2010年9月1日水曜日

HONOR RALLY

 「ティーパーティー」の賛同者らが、ワシントンで数万人規模の集会を
開いた。保守派勢力の台頭ぶりを見せつけ、中間選挙の弾みにする狙いが
あるものとみられる。
退役軍人らの栄誉をたたえるのが集会の趣旨で、プラカードの持ち込みは
禁じられた。

革新政党の経済政策が景気を良くしておらず、国民全体を保険に加入させ
たため、増税となり、民主党ではなく、共和党とは少し距離を置いた
ティーパーティーに、カトリック保守系に期待している人が増えた。
人種差別主義団体もいくつかの主張をしているようだ。
近年、有色人種がメジャーになる米国で、白人への人種差別と称した報道が
増加している。必要悪とされる差別はなくならないだろうが、白人が思想
として、強いてきた民主主義を有色人種がどう展開するのだろうか。

首都から遠く、有色人種が多かったために、ニューオーリンズに災害を
もたらしたとされる。オバマは、堤防強化は来年には完了するという。
新自由主義の恩恵を受けたオバマは、ニューオーリンズには目もくれな
かったのに、いまさら感があり、白々しいと思っている人が多いだろう。

集会のコンサートに、バンジョーを奏でるカントリーミュージックと言う
のが、この集会の象徴なのだろう。

反オバマ Tea Partyが米で急拡大
メキシコ湾の国家的災害


ABC News' Latest Hit Piece on Glenn Beck, Restoring Honor Rally


Ed Schultz: Glenn Beck's Hate Rally


Glenn Beck Restoring Honor Rally PBS News Hour


DC Rally Brings 21 Busses from NE Indiana Wane.com


MLK Crowd March at DC Mall August 28th 2010


RESTORING HONOR RALLY 8-28-2010


RESTORE HONOR PART 2


RESTORE HONOR PART 3


RESTORE HONOR PART 4


RESTORE HONOR PART 5


RESTORE HONOR PART 6


RESTORE HONOR PART 7


RESTORE HONOR PART 8


RESTORE HONOR PART 9


RESTORE HONOR PART 10


RESTORE HONOR PART 11


RESTORE HONOR PART 12


RESTORE HONOR PART 13


RESTORE HONOR PART 14


RESTORE HONOR PART 15


RESTORE HONOR PART 16


RESTORE HONOR PART 17


RESTORE HONOR PART 18


RESTORE HONOR PART 19


RESTORE HONOR PART 20


RESTORE HONOR PART 21


RESTORE HONOR PART 22


RESTORE HONOR 23


---米中間選挙:保守派に勢い ティーパーティー集会に数万人---
毎日新聞 2010年8月30日 東京朝刊
http://mainichi.jp/select/world/news/20100830ddm007030125000c.html

 【ワシントン古本陽荘】全米の保守系草の根運動「ティーパーティー」の賛同者らが28日、ワシントンで数万人規模の集会を開いた。保守派勢力の台頭ぶりを見せつけ、11月の中間選挙の弾みにする狙いがあるものとみられる。
 集会は保守系トーク番組の司会者、グレン・ベック氏が呼びかけた。ベック氏は事前に「政治的な集会ではない」と主張。退役軍人らの栄誉をたたえるのが集会の趣旨で、プラカードの持ち込みは禁じられた。
 08年大統領選の共和党副大統領候補のサラ・ペイリン前アラスカ州知事が、「米国の名誉を回復しましょう」と気勢を上げると聴衆から、大きな拍手と歓声がわき起こった。
 参加したメリーランド州のクリス・ヘキミアン氏(49)は、「この国で進行している社会主義が米国人を幸せにするとは思えない」と語った。
 一方、集会があったリンカーン記念堂前は47年前のこの日、公民権運動指導者の故キング牧師が、人種差別撤廃を訴える演説を行った場所。ベック氏らの集会を批判する黒人の公民権運動活動家、アル・シャープトン牧師は近くの高校でキング師をたたえる集会を開き、「彼らはモール(と呼ばれる広場)を占拠したかもしれないが、我々にはメッセージがある」などと語った。


---カトリーナから5年 オバマ大統領が現地で演説---
2010.08.30 Mon posted at: 09:40 JST
http://www.cnn.co.jp/usa/30000016.html

 ニューオーリンズ(CNN) オバマ米大統領は29日、5年前にハリケーン「カトリーナ」で甚大な被害を受けたルイジアナ州ニューオーリンズを訪問し、「街はよみがえりつつある」と演説した。
 オバマ大統領はニューオーリンズ市内の大学で、ランドリュー市長や議員らを前に演説。5年前の8月29日に同市を襲ったカトリーナは「天災であると同時に人災だった」と述べ、政府対応の失敗が被害を拡大したとの見方を示した。
 一方で、同市は現在、全米一のペースで成長していると指摘。「皆さんの力で復興が進んでいる」と強調した。
 大統領はまた、被災から5周年を迎え、「完全復興を目指して政府が皆さんとともに闘おうとしていることを、ここへ来て直接お伝えしたかった」と述べた。失敗を繰り返さないために官僚主義を排除して170件以上のプロジェクトをスタートさせ、全米規模で災害対策強化にも取り組んでいると語った。被災地の教育再建に向けた予算18億ドルが新たに承認され、米史上最大規模の民生事業となる同市内の堤防強化は来年には完了するという。
 大統領は演説後、ミシェル夫人とともに、壊滅的な被害から立ち直った再建地区を視察した。


---「反オバマ」保守派集会、数万人が結集 ワシントン---
2010.8.29 20:54
http://sankei.jp.msn.com/world/america/100829/amr1008292056006-n1.htm

 【ワシントン=佐々木類】ワシントンのリンカーン記念堂前で28日、オバマ政権を批判する保守派が大規模集会を開催した。FOXテレビのトーク番組で人気があり、反オバマを鮮明にするグレン・ベック氏が呼び掛けたもので、数万人が集まった。
 集会は、「米国の名誉回復」と銘打って開かれ、各地の保守派の市民運動「ティーパーティー」メンバーらが参加した。11月の中間選挙を前に、保守派の勢いをアピールした形だ。
 2年前の大統領選で共和党の副大統領候補だったペイリン前アラスカ州知事もあいさつ。「米国の根源を誰かの思い通りに変えてはならない」とオバマ氏を強く批判した。
 この日は、米公民権運動の指導者、故キング牧師がリンカーン記念堂前で「私には夢がある」と人種差別撤廃を訴えた歴史的演説から47年に当たる。このため、公民権運動指導者からは、「キング牧師の偉業を乗っ取る行為」と批判の声も出た。


---Rally Funnels Anger Toward Washington---
AUGUST 30, 2010
By NEIL KING And BOB DAVIS
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703618504575459612802925600.html

WASHINGTON-The rally organized by conservative broadcaster Glenn Beck this weekend was a prominent reminder of the disenchantment many Americans feel about Washington-a sentiment that provides both opportunities and pitfalls for the Republican Party.

The size and geographic diversity of the crowd demonstrated the breadth of anti-incumbent feeling. But many of those interviewed at the rally expressed dissatisfaction not only with Democrats but with the traditional Republican leadership too, saying GOP candidates shouldn't take their vote for granted.

"I was upset about things even under Bush," said Sharon Tully, who drove up to the National Mall on Saturday morning and sat with her husband, Joe, under trees near the reflecting pool. "I was a Reagan Democrat who then went over to the Republicans, but now I feel that I belong to no party."

Attendees on Saturday packed nearly a mile of the Mall at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial, in an event that carried the tone of a religious revival. Many at the event said in interviews that they were drawn by a sense of deep disenchantment over the country's direction, alarm over government spending and a sense that the country's political system was broken.

The program, which was organized by Mr. Beck, the conservative Fox News commentator, featured three hours of religious and patriotic speeches but offered few details on how to fix the country's problems.

Republican strategists said the size of the rally reflected an enthusiasm for change that would bolster their electoral chances. "Rallies like what we saw are another indication of how people at the center and right of the political spectrum can't wait to get to the polls," said Republican pollster Whit Ayres. He said a poll he did last month for the Republican National Committee found that 53% of Republicans were very interested in this year's election, compared with 43% of independents and 38% of Democrats.

Democratic strategist Chris Lehane also noted the anti-establishment feeling. "For the party in power, any time you have this type of energy out there, this kind of fear, it's not good."

It is unclear whether those at the rally fall neatly into the Republican camp. The rally-the largest conservative gathering in the country since the tea-party fervor began in early 2009-was different in tone from earlier protest marches, when activists openly mocked President Barack Obama and waved signs that led some critics to label the movement as racist.

On Saturday, the mood was more like a huge church picnic. Some people waved flags, but there were hardly any political signs. Many lugged lawn chairs and blankets and said they hadn't attended a political gathering before.

Mr. Beck, speaking on "Fox News Sunday," said the rally reflected the electorate's dissatisfaction with the direction of the country. "Whether you're a Democrat, Republican or independent, it doesn't matter," he said. "We all know the country is in trouble."

Mr. Beck's television program appears on Fox News, owned by News Corp., which also owns the The Wall Street Journal.

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, a former Republican National Committee chairman, suggested that the rally represented dissatisfaction with Mr. Obama and congressional Democrats. They "have taken the biggest lurch to the left in policy in American history," he told CBS's "Face the Nation."

The implications for the Republican Party may be more ambiguous, as many tea-party candidates have knocked off more centrist Republicans, and are untested in their ability to attract a wide spectrum of voters in November.

Sarah Palin, a possible 2012 presidential candidate and tea-party favorite, addressed the crowd, while in her home state of Alaska, a Palin-backed candidate, Joe Miller, has pulled ahead of incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski in a tight count of ballots after last week's Republican Senate primary.

Mr. Lehane, the Democratic strategist, said that in Kentucky and Nevada, where tea party-style candidates Rand Paul and Sharron Angle had won Republican primary battles, the focus of the fight had shifted from the weaknesses of the Democratic Party to the credentials and policies of the Republicans.

"Republicans have put some of these races back in play," Mr. Lehane said. "The Sarah Palins and Glenn Becks of the world are undermining the electability" of Republicans.

Mr. Beck was clearly the star of the event. While many of those in attendance said they felt ambivalent toward Ms. Palin, they embraced the controversial TV personality. Mr. Beck read Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and quoted from Martin Luther King.
-Brent Kendall contributed to this article.


---Catholic commentators weigh in on Glenn Beck ‘Restore Honor’ rally and Tea Parties---
Washington D.C., Aug 28, 2010 / 05:26 pm (CNA)
http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/catholic-commentators-weigh-in-on-glenn-beck-restore-honor-rally-and-tea-parties/

A well-attended Saturday rally in Washington, D.C. which linked U.S. patriotism and religiosity has sparked comparisons to a religious revival. Two Catholic commentators have offered different views of the rally’s possible effects while discussing the place of religion and social issues in the Tea Party movement.

The “Restoring Honor Rally,” organized by radio and Fox News talk show host Glenn Beck, was held at the National Mall in D.C. on Saturday. The rally featured prayers, Scripture readings, music and patriotic references to major figures and events in American history such as the Founding Fathers. It was reportedly inspired by the National Park Service’s alleged silencing of a group of young people who tried to sing the U.S. National Anthem at the Lincoln Memorial.

Early estimates of rally attendance ranged from the tens of thousands to 500,000.

Speaking at the rally, Beck claimed that the United States had “wandered in the darkness” of divisive politics, “but America today begins turning back to God.” He said the religious leaders in attendance disagreed on religion and politics. However, "what they do agree on is that God is the answer."

Alveda King, niece of civil rights leader Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., told the rally that America still suffers from racism. She called for prayer in the public square and in public schools. A pastoral associate of Priests for Life, she also alluded to her opposition to abortion.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin spoke to the massive rally about her son’s military service and said people should remember the perpetrators of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

The rally helped raise funds for a group which assists military veterans and their families.

Beck gave out three awards with the respective themes of faith, hope and charity. One awardee was St. Louis Cardinals baseball star Albert Pujols.

The rally’s date coincided with the 47th Anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

Rev. Al Sharpton and several other African-American leaders held a competing rally before an audience of thousands at a Washington-area high school. According to VOA News, some of the competing rally speakers criticized the chosen date of the rally and accused Beck of race-baiting.

A former Catholic, Beck is a convert to Mormonism. First Things magazine’s web editor Joe Carter recently criticized the commentator for expressing indifference toward same-sex “marriage” and towards a federal court’s overturning of California’s marriage-defining Proposition 8.

Two Catholic commentators took different views of the rally and the Tea Party movement, which some associate with Beck.

Kathryn Jean Lopez, editor of the conservative website National Review Online, commented on the rally in a Saturday e-mail to CNA.

“God and Caesar were very much appropriately represented on the National Mall on Saturday at that ‘Restoring Honor’ rally,” she commented.

In her view, much of the rally had a good focus: “challenging people to be good, to seek the good, sacrifice for the good, and pray for the good.”

“It was a bit of a mix of religious revival, country-music concert, and Independence Day celebration. And its end goal was to rally people to stay and be more engaged in politics, but to not get lost in it, as Beck put it. There was a clear balancing of the importance of politics while never ever losing sight of our real citizenship.”

Lopez said that the rally recognized “real threats” to the United States’ freedom and sustainability which are “fruits of messes of our personal lives and decisions and of bad policy.” It did this without being “explicitly partisan or political,” she claimed.

Seeing “prudence and humility” at the rally, she thought the event was “realistically positive” in acknowledging political and religious differences while seeking a “unified focus.”

She thought Beck’s focus on foundational issues should be encouraged without putting him “on a pedestal.”

CNA also discussed the rally and related issues in a Saturday phone interview with Mark Stricherz, author of the book “Why the Democrats are Blue” about the place of Catholics in the post-1968 Democratic Party.

Stricherz, who did not comment on the rally itself, questioned the characterization of Tea Party-related movements as religious revivals.

“It’s not led by religious leaders, its participants don’t say they’re religious. None of its tactics are claimed to be religious,” he commented.

The present-day action is not comparable to the civil rights movement, he also contended.

“The civil rights movement was the gold standard of social movements. Its marchers prayed for their enemies and sought equal justice.”

In contrast, Stricherz suggested, Beck’s political movement has been “the bronze standard” of social movements.

“Supporters exhibit disapproval and jeer at their enemies, and seek the end of runaway spending and domestic debt.

“They just want to tame federal domestic spending and don’t want to pay higher taxes through the health care bill. Sometimes federal intervention is godly, and sometimes it is not.”

Beck’s invocation of the U.S. Founding Fathers is “a little more complicated question,” Stricherz told CNA, saying the push for American independence from Britain incorporated elements of religion “but it certainly wasn’t a religious movement per se.”

“There is an argument that the Founders were linked to the First Great Awakening, but the Founders’ appeals were much different than Martin Luther King, whose appeals were explicitly religious and spiritual.

Asked about the possible political consequences of the rally and related movements, Stricherz responded:

“There’s no question that Tea Party supporters will vote disproportionately in the fall midterm elections, but whether those Tea Party supporters are voting out of religious convictions is doubtful. There’s some evidence, based on the statements of Tea Party supporters, that they don’t care about social issues. They care about economics.”

While economic issues also can incorporate religious appeals, he told CNA, these appeals are “not as strong.”


---The GOP's internal warfare---
By Dan Balz
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, August 29, 2010
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/28/AR2010082803548.html

It has long been said that any political coalition large enough to aspire to majority status is an organization of factions, conflict and contradictions. That description defines the Republican Party as it looks toward the November elections and beyond.

This was a week in which the party's strengths and weaknesses competed for attention. Turnout in Tuesday's primaries showed Republicans energized and enthusiastic, far more so than the Democrats. If anything, Democrats are more pessimistic about their prospects in November than they were two months ago.

But the elections last week in Florida and Alaska also pointed to ideological differences and personal enmities that have played out in Republican primary battles all year and that threaten to leave scars and fissures within the party that will have to be dealt with later. Republicans have seen more turmoil in their ranks this year than Democrats have, a sign of both robustness within the coalition and unresolved debates about the party's direction.

On another front, House Republican leader John A. Boehner (Ohio) went to his home state and made his first attempt at offering a GOP agenda for the fall campaigns, an essential - and until now, largely missing - element of the party's message.

But Boehner's speech left many questions unanswered about what his party would do if Republicans win a majority of seats in November. How radically would they attack government spending? How bold would they be in dealing with entitlements, beyond the grown-up conversation that Boehner promises? How much effort would they make to work with President Obama compared with the past two years?

The party's agenda is not the only question mark hanging over Republicans. The party's leadership remains in question. Who now truly drives the party: the establishment or the grass roots? There is considerable evidence that power has shifted to the activists and that the Washington establishment is still scrambling to catch up.

Boehner spoke as a leader of the party's establishment wing. On Saturday, the non-establishment wing weighed in when "tea party" and grass-roots conservative activists turned out in force in Washington for Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally at the Lincoln Memorial.

Beck's gathering was a non-political rally with strong political overtones, as the choice of Sarah Palin as the featured speaker testified. If Boehner and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) embody the party's establishment leadership, Palin is now the de facto leader of the non-establishment wing, and she is wreaking havoc within her party.

Palin's speech Saturday was heavy on patriotism and tributes to military heroes, but it contained one clear dig at the president when she said that what the country needs is restoring, not transforming. But her presence in the capital was more than a challenge to the Democrats; it also was a reminder to her party's congressional leadership that she and her grass-roots followers will be watching them closely and holding them to account.

Palin is happy to flex her muscles in unconventional ways designed to roil the party establishment, as she did in Alaska by backing little-known lawyer Joe Miller in his primary challenge to Sen. Lisa Murkowski. Miller, in a shock to the establishment, now leads the tally by about 1,700 votes. With absentee ballots yet to be counted, Palin's candidate holds the upper hand, although Murkowski is not going quietly.

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) represents another challenge to the establishment and is a rising hero to conservative activists. He has sided with a number of successful upstarts and long shots in Senate primaries, taking the opposite side against McConnell or Sen. John Cornyn (Tex.), chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

To whom will those senators owe their greatest allegiance if they win in November? Ken Buck, who beat an establishment candidate to win the Colorado Senate primary, made clear before his victory that DeMint was his role model.

The ideological gulf opening up as a result of the primaries is sizable. Republican primary voters have nominated a string of deeply conservative Senate candidates, led by tea party favorite Sharron Angle in Nevada and libertarian Rand Paul in Kentucky.

The conservatism of some of the GOP's Senate candidates now bears some resemblance to that of the group swept into office in the Reagan landslide of 1980 - senators such as Paula Hawkins of Florida and Jeremiah Denton of Alabama. They lasted only one term, swept out in 1986 when Democrats took back the Senate.

Ironically, Republican moderates, the most endangered species in the party, may see their thin ranks in the Senate enhanced in November as well. The most likely addition is Delaware's Michael Castle, the long-serving congressman and former governor who is one of the party's most articulate moderates.

In Illinois, Rep. Mark Kirk has tacked right in his Senate bid. But in his representation of Chicago's North Shore congressional district, he has fit comfortably in the moderates' camp. If he prevails in his very tough and negative battle against Democratic state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, he could join with other moderate Republicans in the Senate.

Republicans also face divisions about how they will approach Obama and the Democrats. Confrontation and obstruction have worked politically to help put the Republicans in a position to gain ground in November. Come January, the question will be how much they try to cooperate with the White House.

Many of the newcomers who have run campaigns in stark opposition to all things Obama will be ready for more confrontation as a prelude to the 2012 elections. But others say they will go to Washington determined to look across the aisle.

Ohio's Rob Portman, the party's Senate nominee and a former House member and Bush administration official, is one who campaigns explicitly on that pledge and says he is absolutely committed to trying to follow through if he wins his election against Democrat Lee Fisher.

These contradictions are in many ways normal. Democrats have their own divisions and schisms. But it is obvious from all that has happened this year that the Republicans are a party in transition - and to a future that is still difficult to define.


---オバマノミクスは「失敗」か 米国で論議高まる---
2010.8.26 22:26
http://sankei.jp.msn.com/world/america/100826/amr1008262228015-n1.htm

 【ワシントン=渡辺浩生】オバマ大統領の経済政策「オバマノミクス」をめぐる議論が、米国で高まっている。オバマ政権は、戦後最長の景気後退をとりあえず克服した一方で、米国の財政赤字は膨らみ、雇用情勢は好転していない。このため、保守派は「国民に先行き不安を与えているだけ」と批判し、リベラル勢も「景気対策が不十分」と、経済政策への不満を募らせる。国民の審判は11月の中間選挙で下される。
 「オバマ大統領は経済の第一原則が分かっていない。人々に消費や投資を促すインセンティブの代わりに、不安感を与えてしまっている」。米カーネギー・メロン大のメルツァー教授はこう話す。彼は1980年代、減税と規制緩和を進めインフレと高失業率を克服したレーガン政権の経済顧問を務めた。
 約8140億ドルに上る景気対策や、全国民の保険加入を義務づけた医療保険改革、金融規制改革により、企業は「将来国から迫られる負担」に対する懸念を深め、雇用や投資に及び腰になっている。メルツァー氏は、この点が失業率が9%台に高止まりする最大の理由だとし、「オバマノミクスは失敗だ」と断言する。
 オバマ政権はクリントン政権時の中道路線を継承するだろう、との見方も当初はあった。だが、実際にはペロシ下院議長ら民主党リベラル派の影響も受けながら、規制強化と補助金投入を志向する「大きな政府」路線を突き進んできた。
 議会予算局(CBO)によると、財政赤字はオバマ政権発足後の2009年から11年まで、3年連続で1兆ドルを超す。オバマ政権は、持続的成長の基盤と財政規律の回復の道筋を示せず、足元の雇用の鈍化にあえいでいるようだ。
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 大統領の経済政策は、国家経済会議(NEC)のサマーズ委員長、ガイトナー財務長官を中心とする経済チームに委ねられている。クリントン政権で労働長官を務めたライシュ米カリフォルニア大バークリー校教授は「強い影響力をもつのはサマーズ氏だ。経済が本来の成長力にはるか及ばず、消費や投資がその溝を埋め切れないとき、財政出動がいかに効果的かを彼は理解している」と語る。
 だが、経済チームはきしみを露呈した。サマーズ氏は追加景気対策の必要性を主張し続け、赤字削減努力を説き予算運営の要だった、オルザグ行政管理予算局(OMB)局長と衝突。オルザグ氏は7月末に辞任した。
 ローマー大統領経済諮問委員会(CEA)委員長も9月に退任する。同氏は昨年、景気対策により失業率は8%以下に抑えられるとの見方を示した。しかし、これは大きな誤算で、政権の経済運営に対する信頼低下の端緒となった。
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 政権と民主党が打ち出してきた追加策も、財政危機にある州政府の赤字の肩代わりや、失業保険給付の延長といった小手先の財政支出で、かえって手詰まり感を印象づけている。
 ライシュ氏は「オバマノミクスは保守派を怒らせるに十分な(財政的)規模だが、リベラル派を満足させるには不十分な内容だ」と指摘する。事実、政権の経済政策への不満は、民主党の議員や支持層の間にも高まっている。オバマ大統領も18日、オハイオ州での住民との対話集会で「率直に言おう。回復の速度は不十分だ」と認めた。

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