What can one make of the Glenn Beck phenomenon that attracted hundreds of thousands of people to the Lincoln Memorial? I lived in Washington for years and cannot remember a larger well behaved crowd gathering for reasons that, on the surface, did not inspire fiery protests and calls for social justice.
Clearly though it was anger and disappointment that brought these people together. The way I read it, they were people who were fed up with the drift away from what they perceived as the bedrock symbols of an older America, where the old verities dominated our culture. In shorthand, they were pissed off by the way things were going in our country.
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