Free to ignore Glenn Beck

August 30, 2010

Whenever elections roll around in this country, we get our fill of angry "patriots" making outrageous accusations against candidates of the opposite party and equally outrageous claims of their own rightness when it comes to God and the Constitution.

As in the old saying, "Never overestimate the intelligence of the American People", Glenn Beck feels confident that his followers will actually believe him when he claims he was unaware of the date's significance when he planned his big rally on the 47th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I have a Dream" speech" at the Lincoln Memorial. ("Thousands attend Beck rally," Aug. 29).

The tea party groups added their loud-mouthed support to this supposedly ignorant choice of dates and Sarah Palin expected the crowd to believe she was speaking "not as a politician" but as the mother of a veteran.

Freedom of speech is written into of our Bill of Rights, but paying attention to those who seek personal power and acclaim by exploiting mob mentality is a choice.

Elizabeth W. Goldsborough, Owings Mills

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