DALLAS, TEX. - Progressives and "socialists" in America have awakened a sleeping giant, and they should be wetting "their pants" not just ahead of November's election but for generations to come, according to celebrated conservative pundit and author Glenn Beck.
Beck was speaking to about 13,000 Tea Party rally goers at the Dallas Stars' arena here Thursday night.
He urged his supporters to "never, ever engage in hate," but rather to tell the truth and be charitable.
"Everything they say about us is a lie," he said. "Don't engage in lies back."
The rally, co-hosted by what’s considered the original Tea Party group Freedom Works, was designed to energize conservatives ahead of November’s elections. It also included other prominent conservatives like Senators Rand Paul and Jim DeMint and was part of a larger three-day gathering here called Restoring Love.
It's the third event in as many years for Beck as part of his Restoring America series, which also included rallies in Washington, D.C. and Israel.
On Friday, some 30,000 volunteers — who have come from all 50 states, according to organizers — were expected to fan out across this city offering free manpower to local churches and other charitable organizations.
It’s being called “a day of service,” and according to Beck charitable giving is vital for the success of the Tea Party’s goal of smaller government.
Where now the government has taken over looking after those in need, Beck has said recently that should be a job for the people.
“The phrase Restoring Love, you probably wonder, 'What are you talking about? Are you giving away hugs and kisses? How is this going to change the world?’ Well, read Ghandi,” Beck said on his Internet television show promoting the three-day event recently. “Love is about charity. Love is about personal individualized service. Love is about the work of our hearts.”
Restoring Love also includes a vendor fair, and book signings from notable conservatives like Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and political commentator Oliver North. Texas Governor Rick Perry is also expected to attend a breakfast session on Saturday.
The three-day event culminates in a huge rally Saturday night at the Dallas Cowboys’ Stadium with musical performances as well as Beck himself.
In an odd twist, the Westboro Baptist Church — made infamous for their anti-homosexual protests at funerals of dead U.S. soldiers — are planning to demonstrate outside Beck’s rally Saturday.
According to the church’s website, “Glenn Beck despises God, and he proudly says so,” a statement reads, adding, “He is wholy (sic) incapable of seeing the Hand of God at work in this earth, and he flatly refuses to give the Glory of God’s work, TO GOD! He worships Mr. Peanut.”
Brian Lilley, who hosts Byline on Sun News Network, interviewed Beck last month. The video of the interview is available at sunnewsnetwork.ca.