Skip to comments.The GOP: divorced from reality
Posted on 04/24/2009 8:43:22 AM PDT by Zakeet
The Republican base is behaving like a guy who just got dumped by his wife.
If conservatives don't want to be seen as bitter people who cling to their guns and religion and anti-immigrant sentiments, they should stop being bitter and clinging to their guns, religion and anti-immigrant sentiments.
It's been a week now, and I still don't know what those "tea bag" protests were about. I saw signs protesting abortion, illegal immigrants, the bank bailout and that gay guy who's going to win "American Idol." But it wasn't tax day that made them crazy; it was election day. Because that's when Republicans became what they fear most: a minority.
The conservative base is absolutely apoplectic because, because ... well, nobody knows. They're mad as hell, and they're not going to take it anymore. Even though they're not quite sure what "it" is. But they know they're fed up with "it," and that "it" has got to stop.
Here are the big issues for normal people: the war, the economy, the environment, mending fences with our enemies and allies, and the rule of law.
And here's the list of Republican obsessions since President Obama took office: that his birth certificate is supposedly fake, he uses a teleprompter too much, he bowed to a Saudi guy, Europeans like him, he gives inappropriate gifts, his wife shamelessly flaunts her upper arms, and he shook hands with Hugo Chavez and slipped him the nuclear launch codes.
Do these sound like the concerns of a healthy, vibrant political party?
It's sad what's happened to the Republicans. They used to be the party of the big tent; now they're the party of the sideshow attraction, a socially awkward group of mostly white people who speak a language only they understand. Like Trekkies, but paranoid.
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You #(*%*$# Freepers don't get it!
Bill Maher: Divorced from any semblance of respectability.
Is this al franken lol
The Tea Partys were a combination of punches to your political head
Bill Maher is depriving a village of an idiot.
Love it when they tell us what we must do to win.
Shove it sideways Bill, you woman-beater.
“It’s been a week now, and I still don’t know what those “tea bag” protests were about.”
Well then, you must be pretty damn stupid, Bill - maybe you are as dumb as you look.
i have news for this idiot. i run into more obama voters daily that are sorry they voted for this man. they having very quickly learned that the check is not in the mail and it isn’t going to be. they are seeing more jobs lost...more pay cut and fewer low paying jobs on the market because employers now they can get away with it....they see their grocery and energy bills going up...gas has gone up despite oil prices remaining somewhat steady and all the while for the working man and woman what did they get...??...approx 9.00 a week in their paycheck. so if you have no clue as to what the teaparty’s are all about....stay tuned....
It takes a left-wing protest to see a truly breath taking variety of causes and complaints.
NO, it’s the L.A. Times that is divorced from reality, that refuses to accept the truth.
What would they define as a “healthy party”??? Perhaps one that supports abortion, flinging open the border, granting citizenship for the illegals, promotes gay marriage and kowtows to Obama and the socialists?
Nope, we don’t wanna be the “DemocratLite” Party!
We ARE the opposition, we ARE upset, and we WILL take back our country!
ENOUGH OF THE RINOS!!!
ENOUGH OF “REACHING ACROSS THE AISLE”!!!!
ENOUGH OF COMPROMISING OUR PRINCIPLES!!!!!
It’s time for REAL change, REAL conservatism and REAL leadership!
We conservatives haven’t lost our minds, on the contrary, we are thinking CLEARER than we ever have been before!
WE DECLARE THAT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY = CONSERVATISM and that the RINOs can all GET OUT!!!!! TIME TO CLEAN HOUSE!!!!
WHO’S WITH ME?????
Sadly, he is right about one thing: belief in limited gov. and personal responsibility IS a radical position these days.
And that will disappear and be replaced by a considerable increase for all but the least productive when the Bush tax cuts expire in 2010.
A fascist mind is a horrible thing. We conservatives don't project onto others, politically speaking, with such a a natural flare as fascists.
Bill Maher = Condescending Prick
It’s all about winning and losing to them. They have NO concept of what this country means or what it was founded upon or what it takes to perpetuate it’s prosperity and good fortune.
Who’s divorced from reality, Bill???
LOL! And why would any of us listen to a thing he has to say?
Looks like Maher wants Rahm Emanuel’s job as TOPOTUS (Tea Bagger of the Pres of the US)
Cling to your hookers and drugs Mr. Maher, you are a nothing in the world of something.
‘It’s been a week now, and I still don’t know what those “tea bag” protests were about.’
First off, Billy boy, they were “tea party” protests. I know you have a fixation with “teabagging” but it’s not shared by everyone.
Second, they were about many things, but the main theme was unsustainable government spending. If you’d taken all of five seconds to look into it you’d have known that. There is also plenty of concern about other anti-freedom, anti-defense, and pro-socialism (or worse) initiatives being pursued by 0bama and his corrupt cronies.
I just hope for your sake you’re prepared for the results in 2010 and 2012!
A whole week and this dope still can’t figure the tea parties out.
The man is a really stupid moron.
Do these sound like the concerns of a healthy, vibrant political party?
As evil and as deceitful as Bill Maher is, he may have a partial point here.
Have a bad day Bill.
I have seen few people who exhibit so much hatred to their fellow Americans.
There is only one that is not true...the nuclear codes...
He’s like dissolving into some gray mass of paste. He must have a degenerative disease or something.
and the LA times probably wonders why nobody buys their rag.
I would rather listen to chipmunks speak on existentialism that wade through attack ads from supposed (half mad)comics. Too bad the LA Times could not pair this with a opinion piece from Keith Olbermann.
You must have me confused with John McCain.
You know how you can just glance at some people, and before they even open their mouths, you can tell that they’re self-satisfied, self-promoting, tasteless pricks who are full of themselves? Bill Maher is that kind of guy. That was my impression of him when I saw him for the first time. Just knew that he was going to spout garbage, just by looking at him.
Oh, anybody who shows up to a Halloween party dressed as Steve Irwin with a fake stingray piercing his chest (just about 6 weeks after Irwin’s death), deserves NO respect from anyone. Period.
That's been the major problem with the RNC and "elites" within the party -- that's the formula for election losses not electoral landslides!
Ive seen many, many pictures of the tea parties around the country. But my favorite was sent to me by a friend this morning. A woman is holding a sign that says, If Obama Screws Up Health Care, Where Will the Canadians Go? Perfect, in so many ways. There was also the young woman who held up a sign saying, Help Me, Mr. Obama They Want Me to Work and Stuff!
And I would like to echo a point that Jonah has made: One of the most touching things about these tea parties is the homemadeness of them the unorganizedness of them. These are just Americans, saying what they have to say: freely and rambunctiously. The signs are all homemade, and all different. Some are clever, and some are dumb. But theyre all individual.
These tea parties are so, so different from the robotized rallies we see from the Left all the time with their seas of identical, professionally produced signs. Its no wonder that Anderson Cooper and the like hate them so: hate the tea parties. They go sharply against the modern grain, thank goodness. They are not . . . well, controlled, and official, and approved.
You ever seen a SEIU demonstration? The term Orwellian is too loosely used, but . . .
A socialist pretending to be a cool, youthful hipster used lies, trickery, vote fraud, and a bought-and-paid for media to steal the 2008 election. This socialist has since embarked on a major effort to destroy the economic engine of the United States of America in order to increase the political power of himself and his party in perpetuity.
That, Mr. Maher, is "it". Pretty simple, really.
Bill, Bill, Bill... you ignorant slut.
You never will get what they were about. You don't have two functioning brain cells to rub together.
Bill sounds even more imbalanced than is common to his frail mind. He may need to change meds.
mine already disappeared last week with a 14% pay cut.....
No he doesn't. He's obfuscating the facts, and you are buying into it, partially. Each one of those things listed is a symptom of the underlying problems, or an outright lie. The left knows it can't win on the facts, and/or can't tell truth from lie, so instead of bringing the discussion up, they have to drag it down to a level where conservatives get frustrated, throw their hands up in disgust and walk away.
Not anymore; we can't afford that. We have to learn to get down in the muck and either push their heads underneath it, drowning them, or drag them kicking and screaming into the light of day.
Seems nobody does. Maher does give a good take on what most Americans saw of the tea parties. Very little was actually covered on liberty.
We have to make a better effort at focusing on the loss of liberty than we do of it's symptoms. We need to become better spokesmen for our founders ideals.
In that case Bill, better to keep the mouth shut and be thought an idiot than open it and remove all doubt.
No puke alert!!!
Love it when they think we are interested in their opinions.
Obama Didnt Know Nuthin Of The Tea Parties But The Rest Of The World Did!
An amazing thing happened on Wednesday, April 15th, Tax Day, when nearly a million people took hours off from their workdays many sacrificing pay cuts and even the threat of being fired to attend thousands of Tea Parties across America. What motivated this huge number of Republicans, Conservatives, Democrats, Independents, Libertarians, and even apolitical people to come out in mid-week with placards aplenty and passion unprecedented? It was to tell President Obama that they rejected and resented just about everything he and his radical-left Congress have foisted on our nation during his 90-plus days in office. These include:
A frontal assault on free-market capitalism
Zero transparency and accountability for the billions already doled out where has it gone?
Trillions of dollars of debt for us and our children and grandchildren
Infringement of freedoms guaranteed in the Constitution and Bill of Rights, including free speech, gun ownership, freedom of religion, et al.
Obsequious overtures to the worlds biggest despots, all of them Americas sworn enemies.
Passage of H.R. 1388, or the domestic security force that eerily mimics Hitlers brown shirts, or, as Obama stated: We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives weve set. Weve got to have a civilian security force thats just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.
Aggressive moves to nationalize the press, resurrect the Fairness Doctrine, and give the president the legal authority to shut down the Internet in the interest of national security.
A cap-and-trade tax that will effectively kill commerce
Full-speed-ahead on destroying the coal industry
Ceding the resolution of legal issues to the cesspool-of-corruption known as the United Nations and transnational courts
Steps to obliterate the conscience clause that allows doctors, nurses and pharmacists the right not to participate in the infanticide procedure known as abortion
Unforgiveable insults to our military by calling them potential domestic terrorists. Other terrorists listed in the Department of Homeland Security report were anyone opposed to abortion, anyone in favor of immigration enforcement, pro-Second-Amendment lobbies, and anyone protesting big government.
A vile insult to Catholics when the White House insisted on having Christs name covered by black plywood when the president spoke at Georgetown U. why was he invited?
A despicable insult to Jews when career anti-Semite Charles Freeman President of the MEPC Arab lobby and a board member of the American Iranian Council was appointed head of the National Intelligence Council, but ultimately stepped down, confirming in his own words his animus toward Israel.
Declaring carbon dioxide an environmental pollutant another scheme to impose draconian and business-murdering taxes on Americans, while at the same time refusing to drill for oil and build nuclear facilities, all in the name of the colossal hoax known as man-made global warming. Lets hear it for windmills!
The coming manipulation of the U.S. census by community-organizers from ACORN under investigation in more than 12 states for voter-registration fraud which received $5-billion of tax-payers money in Obamas stimulus package
An utter failure to intercede in a timely fashion to save Captain Richard Phillips from the Muslim Somali terrorists in the Maersk Alabama incident.
As Ive often said about what appears to be President Obamas Marxist agenda this is the short list! The longer list includes cabinet members and advisors who would have been instantly rejected by your friendly deli owner or housewife, so steeped have they been in tax cheating, conflicts-of-interest, and criminal investigations.
I don’t what he’s smoking but the damage can’t be reversed.