Glenn Beck vs Al Sharpton: The Comparisons The Left Avoids

So here we are. Glenn Beck’s and Al Sharpton’s similtaneous events are over but, just as they did in the days leading up to the rally, the left spent the day of and the day after the rallies making every effort to break it all down “race” by arguing about who does and doesn’t have the right to embrace Martin Luther King’s legacy or to hold a rally on the Anniversary of his speech, “I Have A Dream”.

… Okay… You want to make it about “race”? Great. No problem. I’m getting quite use to this argument anyway and my arsenal of snappy come-backs is more accurate and refined than the traditional bouts of denial and “Racial Touretts” used by the left to claim victory in advance. You want to go toe-to-toe in a match to determine which event inspired the most “hope” and “change”. I mean, come on. Those are two words the left loves to toss around these days… along with the third word, of course… “Racist”… which is the Grand Poobah of all default word liberals throw out when faced with any form of honest competition or serious debate regarding “who” has the right to obtain the first two. Hell, liberals built a whole presidential campaign around the words “Hope, Change and Racist”

Beck chose: “Hope, Faith and Charity”    

So, you ready for a throw-down? Fine…. I’m game.

Event Titles:

Glenn Beck: “Restoring Honor”

(To return reputation to a respectful and admirable place)

Al Sharpton: “Reclaim the Dream”

(To repossess a vision that belongs to you from someone else who took it )

The Top Three Words:

As I have said before, “Truth is in repetition“. When you are in search of truth in an endless stream of words, look for the ones you hear the most. After listening to both speeches, below are the three words, which both men used the most to define their message.

Glenn Beck:

“God”, “America”, “Truth”

(other predominant words: “churches”, “freedom” and “honor”)

Al Sharpton:

“Dream”, “Pit”, “Kill”

(other predominant words: “black”, “march” and “couldn’t”)

Mentioning Name of Martin Luther King:

Both said his name 4 times.

Mention of the word, “mosque” as places of worship:

Glenn Beck: 2

Al Sharpton…………………………… 0

Event Attendance

Glenn Beck/Restoring Honor –

 “Tens of Thousands“…? 87,000…? 300,000… ? 1/2 Million…?

All Sharpton/Reclaim The Dream –

 “Several hundred“…? Somewhere between 2,000 to 3,000…?

Even Al’s best number is only half of Glenn’s worse.


The left continues to point out that Glenn’s event drew a predominantly white crowd (as if “drew a predominantly white crowd” were a second half of the Event Title) but they avoid mention that Glenn had several black speakers, many black singers, honored black individuals with awards and re-started the Black Robe Regimine, comprised of 240 men and women of multiple races and faiths. In response to challenges by some Beck supporters that the Restoring Honor rally more demographically diverse than that of Reclaim the Dream, Al refrained from addressing the imbalance , and only spoke to his own event, where, he noted, “various speakers of black, white, Latin America, and LGBT backgrounds participated”.

Topics covered by Glenn and his guest speakers?

Restoring Honor:

Where sports figures, ministers, a choir and a mother spoke and sang of their faith in God, restoring trust in our goverment and our pride for those in our Military.

Reclaim the Dream

Where “most of the ministers, labor leaders, activists, and academic figures who spoke at Sharpton’s rally focused on pushing for education improvements, reinvestment in jobs and attacking Glenn Beck and those who were attending his rally”.Yeah… We’ll just ignore the thousands of lives lost by those fighting to end slavery.

You know, for someone Al Sharpton likes accuse of trying to “re-write” black history, Glenn Beck sure has dedicated a lot of air-time and effort into including the contributions and accomplisments of black Americans in the founding of this Nation. You know, the contributions and accomplishments of black Americans that the left have so carefully edited from our history books because it doesn’t quite fit the “white people hate black people” template, which they need to absolve themselves of any responsibility for personal failure. 

One of Sharpton’s speakers, Jaime Contreras, president of Service Employee International Union, local 32BJ, seems to think that only blacks (and those non-blacks in attendance at Al Sharpton’s event) have exclusive rights to “the dream” made immortal through the words and sacrifices of Martin Luther King, Jr.

“It’s a shame what’s happening at the Lincoln Memorial. Shame on them! We are here to let those folks on the Mall know they don’t represent the dream!” Contreras said, cheered on by purple-shirted SEIU members in the audience. “They sure as hell don’t represent me! They represent hate mongering and angry white people!”

Yeah….  I mean, just look at this “hate mongering” guy and all those “angry white people” behind him!


 Of course, the words “hate mongering” or “angry” are the last words that come to mind when you look at this guy.


New Black Panther Party Leader (pictured above, ironically “left”) Malik Zulu Shabazz (real name – Luke Paris – Stage Name “Zulu King Paris“), is just a peace-loving, “man just let me give you a hug” kinda guy… and, being black, he is by that virtue alone a greater moral authority/owner of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy and purpose than anyone as pale as Genn Beck. 

“I am aware of it, and that Glenn Beck should not be allowed to have this rally. Glenn Beck is a sneaky little devil, and he does sneaky things, and tries to portray that he’s really not the neo-racist that he really is. And for him to go and to secure the Lincoln Memorial on Dr. King’s birthday will meet not only opposition from civil rights leaders, but it’s going to meet direct opposition from the New Black Panther Party”

Incidentally, someone should inform Luke Paris/Malik Zulu Shabazz/Zulu King Paris that Martin Luther King’s birthday is on January 15, not August 28th and that Martin Luther King Jr. had a sightly different Dream regarding the way for blacks to obtain freedom

“I’m about the total destruction of white people. I’m about the total liberation of black people. I hate white people. I hate my enemy…”

“You want freedom? You’re gonna have to kill some crackers! You’re gonna have to kill some of their babies!”


Giving Back:

Glenn Beck – Restoring Honor Event Raised $5.5 million for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, which.

… provides full scholarship grants and educational and family counseling to the surviving children of special operations personnel who die in operational or training missions and immediate financial assistance to severely wounded special operations personnel and their families.



While Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech referenced Abraham Lincoln as:


a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.

Al Sharpton only mentioned Lincoln in a challenge to Glenn Beck to explain why Lincoln “was against States Rights” based, I suppose, on such things as Lincoln’s opinion that, States Right did not include “magical omnipotence” or give them any “claim of power to lawfully destroy the Union itself”.

Glenn Beck read the entire Gettysburg Address.


Overall Theme


Al Sharpton spent most of his time dwelling on the past and stirring whatever racial resentment the passing of time, enlightenment and much legistation had settled back to the top.  In giving any recognition of the accomplishments made since MLK first began his March for Civil Rights, he mentions that blacks have “taken Food Stamps” and “Welfare” and rather than riding in the back of the bus to attend MLK’s Rally 47 years ago, THIS time they rode “First Class”, could eat in restaurants had “accomdations” and have an African American president in the White House… an African American president who now oddly fails to support, runs away from, has pressured to resign or has out-right fired at least ten significant African American political figures.


Glenn Beck spoke primarily of God, returning to churches and learning from the past to make a better tomorrow. And he spoke of John Newton, the one-time “blind” slave boat captain whose eyes were opened by God and who came to write “Amazing Gracce”, one of the most inspirational hymns of spiritual redeption we have ever known. He also repeatedly encouraged us look at the “scars” of the past but to focus more on how much we have healed and how these lessons will take us to a better future.


And Al re-lived this moment… again…





He told us that Eric Holder’s wife-to-be was there. He told us how, as the little sister of the young black woman who was forbidden to enter the University of Alabama, her eyes were “full of terror” as she witnessed that injustice. But what he didn’t tell his listeners was that the man standing defiantly in front of the door to that college was a democrat named George Wallace. Nor did Sharpton mention another racist democrat  in office back then who was openly and unapoligetically opposed to King’s Civil Rights efforts.

In March of 1968, while referring to Dr. King’s leaving Memphis, Tenn., after riots broke out where a teenager was killed, Democrat Sen. Robert Byrd (W.Va.), a former member of the Ku Klux Klan, called Dr. King a “trouble-maker” who starts trouble, but runs like a coward after trouble is ignited. A few weeks later, Dr. King returned to Memphis and was assassinated on April 4, 1968.

Other things Al Sharpton never mentions when he talks about Martin Luther King’s fight for Civil Rights? Then president John Kennedy was opposed King’s 1963 march on Washington D.C. and voted against the 1957 Civil Rights Act when he was a senator… as did democratic senator, Al Gore. Furthermore, in its efforts to “support” the Civil Rights Movement, the Kennedy administration appointed racist judges in Alabama, Mississippi, and Georgia to do favors for his Southern Democratic political cronies, and only became concerned about black people when things appeared on television that embarrassed the administration and the nation before the world.  Sharpton also never mentioned that the man who organized Mr. King’s March on Washington 47 years ago was a man named, A. Phillip Randolph who (like King) was also a black republican.


Other “unmentionables:

The FBI tried to discredit and destroy Martin Luther King. In 1963, Assistant Director William C. Sullivan wrote to Hoover,

“We must mark [MLK] now, if we have not before, as the most dangerous Negro in the future of this Nation from the standpoint of communism, the Negro, and national security…. It may be unrealistic to limit [counterintelligence] to legalistic proofs that would stand up in court or before Congressional Committees.” 



Yes, the left has worked hard to have you believe, “Given that King was a life-long Democrat” that his political views “had moved well to the left of the Democratic mainstream by the time of his assassination in 1968”. The truth is, Martin Luther King Jr. was so critical of “the democratic mainstream” (and was considered to be such a threat to their agenda) that Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy authorized round-the-clock surveillance of King. Yeah… and Martin Luther King, Jr. was so “well to the left” he even went under cover to give an address to the 1952 Republican National Convention and after gaining their trust, King registered as a republican in 1956 to make his disguise and cover more believeable.


Claims vs Facts at Both Events


From TBD: The Facts Machine,


10:44 a.m. —The records

For a little context, here are the records for Beck and Palin from PolitiFact. We would link to Sharpton’s, but it doesn’t look like PolitiFact has ever checked him.


In conclusion, I guess it only makes sense to compare the closing statements made by both Glenn Beck and Al Sharpton to the attendees at their respective gatherings. I mean, the last words of a speech are generally those the speaker chooses to sum up the point they want all of their other words to make and clarifies the message the speaker wants the listener to take home with them. So let’s compare. Let’s see whose message was closer to the spirit of Martin Luther King’s speech of “I Have A Dream” and who was more concerned with visually inflating attendance numbers and giving the appearance of doing something important. Read both and judge for yourself.


Glenn Beck:


America, your choice is clear. We can only concentrate on the scars, or we can see what is in and what lies just ahead. Make your choice. Set people free and spread the word. God bless. Good night.

Al Sharpton:


As we get ready I want ‘yall to (inaudible). We going to line up and I want you to follow the marchers. Now don’t rush, ’cause they’re already gonna try to act wudn’t but two or three thousand of us in here. So let the line… stretch. So they can show the world the real dreamers in town.  

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