a million times: They are coming for the hope of a better life. They know that in America all you need is a dream and anything’s possible. Last I checked no one is floating their way just at the chance to get into Cuba. Hope has always come from America.


How did it provide it?

Faith: Samuel Adams felt America was put together by divine providence — all of them did. They relied on it. God played an instrumental role; He was the one we had to have faith in. George Washington said: “It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor.”

Charity: When there is an earthquake or tsunami, when there is hunger and poverty, there is no other country in history that has been more charitable than America. Name the country more giving and more generous than America. France? Spain? Germany?

Faith, hope and charity: They are the essential teachings of Christ. …”


Political Rally or Religious Revival?

As the folk song Where Have All the Flowers Gone?  asks,  “When will they ever learn?”

Pete Seeger: Where Have All the Flowers Gone?

Eve of destruction was a popular protest song written by P.F. Stone in 1965 and sung by many artists, the most popular being that of the singer Barry McQuire:

Where Have all the Flowers Gone: Eve of Destruction

The lyrics of the song resonate even today.

The eastern world, it is exploding
Violence flarin’, bullets loadin’
You’re old enough to kill, but not for votin’
You don’t believe in war, but what’s that gun you’re totin’
And even the Jordan River has bodies floatin’

But you tell me
Over and over and over again, my friend
Ah, you don’t believe
We’re on the eve
of destruction.

Don’t you understand what I’m tryin’ to say
Can’t you feel the fears I’m feelin’ today?
If the button is pushed, there’s no runnin’ away
There’ll be no one to save, with the world in a grave
[Take a look around ya boy, it’s bound to scare ya boy]

And you tell me
Over and over and over again, my friend
Ah, you don’t believe
We’re on the eve
of destruction.

Yeah, my blood’s so mad feels like coagulatin’
I’m sitting here just contemplatin’
I can’t twist  the truth, it knows no regulation.
Handful of senators don’t pass legislation
And marches alone can’t bring integration
When human respect is disintegratin’
This whole crazy world is just too frustratin’

And you tell me
Over and over and over again, my friend
Ah, you don’t believe
We’re on the eve
of destruction.

Think of all the hate there is in Red China
Then take a look around to Selma, Alabama
You may leave here for 4 days in space
But when you return, it’s the same old place
The poundin’ of the drums, the pride and disgrace
You can bury your dead, but don’t leave a trace
Hate your next-door neighbor, but don’t forget to say grace
And… tell me over and over and over and over again, my friend
You don’t believe
We’re on the eve
Of destruction
Mm, no no, you don’t believe
We’re on the eve
of destruction.

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