Americans demand satirical response to Glenn Beck

    50214_150942998258775_5717_nSomeone on Reddit had a brilliant idea today for a D.C. rally in response to the one Glenn Beck held this last weekend. Here it is:

    I’ve had a vision and I can’t shake it: Colbert needs to hold a satirical rally in DC.

    I was woken in the middle of the night by this (along with the sound of my cat getting ready to pee on the rug).

    Think about it. It’ll be just like Colbert’s mockery of GW Bush at the 2006 White House Correspondent’s Dinner, but 500,000 people will be able to participate with him. We’ll all stay totally in character as teabaggers. The kid with the microphone that interviews all the idiots at these things can come by and we’ll ramble into his microphone.

    This would be the high water mark of American satire. Half a million people pretending to suspend all rational thought in unison. Perfect harmony. It’ll feel like San Francisco in the late 60s, only we won’t be able to get any acid.

    I know you’re out there somewhere, Stephen, watching LOLcat gifs alongside us. We need you. There’s no way to have a logical public discussion with the teabaggers. The best we can do is to mimic them. Show them a mirror and hopefully some will realize how ridiculous they actually are… Or maybe they won’t even realize that they’re being mocked, which could be even more awesome.

    And it’s not just me that likes the idea. There’s already a Facebook page with over 2,250 fans, a budding wiki presence and a logo (pictured to the right). And people are, at this very moment, furiously writing letters to the producer of the Colbert Report. As someone pointed out on the wiki, “If America needs anything it’s a 500,000 person mirror with Colbert holding it!” And I couldn’t agree more. I don’t know what I can do from here in Michigan to help, but, at the very least, I’m thinking that I can charter the first bus to D.C. and set out to fill it with fellow fauxbaggers.

    We’ve tried logic. It doesn’t work. Why not give satire a chance? What have we got to lose? If nothing else, it might give Democrats a little psychological boost going into the November elections. And, all that aside, it would just be great to show Beck what a 500,000 person rally really looks like.

    I wonder, though, if something like this could possibly come together in a few month’s time. I suspect it’s not an uncomplicated thing to reserve the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and the Mall.

    For those of you who don’t see a need to respond to Beck, I’d encourage you to watch the following interview footage, which was shot at his “Restoring Honor” event on Saturday.

    And Beck’s misinformation campaign isn’t showing any signs of slowing. Today, on his radio show, he announced the launch of a new news portal called The Blaze. The site, he said, in addition to providing him yet another venue from which to
    push dubious gold investments, would serve as a fair and balanced response to the lies being spread by the Huffington Post. (He didn’t really mention the gold ads, but the website is full of them.)

    While we’re on the subject of Beck, I’d also like to suggest you check out the article in today’s Washington Post on his transformation into a spiritual leader. Here’s a clip:

    A few weeks before organizing a massive rally on the Mall that had the feel of a religious revival, Glenn Beck sought the blessing of some of the country’s most prominent conservative Christian leaders.

    The Fox talk show host wanted their support as he shifted from political commentary to a more spiritual message, he told the group of about 20.

    This is where God is leading me, Beck declared, according to Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention, who was there, along with Focus on the Family founder James Dobson.

    Land said most in the group found Beck’s faith genuine and heartfelt, although not everyone agreed to embrace him publicly.

    “We walked back to the hotel after and said, ‘That was extraordinary,’ ” Land said of his conversation with Dobson after the dinner in Manhattan. “I’ve never heard a cultural figure of that popularity talking that overtly about his faith. He sounded like Billy Graham.”

    Two days after Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally drew a crowd that stretched from the Lincoln Memorial to the World War II Memorial, many Americans were still trying to figure out if the commentator had just seized the mantle of the religious right.

    Conservative Christian talk radio was crackling with debate about Beck’s Mormonism. Religious progressives were assailing his attacks on President Obama’s Christianity. Scholars of religion and politics were analyzing Beck’s evangelical-like talk of being saved from drug and alcohol addiction. Some pastor-bloggers were bemoaning what they consider the conflation of celebrity, politics and spirituality.

    “Politically, everyone is with it, but theologically, when he says the country should turn back to God, the question is: Which God?” said Tom Tradup, vice president for news and talk at Salem Radio Network,which serves more than 2,000 stations, most of them Christian. “How much of this is turning to God? How much is religious revival and how much is a snake oil medicine show?”…

    Hopefully Colbert can do it even better.

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      25 Comments

      1. Posted August 31, 2010 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

        Michael Keegan from People for the American Way also has a great piece today on Beck’s move to embrace religion. Here’s how it starts:

        What are we to make of Glenn Beck’s repeated assertions that his “Restoring Honor” weekend had “nothing to do with politics and everything to do with God?” They are simply additional evidence that Beck is a shrewd marketer with an increasingly messianic view of his political role. The Right-wing Obama-and-Pelosi-hating base is already energized; Beck’s soft-focus rally was a public relations effort to expand his reach to the middle. Join us, he’s saying, we’re the ones who love our country and what it stands for.

        Beck’s weekend events, and the Tea Party festivities that surrounded them, were really designed to advance the primary political project of far-right leaders in America: marrying anti-tax, anti-government economics with socially conservative religion, and wrapping the whole destructive package in a feel-good Christian-nation Americanism — and all of that in the service of putting Republicans back in power in 2010 and 2012.

        While Beck pretended that he was interested only in God and goodness, the weekend was a smorgasbord of right-wing delights. Americans for Prosperity rallied supporters to sign up for its “November is Coming” campaign, which is targeting 40-50 “big-spending” members of the House of Representatives with attacks on health care reform, energy regulation, and stimulus spending. Dick Armey’s FreedomWorks and its political action committee held a “Take America Back!” convention on Friday night featuring Tea Party favorites like Michele Bachmann and promoting a raft of right-wing Senate candidates including Marco Rubio (FL), Mike Lee (UT), Rand Paul (KY), and Dino Rossi (WA). Freedom Works and the Tea Party Patriots both helped build the Saturday crowd for Beck’s event, while urging people to attend Sunday’s Tea Party Rally against health care reform.

        Meanwhile, speakers at the supposedly nonpolitical rally made their agendas clear. Sarah Palin, who was invited by Beck as a military mom, not a politician (wink, wink) said, “we must not fundamentally transform America as some would want. We must restore America and restore her honor.” She did not say Obama’s name but who didn’t understand that he was her target? Alveda King pushed the Religious Right’s greatest hits: abortion, same-sex marriage, prayer in schools. Beck’s newly formed clergy group, the “Black Robe Regiment,” joins other Religious Right efforts to push preachers to become more aggressive in promoting “fundamental principles” in the public arena…

      2. Robert
        Posted September 1, 2010 at 6:10 am | Permalink

        Did the Beck Rally just happen to coincide with some sort of national ugly convention going on in DC over the same weekend?

      3. Knox
        Posted September 1, 2010 at 6:44 am | Permalink

        Reclaiming the civil rights movement was just the start. I’m going to attend in blackface, as we need to reclaim blackness too.

      4. Knox
        Posted September 1, 2010 at 6:45 am | Permalink

        And I’ll talk about how Obama is a robot, built by bill Ayers with the funding of George Soros.

      5. Edward
        Posted September 1, 2010 at 7:20 am | Permalink

        I want to carry a light saber and make the claim that Hawaii, when Obama was born there, wasn’t part of the United States because it wasn’t connected by way of the interstate highway system.

      6. Edward
        Posted September 1, 2010 at 7:22 am | Permalink

        EOS, can I borrow your tri-corner hate?

      7. Edward
        Posted September 1, 2010 at 7:22 am | Permalink

        Sorry, that should have read “tri-corner hat”.

      8. Stacey
        Posted September 1, 2010 at 7:41 am | Permalink

        Oh how depressing. That’s what it’s like talking to my dad.

      9. Stash
        Posted September 1, 2010 at 8:51 am | Permalink

        I want to bring a chalkboard so I can show how Obama and Devil have the same number of letters, and both start with capitals.

      10. Kim
        Posted September 1, 2010 at 9:41 am | Permalink

        Follow the money on the Beck rally.

        http://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/d8487/glenn_beck_continues_to_top_himself/

      11. Ted
        Posted September 1, 2010 at 10:27 am | Permalink

        I want to dress as the statue of liberty in a hazmat suit, yelling about how dirty and disgusting and disease-ridden immigrants are. Either that, or I want to dress like a bad-assed uncle sam who has on belt of illegal immigrant scalps and a giant, bloody knife.

      12. Posted September 1, 2010 at 10:56 am | Permalink

        I’d like to bring up the point that Obama has failed to articulate any position on human-animal hybrids (which you’ll recall W took a courageous stand against).

      13. Phyllis Trench
        Posted September 1, 2010 at 11:19 am | Permalink

        Damn, that doesn’t give me a lot of time to get my weight up to a thousand pounds, but I’ll try.

      14. Art F
        Posted September 1, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

        Stacey, you should bring your dad. I plan to bring mine. I’m guessing that he’ll LOVE it, and won’t realize that it’s satire at all.

      15. 734msn
        Posted September 1, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

        Speaking of Beck and religion, have you heard about his “black robe regiment”?

        http://mediamatters.org/research/201008310028

      16. Posted September 1, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

        OK I joined the facebook group. Just want to boost the numbers. Besides something tells me I wouldn’t have a difficult time “pretending” to be a dumb fat white person. I hate that about myself.

      17. Posted September 1, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

        At least I’m cute.

      18. Robert
        Posted September 1, 2010 at 7:38 pm | Permalink

        That’s all that we ask, Christine.

      19. Edward
        Posted September 2, 2010 at 8:40 am | Permalink

        Does anyone know if progress has been made with this? Have either Colbert or his producer acknowledged the campaign in any way?

      20. Mr. X
        Posted September 2, 2010 at 8:48 am | Permalink

        Comedy Central is at least aware of it.

        http://ccinsider.comedycentral.com/2010/09/01/the-internet-rallies-for-colbert-rally/

      21. Stacey
        Posted September 2, 2010 at 9:09 am | Permalink

        I doubt if my dad would go. He prefers to base his opinions on those anonymous mass-circulated emails that end up on Snopes.

      22. Ted
        Posted September 2, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

        I haven’t quoted Henry Rollins in a few decades now, but he’s right when he says…

        “Whitey is trippin’.”

        http://www.vanityfair.com/online/daily/2010/09/dont-be-scared-darling.html

      23. Posted September 2, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

        I just saw the interview footage on your blog. It was the scariest thing I have ever seen. I have heard about these people and their blind allegiance to Beck and Limbaugh, but I guess I have never really listened to them. Is that what the TeaPartiers are? They don’t know why they believe as they do. All they can do is string together phrases and cliches–they have no idea what they mean. Vacuous, incoherent, mean and scary.

        I am glad I found your blog. Do you mind if I list it on my Blog list?

      24. Meta
        Posted September 8, 2010 at 9:18 am | Permalink

        It looks like there’s some positive momentum toward seeing the Restoring Truthiness rally happen.

        http://www.reddit.com/r/blog/comments/dawmo/the_movement_to_rerestore_our_nations_honor_is/

      25. Robert
        Posted September 8, 2010 at 9:50 am | Permalink

        If the rally to Re-Restore America’s Honor happens, I think I am going to try to get Victoria Jackson to come speak at it.

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