Saturday, June 08, 2013

Bill Maher eviscerates Ronald Reagan for being the original Teabagger.

 Courtesy of Mediaite:

“He was patient zero for everything you’re fighting against now. He was the original teabagger. Stop agreeing he was a saint, especially when his two miracles were turning water into polluted water and walking on the poor.” 

I loved this so much that I was literally cheering during the segment.

The Republican deification of Reagan is so over the top that it has essentially evolved into religious zealotry, which means that when the Right Wing gets a load of this they are going to lose their shit. (For some of the older teabaggers that will mean quite literally.)

Which of course I see as a good thing.

P.S. By the way if HBO does what it usually does then my embedded YouTube video will eventually get blocked. If that happens just click the Mediaite link and you will still get the chance to watch the segment. And believe me, you definitely want to watch the segment.


  1. Anonymous12:49 PM

    Ronald Reagan barely had the intellect to tie his own shoes......nuff said

    1. I sent Bill Maher this essay on Reagan 4 days before he did his monologue on it.

  2. Anonymous12:56 PM

    What's the difference between Ronald Reagan and Sarah Palin?


    1. What's the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull?

      A pit bull is delicious. A little soy sauce...

    2. Anonymous2:59 PM

      Reagan wasn't a bipolar crackhead.

    3. Anonymous3:39 PM

      Wow Anon 259, you sure are crass. Let's NOT slander people.

    4. Anonymous5:38 PM

      I think you mean libel.

  3. Anonymous1:21 PM

    I so love Bill Maher - try never to miss his show. His crowd loved him last night on this segment about Reagan.

    1. He just keeps getting more brillianter. (Thanks, in part, to his terrific writers, also, too.)

  4. Anonymous1:52 PM

    Just when I begin to sigh and accept the fact that all television has become a perverted, "Disney-fied" version of reality...

    ...along comes something like THIS, from Bill Maher, that revives my faith that SOME people have remained sane through the whole thing called LIFE TODAY.

    I think I held my breath through his entire rant, expecting at any moment to see a black screen occur--as the corporate media owners reacted to what they'd see as religious blasphemy.

  5. Gryph,

    If anything goes wrong with your video, this site may still be viable -

    Skip to the 1:52 mark, or so, for the portion of Bill's "New Rules" for the Reagan part. I commented at that particular blog that, for an oldie but a goodie, you could still find Christopher Hitchens' account of the Reagan nightmare years by googling "not even a hedgehog".

  6. Anonymous2:54 PM

    Ronald Reagan was an FBI informant. That's about as low as it gets. So many talented artists' careers were ruined by weasels like Reagan. J. Edgar Hoover repaid him by aiding his political career. Only in America.

    1. Anonymous3:38 PM

      Well, at least we don't have a Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini... Though we were founded on the genocide of natives by EUROPEANS.

      I blame the Y chromosome. Not that people like Gryphen are capable of murder, but he is capable is mass manipulation to feed an ignorant opinion and crass agenda for no reason but to weaken the providers and strengthen the "lazy"

    2. Anonymous5:35 PM


      You sound like you are suffering from RAM's Disorder. The bitterness is palpable.

  7. linda3:16 PM

    most of the people i know who most worship ronald reagan were either unborn or elementary school age during at least the first part of his presidency and, at most, barely in their 20's at the end of his 2nd presidency. they saw him through the eyes of a child and heard about him through the crazy talk of their right wing parents. they were too young to think for themselves at the time. at this point they can't remember any of the horrors he wreaked upon this nation during his terms because at the time they were too young to be affected. for those of us who were in our 30's, 40's, 50's during his terms, and who have brains and hearts, there is NO WAY, he will ever be remembered kindly or with respect. at least that's my opinion. thank you bill maher!

  8. Anonymous3:36 PM

    Romney needs to never mention money like Obama needs to never mention loose PAC rules. Difference is, there's no such thing too much money. But a presidential candidate who has such loose PAC rules that there's no verification the donor is from the US is just a precursor to disaster.

  9. Anonymous3:48 PM

    Reagan pushed this fence sitting Hoosier way to the left when he selected Watt for the Secretary of the Interior. I wrote a term paper titled 'Watt and Wildlife' for a poli sci class and that was that! My hope is that the same sorta crap pulled by repubs is doing that same with other kids across the country.

  10. Anonymous5:31 PM

    Wasn't Watt the guy that said that said it was okay to exploit and deplete our forests because it doesn't matter since the second coming of Christ was close at hand?

  11. Anonymous6:14 PM

    I agree with Bill 100%!! When I hear or read about the stagnated income of the middle class for the last thirty years or the lack of support for families of the mentally ill, I declare loudly, THANK YOU RONALD REGAN!! And I don't mean it in a good way.

    I was in high school during his last four years and couldn't stand the guy. I used to get into arguments with my mid-west born, life long military republican father. He would get so mad at me because I could actually make fact based intelligent statements that stood up to his narrow point of view. He would just get all quiet and stop talking to me or try to belittle me because I was young and a female.

  12. Anita Winecooler6:58 PM

    He's spot on, especially with the deification part. The only good thing that came from Ronald Regan was his son, Ron.

    Imagine the outrage if President Obama was an elitist hollywood actor who was the sidekick of a chimp? OR if First Lady Obama invited psychics and played with a oija board in the white house. Imagine the outrage if President Obama divorced his first wife to marry the second. It would be a scandal of epic proportions!

    This clip IS a must see. Only Maher can put Jesus Christ, a haircut, Rhianna's butt and RuPaul in a piece and make it work!

  13. Sharon7:35 PM

    Finally we hear the about the real Reagan...I have known for a long time he was patient zero, he started it all. If you watch Michael Moore's brilliant doc on Capitalism, he says it all. Corporate America needed a spokesman..and Ronnie fit the bill to a T. His 8 years was the beginning of the end for us and it took decades for it finally catch up. The dems were sheep, and the GOP are the wolves....they never stop plotting, never. Bill didn't even mention the Iran-Contra scandal...could you imagine if Obama did anything like that today????? What a joke.

  14. Anonymous8:40 AM

    James Watt didn't want the Beach Boys to play a concert in Washington in 1983 because they would attract the "wrong element".WTF? Republicans have always been crazy and Bill Maher was spot on.


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