Glenn Beck started this mess. Not that he did a bad thing, mind you. He just started it....that's all there is to it.
He had the audacity to call together a rally that drew what many people believe to be a half million people. He did it at the same place Ed Schultz drew a third of that, and today, where Colbert and Stewart drew half. He inspired the two weaker sequels not because he's angry or talented, but because he brought a simple message.
It was a message about true restoration. But before we think about that, let's look at the chronology a little.
Beck's rally was an action. But in another way, it was a reaction. He was reacting to the errant direction he thinks the world (and particularly this nation) is headed. He knew that many shared his same worldview.... and at the same time, he wanted to make sure that restoring honor was at the forefront of our motives, as we carefully and thoughtfully choose our destiny.
Schultz's rally was an angry reaction to Beck's action (as a reaction).
You see, Beck makes Ed mad. Ed likes to get mad because Beck says things that are verifiable. He also likes to get mad because he's a bully....and an an idiot too. So his motive was to bring in angry people (like himself) to make a weak and feeble attempt at shouting down Beck's peaceful message.
Colbert/Stewart was a show.
I know it it was supposed to be a production that was promoted as some weak and feeble attempt to restore sanity. But in the end, it was nothing more than a concert. It was a day of political comedy and music from those who carry a left wing perspective of the world like Schultz.... but they wanted it done in a party atmosphere.
I am not so sure the objective was met in this instance either. But I do know it wasn't really sane when you analyze it.... and the some of signage bears this out.
Have you got my point yet?
Action + reaction + reaction = Truth in communication + angry response + theatrical mockery.
I call Beck's rally "truth in communication" because I found nothing untrue about the words he spoke. He spoke of a restoration of the individual first and foremost. His message was not political, it was spiritual. It was not doctrinal or theological, it was personal. It was about transforming one's life back to the Almighty in a positive way, however we chose to do it, regardless of how each us believes in Him doctrinally.
He said that in order to transform the nation back to the way we strongly believed it should be, we must first make sure our own house was in order. We should know that real sanity, real peace, and real stability comes from a large amount of people, trying to do the right thing in their daily lives....on a daily basis. And if this was going to happen, we as a nation could make real and lasting change (based on truth and logic) happen.
The other two rallies were not based on the same foundation, nor were they as successful. Sure, they both drew a crowd and both had their own messages....but the aftermath is where we must draw our measurement.
The foundational principle of Beck's rally was firm enough for for individuals to come of their own free will and volition. It was announced. Then.... spontaneously, the people paid their own way and showed up. Schultz's foundation was based on "jealousy and envy". He thought he could pack more people in than Beck with his message of intolerance and hatred, so the unions helped him out by busing people in. In Colbert/Stewart, they wanted to promote their shows. Huffington and other groups bused people in in another effort to outdo beck's crowd.
The aftermath of the Beck gathering showed no trash left behind on the mall. Schultz's group, the ones that claim superiority on all things environmental, left much. I have yet to see the pictures of the mall after yesterday's gathering, but I bet it was not nearly as clean, as after Beck's.
More than anything at all, we must measure the outcome of all three groups. It cannot be seen in one day, one month, or maybe even in a year. But it will take a lifetime of evaluation and re-evaluation.
It will not come for the outside, nor will it come from election results. It will come from individuals and from the way they live their individual lives. It will be an ongoing process that will never end.... until the individual dies. Because this is how life is, it is an ever changing dynamic force that defines who we are, and what mark we leave on this world.
I know who I am, I knew it long before Beck had his rally. But others may not have started the process to learn who they are, before then. That is up to them to decide.
The mark I will leave on this earth has not been completed yet. I am still creating it. The hope is that those who can now find themselves can now restore themselves, to a sense of meaning and purpose they may have once had....or thought they had.
If we can do this on a large scale, we will need no more rallies to point us in that direction. As a result, there will be no need for counter rallies to subvert the cause(s) of the first.