With midterm elections just two months away, the same spirit of change that ushered in a Democratic Congress and president now appears to be threatening the balance of power in the nation's capital.
Thousands of Americans hoping for a change in the country gathered Saturday for the "Restoring Honor" rally put on by Fox News commentator Glenn Beck.
"We've gotta fight for our liberties and we gotta fight for our heritage," Illinois resident Mike Madia said at the Washington, D.C., rally.
The "Restoring Honor" rally aimed to recognize the Christian principles America was founded on and to urge supporters to get the nation back on track.
Dr. Charles Dunn of Regent University's School of Government discussed what he feels is the real message coming out of the 'Restoring Honor' event. Click play for his comments to CBN News, following Jennifer Wishon's updated report.
Beck, who is a Mormon, told the crowd that for too long, the country has wandered in darkness.
"Something beyond imagination is happening," he said. "America today begins to turn back to God."
Organizers said the event was designed to be faith-based and not political -- though many of its supporters carry some political clout. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin headlined the rally.
"May this day be the change point," Palin said. "Look around you. You are not alone. You are Americans."
However, the timing of the rally angered some civil rights leaders. The event was held on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on the 47th anniversary of the "I Have a Dream" speech by Martin Luther King Jr. A separate march was held nearby to commemorate King's speech.
"We [aren't] giving them this day," civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton said. "This is our day and we're not giving it away."
The rise in rallies like the "Restoring Honor" event appear as a threat to many Democrats in the upcoming November elections. But Rep. Chris Van Hollen, the man leading House Democrats through the elections, said he believes "outrageous rhetoric" coming from some on the right will turn many voters off.
"Conspiracy theories, rants -- I mean there is certainly an element of the electorate that is charged up by that," he said. "But again, I think it's a turnoff to the sensible center."
Still, the weekend's rally demonstrates the Tea Party movement is determined to steer America off its current course.