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J.E. Dyer, "What Beck Does Right" (excerpts):
" . . . What Glenn Beck believes he has been appointed to say is about character in the American people. He’s been making that point for months, as far as I can tell. It’s why he invokes Martin Luther King, Jr. so often. If you weren’t prepared for Beck’s Restoring Honor rally to be about character, then you don’t know much about him. And for Beck – as for millions of other Americans – character cannot be addressed apart from God. For Beck, as for these others, there is nothing artificial or strained about calling on God and behaving as if we live in His presence; it is natural, reflexive, and unforced. . . .
When we see 500,000 or more people turn out on the Mall at the end of August – in the heat and humidity, in a painful recession, after school and sports have already started in many states – are we going to insist that that’s “not conservatism,” that it’s something we need to triangulate away from and reject, because people prayed to God, got emotional, and talked about character?
And if so, what is it we’re waiting for that we think is better? From what standpoint is it better? Glenn Beck, for all his intellectual faults (and we each have them), sees something very clearly: that America needs a restoration of character. Our republican liberties depend on republican virtues, and there is no future for our republican ideal if the virtues are not re-identified and cultivated again. His unique perspective on this is