The Alyona Show: Is Glenn Beck the new MLK?
Can Glenn Beck be leading a new fight for civil rights? Beck is claiming he really didn’t know it was the anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech when he chose to hold a big DC Tea Party rally on August 28. He has since embraced the date and is saying its "divine providence." Christopher Chambers, Georgetown University professor and author of the blog Nat Turner's Revenge, explains Beck's comments are 50 percent publicity and 50 percent appealing to fanatics and fools. He debates with Lloyd Marcus, spokesperson and entertainer for the Tea Party Movement who says these rallies have nothing to do with race and everything to do with policies.
Then, it looks like economic uncertainty is here to stay. Early this morning, the Commerce Department released figures showing that economic growth has slowed to an anemic rate of 1.6 percent. Then, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke announced that if the economy continues to deteriorate, the Fed will take action. But with unemployment high and consumer confidence low how much can they really do? RT Financial Correspondent Lauren Lyster explains that if you read between the lines, even Bernanke doesn’t sound confident on saving the American economy.
Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer wrote an op-ed attacking liberals, not so much for their beliefs or their policies, but for what he claims is race baiting. When it comes to the mosque debate, or that over immigration, he claims that liberals find themselves with nothing better to do than to call people Islamophobes and nativists. RT Producer Jenny Churchill claims it’s the elites who don’t want to hear the thoughts of the people on five of the hottest debates in the country.
Then, on Monday morning outside Fort Hood, five protestors took it upon themselves to blockade a public street used for mass military deployments and halted buses carrying deploying soldiers for just 10 seconds. Despite the fact that the Iraq war isn’t over and the war in Afghanistan has become the longest in US history, protesters have disappeared compared to the thousands or even millions at the start of the Iraq war, and especially since the days of Vietnam. Dolores Huerta, a tireless activist and co-founder of United Farm Workers of America with Cesar Chavez, describes a time when people really felt like they could make a difference
And, get this: Government agents can now sneak onto your property in the middle of the night, put a GPS device on the bottom of your car, and keep track of your every move. This new rule applies in California and eight other western states. Is this the beginning of a police state?
Finally, major league baseball, America’s favorite past-time, is apparently ripping off American taxpayers. A leak reveals that the Florida Marlins were hiding their very healthy operating income to get billions of taxpayer money to build a new stadium. Matt Welch, editor-in-chief of Reason magazine explains how they got away with it. He says they’re pissed off because they got caught. And politicians want to cut the ribbons and feel like they helped build something.