Monday, September 07, 2009

More from Bill Moyers

Graphic shamelessly lifted from my friend Paul at

Take a look:

Bill Maher asked me on his show last week if America is still a great nation. I should have said it's the greatest show on earth. Forget what you learned in civics about the Founding Fathers -- we're the children of Barnum and Bailey, our founding con men. Their freak show was the forerunner of today's talk radio.

Speaking of which: we've posted on our website an
essay by the media scholar Henry Giroux. He describes the growing domination of hate radio as one of the crucial elements in a "culture of cruelty" increasingly marked by overt racism, hostility and disdain for others, coupled with a simmering threat of mob violence toward any political figure who believes health care reform is the most vital of safety nets, especially now that the central issue of life and politics is no longer about working to get ahead, but struggling simply to survive.

This business about hate radio really, really disturbs me. Not only that, it frightens me.

You can read the whole text of Moyers' opinion piece right here.

UPDATE: It occurred to me after adding Paul's graphic above that some people may have forgotten the preamble to the Constitution. So, as a reminder, here it is:

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

You can find it all sorts of places. I got it here.


1 comment:

  1. Anonymous6:11 PM

    What are we to do in the light of the knowledge that we are losing (or have we already lost) any real hope for a true and lasting democracy? Maybe we SHOULD join the Socialist party!


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