Ed Schultz: Living Life in Beck's Shadow

When Glenn Beck held his “Restoring Honor” rally on August 28, 2010, blithering MSNBC host Ed Schultz was quick to paint it as a political ploy. Perhaps you’ve noticed that liberals commonly make this accusation. This is because everything liberals do really is political, so they can’t imagine anyone thinking or acting from a motivation greater than furthering political power.

Wouldn’t you have loved to have been a fly on the wall of Schultz’s little mind when Beck’s rally proved to be a bona fide non-political call to return to our Founding principles?
Even for us non-flies, Schultz’s outrage over Beck’s rally was readily apparent in the way he dismissed its astounding attendance as “no big shakes.” And the way he belittled Beck’s ability to draw 300,000 people to the Lincoln Memorial with the words: “I bet I could I do that.”

Maybe it’s just me, but I’m guessing that if there’s even one honest bone in Schultz, he’s sitting in a quiet place right now wishing he had never said: “I bet I could do that.”

I make this point because on October 2, 2010, the braggadocios Schultz held his “One Nation Rally” at the very same location where Beck’s rally had gathered five weeks earlier, but instead of drawing 300,000 participants Schultz drew an estimated 80,000 (a goodly percentage of which were rumored to have been driven to the rally on union chartered buses).

These two rallies provide a perfect microcosm through which to view the differences between grass roots conservatism, which is ascending, and the Democrat Party, which is imploding.

Cartoon courtesy of Brett Noel

 For example, conservatives from all over the world came to Beck’s rally because they wanted to, while an untold percentage of Schultz’s small crowd came because they had to. Their union-thug bosses allegedly had them driven there. And while conservatives at the Beck rally had the privilege of listening to speakers like Sarah Palin, those who attended the “One Nation Rally” strained to shake hands with New York’s beleaguered Representative Charles Rangel. And whereas Beck stood in front of his crowd and pointed them back to our nation’s founding principles, Schultz stood in front of his little group and urged them to “stand together; [and] fight the forces of evil,” which he described as “the conservatives in this country.”

What a stark contrast! Beck’s rally focused on freedom, with speakers like Palin touting “American Exceptionalism,” while Schultz’s little get together focused on how terrible conservatives are, with congressmen like Rangel, who may face criminal prosecution, roaming through the crowd.

On an even deeper level, since Beck’s crowd came because they wanted to, they demonstrated the free-market principles so lauded by conservatives. And because an unknown portion of Schultz’s crowd came because they had to, they demonstrated the ongoing liberal tactic of seeking power then using that power to coerce the people.

In the end, the politically incorrect truth is that Schultz is living life in Beck’s shadow. He is as out of touch with reality as liberals are in general, and he’s lucky he was able to assemble the 80,000 that attended the “One Nation Rally” to begin with.

Maybe now, looking back on it, Schultz will be willing to admit that what Beck has accomplished is “big shakes” after all.