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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Americans' Dream Lives On

Martin Luther King I have a Dream speech August 28, 1963

"Restoring Honor" Beck Rally Lincoln Memorial (Today)
CNN Picture at todays Restoring Honor Rally

Speeches by conservative personalities Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin echoed off the marbled edges of the World War II monument, far from the stage at the Lincoln Memorial during the "Restoring Honor" rally today in Washington, D.C.
But their words seemed secondary to the statement made by the crowds of young families pushing strollers, seniors citizens determined to battle distance and heat, veterans sporting service pins, and plain, old flag-waving Americans.
They bused in from smaller towns across the country, including a 20-bus caravan from Dauphin County, to express their growing unease with rising unemployment, ballooning budget deficits and runaway government spending. On the anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s “I Have A Dream” speech, they came to revive their version of the American Dream, fearing that it's slipping away.
Across the Mall, which was pinpointed with people well past the Washington Monument, there likely were thousands and thousands of individual motivations propelling them to travel here and make their stand. Some might try to dismiss the outpouring as an event promoted on cable TV and fanned by the heated rhetoric of a talk show host. But to see the resolve etched on the faces is to know there's something deeper.

Beck, pacing back and forth on the marble steps, said he was humbled by the size of the crowd, which stretched along the Washington Mall's long reflecting pool nearly all the way to the Washington Monument.
"Something beyond imagination is happening," he said. "America today begins to turn back to God."
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Glenn Beck at todays Restoring Honor Rally
Sarah Palin at todays Restoring Honor Rally
Dr. Alveda King at todays Restoring Honor Rally

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