by Max Brantley
I've missed this. Glenn Beck, with support from Sarah Palin, plans a rally at the Lincoln Memorial (on Aug. 28, the 47th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech), to outline his so-called 100-year plan for America. Controversy is brewing.
It reminds me of nothing so much as Say McIntosh's plan to burn an American flag at the State Capitol on July 4 some years ago. Intentionally provocative. Motivated by the muddiest sort of thinking. Well within his rights. Better ignored to the maximum extent possible.
Beck, by the way, claims the King anniversary is merely coincidental.
"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?"