Sunday, January 30, 2005

Bill Moyers needs a dictionary

Function: noun
1 : visionary theorizing
2 a: a systematic body of concepts especially about human life or culture b: a manner or the content of thinking characteristic of an individual, group, or culture c: the integrated assertions, theories and aims that constitute a sociopolitical program

Bill Moyers retired from something a few weeks ago right? Well he has reappeared in our favorite paper in today's OP EX section, with a scathing examination of the Bush administration and the irreparable damage they are doing to the environment. Isn't Moyers supposed to be some intellectual giant? I know any lefty who appears on TV regularly is automatically a genius, especially if they appear on public TV, like Moyers. But all I heard in the weeks leading up to his departure from that medium was how brilliant he is, and how badly his wise insight would be missed. Public TV would become an intellectual wasteland upon his leaving. Which brings me to this post, and the reason I lead with a definition of the word "Ideology." Moyers piece for today's Strib, and I am sure some other papers via syndication, is another hit-job on Bush's environmental policy. The text is taken from Moyer's remarks upon receiving the Global Environmental Citizen Award from Harvard. The first paragraph reprinted in the Strib leads me to believe that Moyers does not know the definition of ether ideology or theology. Here it is:

"One of the biggest changes in politics in my lifetime is that the delusional is no longer marginal. It has come in from the fringe, to sit in the seat of power [right next to Jimmy Carter at the Democrat National Convention] in the Oval Office and in Congress [in the chair reserved for the senior senator from Minnesota]. For the first time in our history, ideology and theology hold a monopoly of power in Washington."


Now let's take a look at this. What does he mean when he says 'ideololgy and theology hold a monopoly of power..."? Ideology cannot hold power as Moyers has stated it. What he means to say, and to impugn the current administration with, is that conservative ideology and Christian theology hold a monopoly of power in Washington, even though the latter is not true. Does Bill not realize that every president since and including George Washington has held to some sort of ideology? Isn't a steadfast belief in some ideology one of the traits of a good leader? How can one believe or hold to nothing and ascend to any position of leadership? As for theology, again I ask whether or not he knows the word's meaning. Theology by definition is the study of religions and their influences on human culture. How can theology hold power? A particular religious belief may scare Moyers, and I am sure his audience gets his meaning by inference: The particular ideology and religious bent of the Bush administration holds a monopoly of power in Washington, and of course, that's bad. Get a dictionary Bill!

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