Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin: Defending the Republic

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Callie Appelstein
Sarah Palin
​Can you feel it? Discontent has been in the air this week. The news has been full of #OccupyWallStreet and its various regional sympathy protests.

On the face of it, it's hard to think of something more diametrically opposed to the Occupy movement than "Defending The Republic," a rally/appearance featuring Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin. Set up camp on Wall Street and proclaim your opposition to bankers and generic fat cats, and you get mass-media approval, much social-networking love, visits from Susan Sarandon, and a free concert from Jeff Mangum, the beloved, seldom-seen Neutral Milk Hotel bandleader. Go to anything remotely Tea Party-oriented, and you're just asking to be smeared as an idiot, a moron, a tool of the Koch brothers, and probably racist.

But are these two camps so far apart in their concerns? Both think that student loans are out of control. Both would like to see better use of tax dollars. Both are seeing a lot of pain financially. Both agree that we're in scary, unpredictable times, with problems that seem beyond our grasp. Perhaps the main difference is in the proposed solutions. Where at least some of the OWS movement would endorse a platform including "free college education" and $2 trillion pulled from somewhere for infrastructure and green energy, the conservatives are more likely to endorse a message of personal responsibility inspired by Biblical scriptures, but rooted in the Founding Fathers and the idea of the United States as a shining city on a hill.

I don't go to a lot of political events. My views are a mass of contradictions, and I've been cynical about partisan rallies ever since going to a few too many in college. But I was interested in hearing Beck and Palin speak for two reasons: 1) My wife, a proud conservative, really wanted to go, and 2) The older I get, the more interested I am in hearing unfiltered viewpoints. The more vilified these two public figures became, the more interested I was in hearing for myself what they had to say. And that is how we found ourselves at the Family Arena on Friday night.

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Callie Appelstein
The crowd at the Family Arena last night.
​ "Sweet Home Alabama" played over the loudspeaker as we found our seats. Eventually the lights went down, an Army corps marched through the center aisle carrying the flag, and everyone stood for the National Anthem. After a short film, 97.1 morning host Jamie Allman came out to the strains of "Don't Fence Me In." He warmed up the crowd with a few Solyndra jokes, gave a shout to Herman Cain (the Presidential candidate who consistently got the most cheers all night), and threw a few T-shirts into the audience.

Then 97.1 radio host and bigjournalism.com editor Dana Loesch came on. She made fun of the Occupy St. Louis protest, which she'd passed on her way to the Family Arena, and which had "about three people" (admittedly, we did not make any attempt to confirm this). She spoke about the Tea Party being compared to Nazis, "even though we had a message when we went out there, one of limited government and fiscal economy." This got huge cheers. She spoke of Sarah Palin as a role model, a kingmaker, and an "anti-feminist conservative icon." And without further adieu, the former Alaska governor and Vice Presidential candidate took the stage.

If Palin was feeling any sting from Joe McGinniss' recent tell-all and her decision not to seek the Republican nomination, it was not evident from her talk. She was upbeat, fairly eloquent and comfortable onstage, though she did visibly stumble over her words a few times and referred to Alaska's "diversion of topography." (But then again, President Obama was allowed to slide on his claim that he visited "57 states," so I think we should let this one go, too.)

For all the post-McCain hoopla, people tend to forget that Palin was a state governor, and a popular one at that, with experience and strong opinions about energy policy. Here she talked about developing ANWR, suggesting that Alaska could be "America's Fort Knox," the centerpiece of a secure union, if the region was opened to oil exploration. She spoke of Alaska's uniqueness, and recalled how her parents moved there in 1964 and instilled in her a self-reliant work ethic.

So why "Defending the Republic?" Palin spoke of the "permanent political class" that pervaded the Beltway on a bipartisan level. Yes, she criticized the OccupyWallStreet protestors as participating in "a nebulous, benign, weird protest," but she focused on a combination of government bailouts, union bosses (while going out of her way to praise union members, including her own family), and "crony capitalism" on both sides of the aisle. How to solve it? A return to original principles of self-government, free-market capitalism and the elimination of corporate income tax, enabling companies to fall or succeed on their own. As for the press, she had a message: Tell the truth. Only some reporters -- she mentioned Jake Tapper by name -- were challenging the official party line. She suggested that anything less than honesty is abusing freedom of the press, reminding us that "men and women die for" these freedoms every day.

After the official speech, Palin took audience questions moderated by Loesch and Allman. One question was how she withstood the relentless criticism in the media. "My faith is my rock," she said. "I'm perfectly willing to be a bullet magnet if it means other people can be left alone. I'm willing to do that."

It's easy to see why Palin connects with people; it's also easy to see why people make fun of her. But her speech made it clear that, for all of the "you betcha" folksiness, she is a serious person with ideas. (Whether you agree with those ideas is another matter altogether.)

After a 20-minute break, Allman came back on, gave a few thank-yous, and handed the mike to Dave Glover, another 97.1 host. He spoke of his friendship with Beck -- or, as he called him, "Glenn Friggin' $100 Million Beck."

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Callie Appelstein
Glenn Beck
​ While Palin spoke like a skilled politician, Beck came on with an almost evangelical fervor. He was part apocalyptic preacher, part topical comedian ("all I ever wanted was to be funny," he repeated at least twice"), part motivational speaker. Like or hate him, he knows how to hold an audience's attention and how to roll with unpredictable events. For instance, just as he was making a serious point about 1960s leftovers holding our children hostage, a spontaneous cheer rang out from the audience. As it happened, this was the exact moment the Cardinals won Game 5 of the National League Division Series. Beck laughed it off, which is really the only reasonable reaction in St. Louis other than yelling "Go Cards!"

Beck said that he was there to "issue a call" to the American people -- a call that the twelve months leading up to the Presidential election would be the most tumultuous since 1968. "I've seen their playbook," he said. "I know who they are." But he also warned that we should be praying for our leaders -- "and not just the ones on our side," he stressed. "We need to pray for the president's safety, too."

Due to the hard times present and future, he warned us not only to be careful who we stand with, but that must combat the turbulence with a renewed focus on being "good." Quoting both Benjamin Franklin and the Ten Commandments, he suggested that there are rights and responsibilities; and choices, and the consequences of those choices. And here was the choice before us now: whether America would be remembered as a) a group of free men, with options beyond their wildest dreams, but who ran into the chains of slavery, or b) a group of Americans who heard the Third Great Awakening. We could forestall option A, Beck suggested, by knowing what we stand for, not being afraid to say it, keeping a higher power in mind, and always acting "with malice toward none, with charity to all."

And that was that. For the record, the crowd was fairly ordinary, a little on the older side. If you're looking for a freak show, there simply isn't much to report. There were no counter-protesters outside, no confederate flag-waving bigots inside (at least not that I saw). One guy had on a T-shirt depicting the President as "Obamahood," complete with green tri-corner hat, but that's about as offensive as it got.

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Shelley Powers
Shelley Powers

You're comparing a staged event with paid performers to a genuine grassroots effort, where people participate freely, covering their own expenses from their own pockets. You don't see the incongruity of your comparison?

And who are these paid participants? A state governor who quit partway through her term when she decided her position was no longer of any value. (Hard to make money at a national level when tied to Alaska.)

And a man who even Fox found extreme.

If you want to go hero worship at the altar of Palin and Beck, great, go for it. But please don't malign the Occupy Wall Street effort by comparing the two in order to give some semblance of credibility to what is nothing more than pure political theater--and profitable theater, at that.

Defending the RepublicTickets $26.00 - $103.00

Suites 12 Person: $928.38 24 Person: $1,866.07

Occupy Wall Street

Tickets$0.00 - $0.00

SuitesBring your own tent

JGibsonDem
JGibsonDem

Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Jamie Allman, Dave Glover, and Dana Loesch = The Starting 5 Liars.

Pokey
Pokey

Change that to rabid zionist jewish supremacists and you've hit the target.

FreeFrank
FreeFrank

Guest lecturer, not professor...huge difference

Guest
Guest

So how does it feel for a Social Security Administration attorney to listen to two people who think you should be out of a job. And at least one of them could somehow implicate your work with the SS administration as part of the grand design by the federal government to take our money and guns and enslave us in FEMA camps. How do you go back to work for the federal government on Monday after that?

Froggy
Froggy

Here's how you get screwed coming and going:

Cuts to every American Domestic program are on the table. What's off the table is cutting the $3 Billion annual aid package to Israel.

jews are not a race. On census forms they check "White" which means when they self-identify as "jewish" they're identifying as a religion. Remember the little thingy about Freedom of religion and "there shall be no establishment of a national religion"? Well when applying for Federal monies or contracts, jews use "minority status" in order to gain points in their favor. However, since they are already checked off "White" they are not a minority. Christians, Muslims, Mormons..... are not allowed to use this. Under EEOC guidelines only jews are protected class under employment laws. You can be fired for praying at work if you're Christian or Muslim but not jewish.

The list goes on and on....... it just suffices to post this:

During an argument between the Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, Peres said that Isralis' policies of continued violence might "turn the US against us".   To this Sharon retorted:   "EVERY TIME WE DO SOMETHING, YOU TELL ME AMERICANS WILL DO THIS AND WILL DO THAT. I WANT TO TELL YOU SOMETHING VERY CLEAR: DON'T WORRY ABOUT AMERICAN PRESSURE ON ISRAEL;   WE, THE JEWISH PEOPLE, CONTROL AMERICA. AND THE AMERICANS KNOW IT."   -- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon October 3, 2001 (IAP News)

Guest
Guest

Oh I get it. You want to burn little tiny jews up in ovens? jews so tiny they would fit in a teacup.

Froggy
Froggy

The article forget to mention that 97.1 is the jewish Nazi network and that the Tea Party is now the Tea-O-Con party.

Chrico03
Chrico03

You forgot to mention that Sarah Palin wasn't a governor.....she was a half-term governor. 

Citizen Cain
Citizen Cain

It is sad that Palin and Beck have been vilified, while Occupy Wall Street, whatever it is, is somehow a grassroots, all-inclusive representation of the masses.  

For the record, I'm neither a Palin or Beck sycophant and really don't care for either person. With that out of the way....Consider, Brian Phillips, the head of communications for the NYC General Assembly, the group primarily responsible for occupying Wall Street. While listening to NPR's Morning Edition, Phillips was described as "an ex-Marine with a bachelor's in computer science -- now with a sock on his head."  "My political goal,"Phillips says, "is to overthrow the US government."  Now, imagine Palin or Beck making the exact comment?  This Phillips is not some 20 year old attending NYU and majoring in Womyn's Studies on a government scholarship...he's the head of Communications.Couple that with deliberate violence, zero accountability and a message that begs for anarchy predicated on a bigger government, and you've got unparalleled insanity.  Any member of the media or political figure who claims to back this -- what Joe Biden would consider terrorist -- movement, must be challenged and repudiated.  It's not the media's job to help the fringe crazies decide what it is they want or are trying to accomplish.The group is mostly white (I guess that makes them racists), and they more than reflect the same, tired, fringe radical crowd you might find at any anti-war rally, pro-Communist, Washington University, Left-Bank books gathering. The irony is that they tweet and communicate via iPhones, iPads and other devices -- products of the highly competitive free-market system.

My prediction...the movement lasts until the first really cold day, or until their hands get tired from beat drums.  The criminals will never leave... After all, that's their business.

Jinx
Jinx

Nicely plagiarized from Jonah Goldberg.

Jinx
Jinx

Not word for word plagiarism though. You did manage to misquote Phillips where Goldberg didn't.

Jinx
Jinx

Not to worry, I'm sure one of these days you'll master the cut and paste.

Don't stop reaching for the stars.

Mike
Mike

Hey, I'd be flattered if people confused my writing for Jonah Goldberg's.

Jinx
Jinx

So many rubes in one place.

fucktard dumbass fucktard
fucktard dumbass fucktard

Anyone bothering to put 2 words together who cant see the corporate shadow behind these two dolts is  a waste of time and would not even be given space in any publication. You get to write due to the unlimited space on the intertoobs. That is all.

Everything these 2 stand for is anti-democracy. If you cant see it, it is because you are simply old and addled.

fucktard dumbass fucktard
fucktard dumbass fucktard

Ah - you are one of those joke bloggers they are talking about so much. No real journalism here, I will be moving on as your opinion is just plain foolish to me. It is your right as an American to be a fool, and that has always been the tradition, so revel in it.

James Layton
James Layton

It is your right as an American to be a fool!  Just stop a moment and look at that wonderfully intelligent, reasonable and distinguished name you have chosen for yourself.  As you so elegantly said, "so revel in it"!

Sly
Sly

So how much was the audience charged to see the circus this time?

Willard D Russell
Willard D Russell

Brought to you by the same people who want to replace our republic with a plutocracy.

crashtest
crashtest

Agree, but I think it's more like "Brought to you by the same people who replaced our republic with a plutocracy."

Guest
Guest

Palin and Beck have made it perfectly clear to those that follow them: It's Israel First, the Jews are the Master Race and they serve the interests of the Jews not Americans. These two are Zionist Jewish Supremacists.

Jag Pop
Jag Pop

Ok Mike, an Interesting tact - mature, calm reporting about demagogues. Now run along, Mike.

kochevnik
kochevnik

Neofeudalism is right on schedule.The USA did not win the revolutionary war, which began over the Currency Act.  Rather, the country went bankrupt.  The 1st bankruptcy was officially declared in 1791, before the Bill Of Rights and Constitution signed that year. This did not bequeath rights, but only specified a small set of inalienable rights in contract.  The 2nd was exactly 70 years later, in 1861 and the Civil War. 3rd was 70 years later in 1931, with the great depression. The last was in 2001, with the 4th restructuring of the US corporate government beginning with the Twin Towers demolition. This war on terror is the City of London's backdoor way of entrenching control over the Earth's natural resources, in particular oil.  The government-staged attacks in Kings Cross, Twin Towers and Moscow Metros are excuses to impose total government control as a prelude to neofeudalism.

Pope Phred
Pope Phred

Overall, a fairly objective review of the events.  A good report.

FreeFrank
FreeFrank

I encourage you all to keep supporting the teleprompter

chris87654
chris87654

"...though she did visibly stumble over her words a few times and referred to Alaska's "diversion of topography." (But then again, President Obama was allowed to slide on his claim that he visited "57 states," so I think we should let this one go, too.)"

Obama said he visited "50 ... uh, 7" states because he spaced saying 40 when he was tired (he'd visited/campaigned in 47 states at the time - and wouldn't be going to Alaska or Hawaii) - some hang on to an explainable error from 3 years ago, when Palin (with a journalism degree) routinely has trouble forming coherent and concise sentences.

I'm still trying to figure out why she said "refudiate" was an f/p typo swap while tweeting when she was recorded SAYING the word a few days earlier on Hannity.  And why did she lie about a dead issue 5 months after it happened?

Tim
Tim

Obama made many more gaffes.

Anyway , Obama is helpless without his TelePrompter.

fucktard dumbass fucktard
fucktard dumbass fucktard

Right. Because someone who had to transfer to 5 schools just to get a measly 'journalism' BA is easily as smart as a Harvard law school professor. That is the reasoning of someone who has never been to school and has no concept of the hard work and talent it takes to get there (exception for the Bush family)

Seriously, you are an expert in everything you have no idea what you are talking about, like everyone who likes Sarah Palin.

See, the clueless have no idea of the fact that they are clueless.

Kitty
Kitty

"a group of free men, with options beyond their wildest dreams, but who ran into the chains of slavery" ya know, reverse that, and it sounds awfully familiar for a lot of Americans...

Ginger
Ginger

Please study up on how to use quotation marks.  It distracts from the points you're trying to make!

booch
booch

These two are not doing anything but spewing hate as usual. Sarah I really like Joe McGinniss's book. There is a lot of information in it.

Tim
Tim

Its McGinniss who is spewing hate ,lies and gossip about Sarah Palin and her family.

Sarah Palin has been vetted, especially in the past 3 years like no one else; she’s probably the cleanest politician out there.The 24,000 emails detailing almost every aspect of Sarah Palin’s governorship of Alaska paints a picture of her as  an efficient, hard-working  ,informed and very involved  Governor  conscientious and an all-around good-natured human being...not exactly what McGinniss had in mind.So, he had to resort to gossip stories of unnamed source to vilify Sarah Palin; his book is a compilation of poorly-sourced gossip.

Even the New York Times said this about the book:

"Although most of “The Rogue” is dated, petty and easily available to anyone with Internet access, Mr. McGinniss used his time in Alaska to chase caustic, unsubstantiated gossip about the Palins, often from unnamed sources like “one resident” and “a friend.” And these stories need not be consistent"

fucktard dumbass fucktard
fucktard dumbass fucktard

ROFL - you are a liar, simple as that. Just like your soulmate Palin.

Jean_A
Jean_A

You are a liar.  All major newspapers called the book a bunch of lies, rumors, and gossip with no proof.  A friend of a friend of a neighbor is not proof.  Palin has an email that McCreepy sent  to one of the Palin hating bloggers asking for the proof of all the gossip. Of course no proof was provided because it was stuff made-up.  Palin has already sent a letter to Random House telling them not to delete anything that had to do with McCreepy's smear book.  After Palin gets done, McCreepy will be living on the street corner and the Palin's will be milions and millions richer.  I wonder who leaked the emails????

Paul
Paul

Sarah Palin isn't in this race for a reason. The truth is leaking out too quickly.http://PalinsDirtyLittleSecret...

Jean_A
Jean_A

You have been posting that same garbage for 2 years now. Don't you have anything better to do? You people are scum of the earth.

Eykis
Eykis

Actually, It is the Snowbilly Grifter and Beckanoia spreading hate and stoopidity.  That is all they know.  Anybody who pays one thin dime to see these fewls is an idiot. Why would they play Sweet Home Alabama in St. Louis? They are MORANS, that is why.

Volksmarch
Volksmarch

"Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin: Defending the Republic"

NO! It's Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin defending and spreading jewish supremacy is what it is!

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