Christmas with the GOP

Bill Maher (a card-carrying atheist) uses Dickens’ A Christmas Carol to teach the GOP the true meaning of Christmas.

Maher said,

Someone needs to explain to the Republicans that Ebenezer Scrooge is supposed to be the bad guy, and before conservatives start whining about another war on Christmas, they must admit they hate everything about Christmas, because brotherhood, goodwill toward men, and especially charity make their skin crawl. Now this week Michele Bachmann proposed cutting huge holes in the federal safety net, demonstrating a total misunderstanding of the concept of a net. Here’s what she said, ‘Self-reliance means if anyone will not work, neither should he eat.’ Merry Christmas to you too, crazy lady. Yeah, that’s the first thing I think when self-reliance comes up, punishment by starvation.

Honestly, who can hear that statement and not think of Scrooge? Who in A Christmas Carol suggested if the poor don’t want to go to workhouses, they should get on with dying as a service to population control. Now if Herman Cain said that at Republican debate, he would get a standing ovation. And say what you want about Ebenezer Scrooge, he never shoved Bob Cratchit’s head into his groin and said, ‘You want Christmas off or not?’ Newt Gingrich refers to Obama as the food stamp president, because he doesn’t want children to starve to death, f**king commie. Mitt Romney says we should let all the people about to lose their homes, lose them, and they can just become renters. Ownership society, meet no pets, no waterbeds. Mitt said the same thing a few years ago when the automobile industry was tottering. Let it die.

I find it ironic that Republicans have such disdain for the lazy, and yet their solution to every problem is do nothing. Their answer to wealth inequality, do nothing. Health care? Do nothing. Climate change? Nothing. Racism? Doesn’t exist. For a group of people so head over heels in love with self-reliance, they sure do recommend a lot of sitting on their ass.
If A Christmas Carol was performed by the Tea Party Dramatic Society, it would be a cautionary tale about how the hero, Scrooge, a blameless job creator is turned into a socialist through the corrupting influence of Tiny Tim. And the play would end with a simple plaintive question from Mr. Scrooge. Just how much of my wealth does Mr. Tim think he’s entitled to?

And that is the great Republican fallacy of this election, that our economic problems are due not to Wall Street’s gambling, but because too many Americans are lazy. But there are 16 million unemployed, and we only created 80,000 jobs last month. The problem isn’t laziness. It’s math. But this is where the Republican Party is now, in favor of people dying because they don’t have health insurance. In favor letting people go unfed if they won’t work, and if they want to work, but are Mexicans, in favor of putting up a fence that electrocutes them.

Even Scrooge is thinking, ‘Look, I hate the poor, but I’m not a f**king psychopath.’ But’s that’s where this party is, it simply has no bottom. Except Marcus Bachmann, he’s a bottom.


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10 thoughts on “Christmas with the GOP

  1. What’s so sad is again Bill like every other liberal in this country miss what Christmas is, Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, and before all you start in on that is not his real date and blah blah blah, yes we all agree with that but it is still the day of the celebration.

    Sadly too many people in this country have turned it into a materialistic celebration and have forgotten the real meaning.

    Now go ahead and start telling me how wrong I am I am use to it.

    1. Once again you have missed the entire point of what he was saying. The whole point… Why am I not surprised?

  2. “like every other liberal in this country”

    Yeah, that’s not a sweeping generalization in the least.

    Contrary to what you seem to believe, not all of us liberals miss what Christmas is really about.

  3. great comparison! my only qualm is that charity doesn’t make their skin crawl… they LOVE charity (at least on a conceptual level) because in their mind it excuses society from having to worry about helping people. It puts the decision of whether to help others in the hands of the individual, and therefore it puts the wealthy person in a position of power over the poor person.

    MLK said that “True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.

    Slavoj Zizek says that charity is built into the logic of the capitalist system itself. It has a very specific function: depoliticizing poverty. The idea is that, through charity, capitalism can redeem itself by being itself the medicine to the evil it causes. In other words, the rich see themselves as morally obligated to rationally pursue maximum profit. So they grab all the money they can (causing poverty), and then when THEY see fit to give a little of it back, we all pat them on the back and congratulate them on their humanitarianism.

    1. Like, like, like, like with an extra side of like. And a double helping of like sauce. With like on top. Well said, sir. Well said.

  4. Righties aren’t very good at understanding film and books. They also think Gordon Gekko was the good guy in “Wall Street,” lauding him as a “job creator” even though Gekko himself admits “I create nothing, I own.”

    They’d scream at Christ as a self-important socialist if He came back today. And we all see through your selfish act, GOPpers.

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