On Real Time, Bill Maher played a clip of Rick Perry shooting things with an assault weapon, and labeled Perry, Ted Nugent, and Sarah Palin, ‘the axis of a**holes.’
After playing a clip of Rick Perry displaying his All American definitely not gay manliness by shooting things with an assault weapon, Maher said, “Does that not look like the beginning of a TV series called B.J. Stryker? Rick Perry is B.J. Stryker…Of course, because the Nuge is there too. Nugent is speaking. He’s speaking. Sarah Palin, the axis of a**holes…Isn’t that the problem though? We just romanticize guns.”
Panelist Lawrence O’Donnell jumped in and corrected Maher, “We don’t. The majority of this population does not own guns. We don’t care about them. Gun ownership is a minority activity. The rate of gun ownership in this country is declining significantly. That’s why the NRA is pushing this so hard, and what you have in terms of guns sales, is simply fanatic collectors. People have 48 guns now, where they used to have 4, and that’s how you get gun sales in this country. Not by getting new buyers.”
Bill Maher coined the perfect term. Rick Perry, Ted Nugent, and Sarah Palin are the axis of a**holes. From bashing charity events because they weren’t invited, to running campaign ads suggesting that Obama isn’t a Christian then cozying up to the president after your lack of regulatory oversight causes one your towns to blow up, to blaming Obama for veterans’ suicides when you were a coward who refused to serve your country, these three are a**holes. In fact, they are three of the biggest a-holes in American politics.
Rick Perry’s shooting stuff with an assault weapon video for the NRA was nothing more than a campaign commercial for the 2016 Republican primary. “Shecky” Palin has decided that the last remaining way for her to make a buck is to be joke at the party, and Ted Nugent lives every day of his life using racism in the hope that we will all forget that he is a draft dodging statutory rapist.
These three and their allies, constitute an axis of a**holes, whose rhetoric and actions threaten the people of this country. By constantly being a**holes, these three pose a grave and growing danger to our society. They provide hate speech to the right, and use their undeserved platform as the means to spread their hatred. They attack our common values, and attempt to politically blackmail the United States. In any of these cases, the price of indifference would be catastrophic.
When expanded background checks failed in the Senate, it was a victory for the a**holes. For too long, we have been told that if we ignore the a-holes, they will go away. This theory is proven wrong every time our congress gives in to the a**holes, and refuses to listen to the will of the people. If we ignore them, the a**holes win.
Let’s fight them here, so that we don’t have to fight them over there. We must declare war on the Axis of A**holes, and we must not stop until they have been defeated.
Jason is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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