Reaction to Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” Rally

Update: Watch the entire Restoring Honor video here:

Video: The entire video of “Restoring Honor” 8/28 Rally

Despite living in Northern Virginia, my wife and I were not able to attend the Restoring Honor rally for a few reasons but I just finished watching it live on C-SPAN. These are my reactions from this viewing, not from being on the ground at the event.

To described what I watched in a few short words, it was sheer amazement and astonishment listening the message put forth. I felt truly moved by the entire presentation to watch people of all creeds and races unite as a single group of Americans celebrating God’s gifts to this nation and God’s use of individuals such as George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and numerous others who helped to shape and realize what the Founders intended.

Though largely apolitical, the message was clear in that individualism must reign in our nation, we must not rely on a government or single leader to bring this nation into the age of liberty and faith. This had the feelings of part spiritual revival and part individual revival to the foundations of the American Constitution. Our rights flow from the Creator, from the Almighty and He is who we must continue to rely in to usher in American’s strong future and place in the world. Without this, ideas and policies which derive from mankind are of the darkness.

Restoring Honor Rally view of crowd from the air

The magnitude of the crowd was truly amazing to watch on television. It appears as though hundreds of thousands attended this event, a true force to reckon with. This crowd of liberty and faith loving Americans came in peace and are now departing in peace for the purpose of restoring faith in this great nation.

Restoring honor rally view of Lincoln memorial

I was heartened to watch this play out and humbled that I live in a time during spiritual and constitutional awakening in America. We can read the triumphs and failures of our forefathers and we can help shape the future path of this nation towards a brighter future.

Here is a short clip from the Associated Press:

I will be looking for the entire 3 hour video to post at a later time. If you missed watching this on C-SPAN or missed attending it, you must do yourself a favor and watch the entire event from start to finish, it will be a blessing to you and it will restore some hope in the people of this nation and the foundation of God in our public square.

I know I will have more thoughts as the days continue but these are my initial reactions which I wanted to put down in written form. I became aware of the fact a short time ago that this blog and all of my opinions and views expressed in it can be saved as a collection for my children and grandchildren someday. It is part hobby but I realized it is also part journal on what is happening in the world around us. I looked back in the site archives to see what I was thinking and writing about over 2 years ago and it occurred to me that I must continue doing so to save my thoughts on history and watch my thinking progress and deepen over time.

Update: Watch the entire Restoring Honor video here:

Video: The entire video of “Restoring Honor” 8/28 Rally

  • Bill Hedges

    I am just getting up and don’t know how the day has unfolded in D.C.. In preceding days there was controversy concerning the two rallies between Glenn Beck and Rev. Al Sharpton. The left was spreading animosity that Beck dared to pick this day to hold his event.

    Early on I checked my calendar and August 28 was not Martin Luther King Day. I said that for dramatic effect. I knew it wasn’t. Rev. Al Sharpton was marking 47 years after King‘s “I have a dream ” speech.

    There are many remarkable days in King’s march for freedom. One of mine is march across a bridge. The violence the marchers were confronted with and the passive acceptance of their beatings. Following the teachings of King. Shall all those days be off limits.

    The uproar I have heard from liberals that Beck held his rally today seems disingenuous to me. I could see Rev. King joining in on Beck’s event. Was not ego trip with him. He opened his arms to all.

    I want speculate on the motivation behind trashing Glenn D.C. event. Except to say maybe Al did not want to go one on one with Glenn. What if Glenn’s crowd was bigger than Al’s. Surely too childish to be true.

    In D.C. it is common to have more than one rally on some days.


    “The Harlem reverend said Beck’s demonstration was an anti-government rally, while King’s speech appealed to the federal government to ensure equality.”

    “Why y’all marching? Why y’all rallying? They call us ‘troublemakers,’ but now the folks that used to criticize us for marching are trying to have a march themselves,” said Sharpton–glenn-beck-hold-dueling-rallies-in-d-c-

    Beck rally was not “anti-government”. Anti-big government yes. Anti-obama agenda yes. Against direction we are heading yes. Look to the 60-70’s to see what “anti-government” rallies look like.

    Group at Glenn’s rally is not same group that criticized King’s marches. Without mouthing the words Al is calling conservative racist. For that I hope attendants at Glenn’s rally is overwhelming compared to Al numbers.



  • JANET,

    You have a key on your keyboard called “Caps Lock.” Please disengage it the next time you ramble. Contrary to liberal schools of though, the “Caps Lock” key doesn’t translate to instant fact spewing.