“Mr. Beck Goes to Washington” by Ross Douthat (TIMES, 8/30/10)


          Ross Douthat is being disingenuous when he claims that Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally on the Washington mall was not political.

          Funded by very wealthy rightwing extremists, that cynical gathering on the 47th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech was political to its very core. 

          Patriotism and piety are political positions, just as internationalism and atheism are. We don’t need a “commissioned essay” from THE NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS to make that clear.

          Media whore Beck is pushing a nationalist program aimed at blocking the progressive changes desperately needed in the United States today.

           Is Douthat really blind to that?

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