Sunday, September 20, 2009

More Humor About Those We Don't Understand

HBO's resident douchebag Bill Maher writes in the Huffington Post, "New Rule: You can't complain about health care reform if you're not willing to reform your own health." (This via Ann Althouse.)

Unlike most liberals, I'm glad all those teabaggers marched on Washington last week. Because judging from the photos, it's the first exercise they've gotten in years. Not counting, of course, all the Rascal scooters there, most of which aren't even for the disabled. They're just Americans who turned 60 and said, "Screw it, I'm done walking." These people are furious at the high cost of health care, so they blame illegals, who don't even get health care. News flash, Glenn Beck fans: the reason health care is so expensive is because you're all so unhealthy.

Yes, it was fun this week to watch the teabaggers complain how the media underestimated the size of their march, "How can you say there were only 60,000 of us? We filled the entire mall!" Yes, because you're fat. One whale fills the tank at Sea World, that doesn't make it a crowd.

Thanks for the intelligent contribution to the health care debate Bill. What's that? A joke? Well jolly good one old chap, wait to stick it to the folks you disagree with by calling them fat.

Remember my comments on Stephen Colbert last week? Well, let me second those comments here. And Colbert was at least dismissive; Maher is just plain foolish. The teabaggers were in Washington to protest the encroaching specter of big government and Obama's proposed health reforms were only a small part of the reasons for the protests. To suggest that those arguing for less government need to get their personal health issues in order before protesting more government involvement in their health is just plain asinine. And the worst part of it is, Maher has gone around in the past declaring himself a libertarian.


Blogger McMc said...

Was this tongue in cheek or was he being serious? If he was serious, that's just insanely ridiculous and irresponsible. Where does anyone get off making such an irresponsible statement like that? And blaming one group of people for the need for health care reform? Insane.

11:51 AM  
Blogger lonely libertarian said...

It's supposed to be serious and a joke and that's how people like Maher and Jon Stewart get away with this sort of thing. Anytime they get called on this stuff they take the "but I'm just a comedian" excuse.

And this is something I take rather personally as a big fat guy who's got a lot of complaints about health care reform. My point of view is that individuals should be ultimately responsible for their own health care, myself included, and my problem with the health care reform efforts is that they're about making my health care everyone else's business to varying degrees. When my point is "leave me alone, I'll take care of myself," the response shouldn't be, "We're going to have the government responsible for you and no complaining about it."

3:29 PM  

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