Along with being super-duper Christians, the Fox "friends" are super-duper patriots who take every opportunity to show just how patriotic they are. And this morning, Steve Doocy did just that in promoting Dennis Prager's book about how the rest of the world would benefit from adapting awesome American values. And who better to espouse American values than the uber right wing Prager who recently opined that America doesn't need breakfast programs for school kids because this"enables and encourages, irresponsible, disinterested, and incompetent parenting" by those who really can afford to feed their children." It's not surprising that Prager, who wants the US to be "feared" and who actually - true story - believes that the 10 Commandments are the solution for the world's problems, would be warmly embraced by Fox & Friends. This morning, in pushing his book, "American Values, Why the World Needs Them to Triumph," he informed us that because Pres. Obama is an un-American leftist, he's just not that into kicking global ass. You just can't make this stuff up!
As they chyron read "American Values, Why the World Needs Them to Triumph," uber patriot and foreign policy expert Steve Doocy, doing his best facial tics, began the segment by noting that "once upon a time, the world used to be afraid of us and when we would ask Russia of something, they'd cooperate." He continued with his trademark genius: "We ask Russia, we ask China to cooperate, and we can't even get Syria to cooperate. Syria is a tiny little country compared to everything else. What happened?" Cue the right wing propagaganda.
Prager stated that "we are governed by a man who doesn't want the US to be feared." He claimed that Pres. Obama is governed by "the most dynamic religion of the last 100 years, it's called leftism" which believes that the US, OMG, should be co-equal with other countries. He continued with his claim that the idea that the US should be "dominant" repels Obama and those on the left. He ranted about the "consequences" of American weakness because - ready for it - "when we are strong, there is less cruelty on earth." (But wait, when we were "strong," in the fifties, we had Jim Crow here at home and wasn't that cruel? I'm confused!) Steve muttered "sure, well put."
Prager summed up the American value system with the phrase "e pluribus unum," which is a belief that "blood doesn't matter, race doesn't matter, you are all Americans." (Cept for those evil leftists, Muslims, immigrants, atheists...) The chyron featured some standard right wing agitprop: "America in Danger 'Still the Best Hope' Shows Three Big Risks." Prager asserted that "above ethnic, racial, and other identities is one of the things that has made America possible." (Like when native-American children were put into non native boarding schools in order to suppress their identity?) He suggested that "ideally, every country would adopt that." (Hey Dennis, France has done that since the revolution). After citing citizenship requirements, he proclaimed - wait for it - "In America, you become an American no matter where you're from." (ROFLMAO, Fox News and its rights wing audience say that undocumented immigrants, especially from Hispanic countries, of being criminal "aliens" who are not welcome.
Prager informed us that those evil Eurotrash types put equality over liberty and that means that "we can take away your liberty in the name of equality." The chyron: "Vanishing Values, Prager: "We Don't Have Power Like Before." He morphed this comment with standard, right wing anti-tax rhetoric: "Therefore we will take as much money you have honorably earned away from you for the sake of equality." (Oh, that nasty, commie income redistribution!) Doocy grinned from ear to ear as Prager made "such a good point" about how in Germany there are regulations governing shop hours.
So America should be feared? Hmmm, how'd that work out in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan? Yeah, America kicking global ass is really a plan. But seriously, as a Fox & Friends propaganda piece, this was classic. Not only was a right wing book pimped; but it's author, validated by a Fox friends, got to throw in Obama bashing and right wing talking points. Sweet. Good thing it's an "opinion" show, cuz it sure ain't "fair & balanced!"
Oh, and Dennis - I dare you to go to the Jersey Shore and tell those folks sporting red, white, and green tee-shirts that they're not Italian-American!
He doesn’t like when people mock him on the Internet.
Hey, Dennis — did it ever cross your mind that breakfast programs for school kids might also enable and encourage more concentration and focus, better grades, a higher graduation rate, a more and better educated workforce, lower unemployment, etc.?