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Because the talk radio landscape is so barren in Boston I am occasionally forced to leave the weather band and dip my toe in the waters over at NPR. I pay for it, right?
The program I ran into yesterday is called "On Point" with Tom Ashbrook. Tom's show is"intelligent" radio-far from those fiery barbarians of conservative talk that those countless rubes who get their hands dirty listen to.
Bruins fans do not listen to Tom, I would guess.
Anyway, Tom was interviewing an author named George Packer who essentially informed me that the 1% and greed in general have destroyed this country....nothing new at NPR.
But it is the final minute of what was aired on this state-funded oracle or progressivism that caught my ear, in regards to America's decline...
"It may be that Barack Obama's job is to manage that decline, to make it as tolerable and equitable and successful as possible.."
"A successful decline, maybe that's what our leaders should be aiming for and talking about."
"There is nothing exceptional about America as a great power"
"I would rather we said that we've had our moment as the great power and now we're gonna be a power, and we're going to be a more just and fair and free power"
I get it. George is not a big fan of the USA as currently constituted and is giddily waiting for us to be taken down a notch or two. This is all very boilerplate Occupy Wall Street.
BUT, it is taxpayer-funded Tom Ashbrook's quick response that really gets my attention. In reply to Packer's entire closing package of anticipating and celebrating the decline of the country, note Ashbrook's response...
"There's a great goal right there......that's a tall order, let's work for that."
Tom's over-enthusiastic validation tongue-bath was on my dime.
The tax-fattened NPR thought blob is happy to bite the hand that feeds it at every turn because any attempt by thoughtful Americans to turn off the spigot results in some calcified hack on Capitol Hill telling soccer moms that we're out to kill Elmo.
So now, I will go back to listening to the weather band while still holding out hope that my pipe dream of a sudden national awakening one day results in the "successful decline" of NPR.