Sunday, February 28, 2016
Bill Maher And Guests Can't Hide Their Glee Over Scalia's Death
You definitely have to hold a certain political perspective to find humor in Bill Maher's comedic style. Maher and his guests Friday night on his HBO show couldn't hide their glee over his death. To Maher, Scalia's death was God's punishment for scuttling Obama's new EPA regulations, which exceeded his executive authority in the eyes of anyone who believes in the rule of law as opposed to dictatorial rule by decree. A true liberal, which I believe Maher considers himself, would oppose executive overreach, even if he likes the substance of its aims, out of pure principal. Maher hopes that Scalia died after becoming angered while watching that very night he died what he said about the order he signed with the Court's four other conservative justices, staying enforcement of those regulations.
Maher didn't stop there. He suggested that Scalia was "put on Earth to remind poor people the law is not your friend." Obviously, Maher never read many of Scalia's opinions or he would know that there was hardly a stronger jurist when it came to protecting the rights of the accused. He blamed him for giving us Bush, clinging to the liberal fable that George W. Bush only became president because of the Supreme Court's decision in Bush v. Gore, ignoring independent news organizations recount votes that proved the outcome of the race would not have changed had the Florida recount continued. He complained that he found a constitutional right to bear arms, which Maher opines is "so not in the constitution." And one of his guests complained that he believed in the devil, which according to her is a religious belief that should disqualify anyone from serving on the Supreme Court.