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Top Democrat dismisses Beck’s ‘non-political’ rally as blatant politics

August 27, 2010

A Washington rally that will be hosted by Fox TV’s Glenn Beck and feature conservative power broker Sarah Palin drew the wrath on Friday of the chairman of the House Democratic campaign committee.

USA/Chris Van Hollen rejected organizers’ assurances that the “Restoring Honor Rally” — expected to draw thousands of members of the conservative Tea Party movement — would be “non-political.”

In fact, Van Hollen predicted the rally would be partisan and could turn off many voters.

The event, to be held on Saturday on the National Mall — between the U.S. Capitol and Lincoln Memorial — is billed as an opportunity to “celebrate America by honoring our heroes, our heritage, our future.”

But with Beck and Palin on stage before a crush of enthusiastic followers, the rally seems ripe for partisan bashing.

“Let’s call it what it is. It’s a blatant political effort,” Van Hollen told reporters at the National Press Club where he also said his party would prove many analysts wrong and retain control of the House in the Nov. 2 election.

“You’ve seen Glenn Beck and a lot of the talk show hosts on Fox News out there talking about this election for the last 15 months,” Van Hollen said.

“Since the day President Obama was elected president, we’ve had a constant a tirade against the president, against the Democratic efforts to get the economy turned around.”USA/NRA

Van Hollen said such talk can backfire.

“Americans are going to be turned off by the sort of just outrageous rhetoric on the right — conspiracy theories, rants,” Van Hollen said.

“There’s certainly an element of the electorate that is charged up by that,” Van Hollen said. “But again, I think it’s a turnoff to the sensible center and the people who constitute the key independent voters in these swing districts” who will be crucial on Election Day.

Van Hollen brushed off as “premature” reports of the demise of House Democrats and the return to power of House Republicans, who he said are already popping champagne bottles in celebration.

“It is very clear that that Democrats will retain a majority in the House,” Van Hollen insisted.

He said Democrats are better financed and, compared to Republicans, have mainstream rather than far-right candidates.

Van Hollen also said Americans voters want to keep moving ahead and not return to Republican policies that he said put the nation in an economic hole.

While public opinion polls show Republicans heading toward big gains in the House, perhaps enough to take control, Van Hollen said it’s still early.

“Most of the activity in the campaign is going to happen in the next nine and one-half weeks,” he said.

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Photo credits: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque (Tea Party supporter stakes out a spot for Saturday’s “Restoring Honor” rally); Reuters/Chris Keane (Beck at an NRA meeting in Charlotte May 15)

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If you want to see just how dysfunctional Beck fans are, and just how dangerous Becks lies can be, go to this site > http://bit.ly/bs5DPm. It compares King and Beck’s achievements and has a poll on what you think Beck’s motives are. The link got posted on the Restoring Honor Facebook page and are they PO’d. They’re flooding the comments (and the poll) and some of the comments are UNBELIEVABLE. Here is an example of what a Beck backer believes based on what Beck tells them, taken verbatim “If they were progressive… they wouldn’t be Christian in any way shape or form. Dr. Alveda King IS a Christian just like her uncle. And in TODAY’S sense of being a christian you HAVE to be conservative.”

Posted by dh1953 | Report as abusive
 

Glen Beck screamed for years about Obama being a community organizer, now look at him!

Connecting the dots should be simpler for people, but it is not. We can only make claims and opinions based on the information that is given to us or that we find ourselves and sometimes the truth is so unsettling that people decide not to look down the rabbit whole too deep.

With Aussie owned News Corp having their Fox News and associated networks shouting with their huge amount of power the word liberal in disdain since the networks inception in the 90′s, what would you expect people to think about liberals?

Organize or hide? Fox News and the rest of the “media for sale” hope the latter.

Money does buy anything in the USA, including truth. Money even buys opinions in the WSJ and the NYT. Don’t ever forget it. Somebody with lots of money wants Americans to be ignorant so they make ignorant electoral choices. The media is a major culprit in the numbing of Americas intelligence.

With the truth comes the responsibility of trying to understand. Who wants a world of understanding?

We mustn’t burden ourselves with knowledge of our own complicity in the subverting of truth for profit. We take solace in our right to be ignorant and those that profit from deceit take solace in our desire to be so.

What’s wrong with being a community organizer? All political leaders are community organizers and so are all good pastors and churches, the Boy Scouts, the Girl Scouts and so forth. Most things that are good for the people of the United States of America are the result of hard work done by people who care about people; Community Organizers.

Republicans and their propaganda machines create deceitful and ignorant people. Can you name me something that a Republican conservative ever did for anybody but the rich?

Republicans exploit the people who vote for them in order to give tax breaks to the richest among us, and do so by stoking anger at Liberals who, ironically enough, are usually the only types of leaders in government who have ever done good things for the majority of the people of the United States of America.

If you have Social Security, Medicare, the right to vote, the right to an education, a clean park or a lake near you. If you were given a disability check or a wheel chair ramp into the store you buy your food, if you like safe bridges, clean drinking water, clean air and a nontoxic environment, if you feel safe when you fly, or eat out, or give your child a toy, then it’s time you give Liberals the credit they deserve.

Just because Fox News, Rush, and Roger Ailes says the word Liberal in disdain a thousand times a day doesn’t mean Liberals are bad leaders, it means that the rich people of our country are tired of Liberals granting protections to the people of the United States of America because it hurts their profits.

Quit being stupid and give credit where credit is due; Vote for a Liberal.

Posted by ApostasyUSA | Report as abusive
 

Why call if Fox “News” when it’s quite clearly a propaganda tool of the right? Call it what it is; don’t dignify it by calling it a “news” channel.

Posted by borisjimbo | Report as abusive
 

Why call if Fox “News” when it’s quite clearly a propaganda tool of the right? Call it what it is; don’t dignify it by calling it a “news” channel.

Posted by borisjimbo | Report as abusive
 

I guess I’d like to know just what has happened that requires somebody’s (not specified) honor to be restored? If he’s saying the honor of our service members must be restored because they’ve been misused in the 21st century GOP wars, I’d agree with him, but why didn’t he bring this up in say 2008? Why now? Just who is he trying to backhandedly smear? Can’t he be honest about it and just come out and say he’s impeaching Obama’s character?

Posted by borisjimbo | Report as abusive
 

Yes this is all politics and PLEASE argue that honor does not need to be restored in Wahington. Socialism does not egualy provide for all citizens and removes oportunities and that capitalism provides.

Posted by 10_Tomas | Report as abusive
 

FOX news is a news organization, it has conservative republicans who work there. The other networks have liberal democrats who work in them. Why should Fox news hide its political leaning and the other networks not?

Posted by mcstokes | Report as abusive
 

The only socialism in America today is corporate socialism, where money is taken from the producers doing the work and given to irresponsible CEOs and traders at Goldman Sachs so they can keep their gated mansions and Ferraris.

Posted by Yellow105 | Report as abusive
 

Every time the Democrats are in power, the Republicans try to brand every thing they do as “Socialism.” Any one that buys that obviously does not even understand the term.

We have a Free Enterprise System in American and always have had. No Democrat has ever tried to destroy that or any other “right.” I have seen a number of Presidents come and go in my years, and this country has never moved towards “Socialism.” Occasionally there have been attempts to reign in greed and corruption – - but such still exists in both parties.

I believe that the Republicans trot out such boogy man terms as “gun control” and “socialism” every time the public sees that they have no real platform to run on. Keep the public in fear about perceived lost rights and you can devide the voters – - keeping a large number at home so that their core voters can turn the elections in their way.

I would love to see a world where scare tactics were tossed out and politicians actually ran on real – not imagined or manufactured issues.

Posted by Robert76 | Report as abusive
 

So much has been said about the threat of ‘socialism’ to our free enterprise system. I submit that there has been too little discussion about the fact that our free enterprise system has been crippled by a lack of real competition. Remember, please, that competition is the cornerstone of free enterprise. Does anyone really believe that there is competition between today’s major energy producers, big media outlets, financial institutions, or for that matter, cell phone companies? They all offer the same services, with no one company willing to step outside the mold with different options. All banks have been imposing mandatory overdraft’ protection’ that lands you a $35 fee even if your overdraft is for 5 cents. Aren’t credit cards guilty of undetectable collusion with their similar contracts and policies? Competition is nonexistent, therefor, there is only the fallacy of a free enterprise system. The socialism that is so feared among the ignorant is nothing more than the American people trying to rescue free enterprise from those who have corrupted it for sake of their personal wealth. Until real competition exists, there IS NO FREE ENTERPRISE SYSTEM!!!

Posted by pblunk | Report as abusive
 

How mind numbing to consider just how credulous those that continue to support and constitute the Christian conservative party are. These people are truly delusional and have become quite a dangerous group. Have they started us on the path towards another civil war?

Posted by RichardDawkins | Report as abusive
 

“Have they started us on the path towards another civil war?”

Hopefully any Civil War will be internal to the conservatives. Hard to imagine Mormons (like Beck), Catholics, Baptists, and whatall cooperating for long without a common enemy to distract them from their critical and unresolvable points of disagreement with one another.

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