Martin Luther King or Glenn Beck: Whose Speech Was Better?

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Glenn Beck's stirring oratory made the nation forget MLK
For years now, one dude has hogged Martin Luther King Jr. Day. And that dude is Martin Luther King Jr. His "I Have a Dream" speech will probably be broadcast five thousand times on five thousand channels today, as it is every year.

But what was once the gold standard in modern oratory was completely surpassed last year by the only man capable of picking up Dr. King's torch: Glenn Beck. On the anniversary of the "Dream" speech in 2010, Beck delivered the speech that we should be remembering today, and on every successive Glenn Beck Day.

For one thing, King's "I Have a Dream" was a paltry 17 minutes, while Beck, equipped with a boom-mounted microphone that King would've killed for, spoke for over an hour. Moreover, his speech was seasoned with the occasional joke. That's why just about every American today can quote entire passages of Beck's speech, unlike King's tired rambling. If you still can't pick up what we're putting down, take a look at these excerpts from the two men's speeches and see for yourself which ones our nation should celebrate and remember every year.

King: "When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir....It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned."

Beck: "George Washington. He was a general. He fought and fought and fought and fought. And when it was falling apart, when they needed the Constitution, they came riding to his front door. And they knocked on his door. And he answered it."

King: "Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering justice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of captivity. But 100 years later, we must face the tragic fact that the Negro is still not free."

Beck: "If I may share with you the Gettysburg Address: [Quotes the Gettysburg Address]."

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Not one mention of buying gold or FEMA concentration camps? FAIL

King: "This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling-off, or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to open the doors of opportunity to all of God's children. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood."

Beck: "Imagine if you were in bondage in ancient Egypt, and you were crying out to the Almighty, 'Send us, send us someone to free us!' And a man shows up with a stick. Don't you think they said, 'You gotta be kidding me'?....But look what that stick and what that man did."

King: "I have a dream that, one day, every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low. The rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together."

Beck: "We must advance or perish. I choose 'advance.'"

See what we mean? We know whose speech we'll be listening to 5,000 times today. 

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Samsonscourthse
Samsonscourthse

Beck, please for the love of God, shut up. Shut up. Shut up. Oh just SHUT UP. Please?

meh
meh

Satire is lost on you people.

Tyrone_75
Tyrone_75

I respect the dream of MLK and I believe he was a great leader and necessary to the civil rights movement. As a man, he was an adulterer and I lose some respect for him in this regard. I have difficulty truly honoring man who can cheat on his wife because of a lust and indulgence in other women, I will respect his vision however.

Nick
Nick

Hey Craig Malisow... Can't you just feel the love your fans have for you? You know they sat here and took the same amount of time reading this article that you took listening to what Beck and others might have to say.

I think this is a good object lesson for you, how people who don’t listen to what Beck or anyone else has to say; it’s a knee jerk reaction to the name Glenn Beck.

Just reading the comments here, can’t you feel the vile and hate coming from them? If Beck is the opposite of them, then thank God I’m not like you or like any of the other people posting such hate. I don’t know how you can survive day to day feeling pure hate for anyone.

I’m sure MLK would be proud of all the people who have commented here without reading what you wrote. It looks like they are “PRE-JUDGING” you by the name of Glenn Beck. Nah… they wouldn’t do that, not good liberals like yourself.

Oh, and I think you better add one more line at the end of this article… Please don’t attack me, I’m one of you! I’m a card carrying liberal… I swear!

Not
Not

This is a stupid article. Beck was not trying to compete with Dr. King's words. Nobody can! What Dr. King said and what he stood for are legendary. In fact, out of respect for Dr. King, Glenn stood several steps down from the spot where the famous speech was given. He wasn't trying to compete with or hijack his legacy. If you actually watch or listen to the entire 'Restoring Honor' event, you'll see that it was held in honor of MLK and the values he stood for.

It appears that your goal was to make Glenn look silly by comparing parts of his speech (that were meant to be funny OR that don't make sense on their own) to famous parts of Dr. King's speech. Hmm... didn't really work for me. Of course, I watched the real speech so I know the truth. I respect both men. While Glenn can be a Rodeo Clown at times (his own words), it's sad that you missed the true spirit of the message.

the dick
the dick

Glenn beck you can go fuck your self you are no Dr King and who ever wrote this article can go fuck them-self , you should have some decency for this man he put his life for his fellow man he died for a cause he believed in un like you who dose noting but cause problemsyou will never be half the man he is .

Maxxxsushi
Maxxxsushi

Your.....kidding, right? Beck? My only question is who is the bigger retard....Beck or you?

I loathe RepTards
I loathe RepTards

Thank you for the excerpts!! 'Nuff said. Hear that, Glenn Beck? 'NUFF SAID, BUDDY. NOW SHUT YER PIE HOLE.

Samsonscourthse
Samsonscourthse

The last perfect man died on a cross more than 2,000 years ago. Dr King was a great man but he was a man and therefore imperfect. Nonetheless, his wife forgave him and that's all that is important to me. What he did was her business, not mine.

God Bless us all and grant that we be forgiving accept forgiveness.

Chef504
Chef504

I believe Glenn Beck could quite possibly be the most asinine person that has a platform to subject people to his rants of utter stupidity. It's difficult for me to even begin to understand what people get out of his insight. Liberal or conservative, he is just a douche. I would love to see him sit down with Jon Stewart. I'm sure Jon would try not to use big words and introduce facts in slowly so as not to blow his mind.

Samsonscourthse
Samsonscourthse

Beck makes himself look silly. The man is a drug & alcohol addict who is trying to fill his addiction with the approval of as many people as he can get. To do that, he does and says what he hopes will get him approval. Oh and money. He likes his money.

FascianoR
FascianoR

Oh what sweet irony: movement Conservatism took its cue from the white backlash to the Civil Rights Act. For example, Ronald Reagan in the 60's talking about 'welfare chiselers' taking advantage of your hard-earned tax dollars.

Cory Martin
Cory Martin

This here be that fine, subtle art they refer to as 'satire'.

'Kidding' indeed.

ribalding
ribalding

Don't forget Reagan's "States Rights" speech conveniently and oh-so-innocently delivered in Philadelphia, Mississippi.

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