The Uniter

The Democrats continue to build their brand by dividing America along lines of race, ethinicity or religion. Their focus on this manipulation leaves them delivering a message that is non-responsive to the challenges the country faces. Glenn Beck steps into the void. The dividers are right to be scared.

“The March on Washington changed America,’’ Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District of Columbia’s delegate to Congress, said at the Sharpton rally, referring to King’s 1963 speech. “Our country reached to overcome the low points of our racial history. Glenn Beck’s march will change nothing. But you can’t blame Glenn Beck for his March on Washington envy. Too bad he doesn’t have a message worthy of the place.’’

How does a person know of the worthiness of a message they haven't heard?

Avis Jones-DeWeever, executive director of the National Council of Negro Women, also spoke to the crowd at the high school.

“Don’t let anyone tell you that they have the right to take their country back,’’ she said. “It’s our country, too. We will reclaim the dream. It was ours from the beginning.’’

They can only think in terms of divide. Beck isn't trying to take anything away from people. He's trying to end the game of Divide & Conquer, the backbone of the Democratic electoral strategy.
At the counter demonstration at Dunbar High School, which was primarily African-American, Joyce White arrived early to show her opposition to Beck. “If we hadn’t elected a black president, do you think they would be doing this today?’’ she asked.

This is how Democrats have been taught to think. But Obama's race had nothing to do with yesterday's huge response to Beck, or the impending implosion of the Obama majorities. Their race colored glasses are blinding Democrats, leaving them out of step with the political moment.

Beck, a Fox News host, has developed a national following by assailing President Obama and Democrats, and he warned yesterday that “our children could be slaves to debt.’’ But he insisted that the rally “has nothing to do with politics. It has everything to do with God, turning our faith back to the values and principles that made us great.

How shrill does Al Sharpton sound? How out of touch is his need to view unemployment as a matter of race? By contrast, feel the hope, and solace, offered by Beck. Perhaps we can move beyond Divide & Conquer, he suggests, and focus on what America really needs.