Bill Maher, the biggest fraud in political discourse, recently opened his mouth to spew forth more ill-informed rhetoric. More than merely being his usual, unintelligent banter, however, his diatribe against the Tea Party took a turn towards racism as he claimed that black people don’t have voter IDs because they’re poor and take the bus. Of course, the liberal media has remained quiet on his racist rhetoric, saving up energy in the hope that one day they can actually prove that somewhere, someone on the right said something racist.
On HuffPost Live on Tuesday on the liberal blog, Maher ran off at the mouth about several things he was ill-equipped to discuss. One of which, however, was offensive on several different levels. Maher said,
“So it’s crazy, but obviously Republicans, because they love the country and because the Constitution, they ask themselves what is that thing that maybe black people can’t get to? What do we have that they don’t have? Well, they take the bus because they’re poor. So they don’t have a car. They don’t need a picture ID. You know, Tagg Romney doesn’t have this problem. He has a picture ID.”
Incredible. Where’s Jesse Jackson, the self-appointed representative of the black population? Surely Al Sharpton can make an appearance somewhere and do what he does best and cry out racism!… Not a peep…
I don’t typically deal in counterfactuals, but this one is an easy one: how do you think the media would react if Glenn Beck said that blacks don’t have voter IDs because they’re poor and ride the bus?
What if Paul Ryan had declared to a mixed-race crowd that not voting for him would put them back in chains? I can confidently say that the left would go nuts. We, on the right, would be called every name in the book and the left would jump for joy in the knowledge that they had finally done it; they caught racism.
But racism coming from the mouth of the a leftist like Maher is totally fine. And Crazy Joe Biden? Naw, he means well. So he gets a pass, too.
Now, bear in mind that I am not advocating that the race card needs to be played- I am only saying that it gets played frequently to discredit those on the right. If we are to have legitimate political discussion, we need to be able to speak freely. And in the absence of such freedom, at least be allowed to all play by the same rules. Allowing one ideology to spout off racist generalizations and historically insensitive comments while chastising the right whenever matters of race are discussed is unfair and ridiculous.
Of course, this isn’t Maher’s first time dabbling in racism. Earlier this year, while discussing black Republican Florida Congressman Allen West, Maher referred to the Republican Party as the “party of apes” and said,
“Or take Allen West. Seriously, take him to the padded cell and give him 20 CCs of the high test. Ornstein and Mann start off their Post op-ed by noting that recently Rep. Allen West said that there are ’78 to 81′ Democrats in Congress who are members of the Communist Party. And not one Republican said, ‘Allen, come on. You’re making us look dumb.’ Not one of the Republican candidates for president said anything. Because in today’s Republican Party, that’s not even edgy anymore. They probably saw him later on and were like, ‘Word, Allen. Word.’ Because that’s how they think black people talk.”
But don’t worry, his disdain for the black community transcends party lines. Discussing President Obama, Maher stated,
“I thought when we elected a black president, we were going to get a black president. You know, this [BP oil spill] is where I want a real black president. I want him in a meeting with the BP CEOs, you know, where he lifts up his shirt so you can see the gun in his pants. That’s — (in an urban voice) ‘we’ve got a motherfu**ing problem here?’ Shoot somebody in the foot.”
I said then as I say now: I don’t condemn Maher for having an opinion. I think he’s wrong and immature, but he’s welcome to open his mouth and let the whole world know he’s a racist. I do, however, reject the left’s hypocrisy in not only, at times, being complicit in spouting racist ideas, but also the bystanders in the media that purposefully give them a pass, but pounce on the right for even perceived insensitivity.
Remember when Donald Trump had the audacity to question if whether or not Obama had been born in America? He was called a racist by nearly everyone in the media. For what? For asking a question about our president, about whose early years we know virtually nothing about because he won’t stop re-engineering his story?
Or what about later, when Trump wanted to see Obama’s grades? As that served as his substitute for his lackluster sojourn in the Senate, it seemed appropriate. But not to CBS anchor Bob Schieffer, who said,
“He said we need to look at his grades and see if he — he was a good enough student to get into Harvard Law School. That’s just code for saying he got into law school because he’s black. This is an ugly strain of racism that’s running through this whole thing.”
While I am not shocked in the least to see Maher and the rest of the liberal media not practice what they preach, I will admit that for too long, Tea Partiers have remained silent and allowed the narrative to spin out of control. For too long, reckless accusations of low character and racism have been lobbed at the right. Most of us have been too busy working and living our lives to pay much attention to the disgusting things said about us. But now, we must awaken to point out the gaping holes in logic and the fabrication of a narrative by the left that must be countered. We must further insist that the rules of discourse are the same for all involved.