On his HBO program Real Time, host Bill Maher compared Republican governing to living with a meth addict. Maher said, “Governing this country with Republicans is like rooming with a meth addict. You want to address real life problems like when the rent is due, and they’re saying how can you even think of that stuff when there’s police scanner voices coming out of the air conditioning unit?”
Here’s the video:
Maher began his attack on the Republican politics of distraction by saying, “When you go down the list of useless distractions that make up the Republican Party agenda public unions, and sharia law, anchor babies, and a mosque at Ground Zero, ACORN and National Public Radio, the war on Christmas, the New Black Panthers, Planned Parenthood, Michelle Obama’s war on dessert. Oh for Christ sakes, she’s just trying to get you to eat a carrot, not stick it up your ass. You realize that one of the reasons nothing gets done in America is that one of the political parties puts so much more into fantasy problems than real ones.”
Maher then compared Republicans to meth addicts, “Governing this country with Republicans is like rooming with a meth addict. You want to address real life problems like when the rent is due, and they’re saying how can you even think of that stuff when there’s police scanner voices coming out of the air conditioning unit?”
He then went on to an example of the pressing Republican agenda, “Do you know what Republicans in Congress were working on this week? Two gym teachers named Sen. James Inhofe and Rep. Steve King introduced a bill that would require that all government functions be conducted in English, because you let someone down at the DMV say si instead of yes, the next thing you know George Lopez is hosting The Tonight Show.”
After talking about Oklahoma passing a law against Sharia Law even though the state has no Muslims, Bill Maher said, “How can you explain the fixation with ACORN and voter fraud? Republicans are obsessed with people cooking up wild non-existent schemes to vote. Ignoring one important truth, this is America, no one wants to vote. What’s next jury duty fraud, washing the dishes fraud?”
He then took a shot at Sarah Palin’s jihad against Planned Parenthood, “Sarah Palin is one of those leading the charge to get rid of Planned Parenthood, because if there’s two things Sarah Palin is not interested in, it’s planning and parenthood.”
Maher moved on to the right wing phobia about The New Black Panthers, “Look Republicans I know this picture from Election Day 2008 scared you. If these guys weren’t trying to intimidate voters why did they show up at that polling place deliberately black? And now its two years later, and that picture still scares you. Look that guy who drove up from Orange County just ran out, but it’s time you understood something, every black person scares you. Unless they look Urkel, talk like Colin Powell, and wear Bill Cosby sweaters, you fill your adult diaper.”
Bill Maher wrapped it up with, “But here’s the thing, there are real problems climate change, loose nukes, debt, infrastructure, the wealth gap, our addiction to oil from weird distant places run by monsters who want us dead, like Alaska, but NPR is not a problem. National Public Radio isn’t corrupting anyone, and I’ll tell you why, because the simple minded sheep who take orders from the radio are already taken.”
Conservatives love to delight themselves with thoughts about how they live in the “real world,” but many of the things they politically obsess over are trivial and unimportant distraction issues. This is because the Republican Party learned decades ago that their base is motivated by emotional issues. Each of the distraction issues that the GOP pushes to the forefront is designed to elicit an emotion in their base. They don’t want their supporters to think. The goal is to get them to feel.
It Republicans can get the heart to triumph over the mind in a majority of Americans they understands that the path will be cleared for their agenda. For example, the Bush administration didn’t try to garner the support of the American people for the invasion of Iraq with logic and facts. They tied the invasion of Iraq to the emotions of 9/11, and by doing so they ensured that most Americans supported the invasion. This tactic was so successful that the GOP was able to ride it for years.
Their hope is that the American people get blinded by distraction politics so that they don’t notice the true Republican agenda. The real agenda is further concentration and redistribution of wealth upwards in our economy. Their true agenda is to transform our government into a tool of corporate power. They want to make sure that governments at all levels cannot act in the people’s interest as a check against corporate crimes. They seek nothing less than the disenfranchisement and disempowerment of 90% of Americans. Republicans yearn for a return to the days of Robber Barons and the Gilded Age.
Bill Maher was correct that the reason why our government accomplishes so little is because one political party has abandoned their responsibility to govern and tackle the nation’s problems, but conservatives did not end up on this path accidentally. This is an intentional strategy.
As any pusher knows the way to keep the junkies coming back is to give them just enough of a fix to leave them needing more. Republican political success depends on the fantasy, which is why abortion will never be outlawed. Republicans love distraction issues because they keep the addicted hooked, and offer a chance to create new addicts.
Most conservatives are irrational and angry because they are high and jonesing. Like any addict who blames their problems on others, most Republicans are living in their own hallucination of reality, and each day they turn on Fox News to get their fix.
You wouldn’t trust a meth head with your bank account, so why do we trust them to run parts of our government all across the country?