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    The greatest sedition is silence Moyers on America is a series of essays, written over an extended period of time, covering a wide range of subjects There is considerable wisdom to be found here, much said about the search for meaning in life, what is valuable, and what is not I found that I was using my book darts very frequently in the single day it took to read this Moyers writes about growing inequality, the forced descent to the Gilded Age era of national rape by the wealthy of the na The greatest sedition is silence Moyers on America is a series of essays, written over an extended period of time, covering a wide range of subjects There is considerable wisdom to be found here, much said about the search for meaning in life, what is valuable, and what is not I found that I was using my book darts very frequently in the single day it took to read this Moyers writes about growing inequality, the forced descent to the Gilded Age era of national rape by the wealthy of the natural resources and working classes of the country Incredibly, in littlethan a century, the still young revolution of 1776 was being strangled by the hard grip of a merciless ruling class The large corporations that were called into being by modern industrialism after 1865 the end of the Civil War had combined into trusts capable of making minions of both politics and government What Henry George called an immense wedge was being forced through American society by the maldistribution of wealth, status, and opportunity We should pause here to consider that this is Karl Rove s cherished period of American history He writes about the danger to our freedoms embodied in unprecedented concentration of wealth and power and the resulting corruption of the political process by money Money has robbed the middle class and the working poor of representation and as they became weaker politically, they are eveninsecure in their jobs, their savings, and their future The Progressive era was one in which the excesses of concentration were challenged by a generation of progressives willing to fight for a better America Government was enlisted to aid the preservation of equality and democracy It needs to be restored to the task


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    I was sad to see the last episode of Bill Moyers Journal on PBS in December 2014 I think maybe he ruffled too many feathers with the truth This book is from 2005 It contains essays from the 1970s to the early 2000s The great tsunami that occurred several years ago was helped along by the destruction of coral and mangrove trees that served as natural barriers to water We are a world heading toward failure President George W Bush worked at eliminating taxes on capital gains, dividends, esta I was sad to see the last episode of Bill Moyers Journal on PBS in December 2014 I think maybe he ruffled too many feathers with the truth This book is from 2005 It contains essays from the 1970s to the early 2000s The great tsunami that occurred several years ago was helped along by the destruction of coral and mangrove trees that served as natural barriers to water We are a world heading toward failure President George W Bush worked at eliminating taxes on capital gains, dividends, estates, and interest What s left Workers Contributors paid 1 million dollars to be wined and dined by his campaign Across the street, wounded Iraq veterans paid for their own calls home The pro business magazine The Economist said inequality was increasingthan upward mobility The income gap continues to increase to this day Privatization has led to an abandonment for all public services water, police, schools, social security Tuition at an elite private school reached 26,000 Across the city line, a 97% black student body school had 90% qualify for free lunch, 10% living in homeless shelters, and no Langston Hughes books in the library When Moyers was 16, a group of privileged housewives in Texas protested having to pay social security for their maids and housecleaners They hired Martin Dies, Jr., best known as being head of the House Un American Activities Committee Fortunately, they lost their case How did those women expect those hired workers to face old age One politician said about Texas politicians If you think these guys are bad, you should see their constituents It was Mark Hanna at the turn of the century who backed William McKinley and became who may have been the first person to unabashedly believe in corporate power running the country If Congress were true to the principles of democracy, it would be the people s lobby spoken by Tom Johnson, the Progressive mayor of Cleveland in the early 1900s The descendants of Jefferson and Sally Hemings divided themselves as those who thought they were white and those who thought they were black I do not do what I want to and what I detest I do Saul of Tarsus speaking of the difficulty of doing good in this world In the Mel Gibson movie The Patriot, Americans vote to free the slaves who fought for the colonies That never happened The British offered slaves freedom He speaks of campaign finance reform Little did Moyers know at the time that the Republican Supreme Court would strike it down so that money is eveninfluential If we had wished, we could have made you one people, but as it is, we have made you many Therefore, vie among yourselves in good works The Koran There s practically no religion I know of that sees other people in a way that affirms the others choice Elaine Pagels There are two things that are important in politics The first is money and I can t remember what the second one is Mark Hanna He helped McKinley defeat William Jennings Bryan, the Populist candidate, with tons of money Money has now robbed the middle class and working poor of their fair representation I think money is a bitthan a vote Roger Tamraz, oilman He worked hard to get sweetheart deals on taxes for the wealthiest Americans September 3, 1991, in Hamlet, North Carolina, a fire started in poultry plants Out of 90 employees, 25 died No sprinkler system, no evacuation plan, one fire extinguisher And the front doors were locked from the outside Why To prevent theft of chicken parts More than 10,000 working people a year in the US die on the job Other industrial nations have regulations to prevent such happenings Nothing has changed In fact, the effort is to make fewer regulations That s the stated goal now of the Republican party Even Plutarch described how money destroyed the Roman republic While working on a documentary about pesticide effect on children, Moyers found misleading information had been sent everywhere to discredit the show before it ever went on the air Even from the American Cancer Society needed money from the chemical companies It is a funny think about life if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it W Somerset Maugham Cleanth Brooks referred to the three bastard muses Propaganda, Sentimentality, and Pornography Violence in entertainment permeates American life Media is not a good word because it lumps in disparate sources into one conglomerate The days of great documentaries on network news are gone because of relentless bullying by the Republican National Committee All liberties depend on the ability to speak freely In 1967, 75% of all Americans over 65 had no medical insurance and 1 3 lived in poverty More than 90% of black adults in the South were not registered to vote Medicare, food stamps, and social security increases have helped all of this


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    Bill Moyers is amazing This collection of articles and speeches perfectly attenuates every concern a cognizant citizen should have In addition to eloquently addressing these matters, he goes even further to propose solutions to America s gravest social ailments If you haven t read this book yet, you now have homework.


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    Not only is this book so incredibly insightful on society and politics and human nature, but it is written masterfully Bill Moyers knows how to tell a story, and his are all true.


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    Respected journalist Bill Moyers has an urgent warning for Americans don t let democracy die You have to stand up and fight as if the cause depends on you Allow yourself that conceit to believe in the flame of democracy will never go out as long as there s one candle in one citizen s hand Moyers sees, correctly, that something is deeply wrong with politics today The soul of democracy has been dying, he writes, drowning in a rising tide of big money contributed by a narrow, unrepresen Respected journalist Bill Moyers has an urgent warning for Americans don t let democracy die You have to stand up and fight as if the cause depends on you Allow yourself that conceit to believe in the flame of democracy will never go out as long as there s one candle in one citizen s hand Moyers sees, correctly, that something is deeply wrong with politics today The soul of democracy has been dying, he writes, drowning in a rising tide of big money contributed by a narrow, unrepresentative elite that has betrayed the faith of citizens in self government He exposes corruption in government and fears we are creeping toward an oligarchic society where a relative handful of the rich and priviledged decide, with their money, who will run, who will win, and how they will govern He criticizes the news media as well, showing how cost cutting measures have cheapened news.While Moyers has intelligent criticisms of what s wrong with America, he fails to see thedangerous, looming problem that confronts all of us It is this the political process is broken, in my view Washington is corrupt Congress is gridlocked There s a dangerous concentration of power in the executive branch in one person the president and the usual system of checks and balances seems to have come undone The federal system is askew ideally state governments should regulate their own economies, but Washington has usurped this power through numerous rulings, often encouraged by the Supreme Court And this body of unelected justices has, in many respects, assumed a quasi legislative role, which was never intended by the Constitution s Framers, because it has the power to strike down any law it deems unconstitutional Washington is like a giant crashed computer, unresponsive to keystrokes, and unable to cope with serious issues such as Social Security underfunding, the specter of terrorism, financial meltdowns, global warming, corruption, lobbying running rampant, and so on.Americans should heed Moyers warning but also read The American Lie by Benjamin Ginsberg The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution by Kevin R C Gutzman Common Sense II How to Prevent the Three Types of Terrorism by myself Up To Our Eyeballs by several authors Our Undemocratic Constitution by Sanford Levinson How America Got It Right by Bevin Alexander a tough critique of American foreign policy Generally, these are tough, non partisan looks at a nation in deep denial.I think the problems are so dangerous that a Second Constitutional Convention is required to fix them, so I have summoned this body, using my authority as a private citizen, and it will convene in Independence Hall, Philadelphia, beginning July 4th, 2009 Clearly, Moyers excellent book shows me that he s qualified to be a delegate to this Convention He is one of the few Americans with the vision, integrity, media skill, government knowledge, and patriotic fervor who can fix the Constitution A new document should be based on the existing one but which 1 prevents crime, tyranny, and foreign terrorism 2 restores citizenship as an active relationship between individual and government 3 brings back the federal structure where state governments have the most authority in regulating their respective economies 4 fixes the architecture of government to permit intelligent and long range foreign policy 5 identifies movement in public to thwart terrorism while preserving privacy 6 de politicizes the Supreme Court 7 limits factionalism


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    Bill Moyers is our reigning version of Thomas Paine and his writings, based upon his television shows and interviews, are the modern version of reading COMMON SENSE and THE AGE OF REASON It is sad that folks like David McCullough and Bill Moyers are putting the cover over their typewriters one last time The current busload of 30 something brats on television are annoying, and many of them just got elected to Congress But please read Moyer s latest collection, hard hitting essays on journal Bill Moyers is our reigning version of Thomas Paine and his writings, based upon his television shows and interviews, are the modern version of reading COMMON SENSE and THE AGE OF REASON It is sad that folks like David McCullough and Bill Moyers are putting the cover over their typewriters one last time The current busload of 30 something brats on television are annoying, and many of them just got elected to Congress But please read Moyer s latest collection, hard hitting essays on journalism and the press, and big money in politics Still timely stuff


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    I have been an Ardent fan of Bill Moyers, Dating back to his early days as a, Journalist and Documentarian I have found, at a time when so many Citizens, are looking to get Real news and as Unbiased an opinion of that News and the truth of whats going on in our world and our nation, Bill stands out as a Beacon of trust we should seek and want in that medium of Broadcasting and Journalism.Amy Goodman also is one who I would recommend to read and listen to.I learned in this book, the I have been an Ardent fan of Bill Moyers, Dating back to his early days as a, Journalist and Documentarian I have found, at a time when so many Citizens, are looking to get Real news and as Unbiased an opinion of that News and the truth of whats going on in our world and our nation, Bill stands out as a Beacon of trust we should seek and want in that medium of Broadcasting and Journalism.Amy Goodman also is one who I would recommend to read and listen to.I learned in this book, the same things i have come to expect and learn from Bill s writing Truth about our times and people who run our Primary institutions What the Government, and It s roll is, in that process, And weather they re living up to there promise to Govern well At a time when we need transparency in our Major Institutions, Bill offers strong insight,as to how they re doing and what we, as citizens can do,and should to do, to hold them Accountable.He has several other books I d like to recommend, if you can find them I ve not been to successful in finding them.1 Bill Moyers World of Ideas, Vol.I2 Bill Moyers World of Ideas,Vol.II I have Re Read all of these books several times, and I m still amazed, how they have withstood the test of time in there truth and accuracy in Journalistic Prose of our Social Political and Economic times.This Includes, especially, the Men and Women he interviewed in the last 2 books I mentioned.Any help in locating these Books, will be greatly appreciated Be Well,Willie


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    Unimpressed Sort of like the educated version of Michael Moore s Stupid White Men But I will give Moyers credit for including a couple of stories I ve almost never seen anyone mention LBJ literally taking to bed as in, actually hiding under the covers during the Vietnam years, actively resisting signing the Freedom of Information Act, which Johnson did not support and a moving story about a woman named Haddock who walked across the nation to discuss ordinary citizen s involvement or lack Unimpressed Sort of like the educated version of Michael Moore s Stupid White Men But I will give Moyers credit for including a couple of stories I ve almost never seen anyone mention LBJ literally taking to bed as in, actually hiding under the covers during the Vietnam years, actively resisting signing the Freedom of Information Act, which Johnson did not support and a moving story about a woman named Haddock who walked across the nation to discuss ordinary citizen s involvement or lack thereof with our actual government Her tale was very interesting to me.I will also give him points for providing actual solutions to the crisis of access to government and to mass media for ordinary folk, rather than just whining about the problem Specifically, saying journalists who care about communication with the mainstream need to take the fight directly to individuals, even if this means using things like the Internet Moyers also made an eloquent plea for an untouched, free Internet in this book Otherwise, a little too much skimming the surface, navel gazing one thing I don t like about Moyers is his ego and not enough about our big, major problems for me to have gotten too engaged in this one


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    Both Moyers and Whitman have helped to reaffirm my thoughts on where I stand in the political spectrum I just recently decided that I would label myself as an independent My belief was that as an independent I would not already be swayed to one party or the other and therefore would have less bias in choosing whom I wanted to vote for So far so good even though I still hold some connection to the Republican camp, of which Whitman has helped me see that there is a large moderate side to the Re Both Moyers and Whitman have helped to reaffirm my thoughts on where I stand in the political spectrum I just recently decided that I would label myself as an independent My belief was that as an independent I would not already be swayed to one party or the other and therefore would have less bias in choosing whom I wanted to vote for So far so good even though I still hold some connection to the Republican camp, of which Whitman has helped me see that there is a large moderate side to the Republicans Why is it that people become so connected to a group that they don t see what is really best for our country Why is it that winning an argument isimportant than governing for the people Moyers does a good job of describing some of these issues in his articles and speeches Then he is able to go beyond politics to journalism, friendships, and death Even though he does cut down the current administration at times these are thoughts and issues that should be of concern to both sides


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    Moyers essays, for the most part thoughtful commentary on politics and ethics, were a mixed bag of brief and well written musings on everything from the Euphrates river and what it means to cross it to the decisions of LBJ and George W Bush in the context of their times Some of the material, esp concerning that latter, feels a bit dated in its ire in a post Bush political landscape The gift of Moyers is his breadth he writes of parenting and poetry as easily as investigative reporting and fr Moyers essays, for the most part thoughtful commentary on politics and ethics, were a mixed bag of brief and well written musings on everything from the Euphrates river and what it means to cross it to the decisions of LBJ and George W Bush in the context of their times Some of the material, esp concerning that latter, feels a bit dated in its ire in a post Bush political landscape The gift of Moyers is his breadth he writes of parenting and poetry as easily as investigative reporting and freedom of the press alongside commentary on biblical stories and myths One of my favorite essays, One Faith, Many Nations , explores diversity and the changing understanding of faith traditions and neighbor in the United States in the 21st Century Collections of essays are, I feel, an under appreciated genre One could do worse than to spend an afternoon with the educated and insightful Moyers


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Moyers on America: A Journalist and His Times During The Fifty Years He Has Been Variously A Reporter, A Political Spokesperson, And A Broadcaster, Bill Moyers Has Demonstrated A Deep Commitment To Understanding The Workings Of Our Government And The Role Of The Individual In Society His Essays And Commentaries, Such As The Recent Shivers Down The Spine, A Time For Anger, And Journalism Under Fire, Are Argued Over And Passed Along As Soon As They Appear In Print Or On The Internet Identifying What He Sees As A Political System Increasingly At The Mercy Of A Corporate Ruling Class, Moyers Urges A Reengagement With The Spirit Of Community That Makes The Work Of Democracy Possible Not Only A Trenchant Critique Of What Is Wrong, Moyers On Americais Also A Call To Arms For The Progressive Promise Of The People Of America, In Whom His Faith Is Strong