Bill Maher: The Founding Fathers Would Have Hated the Tea-Bagger’s Guts (Video)Author: Jon Martin | Saturday, January 15th, 2011 |
On Real Time with Bill Maher this evening, Maher started the show by touching on the tragedy in Tucson. Last week, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head by deranged shooter Jared Loughner, Loughner also killed five others, including Christina-Taylor Green a 9 year old girl that was born on 9/11. Sarah Palin was immediately the subject of controversy as she had written crosshairs over Giffords in Tea Party promotional material during the midterm elections.
Earlier in the week, Maher commented saying that Republicans were mostly responsible for what happened. Many have criticized Maher’s remarks but you have to give the guy credit, he sticks to his guns. Salon.com wrote an article earlier this week titled: Bill Maher’s despicable brillance . They make the point that although Maher says some despicable things, he makes people think and he might be brilliant, just watch these comments on Sarah Palin, imagine how infuriating it must be for the right to watch.
After the shooting, President Obama spoke at the memorial for the Tucson victims, he said that we shouldn’t use this crisis as an excuse to turn on each other. Maher asked, when do we talk about this? Why can’t we use this crisis to talk about the extremism and mental health in the Tea Party? Maher says there’s one side to blame.
“There’s one side that has been fighting for the right of American’s to carry assault rifles, that side is to blame.” – Bill Maher
Bill closed out the season premiere with another great ‘New Rules’ Segment. This time, “New Rules’ was particularly biting as Maher set his sites on the Tea Party. In the last few months the Tea Party has achieved a stunning level of legitimacy even though they started with a false message. Back when the Tea Party started, it was clear that it’s members had no clue what the founding fathers really wanted but over time Americans seem to have forgotten this fact. Maher isn’t someone that forgets things like this and Maher’s shots at Republicans were particularly devastating.
The roundtable discussion was a mixed bag as James Carville, Chrystia Freeland, Mike Murphy and Martin Short stopped by to discuss current events and Obama’s handling of Gabrielle Giffords shooting. The discussion also focused on the rhetoric by the right and how it is making the political climate more dangerous.
Maher points out that the founding fathers were not just “ordinary” American’s, they were very intelligent people and very exceptional people. Republicans seem to have embraced the idea that being smart is “elitist”. Maher gives an example of when Palin mocked Obama for being smart, like a professor. Why wouldn’t American’s want intelligent rulers? Maher wonders this as well, check out New Rules:
“Thomas Jefferson was an astronomer and physicist, founded the university of Virginia , played the violin and spoke 6 languages.. or as Sarah Palin would say ‘all of them’.” – Bill Maher
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