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Forum Post: Bill Maher Mocks Occupy Wall Street: Says Stop Camping, Start Participating (VIDEO)

Posted 5 years ago on June 9, 2012, 8:50 p.m. EST by stevebol (1269) from Milwaukee, WI
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Misleading title. He's not mocking but what do you guys think of this; http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/09/bill-maher-mocks-occupy-wall-street_n_1583616.html#comments



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[-] 3 points by riethc (1149) 5 years ago

No one should be listening to the mainstream media, which includes Maher, to get their cues.

[-] 3 points by PeterKropotkin (1050) from Oakland, CA 5 years ago

What he advocating for is the destruction of OWS the democratic party is the graveyard of social movments.

[-] 1 points by stevebol (1269) from Milwaukee, WI 5 years ago

Yes, he is.

[-] 2 points by jrhirsch (4714) from Sun City, CA 5 years ago

Bill Maher is the same person who recently donated a million dollars to a political campaign. He has no concept of what Democracy is. The fair play that should be obvious is completely turned upside down when a few, by their greater wealth, decide they should have a greater say than the many.

Bill Maher is exactly what Occupy stands against. He talks adoringly about Democracy, but corrupts it by his actions. He is nothing more than a rapist. Money has become his weapon, forced on a blindfolded victim. He has become so enamored with obtaining political satisfaction, that he cannot hear her cries for help. What is it about money that seems to rob people of their sense of justice and turns them into criminals?

[-] 1 points by stevebol (1269) from Milwaukee, WI 5 years ago

He was the only reason I had cable for many years. Now that they no longer screw me I have to re-think Bill. He brought up the Bush tax cuts. Why's that? Fool me once Bill, shame on me, fool me twice......

[-] 2 points by bensdad (8977) 5 years ago

tp moved from insane protesting to political power -
that almost completely stopped progressive reform in this country.
If we, in OWS, can't take a lesson, and learn what works, we are doomed.
Wake up and understand Obama may be flawed, but most of his failures (Guntanamo is just one example), are 90% based on the obstructing Rs. just take a look at Robert Draper's book


if you dare

the Italian lemmings liked mussolini because he made the trains run on time. the American gun nut lemmings know who they must vote for because thats all they care about
many the American anti-Obama lemmings are too lazy to see the complexities of the obstruction and it is so much easier to blame one man

check out Bill Press' book the Obama Hate Machine

[-] 1 points by bobkat (12) 5 years ago

I think that there is something to come away with from his coments. I remember a comment he made during the last election regarding the town hall meetings. "Progressives are yelling at the TV, while Tea Party members are yelling at our representatives". There is no way any of this will change if this current republican party maintains control, and what chance would over turning the Citizens United decision have if the next Supreme Court Justices are nominated by Romney. Somehow there needs to be a more concentration of effort to get more progressives in office. The other side will most certainly be doing everything in their power to prevent that.

[-] 1 points by KofA (495) from Muenster, TX 5 years ago

Sorry, I missed this post... I just posted the same story.

[-] 1 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 5 years ago

Bill Maher is also an asshole.

Which one of these is not like the others.

Big difference between an asshole democrat and a liberal that knows the system is fucking corrupt.

Not that all democrats and republicans are assholes... but many of them are. Bill Maher for example.

[-] 1 points by KofA (495) from Muenster, TX 5 years ago

I think the man is a political comedic genus, and OWS is moronic not to heed his suggestions...

[-] 0 points by factsrfun (8631) from Phoenix, AZ 5 years ago

Maybe, but you know who was a real asshole, Patrick Henry.

[-] 1 points by OldCrow (22) 5 years ago

Like they say, criticism from some quarters is the same thing as praise.

Look what "participating" has done for him, a smirking shill for the Democrats like Maddow and Schultz, making bank on cable TV. He revealed a lot one time when he was on Piers Morgan, Morgan asked him what he thought of Obama and he said: "Well, you gotta love the guy, he's educated, speaks well, etc...." In other words identity politics, Obama is a part of my tribe (educated, professional, has money) so I like him and support him. Not that Obama has actually done much to help anyone but corporations and the rich or anything really "progressive", which I assume Maar thinks he is. Or the time Maar trashed that black woman on the air for her implied criticism of Obama. He dated Ann Coulter for awhile once and I completely understand the mutual attraction. He's a low brained ass and Occupy should cherish his attacks.

[-] 1 points by CKFactotum (1) 5 years ago

Bill Maher: "If [Obama's] a socialist, he's a bad one." "How can you [conservatives] be so unhappy with Obama when I’m so unhappy with Obama? You think you got coal in your stocking? I wanted single-payer health care, a carbon emissions bill, gun control, and legalized pot. If you get to carry around all this outrage over me getting that shit, shouldn’t I have gotten it?" You can disagree with his comments on OWS all you want but you can't reduce him to a caricature. I noticed the ellipse at the end of the quote you cited. I don't remember him saying that but I do remember him eviscerating Obama's record in that interview and going so far as to suggest that perhaps Hillary Clinton might have been better because she knew how to deal with "difficult men."

[-] 1 points by stevebol (1269) from Milwaukee, WI 5 years ago

I like Maher and he's an entertaining host but he's not exactly George Carlin. Carlin was downright prophetic. Maybe Maher is just a rep of the legalize weed lobby. That's great but we have other needs. Ann Coulter? If I was drunk enough I suppose.

[-] 1 points by PeterKropotkin (1050) from Oakland, CA 5 years ago


[-] 1 points by jrhirsch (4714) from Sun City, CA 5 years ago

The best way to overthrow tyranny is to not cooperate with it. Non cooperation is the weapon used by successful protests led by Martin Luther King and Ghandi. We are not at war with the government in general, just the cancerous parts that have permeated it's body.

If you buy products from corporations that also buy politicians, you purchase tyranny. How you spend your dollar has more impact than any vote at a polling booth. Dollars are the lifeblood that causes tyranny to metastasize, and withholding those dollars will cause the cancer to die.

[-] 0 points by stevebol (1269) from Milwaukee, WI 5 years ago

Bill always played up the angle that Bush was from Texas. Seems like everyone did. I just found out that Bush wasn't from Texas. I don't like you anymore Bill. Screw you and screw cable.

[-] 0 points by LeoYo (5909) 5 years ago

Maher was right to a degree. Some element of OWS should be politically active but that doesn't mean that all of OWS needs to be politically active to the point of no longer occupying foreclosed homes nor does it mean that it would have to involve interaction with political candidates. There are 24 states with ballot initiatives in which OWS can be active in pushing for legislation to be passed by the people. That would be making a difference without reliance upon unreliable politicians. If a political party must be formed, I've recently made the suggestion that perhaps a Cooperative Party might be something that would suit OWS members. Its main focus would be the expansion of worker owned cooperatives, credit unions, and public banks at the state and local level. After all, how can you ever hope to obtain and secure a political democracy without first obtaining an economic democracy? The push for the American Prosperity Initiatives http://occupywallst.org/forum/free-democracy-amendment/ could also be apart of a nationwide effort to restrain corporate influence. OWS can get political without getting caught up in the mundane system. The question is, does it want to?

[-] 1 points by PeterKropotkin (1050) from Oakland, CA 5 years ago

I would be open to seeing a push for the establishment of more cooperatives.

[-] 0 points by friendlyopposition (574) 5 years ago

He was definitely mocking OWS.

[-] 0 points by tr289 (916) from Chicago, IL 5 years ago

He is 100% correct... Sadly it wont sink in with the OWS protesters. They will continue to occupy houses and waste every ones time. =(

[-] 1 points by stevebol (1269) from Milwaukee, WI 5 years ago

I don't know about becoming the 'other' Tea Party as he suggests. He's just saying get it in gear. Start creating credit unions or whatever it is they're going to do. OWS is being subverted with left-over tree hugging democratic hippie BS and they're falling for it. Start some banks of your own already.

[-] 0 points by tr289 (916) from Chicago, IL 5 years ago

lol @ creating a credit union. If you pool all the money every Occupy protester had, you wouldn't have enough to start a credit union. Hell pool all their money and X it by 100 and you still wouldn't be 1/3 of the way there.

No Maher is saying grow the fuck up, get and education and some life experience, learn how the system works and get involved in it so you can change it from within. It's that or pick up some guns and revolt.

[-] 2 points by tr289 (916) from Chicago, IL 5 years ago

I'm kind of replying to myself...

I notice my comment got voted down and will continue to get voted down. It's because the Occupy protesters don't want to listen. They just want it their way and they don;t even know what their way is.

There is an old saying, "Massage the system, work the system but never screw the system". Wake up, banging on drums and marching around getting your ass kicked by cops is going to accomplish exactly nothing... like it has so far. We need to get people into politics, we need to get people who want to change the system in a position to do so.

[-] 1 points by stevebol (1269) from Milwaukee, WI 5 years ago

Lol. I don't know anything about banking. Get investors and start some. Maher has the pulse of the people sometimes and extending the Bush tax cuts was a very very bad idea for the dems. Shame on the dems.

[-] 1 points by tr289 (916) from Chicago, IL 5 years ago

And who exactly would these investors be ? The same greedy bastards that are bleeding the American people dry ?

Anyway, i agree... Lower taxes on the rich does not create jobs and the Bush tax cuts should have expired. The only thing lowering taxes on the rich creates is more taxes or fee's for the middle and lower class. It shifts the tax burden to us. Jobs are created by demand for goods and services. The middle and lower class people are the ones that create the most demand... Because there is more of us. It's real simple math and common sense and logic.

[-] 1 points by stevebol (1269) from Milwaukee, WI 5 years ago

Maher brought up the tax cuts for a reason.

[-] 2 points by tr289 (916) from Chicago, IL 5 years ago

Yes, because they never should have been extended.

[-] 0 points by stevebol (1269) from Milwaukee, WI 5 years ago

He's saying do what the Tea Party did. Maybe that's not a good idea.