Skip to comments.Bill Maher Defends Sterling’s Right to Privacy: ‘Even If It Makes Me an A**hole’
Posted on 05/11/2014 6:06:31 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
For his last New Rule of the night on Friday, Bill Maher used a recent column about Cliven Bundy and Donald Sterling by The Washington Posts Kathleen Parker to stand up for privacy and the Fourth Amendment. If the Sterling case taught us anything, Maher said, its that theres a force out there just as powerful as Big Brother: Big Girlfriend.
If you dont want your words broadcast in the public square, dont say them, Parker wrote in her column published last week, adding, Such potential exposure forces us to more carefully select our words and edit our thoughts. This isnt only a matter of survival but is essential to civilization. Speaking ones mind isnt really all its cracked up to be, as any well-balanced person reading the comments section quickly concludes.
Always editing? Id rather be a Mormon, Maher responded. And thats what wed all be: Mitt Romney. I would listen to 100 horrific Cliven Bundy rants if that was the price of living in a world where I could also hear interesting and funny people talk without a filter.
As for the idea that people wont miss speaking their minds, Maher said, Ill miss it. Ill miss it a lot. And for the record, speaking my mind is absolutely everything its cracked up to be.
Who wants to live in a world where the only right to privacy is inside your head? Maher asked. Thats what like in East Germany was like.
If I want to sit in my living room and say I think The Little Mermaid is hot and I want to bang her, or I dont like watching two men kiss, or I think tattoos look terrible on black people, I should be able to, even if you think it makes me an asshole, Maher concluded. Now, do I really believe those things? Im not telling you because youre not in my living room!
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Color me surprised.
Throw us a bone Bill.
I’m not, he knows the lunatics he is aligned with and how they tolerate him for now, but as soon as the “common enemy” is vanquished he would be next.
Now the challenge is: does this forum trash him for being so wrong on so many other issues, or does it applaud him for being right on this issue and welcome him to the fight?
I say, applaud him for being right (on this issue) and welcome him to the fight.
Oh yes, he makes dense on this.
RE: Color me shocked that Maher actually gets this issue exactly right (for a change.)
His eyes are opened as he realizes that what happened to Donald Sterling could also happen to him.
He realizes that he might be next and he has to watch his mouth.
Finally, a Bill Maher position I can agree with.
Despite all the perks of Liberal elitism, I think he is beginning to realize that his position is as fragile as the next syllable. If he doesn't stand up for the right of others to say what they think of believe, who is he going to be able to make snarky comments about? If everyone shuts up and sings the party line, there's no one left for a Liberal to try to make fun of.--He'd be out of a job.
That’s rich. A flaming liberal statist speaking out in favor of privacy. Does he realize the contradictions involved?
” he makes dense on this.”
That may be a typo, but I like it!
That(dense) was an accident.
Is it a sign of end times if I agree with this Ahole?
Bill, you were an a*****e long before Sterling came along.
No, but my guess is that you agree based on principle.
I’m guessing Maher takes this opinion based on self preservation. The guy is a complete a-hole. I’d guess that there are more than a few people who have been party to decidedly un-PC things he’s said that he doesnt want coming out, let alone being held to account for. Stuff that can’t be explained away as part of his media persona.
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Bill should run as a conservative Democrat. He’d be the only one in the USA.
Wonder if he fears tapes of him are out there?.
Even if he is right on this issue, he is still an a...hole.
Maher has been a grade A a-hole his whole life.
I have read comments on quite a few sites from Libs who are recognizing the problem with having no freedom of speech-in private or anywhere else-and also with the gay people bullying every business into submission to their way or the highway.
To me, that they would not only think about those freedoms being hampered, but also would take the time to actually post a comment about how wrong it is and how wrong other Libs are for going along with it, well, it does give me some hope that we may be able to save some people from the Progressive agenda. I have even read comments questioning abortion and the R’s supposed War on Women and asking how exactly the R’s are preventing women from receiving healthcare and equal pay etc.
Maybe, just maybe, common sense is making a comeback...
Is there yet hope for Maher? Judging by this rare piece of sanity...maybe. However, I bet there’s plenty of other libs who were chastened by the fact that someone was punished, not for doing something illegal but for something they thought they were saying in private. I’m thinking many would be Torquemadas will be hoist by their own petard.
I’m with you. I’ll applaud anyone when they do or say the right things and challenge them when I think they’re wrong. In this case, Bill Maher appears right.
Agreed. Maher is one of the few liberals who can see far enough ahead that many other heads will roll after all conservatives are silenced, imprisoned, or killed. Then the Black/homosexual/feminazi Mafia will start on in on liberals, like Maher, who don’t toe the party line.
Applaud him when he (or any other liberal) allows a glimmer of reality to seep into their thick skulls. It may never happen again, but we should give credit when credit is due.
This doesn't make you an @$$hole. You've always been one.
Bill Maher reserves his anguish for Donald Sterling, a fellow traveler and Democrat (but, I repeat myself,) whose gold digging mistress ratted him out. There is Maher's real fear; that one of his solo night trollops (paging Ann Coulter) will rat him out.
There’s hope so long as extreme elements on the left keep pushing. Consider the fight over homosexual “marriage”. The more the homosexuals seek to silence dissent and force everyone to celebrate their perversion, the more people will wake up and see this isn’t simply about tolerance. It’s an attempt to use the full force of government to regulate speech and force acceptance. In other words, the homosexual activists go too far, and there’s hope we FReepers aren’t the only ones who see where the radical, homosexualist left is taking the country.
Is it me or is this guy finally getting his act together and getting beyond his satirical / sardonic humor that he thought was funny, but bordered more on the side of truly ugly?
Is something changing in his heart?
Is he channeling the Libertarian Wing of the Conservative movement or has he got Religion if you will for other reasons ( aka he was audited )...
Love to be a fly on the wall to know the real skinny...
Maher was born an Ahole. :-)
Bill Maher is irritating, but this is not the first time he’s stepped out of the liberal line to say something independent of their agenda. (On aggressive atheists: “If you can’t handle seeing a cross now and then, you picked the wrong country.” On gays: “There is a gay mafia... if you cross them, you do get whacked.” On racism: He suckered people with a quote that was allegedly from Paul Ryan and then surprise, it was Michelle Obama.)
This has to be the only time I have agreed with Maher.
Well said. New converts are often the most fervent believers, since many of them arrive at the truth with fresh memories of being mugged by their former fellow travelers. Conservatives ought to remember that the Apostle Paul and Ronald Reagan were both activist enemies of the beliefs that eventually won them over, and to which they dedicated the remainders of their lives.
I'm not comparing Bill Maher to either of those men, but I welcome his voice in support of freedom. Such public expressions should be lauded and encouraged, especially when they cut against the grain of the speaker's own community and culture. Clubs that remain closed to new members can only shrink and die.
Ben Stein’s ‘punishment for thought’ hit the nail on the head. Sterling’s actions were worthy of NAACP commendations and that makes this whole bizarre.
Makes you wonder what Bill says behind closed doors? I’m glad he finally gets it though.
Maher was an asshole way before he said anything.
No worries Bill. You were already an asshole.