Archive for August, 2010

Restoring Honor – Highlights

August 29, 2010

US has ‘wandered in darkness” too long

August 28, 2010

Beck says US has `wandered in darkness’ too long

AP – Glenn Beck speaks at his ‘Restoring Honor’ rally in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Saturday, …

By PHILIP ELLIOTT, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON – From the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, conservative broadcaster Glenn Beck told the tens of thousands of activists he drew from around the nation Saturday that the U.S. has too long “wandered in darkness.”

At an event billed as nonpolitical but reflecting the mood of a sizable number in the country, the rally’s marquee speaker, Sarah Palin, praised “patriots” in the audience for “knowing never to retreat.”

The two champions of the tea party movement spoke from the very spot where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech 47 years ago. Some civil rights leaders who have denounced Beck’s choice of a venue staged a rival rally to honor King.

Palin, the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee who may make a White House run in 2012, said activists must honor King’s legacy by paying tribute to the men and women who protect the United States in uniform.

Beck, pacing back and forth on the marble steps, said he was humbled by the size of the crowd, which stretched along the Washington Mall’s long reflecting pool nearly all the way to the Washington Monument.

“Something beyond imagination is happening,” he said. “America today begins to turn back to God.”

AP/Jacquelyn Martin

“For too long, this country has wandered in darkness,” said Beck, a Fox News host. He said it was now time to “concentrate on the good things in America, the things we have accomplished and the things we can do tomorrow.”

Neither Beck nor Palin made overtly political comments.

Palin, greeted by chants of “USA, USA, USA” from many in the crowd, told the gathering, “It is so humbling to get to be here with you today, patriots. You who are motivated and engaged … and knowing never to retreat.”

“We must restore America and restore her honor,” said the former Alaska governor, echoing the name of the rally, “Restoring Honor.”

Palin told the crowd she wasn’t speaking as a politician. “No, something more, something much more. I’ve been asked to speak as the mother of a soldier and I am proud of that distinction. Say what you want to say about me, but I raised a combat vet and you can’t take that away from me.” It was a reference to her son, Track, 20, who served a yearlong deployment in Iraq.

Palin honored military members in her speech. She likened the rally participants to the civil rights activists who came to the National Mall to hear King’s historic speech. She said the same spirit that helped civil rights activists overcome oppression, discrimination and violence would help this group as well.

“We are worried about what we face. Sometimes, our challenges seem insurmountable,” Palin said.

“Look around you. You’re not alone,” Palin told participants.

The crowd — organizers had a permit for 300,000 — was vast, with people standing shoulder to shoulder across large expanses of the Mall. The National Park Service stopped doing crowd counts in 1997 after the agency was accused of underestimating numbers for the 1995 Million Man March.

Civil rights leaders protested the event and scheduled a 3-mile plus march from a high school to the site of a planned King memorial near the Tidal Basin and not far from Beck’s gathering.

Karen Watts, 57, of Mount Vernon, N.Y., was among those attending the King rally and march. “The dream is not forgotten,” she said. “I live my life honoring Dr. King to make sure I’m part of that dream, by serving my community.”

Of Beck’s rally, she said, “They’re American citizens. So long as they don’t infringe upon my rights … let them do what they do.”

Eleanor Holmes Norton, Washington’s delegate to Congress, said she remembers being at King’s march on Washington, which she said prompted change and ended segregation in public places. “Glenn Beck’s march will change nothing. But you can’t blame Glenn Beck for his March-on-Washington envy,” she said.

Beck has said he did not intend to choose the King anniversary for his rally but had since decided it was “divine providence.”

Beck, in a taped presentation mixed in with his live remarks, invoked King’s message and said “the fight for freedom was not easy.” He repeatedly injected religion into the event and urged rally participants to rely on faith to help the U.S. recover from an economic recession that has given the country stubbornly high unemployment.

“Faith is in short supply,” Beck said. “To restore America, we must restore ourselves.”

Organizers said their aim was to honor military personnel and others “who embody our nation’s founding principles of integrity, truth and honor.”

Many in the crowd watched the proceedings on large television screens. On the edges of the Mall, vendors sold “Don’t Tread on Me” flags, popular with tea party activists. Other activists distributed fliers urging voters “dump Obama.” The pamphlet included a picture of the president with a Hitler-style mustache.

The Rev. Al Sharpton, leading the civil rights march and rally, mocked the Beck production. “The folks who used to criticize us for marching are trying to have a march themselves,” he said. “We come because the dream has not been achieved. We’ve made a lot of progress. But we still have a long way to go.”

He said he wasn’t seeking a confrontation with those at the Beck rally.

“We wouldn’t disgrace today by allowing you to provoke us,” he said in remarks directed at the Beck followers. “If peopple start heckling, smile at them,” he told fellow marchers.

People began filling up the space between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument early in the day, many waving American flags. Wasington’s subway system was extremely crowded with long lines of people trying to get to the rally. Metro spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said that there was crowding at least a dozen stations.

Ricky Thomas, 43, a SWAT team police officer from Chesapeake Beach, Md., brought his 10-year old son Chase to the Beck rally. “I wanted my son to see democracy in action,” Thomas said.

He said he wants government to stay out of people’s lives. He acknowledged that he works for government, but said it’s “a part of government that helps people when they are in trouble.”

Beck has given voice to those angry and frustrated with President Barack Obama and other Democrats this election year, especially members of the tea party movement.

Restoring Honor – Be the Change!

August 27, 2010

The American Dream

August 27, 2010
The American Dream
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

For many immigrants, the Statue of Liberty was their first view of the United States, signifying freedom and personalliberty. The statue is an iconic symbol of the United States and of the American Dream.

The American Dream, sometimes in the phrase “Chasing the American Dream,” is a national ethos of the United States in which freedom includes a promise of prosperity and success. In the American Dream, first expressed by James Truslow Adams in 1931, “life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement” regardless of social class or circumstances of birth. [1] The idea of the American Dream is rooted in the second sentence of the Declaration of Independence which states that “all men are created equal” and that they are “endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights” including “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

“Those Voices Don’t Speak for the Rest of Us”

August 24, 2010

Continúa la pelea soberanista

August 16, 2010

Por Carmen Arroyo Colón, EL VOCERO

Luis Vega Ramos (en la foto superior) y Luis Raúl Torres arremeten contra Jorge Colberg Toro en conferencia de prensa. Luis Vega Ramos (en la foto superior) y Luis Raúl Torres arremeten contra Jorge Colberg Toro en conferencia de prensa.

Los representantes populares Luis Vega Ramos y Luis Raúl Torres la emprendieron hoy contra su homólogo Jorge Colberg a quien acusaron de ignorar las recomendaciones del sector soberanista para el manual de capacitación sobre el status denominado Pacto de Futuro.

En conferencia de prensa en su oficina legislativa, Vega Ramos y Torres le solicitaron a Colberg que deje de llamarlos independentistas y que se abstenga de hacer ataques en su contra.

“El 99 por ciento del liderato no ha visto ese manual”, dijo Torres al destacar que no es independentista y que pertenece al PPD por sus convicciones no por lazos familiares.

Vega Ramos hizo un recuento de las comunicaciones escritas que le cursó a Colberg desde el año pasado con sus recomendaciones para el Pacto de Futuro. “Un número sustancial no fueron incluidas”, alegó Vega en la conferencia de prensa en la que al igual que Torres aceptó que no ha leído la versión final del manual de capacitación política.

A sólo pasos de la oficina legislativa de Vega donde se llevó a cabo la rueda de prensa, ubica la de Colberg. Este último refutó punto por punto los señalamientos de sus compañeros. Explicó en que páginas del manual se encuentran las recomendaciones que le hicieron.

“¿Quién dice la verdad y quién dice miente en el PPD?”, sostuvo Colberg. Aseguró que la versión final del manual no está en manos de los representantes porque llegó de la imprenta hace días.

“Que se lo lean”, dijo Colberg.

Criticó que en vez de solicitarle una copia, Vega Ramos y Torres hayan optado por hacer una conferencia de prensa.

“Llevan año y medio agarrados del asunto de la soberanía porque creen que el mundo se va a acabar”, dijo Colberg.

Soberanía con cupones

August 14, 2010

El representante popular Jorge Colberg Toro planteo el viernes que las ayudas federales como los cupones de alimentos son derechos adquiridos y deben ser incluidos en el pacto de soberanía del Partido Popular presentado en un documento llamado “pacto de futuro”. El documento de unas 135 páginas presenta además asuntos que el Partido se compromete a realizar como lo son: el derecho universal a la salud, erradicar la pobreza y elevar a rango constitucional la Autonomía Municipal.

Según el también Director de Instituto de Capacitación Política del PPD (Partido Popular Democrático), el panfleto no es un plan de gobierno. Sin embargo, está convencido de que el mismo no creará divisiones en las distintas visiones ideológicas de la colectividad.

“Este es el documento que a mi juicio va a garantizar la unidad de todos los estadolibristas”, subrayó el Representante.

El Legislador mencionó que a partir del 16 de septiembre comenzará la campaña de educación del documento denominada “Fuerza Nueva Para el ELA” en el Comité Municipal de PPD en Trujillo Alto.

La actividad contará con la presencia, entre otros, de Alejandro García Padilla.