On his radio show today, Glenn Beck began to lay the groundwork for his big political movement of 2010, which includes a march on Washington, D.C. on the anniversary of the civil rights march, by comparing himself to Martin Luther King. Beck also implied that the Democrats opposed the civil rights movement.
Here is the audio courtesy of Media Matters:
Beck was defending himself against charges that he is anti-government by claiming that he is battling to protect the rights of the American people just like Martin Luther King did, “How many times do I have to say peaceful? As Martin Luther King did, was Martin Luther King, was he anti-government? Well, he certainly took the government and turned it upside down now didn’t he? He totally transformed the parties in this sys in this government. If you remember right it was Robert Byrd who was filibustering against the civil rights movement. Yeah, nobody really remembers that.”
He continued, “If the government is going against the rights of the people. If the government in this country is violating the constitution or reinterpreting the constitution, it is not our right, it is our responsibility to speak out against it.”
It is laughable that Glenn Beck’s ego has grown so large that he thinks that he is on par with the greatest civil rights leader in the history of the United States. In his own mind, Beck is Martin Luther King. He is leading a group of angry white people who believe that their rights are being taken, yet they can’t tell you what rights they are losing.
The “right” that they are most upset about is their belief to the right to be in power. They have not lost any of their constitutional rights. Beck can pretend to be Martin Luther King, but he never will be, because he isn’t trying to be. His sole purpose is to fan the anger of the right, which in turn makes him more money. The irony here is that by giving Glenn Beck such a giant platform, Fox News may have sowed the seeds of the Republican Party’s demise.