The multi-millionaire Fox News personality Bill O’Reilly interviewed President Obama prior to last Sunday’s NFL Super Bowl (where the Seattle Seahawks routed the Denver Broncos 43 - 8).
The interview was remarkable to me because of the disrespect for the President and the office, that was on full display for everyone to see. Fellow Fox News personality Geraldo Rivera criticized O’Reilly and his demeanor, which O’Reilly dismissed.
"It takes a certain skill to pose questions in a factual way and be persistent without being disrespectful."
He wasn’t just disrespectful, he was downright rude. One exchange surprised me because O’Reilly had no problem showing his ignorance about policy matters, and his disdain for the President.
During the course of the interview, O’Reilly said:
"I think that you are much more friendly to a nanny state than I am. I’m more of a self-reliance guy. You’re more of a big-government will solve your problems guy."
O’Reilly’s bullshit statement personifies why the majority of Americans hold the Republican party in such disdain.
When O’Reilly says he’s a “self-reliance” guy, he is stating that social security and medicare, food stamps, unemployment insurance, and affordable healthcare, embody European socialism, and in his worldview that’s an awful thing. He says government regulations are a function of our nanny state, and that people should pull themselves up by their bootstraps, and that government shouldn’t proffer a helping hand.
I have to state the obvious, and that’s the fact that O’Reilly is just like the rest of us mortal Americans. In spite of his false characterization that he’s a self-reliant guy, he benefits every day from the helping hand of government. He drives on roads that are built and maintained by the government, he uses the home mortgage deduction when he files his federal income tax return, and he relies on the FAA to regulate and maintain airline safety, just to name a few benefits that he currently enjoys.
This bloviating blowhard can refer to good government programs that work as liberal stupidity, while most intelligent Americans know that a government helping-hand isn’t just right, it’s downright humane.
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