Bill Maher can be a bore when he brags about being an atheist, and when he beats the war drum for Israel. But sometimes he makes a good point, as in this piece about misdirected outrage:
The answer to whenever another human being annoys you is not “make them go away forever.” We need to learn to coexist, and it’s actually pretty easy to do. For example, I find Rush Limbaugh obnoxious, but I’ve been able to coexist comfortably with him for 20 years by using this simple method: I never listen to his program. The only time I hear him is when I’m at a stoplight next to a pickup truck.
When the lady at Costco gives you a free sample of its new ham pudding and you don’t like it, you spit it into a napkin and keep shopping. You don’t declare a holy war on ham.
Indeed, who cares what Limbaugh says? He’s an expensive stooge for the super-rich. If it wasn’t for “outraged” liberals, I wouldn’t even know the blowhard exists.
We should save our outrage for the discreet predators who have bought both major political parties and put millions of people out of work. The modern-day robber barons who are turning America into a feudal society — a place where the poor needn’t bother even dreaming of a better life.
I’m talking about the scum who rise to the level of the Koch Brothers, and the scum who float on ponds that are only slightly less exclusive. For example, Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam, whose compensation was recently tripled — from $7.2 million to $23.1 million a year — at the same time the company was trying to cut health care and other benefits for workers. Why is Limbaugh in the news but not McAdam?
As Kevin McCarthy said in Invasion of the Body Snatchers, “Look, you fools, you’re in danger!”