On some occasions I find myself believing that the majority of voters are not the brightest thinkers. However, Bill Maher no doubt goes overboard in his condescending attitude toward Americans. Take for example this story recounting his latest appearance on the Tonight Show.
Maher told Conan O’Brien and his audience the following concerning America’s reluctance to pass health-care “reform:
“You know, they’re talking about 60 votes they need,” Maher said. “Forget this stuff. You can’t get Americans to agree on anything. Sixty-percent? Sixty-percent of people don’t believe in evolution in this country. He just needs to drag them to it. Like I just said, they’re stupid. Just drag them to this.”
Here’s a video clip from that appearance:
His basic contention is that he, and Obama, know what’s best for Americans despite what those Americans think. Comments like this portray the elite, paternalistic attitude of those like Maher who often favor government as the means to correct a number of society’s ills. They believe a government under the direction of a few wise politicians and bureaucrats can make better decisions for the people than the people ever could.
This unrepenting belief in America’s stupidity is further exemplified in this video from CNN:
I’ve commented before on Maher’s dismissal of what people believe in this column on his view of religion.