Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Hugo Chavez & Pat Robertson’s Morality

marjorie says...

Could there be a more blatant example of how *immoral* representatives of the Christian Right can be? Pat Robertson of the 700 Club has bluntly called for the assassination of Hugo Chavez, the democratically elected president of Venezuela.

Not only is Chavez democratically elected, he was democratically affirmed half-way through his term last summer in a nationwide referendum.

He also was restored to the presidency after a coup in 2002, through mass mobilization of the people in the streets and a loyal military.

In effect, Hugo Chavez’s presidency has been ratified more thoroughly by the people of Venezuela than any U.S. president can ever claim to have been.

And yet, U.S. government representatives and U.S. media outlets consistently refer to him as a “strong-arm” leader who threatens democracy in Venezuela and Latin America more broadly. Frankly, this attitude shows the corrupt mentality of the governing elite in this country. Democracy is paid lip service but it has no real meaning--because when democracy brings in people who don’t toe the U.S. line, well, it just isn’t acceptable. Whatever happened to national autonomy, the right of people to determine their own destiny?

And Pat Robertson, Christian Right Patriarch and former Presidential Candidate? There may be many in the media who write him off as a quack. And *we* may agree that he is one. But the fact is that he represents a broad swath of people who put themselves forward as the MORAL center in this country. Clearly, their definition of morality is incredibly *different* from ours--and we need to be front and center about that. Just because they have out organized us to a large extent in electioneering doesn’t mean that they have a Just Morality--in fact, their morality is bankrupt, it’s mean and dirty, uncompassionate and hypocritical.

His statements show that they are also lock-step with Neo-Conservative ideology, which promotes ruthless U.S. intervention throughout the world in support of our national interests--and heaven help who gets in the way.

Donald Rumsfeld said today that "Our department doesn't do that kind of thing. It's against the law. He's a private citizen. Private citizens say all kinds of things all the time." Well, you know Donald, Robertson isn’t just a citizen. He represents staunch allies of you and the rest of your fellow neo-con crazies. The fact that he can be so blatant in his call for assassination shows how much the political and media climate in this country has bought into that ideology. And this will be our downfall in the end.

Postscript

from the NYT:

The Rev. Jesse Jackson called for an investigation by the Federal Communications Commission, just as it did when Janet Jackson's breast was exposed during a Superbowl broadcast. "This is even more threatening to hemispheric stability than the flash of a breast on television during a ball game," he said.

No Kidding Jesse!