"Listen, if I am a spokesman for all the people who think we should not have 24 million people in this country who can't find a full-time job, that we should not have 50 million people in this country who can't see a doctor when they're sick, that we shouldn't have 47 million people in this country who need government help in order to feed themselves, and we shouldn't have 15 million families who owe more on their mortgage than the value of their home, okay, I'll be that spokesman."
Above from Tampabay.com...click here for full story
Also for verification of the facts Grayson made, go to Politifact Florida...click here...The ruling said:
Maher's audience gave Grayson a standing ovation. His retort popped up on YouTube and then spread through Facebook and Twitter. Liberal bloggers praised him for his succinct explanation. You can see the video clip here. Here is the clip embed:Grayson's defense of the Occupy Wall Street movement earned him praise from the left-wing blosophere and pundits for its pith. No pundit or official in the movement's first month had quite articulated the protesters' qualms -- high unemployment, expensive health care, poverty and underwater mortgage payments -- as Grayson did in 20 seconds on Maher's show. We examined each of his economic claims and found them accurate, point for point. We rate his claim True.
I like Bill Maher and have most often enjoyed watching his show. His tone on this one I - personally - found somewhat objectionable. His guests as well were seemingly ignorant of OWS. I believe Grayson set them all straight. I would have thought that Bill Maher would have jumped on this throwing his full weight behind the people.
So did the people at Mediaite.com:
One would think that the anti-corporatist ideals of the Occupy Wall Street movement would receive some safe harbor on Real Time with Bill Maher, and one would be correct that their ideology gelled entirely with the audience. But before Alan Grayson passionately stood up as a spokesman for their cause, the panel spent a fair amount of time mocking the group ruthlessly, for their “bongo drums,” disorganization, and incoherence.Read the entire article...click here
“The don’t really have a coherent message,” Maher noted, with P.J. O’Rourke laughing beside him through an Occupy Wall Street bashing session about how useless their bongo drums are and how they don’t have bathrooms (that latter complaint from panelist Nicolle Wallace, who noted that it was “the logistics of the protest that bother me”). Maher, on his end, was just dismayed at the lack of marketing ability– “the Teabaggers named themselves after a gay sex act,” he joked, “but at least that was catchy.”
The OWS protests are one of the most important actions of the people taking place here in this country in decades. Not since Martin Luther King and the anti war protests of the 60's (in which Sen. Kerry participated and vocalized heavily) have we seen such a dedicated movement. As with those protests, the people did not fear weather, inconvenience or police wrongful actions. I can remember seeing video during those protests of protesters being brutally dragged away by police - somewhat similar to what we are seeing today. Today as yesterday, those relative few arrested in comparison to the numbers of protestors is not significant enough to erase the movement.
The protest goes further to prove one more time that our freedoms in this country still exist despite those who would remove them and destroy our Constitution. We still have the right to free speach, we still have the right to peaceful assembly. And most important, we are prepared to suffer and expose ourselves to protect and guarantee those freedoms for us, our children and generations to come.
No one as yet, in any country has been able to write a Constitution as well as ours with the foresight to endure for centuries. The level of intelligence of our founding fathers and authors of the Constitution and The Bill of Rights far exceeds the intelligence of anyone we have in our government today.
Shame on you Bill Maher. You lost many points with me on this one. And P.J. O'Rourke, your humor has always made me cringe. Your sarcasm is not funny, you are not funny.