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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Effete Liberal Snobs Who Want to Help the Poor but Find Their Odor Quite Bothersome

I've studied or worked on seven different college campuses during my career, and I remember times when I've encountered liberal elitists, those academics who are perpetually looking down their noses at the plebian masses, and making snide condescending remarks about the common folk who have to work for a living, how little they know about the world, history, politics, etc. I was a liberal myself in those days, but when I saw and heard that kind of condescending horseshit it always infuriated me.

Sorry, but that kind of thing still makes me mad because I feel like they are talking about me, my family. And about millions of other people who don't live in the liberal elitist bubble.

That's the thing about liberals. They profess to be on the side of the "working classes" but they have trouble hiding their contempt for them. Some of them don't even try to hide it.

I heard some of that liberal double think last night when I viewed a video of the Bill Moyers show in which he talked about how Newt Gingrich was trashing and running down that really great American, Saul Alinsky.

Because Moyers once worked for that intellectual giant Lyndon Johnson, and because he once talked to Joseph Campbell, he must think he's some kind of intellectual paragon and can lecture all of us illiterates on Saul Alinsky.

I've embedded the video below. If you view it, listen to Moyers as he sets up his defense of Alinsky at the beginning and listen to how he describes the Republican audiences who he says are buying into this.

Moyers is a pseudo intellectual liberal shill and he makes no attempt to hide his contempt for us. I suppose he's speaking to other liberal elitists who view Public TV; he's surely not trying to actually persuade people who don't disagree with him. (One of the first things you learn about argument/persuasion is that you have to respect your opponent's views enough to keep him listening to you; otherwise you're just ranting, which isn't intellectual at all.)

Moyers has utter disdain for these common uneducated Republicans and implies we are driven by prejudice in that we will react negatively just to Alinsky's name.

Moyers says we "don't know" who Alinsky is or what "socialism" is. And then, just in case we missed his point, he calls us "ignorant."

Bill Moyers Essay: Newt's Obesession with Saul Alinsky from on Vimeo.

Note to Bill Moyers:

I may not be a super smart liberal guy like you, but I do know what socialism is. The word is very broad and has multiple meanings but in general is used to refer to an anti-capitalist approach to economic issues and includes redistributive taxation and some form of social ownership of (as opposed to private ownership of) property. It's basically the system the Europeans have been using for several decades and which is now collapsing because of its inherent flaws.

Also, I have heard of Saul Alinsky. I've even read some of his book Rules for Radicals. I know you're a busy public television "journalist" so, in case you haven't read them, I've found a nice summary of them in the Union News.

You say he's not a communist, not a socialist, but a good American. Here's what he says in his own words:

Any revolutionary change must be preceded by a passive, affirmative, non-challenging attitude toward change among the mass of our people. They must feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless in the prevailing system that they are willing to let go of the past and change the future. This acceptance is the reformation essential to any revolution. To bring on this reformation requires that the organizer work inside the system, among not only the middle class but the 40 per cent of American families – more than seventy million people – whose income range from $5,000 to $10,000 a year [in 1971]. They cannot be dismissed by labeling them blue collar or hard hat. They will not continue to be relatively passive and slightly challenging. If we fail to communicate with them, if we don't encourage them to form alliances with us, they will move to the right. Maybe they will anyway, but let's not let it happen by default.[3]

Notice that at the end, he says "if we fail to communicate with them...they will move to the right." This statement indicates that he is speaking from a far left, "revolutionary" position, not from the center (where most Americans are) or definitely not from anywhere on the right side of the political spectrum.

Apparently Mr. Moyers, by being dismissive of and condescending to the that "40 percent" of middle class American families and the "blue collar or hard hat" you are disregarding your hero Alinsky's advice.

But it's a little late anyway. Most of us down here in the flyover states have already moved to the right. Primarily because we have pretty good BS detectors and we can tell when someone is only pretending to be our friend to advance his own agenda.

By the way, I know Alinsky also said this: "You do what you can with what you have and clothe it in moral garments."

In other words, if being identified as a "socialist" or "communist" is detrimental to your movement, then say you are not either.

Like the old politician says, "if it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, it is a duck."

With feigned Sincerity,

Dapper Dan

Readers: Here's a fantastic short (5 min.) video of Alinsky sitting down with conservative icon William Buckley on Buckley's The Firing Line back in the day. I wish I could find the rest of it, but what we have is fun to watch.


  1. There was a time back in the day when Moyers was just getting started that I enjoyed listening to him. Many of his comments were thought provoking. Now, I turn him off when he is coming on the tube.
    Buckley, on the other hand went away too soon.
    What a mind he posessed.
    Do the libs on TV think the average American is just waiting for the next serving of bull$hit they put out as the ultimate truth? I sure hope not.

  2. Ed, Sounds like you're beginning to feel better after that cold. Glad you're getting well. I used to enjoy some of Moyers' stuff too, but now he is a liberal shill. I like the way you phrased that comment at the end. That's the impression I get from some of them. They think we're sooo stupid and that we're just hoping and praying they'll impart some of their profound wisdom to us.

  3. Dan...excellent piece! Really!

    My first introduction to Moyers was when I was in the 7th Grade at Rusheon Junior High School in Bossier City, LA.

    My Social Studies teacher, Mrs. Ira Peak (God rest her soul...a wonderful woman who walked on crutches due to polio, and was a Pastor's wife) introduced some subject which I can not now remember.

    But, I shall never forget her saying, "Now, you may have seen BILL MOYERS (the inflection in her voice let me know that she hated his guts) on television last night discussing this" (again, I can't remember what the subject was). Then she spent about 15 minutes explaining exactly why BILL MOYERS had gotten it all wrong.

    Man! I wish I could remember the details of that class day lecture, and wish I'd have had a video camera handy in 1971...that old Saint of God ripped MOYERS a new one!

    "It made a big impression on me, although I was a barefoot kid." (Catch that one, and winz you a prize).

    I could tell you a lot more about Mrs. Peak...Her lectures are "seared in my mind."

    Man...good teachers!!! I had a bunch of 'em. And, not just in the classroom, if you know what I mean.

    Good post, Dan! Excellent!

  4. Andy, thanks. I had several good HS teachers too. Ms. Peak sounds like she was a good 'un. I'm working on the barefoot kid thingy. I'll get back to you on that.

  5. Andy, I'm listening to it now. The Year That Clayton Delaney Died.

    Thanks for the hint. I'm afraid I wouldn't have guessed it otherwise.

  6. If you view it, listen to Moyers...

    Sorry, Dan... that's just a bridge too far. I USED to watch Moyers "Journal" on PBS on Friday evenings but always turned it off about ten minutes in. I believe in listening to the other side, but I hate Moyers snide condescending GUTS.

    I DID watch the Buckley vid, though. WFB, Jr. is still one of my heroes after all these years. No one could turn a phrase or twist a knife like that man could.

  7. Buck, I understand your attitude toward Moyers. Although I used to watch him back in the '80s, I can't stomach him now.

    We did see his interview set with Joseph Campbell, the guy who was an expert on the world's myths. It was a non-political set of interviews and very interesting. And Campbell was the star, not Moyers. But I haven't watched him since the early '90s. He's an insufferable smartass.

    Buckley has been a hero of ours too even back in those days when we suffered from the academic strain of liberalism, which I see now as being similar to an STD.

    Those early days of watching Buckley probably laid the ground work for our "conversion" to conservatism.