Sunday, October 14, 2007

Bill Maher's Reaction To the Subject Of Flag Pins

Sometimes I watch too much television but seldom do I hang my ear on the news these days. The news is depressing and politics is infuriating (most of the time) and much of what's left ... well, often just isn't fit to watch inasmuch as "content" is concerned. So if it's not HGTV I'm usually watching something along the lines of sci-fi or Law & Order or something that is equally entertaining but not mind-deadening.

But Bill Maher... When I think to turn on the television when he's on, I love to watch his show. He calls it like it is. (Of course, those of you who think I'm just another liberal idiot won't agree with me — but, whatever.)

I managed to miss Bill's show where he spoke about flag pins and the media's reaction to Barack Obama's response when asked why he doesn't wear one on his lapel. Oh God, HOW did I manage to miss that episode of the show??? Well, it came to my attention when one of my friends over on myspace posted a bulletin to another friend's blog on the subject. What appears (below) is the text of Bill's segment, as well as a youtube video of the show.

Click here to see the video on YouTube

“This generation doesn't sacrifice or even pay for our wars. No, all we do is sport pins and bumper stickers.”  — Bill Maher

Oct. 12, 2007 | New Rule: Show me a man wearing an American flag pin in his lapel, and I'll show you an asshole. I'm sure there are exceptions, but in general people need to remember that lapels aren't for wearing pins to create the illusion that you're supporting the troops. They're for wearing ribbons to create the illusion that you're helping cure a disease.

Last week we had the first genuine controversy of the presidential campaign: the shocking news that Barack Obama doesn't wear an American flag lapel pin, so apparently he and America are no longer going steady. "No lapel pin, Senator? It's like not wearing pants. Why don't you just stab the Statue of Liberty in the eye while bitch-slapping a 9/11 widow?" Another in a series of bullshit non-stories that have zero effect on the troops, the war or anything in the real world -- or, as Fox calls it, "Breaking News."

A reporter in Iowa asked Obama why he doesn't wear the pin and Obama explained that, to him, wearing the pin had come to seem like a "substitute for true patriotism." Bravo, Senator. And then, in yet another shining example of why the media is part of the problem, ABC's Claire Shipman said, "TMI, too much information -- all he had to say was, 'Don't judge me by what I wear, move on.' He played into the idea that he's not ready for prime time."

What, schoolgirl? "Too much information?" What is she, 12? This is typical press hypocrisy -- they say they want somebody who doesn't give pat political answers, but when they get one, they call him a loser. They say they don't like safe robots like Hillary, but they create conditions where only that species can survive. And they give cover to people like Sean Hannity, who reported on "no pin" gate and then had to call a doctor because his fake outrage hard-on lasted longer than 72 hours.

Of course, the Republicans are the party of Mark Foley and the Rev. Ted Haggard and Larry Craig and countless other closeted homosexuals, so their fixation on jewelry is understandable, but still ... the flag is just a symbol. You're getting pissy about a brooch, you drama queens, one that was probably made in China. It's probably leaking poison lead on you right now.

At least that would be some sacrifice, because let's be honest: this generation doesn't do real sacrifice or even pay for our own wars. That's what grandkids are for! No, we do flag pins and bumper stickers. And not even bumper stickers. Bumper magnets. Because stickers are tough to get off, and we may change our mind about never forgetting.

When I see the little flag right here, the first thing I think is, you voted for, and still like, George Bush, the man who has gotten more troops unnecessarily killed and maimed by failing to plan for their mission, by pushing their units to the breaking point, by letting his corporate enablers like Halliburton, Bechtel and Blackwater rape and pillage not just the Iraqis, but our own army.

Can you imagine how apoplectic the flag-pin people would be if these same transgressions against the military were being made by Bill Clinton? Oh, who am I kidding? They'd still be obsessing about the blow job.

— Bill Maher


Here's my response to the friend who brought this clip to my attention:

“AWESOME! Thank you for posting that clip of Bill Maher, as well as the text. Friends of mine (and my bosses) who support that loser who sits in the Oval office (and his puppet master, Cheney) just don't get it. They froth at the mouth anytime a person takes their poster-child of ineptitude (gwb) to task, accusing anyone who would DARE speak ill of the president of being unpatriotic, etc. Such bullshit!

"I'm unpatriotic because I place more value on the lives of our troops than I do on an ill-planned WAR waged by two oil-rich bastards who wouldn't know the true meaning of Christian values if those same values snuck up and bit either of 'em on the ass?" Please. (And God forgive me but I have no idea how bush managed to "get elected" yet again.) I mean, I really thought we had a chance of getting rid of him in the last election. I was shocked when it didn't happen!

There are those among my own family who support the man. That's fine; everybody is entitled to their opinion. I've a cousin, however, who won't even talk to me anymore because I (thinking the video was funny and entertaining) sent a link to him to a video on youtube that poked some harmless fun at GWB and Tony Blair. The video is titled "Blair & Bush At The Gay Bar" and was obviously made simply to amuse is titled "Blair & Bush At The Gay Bar" (click here to view the video). However, as with far too many who tow a hard-right, conservative line it's okay to go on and on, catterwalling about Bill Clinton's blowjob in the oval office but certainly a horse of a different color when I myself take exception to the sitting president (whom I often refer to as "the poster-child of ineptitude").

By the way, just because I'm registered as a Democrat and hold fairly liberal views you should make the mistake of thinking I wholly support every Democrat's position. I don't. In point of fact I'm more of a Libertarian than anything else and always pepper my choices in the elections with all three (Democrats, Republicans and Independents alike).

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