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Bill Moyers- If You Like God in Gov.-- Then Get Ready for the Rapture
Drudge via PBS.org ^ | Bill Moyers

Posted on 11/11/2002 12:05:41 PM PST by Dallas

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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1 posted on 11/11/2002 12:05:41 PM PST by Dallas
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To: Dallas
Reminds of the screed of the wicked witch of the west "I'm melting, I'm melting."
2 posted on 11/11/2002 12:08:25 PM PST by ladtx
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To: Dallas
This was written for taxpayer-supported PBS? Might be time to reconsider Moyers' funding.
3 posted on 11/11/2002 12:10:18 PM PST by JennysCool
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To: Dallas
It includes using the taxing power to transfer wealth from working people to the rich.

Bill Moyers, if ever there was a stereotype of a limousine liberal, he is it.

4 posted on 11/11/2002 12:10:19 PM PST by GoreIsLove
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To: Dallas
NBD baby. Nothing But Drivel.
5 posted on 11/11/2002 12:10:28 PM PST by Rippin
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To: Dallas

It includes using the taxing power to transfer wealth from working people to the rich.

It includes a minor decrease in the use of the taxing power to transfer wealth from the working people to the layabouts and wastrels.

6 posted on 11/11/2002 12:10:49 PM PST by jdege
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To: Dallas

7 posted on 11/11/2002 12:12:05 PM PST by Timesink
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To: Dallas
Plus we'll get, unfortunately, the continuing subsidy of pseudo-intellectuals like this Moyers clown.
8 posted on 11/11/2002 12:12:46 PM PST by Revolting cat!
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To: Dallas
This is supposed to pass as "non-partisan" journalism? Like Ari Fleischer said last week to the Penguin, it sounds like a commerical run last October that did'nt work.

Cut off this guy's funding like the sophomore he that he is.

9 posted on 11/11/2002 12:14:36 PM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: Dallas
It includes using the taxing power to transfer wealth from working people to the rich.

Yeah, that would be unconscionable.

It would be like some rich pompous jackass taking money, extorted from working families by the government under the threat of imprisonment for non-compliance, and using that money to fund a “public broadcast service” that markets merchandise (videos, companion books, etc.) whose profits exponentially increase the size of the rich bastard’s bank account.

10 posted on 11/11/2002 12:15:47 PM PST by dead
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To: Dallas
That mandate includes the power of the state to force pregnant women to give up control over their own lives.

I get so tired of this poop, mainly because it shows the ignorance of those who recite it. I beg the pardon of sincere Catholics, but I believe in protecting women's reproductive rights. They can use whatever contraception control they want, even abstinance, to control reproduction. But once a child has been conceived, it is a separate human being whose life civilized society should consider worth protecting.

11 posted on 11/11/2002 12:16:39 PM PST by My2Cents
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To: Dallas
Bill.......you should have signed off: For now, I am drunk.

Heck, I would like to see Bill right. Nothing would make me happier than prayer back in schools. BUT IT WON'T HAPPEN. Not until we can get somebody to appoint to the SCOTUS, hopefully replacing the two swing votes.
12 posted on 11/11/2002 12:16:49 PM PST by rwfromkansas
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To: Dallas
Heard Rush, going off on this around lunch today.
classic Rush.....
13 posted on 11/11/2002 12:16:51 PM PST by vin-one
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To: Dallas
I think Bill is celebrating the 2002 elections with a toast to the Republicans.
14 posted on 11/11/2002 12:17:04 PM PST by Alex Murphy
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To: KC_Conspirator
I think the dnc just found their new chairman.
15 posted on 11/11/2002 12:17:20 PM PST by Boxsford
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To: Dallas
Thanks for the post as I never have listened to PBS. I would have missed this completely. It's a wonderful thing to witness what the Glorious 5th of November has wrought among the lefties.
16 posted on 11/11/2002 12:17:46 PM PST by x1stcav
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To: rwfromkansas
Or we get some of that FDR luck and the liberals croak.
17 posted on 11/11/2002 12:19:00 PM PST by rwfromkansas
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To: Dallas
That mandate includes the power of the state to force pregnant women to give up control over their own lives.

Addendum: What I should have said was this: If a woman who didn't want to become pregnant has become pregnant, she's already lost control.

18 posted on 11/11/2002 12:19:32 PM PST by My2Cents
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To: Dallas
I wonder how many he knocked back, before writing this drivel? Let's just hope somebody chained him to his desk, or he might try to hop in the car and mow down Republicans.
19 posted on 11/11/2002 12:19:39 PM PST by Paul Atreides
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To: My2Cents
Most of their arguments, like this one, could be used to support the killing of one-year old children.
20 posted on 11/11/2002 12:19:59 PM PST by the_Watchman
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To: *CCRM
Time to FReep Moyers.
21 posted on 11/11/2002 12:20:58 PM PST by anymouse
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To: Dallas
But Bill, they were ELECTED! Strange how you don't mind the socialists cramming their beliefs down everyone's throats.
22 posted on 11/11/2002 12:21:44 PM PST by Paul Atreides
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To: Timesink
Is that Don P. second bottle from left?
23 posted on 11/11/2002 12:22:13 PM PST by 7beuties
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To: Dallas
The latest scare tactics from the 'Godophobes'.
24 posted on 11/11/2002 12:25:01 PM PST by Route66
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To: Dallas
Didn't Bill Moyers get arrested for DUI recently?
25 posted on 11/11/2002 12:25:51 PM PST by Prince Caspian
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To: My2Cents
It includes using the taxing power to transfer wealth from working people to the rich

In order to make this statement one simply MUST be a socialist. The opposite is what is happening, of course. I remember when the sleepwalking apolitical ones in the "mushy middle" used to buy this crap from the media and the dims(one in the same). This election is proof there is a new dynamic at work.

26 posted on 11/11/2002 12:28:05 PM PST by wayoverontheright
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To: x1stcav
PBS = Pure Bull Sh*t
27 posted on 11/11/2002 12:28:12 PM PST by chiefqc
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To: Dallas
And if you like God in government, get ready for the Rapture.

If only! This would be a huge step in the right direction!

28 posted on 11/11/2002 12:29:20 PM PST by sirchtruth
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To: Prince Caspian
DEMAGOGUERY UNDER THE INFLUENCE??? (Of the DNC)
29 posted on 11/11/2002 12:29:31 PM PST by jdogbearhunter
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To: GoreIsLove
"using the taxing power to transfer wealth from working people to the rich"

Huh?? Where on earth does he get this stuff??
30 posted on 11/11/2002 12:30:30 PM PST by CyberAnt
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To: Dallas
Time for Bill Moyers to exit stage left
31 posted on 11/11/2002 12:30:44 PM PST by woofie
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To: Dallas
This is a very good reason why I would not give my spit to PBS - it is nothing but a government subsidized forum for liberal "news thinkers".

Like most outspoken liberals, Moyers is so wealthy and comfortable that he deems to speak for the "rest of us". This is beyond "drivel".
32 posted on 11/11/2002 12:31:13 PM PST by txzman
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To: JennysCool
This is just more of what Moyers has been doing for 30 years. He used to work for Lyndon Johnson and he followed LBJ's model of getting rich at the public trough.
33 posted on 11/11/2002 12:31:41 PM PST by TheMole
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To: Dallas
For NOW, I'm Bill Moyers.

And from now on, YOU'RE IRRELEVANT!!

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

34 posted on 11/11/2002 12:31:50 PM PST by wayoverontheright
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To: Prince Caspian
Didn't Bill Moyers get arrested for DUI recently?

For being a Democracy Usurping Idiot?

35 posted on 11/11/2002 12:32:59 PM PST by LoneGOPinCT
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To: Timesink
Isn't photography, where the shutter can move as quickly as 1/600 of a second, wonderful?

You'll notice that, in this picture, many of these bottles are still unopened. At Moyer's wetbar, only the miracle of modern photography could have captured this moment.

"I grew up in a culture where, almost unspoken -- but there were comments -- alcoholism is a moral failing. If somebody was a drunk, that person lacked character, lacked willpower."
Bill Moyers, 1998http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n222.a05.html

36 posted on 11/11/2002 12:34:04 PM PST by Alex Murphy
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To: wayoverontheright
It includes using the taxing power to transfer wealth from working people to the rich

This statement is logically absurd! Not unless he means the RICH equaling one and the same as the U.S. Government.

Liberals are truly ignorant, selfish whiners!

37 posted on 11/11/2002 12:34:44 PM PST by sirchtruth
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To: Dallas
Well, that about sums it up.
38 posted on 11/11/2002 12:34:47 PM PST by Jeff Chandler
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To: Dallas
Sigh. For all his pretense at being a lofty, unattached intellectual, Moyers reveals himself to be just another liberal hack.
39 posted on 11/11/2002 12:35:04 PM PST by r9etb
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To: Dallas
Moyers is a former Baptist minister who was LBJ's righthand hatchetman - conceived the despicable "drop an atom bomb on the kid" ad against Goldwater and engineered the exclusion of the Georgia regular Democrat representatives to the 1964 'rat convention because they were black - I much prefer the rightwing brand of religiosity in politics to the leftwing strain represented by Moyers and his ilk........
40 posted on 11/11/2002 12:37:16 PM PST by Intolerant in NJ
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To: My2Cents
I too am tired of this lament. I've never understood the whole fallacy of "choice", ex post. Of course women have the right to choose; they have the right to choose before the engage in the act whether or not they are willing to accept the possible outcomes, one of which, is preganancy. The desire to make the choice after the fact is just an idiotic argument. I'd like to see someone try that in Vegas. Oh, did I say black? I meant to bet on red, pay me please.
41 posted on 11/11/2002 12:37:42 PM PST by CoolPapaBoze
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To: Dallas
Why does the Republican controlled House of Representatives continue to finance part of the PBS budget when they don't even get a right of reply to this extreme left winger?
42 posted on 11/11/2002 12:38:31 PM PST by Timocrat
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To: JennysCool
This was written for taxpayer-supported PBS? Might be time to reconsider Moyers' funding.

I dunno...a search of the Corporation For Public Broadcasting's website shows only a single program about schools with Bill Moyers, back in 1996, funded by public money (about $223,000). I know that most, if not all the money he makes comes from other source.

That said, it's somewhat difficult to figure out who funds what - the show itself appears to be funded by PBS, but individual programs appear to be privately funded.

What'd be really interesting to see is the grant applications to PBS - see if conservative program proposals are being turned down, or if they're just not coming in in the first place.

Snidely

43 posted on 11/11/2002 12:38:49 PM PST by Snidely Whiplash
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To: sirchtruth
Anyone who believes what he said is not a liberal. We need to start calling them what they are-SOCIALISTS!
44 posted on 11/11/2002 12:38:51 PM PST by wayoverontheright
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To: Dallas
Bill Moyers is a multi-millionaire, thanks to PBS and your hard working TAX dollars...
45 posted on 11/11/2002 12:38:52 PM PST by Drango
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To: x1stcav
Thanks for the post as I never have listened to PBS. I would have missed this completely.

I recently talked to a friend who works for a state public broadcasting regime. I have no way to validate this, so take it for the second-hand anecdote that it is: He told me that during their most recent pledge drive, Bill Moyers' show was the only one they got NO comments about. People always call in and say "I'll give you money if you promise to keep X on," or "I'm not giving you a dime until you take Y off the air!", but nobody said a damn thing about his show. It literally doesn't register.

46 posted on 11/11/2002 12:44:11 PM PST by Timesink
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To: KC_Conspirator
Like Ari Fleischer said last week to the Penguin . . .

I may sic PETA on you for comparing that troll to our tuxeoed friends!

47 posted on 11/11/2002 12:44:54 PM PST by mombonn
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To: Dallas
That mandate includes the power of the state to force pregnant women to give up control over their own lives.

Nope. Just over that of the babies. They can do what they will with their own.

48 posted on 11/11/2002 12:45:00 PM PST by dubyagee
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To: Dallas
So Bill, do you have a problem with that?
49 posted on 11/11/2002 12:45:07 PM PST by TC Rider
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To: TC Rider
I sent PBS a 'comment'.

Bill,

I hope you didn't drive yourself home after writing your most recent column on the 2002 elections.

TC Rider
50 posted on 11/11/2002 12:49:46 PM PST by TC Rider
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