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Beck, Palin, Faith, Hope, and Charity

Hundreds of thousands rally in Washington.

5:55 PM, Aug 28, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
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One thing is certain, though: Neither Rhoden would be supporting President Obama’s reelection bid.

Palin’s address to the crowd today was hardly political, especially for a one-time nominee for vice president. Not once did she mention Obama, Democrats or, even, Republicans. Instead, she addressed the crowd as a mother of a soldier.

Palin heartily thanked “America’s finest, our men and women in the military.” She called the military “a force for good” in this world. “And that is nothing to apologize for,” Palin said, in what was probably the most political moment of her speech, as it was presumably a veiled shot at Obama for what many perceive as a worldwide apology tour taken by the president.

Palin used her time to defend America’s war in Afghanistan. And honored those who had made the ultimate sacrifice in the fight for freedom.

Here’s Palin’s full address:

Beck denounced those who call him a “fearmongerer” by likening himself to the iceberg-spotter on the Titanic. Beck, instead, asserted that he is trying to rescue America from a sinking ship. “We must, as a people, strengthen our spirit” and rise above, not go down, Beck said.

Only toward the end of the program did Beck refer to Democrats, Republicans, and independents. But it still wasn’t political. It was a unity call, imploring everyone to come together and unite to “restore honor.” It was a post-partisan moment. Similar, in a way, to Obama’s 2004 DNC speech, when the then-state senator from Illinois suggested that we should not remain isolated in a “red America” or a “blue America,” but should come together as the United States of America.

Beck announced that through his supporters he had been able to raise $5.5 million for this event. The crowd wrapped along the reflecting pool, shimmering out to the other memorials in the area and even around the back and far sides of the Lincoln Memorial, before thinning out near the Washington Monument.

The event lasted nearly three and a half hours on a hot summer day in Washington.

“America today begins to turn back to God,” Beck told the crowd at the beginning of the rally. Judging from the sizeable audience, and the enthusiasm that many supporters expressed, it’s pretty clear that hundreds of thousands wholeheartedly agree.

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