Beck's 'Restoring Honor' Rally Draws Diverse Crowd

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Hundreds of thousands of Americans came together in the National Mall in Washington, D.C. this weekend for Fox News talk show host Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally.

Former Gov. Sarah Palin, R-Alaska told the crowd it was time to restore America and Beck said this nation is turning back to God.

For all the controversy the rally stirred up in advance, in the end it turned out to be about exactly what it said it would be. Not politics and the Tea Party -- but about honor -- restoring it, teaching it and honoring those who live by its virtues.

Palin appeared and honored servicemen and women who have given so much and have also suffered for the country they so love.

"Though this rally is about restoring honor, for these men and women, honor was never lost," Palin said.

Beck said it's time for all Americans to become everyday heroes and people of virtue.

"So our children can see regular people making tough decisions and living their life the right way," Beck said.

Critics said Beck and his compatriots and Tea Party allies are racists and radicals and who were not worthy to stand where Martin Luther King, Jr. marched and stood. And apparently, not even King's kin like the conservative Dr. Alveda King.

"Faith, hope and love are not dead in America," Dr. Alveda King said. "Hallelujah! We still trust in God."

"They're having an anti-government march on a day that King came to appeal to government," Rev. Al Sharpton told reporters. "You can't have it both ways."

"We cannot allow people like Beck and even Alveda to turn back the clock on where America has been heading," said Rev. Timonthy McDonald of Atlanta 1st Iconium Baptist Church in Atlanta, Ga.

Those who came to the rally joined together for many causes and reasons, none of which seemed the least bit racist or radical.

"All of us have a right to express our views, and there's a lot of us who have a dream now, and the dream is that government get off our backs," said Dallas Woodhouse, the North Carolina director for Americans for Prosperity.

"The government has gotten far too big for far too long, and we hope that meetings like this will change that," said Dave Smith of Americans for Prosperity.

In the end, the rally wasn't for people who ask, "What about my rights?" -- but for those who ask, "What's right for my country?" and "What's the right thing for me to do?"

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As senior correspondent in CBN's Washington, D.C., bureau, Paul Strand has covered a variety of political and social issues, with an emphasis on defense, justice, and Congress.  Follow Paul on Twitter @PaulStrandCBN and "like" him at Facebook.com/PaulStrandCBN.