Friday, October 27, 2006

Cultural Warrior?

I am watching Bill O’Reilly on Oprah. I have never listened to his radio show before, so this is the first time that I’ve heard his opinions. He makes some good points, but his new book says that you are either a Traditionalist or a Secular-Progressive, leaving no room for people who have views that fit on both the Left and the Right. Bill: I don't like the words "middle ground." I just took his quiz and ironically it told me that I have not committed to either side.



4 comments:

Stewart Sternberg said...

I do not like it when these people try and polarize people and then capitalize from it. O'Reilly is...well...he's a vampire.

If you want to read an interesting take on OReilly, you might consider taking a tour of sweetjesusihatebilloreilly.com. This is an amusing site written with a particular bias.

howard said...

"Because you have to make a decision. I think you have to fight for what kind of a country you want. If you want to be in the middle and you vacillate back and forth, I don't know what good that does."

Quotes like this one from O'Reilly are part of the reason people in the middle ground are so turned off by politics.

There are many different cultural options that have little to do with the left or the right of American politics.

Not choosing one of these (very limited sides) doesn't necessarily mean you can't make up your mind; it usually just means you can think for yourself.

mcs said...

Because you have to make a decision. I think you have to fight for what kind of a country you want. If you want to be in the middle and you vacillate back and forth, I don't know what good that does.


It's not that he's polarizing or even controversial. My thing is, who gives a flying fuck WHAT this mook says?

Why do we make media stars out of knee-jerk morons like this? Has he ever served his country? No. So all his patriotic bluster is hot air.

Like Rush Limbaugh, O'Reilly stirs up the angry white fringes on the right wing of the political spectrum with phony issues ("The War on Christmas"; "Liberals are Traitors in Bed with Al Qaeda"), and his show is a filthy mosh pit where these angry honkie conservatives can vent their disgusting views like a pack of slam-dancing knuckleheads.

His childish Manichean logic proves he's a nut job. It's either black or white with him, and that's your only choices, and of course this leads to a hypnotic clarity of false choices.

Pax Romano said...

O'Reily is just the latest in the never ending parade of populist wind bags. There is nothing new under sun.

Go rent the film, "A Face in The Crowd" and you'll see what I mean.