Liberal Vs. Progressive
“We’re liberals … we’re trying to stand up for the principles of liberalism! And so, y’know, I think we’re just saying we need to identify illiberalism wherever we find it in the world, and not forgive it because it comes from [a group that] people perceive as a minority.” – Bill Maher
If I live long enough, then I’ll probably see crap stick to the moon. I express my surprise because I actually feel inclined to give Bill Maher credit for something other than the CO2 pollution implicit with his continued respiration. First he stopped even pretending he was a Libertarian. He’s come out and owned the other deplorable L-Word. He’s an open and unabashed Lib-rawl now and I have to say I find him less odious now that he’s at peace with what he is. Yet now that he is what he is; Mr. Maher has delivered honest and commendable challenges to others who claim the same mantel.
Mr. Maher hosted his show with Sam Harris and Ben Affleck. It was all set up to be the typical format. “Tea-Baggers Boo! Lib-rawls, Yeah! War on Women! Bin Ladin Dead, GM alive! Obama Uber Alles!” Yet then Mr. Maher got into it with Mr. Affleck over whether or not the American Left should be tolerant of certain aspects of Islam that Mr. Maher found abhorrent.
He then discovered to his dismay that in order to really be an honest person he had to make a compelling philosophical choice between honest Liberalism and the brain-dead Progressive narrative. Liberalism, as much as I disagree with it, is an anti-religion based upon a fundamental moral foundation that demands a consistency from a sincere and devout worshiper. He expressed his conundrum in the quote atop the page.
When a Liberal condemns all the back-alley abortions that will proliferate under Dark Lord Mitt Romney’s !WARONWOMEN!, he also can’t just ignore the fact that Islam won’t even let an adult woman drive a car to the supermarket. In Huntsville, AL; she’d get a ticket for going too fast. In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, she’d be subject to a Fatwa and considered unsafe at any speed. When a practicing Liberal condemns the domestic abuse we all know is encouraged by the football-watching, beer-swigging Patriarchy; she also cannot ignore the fact …read more