darn rap culture

(R) What's with all these fellas glorifying violence and killing and bling bling and all that? Don't they understand the message they're sending to the children? The children!

Oh, wait, it was a wealthy white ruler of the Christian right. I guess it's alright that he was openly advocating the assassination of a democratically elected president and reassuring us it's ok because it won't interrupt the supply of oil and that it's a lot cheaper than a war.

Seriously, if we expect Islamic leaders to voice public opposition to extremists who advocate senseless violence based on real objections, we have every obligation to do the same when people who are totally off their rocker advocate senseless violence. And not only is it terribly un-Christian, assassinating the leader of a major trading partner in a region of the world already trending anti-American is just dumb policy.

Dumb dumb dumb morally wrong dumb dumb. Dumb.


At 8/24/2005 8:43 AM, Blogger Eric said...

I too never thought the double-standard would go this far... a powerful religious leader calling for the assassination of a foreigner? No, this isn't the Ayatollah Khomeini or other "crazy" islamic fundamentalists.... it's... it's.... PAT ROBERTSON?????

I love the stupid comments that come out of this guy's mouth. Not all of the time, but I'm sure you can edit it together into a nice 30-minute reality show a la Jessica Simpson. "Is Tuna a Chicken?"... "Did Planned Parenthood cause 9/11?" You know I'd Tivo that!!!

At 8/24/2005 1:23 PM, Blogger Charles said...

Nate and Eric--Pat certainly is dumb sometimes, in fact, I think in 1988, he got the thumbs down for being so catastrophically dumb.

But what he is saying isn't all that different than drivel that comes out of Jesse Jackson's mouth or Al Sharpton. Or even that crazy Louis Farrakhan.

It's just that most of the population isn't used to hearing drivel from right-wing whack jobs. That would include the media. The same media that gives egregious passes to Jesse and Al for the rot that they spew is all over Pat for being really, really stupid. I'd do more than shrug if they didn't give passes to left-wing nuts.


At 8/24/2005 3:16 PM, Blogger Nathaniel said...

I agree dumb comments come from all sectors, and I also agree that far-right leaders have been more successful at couching their radical positions in more palatable language than radicals espousing other views, particularly anti-globalisation/MNC protestors and Islamic theocrats.

Do you think that people on the fringe talking about civil rights or the environment or outsourcing, though, are being as radical as the group of rather wealthy American individuals trying to rewrite the Constitution and government as we know it? It's not just debates about assassinations or torture or abortion or viewing your library records. There is a concerted effort to deprive our centralized governments (both in DC and state capitals) of all powers except that of inflicting violence, protecting large corporate interests, and telling people how to live their lives.

Do you really equate Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton to creating this odd cabal of corporate cronyism and militarism?

At 8/24/2005 4:23 PM, Blogger Eric said...

Nate, I see what you're saying but there is a difference between conservative and liberal extremists and the greedy who are wanting to re-write the Constitution. Sure, extremists might want to write laws that promote their agenda, but they are still operating under the notion that their ideals do in fact better all Americans and the ends surely will justify the means -- whether it's Robertson wanting to spread his religion or Sharpton wanting to spread social welfare programs. However, the greedy, big-business folks are wanting laws that only benefit themselves, and I think most Americans realize that any arguments that counter that are only a hunk of BS (take the social security fight for instance). And I would also argue that corporate crime is fairly bipartisan, and not the flipside of Sharpton or Jackson, even if right now most of the big-business lobby is coming from the right.

But back to Robertson, I never liked the guy (he has a bad track record when it comes to comments about jewish people) so I tend to over-enjoy when he makes yet another stupid remark.

At 8/24/2005 6:17 PM, Blogger Charles said...

Eric/Nate--What concerted effort are you both referring to? Referring to it, I might add, as if it was established fact and not some paranoid left-wing conspiracy fantasy.

Would you include Warren Buffett and George Soros in this sinister cabal?

Just wondering.



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