How amazing is it that Bill Maher recently said “liberals, you can actually lose me. It’s outrageous what we’re paying,” over California’s insane taxes, and now he’s on the same page as Sarah Palin on the regulatory water torture of men like NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg?
On the March 15 airing of Real Time, Maher found himself in the odd position of having to fend off an entire panel of Jr. Michael Bloombergs — Rachel Maddow and three emasculated men who would willingly bow down and sniff Bloomberg’s sweaty Brooks Brothers socks if he passed a regulation demanding it.
Bill Maher: “I am for overturning this ban. I think this is what makes liberals look bad. This is what makes liberals look like elitist bullies who think they know everything and can tell people what to do. Of course child obesity and in general obesity is a problem, but this is a very lazy way to handle it, to ban sodas over 16 ounces.” …
Bill Maher: “But everybody does something. This is what I object to. Yes, if you’re a cigarette smoker, if you drink too much booze — those things are legal. People do coke; it’s not legal, but they do it. They ride motorcycles. You have too much stress. You never get laid. There’s a lot of reason why you can get sick. …
Jered Berstein: My point is that we we tax them and we should tax this.
Bill Maher: We don’t tax all of them.
Rachel Maddow: We make the worst consequences of those behaviors inconvenient. …
Bill Maher: “There’s something wrong about the seventh richest person in the world lying in bed at night and thinking, “You know what people shouldn’t do? Drink too much Sprite. And I’m going to make a law … Again, this is what makes liberals look bad. They never met a regulation they didn’t like. Of course, we should do something about this problem, but what if I want to have just that one Big Gulp once a week? I should be able to.”
Rachel Maddow: “Save the cup and buy two and pour them in there. It’s not like we’re banning soda. We’re just making it more inconvenient to do the thing that is going to kill you fast. …
Bill Maher: “You shouldn’t have to clear what you eat with the municipal government.”
To recap: Manhattan state Supreme Court Justice Milton Tingling stopped Bloomberg’s soda ban in its tracks, and both Maher and Palin cheered. Why? Because like I said before, as tyranny closes in political parties fade away. It becomes about liberty vs. tyranny. And at some point even a partisan shill like Bill Maher sees that the road to hell is paved with good intentions.
Oddly enough we saw the future, and it was delivered by Dennis Leary in the embarrassingly cheesy Stallone flick Demolition Man in 1993.
“According to Cocteau’s plan, I’m the enemy, ’cause I like to think, I like to read. I’m into freedom of speech, and freedom of choice. I’m the kinda guy that likes to sit in a greasy spoon and wonder, “Gee, should I have the T-bone steak or the jumbo rack of barbecue ribs with the side-order of gravy fries?” I want high cholesterol! I wanna eat bacon, and butter, and buckets of cheese, okay?! I wanna smoke a Cuban cigar the size of Cincinnati in the non-smoking section! I wanna run naked through the street, with green Jell-O all over my body, reading Playboy magazine. Why? Because I suddenly may feel the need to, okay, pal? I’ve seen the future. You know what it is? It’s a 47-year-old virgin, sitting around in his beige pajamas, drinking a banana-broccoli shake, singing, “I’m an Oscar Meyer wiener,” (Edgar Friendly)
How on earth conservatives can put two and two together when it comes to budgets, but they can’t put two and two together when it comes to ways of explaining simple truths about freedom and liberty to constituents who are essentially begging for an alternative to the sad sacks at the helm of the ship, I do not know.
Do you want to be physically fit? Great! Do you want to be a lazy couch potato who sits around playing XBOX all day while downing “buckets of cheese”? Go for it. (And it’s none of politician X’s damn business.) But being the person you want to be becomes much harder when you have politicians perpetually sticking their noses into your life with regulation after regulation after regulation.
Conservatives do not need to completely transform themselves to have success at the polls. If even Bill Maher’s tyranny-antennae is tingling, all that is required is to articulate the message in a slightly different way. A good start would be to ditch the political consultants who gave the world the McCain and Romney campaigns, and to instead speak from the heart. Sen. Rand Paul did so for 13 hours straight, and it worked out well.
Consider using his approach as a template. More often than not, you’ll be glad you did.