I’ll preface this post with some most likely unimportant disclaimers, but given the ever increasing hysteria emanating from the left side of the political spectrum regarding Glen Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally on the National Mall this past Saturday I feel the need to dispel some possible conspiracy theories about the event.

First off, I’m not what you could consider a “follower” of Glen Beck. I’ve never heard his radio show and only occasionally catch his television show. It’s not that I dislike the man – much to the contrary. I simply don’t have the time or inclination to follow another political talk show – or host for that matter. By the time I get home from work and/or grad school on any given day my brain is much better suited to an episode or two of NCIS. I’m sure in the minds of some people I’m a bad person. I’m ok with that.

All disclaimers aside, the Ravishing Mrs. Cordeiro found out about the 8/28 rally and decided the whole family should attend. As a general rule I avoid the National Mall when large – or small – events are planned there. I’m not a big crowd person. Never the less, bright and early on that Saturday morning we packed up the kids, a few camp chairs, and a cooler and joined the throngs of American headed for DC.

Most of the Beltway Chattering Class expected to find throngs of Obama hating, bitter rednecks clinging to their religious guns waving racist flags and chanting “down with Barry” as Beck ordered them to trash the Lincoln Memorial. If I exaggerate, it is only slightly. Never the less, there was no civil strife or riot associated with the rally.

What I can tell you was that I have seldom, if ever, witnessed a more orderly procession of a massive group of people in all my years in DC. The DC subway system (WMATA) was not exactly prepared for the influx of people into DC. The Springfield station where I boarded the train was literally packed to the gills as thousands of people waited in line to buy tickets from the three operational ticket machines. There was no pushing, no shoving, and no disturbances of any kind. People packed the trains – kids gave up their seats for the elderly and disabled. The commute went better than most weekdays in DC when far fewer people head into the city.

I won’t go into much detail about the content of the rally – pictures and video are readily available from a variety of sources. Yes, at times it did seem like Beck was – to paraphrase John Wayne – a “bible thumping preacher yelling up a revival at a river crossing camp meeting”. Maybe, and most likely, this country needs a little (or a lot) of what Beck was preaching. If India is the most religious nation on the planet and Sweden is the most secular, than America is a nation of Indians governed by Swedes. Contrary to leftist political “wisdom” there is nothing wrong with telling a people to turn to a higher power in times of trouble and strife.

You can tell a lot about a people by the way they treat a venue. What I can tell you is that the area used for Beck’s rally looked better after the rally than it did at any time I’ve ever been there. There was not a loose piece of paper, trash, or any other refuse or litter to be seen in the area. Compare this with the 130 tons of trash left on the Mall in the wake of The One’s inauguration and ask yourself which constituency you’d rather have on your lawn.

There is a biblical proverb which warns “He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind”. All The One had to do was look at the size and dedication of that assembled peaceful group of concerned Americans to know that the wind is coming.

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