Jimsmith has been trying to convince me that Lee Harvey Oswald was not a communist; now you, McBare are trying to redefine Bill Maher. Wiki is handy here.
"Maher describes himself as a libertarian and believes that, "government is really there to do the things that people absolutely can't do for themselves"; however, journalist Dann Halem has questioned Maher's libertarianism, describing him as a liberal.
Maher favors a partial privatization of social security, ending corporate welfare and federal funding of non-profits, and legalization of gambling, prostitution, and marijuana. Maher is a member of NORML's Advisory Board, an organization which supports the decriminalization of marijuana, and is an open marijuana user. Additionally, Maher describes himself as an environmentalist, and he frequently alludes to the topic of global warming on his show Real Time. Moreover, he is highly suspicious of corporations and often criticizes figures with close ties to industry.
He supported Bob Dole in the 1996 U.S. presidential election on the basis that Dole was a war hero and the kind of "old-fashioned" Republican he admired. Although he told Libertarian Party candidate Harry Browne at the end of a Browne appearance on Politically Incorrect that Browne would have his vote, ultimately he said he instead voted for Ralph Nader in the 2000 U.S. presidential election.
Maher is a board member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and has expressed his distaste for the pharmaceutical and health care industries in general, on the grounds that they make their money out of curing people who are made sick by consuming unhealthy food that society urges upon the public. He also maintains that mass consumption of high fructose corn syrup is a contributor to the American obesity epidemic. On the August 11, 2005, episode of Larry King Live, Maher said he was not a vegetarian, adding "...but I don't eat a lot of meat." Maher has stated that he has a "very eccentric diet."
Prior to the 2004 U.S. presidential election, Maher became very forthright in his opposition to the re-election of George W. Bush, and in his support for John Kerry as the best candidate to defeat Bush, going so far as to publicly kneel on his show, with director Michael Moore, and beg Ralph Nader to drop out of the race. Maher often says that the word "liberal" has been unfairly demonized, and during the elections he criticized Kerry for being ashamed of the word. As Maher supports the death penalty, the legality of abortion and euthanasia, he often states his position humorously as "pro-death". Since 9/11 he also has stated his endorsement of racial profiling at airports.
While discussing FEMA's failure regarding Hurricane Katrina, Maher suggested it was a failure of "federal responsibility," and faulted President Bush with negligence.
He was originally against the Iraq War, but briefly offered less skeptical commentary in light of the Iraqi election of 2005. Maher now views the Iraq War as a failure and implied on the February 24, 2006 episode of Real Time that Iraq was better off under Saddam Hussein and that the U.S. cannot control the sectarian violence like Saddam did. He has said the invasion of Iraq has increased the threat of terrorism. He has also stated his concerns about the possibility of a future civil war in Iraq or about the possibility that Iraq is already involved in the early stages of a civil war.
Maher describes himself as a staunch supporter of Israel.
In the 2008 US Presidential Election, Maher announced his support for Barack Obama. Maher was very critical of John McCain, whom Maher supported in the 2000 primaries, and Sarah Palin. He called Palin an "extremist" who was completely unqualified for the presidency. Maher was also very critical of the situation involving the pregnancy of Palin's 17-year-old daughter, whom Maher said was being forced into a loveless marriage and remarked that Republicans would have "screamed bloody murder" if a Democratic candidate had a similar family situation. Maher questioned whether or not Palin's Down syndrome infant is actually Bristol's first child. He also called Palin a "Category 5 moron" who was not even qualified to be the mayor of Wasilla, Alaska.
On September 12, 2008, Maher continued his criticism of the Palins by launching a web site called freelevi.org. On the site, Maher declared that Levi Johnston, the father of Bristol Palin's unborn child, was "America's number one political prisoner" and offered to turn control of the site over to Levi should Johnston wish to use the site as a way of raising money to purchase his freedom."
Seems to me that on 95% of the issues covered above, Maher is decidedly liberal. You just can't move folks back and forth on the political spectrum to meet your preconceived notions. I'm not saying Maher is a bad guy; he's just wrong on those issues.
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