On New Rules, Bill Maher railed against people who don’t vote because … just because. And then they complain that nothing ever changes. “You know how you get change, you vote.”
It DOES make a difference!
On Real Time with Bill Maher, episode #336, which aired ON 11/14/14, Maher specifically mentioned Florida where I live. Turnout was very low especially in the Democratic areas of the state. Maher said, "Charlie Crist losing to Rick Scott would have made a difference to the 700,000 people who would have gotten health insurance through Medicaid if Crist was governor." I wonder how many of that 700,000 couldn’t be bothered to vote? Crist lost by 66,000 votes.
(Medicare is important, but Florida will suffer in so many ways from this last election.)
Maher talked about Obama. So Obama failed to meet every one of your expectations. “The choice is not between the perfect Obama in your head and the real one who went to Washington.” Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good. So Crist wasn’t a perfect candidate, but he was much, much better than Scott.
Then Maher showed us the world under “President Mitt McCain” Scary and very funny.
Think about President Mitt McCain the next time you don’t vote because it doesn’t make a difference or because the candidate just doesn’t excite you. I'll paraphrase Maher--you're selecting who is going to hold office, not a lover.
You can read the full recap and review of this episode here:
Here's the New Rules video clip.
Bill Maher’s Guests: November 14, 2014
Rand Paul: Senator (R, KY), and author (with Ron Paul) of Government Bullies: How Everyday Americans are Being Harassed, Abused, and Imprisoned by the Fed
Martin Short: Actor, comedian, and author of several books. His most recent book is I Must Say: My Life As a Humble Comedy Legend
Margaret Hoover: Political commentator and author of American Individualism: How a New Generation of Conservatives Can Save the Republican Party
Andrew Sullivan: Former editor of The New Republic, blogger in chief at The Dish and author of six books. His most recent book is Love Undetectable: Notes on Friendship, Sex, and Survival
Jeremy Scahill: Journalist and author of two books. His most recent book is Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield