August 10, 2008
The Constitution is Still in Crisis

A Smirking Chimp commenter by the handle of genboomxer hits us where it hurts.

There is a hypocritical duality in our American culture. We want a saint for president; we want someone with confidence and experience. We want the “Daddy” ideal. On the other hand we want someone who’s not afraid to play dirty to give us what we want. We are the children who idolize “Daddy” as long as we don’t know he’s cheating.

Politically we are one of the most immature countries. We run our domestic and foreign policies like an amoral adolescent with a car, a shotgun and a case of beer on a Saturday night who goes on a rampage, who then shows up for church on Sunday to repent our sins to show everyone that deep-down we’re really good.

A more concise statement of the American character is hard to find. When we’re disappointed in our leadership we blame it on them, as if we had no part in making it happen.

So I guess you wouldn’t be surprised to find the same person pointing to an old Bill Moyers show called “The Secret Government: The Constitution in Crisis”. It’s just as true now, and just as relevant, as when it was made. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

Moyers remains unsurpassed. You kinda get the feeling he’s still trying to make up for the whole LBJ thing, though it’s hard to imagine that he had the power to fix it. Probably LBJ was just smart enough to make him the front man, because Moyers is so clearly a moral person in the best sense of the term.


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Posted by Chuck Dupree at August 10, 2008 04:01 AM
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I'm not sure what you mean by the "LBJ thing". Unless you're talking about LBJ and the war or the Billy Sol stuff.

I grew up in the sunny south, and we had people (mostly people of color) living in shacks when I was growing up. LBJ's policies led to the destruction of those hell holes. I'm not sure that the "housing project" was the way to fix the problem, cost constraints always lead to compromises, many of them bad, but go down south now and 95% of them are gone - most of it happened due to LBJ policies.

Course down south now there's the proverbial "trailer". Joe Bageant's written enough about that, so I won't go into detail about how rotten that game is. But at least it's a biracial problem.

Posted by: Buck on August 10, 2008 6:39 AM

Thanks for that video. I've never seen it, or if I did it didn't make much of an impression on me. But it does play like a rerun of history, 20 years later. You could change a few players in there, leave Moyers commentary virtually unchanged, and there's today's history all over again.

Except for what we don't yet know about the Bush administration. Every day that goes by I keep thinking "how much worse can it get?", and then a week later I find it much worse than before. Now I've just got the expectation that it's going to get a whole lot worse.

Posted by: Buck on August 10, 2008 5:12 PM

Moyer's one of the best Texans ever.

Posted by: One Fly on August 11, 2008 1:46 PM
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