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Beck’s Restoring Honor Rally: Images and Experiences

Restoring Honor Entry Sign

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Getting Ready to head out to Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor Rally

It’s 10pm on Friday and I’m getting ready to join 300+ great Americans in a six bus convoy to Washington D.C.  The excitement has been slowly welling up inside me through the course of the day.  Towards 6 o’clock it was impossible to concentrate on much of anything else .

I don’t have a tingle running up my leg, but I do have the feeling that I am going to witness something that is of a scale that I have never experienced.

At first, I was considering driving to D.C. in my truck (yeah, it’s a Ford).  Then I thought, why not experience the whole thing with a group of people and view the event from other’s perspectives as well?  So I plopped down the money, reserved a spot on a bus and am preparing to head to the meeting spot.

This post will be updated over the next 24 hours or so with pictures, audio and video.  It won’t be perfectly edited, but will hopefully serve the purpose.   The video will be low quality until I get back home with the good stuff, but it should give you a feel for the atmosphere and crowd size.  This is my first attempt at remote updating a post especially with media, but I will do everything I can to share what I experience with you.

I hope you will take the time to comment on what you feel about what you see and hear.   I will check the comments every once-in-awhile to see if there are any suggestions for questions to ask people, pictures you’d like taken, or what have you.

*Update* 1:32a The entire rally will be shown live on C-SPAN 10am-1:30.

I apologize for it not being totally a live update .. but the mobile web was beyond overloaded with between 400,000 and 850,000 people in the area.

The Voyage

The early birds at bus lineup this morning:

Early Birds to Restoring Honor Load-upI decided to get to the rally point early so that I might talk to a few folks and understand why others might want to attend.  I met up with a great group of  Conservatives that were more than willing to entertain my curiousity.

Unlike me, everyone I spoke with had no expectations.  They just felt that it was something they wanted to be apart of or that they might learn what they could do that might heal our ailing nation.

At 3:00am the conversation on the bus was sparse and short.  As the morning wore on we spoke more and a small group of us decided to hang together (no allusion to hanging separately you history buffs).

As we approached D.C. we ran into .. zero traffic.  It was disconcerting for sure.  Had my crowd estimates missed on the high-side?  Were we headed for a 5,000 person rally that might feel more like a private showing?

Our string of six chock-full buses entered the RFK stadium area and we immediately noticed the mass of humanity at the Metro station.

Many of us had pre-purchased metro passes so that we wouldn’t have to wait in line.  After discussing our situation with the polite policeman dressed in semi-tactical gear, we learned there was a special line for us.  Mom always said I was special.  Those one-day passes came in incredibly useful, I could not thank my local meetup group more for having suggested we all get them.

Those passes led to us getting down to the trains.

We just barely missed the train that was already stopped but the next one was all ours.  We were going to the rally without much delay.

A few of our group decided to walk the 4.5 miles instead.  Some of the group couldn’t do a fast-walk so I stayed with them and made sure that we all got to experience what would become the most influential, emotional, and powerful gathering of Americans in decades.

The Metro ride was uneventful and we arrived at the Smithsonian station no longer knowing what to expect and observations were all conflicting each other.  The traffic was minimal, but there was a huge wait at the stadium metro stop.  The train wasn’t all that full, but but the Smithsonian stop was much busier than normal.  Would the rally attendance be the weak 10,000 that O’Reilly predicted or would this little band get to witness something historic?

After exiting the Metro we met our first band of anti-Conservative protesters.  The massive rally of .. six people displayed their message for all to see.  I really wanted to interview them.. to understand why they felt that a speech on the advancement of the American Experiment was such an afront to them.  Why did they feel the need to criminalize a man that had no other purpose than to save the vision of this nation as it was presented by the founders?  Unfortunately, time did not allow, as we were already late due to odd bus driver swaps on the way to D.C.

Who Would Jesus BombAs we progressed to the Washington Monument.. the light traffic had us concerned. Had O’Reilly gotten it right I had missed the mark on an historic scale.  Well, at least we had entertainment like this guy.

If it hasn’t been obvious, anti-rally sentiment was light. Perhaps the number of absolutely morally-bankrupt liberal-activists is lower than I had feared.  As I reported in “Glenn Beck’s 8-28 Rally: The Wager and the Controversy“, several groups were planning counter-protests, rally disruptions, and some even outright violence.

The counter-protests consisted of this guy concerned about Jesus’ air power strategy and the aforementioned six or so young individuals that believe Glenn Beck is the most fearful nightmare we face today.  I hope they went home, watched the rally and realized the error in their actions.  Protesting this occasion could have had no positive, unselfish motive – none.

restoring honor crowd

As we rounded the left side of the Washington monument, we got our first sense that a crowd was indeed gathering to participate in what I had anticipated as a historic event.  We could hear the opening speech being given and were getting anxious to get there. A costumed Captain America waiving a huge American flag was on the Horizon as we crested the hill where the Washington monument was situated and then we got our first look at the sea of Americans – hopeful, cheering and excited Americans – hundreds of thousands of Americans. WOW!!

Restoring honor crowd
I cannot describe what I felt, but I’ll try.
I’m not sure what word or sound came out of my mouth when we crested that hill, but whatever it was it didn’t do the sight of 100’s of thousands of Americans set before me. I think I froze for a moment to take in the image, to try to comprehend what I was seeing, the size, the scale, the humanity of it all.

The Rally

I spent the next hour or so working through the crowd to try to get up into visual range.  I knew that I might not get all the way to the front, but I wanted to try.

The crowd was shoulder-to-shoulder, front-to-back.  Finding little openings here and there became a challenge, but hearing Sarah talk about her pride in being a soldier’s Mom and introduce some real heroes kept me pushing forward.

I heard Pastor C.L. Jackson describe faith as he was awarded the merit badge .  Albert Pujols received the merit badge for hope from a not so eloquent Tony La Russa , and Raul Gonzales presented the merit for charity to John Huntsman and was received by Emma Houston in his place.

Restoring Honor Crowd - Texas FlagAs I continued pressing through the tightly-packed group of onlookers, I heard the most rousing speech up to that point.  Dr. Alveda King (Dr. Martin Luther King’s neice) gave an uplifting message, “..before honor comes humility.” words that I will reflect on for some time.

Dr. Alveda King gave honor to our heroes in military service and spoke at great length of civil rights and equality – although you would not have thought so listening to Al Sharpton’s assessment of the event.  She brought up Dr. Martin Luther King’s assertion that efforts towards equality are represented by a check marked “insufficient funds”.  That certainly applies today and in more ways than one.

Perhaps by the grace of God, I got to the spot I wanted just before Glenn Beck made what was unarguably a rousing, emotional plea to save our nation by returning to faith, hope and charity.  It had taken more than an hour to reach this spot and I could not have made it were the crowd not so polite, humble, and helpful.  With hundreds of thousands of people crowded together so closely, I had expected more difficulty working my way towards the front.  I was wrong, but in a good sort of way.

Glenn talked about being at “a cross roads” and that we must make a choice to either be responsible for the rescue of the great American experiment or for its ultimate demise.  It’s on us and if we wonder “have I not done enough for my country” .. we should answer, not yet.

Restoring honor beck closing speechI could not be more thankful for having the chance to participate in this event.  I met so many great people and probably asked a lot of questions but the discussions were welcome and enlightening from my perspective.

Images from the 8-28 Restoring Honor Rally

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Glenn Beck’s 8-28 Rally: The Wager and the Controversy

*Pictures and commentary from the rally here*

On Wednesday Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck had a conversation where Bill promised to have Glenn anchor The Factor’s 8pm time slot.  The wager is based on O’Reilly’s projection that only 15 or 20 thousand people will show up for Beck’s 8-28 Restoring Honor event.  Glenn is hoping for well over 100,000

So will Beck see a mass of humanity or will even those in the back of the crowd have a great view?  It’s impossible to estimate, but some available information can serve as a lower-end guideline to the number of people that might show up. At GlennBeck.com, they have a map with markers to show every bus that has registered with them.  This does not represent every bus that’s going, just every bus that has told the organizers that they will be there.  Here’s a screenshot from 8-21-10 around noon EST.Restoring Honor Bus Map

I went to the map and zoomed in to see if I could count the number of registered buses when I quickly realized the error in my approach: the map has a single pin per group.  I know for a fact that one of the pins represents six buses not one, but there is no way to know that from the map.  Many of these pins probably represent 6 or more buses.  We’ll break it down by area:

You may wonder why I assumed 6 buses per pin.  As these posts illustrate, many represent 10 or more buses – six seemed a reasonable median.

From the Richmond Tea Party:


From the Triangle Conservatives Unite:

312 Yes · 20 Waiting, .. buses have 56 seats

Using the 56 seats per bus, one could conclude that they have 6 buses going, although the site only says 5.  I contacted the organizer, Laura Long,  to confirm the sixth bus and will update this post with her response should she comment.  This post does seem to indicate a sixth bus.

*Update*: Laura Long of Triangle Conservatives Unite did respond to a few questions I had left for her. The delay is perfectly understandable as coordinating six buses full of excited patriots has got to be time-consuming. Although, not a smooth transition in the article, anyone that has done so much for Conservatism deserves a little spotlight.  Here’s the interchange:

Rich: How many buses have you arranged for the 8-28 Restoring Honor rally?

Laura: I have arranged for 6 buses (56 people per bus).

Rich: If you had to guess, how many people do you think will be attending the event?

Laura: I heard from the RFK stadium today that there are over 1,000 buses registered, so bus attendees alone will make up 50,000 people, I could easily see 100,000 people showing up :)

Rich: Why are you personally going to the event?

Laura: I am attending this event to honor those who fought for and continue to fight for our country and our way of life – our wonderful military. I think our freedom is at stake as the government seizes more control of our lives, usurps more of our private property and taxes more of our hard-earned dollars. I am attending this rally to stand shoulder to shoulder with Americans who want to see an end to corruption in our government and a stricter adherence to our Constitution.

There are also the possible attendees that are impossible to count:

  • The tens of thousands that live in the D.C. area that will attend a local, free, historic event because of the relatively light effort.
  • Those flying because a bus ride will take too much time to cross the country both ways
  • Those driving themselves
  • Buses and vans not registered with the site
  • Those attending for other major events or on vacation who may decide to drop in – 3.6 Million people visit the Lincoln Memorial each year – the low end estimate would put an additional 10,000 people from just daily visitation.

Of course the city will already have a large incursion of individuals as Al Sharpton is organizing a rally to commemorate Martin Luther King’s original “I Have a Dream” speech.  A worthy cause that will hopefully interact in a positive and peaceful manner with the Restoring Honor event – they are both seeking the same end.  I would hope those going for the perspective events, might seek to attend the other if possible.  In this article, Sharpton said as much.

Sharpton, who has planned a march that day to commemorate King’s legacy, says Beck’s rally contradicts King’s legacy. “For Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin to have a march, they have the right to do so. Many of us suspect they are using the symbolism of that day in a way that does not reflect what the day is about,” Sharpton said. “At no point will we interchange. We will not desecrate the march and what King stood for.”

The attendance may also be boosted by less-than-honorable causes as counter-ralliers like this group from Butch Femme Planet

Let’s CRASH Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor Rally!!!
This is an outrage- pure and simple. Honestly, we do need to make noise about this!!! Some coverage has been on MSNBC lately…. but not enough!! This is slated to happen during the annual MLK commemorative festivities in DC.

Beck has stated that Republicans are responsible for the civil rights movement in the US and that they are going to take it back!! Yes, he is crazy… but crazy like a fox (pun intended), has mojo going with the ultra-conservative right, has a TV and radio show, and people listen to him! Hitler was crazy, too…. let us not forgot the kinds of people that desire power and adoration and what they can do especially in times of economic decline.

Forget about old Rush…. Beck is really a dangerous human being!

And a group that is calling themselves “Celebrate the Dream

On August 28, 1963, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., a modern-day Founding Father, delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech.

On the 47th anniversary of King’s historic proclamation, far-right fearmonger Glenn Beck will hold a self-serving press event on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. He’s trying to co-opt King’s Dream, with a Nightmare message to his throng of followers.

Don’t let this buffoon diminish a day that belongs to all Americans. Join us to Celebrate the Dream and Reject the Nightmare.

Glenn’s counter to this inflammatory statement:

“It was not my intention to select 8-28 because of the Martin Luther King tie. It is the day he made that speech. I had no idea until I announced it and I walked offstage and my researchers said, New York Times has already just published that this is (the same day as the King speech) — and I said, ‘Oh, jeez.’ ”

He went on to say: “I believe in divine providence. I believe this is a reason (the date was chosen), because whites don’t own the Founding Fathers. Whites don’t own Abraham Lincoln. Blacks don’t own Martin Luther King. Humans, humans embrace their ideas or reject their ideas. Too many are rejecting the Founders’ ideas. Too many have forgotten Abraham Lincoln’s ideas and far too many have either gotten just lazy or they have purposely distorted Martin Luther King’s ideas of judge a man by the content of his character. Lately, in the last 20 years, we’ve been told that character doesn’t matter. Well, if character doesn’t matter, then what was Martin Luther King asking people to judge people by?”

If registered buses alone will be responsible for 50+ thousand attendees, I image double that number will fly, drive, or use the local mass transit systems to attend.  Tack on all the counter-rally publicity and this will be an event of historic measure.  I am personally attending the rally.  I am attending as a journalist and an American.  I will be taking in the events for myself and to share with every one of you.  If you aren’t part of it, will you be left saying, “I wish I had”?

*Update:  Wanna know what I saw of counter-protests at the rally?  First hand account with pictures HERE*

If you are going to the rally, please consider this video on what to bring and what not to bring.

Left-Wing Columnist Calls Conservative Hosts Racist

Joe Conason, author and columnist for the New York Observer, plants the “R” word on Glenn Beck and  Rush Limbaugh in a recently published article entitled, “The Racist Truth About Beck and Limbaugh”.  His assertions are obviously incorrect.  Considering the recent realization by the New York Times that their content may be “left-of-center” it’s understandable that his rant contains all the balanced journalistic integrity one can expect from a New York rag.

Liberals use racism to quiet opposition

Liberals use racism to quiet opposition

Joe continually makes the assertion that Beck and Limbaugh believe that Obama called them racists.  Conason goes on to explain how that is a lie.  In actuality, Beck said of Obama, “so you unleash the hounds and point the fingers, and everybody is a racist.”.  That much may well be true.

The dogs were unleashed as a multitude of congressional democrats sprayed the “R” word around as much as possible.  Just because the president says that he does not believe they are racists, does not mean that he believes it.

Obama’s actions speak louder than any of his nuanced, fluffy, difficult to pin-down words.  He has never condemned a single democrat for slinging the racist term at anyone, ever.  Why?  Because he supports the use of the term and the defamation of anyone that disagrees with him and he needs to use this tool to silence the opposition.   The President  just can’t say that so he has everyone else do it for him.  Mr. Conason performs his part of the act beautifully by not only deflecting the racist behavior of the liberals away, but then having it land squarely on those that were defamed.

Joe’s deep-seeded hatred for anything not ultra-liberal is obvious by perusing his other writings on his homepage [link].   He spins his unabashed ultra-liberalism into articles that do things like defend ACORN, Joe Wilson-bashing, saying conservatives are not compassionate,  support for the investigation of CIA members, trashing Churchill, I could go on forever.

Joe can’t help but display his obvious bias as he labels left-leaning publications as “liberal media”, but right-leaning alternatives are the “Republican noise machine”.  He doesn’t support his claims, is incorrect on so many fronts, and writes in a manner that is feeding the liberal media with worthless ammunition.

So does Conason go after Beck and Limbaugh just because he’s part of a minuscule left-wing posse?  No, he and the ultra-left have run out of intellectual ammunition and need to stop the conservative message – at all costs.

I found Mr. Conason’s recent article while perusing the Rasmussen Reports website.  Finding an opinion piece on an opinion-pollster’s site surely seems fitting.  I would love to see a poll that shows how well his idiotic ramblings are received and by which demographic.

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