"It's time for god's people to come out of the closet, out of the churches and change America!" - James Robinson Snake Oil Salesman.Predictably, the size of Glenn Beck 828 Rally has come into question. The Rally received a permit for 300,000. Beck stated 500,000 (and hinted it was vastly more) and CBS news estimated 87,000 +/- 9000. Most other news sources declined to guess hoping to keep their servers free of thousands of 'You darn evil libruls is against the totally grass roots Teabagging movement!'
Personally, I don't care how many people came to be bamboozled by Beck. The Rally itself was an exercise in religious extremism and support for the con man's axiom, "There's a sucker born every minute".
Of course, Beck received hours of support from Fox and using that platform Beck again unleashed his hatred veering towards his new found zealotry.
Beck disavowed his statement from last year that President Obama "is a racist" and has a "deep seated hatred for white people or the white culture". No definition of this white culture was ever offered by Beck, but that is consistent with racist hate mongers like Beck. By offering up a term but not a definition or even examples, it affords Beck's duped listeners the opportunity of filling in whatever definition of white culture they want. And then because Glenn Beck said it on Fox the listener now has "evidence" that Obama hates White People and is racist.
But, now a year later Beck has realized he's gotten about as much traction and as much divisiveness from his Scare Whitey tactics. But, the damage is done, no one who absorbed and internalized Beck's message is going to reconsider their conclusions and change their minds. It's a Conservative Modus Operandi slander minorities ad nauseum knowing once their brain washed and battered supporters have reached a conclusion they are slow to change if ever. Even if the slander is proven manufactured, false and malicious, as evidenced by the continued conservative vilification of ACORN.
Thus capitalizing on the constant Obama is Muslin Fox invective, highlighted by a Pew Research Poll, Beck has changed targets and now states President Obama's evil tendencies come from his theology. This would seem to be preaching to the enslaved and brain dead; The Conservative Tearrorists and White Christian Fascists have already reached their Fox News/Dick Armey/Newt Gingrich crafted conclusion concerning the Secular Marxist Muslin in the White House.
But, what does Beck and his Toxic conservative slime merchants and their rulers and controllers, The Hedge Fund Managers like Paul Singer (posted from Liberality), The Corporate Welfare Queens, R. Limbaugh, Rupert Murdoch, the Koch Brothers hope to achieve? Well, as Republicans and conservatives care about power over people and place elections over ethics further division amongst working and middle class "white" people would seem to be the strategy they hope to employ. And these incidents of religious zealotry are merely tools the Republican Party employs to keep the American people divided, powerless and enslaved.