Posts Tagged ‘dictatorship’

Bill Maher: Dropping the Ball

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Funnyman Bill Maher has long been a voice of the people, daring to speak what few others would risk saying, and he does it all on national TV. His ‘New Rules’ segment, often timely and inspiring, usually place Maher’s insights on the forefront of the progressive movement.

However, it can be extremely frustrating to see him consistently fall into the trap of the two-party dictatorship. Time and time again, Bill Maher will lament about his precious Democrats standing strong, only to crumble at the last minute. And, no matter how much Obama strays from the liberal agenda, Maher still pledges die-hard support behind his guy.

Maher fails to recognize that both Democrats and Republicans are two sides of the same coin, offering the public the illusion of choice, while the super-rich and the corporations run away with the political system. Or maybe he does realize this, and, as a super-rich guy himself, he’s okay with it.

Case and point, a few weeks back Bill Maher openly supported SOPA without even researching what the draconian legislation would entail. He just blindly stated that whatever stops file-sharing is a good thing, no matter how bad liberties and internet freedoms get squashed. Talk about missing the mark.

And now, on his latest episode, Bill Maher spoke out against the people’s uprising, calling the Occupy protesters “Douchebags” who need to “Get A Job”.  Wow, Maher sure has fallen prey to the mainstream media’s framing of the narrative.

Little does Bill Maher know, the Occupy movement grows stronger with every new day. Never has there been more numbers involved, and those who are involved are more organized, mobilized and better focused than ever before.

Time will tell if Maher does an about face to rejoin the progressive movement. If he doesn’t, then he risks being amongst the rest of the greedy oligarchs who get ostracized when the impending revolution is finally realized.

Protests in Iran

Monday, December 28th, 2009

Over 6 months ago, we had a post about the protests going on in Iran, and how the moderate majority were clashing with the fundamentalist/extremists who run the government.  These protests are still going on, with another upsurge in protester activity happening this week.

The people who are protesting are regular people, people like you and me, who want to be part of a peaceful world community.  Right now, they are fighting against a repressive regime… a regime that is trying to silence the protesters with violence and censorship.  These people – the Iranian people struggling for their freedom – are our brothers and sisters, and they need our support.  We need them to know that they are not alone, and that the world supports them in their efforts to attain freedom and democracy.

Here are a few videos that the citizens have been able to sneak out despite the Iranian government’s crack-down.