No, he really did leave out the overt Obama-bashing, the smears and character assassination of people he disagrees with, and the political conspiracy theories that make up a good part of his show. He focused on his more abstract and "positive" themes, which involve lots of patriotic gibberish and God talk.
1. Are the teabaggers political? Because they and other right wing political organizations (NRA, FreedomWorks,Americans for Prosperity, etc) were involved in organizing
2. His rally was about "reclaiming" the civil rights movement, correct? Is civil rights a political issue?
3. Various speakers talked about abortion, same sex marriage, prayer in school, all of which are political issues for the right.
4. Sarah Palin and a host of GOP speakers were there. How many liberal/ progressive speakers were invited? You cannot tell me
liberals would not be out to honor military service or first ammendment rights.
5. I do not think it entirely
hinges on whether Glenn "dumbest dumbfuck in dumbfuckistan" Beck said political things. I think the aims of the crowd and Beck are important too. And they were undeniably political.
From Think Progress
One of his organizations was there registering voters
More at Media Matters
Most observers have noted that the tone of the rally was generally less angry and less full of crazy than other Tea Party events (I think banning signs helped).
He banned the signs because he is aware of the kooks he draws. The angry, crazy kooks were still there, you just had a harder time identifying them.
I'm just giving credit where it's due.
I am all for that. I'm just not convinced it is due in this case.
One more from Think Progress
to compliment the MLK-Beck timeline. How Beck's and King's philosophies are opposites.