Bill Moyers, give me my goddamned money back.

My tax dollars paid you to sit at your computer and hen-peck those silly commentaries of yours, and if you’re one-tenth the populist you style yourself as, you’ll giuve me back whatever money I shelled out to make sure you got to lecture the American people about how the evil Repubs are going to implement their new social programs that mandate dog food for seniors, reinstitute lynchings in the South and count killing puppies and kittens as taz write-offs.

What’s that, you say? My taxes only paid for .00015 cents of your salary? Fine. Whatever. Divvy that sucker up and hand over the requisite copper shavings. I can wait. It’s a matter of principle, and also one of hoping that maybe, if you’re stuck hunched over a micro-laser cutter dividing a penny into 6,667 equal pieces, you won’t have the time to tax your mind and our patience with stuff like this:

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.

Ah, the good old days when Republicans were only contemplating selling their soul to Satan, not on their third mortgage payment like today.

Apparently, now the Republicans are no longer “moderate” in their use of power, or so Moyers not-so-subtely suggests. Authoritarians at the gates, you see.

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.

If you consider defending the nation and keeping our citizens safe from the kinds of people that would like to kill them a “right-wing agenda,” then Bush would be absolutely right. The country DID give him a mandate.

But of course that’s not what Moyers means, you see . The agenda we’re talking about is the super-extra-totally-secret one that the Packs only show to the party faithful at the yearly stockholders meeting. How does Moyers know this? Why, he’s a journalist:

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.

You know, for one of those modern, professional, ultra powerful super-journalists (with investigative kung-fu grip!), Moyers seems to be missing something that is a big part of this story. I’m just a stupid kid, so of course I don’t know, but I’m fairly sure there’s something going on somehwere in the world now that seemed to be on the minds of a lot of people in this election…

Let me look online…

Hey, is there a war going on? Hmm. I thought so, but Bill doesn’t seem to be aware of it. Well, it must not be important then.

And it includes secrecy on a scale you cannot imagine.

Surely not, being the silly and fickle proles that we are, but at least you’re here to tell us what’s what and lead us to the promised land of truth.

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.

I’m swooning already. Having bile pushed to the tip of one’s throat from realizing that I’m reading something by what is supposed to be a respected journalist making predicitons to which Chicken Little would say, “Whoa dude, like, calm down and count to ten or something” can do that to you.

First of all Bill, I’m assuming you know this, but ALL federal judges are “appointed for life.” The reason I bring it up is because the way you mentioned that phrase, as if they were monarchic dictators perverting our long tradtion of democratically elected terms of office, when in reality their lifetime appointments are an integral part of that tradition. And as for a political agenda, that’s true. Their political agenda is to uphold the laws of this country rather than to write them, no matter how wonderfully “progressive” and “compassionate” the intentions behind such usurping of judicial powers might be.

So scary you might wet your pants, isn’t it?

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?

He can try his darndest to promote a biblical worldview in politics all he wants. It doesn’t mean he’s going to be able to (or that he would even want to) pass laws making everyone go to church on Sunday and stop all drinking, dancing and swearing in public or anywhere else. He made no secret of his religious leanings during his campaigns. He didn’t pretend to be an agnostic before people had voted him in and then whip off his business suit with a maniacal laugh and reveal a deacon’s robe. His religious worldview was part of his character that got him elected. If he wants to try to convince people to consider certain issues from a religious perspective, he’s free to do it. It doesn’t mean they’re all going to be calling for the banning of Madonna albums and Baywatch.

The first amendment guarantees freedom OF religion, not freedom FROM religion. If it offends your sensitive ears to hear him say “God” every now and then, ear plugs are a very cheap solution . I use them to tune you out all the time.

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.

I half expected at this time to read an addendum at the bottom, “Sorry about that. Grandpa tends to go off and get a little loony when not taking his meds.”

It never actually said that, but I’m guessing his granddaughter just didn’t want to embarrass pops like that.

Hmm. Once again the Republicans won for reaosn that HAD ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH THE WAR.

Move along folks, nothing to see over there. Just a lot of bombs and guns n’ stuff going off… nothing to do with us. Nothing to do with the elction . All about the money and brainwashing Americans. Yes, that’s it.

last update : 26-5-2018

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