“One way you get rid of Trump is a crashing economy, so please bring on the recession. Sorry if that hurts people, but it’s either root for a recession or lose your democracy.”
—-HBO’s Bill Maher, on his show “Real Time”…as his audience applauded, as usual.
Did any conservative, Republican or pundit root for the nation’s failure under Obama? The closest would be Rush Limbaugh’s infamous declaration that he wanted the new President to fail, which was more unpatriotic than I could tolerate, but even Rush didn’t go so far as to wish for the nation itself to be thrown into crisis. Maher is a repulsive individual, but he is not alone. We already discussed here how many members of the media appear to be rooting for the North Korean talks to fail. Other progressives openly wish for the President’s death: I could name some right here who have told me that in person. Lawyers. Professionals. Wishing for the death of not just another human being, but the President of the United States.
The attendant hysteria, fear-mongering, monomania and values distortion that have spawned the “resistance” have also apparently created a human mutation with lethal potential. Never before have there been mainstream American citizens who not only wished ill on the nation and neighbors, but who got cheered for it. The mutants are a threat to society and to sanity. Do not pretend they aren’t.
They may not be traitors, but they think like traitors.
Let’s first dispense with the fantasy that Maher was acting as a comedian when he uttered this disgraceful sentiment. It’s not a joke. He’s not kidding. Maher is, like the funnier, less vile (though equally biased) Jon Stewart, half commentator half comic, usually clear when he wants to be taken seriously.
Now let’s consider the statement. Maher is filthy rich: he knows that he won’t be hurt in a recession, just those normal, middle class people who lose their jobs, retirement savings and reserves when the economy goes bad. What does he care? A lot of them voted for Trump anyway, so eff ’em. And “save the democracy”? The only threat to democracy I’ve seen in the last ten years has been the behavior of the Obama administration and the Left’s efforts to overturn the 2016 election, criminalize politics, capture the news media, weaken the First Amendment and eliminate the Second.
Oh, I agree that Trump is a terrible influence on the political culture and a chaotic leader, and he certainly says a lot of alarming, irresponsible things. But right now, the sad state of affairs is that he appears to be a vital bulwark against the totalitarian leftism that half the public seems to be falling for. What Maher calls “the democracy” means the only democracy progressives will tolerate: one that places them in charge, with their boots on the necks of the deplorables who support sovereignty, rule of law, individual responsibility, a truly free and objective press, due process, and the Constitution.
You know, I am very uncomfortable with pronouncing members of the “resistance” as terrible human beings. This is the tone, after all, that has characterized progressives under Obama, the damaging and divisive attitude that anyone who doesn’t swallow the Left’s version of reality is racist,sexist, and xenophobic–you know: bad. I don’t want to think of people I disagree with politically as bad. That’s a dangerous path for a democracy.
Just as I don’t call women I disagree with—not even Hillary Clinton—cunts, so also I don’t defriend associates whose political rants make me gag on Facebook. I never rooted against Obama, or the nation while he was leading it. I thought Obama would probably be a disaster, but I certainly hoped he wouldn’t be. I surely wanted him to be transparent, as he promised to be, though he wasn’t. I hoped that he would be a unifying leader, though he was cynically and devastatingly divisive instead. I wanted him to be a reasonably strong President, because incompetent leaders in America usually spark backlashes, and we end up with, well, not Presidents like Donald Trump, exactly, but extreme types that are unpredictable. No luck there, either.
I would have liked his economic policies to work: they didn’t. I would have loved to see him reduce the debt, as he said he would do: he exploded it. Even though I knew that a successful Obama Presidency would probably give us a corrupt successor in Hillary, there was not one second in which I wished for the nation itself to fail, because good, fair, patriotic citizens don’t do that.
Members of the “resistance,” however, do. Bill Maher does. The people who cheer for him do.
It’s signature significance. Nobody who isn’t a terrible human being thinks like that. Not even once.