*Glenn Beck, the popular conservative talk show host, turned preacher Saturday, telling a large crowd gathered on the National Mall that in order to restore America’s honor, it must “turn back to God.”
Standing on nearly the same marble steps from which the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech 47 years ago, Mr. Beck, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and others called on the crowd gathered at the Lincoln Memorial to honor the country’s military members and to return the country to the traditional religious values and principles of “faith, hope and charity” that made it great.
“Something that is beyond man is happening,” Mr. Beck declared. “America today begins to turn back to God. For too long, this country has wandered in darkness.”
Despite his attempt to bill the event as “nonpolitical,” Mr. Beck’s remarks were based on the belief that the country had lost its moral compass and lost its respect for the individual — problems he often blames on President Obama and Democratic leaders in Congress.
“Are we so pessimistic that we no longer believe in the individual and the power of the individual? Do we no longer believe in dreams?” he asked.
Mr. Beck warned that “our children could be slaves to debt.”