Vail Daily columnist Richard Carnes: Wasted opportunity at Washington’s mall |

Vail Daily columnist Richard Carnes: Wasted opportunity at Washington’s mall

Saturday morning lay before me – to play golf with two of my boys or sit at home in front of the TV and watch a pompous, egotistical, bigoted fanatic promote his ideology based on ancient superstitions to the alienated sheep desperate for promotion.

Spank whitey or watch whitey spank the masses – what to do, what to do, what to do?

But as all real Americans know, those desperate for being told what to do and how to do it have as much of a right to gather and listen to claptrap as the claptrap-enabler has to shout his or her nebulous nonsense to the masses.

It is a freedom such as this for which we are eternally grateful, for any time human beings gather for a plea to be decent to one another, we are all better for it in the long run. I cannot envision a gathering of this magnitude that does not end in rioting and senseless deaths being called anything other than uniquely American.

From what I have been able to gather, Glenn Beck’s tent-styled revival show, “Restoring Honor,” was put together with gal pal Sarah Palin, where they shared a stage on The Mall in Washington, D.C., in the shadow of the Lincoln Memorial, on the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech, and no one was allowed to call it a political event.


But in spite of the title, there did not seem to be a clearly stated or thoroughly thought out purpose for the event other than to preach to the choir and sell Beck and Palin books by the crate.

It was certainly their right to do so.

Admittedly, I have tried to watch the man’s show. But each time, I somehow become wrapped up in trying to buy gold online instead, and the next thing I know, Bill O’Reilly is busy informing me of who to be scared of next.

Maybe I’m just not smart enough to get these guys.

Watching the highlights that night, I heard Beck say, “This is the beginning of the end of darkness. We have been in darkness for a long time.”

Whoa, Glenn. Finally there is something on which we can certainly agree. We, all humans, have wandered in the darkness of ancient beliefs for far too long. The Dark Ages were not called so due to a lack of light but a stifled lack of progress caused by the leaders of the day using fear and ignorance as tools to stay in power and control others.

And I agree with Glenn that it has gone on long enough.

So, I guess what I’m saying is, “Thanks, Glenn Beck (and Sarah!)” for pointing out what needs to be done in order to keep America No. 1!

But I must add that, although I can’t take credit for its creation, the best summary I came across was:

Martin Luther King: I have a dream.

Glenn Beck: I have a scheme.

Best of luck with the gold sales.

Richard Carnes, of Edwards, writes weekly. He can be reached at Comment on

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