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Friday, August 07, 2009
America Is (Still) Not The World
Yes, Moz, the president is now Black, but "America is (Still) Not the World." I have to admit that like many of Rush's ditto-heads, I tend to agree with Bill Maher on just about everything. I don't smoke weed and I've accepted Jesus Christ as my personal savior (that's the simplest version of what are complex and nuanced personal views), but otherwise, I'm right there with him on just about everything he has to say.
Most recently, for example, his interpretation of what really went down with the Gates arrest: Dude wasn't arrested for being black so much as he was arrested for refusing to kiss a cop's ass. It's something that happens regularly. It's something that has happened to me personally, which is perhaps a story for another time.
Not long before that, Maher went after Obama and told him to basically man the fuck up and get going with what we put him in office to do.
But this editorial, which I believe will close his show tonight? FLAWLESS. I was going to Twitter my favorite line, then my favorite couple of lines, and then I realized that every single syllable of this is just incredible. The basic premise is this: just because America's new president is smart, it doesn't mean America isn't stupid.
Here's a snippet: "And before I go about demonstrating how, sadly, easy it is to prove the dumbness dragging down our country, let me just say that ignorance has life and death consequences. On the eve of the Iraq War, 69% of Americans thought Saddam Hussein was personally involved in 9/11. Four years later, 34% still did. Or take the health care debate we're presently having: members of Congress have recessed now so they can go home and 'listen to their constituents.' An urge they should resist because their constituents don't know anything. At a recent town-hall meeting in South Carolina, a man stood up and told his Congressman to 'keep your government hands off my Medicare,' which is kind of like driving cross country to protest highways."
Enjoy the rest here.
*(That fantastic illustration accompanies this great New York Press article which I recommend checking out if you're into Moz, politics, or both.)