I’ve never been the biggest fan of Bill Maher, largely because I think he can go overboard (and be a little classless) in trying to make his points. Then again, his whole schtick is really about being “politically incorrect,” as his show on ABC was once titled.
That being said, I often agree with a lot of what he has to say.
Take for instance comments he made during an interview with Meet the Press where he slammed Republicans as being the “problem” in this country, and mocked conservatives who suddenly don’t believe in facts.
He was asked, “Who are you most displeased with these days, Republicans or Democrats?”
“Oh, come on,” Maher replied. “Really? Seriously? Republicans. You know, in the last 20 years, that has really not been a choice. They just drove the short bus to crazy town at a certain point.”
A statement I agree with completely. Republicans and Democrats have always been in disagreement, but they found ways to get things done. Though now days it’s “Breaking News” if some major piece of legislation in this country gets passed with bipartisan support. Heck, even routine votes like those on the debt ceiling have turned into partisan battles due to Republican obstruction.
Maher said that the biggest problem in this country is that people just aren’t very well informed.
“People never used to argue that much about science,” Maher said. “We might argue about how we take these facts and move forward in a different direction, but we don’t argue about the facts themselves. That’s not true anymore.”
He then went on to take a shot at those who seem to doubt facts, saying, “Facts themselves. Come on, how much do we really know about facts?”
Which is a funny statement, even though sadly true. Suddenly proven facts and science have become “debatable” simply because they don’t coincide with what conservatives want to believe. Suddenly facts have become subjective to those who live in a reality where what they want to believe is more important than what’s actually real.
As if reality suddenly changes simply because you don’t like what it supports.
But Maher’s comments hit on a sad reality we face now days when it comes to the Republican party. A day and age where facts are no longer facts, but liberally biased talking points. Though it’s amazing how many facts seem to be liberally biased.
Image via screengrab, NBCNews.com
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