Perhaps the motivation behind liberal rhetoric reacting to the
Republican domination in US politics is more instructive than all the
supposedly moderate and centrist Democrat voices urging respect and
tolerance for their views. Perhaps Bill Moyers editorial gives a better
picture of what these people believe about the Republican majority.
on Election 2002
Way back in the 1950's when I first tasted politics and journalism,
Republicans briefly controlled the White House and Congress. With the
exception of Joseph McCarthy and his vicious ilk, they were a reasonable
lot, presided over by that giant war hero, Dwight Eisenhower, who was
conservative by temperament and moderate in the use of power.
That brand of Republican is gone. And for the first time in the memory
of anyone alive, the entire federal government — the Congress, the
Executive, the Judiciary — is united behind a right-wing agenda for
which George W. Bush believes he now has a mandate.
That mandate includes the power of the state to force pregnant women to
give up control over their own lives.
It includes using the taxing power to transfer wealth from working
people to the rich.
It includes giving corporations a free hand to eviscerate the
environment and control the regulatory agencies meant to hold them
And it includes secrecy on a scale you cannot imagine. Above all, it
means judges with a political agenda appointed for life. If you liked
the Supreme Court that put George W. Bush in the White House, you will
swoon over what's coming.
And if you like God in government, get ready for the Rapture. These
folks don't even mind you referring to the GOP as the party of God. Why
else would the new House Majority Leader say that the Almighty is using
him to promote 'a Biblical worldview' in American politics?
So it is a heady time in Washington — a heady time for piety, profits,
and military power, all joined at the hip by ideology and money.
Don't forget the money. It came pouring into this election, to both
parties, from corporate America and others who expect the payback.
Republicans outraised democrats by $184 million dollars. And came up
with the big prize — monopoly control of the American government, and
the power of the state to turn their ideology into the law of the land.
Quite a bargain at any price.
That's it for this week.
For NOW, I'm Bill Moyers.
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