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“The Power To Do More Than That”

Here’s a transcript of Keith Olbermann’s “Special Comment” about the upcoming mid-term elections — specifically some of the people who are running for office, ostensibly under the banner of the Tea Party, but the characteristics of most of them begin to suggest that perhaps applying to run for office in this country should require an audition process.  “Are you ill-informed, willfully ill-informed, being paid off by someone, or off your rocker?  Yes []  No []”

The piece is lengthy — it took him 20 minutes to present it, last Wednesday evening — but it’s worth a read…


OLBERMANN: Now, as promised, a Special Comment on the madness of the Tea Party and the elections of next Tuesday.

It is as if a group of moderately talented performers has walked on stage at a comedy club on Improv night. Each hears a shout from the audience, consisting of a bizarre but just barely plausible fear or hatred or neurosis or prejudice.

And the entertainment of the evening is for each to take their thin, absurd premise, and build upon it a campaign for governor or congressman or senator. The problem is, of course, when it turns out that there is no audience shouting out gags, just a cabal of corporations and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and political insider bloodsuckers like Karl Rove and Dick Armey and the Chicken Little Chorus of Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck.

And the instructions are not to improvise a comedy sketch, but to elect a group of unqualified, unstable individuals who will do what they are told, in exchange for money and power, and march this nation as far backward as they can get, backward to Jim Crow, or backward to the breadlines of the ‘30s, or backward to hanging union organizers, or backward to the trusts and the Robber Barons.

Result: the Tea Party. Vote backward, vote Tea Party. And if you are somehow indifferent to what is planned for next Tuesday, it is nothing short of an attempt to use Democracy to end this Democracy, to buy America wholesale and pave over the freedoms and the care we take of one another, which have combined to keep us the envy of the world.

You do not think your freedom is at stake next Tuesday?

The Tea Party and Republican candidate for senator from Nevada, Sharron Angle just divorce and Social Security as some of this nation‘s quote, “wicked ways.” Ms. Angle also compared rape to, quoting, “a lemon situation in a lemon situation in lemonade.” She would deny an abortion even to a teenaged girl who had been raped by her own father.

The Tea Party and Republican candidate to be the only Congressman in Delaware, Glen Urquhart, said “there is no problem that abortion can‘t make worse. I know good friends who are the product of rape.”

Mr. Urquhart also says he does not believe the phrase “separation of church and state” was said by Thomas Jefferson. He thinks it was Hitler:

The next time your liberal friends ask you about the separation of church and state, ask them why they are Nazis.”

The Tea Party and Republican candidate in the Ohio 9th, Rich Iott, not only ran around in a Nazi uniform celebrating their military tactics, but implies he is a veteran and as late as this March listed his occupation as “soldier,” even though the volunteer militia to which he belongs has never been called, will never be called, to any active service, in the 29 years in which he has belonged to it. Mr. Iott now claims Mr. Boehner is campaigning with him over the final days.

It‘s more than just dress-up. They mean business, literally. The Tea Party and-Republican-candidate for New Jersey‘s 3rd House seat, Jon Runyan, defended corporate tax loopholes: “Loopholes are there for a reason. They are to avoid people from really having to pay too many taxes.”

The Tea Party and Republican candidate for the Senate in West Virginia, John Raese, explained, quote, “I made my money the old-fashioned way, I inherited it. I think that‘s a great thing to do. I hope more people in this country have that opportunity as soon as we abolish inheritance tax in this country.”

The inheritance tax applies only to estates larger than 3.5 million dollars.  For the 99.8 percent of Americans not affected by the estate tax, there is the minimum wage, which Mr. Raese also wants abolished.

Or there is Social Security. The Tea Party and Republican candidate in the Indiana 9th, Todd Young, says “Social Security, as so many of you know is a Ponzi scheme.”

The Tea Party-and-Republican candidate in the Wisconsin 8th, Reid Ribble, disagrees. Social Security “is, in fact, a Ponzi scheme.”

The Tea Party and Republican candidate in the Arizona 8th, Jesse Kelly, wants to resurrect President Bush‘s scam to transform Social Security into private investment accounts so the government can force you to spend part of your paycheck on Wall Street commissions, and so that market manipulators can wipe out your retirement money.

The Republican candidate in the Wisconsin 1st, Congressman Paul Ryan, has a more sophisticated plan: Personal investment Social Security, guaranteed dollar for dollar by the government. A fiscal fountain of youth, until you find out its cost: Ryan would pay for it by taxing the health insurance you get from your employer.

If you are not employed, Mrs. Angle of Nevada says unemployment benefits can neither be increased nor extended because that “has caused us to have a spoilage with our ability to go out and get a job. There are jobs that do exist. That‘s what we‘re saying, is that there are jobs.”

The Tea Party and Republican candidate for Senator in Alaska, Joe Miller, says this is academic, because unemployment insurance is unconstitutional. His own wife received unemployment insurance after losing a temp job he got for her. Mr. Miller also called Medicaid unconstitutional. It proved his entire family had received Medicaid funds.

Mr. Miller also claims Social Security is unconstitutional, yet hypocritically he says it should still be paid out, and then the entire issue dumped into the laps of the states.

The Republican and Tea Party candidate for Senator in Colorado, Ken Buck, would not stop at butchering just Social Security. “Would a Veterans Administration hospital that is run by the private sector be better run then by the public sector? In my view, yes.”

The Tea Party and Republican candidate in the Pennsylvania 4th, Keith Rothfus, has promised to overturn anything the Supreme Court decides, with which he disagrees: “Congress‘s ultimate weapon is funding. If the Supreme Court rules you have to do something, we‘ll just take away funding for it.”

Back in Nevada, Mrs. Angle decries health care reform, and also health care itself. “Everything that they want to throw at us,” she says, “is now covered under ‘autism’.”

As to educating those children Mrs. Angle will not pay for, Mr. Buck of Colorado waxes nostalgic: “In the 1950‘s, we had the best schools in the world, and the United States government decided to get more involved in federal education. Well, since, we‘ve made education worse. We‘re gonna even get more involved.”

In Ken Buck‘s America of 1957, fewer than one in five Black children graduated high school. Fewer than half of white children did.

To the Tea Party and Republican candidate in the California 11th, David Harmer, Mr. Buck is a wild-eyed liberal. Mr. Harmer once advocated eliminating public schools altogether, and returning education in this country to where it was before 1876: “People acting in a free market found a variety of ways to pay for a variety of schools serving a variety of students, all without central command or control.” And without girls, blacks, or even the slightest chance you could go to college.

The Tea Party and Republican candidate in the Virginia 11th, Keith Fimian, is “not so sure we need a federal bureaucracy for education.”

The Tea Party and Republican candidate in the Florida 2nd, Steve Southerland, wants to “de-fund” the Department of Education because “we can‘t afford it.”

The Tea Party and Republican candidate in the Texas 17th, Bill Flores, offers a tri-fecta plus a delusion. Get rid of “the pornographic endowment of the arts, Department of Energy, Department of Education” and with them, he says, ACORN. ACORN, which went out of business last April 1st.

The Tea Party and Republican candidate in the Arizona 5th, David Schweikert, is “passionately,” he says, trying to eliminate the Department of Education because it‘s, quote, “unconstitutional.”

And while one of the few threads uniting the ragamuffins who constitute the slate of Tea Party candidates is so-called ‘strict interpretation‘ of that Constitution, Mr. Miller of Alaska wants, in fact, to change the Constitution. He wants to repeal the 17th amendment.

The Tea Party and Republican candidate for Senate from Utah, Mike Lee, called that 17th amendment “a mistake.”

Last year, Mr. Buck of Colorado said the 17th amendment “took us down the wrong path.”

The 17th amendment, of course, permits the direct election by the voters of U.S. Senators. Buck and Lee and Miller not only demand you elect them to the Senate; they hope to then deny you the right to elect somebody else, next time.

The ubiquitous Mrs. Angle, meanwhile, wants to repeal the 16th amendment. It provided for a federal income tax. Mrs. Angle does not explain how, without that tax, the federal government would pay for keeping out the Mexicans she specifically attacks in her newest commercial.

The Tea Party and Republican candidate for senator from Kentucky Rand Paul wishes to repeal the 14th amendment because it interferes with a private business‘s right to ban black people from its premises, and also because it allows anyone born here in America to be American. He is worried about anchor babies.

The Republican candidate for the 1st District of Texas, Louie Gohmert, fears not anchor babies but terror babies, unborn infants brought to this country in the womb, ready for American citizenship and pre-programmed to blow things up fifteen or twenty years from now. Curiously, Mr. Gohmert has not been asked if he is in favor of aborting them.

The Tea Party and Republican candidate for governor of Arizona, Jan Brewer, sees not terror fetuses but headless bodies in endless deserts murdered by immigrants who are nearly all drug mules.

The Tea Party and Republican candidate for governor of Colorado, Dan Maes, believes a bike-sharing program is part of a plot to turn Denver into a metropolis run by the United Nations.

The Tea Party and Republican candidate for Senate from Delaware, Christine O‘Donnell, believes she was cleared to read secret classified documents about China because she‘s been working for nonprofit organizations for the past fifteen years. She also believes China is plotting to take over the United States. And the first evidence of this is that, quote, “China is drilling for oil off the coast of Florida.”

This fear of the Chinese clearly does not extend to the Tea Party and Republican candidate for Senate from Illinois, Mark Kirk. One day he held a fundraiser with American businessmen in China. The next day, he voted against closing tax incentives for outsourcing American jobs to places like China.

The Tea Party and Republican candidate for Senate from Wisconsin, Ron Johnson, is also in favor of relocating employees. He testified against toughening laws on pedophiles and employers who shield them. He argued this could damage a business. A business like the Catholic Church.

In Utah, the anti-bailout Senate candidate Mr. Lee insists on not raising the liability limits for the next BP from 75 million dollars to 10 billion dollars: “You have a set of settled expectations that you give to a business when it decides to make an investment in this. Our country benefits from this type of activity.”

Asked by the Salt Lake City Tribune if that‘s a kind of bailout, if it leaves taxpayers on the hook for part of the damage, Lee admitted, “Well, yeah, probably does.”

Mr. Paul of Kentucky called the nationwide pressure on BP to increase its damage payments “un-American.” He is also opposed to federal mine safety regulations: “The bottom line is: I‘m not an expert, so don‘t give me the power in Washington to be making rules. You are here, and you have to work in the mines. You‘d try to make good rules to protect your people here. If you don‘t, I‘m thinking that no one will apply for those jobs.”

Mr. Paul‘s admission that “I‘m not an expert” does provide one of the few dovetails of this campaign. It matches nicely with Mr. Johnson of Wisconsin, who refuses to offer any specifics about his plan to deal with homeless veterans. He says, quote, “this election is not about details.”

Details have proved devilish for the Tea Party and Republican candidate for the second district of Virginia, Scott Ridgell. He campaigned against the stimulus bill, including the Cash-for-Clunkers program. Mr. Ridgell is an automobile dealer, and made hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Cash-for-Clunkers program.

The Tea Party and Republican candidate in the Missouri 4th, Vicky Hartzler, says she and her husband are just small business owners. “We just want the government to leave us alone,” she said. Hartzler and her husband have a farm. In the last fourteen years, that government they want to leave them alone has given them subsidies totaling 774,000 dollars.

Mr. Raese of West Virginia told the Associated Press that “America is in an industrial coma.” He blamed the “restrictor plate” that is “a bloated federal government.” “I can‘t think,” he added, “of very many times when a government agency has helped me.”

The companies Mr. Raese owns have received 2.4 million dollars in contracts from the federal government since 2000, and 32 million dollars in contracts from the state government since 2000.

Back in Colorado, Mr. Buck apparently thought he was just speaking to a campaign worker when he self-exposed his hypocrisy. In fact, he was talking to a Democratic operative with a recorder in his pocket. Out of the blue, Tea Party nominee Buck blurted, quote, “Will you tell those dumbasses at the Tea Party to stop asking me about birth certificates while I‘m on the camera? God, what am I supposed to do?”

The contempt of Mr. Buck towards his own Tea Party extends in many cases to reporters, and thus by proxy, to actual citizens. For instance, the Tea Party and Republican candidate for governor of Maine, Paul LePage, threatened to punch a radio reporter.

The Tea Party and Republican candidate for governor of New York, Carl Paladino, threatened to “take out” a reporter from the most conservative newspaper in any major American city.

A spokesman told the reporter that he was now off the Paladino mailing list, which has, in the past, consisted of e-mails featuring racism, pornography, and bestiality.

Mr. Miller‘s private security guards in Alaska detained and handcuffed a reporter, and threatened to handcuff two more, without any legal right to do so, at an event at a public school. The security company was operating with an expired license. Its chief, has links to extremist organizations. And the defense was that the guards didn‘t know the individual was a reporter, which implies it would be just dandy to handcuff an ordinary citizen.

Ms. O‘Donnell threatened to sue a Delaware radio station if it did not destroy the videotape of her interview there. When she did not like a question, she snapped her fingers at her own press aide, then shoved him. The campaign manager threatened to “crush” the station if it did not comply with them.

The Tea Party and Republican candidate for the Senate from Florida, Marco Rubio, dreams more of deportation than of crushing. He said in March, quote, “there are millions of people in America that hate our country, so why can‘t we just do a trade? We‘ll send you Sean Penn, Janeane Garofalo, and Keith Olbermann, and you can send us people that actually love this country.”

This, incidentally, carries with it a tinge of irony. I don‘t know that any of his opponents has ever accused Mr. Rubio of not loving this country. He just doesn‘t love a lot of its people.

The person they all love the least is of course the President.

The Tea Party and Republican candidate for Congress from the Florida 22nd, Allen West, had to leave our military after threatening to kill an Iraqi he was interrogating in Iraq. Now he claims to have a higher security clearance than does the president. Mr. West also told his supporters that they could defeat his Democratic opponent by making the man afraid to leave his own home.

And Tea Party and Republican candidate for the House from the Michigan 7th, the ex-Congressman Tim Walberg, wants to blackmail the President into showing his birth certificate to Rush Limbaugh. He figures he can extort this from President Obama by threatening to impeach him.

You are willing to let these people run this country? This is the America you want? This is the America you are willing to permit? These are the kinds of cranks, menaces, mercenaries and authoritarians you will turn this country over to?

If you sit there next Tuesday and let this happen, whose fault will that be? Not really theirs. They are taught that freedom is to be seized and rationed. They can sleep at night having advanced themselves and their puppeteers and to hell with everybody else.

They see the greatness of America not in its people but in its corporations. They see the success of America not in hard work but in business swindles. They see the worthiness of America not in its quality of life, but in its quality of investing.

They see the future of America not in progress, but in revolution to establish a kind of theocracy for white males, with dissent caged and individuality suppressed.

They see America not for what is, nor what it can be. They see delusions, specters, fantasies. They see communists under every bed and a gun in every hand. They see tax breaks for the rich and delayed retirement for everyone else. They fight the redistribution of wealth not because they oppose redistribution, but because their sole purpose is to protect wealth and keep it where they think it belongs, in the bank accounts of the wealthy.

They want to make the world safe for Bernie Madoff.

But you know better. If you sit there next Tuesday—if you sit there tomorrow, and the rest of this week, and you let this cataclysm unfold, you have enabled this.

It is one thing to be attacked by those who would destroy America from without. It is a worse thing to be attacked by those who would destroy America from within.

But it is the worst thing to sit back and let it happen, to not find the time and the means to convince just one other sane voter to put aside the disappointment of the last two years and look to the future and vote. Because the disappointment of the last two years, those will be the “good old days” in a Tea Party America.

This is the week in which the Three Card Monte dealers hope to take over the government, the candidates who want their own way, who will say anything to make palatable their real identities as agents of regression, repression, and corporate sovereignty. They are here. They have energized the self-serving and the greedy and the proudly ill-informed.

And if no other fact convinces you of your obligation to vote and canvass and phone and even drag to the polls the most disheartened moderate or Democrat or Liberal or abandoned Republican or political neutral, to vote for the most tepid of the non-insane candidates—if no other detail hands you that spark of argument with which to invigorate the apathetic, you need only commit to memory the words of Steffan Broden and Sharron Angle.

She can run from reporters but she cannot run from this quote from January, and all the horror and insurrection it implies: “Thomas Jefferson said it‘s good for a country to have a revolution every 20 years. I hope that‘s not where we‘re going. But, you know, if this Congress keeps going the way it is, people are really looking toward those Second Amendment remedies.”

Sharron Angle too subtle for you? “Second Amendment” remedies? Guns instead of elections too implicit? Fortunately, to our rescue, to the speeding of the falling of the scales from our eyes, comes the Tea Party and Republican nominee for the 30th Congressional District of Texas, “Pastor” Steffan Broden. “Our nation was founded on violence,” he said, on tape.

Was armed insurrection, revolution, an option in 2010? “The option is on the table. I don‘t think that we should ever remove anything from the table. However, it is not the first option.”

Thank you! The attempt to overthrow the government of the United States by violence is not the Tea Party‘s first option. Next Tuesday is the first option!

The words are those of Nedrick Young and Harold Jacob Smith from the screenplay for the movie “Inherit The Wind.” As the attorney for the man on trial for teaching evolution, Spencer Tracy, cuts to the gist:

Fanaticism and ignorance is forever busy, and needs feeding. And soon, your honor, with banners flying and with drums beating, we‘ll be marching backward. Backward through the glorious ages of that 16th century when bigots burned the man who dared bring them enlightenment and intelligence to the human mind!”

The angered judge replies, “I hope counsel does not mean to imply that this court is bigoted.” The attorney mutters, “well, your honor has the right to hope.” The Judge warns, “I have the right to do more than that.” The attorney explodes: “You have the power to do more than that.”

And you have the power to do more than that. Good night and good luck.

October 31, 2010 Posted by | celebrity, government, media, politics, television | , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Enthusiasm

Still reverberating from just a terrific church-choir rehearsal last night.  Thursday night is the night during which 16-20 (or sometimes more) members of the Sudbury Methodist congregation get together to joke and laugh and enjoy each other’s company … and, oh, yes, sing a bit too. And… although the bulk of this post is reprinted from my contribution to Sudbury United Methodist Church’s Lenten reflections booklet of this past spring, my thoughts right now are not so different. So…

2 Corinthians 6: 6-15 (excerpts):

“The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work. … You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us; for the rendering of this ministry not only supplies the needs of the saints but also overflows with many thanksgivings to God.”

Having been a public school music teacher for a decade now, I know teachers are often actors – we play a part, indeed – and there are times when we do in fact put on the guise of enthusiasm, or at least boundless energy. (Let’s just keep that between us!)

My college band director led an organization that is the very image of enthusiasm, and energy, and excitement, and he is a demonstration of the idea that “a band [or other organization] is a reflection of its director [leadership].” If you want to have an exciting group, be an exciting person! Or, as he has also said, “if you’re not enthusiastic, …fake it!!”

But another colleague of mine, a gentleman who gives motivational speakers a good name, once talked about enthusiasm as being not just bounciness for its own sake, but being derived from Greek words: “en – theos”, from God. At the time, I remember thinking, “I need to find out if that’s right.”

It is.

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary says:

en·thu·si·asm /n./ ( in-ˈthü-zē-ˌa-zəm, en-, also -ˈthyü- ). [Greek enthousiasmos, from enthousiazein to be inspired, irregular from entheos inspired, from en- + theos god]

1 a : belief in special revelations of the Holy Spirit;  b : religious fanaticism

2 a : strong excitement of feeling : ardor <did her work with energy and enthusiasm>; b : something inspiring zeal or fervor <his enthusiasms include sailing and fishing>

All I have to do, if I’m looking for enthusiasm, is look around Sudbury UMC. In my case, I get a weekly dose of it, in the form of our Choir. None of these people list “choir member” as their Occupation on their IRS forms. We don’t pay them. No one’s on scholarship. We sometimes feed them goodies after rehearsal, as a pale token of our appreciation. Their lives are as full and busy and crazy as anyone else in our society, yet they faithfully make time for choir.

For many, this may be the activity through which they most strongly and regularly express themselves as Christians. St. Augustine said, “when we sing, we pray twice.” Add to that helpful thought the inspiration, energy, excitement, and enthusiasm that our musicians bring to Sunday mornings, and you have the ingredients for a successful, effective and inspiring choir.

That was particularly evident at January’s end, when I had the privilege of standing in the midst of a pack of singers and string players as we brought Kevin Murphy’s Christmas Cantata to fully-realized life. Many, many, many times when I went to cue sections of the choir to sing various passages, the look on many choir faces was unmistakable: they were doing their best, working their hardest, bringing their “A-game” … their enthusiasm! … to the presentation, and the experience was raised from just a fine musical performance to something considerably greater.


Gloria in excelsis Deo. With enthusiasm.

October 29, 2010 Posted by | choir, GNP, music, Starred Thoughts, SUMC | , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Juan Williams

First confession: I’m a National Public Radio person. “Car Talk”, “A Prairie Home Companion”, “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me”, “Fresh Air” … most times NPR strikes me as the only thing on radio that doesn’t consist of screaming. Guitars, or voices.

Second confession: some years ago, one of the news anchors hosting “Morning Edition” phrased several questions and made several assertions during an interview about education that were so anti-public-education in tone that for the first time ever I flirted with the notion that NPR News wasn’t as politically neutral (never mind left-leaning) as I had imagined. Shortly thereafter, news stories began to surface regarding the distinctly right-wing and even anti-public-broadcasting people who had been installed as the heads of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting during the time of the Bush Administration. For me, that was a time when I really started to question the balance and neutrality of any and all journalists. If NPR wasn’t immune to passing along the talking points, who was?

OK, so maybe I was late to that party.


I love to listen to Keith Olbermann, perhaps not quite as much for his politics (which I largely share) as for his delivery, which takes me back to the days when ESPN’s Sportscenter was less of a gigantic corporate shill, and actually, you know, funny. I grit my teeth a bit when he refers to “Countdown with Keith” as a news hour, because there’s enough commentary thrown into that hour that it surely is not purely an hour of news. And I love to listen to Rachel Maddow, because her style is just the same as it was when I could hear her radio program – she’s full of good-natured snark, and backs that style up with what is clearly the biggest jones in cable broadcasting for good old-fashioned research and scholarship and doing your homework before you go on the air and grill some unsuspecting news figure until he wishes he hadn’t been suckered into being interviewed by somebody so well-informed and articulate.

But Keith and Rachel are in the entertainment business. They’re entertaining, so it works. But they are commentary people. Not that there’s a thing wrong with that.

But if you’re an allegedly straight-shooting news organization and your questioning of an interview subject, or your approach to a news story from the beginning, is easily identifiable as to one side or the other, then you’re not really a news hour either. You’re not journalism. You’re opinion. Never mind “allowing me to decide”: you don’t report in the first place.

 

Which is why I’m all in favor of National Public Radio’s recent firing of commentator Juan Williams.

Not because he has been a regular contributor to Fox News for years – in such a way that National Public Radio seriously asked him to stop allowing himself to be identified (during those contributions) as an NPR personality!

Not because years ago he was the host of NPR’s “Talk of the Nation” afternoon current-affairs call-in program and frankly was almost unlistenable — not nearly as good as the original host, Ray Suarez, in any way, from his on-air style to his apparent grasp of the little detail-y nuances of the given subject.

But instead, because of the quote that appears to have taken him down, finally. This past Monday, Williams went on Bill O’Reilly’s evening cable TV program (the pompously- and faintly absurdly-named “O’Reilly Factor”), which is commentary and not a news program either, thank you … and said this:

I mean, look, Bill, I’m not a bigot. You know the kind of books I’ve written about the civil rights movement in this country. But when I get on a plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.”

Identifying themselves first and foremost…?! … Never mind the white male Christians in this very country who for years and years have been unable to go two complete sentences without reminding you that Jesus Christ is their Lord and Saviour and they have such a personal relationship with Him that if He were to return to earth this very night, these particular white male Christians would of course be His first choice of people with whom to sit down and play a game of Holy backgammon. (A lot of these Bible-thumpers are pro athletes, have you noticed?)

And I’m a lifelong Methodist and a church choir director, so let’s have none of that Christian-basher talk.


Let’s get this straight. Right-wing, left-wing, no-wings, centerfield, or with whatever adjective you identify yourself … if you can manage a statement like that, which implies that regardless of what a person may actually be like, or may actually think or believe inside their heads where you can’t see or hear it immediately … if you categorize people strictly because of what they look like or wear … if you feel comfortable going on national television and hiding behind what meager books you may have written and then say something that proves you don’t know a damn thing about your own thesis …

then you’re certainly no longer qualified to consider yourself an unbiased journalist. Because of the laws of this great land, you’re allowed to make an ass of yourself in any way you see fit, and several ways you have no idea of at the time. But most importantly …

yeah, in fact you ARE bigoted.

Or worse … someone’s paying you good money to say bigoted things for them, so you’re “aiding and abetting” … and you’re nothing more than a puppet.

 

Rob Hammerton is a former journalism major whose major marketable skill is run-on sentences.  His politics tip him slightly to port, but he insists that conservatives and many Republicans are in fact human beings.  He would prefer that comments to this and all other posts be nice ‘n’ civil.  Let’s not be like those louses in Washington who can’t disagree politely, or without invoking the Second Amendment.  This is a blog of Sweetness and Light.  Thanks!

October 22, 2010 Posted by | celebrity, Famous Persons, journalism, media, news, npr, politics, television | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments