On Glenn Beck: The Constitution Guarantees His Right to Assemble and Speak

6 years ago

With his staff’s monumental assistance, Glenn Beck has done an enormous amount of research. On modern day Americans and our antecedents. On different leaders in history, their policies and politics. He talks of honor. Of faith.

TV commentator Glenn Beck addresses the crowd on camera as he stands on the steps in front of the Lincoln Memorial to address supporters at his Restoring Honor rally on theNational Mall in Washington, August 28, 2010.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS MEDIA)

The US Constitution protects his right to speak. To draw conclusions. To lead a peaceful assembly.  And so he does.

Throughout our nation’s history people have said all manner of things. Smart things. Stupid things. Great things. Meaningless things. Incendiary things. And their allies and foes debated as well. That is one part of what America stands for. The free and fair exchange of ideas is a part of us all.

When someone uses incendiary language, we do not have to listen. We do not have to embrace their language. We have no obligation to empower them.  We have a right and obligation to stand up against those who would breach our values.

We must know the difference between speech we dislike and speech that is incendiary. We must be willing to defend the rights of others who say things we disagree with. We have to be honorable enough to defend them. Because honoring our Constitution, the sacrifices of our Armed Forces, federal law enforcement officers from the Secret Service to the Border Patrol, and our local law enforcement who protect us from danger, from evil – seen and unseen, is our obligation.

I don’t listen to Glenn Beck every day. I’m not an ardent follower. But I also don’t have a problem with him drawing his own conclusions. I don’t think the Republic will collapse because of him. I don’t think the nation will collapse because of Van Jones either. But…that doesn’t mean we do nothing.

Living with honor matters. And that brings me to why I am glad Glenn Beck stands on The Mall today, with thousands of Americans lifting their hearts to praise our nation and faith. If he lights the fire, the love of country and inspires people to be honorable – that is a good thing. That’s not about his policies – just about one human connecting to another.

I don’t have to agree with him to be glad he stands there. I don’t agree with him on many things. But I believe he has a right to say it. Here in the United States we have an unbridled freedom.  Where dreams are possibilities. Where one person matters. Where one voice makes a difference. I don’t believe that faith in our fellow man is negative. It is necessary.

If Glenn Beck inspires one person to live right and be worthy, then it was a successful event. I suppose I am grateful to see him, and so many others, standing in our nation’s capitol city honoring not just America – but America’s warriors. The event is cohosted by the Special Forces Warrior Foundation. These are men who know what sacrifice is, they make it every day. Their families love them, sacrifice with them, bury them and carry on.

The price of freedom is omnipresent to them. If Glenn Beck inspires one American to honor them – to me, it’s worth it all.


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