Saturday, September 1, 2012

Bill Maher's New Rule on GOP amnesia

Last night his special comment on New Rules was about the GOP convention purposely avoiding their recent past. It seems they've completely forgotten who was their last President. Not only was he not invited to the convention, neither was Cheney, Rumsfield or Powell. He says if you can't invite them "you're not a political convention, you're the witness protection program." They might as well "just wave one of those Men in Black eraser wands." On not inviting Sarah Palin: "Even if conceiving here was a mistake, aren't you morally obligated to at least bring her to term?" According to the convention their history began with the Founding Fathers (who got the Constituion directly from Jesus), went straight to Lincoln and then to Reagan, and that's it.

Maher wonders how we can trust them with the future when they refuse to acknowledge the past. A past, as you can recall, failed miserably and gave us the worse financial crises since the depression. And they want to expand exactly the same policies that gave us that nightmare. The only way they can do so is to make us forget what happened by avoiding reality and facts, something they are quite good at as witnessed by their convention. The tragedy is that the so-called "low information voters," or as Maher lovingly calls them, the idiots, don't have the time or energy to do a fact check or to read a paper so they just believe their entirely made up history. And indeed the GOP actually counts on this and deliberately lies to them with their fiction to get them to vote against their own best interests.

The founding fathers actually hoped to create a society where the common person had the time to invest in civic education and involvement so that they could truly make informed choices to benefit the public. But alas, the feudal overlords never wanted such a thing, instead preferring to work their laborers to the bone so that they had no time or energy left over for such self-enlightenment, for with that they would surely be defeated in any election that was about the people. And Romney and company are their most ardent cheerleaders and will continue to expand their agenda until there is no middle class left, so they are no longer needed now that we can exploit workers and consumers across the globe.

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