Saturday, August 28, 2010

Glenn Beck's Tea Party Rally

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_dc_rally

I have less to say than before, partly because of what Al Sharpton said in the article, and partly because of a video I'll be posting at the end. By the way, despite agreeing with Al Sharpton's criticisms, I still don't like him.

Other than Sharpton's criticisms, I found a few other things stupid and funny. I like how Glenn Beck insists that doing this on the anniversary of the "I Have a Dream" speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. was a coincidence, but then Glenn Beck goes as far as even staying in the same hotel room where Martin Luther King, Jr. practiced his speech.

I don't like how Beck said that he wants us to help restore traditional American values. If that includes holding true to the Constitution, then I agree, but I have a strong feeling that's not all that he means. I say this because, as the article says, he's acting like an Evangelical preacher, talking about bringing God back into our country, even though most of the American population is still Christian. Granted, the number does seem to be falling very slowly, but that's not really a bad thing anyway. We have this thing called the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights, which states this:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof"

That's not all it says, but that's the part I'm talking about. The first part is the most important part of this, considering the ideology that this country needs to follow God and preserve Christian values. Quite frankly, the First Amendment states you can't ever do that, no matter what religion or ideal you belong to, because no matter what you have everyone follow, it limits their personal freedoms. I like having the freedom to be an Atheist, much like I'm sure a Christian likes having the freedom to be a Christian.

Just a side note: to put this stereotype out there that Atheists are dangerous and are causing a lot of bad things to happen (like Glenn Beck has done before) reminds me a lot of the Red Scare of the 1950s, so it's essentially like a new age of McCarthyism.

Also, while I'm on the subject, the United States of America is not a Christian nation, nor was it founded on Christian values. Democracy is not discussed in the Bible, nor are personal freedoms such as freedom of speech or the right to bear arms, nothing like that. The Treaty of Tripoli, ratified by the U.S. Senate in 1797, says in Article 11: "As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion; as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility [sic], of Mussulmen [Muslims]; and, as the said States never have entered into any war, or act of hostility against any Mahometan nation, it is declared by the parties, that no pretext arising from religious opinions, shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries." In fact, even George Washington said, "The United States is in no sense founded upon the Christian religion."

Moving on:

"Tea party activism and widespread voter discontent with government already have effected primary elections and could be an important factor in November's congressional, gubernatorial and state legislative races."

Quite frankly, a lot of the things that the Tea Party tends to complain about has been around for quite a while, and it seems odd to me that they're just now gathering when a black man was finally elected president. Disregarding the potential link to racism, since I'm sure that's not the major reason why for most people, it seems Socialism is a big part of their complaints as well. Seriously, Obama is not a big time Socialist. He has done little that falls within the Socialist perspective, except for the Sin Tax thing, which hasn't even come close to passing, and universal health care. Even so, people are forgetting that our society already features some Socialistic things, such as the police force, firemen, garbage men, and even free books at the library.

Anyway, the sentence reminds me of something else. When I first heard of the Tea Party, I initially thought the idea of a new Libertarian party was cool. However, as I learned more about it, it proved to be a more extreme Conservative party than the Republican party, and doesn't hold up very many Libertarian values. At that point, I just disregarded the Tea Party, figuring it was going to fail. That was, until I heard that Fox News started supporting and sponsoring the group. Then I figured it could potentially become a problem. Why? Because Fox News is (maybe with the exception of Shep Smith) propaganda, even if there is news given. They're highly influential to their viewers, and because of that, I figured the Tea Party would just gain even more support, and they have. They are now influential enough to get people into elections and potentially into office. We need to stop them.

For more information, watch this video:



By the way, that guy makes awesome videos on more than one channel (his main being bryantulsa). I'd suggest checking him out. He's very well read, so it's quite a learning experience.

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