aka: the Rumble in Reality.
I have a problem with Bill Maher. Sometimes he is hilariously funny. Sometimes I am not even sure what he is saying should be considered for humor candidacy. Sometimes he is dead on, as in about 3/4 of the film Religilous. Sometimes I wonder how he missed the obvious problems with his argument, as in the other 1/4 of the same film. Sometimes he really nails the issue, and sometimes he does things like become an anti-vaccination crazy person mumbling into his hat as he wanders down the street yelling about black helicopters.
Look, none of us are perfect, Bill just sometimes is a better illustration of that than I am comfortable with. He tends to either strike out or hit a homer. No bunts, no singles, no walking to first. All or nothing, this guy.
Couple of days ago he caught hold of a pitch with the full bat, ripped the hide off, and sent the twine left remaining not only out of the park, but into the next neighborhood over.
“Now that they’ve finished reading the Constitution out loud, the Teabaggers must call out that group of elitist liberals whose values are so antithetical to theirs. I’m talking of course about the Founding Fathers, who the Teabaggers believe are just like them, but aren’t. One is a group of exclusively white men who live in a bygone century, have bad teeth, and think of blacks as 3/5 of a person, and the other are the Founding Fathers.”
“Now I want you Teabaggers out there to understand one thing. While you idolize the Founding Fathers and dress up like them and smell like them, I think it’s pretty clear that the Founding Fathers would have hated your guts, and what’s more you would have hated them. They were everything you despise. They studied science, read Plato, hung out in Paris, and thought the Bible was mostly bullshit.”
“Super religious guy Glenn Beck likes to play dress up as Thomas Paine. Thomas Paine, an atheist who said churches were human inventions set up to terrify and enslave mankind. John Adams said this would be the best of all possible worlds if there were no religion in it, which is not to say the Founders didn’t have a moral code, of course they did. They just didn’t get it from the Bible, well except for the part about it’s cool to own slaves. It’s in there folks. I didn’t make it up.”
“The Founders disagreed amongst themselves about that and most issues, but the one thing they never argued about was that political power should stay in the hands of the smartest people and out of the hands of the dumbest loudmouth slowing down the checkout line at Home Depot, and yet Sarah Palin once said of Obama we need a commander in chief not a professor of law standing at a lectern. How gay is that? Well I hate to break it to you, but Thomas Jefferson lawyer, Alexander Hamilton constitutional lawyer, James Madison lawyer, John Adams constitutional lawyer. They were not the common man of their day.”
“Ben Franklin studied scientific phenomenon like lightning and the Aurora Borealis, and were he alive today, he could probably explain to Bill O’Reilly why the tides go in and out. James Madison was fluent in Greek and Latin and could translate Virgil and Cicero. John Boehner can’t translate Fareed Zakaria, and Thomas Jefferson was an astronomer and a physicist who founded the University of Virginia, played the violin, and spoke six languages, or as Palin would say, all of them.”
…well, ok, except for the dumbass “how gay is that?” comment, which seems to have been a reference at a running joke, but fails.
Still, not bad. And an important wake up call, if only it could be heard. Like many a mythology that a group thinks it gets its identity from, it didn’t happen the way the rabble tell it. Trying to relive a history that only happened in your own mind is a special kind of crazy. The Teabaggers should at least learn enough history to figure out that they don’t fit in with their heros, only with the lies they are revising their heros to be.