Glenn Beck Returns to DC for Tea Party Rallies
Conservatives are getting the band back together. On Wednesday, Glenn Beck reprises a familiar role, taking the stage at a rally in DC to galvanize grass roots conservatives against an encroaching government. Only this time, he will headline two rallies that will thrust the Tea Party back to center-stage on two critical issues.
Wednesday, Reps. Steve King and Michele Bachmann are hosting a dialogue on immigration reform on the steps of the US Capitol. The nearly day-long event will provide a more robust discussion on the issue than is currently happening in Congress. Glenn Beck will speak at this event in the morning.
Beck will then travel to the other side of the Capitol to address a Tea Party Patriots' rally to "Audit the IRS," in response to that agency's intimidation of conservative activists and organizations. Although the rally is in specific response to the IRS scandal, it touches on growing anxiety individual citizens have about government's increasing pervasiveness in our lives. Americans increasingly can no longer trust the government to act within its constitutional boundaries.
Both rallies have been organized on short notice, in response to fast-breaking news. The Wednesday date makes it difficult for many engaged activists to attend. Neither event may have a lot of people physically attending. That doesn't mean the nation isn't watching, however.
Beck was an incredibly positive force supporting grass roots activists in 2009 and 2010. He, like many activists, receded a bit from the scene after that. Beck's return to DC signals that the movement is back. It will make its presence felt in 2014.