Bill Maher isn’t putting up with the Republican Party’s false piety, their use of the “Capital R, the kind that goes after your name if you’re a Republican.” An (R) that as Maher says, functions as a “Gall Pass.”
“If you have one of those,” he says, “You can get away with pretty much anything when it comes to selling out, cursing out, or compromising your own country.”
Watch courtesy of HBO Real Time:
Republicans say ‘I’m not just gonna stand here and let you run down America,’ well ur standing there now and letting Trump run down America. pic.twitter.com/E7nqcJ4WQH
— Bill Maher (@billmaher) February 18, 2017
“When it was Hillary Clinton with an unsecure email server it was republicans who wanted to ‘lock her up!’ but president trump still uses the unsecure android phone he had before he got elected and he has been warned that with an older consumer grade phone like that someone could easily hack into his twitter account and start to post crazy messages, and how would we be able to tell?”
And he wasn’t through:
“So a couple of weeks before the Super Bowl, Bill O’Reilly asked Trump why he always defended Putin who O’Reilly said was a killer. But again, Trump took Putin’s side over America saying, ‘We’ve got killers here too. You think our country is so innocent?’ If a Democrat said that before the Super Bowl, they would be in Guantanamo Bay by halftime. Same as they would if they did this.
“But if you have the magic (R),” Bill said. “No problem. Trump repeatedly said he was going to donate to military charities. Then didn’t. Then lied about it. He compared our intelligence agencies to Nazis. He said McCain who spent five years in a Vietnamese prison wasn’t a war hero because ‘I like people who weren’t captured.”
And then Maher let the self-righteous, hypocritical conservatives who attacked President Obama and defend Donald Trump have it:
“I’ve got to say to all you flag-waving right-wingers who always say I’m not gonna to stand here and let you run down Amerca, you’re standing there and letting Trump run down America.”
This is a world where Republicans can do no wrong and Democrats can do no right. As Maher said, “if you have the magic (R) after your name, you can drive a Hummer through a day care center and Fox News would say the babies were asking for it.”
“Why do Republicans get away with this? Why do they have patriotic immunity? America is like a dysfunctional family. The Democrats, are the older mature son who works hard and does everything right but somehow it is never good enough. And the Republicans are the young a$$hole son who is a f$ckup and it doesn’t matter how many times he crashes the Camaro, daddy buys him a new one.”
Everything Maher said is true and has been true since George W. Bush at least. In any sane and sensible world, shamed Republicans would crawl away and hide for awhile before finally begging for forgiveness. That’s not going to happen.
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen’s Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.