Speaking of Garrison Keillor’s bizarre

Speaking of Garrison Keillor’s bizarre attack on Norm Coleman–that is to say, while we’re on the subject of bitter, washed-up lefties about whose opinion on one gives a damn–here is the piece by Bill Moyers on PBS that has been roundly condemned in conservative circles. To me, the most striking thing about both articles is the sheer, malignant hatred that shines through in each. Moyers at least purports to deal with public policy rather than character assassination, but his assertions are even wackier than Keillor’s. According to Moyers, the President’s “right wing agenda” includes “using the taxing power to transfer wealth from working people to the rich.” Huh? What in the world is he talking about? I guess he means not transferring as much wealth from “the rich” (an epithet that generally refers to hard-working people) to “working people” (a euphemism that frequently refers to non-working people) as he would prefer. Likewise, the “agenda” includes “giving corporations a free hand to eviscerate the environment…” The evidence for which he doesn’t bother to mention. “And if you like God in government, get ready for the Rapture.” For those who may not keep up with these matters, the “Rapture” is, in some of the less orthodox Protestant theologies, an aspect of the Second Coming of Christ. In the context of the Bush Administration, however, what on God’s green earth is he talking about? It is deeply depressing that this is what liberalism has come to. Moyers was once considered an intellectual; Keillor was once considered a humorist. Now they are embarrassing has-beens–which, however, does not make them ineligible for continued receipt of your tax dollars. Let’s see–Moyers is rich, and I’m not…..Maybe if Moyers were booted off PBS, he would be happy that the taxing power is no longer being misused to transfer wealth from hard-working people like me to rich people like him. Let’s give it a try.

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