Satirist has sounded the last alarm before the plunge
One thing this book proves is that when the obituary of the American nation is finally and inevitably written, the historical record will show that from the very beginning only the Satirists have been telling us the whole truth and nothing but the truth about the state of our nation: Mark Twain, Ambrose Bierce, Will Rogers, H.L. Mencken, Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor, Chris Rock, Stephen Colbert, John Stewart and now Bill Maher, have all sounded warnings in their own way, and for their own respective times.
The loudest alarm for our times (arguably one of the most troubled times of all for this young nation), can be taken from the gray pages of this book. It is here that Maher leaves his mark on American history by proving to us that he just may be the greatest American Satirist of them all. His selective creations here would be funny only if these were not such serious times and only if his humor did not have such a sharp edge, one that is so deadly accurate that it cuts beyond the white meat literally to the bone.
Maher has looked deeply into the soul of the America nation and is unafraid to tell us what he sees there. And what he sees there is the same thing that we all see but are pretending not to know (and thus are afraid to acknowledge): that our "faith over facts," sexually repressed, warmongering, economically mindless, and racist nation is finally in serious trouble. And it is not of the simple "fixable kind of trouble;" but is of the systemic "virtually unfixable" kind. What we are pretending not to know about ourselves (even though it is right before our eyes) is, why the nation we love so is turning into a "chest-beating," "war-mongering," "economically hollowed out" racist shell of a Third World country?
In the grey pages of this book, Maher gives us the answer: The reason the American nation is in such trouble is that the "ruling class" has repackaged and then commandeered America's patriotic symbolism and has used it to dumb-down and then to mount and ride the "political class" like a Trojan Horse. That class of political misfits, morally-challenged whores, demagogues and ideologues is now being used to trample the very ground of everything that is meaningful about American culture, values and ideals -- as it makes a beeline straight for the abyss.
As we saw in 2007-8 in the economic crash, the political whores are being ridden right to the edge of the precipice all in the name of Gorton Gecko level greed; to save the proverbial "job-creator's bottom line," as we are told? The problem is that, not only is it that the jobs they are creating are all in the Communist Police State of China, but also that there is no bottom to the bottom line? And even if there were a bottom, there is nothing else meaningful beyond the bottom line but blind, empty, random, mindless, inhuman, greed. All we can see as far out into the future as the eye can see, is the once "all mighty dollar" now chasing its own tail, as that tail changes right before our eyes into the "all mighty Yen."
Maher tells us that we have been divided into two lying classes: dumb and dumber (also known as Republicans and Democrats). The only difference between them is that the Democrats believe the lies that they tell us, while the Republicans do not. In a paroxysm of capitalist greed that feeds only on itself and has no discernable logic, rhyme or reason, the two political parties, thin proxies for the mean-spirited cynical and mindless ruling class, have abandoned the notion of a "common good" trading it in for more endless ideologically-based wars: "wars of choice," wars on terror, wars on drugs, wars on crime, wars on blacks and the poor, and it has finally come home to roost as wars on the white middle class.
The only discernable result of all this warring has been to enrich stateless and loyal-less corporations like Haliburton who along with the political whores running Washington D.C., have helped put the U.S. in hock to a Communist Police state; one that we used to mock and make fun of as being backwards. But all the while we have been beating our chest with our obsolete military hardware, claiming to still be the greatest country on earth, the Communist Police state that we used to mock has proven to be better capitalist than we are. And the best evidence that it is they that are emerging as number one is that they currently hold three trillion dollars of our treasury bonds (and thus also our private parts), in a global economic vise grip.
All Maher is trying to tell us here is that we had better wake up before the Trojan Horse has been driven right over the cliff. With moral wimps like Barack Obama on the left, and the eight stooges running for President on the right, it does not look good for America's long-term survival. It does not look like we are going to be able to stall off our own national suicide. This book is so funny it will make you cry, literally. Five Stars
Retired Foreign Service Officer and past Manager of Political and Military Affairs at the US Department of State. For a brief time an Assistant Professor of International Relations at the University of Denver and the University of Washington at (more...