Of the People No More

Bill Moyers:

If democracy can be said to have temples, the Lincoln Memorial is our most sacred. You stand there silently contemplating the words that gave voice to Lincoln’s fierce determination to save the union – his resolve that “government of, by, and for the people shall not perish from the earth.” On this latest visit, I was overcome by a sense of melancholy. Lincoln looks out now on a city where those words are daily mocked. This is no longer his city. And those people from all walks of life making their way up the steps to pay their respect to the martyred president – it’s not their city, either. Or their government. This is an occupied city, a company town, and government is a subservient subsidiary of richly endowed patrons.

Bill Moyers: Truthout

Hope you are aware of Moyers’ PBS series, starting out this week with Capitol Crimes.

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