On his HBO program Real Time, Bill Maher advocated for the creation of a psycho left to take out the psycho right.
Here is the video:
The reason John Boehner could brag that he got 98% of what he demanded was he had an ace card in the sixty odd tea partiers in his caucus. I don’t say sixty odd because I’m not sure of how many there are. There are sixty and they’re odd, and Boehner could point them and say look, these guys don’t give a f**k. They don’t want compromise and solutions. The only response they’re going for is oh s**t, how’d Skeeter get a gun?
The only that liberals can pull the debate back from the far right is for liberals to elect their own slate of 60 unstable loony tune mad as a hatter crazy motherfuckers, so please liberals start trolling Whole Foods parking lots, nude beaches, erotic cake stores, the MSNBC commissary. Anywhere where you might find angry left wing lunatics to create a party within a party, as the tea party is a party within the Republicans, and to show that we will not back down in a crazy off against anybody, the party within a party will be called the Donner Party.
That’s right, we will literally eat each other before we give an inch, and this is our leader, Face Ripper Monkey… And don’t tell me that there already is such an entity on the left, that it’s the ACLU, Greenpeace and MoveOn.org. Oh please, those are educated people lawyers and scientists. We need loudmouths and bad dressers who can match the tea people maniac for maniac, and say to them you think you can be pea brained, single minded, and purple with rage?
Well the Donner Party is a dog that can bark at a pine cone for nine days and not get tired. You say no new taxes on the rich. We say tax the rich at 100%. You call for a constitutional amendment banning abortion. We call for a federally funded partial birth abortions at the drive thru at McDonalds. You want Reagan on the fifty dollar bill. We insist on Jeanine Garfalo, because apparently crazy is the new sensible and will not lose the war of bad ideas.
So here’s what else we want. Guns, still legal but no new guns may be produced. Therefor to get one you have to literally pry it from another guy’s cold dead hands. Also not only must gay history be taught in schools, but also gay math with word problems like if a park ranger inspects the restrooms every four hours and it takes Glenn twelve minutes to get a stranger off, how many strangers can Glenn service between inspections?
In any budget stalemate the Donner Party will insist on a rider stipulating that Jesus is just a guy, and if you so much as thank him for scoring a touchdown the state will take your children and you must perform two hundred hours of community theater. And the other bill that I am afraid the Donner Party must insist on is the We Want Everything They Have Act of 2011, which guarantees all Americans what Europeans get like free health care and six weeks of paid vacation.
What Maher was doing was both expressing his frustration with Democrats, and mocking the extremism of the right. He wasn’t really advocating for left wing extremism but he was highlighting the value of and the political cover that can be provided by a well-placed bloc of people who just don’t care about outcomes. Obama could have been moved to more leftward position if the Senate Democrats would not have rolled over and played dead as soon as the clock starting ticking on the prospect of a default.
That’s what the people who are only blaming Obama don’t get. Senate Democrats are the problem. They are too conservative. While she was Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi passed 420 bills that got zero action in the Senate. Big progressive legislation, like a health care reform bill with a public option died in the Senate. If Democrats want Obama to move to the left and he won’t move on his own, they need to elect a congress that will move him.
In all seriousness what our government needs most is not to add more extremists, but to get the current extremists out. A system that was barely functional before the tea party arrived in the House is now shattered. The good news is that our current ills can be easily cured in 2012. The worst thing that would could do to our country would be to turn congress into a holy war of ideology between the left and right. The extremism would become institutionalized, and we would all be screwed.
The left already has an ideologically driven tea party clone, but the angry firebagging left has been so unsuccessful and irrelevant that Maher doesn’t seem to even know that they exist. The answer isn’t more extremism. It is send the crazy people back home where they belong.
This country doesn’t need a psycho left to match the psycho right. How about instead, we get rid of all the elected psychos and restore some sanity back to our government?