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.

Beck-a-thon

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;

    http://obamalies.net/

    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

  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

    Yes,
    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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