Saturday, October 07, 2006

GOP "Values"

Garrison Keillor has a good column out on the Republican base. This is money quote:
I got some insight last week into who supports torture when I went down to Dallas to speak at Highland Park Methodist Church. It was spooky. I walked in, was met by two burly security men with walkie-talkies, and within 10 minutes was told by three people that this was the Bushes' church and that it would be better if I didn't talk about politics. I was there on a book tour for "Homegrown Democrat," but they thought it better if I didn't mention it. So I tried to make light of it: I told the audience, "I don't need to talk politics. I have no need even to be interested in politics - I'm a citizen, I have plenty of money and my grandsons are at least 12 years away from being eligible for military service." And the audience applauded! Those were their sentiments exactly. We've got ours, and who cares?

The Methodists of Dallas can be fairly sure that none of them will be snatched off the streets, flown to Guantanamo Bay, stripped naked, forced to stand for 48 hours in a freezing room with deafening noise. So why should they worry? It's only the Jews who are in danger, and the homosexuals and gypsies. The Christians are doing fine. If you can't trust a Methodist with absolute power to arrest people and not have to say why, then whom can you trust?
Funny, I never expected him to be such a good political columnist.
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3 Comments:

Blogger His Honor the Mayor said...

I love Garrison Keillor. He exemplifies why I love, and will fight tooth and nail to protect public radio from some conservatives who would love to kill it. Quite frankly, public radio is the only place on the radio dial that tries to elevate the standard for entertainment and discussion instead of merely pitching for the lowest common denominator and appeal to the largest audience to sell ads. Call me a snob, but let's face it, the largest possible audience in any society has a lot of idiots in it, and I'm not particularly interested in listening to what they think is entertaining.

God bless Garrison Keillor!

4:36:00 PM  
Anonymous lester said...

what jews are in danger? the people in this church are probably fanatical christian zionists by order og hagee, pat robertson, falwell and co.

6:45:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

I've always liked him too yerhonor but I've never thought of him as a political columnist until recently.

Lester, I think the Jews reference was facetious.

7:55:00 PM  

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