Monday, September 21, 2009

Was Bill Maher Right?

Recently, Bill Maher, host of HBO's Real Time With Bill Maher, made some interesting statements on President Barack Obama and the recent lack of attitude being shown by the Democratic party. His criticisms were that President Obama and his cabinet, are basically allowing Republican party members and other politically opposing pundits to say whatever they feel like, whenever they feel like, with little or no rebuttal. Maher, in so many words, said that Democrats are acting soft and allowing Republicans to not only speak uncharacteristically bad about the president (See: Rep. Joe Wilson), but they're also changing policies to keep Republicans happy.

"What got Van Jones fired was they caught him on tape saying that Republicans are assholes. And they call it "news." And Obama didn't say a word in defense of Jones and basically fired him when Glenn Beck told him to. Just like we dropped "end of life counseling" from health care reform because Sarah Palin said it meant "death panels" on her Facebook page.

Crazy evil morons make up things for Obama to do, and he does it.

Same thing with the speech to children this week. If you missed it, the president attempted to merely tell school children to work hard and wash their hands, and Cracker Nation reacted as if he was trying to hire the Black Panthers to hand out grenades in homeroom. Of course, the White House immediately capitulated. "No students will be forced to view the speech," a White House spokesperson assured a panicked nation. Isn't that like admitting that the president might be doing something unseemly? What a bunch of cowards. If the White House had any balls, they'd say, "He's giving a speech on the importance of staying in school, and if you spineless jackasses don't show it to every damn kid in your school we're cutting off your federal education funding tomorrow."

Additionally, President Obama has shot down notions made by former President Jimmy Carter that recent remarks and actions toward Obama were rooted in racism and not politics. Politically, Obama is never going to play the race card or any other defensive cards because of his position, but if an 80-something year old former president is the only person willing to speak up for the current president, maybe Bill Maher had a valid point; maybe the Democrats need to toughen up.


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