Thursday, August 23, 2007

Bill Moyers on Karl Rove

This is today's Quote of the Day from Bill in Exile and once again, it's too perfect not to share with anyone and everyone.

Taken from last week's BILL MOYERS JOURNAL...

"Karl Rove figured out a long time ago that the way to take an intellectually incurious draft-averse naughty playboy in a flight jacket with chewing tobacco in his back pocket and make him governor of Texas, was to sell him as God’s anointed in a state where preachers and televangelists outnumber even oil derricks and jack rabbits. Using church pews as precincts Rove turned religion into a weapon of political combat — a battering ram, aimed at the devil’s minions, especially at gay people.

It's so easy, as Karl knew, to scapegoat people you outnumber, and if God is love, as rumor has it, Rove knew that, in politics, you better bet on fear and loathing. Never mind that in stroking the basest bigotry of true believers you coarsen both politics and religion."

- Bill Moyers


Aaron said...

That's right--never mind that. He doesn't really believe in any of it, anyway. He just used it to mobilize a group of people who are notoriously suspicious and hateful of anybody who's not just like them and, worse, are proud of that trait. And there's no reasoning with those geniuses either, because reason doesn't work with hysterics. Too bad we can't just be louder than they are.

lance's friend said...

I saw another great bumper sticker:

I believe in the separation of church and hate.

Stephen Rader said...

Aaron - I wonder what it will take for us to get louder than them? You'd think that last few years would have made our voices deafening!

Lance's Friend - I love that bumper sticker! I'm Googling it now.

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