Sunday, January 16, 2011

Bill Maher criticizes Tea Party admiration of the founding fathers

During the season premier of his HBO show “Real Time,” comedian Bill Maher on Friday sharply criticized Tea Party members for their admiration of the founding fathers. “Now that they’ve finished reading the Constitution out loud,” Maher said to chuckles from the audience, “the tea baggers must call out that group of elitist liberals whose values are so antithetical to theirs. I’m talking of course about the founding fathers.”
Maher said that “tea baggers” mistakenly believe that the founding fathers were every-day citizens like themselves. Contrasting the two groups, Maher said, “one is a group of exclusively white men who live in a bygone century, have bad teeth, and think of blacks as three-fifths of a person. And the other are the founding fathers.” Moving on from implying that Tea Partiers are racist, Maher said, “I think it’s pretty clear that the founding fathers would have hated your guts and what’s more, you would have hated them.”...more

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