Thursday, June 16, 2011
Bill Maher: I Would Vote for Ron Paul
Maher is asked by Anderson Cooper which Republican he would vote for if he had to pick one of the seven in Monday’s New Hampshire debate. He chooses Ron Paul because “he's cut from a different cloth than the rest of those people, who are, of course, selling their souls to the corporate interests who back them”
by Larry Simons
June 16, 2011
On Tuesday night’s edition of Anderson Cooper 360°, Cooper chats with comedian Bill Maher of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher about Monday’s GOP debate in New Hampshire. Cooper asks Maher if, after watching the debate, his mind had changed about the Republican candidates in the race. Maher responds, “No. Of course it got even worse”, then added, “Republicanism has, it’s really become a religion. And when I say religion I mean they just have a series of baseless assertions that they cleave to, you know, and it’s like, if there was just one sane person in that room to give perspective, but there wasn’t”
Cooper then asks Maher which candidate he would vote for if he had to pick one of them. Maher responds:
“I would vote for Ron Paul if I had to pick. I mean Ron Paul is at least not a panderer. He’s sincere. He’s got the right ideas about getting our troops home.”
“And, you know, I like Ron Paul. I think he’s cut from a different cloth than the rest of those people, who are, of course, selling their souls to the corporate interests who back them, and who have just horrible, society-killing ideas about America and either don’t know what’s real or don’t care”
watch the clip
While I wholeheartedly agree with Maher that Ron Paul is by far the best choice of the current GOP candidates in the race [I would say, of anyone], I cannot ignore Maher’s blatant hypocrisy concerning his statement, “he’s [Ron Paul] cut from a different cloth than the rest of those people, who are, of course, selling their souls to the corporate interests who back them”.
While that statement couldn’t be more true, Maher’s hypocrisy lies in the fact that he appears to notice when GOP candidates sell their souls to the corporate interests that back them, but turns a blind eye to Democrats who have done the same thing [namely Obama]. I challenge anyone to find a single politician in Washington [Republican or Democrat] that has sold their soul to corporate interests more than Obama.
Ron Paul is one of very few politicians in Washington [Republican and Democrat combined] that has not sold their soul and who do not get funded by large corporations and special interest groups, but Maher makes it appear as if Ron Paul only stands out in that area among only Republicans.
While Maher should be commended by recognizing the major differences between Ron Paul and the other GOP hopefuls, one cannot help to wonder if this is Maher's way of suggesting he is living vicariously through Ron Paul at that very moment [on stage] when Paul is blasting other Republicans. As if Ron Paul is literally taking the words out of Maher’s mouth as Maher is watching these debates and throwing his shoe at the TV set.
Although I do not believe that Maher is being insincere when he says he likes Ron Paul, he fails to go the extra mile and take stands on Constitutional issues at all times. Maher is clearly a Democrat and a staunch liberal and does not hold liberal Democrats’ feet to the fire nearly as much as he should. Maher is a sellout himself, being that he takes pleasure in ridiculing 9/11 truthers and birthers, while not inviting them on his show in order to pacify the corporate interests that back Real Time with Bill Maher.
Maher is 100% correct on one thing: the debate was a joke. Our country is in the middle of another Great Depression; families are losing their homes; unemployment is at near record levels; more Americans are on food stamps than at any other time in history; jobs are being lost by the thousands; we are bombing five countries and in the middle of three wars that is draining our money supply; soldiers are dying in three unconstitutional wars and we have to be subjected to such disgraceful and moronic questions like, “Conan or Leno?”, “Dancing with the Stars or American Idol?” Are you shitting me?
None of the candidates, except Ron Paul, talked about the real problems in this country. All we heard was two hours of the same old rehearsed crapola we hear every four years by rich pricks that do not care one iota about what it takes to get this country back to where it needs to be again.
Only one person, Ron Paul, talked about the real culprits surrounding the massive debt in this country, the Federal Reserve. Only Ron Paul talked about getting the troops home and the importance of a non-interventionist foreign policy. Only Ron Paul talked about sound monetary policy.
During the interview, Cooper asked Maher if he thought Michelle Bachman “did well” during the debate, in which Maher replied, “Of course not. She did well by what standard? Because she’s able to speak and complete sentences?” Despite that making me laugh out loud, Maher does not touch on the real reason that people like Bachman should be shunned and written off as the colossal hypocrites they are: She claims to be the Tea Party figurehead but yet voted for the unconstitutional PATRIOT Act, which actually strips Americans of their liberties, not protects them.
For the most part I like Bill Maher. I do not believe he is phony or insincere about who he praises or bashes, but he is a sellout, meaning he will praise or bash a person or an issue until his corporate bosses tell him not to. It is at that very moment Maher becomes the very people among the corporate-controlled GOP candidates that he criticized for “selling their souls to the corporate interests that back them”.