Can Someone Remind Bill Maher He Supported the Patriarchy in 2016?

Maybe we are or maybe we aren't as far along on women's issues as we'd hoped, but to paint the entire United States with a broad stroke of misogyny isn't accurate. And if you're Bill Maher, a man who supported an old white man in the 2016 presidential election, it's also lacking in self-awareness.

Listen to this segment from The Glenn Beck Program:

GLENN: Hello, America. So Bill Maher is on CNN, and he's talking to Jake Tapper. And he says -- you know, they're talking about Hillary Clinton coming out again and whining about why she lost and not having any self-awareness at all. I suck. I suck. Nobody likes me. They like me because of Bill. But if Bill wasn't around, I would have never been a politician or anything that had gone possibly a mayor.

PAT: That would be woke Hillary.

GLENN: That would be woke Hillary.

PAT: But she's not.

GLENN: But she's not woke.

PAT: No.

GLENN: Nobody around her has enough courage to say, "Hillary, you need to let this go, baby, because you played a role in this. Nobody likes you, and you've just overstayed your welcome." And if -- I mean, honestly, we've said this from the beginning, my shoe could have beaten Hillary Clinton. And I think that was proven out with Donald Trump. Somebody that even most people on the right will say, "I mean, I found it really hard to vote for the guy, but I can't go for Hillary." I mean, that's basically saying, "I've got a shoe. And, well, my shoe isn't Hillary."

A lot of what happened here was you had two of the most flawed candidates in American history running against each other. And it was a Sophie's choice in the negative. You wanted to put them both on the train, but you had to select one that stayed with you. And that's what it was.

I want this one to go away, and I don't want to see them again. And that's the way everybody on the left felt about Donald Trump. I'd like to put him on the train, and I never want to think about him again.

So she's not self-aware enough to see, it's just time to go away, Hillary. It's time to go away. You had your chance. You blew it.

And until people can be honest and say, "Look, she was a really flawed candidate," they won't be able to move forward.

Now, listen to what Bill Maher says. This is fascinating.

VOICE: When Bill Maher was asked at the event if misogyny played a role in her loss, she said yes. Do you agree?

BILL: Of course. Absolutely. I think we learned a lot about this country, and we're learning more about it as we watch what goes on with Fox News every day.

VOICE: That is a pretty remarkable turn of event. But you think that's about a misogynistic problem in American corporate culture and not just a few bad apples, I'm guessing.

BILL: Not just corporate culture. You know, I think race is more on the surface, and people talk about it. And there's movements like Black Lives Matter. And I'm glad there are. But I think -- I think we thought we were further along on the woman issue than we are. And I don't think we are.

GLENN: Okay. Stop for a second. I just -- I want to point this out that, okay. Maybe we aren't as far as I thought we were with women because we're not as far along as I thought we were on things like the Constitution. You know, we're not as far along as I thought we were on our principles that bring us together. We're not as far along as I thought we were on -- on anger issues and identity politics. I thought that was one side, but it is also the other side. It's our side too.

So maybe he's right. But I don't -- about some of that. That, you know, maybe we're not as far along as I think we are.

However, to condemn America as this blind country, this jingoistic blind race-hating, Muslim-hating country, you have a guy who grew up in -- outside of America. Has the name -- chosen name of Barack Hussein Obama, while we're fighting a guy named Hussein.

STU: And Osama.

GLENN: And Osama. Who is black.

Now, when, you know -- has -- has the prime minister of England been black? Has the prime minister of Italy, Germany, France -- let's use some of their countries. Cuba, Russia, China, have they've had black guys? No.

PAT: Uh-uh.

GLENN: Okay. So here's a country that not only elected a black man and even his most vocal foes, me, when he was elected, the very next day, I got on and said, "Let's just take a minute here and just celebrate the fact that we're not who everybody says we are." I am thrilled that that barrier is now gone. I'd be thrilled for the barrier -- for a woman to be present.

Who thinks that way? Who thinks that way?

STU: Your chosen candidate, the vice president of that ticket was Carly Fiorina.

GLENN: Yes. Yes.

STU: I mean, that was the one you were rooting for.

GLENN: Yes. I mean, you just don't think this -- you don't think this way. I don't think the vast majority. Now, some do. Okay? But there's always a group of people in any size group that have weird beliefs or wrong beliefs on something. But now listen to what he says. Do you have the rest?

BILL: I mean, there's something like 80 countries who have had a woman leader. Pakistan has had a woman leader. But not the United States of us. Somehow we lag behind that. And I know a lot of people say, "Yes. I'd vote for a woman. I just didn't want to vote for that one."

GLENN: Stop. Hold on just a second. Have they had a Christian leader? Have they had a Jewish leader? Has Pakistan had a white leader? Have they had an Indian leader?

I mean, I just want to throw out.

PAT: A Jewish leader.

GLENN: A Jewish leader. This is our world. That's their world. Well, they've had a woman leader. Okay. They've had a woman leader.

STU: We've never had a Pakistani leader. But Pakistan has. Yeah, so?

GLENN: You're not comparing -- it's culture to culture, dude. Culture to culture.

STU: Ridiculous.

GLENN: Now, listen. There's more.

BILL: Well, let's see next time when there's another woman put up for president, and I don't know how -- I don't know when that's going to happen. It doesn't look any time soon.

GLENN: Carly Fiorina.

VOICE: Well, it might be Elizabeth Warren, we don't know.

GLENN: Carly Fiorina. Now, stop, stop. Instead of Carly Fiorina, it might be Elizabeth Warren. Elizabeth Warren, another person that even people not on the hard left, but on the Democratic side, say is too hard-core left.

STU: Uh-huh. Bernie Sanders. But, you know --

GLENN: Bernie Sanders, who is a woman, and younger. There's a lot of people who think Bernie Sanders is too far. Go ahead.

VOICE: 2020 possibilities, any Democrats that you like that you hope get into the race?

GLENN: Listen to the sexist.

BILL: I still like Bernie Sanders.

GLENN: Okay. Stop. What an unbelievable sexist.

PAT: Everyone else is a misogynist, but he still wants Bernie Sanders. He didn't name a woman.

GLENN: Now, if there was a race between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton --

PAT: Oh, man.

GLENN: Oh, wait a minute. There was. Who was he pushing for?

PAT: What a misogynist.

GLENN: Was he pushing for the old white guy?

STU: So great.

GLENN: Or was he pushing for Hillary Clinton because he's not a misogynist.

STU: That's awesome.

PAT: No, he is a misogynist. He pushed for the old white guy.

GLENN: I mean, it is amazing. Completely amazing.

PAT: Complete unawareness too. They are so self-unaware. It's --

STU: By the way, Bernie is only eight years older than Elizabeth Warren. So I think you would have a very similar profile.

GLENN: No, I'm just saying the old white guy.

STU: It's -- yeah.

GLENN: I mean, I'm tired of the old white guy.

STU: I'm just saying the age isn't too much of a factor.

GLENN: Right?

Oh, my gosh. Stu, why do you hate --

STU: You said younger. I guess technically. Yeah, eight years.

GLENN: Eight years.

And why are you always defending the old white guys? You just want a culture full of old white guys, started by old white guys.

PAT: He's a misogynist.

STU: Well, what candidate would you like if you had a choice of any candidate?

GLENN: I would like -- I don't know if you have met Rodgey Hussein Mao.

(chuckling)

STU: Uh-huh. I haven't.

GLENN: But it is a wonderful unit. I don't want to say person.

STU: Sure, of course not.

GLENN: And I'm going to assign gender. But that's my -- that's the one that I think if America wants to prove itself.

PAT: Uh-huh.

GLENN: And redeem itself, it will vote for that.

STU: Okay. Good. Okay.

GLENN: Okay. So there you go.

Now, there's more because what I want to show you is they're overplaying their hand. While they're overplaying their hand, they are saying they're overplaying their hand. Do you have the other piece from Bill Maher? Now, listen to this.

PAT: Yeah.

VOICE: So what should Democrats do to win over Trump voters?

BILL: Well, I was just going to say, a bit of it is ease up on the identity politics.

GLENN: Okay. Now, he just played identity politics.

PAT: Identity politics.

GLENN: And then he's saying we should ease up on it. Now, when we come back, I'm going to show you culturally, comedy, television shows, art, that always leads the way. It always -- when you start to see art going a certain way -- and I use art to cover a lot of things -- you see culture start to move. Culture is always ahead of politics. And I want to show you a couple of things that show, again, the culture is being moved away from the identity politics, all of the political correctness, all of the things that you could be woken up in the middle of the night and ask a question and went, "What? What are you talking about? Go back to sleep. You're not making any sense." You in a dead sleep could be able to say, "You who are supposedly awake aren't making any sense. Go to sleep." They're overplaying their hand. And the culture is starting to change. We'll give you that here in a second.

This was one of the first homesteads in the area in the 1880's and was just begging to be brought back to its original glory — with a touch of modern. When we first purchased the property, it was full of old stuff without any running water, central heat or AC, so needless to say, we had a huge project ahead of us. It took some vision and a whole lot of trust, but the mess we started with seven years ago is now a place we hope the original owners would be proud of.

To restore something like this is really does take a village. It doesn't take much money to make it cozy inside, if like me you are willing to take time and gather things here and there from thrift shops and little antique shops in the middle of nowhere.

But finding the right craftsman is a different story.

Matt Jensen and his assistant Rob did this entire job from sketches I made. Because he built this in his off hours it took just over a year, but so worth the wait. It wasn't easy as it was 18"out of square. He had to build around that as the entire thing we felt would collapse. Matt just reinforced the structure and we love its imperfections.

Here are a few pictures of the process and the transformation from where we started to where we are now:

​How it was

It doesn't look like much yet, but just you wait and see!

By request a photo tour of the restored cabin. I start doing the interior design in earnest tomorrow after the show, but all of the construction guys are now done. So I mopped the floors, washed the sheets, some friends helped by washing the windows. And now the unofficial / official tour.

The Property

The views are absolutely stunning and completely peaceful.

The Hong Kong protesters flocking to the streets in opposition to the Chinese government have a new symbol to display their defiance: the Stars and Stripes. Upset over the looming threat to their freedom, the American flag symbolizes everything they cherish and are fighting to preserve.

But it seems our president isn't returning the love.

Trump recently doubled down on the United States' indifference to the conflict, after initially commenting that whatever happens is between Hong Kong and China alone. But he's wrong — what happens is crucial in spreading the liberal values that America wants to accompany us on the world stage. After all, "America First" doesn't mean merely focusing on our own domestic problems. It means supporting liberal democracy everywhere.

The protests have been raging on the streets since April, when the government of Hong Kong proposed an extradition bill that would have allowed them to send accused criminals to be tried in mainland China. Of course, when dealing with a communist regime, that's a terrifying prospect — and one that threatens the judicial independence of the city. Thankfully, the protesters succeeded in getting Hong Kong's leaders to suspend the bill from consideration. But everyone knew that the bill was a blatant attempt by the Chinese government to encroach on Hong Kong's autonomy. And now Hong Kong's people are demanding full-on democratic reforms to halt any similar moves in the future.

After a generation under the "one country, two systems" policy, the people of Hong Kong are accustomed to much greater political and economic freedom relative to the rest of China. For the protesters, it's about more than a single bill. Resisting Xi Jinping and the Communist Party means the survival of a liberal democracy within distance of China's totalitarian grasp — a goal that should be shared by the United States. Instead, President Trump has retreated to his administration's flawed "America First" mindset.

This is an ideal opportunity for the United States to assert our strength by supporting democratic values abroad. In his inaugural address, Trump said he wanted "friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world" while "understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their interests first." But at what point is respecting sovereignty enabling dictatorships? American interests are shaped by the principles of our founding: political freedom, free markets, and human rights. Conversely, the interests of China's Communist Party are the exact opposite. When these values come into conflict, as they have in Hong Kong, it's our responsibility to take a stand for freedom — even if those who need it aren't within our country's borders.

Of course, that's not a call for military action. Putting pressure on Hong Kong is a matter of rhetoric and positioning — vital tenets of effective diplomacy. When it comes to heavy-handed world powers, it's an approach that can really work. When the Solidarity movement began organizing against communism in Poland, President Reagan openly condemned the Soviet military's imposition of martial law. His administration's support for the pro-democracy movement helped the Polish people gain liberal reforms from the Soviet regime. Similarly, President Trump doesn't need to be overly cautious about retribution from Xi Jinping and the Chinese government. Open, strong support for democracy in Hong Kong not only advances America's governing principles, but also weakens China's brand of authoritarianism.

After creating a commission to study the role of human rights in U.S. foreign policy, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote last month that the principles of our Constitution are central "not only to Americans," but to the rest of the world. He was right — putting "America First" means being the first advocate for freedom across the globe. Nothing shows the strength of our country more than when, in crucial moments of their own history, other nations find inspiration in our flag.

Let's join the people of Hong Kong in their defiance of tyranny.

Matt Liles is a writer and Young Voices contributor from Austin, Texas.

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