August 30, 2002
READER ROBERT MOUNCE SAYS THAT THIS BILL MOYERS COMMENTARY is proof of the Left’s decline:
I used to respect Bill Moyers. But now he thinks you can sum up human achievement in “the missing Armenians, Buchenwald and Auschwitz, the little girl aflame with made-in-America Napalm, Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge, Luanda and Srebrenica, the 11th of September.”
He fails to note the ease with which he traveled halfway around the world to comfortably sit under that 800-year old Banyan tree making a speech heard instantly by 10 million people all across the US in the comfort of their homes and air-conditioned cars. Puh-lease.
Yes, what’s wrong with the Left — at least the Establishment, academic-and-media Left — is that sitting around playing “ain’t it awful” is seen as moral seriousness. NPR needs to let Moyers join the fossils he talks about, and get somebody like Ken Layne, who has actual ideas, and a moral sense that goes beyond “isn’t it terrible that terrible things happen, and if some people do terrible things then people — and doing things — must be terrible, too. ”