How Do You Define ‘Non-Political’?

Yesterday’s Beck-a-thon at the Lincoln Memorial was billed unconvincingly as a “non-political” event, and “not a Tea Party rally” in order to circumvent National Park Service rules. But somebody forgot to tell the participants to leave their right-wing partisanship at home. Which is OK by me because, you know, free speech is as American as apple pie.

h/t Scott Keyes at Think Progress, Talking Points Memo, Gawker, and Associated Press.


Incidentally, if anyone is serious about restoring the honor of America then how about calling for prosecutions of torturers and torture conspirators — as required by the U.N. Convention Against Torture?

More info: BuzzFeed: The Best Anti-Glenn Beck Signs At The Glenn Beck Rally

  1. #1 by brewski on August 29, 2010 - 9:23 pm

    I suppose that since the Civil Rights movement was an explicit campaign for a change in laws, then the MLK event on the same location could be characterized as “political”.

    So the only distinction, as a technical matter, is that one was a politcal event that you support, and one was a political event that you don’t.

  2. #2 by Richard Warnick on August 29, 2010 - 11:11 pm

    No, the distinction is that Glenn Beck is lying. Again.

  3. #3 by Del Usual on August 31, 2010 - 1:15 pm

    “Read my lips, no new taxes” Daddy Bush

    “Saddam Hussein possesses weapons of mass destruction” or something like that. GW Bush

    Then there is this;

    At least Beck isn’t elected to anything, and besides, it has been determined that it isn’t against the law to lie. I guess in order to fight bald faced elected political liars of any stripe, you might have to tell a few of your own.

    Go Glenn, you have them right where you want ’em.

  4. #4 by d on September 5, 2010 - 11:01 pm

    great video

  5. #5 by Cliff on September 6, 2010 - 12:03 am

    “The only distinction” Brewski?

    For 10 points each, can you think of any others?

  6. #6 by brewski on September 6, 2010 - 8:56 pm

    You like MLK vs you don’t like Glenn Beck.
    You call political speech you don’t like political vs you call political speech you like non-political.
    You like protecting speech you like vs you don’t like protecting speech you don’t like.

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