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.


"http://www.pbs.org/now/commentary/moyers15.html";

Bill Moyers
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 
accountable. 

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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