I’m willing to entertain the idea that he’s just the most dishonest. Billy’s column at the Huffington Post, New Rule: Conservatives Who Love to Brag About American Exceptionalism Must Come Here to California is one of Maher’s typical applause-trolling moves. It’s also a great insight into just how delusional liberals are.
Before I saw who wrote the article, I thought the title meant that conservatives who came to California would question American exceptionalism. The problem is that that would actually be kind of funny, which would not be keeping in character with the actual author. Instead we get this.
New Rule: Conservatives who love to brag about American exceptionalism must come here to California, and see it in person. And then they should be afraid — very afraid. Because while the rest of the country is beset by stories of right-wing takeovers in places like North Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin, California is going in the opposite direction and creating the kind of modern, liberal nation the country as a whole can only dream about. And not only can’t the rest of the country stop us — we’re going to drag you along with us.
Conservatives from other states really should visit California. They can drive through our bankrupt cities, head to the Home Depot and chat with the illegal immigrants who hang out there with impunity, and maybe make a stop in Venice where homeless people who live in trailers dump their holding tanks on the street. It would be a great lesson for anyone from a more conservative state. Even liberals could benefit from seeing what their policies result in when they rule the place for decades. It might also put their home states’ crappy weather into perspective.
The second part is highly doubtful. The only way that California could drag the rest of the country along with it is if so many people eventually flee the state looking for a better place to live that they start taking over entire states.
Bill Maher’s Finest Moment
Maher then writes something that shows just how insane liberals are.
Since then, everything Republicans say can’t or won’t work — gun control, immigration reform, high-speed rail — California is making work. And everything conservatives claim will unravel the fabric of our society — universal healthcare, higher taxes on the rich, gay marriage, medical marijuana — has only made California stronger.
There is so much wrong with this that I don’t quite know how to address it.
Yes, California has strict gun control. That doesn’t mean anything. We still have Oakland, Richmond and Compton, which are on the same list every year that Detroit, Camden and Chicago are on. Murder is down across the board in the country, but that’s true in states where you can buy an AK-47 with a 30 round magazine.
I’m not going to address everything else he mentions, but the biggest whoppers he lists are high-speed rail and gay marriage. There is no high-speed rail in California. There’s a plan to somehow in the future build a train track that might be done by 2028. The projected budget, which is rosy, is currently at seven times the initial estimate. There are currently two lawsuits trying to block the track that hasn’t even been built yet, which, by the way, is set to go between Madera and Fresno. If the entire goal of the high-speed rail project was to move meth around the Central Valley, congratulations.
Gay marriage isn’t something Californians asked for; it’s something that was forced on us. In 2008, which happens to be the year that Maher’s crush was elected President, California voters passed Prop 8, which would have outlawed gay marriage. A gay judge with an axe to grind declared the law unconstitutional, and Jerry Brown and Kamala Harris refused to do their jobs and defend the will of the people in front of the Supreme Court. Either Bill Maher is a blithering idiot, or he’s lying through his teeth.
Maher closes thus.
The bottom line is that we are moving the country’s largest economy into a place where we can all be health-insured, clean air-breathin’, gay-married, immigrant-friendly citizens who don’t get shot all the time. And my message to the rest of America is: do not resist. Kneel before Zod! California has been setting the trends in America for decades, from Silicon Valley to silicone tits, and it’s not going to stop now.
Wrong. And pretty soon the only people in California who will have health insurance are evil one percenters like Bill Maher, who will move to Texas when the state doubles his taxes.
Update: The Daley Gator links and mentions some of the consequences of living in Utopia.
There were 1.3 million businesses in California at the end of 2012, 5.2 percent fewer than in the previous year (that’s about 73,000 fewer). To put that in perspective, Massachusetts lost 5,200 businesses, the second-highest amount, and Kansas had 3.1 percent fewer businesses in 2012 than in 2011, the second-highest loss rate.
Those are the pertinent facts. Read the rest of the post to see how this came about.
Update II: Name-dropped at Regular Right Guy. Sweet.