Roger L. Simon

Bill Maher, boy reactionary, thinks Americans are stupid

In case you hadn’t noticed, Bill Maher thinks he’s smarter than you are. He wrote today on the Huffington Post:

New Rule: Just because a country elects a smart president doesn’t make it a smart country. A few weeks ago I was asked by Wolf Blitzer if I thought Sarah Palin could get elected president, and I said I hope not, but I wouldn’t put anything past this stupid country. It was amazing – in the minute or so between my calling America stupid and the end of the Cialis commercial, CNN was flooded with furious emails and the twits hit the fan. And you could tell that these people were really mad because they wrote entirely in CAPITAL LETTERS!!! It’s how they get the blood circulating when the Cialis wears off. Worst of all, Bill O’Reilly refuted my contention that this is a stupid country by calling me a pinhead, which A) proves my point, and B) is really funny coming from a doody-face like him.

Wow. Very sophisticated – and such elegant writing. Reminds me a bit of P. G. Wodehouse. Interestingly, I read this “highly intellectual” screed just after reading this report about medical professionals opposing the healthcare bill. I wonder if Maher thinks these doctors – who reject his “smart” president’s medical reforms – are stupid too. I mean Maher should know. He has a BA in English and History from Cornell. I wonder how those intellectual bona fides stack up with Dr. William Parker, the chief medical officer at the Houston hospital where the meeting was held. [Did Maher pass chemistry?-ed. Chemistry? I think he took “rocks” for his science requirement.]

But I digress. Here’s the witty Mr. Maher administering the cognitive coup de grace on healthcare opponents:

Or take the health care debate we’re presently having: members of Congress have recessed now so they can go home and “listen to their constituents.” An urge they should resist because their constituents don’t know anything. At a recent town-hall meeting in South Carolina, a man stood up and told his Congressman to “keep your government hands off my Medicare,” which is kind of like driving cross country to protest highways.

“Kind of like,” indeed. Last I heard the government works for us. Maher as a self-described libertarian [What?!-ed. Yeah, I know.] should know or sympathize with that. What he doesn’t seem to know is the elementary: When you go around and accuse people of being stupid, the chances are others will be accusing you of projection.

[Didn’t Maher study logical positivism at Cornell?-ed. I told you he majored in English and History.]