With the approval and complicity of Gov. Pat McCrory (and the General assembly, of course) state Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger very recently appointed a new member to the UNC-TV Board of Trustees for a two -ear term.
I wonder how many of you are familiar with Orson Scott Card? He’s not exactly a household name, but those of you who are enamored of the science fiction genre may be acquainted with him. He is the author of two widely circulated and highly praised science fiction books, “Ender’s Game” and a sequel entitled “Speaker of the Dead.” Swell, right?
Well, there are a few mitigating circumstances which might have been considered prior to his appointment.
A brief biographical thumbnail is in order. Card is 62, lives in Greensboro, and is an English professor at Southern Virginia University, which is located in Buena Vista, Va. SVU is a liberal arts institution that is loosely affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, of which Card is a very active member.
He is also a die-hard opponent of gay rights in general and same-sex marriage in particular. He is an outspoken denouncer of homosexuality as “deviant” and “an unpardonable sin.”
He also believes that our current president is the moral, ethical and political equivalent of Adolph Hitler and Joseph Stalin and is creating an army of goose-stepping urban youth for purposes of conquering America in the name of ... actually, he’s a little vague on the reasons why.
He has compared all of the mainstream media outlets (the New York Times, the major networks, CNN, etc.) to Pravda and the Nazi-controlled state media of the Third Reich. He has labeled most of academia (remember, he works at a ‘liberal’ arts school) the “Leftaliban.”
I have accessed several of Cards columns, which he writes for something called “The Ornery American,” in order to elaborate on some of his more interesting views.
Card laments that Obama has appointed “czars,” thereby laying the foundation for an Obama Empire. Well, I agree that it’s a dumb term but it goes back at least as far as Richard Nixon. They’re actually committee chairmen. Are Rotarians considered a threat to democracy? I didn’t think so.
He proclaims Obama a “dictator,” when in actual fact, he has passed relatively little of the legislation he campaigned on because of the rank obstructionism of congressional Republicans.
Card claims that Michelle Obama is secretly being groomed to replace her husband as president, much like Lurleen Wallace did for her husband George in Alabama during the ’60s. He’s a little short on details. Card also says that, “Barack Obama, like Hitler and the Iranian dictators, announced his plan, though the media (as with Hitler) has ‘forgotten’ it.” Huh?
Card also writes that Obama called for a “National Police Force” in 2008. “He needs Brown Shirts — thugs who will do his bidding without any reference to law.”
In actuality, Obama called for increasing the ranks of AmeriCorps, which is the domestic equivalent of the Peace Corps. Its mission is “community service with the goal of helping others.” Members (all volunteers) work for a combination of nonprofits and public agencies in fields like education, health care and environmental protection. This is despotism?
Nowhere does Card offer a scintilla of evidence for any of this rubbish.
So, the nomination of this somewhat addle-pated extremist begs the question: Why nominate him at all? That’s simple. It’s a chance to undermine UNC-TV, and that’s a good enough reason for the Republicans.
If there is anything N.C. Republicans hate more than Obama and the Democrats, it’s UNC-TV. They may view “Antiques Roadshow” with smug élan, but they would relish eliminating UNC-TV altogether. They’ll tell you it’s because all TV and radio outlets should be fully capitalistic enterprises that are self-sufficient. But that’s a bait-and-switch tactic, like trying to portray voter suppression as a blow for democracy.
In reality, they hate Public Television (and radio) because of its (alleged) liberal bias.
Yep, “The Woodwright’s Shop” and “Sesame Street” are indeed liberal, subversive elements. It’s as obvious as a subscription to Mother Jones.
As I watched Roy Underhill instructing me in the art of countersinking one day, I realized that I was being programmed. It was insidious. I had become putty in the hands of that great communist-liberal cabal of activist enlighteners. He had instilled a love of power tools in me, which is symptomatic of the nascent proletarian. And that’s not the worst.
Kermit the Frog is clandestinely indoctrinating our children in liberal/communist dogma by teaching them their ABCs. Underneath that green façade, he’s red to the core.
Puppets of the world, unite. They do come in many forms, don’t they?
Bud Wright is a published author living in Pasquotank County.