I’m not sure about that exactly. I watched the Rodeo Clown’s Rally this morning and most of the crowd shots showed somewhat bewildered white people. The only people of color I saw were on the stage in speaking or singing roles. (I am certain that the happy white people were in fact a Al Sharpton’s march.)
The whole thing was kind of weird. At one point Beck was going on about a “40 day challenge” which automatically made me think of Jamie Lee Curtis. Also, in between speakers they played Beck speaking to a musical backdrop and later this video. That reminded me of that “song” that was popular in the late ’80’s or early ’90’s of some guy (not William Shatner) talking dramatically over music. (I don’t even know how to start searching for it. Perhaps one of you will remember it.)
And even though I don’t want to get into crowd numbers — the audio proved that Beck’s crowd wasn’t very loud, given how many were there (supposedly).
On top of all that, I didn’t see or hear much of anything I would call “restorative.” It was just weird.
And no matter what Beck or Palin says, they are not in any way connected to Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream or cause.
I want to make one other connection. Here’s David Brooks on last night’s PBS News Hour, when asked about Beck, Palin and this morning’s rally:
You know, one of the things to me, though, that I’m beginning to think more and more about is sort of the demographic chasm between people in the Tea Party movement and who they perceive as the elites, and they feel that both parties, the media, all of Washington and New York, is controlled by people with a tiny sliver from America, of highly educated, more affluent, and that those people feel completely unrepresented by the entire system. And so there is a political element, which we have talked about a lot, an economic element, an anti-government element. But there is also a class element in this. And that has the potential, I think, to get much more nasty and long-lasting, if that class element is really there. And, frankly, I think there is some basis to it. I do think a lot of people in the country look at a lot of people in Washington and say, those people are not me. And that’s one of the newer themes I will be looking for. I’m going to try to go tomorrow and see what it is all about.
Seriously, WTF? Both Palin and Beck are millionaires. Beck is part of the media elite. Every teabagger I know is making very very good money even in this economy. Who has the money and the free time to go to D.C. after school has started? It’s not us working poor mother fuckers.
Clue bat for David Brooks: These teabagger people are just SORE LOSERS. Period. There’s nothing complicated about it. They’ve been on the losing side of every bit of long term social and political progress in this country and they HATES IT, I tell ya.
And Beck decided it was a good idea to state that poor people in the U.S. have it far better than poor people around the world. That wasn’t a statement meant for poor people to hear, it was a statement for his audience to hear: DON’T FEEL SORRY OR CARE ABOUT THE POOR IN THIS COUNTRY. THEY’VE GOT IT GOOD. NO GUILT NEEDED.
The whole thing was weird and pathetic. Since teabaggers are pretty vocal, I wonder how long it will take for some of them to turn on Beck and Palin and then how soon they will be driven away, much like the Texas teabaggers were, by none other than the same Glenn Beck.