…and should. First published on his website, the aging Progressive talking head laments the end of dialogue and the rise of disillusionment and anger in the United States, citing the Fairleigh Dickinson poll that showed about 30% of the population think an armed revolt will be necessary to protect their rights.
“Have we lost our minds?” cries the antique PBS “journalist” who for years has spread the Progressive ideals that have caused people to start arming to the teeth in anticipation that “experts” like Moyers will finally make that last push to control our lives through big government intervention. “Paranoia and just plain meanness.”
Why would the people be paranoid? Could it be the recent push for gun control that dovetailed with hearings on using drones to spy on or kill American citizens inside the United States — a scenario that the Attorney General wouldn’t call unconstitutional or illegal until pushed to the wall? Could it be the passage of the NDAA and the ability to make anyone a “terrorist” with the right policy letter from an administration security “expert”, and with that lose their right to due process, a speedy trial by their peers? Could it be that the president used the IRS to lock up the monies of conservative political groups ahead of the 2012 election — a crime easily on par with using CIA assets to spy on the opposing party? (Watergate.) What about the militarization of the police around the nation and the constant increases in surveillance?
Why would we worry about that?
Moyers does manage to figure out that crony capitalism — the corruption of Washington politicians by big monied interests — is partly to blame, but doesn’t quite get past his Vietnam-era socialist bullshit of the “gap between rich and poor” causing anger. That’s not it, Billy; it’s that both parties, and especially your beloved Obama, have been robbing us blind to support irresponsible banks and businesses that should have been allowed to go bust. The companies cannot rob the people without the complicity of the government that Progressives like Moyers so love to tout as the solution to every problem.
But a violent uprising, with all the bloodshed and chaos that would follow? Armed revolt is when people are so desperate they kill and are killed. Who would wash the blood from the streets, restore order after the chaos and bury the dead? Have we lost our minds?
Why would they be that desperate? Could it be that in addition to the elements above, they see no representation of their views from the would-be aristocrats in government and their sycophantic crew of courtiers (that would be the media, Mr. Moyers…you.) They lie to us, the media passes on the lie unquestioningly because of their political allegiance to a faction, to the point of covering rank incompetence or worse in Benghazi, with Fast & Furious, with the misuse of civil assets to gain political gain? How about the open cheating in the electoral process by both parties this past season?
Who would wash the blood from the streets, restore order…? The same people that always do; the folks caught in the middle between those who want their freedom, and those that wish to deny them the same.
There is an alternative to force, blood, and suffering. It’s called democracy…If Congress and the White House are crooked and out of touch, come Election Day, you make sure they lose.
Great sentiment, Billy, but when the president uses the IRS to lock up the ability of the opposition to organize and speak against him, when the opposition party’s elitist kleptocracy changes the rules of the game to keep spoilers out and lies openly about who won primaries…democracy doesn’t work.
Perhaps, had you been willing to leave people to their lives without meddling at every turn in what we eat, drink, smoke; who we screw; how we make our money and how much we keep; stopped playing games with our energy supply over bogus climate fearmongering; didn’t intrude on how we educate our kids…well, maybe people would have finally had enough of it.
Moyers and other unhappy, arrogant, meddlesome folks push relentlessly against people, attempting to make them and society “better.” They don’t like being told “no” — that’s mean-spirited. They don’t like being called on their actions and intentions — that’s paranoia. And, like most bullies, when you finally raise your dukes, they cry for parlay to retreat, regroup, and retool their endless message of approbation. T
You keep pushing. People are going to throw down.