Bill Maher on modern conservatives

May 22, 2010 | By | 4 Replies More

Bill Maher wants right wingers to show their birth certificates to show that they are adult enough to have a discussion regarding how to run the country.

[C]onservatives are the ones who tend to believe in magical ideas, like: America is never wrong; you can defeat terrorism militarily; and lower taxes will somehow fix the deficit. And I’m not even mentioning the stuff about how Jesus used to fly around on a pterodactyl and just hated it when homos ate wedding cake. Now, am I saying there are no adults in today’s Republican Party? Absolutely not, there are — but like a lot of parents today, the adults let their kids cow them. And silence them. And rule over them.

Meanwhile, at Rolling Stone, Tim Dickinson has written an article titled “Rove Rides Again,” in which he describes the plan of Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie to become “free agent strategists,” and details their aim of raising major money to destroy the Democrats in the upcoming election. Dickinson notes that the recent United States Supreme Court case of Citizens United “opened the floodgates for unlimited political spending by corporations and individuals.” He also notes, however, that Citizens United “left in place strict limits on contributions to party committees, and it preserved the legal firewall that bars campaigns from coordinating directly with the outside groups now empowered to spend millions on their behalf.”

Rove is working with a group called “American Crossroads,” which appears to be the main destination for the money to be provided by the richest donors of the GOP. Rove and American Crossroads will collect unlimited contributions from individuals and corporations to back GOP candidates or instigating “the dirty tricks of which Rove is a Jedi Master.” All of this is foreseeable, of course, but what remains to be seen is how well Rove’s plan meshes with the plan of those who support the “Tea Party.” Dickinson’s answer is that Rove will exploit the frustration of the Tea Party for his own uses.

Rove’s resurgence represents the return of deficits-don’t-matter corporatism. The wealthy donors he is courting see government not as a lean, mean guarantor of free markets but as a multi-trillion-dollar bailout machine. “They don’t have a philosophical morning where they care about restraining government growth, was quote says one state GOP director or it “I mean, shipped, just look at the Bush administration.” Rove’s interest in tea party fanaticism, he adds, goes only as far as the ballot box. “The only part of the Rove brand really is just winning. Rove knows how to win.”

Consider, too, this attack on the lack of any positive Tea Party agenda by Michael Kinsley, writing for The Atlantic:

What is most irksome about the Tea Party Patriots is their expropriation of the word patriot, with the implication that if you disagree with them, you’re not a patriot, or at least you’re less patriotic than they are. Without getting all ask-notty about it, I think a movement labeling itself patriotic should have some obligation to demonstrate patriotism in a way other than demanding a tax cut. In their rhetoric, the Tea Party Patriots do not sound as if they love their country very much: they have nothing but gripes. Yes, of course, these are gripes against the government, not against the country itself. But that distinction becomes hard to maintain when you have nothing good to say about the government and nothing but whines to offer the country.

Kinsley is also perturbed about the hypocrisy of the “Tea Party Patriots.” Consider their actions versus their rhetoric regarding personal responsibility:

“Personal responsibility” has been a great conservative theme in recent decades, in response to the growth of the welfare state. It is a common theme among TPPs—even in response to health-care reform, as if losing your job and then getting cancer is something you shouldn’t have allowed to happen to yourself. But these days, conservatives far outdo liberals in excusing citizens from personal responsibility. To the TPPs, all of our problems are the fault of the government, and the government is a great “other,” a hideous monster over which we have no control. It spends our money and runs up vast deficits for mysterious reasons all its own. At bottom, this is a suspicion not of government but of democracy. After all, who elected this monster? This kind of talk is doubly self-indulgent. First, it’s just not true. Second, it’s obviously untrue. The government’s main function these days is writing checks to old people. These checks allow people to retire and pursue avocations such as going to Tea Party rallies.



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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. "Blind faith in bad leaders is not patriotism."

    – Rocky Anderson 2006

  2. Erich Vieth says:

    In case anyone thinks I'm being unfair to conservatives as a group, consider the results of the recent Harris poll:

    67 percent of Republicans believe that Obama is a socialist.

    57 percent of Republicans believe that Obama is a Muslim

    45 percent of Republicans agree with the Birthers in their belief that Obama was "not born in the United States and so is not eligible to be president"

    38 percent of Republicans say that Obama is "doing many of the things that Hitler did

    24 percent of Republicans say that Obama "may be the Antichrist."

  3. Erich Vieth says:

    And here's another theory about what happened to the dinosaurs that used to co-exist with human beings on Earth.

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