Pat Robertson Is Far More Important Than You Will Ever Be
I'm sure everyone's heard about this already. I have only one thing to add, and this is addressed directly to all my fellow liberals.
You can sneer all you want at Pat Robertson. You can condemn him all you want. And I'll join right in. He deserves everything you care to say about him, and much, much more. He is a seriously disturbed man.
But you dismiss and ignore him at your peril. Remember: this man used to call up the fucking president of the United States. And he got through. And the president listened to him.
You ever had that kind of access to power? Got it now? Thought not. Me, neither. You got his hundreds of millions of dollars? Got millions of fans giving you hard-earned- bucks? Nope, I don't have them either.
Sure, go ahead: Repeat the obvious: Of course, it's a sad state of affairs when an ignorant, moral degenerate like Pat Robertson is so influential to the most powerful men - and yeah, it's basically men - in the world.So what? Don't ever forget he had that access, and still has access, to far more powerful men (and the occasional woman) than you can even imagine. So...
Until that changes, you should never, ever, underestimate him, or his unbelievable power - not only in the public discourse, but in the direction of American governance, jurisprudence, and culture.
Don't like it? Neither do I. But there it is, and it's not gonna change if you merely dismiss him.
You want to start to see genuine change in this country? Take Pat Robertson very, very seriously. For example, I doubt there are more than two major universities in this country that bother to teach a course on Pat Robertson and his influence. Until he is given the genuine attention he deserves - and I mean, until Robertson is really held up to intense, withering, and sustained scrutiny by people who seriously care about this country's liberal traditions - he and his ilk will continue to have a disproportionate input into our national dialogue.
End of rant.