Wednesday, May 2, 2007

maher moment


yesterday I brought the sewing machine down to the living room to catch up on 'my two shows' from last week - real time w/bill maher and bill moyers special 'buying the war' mentioned in last week's 'maher moment' post. if you missed moyers report seek it out - it was one fine piece of journalism. although I am aware of the manipulation of the media during this administration, I never had imagined the levels of deception by the administration and complicity of the media in endorsing the bush war machine. along with the general populace (another video for the new political 'house party' circuit?) every member of congress needs to watch this report - perhaps a wealthy donor will mail each a dvd! if you missed it and want a preview of the show and want to read what folks are saying click here.

okay, again more I have more than one moment from the maher show - but I'll restrain myself and highlight just two. cleveland's favorite son rep. dennis kucinich was one of bill's special guests. dennis is so right on with where he stands, where his heart is, and his vision for the u.s. unfortunately, we live in the era of big money politics (not to mention other 'issues') so the chances of dennis getting the democratic nomination are long odds indeed (but as they say 'if not for hope the heart would break'). I offer the following bit from bill's interview with dennis:

Bill M.: No one considers you're going to win this nomination.

Dennis: I think I am

Bill: But what I want to get to is if you go through your platform let's see there's universal health care -

Dennis: not-for-profit health care, not having the insurance companies subsidized by the government

Bill: - and having everybody covered. Ending the war. Getting serious about the environment. Getting out of Iraq right away. I just don't know why you're the 'crazy one.' None of this seems radical to me. And if you poll the democratic electorate, especially the base, they would agree with most of your platform. Why do you not poll higher among the candidates?

Dennis: It's only a matter of time before the American people realize I'm the candidate who would end these polices that keep us in war and create an America that responds to the goodness and greatness that exists in this country. These policies of preemption, unilateralism, first strike are all dead ends. Our role in Iraq was immoral and wrong from the start...I'm talking about the end of war as an instrument of policy, reconnecting with the world community in a way that America will be loved world wide and focusing on things back home.

[ah....yes, we can hope]

the other moment is from bill's closing monologue, again my unofficial transcript:

In light of the tragedy in Virginia, George Bush said that when somebody sees someone exhibiting abnormal behavior you do something about it. Thanks for the head's up McGruff! If that's the case I want to warn the country about a man I saw last night on T.V. He's six feet talk, Caucasian, and goes by the title 'President of the United States"... I'm not kidding. George Bush is the crazy person we need to keep an eye on. He needs to quit taking money from the pharmaceutical companies and start accepting samples.

There's an old frequently used definition of insanity which is: 'preforming the same action over and over and expecting different results' and then it says 'see the surge.'

Now, I'm no doctor, but I am on TV and in my professional opinion George Bush is a paranoid schizophrenic. He thinks the terrorists hate us for our freedom and believes they are going to follow us home - that's why he keeps obsessively clearing brush so they can't use it for cover.

Other symptoms: Do you see things that aren't there? Such as a link between 9-11 and Iraq?

Do you feel things that you shouldn't be feeling? Such as a sense of accomplishment?

Do you have trouble organizing words into a coherent sentence?

Do you hear voices that aren't really there? I don't know, like your imaginary friend Jesus telling you to start a war in the Middle East?

Well, guess what? There are a large number of people out there suffering from the same delusions, because there are republicans, there are conservatives, and then there are the 'bushies.' This is the 29% of Americans who still believe he's doiing a heck of a job. And I don't believe it's a coincidence that almost the same number - 25% - told a recent pollster that they believe this year, 2007, would bring the second coming of Christ. I have a hunch these are the same people, because if you think you are going to meet Jesus before they cancel 'Ugly Betty' then you're used to doing things by faith. And if you have so much blind faith that you think this war is winnable you're nuts and shouldn't be allowed near a voting booth.

1 comment:

jenclair said...

I just finished reading Mistakes Were Made (but not by me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts and reviewing it on my book blog .

While I didn't dwell on the behavior of elected officials (too dismal?), way too many examples come from this area. The book discusses people's need to justify themselves and the reasons they stick to their decisions even when proven wrong. Very interesting reading. Now I'm going to check out your links!