Bill O'Reilly, Oprah and an audience member

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Is there a middle ground between traditionalists and secular-progressives?

Bill: I don't like the words "middle ground." I think you have to make—you have to make a decision about what kind of a country you want. But you don't have to be a Kool-Aid drinker and say, "I agree with O'Reilly a hundred percent of the time." That's ridiculous. Nobody does. My mother doesn't. Okay? But you have to make a decision sooner or later in your life on what kind of country do you want? Do you want to live in Holland? Or do you want to live in a traditional United States? ...

Because you have to make a decision. I think you have to fight for what kind of a country you want. If you want to be in the middle and you vacillate back and forth, I don't know what good that does. Again, you don't have to toe the line 100 percent of the time, but you have to make a decision on what kind of a country you want to live in. And many of us don't. Many Americans won't. I call 'em "mall zombies." ...

These are people who don't pay attention. I mean, they have excuses and this and that, but this country is obviously fighting a war on terror—obviously we could be killed at any moment—and it's fighting a war inside for what kind of a country and a people we want to be.
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FROM: Oprah's Town Hall with Bill O'Reilly
Published on October 27, 2006

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