One day in 2019, while I was sitting in my house in LA, I got a call in a familiar voice that told me that Bill could meet us at the Polo Lounge on Friday after his show.
“Bill, who? ” I asked.
“Bill Maher,” replied Ann Coulter. “Do you remember our discussion earlier this week?” ”
I had forgotten that she had mentioned that we were having dinner with him.
As we awaited Maher’s arrival, I was already feeling a surge of excitement from the robust conversation I knew we would have. And it was sturdy. If you could have been a fly on the wall and overheard this conversation, you might have been shocked to learn how reasonable Maher is on some issues.
I know what you’re probably thinking: Is Bill Maher reasonable?
After all, he’s the guy who made a career out of beating up Republicans every week, let alone questioning values like faith in God.
Yet despite all of this, it seems Maher has become the most important voice of reason on the left – at a time when there don’t seem to be many reasonable voices on the left at all.
Recently Maher spoke against those who claim that America has made no progress towards racial reconciliation. He used the term “progressophobia”, calling it “a brain disorder that hits liberals and makes them unable to recognize progress.” It’s like situational blindness, only what you can’t see is your dorm in 2021 is better than the South before the Civil War.
Maher is absolutely right. The idea that America has made no progress towards a more perfect union is an absurd false narrative. Yet the left, especially the Democratic Party, continues to push this poison on the American people. It seems Democrats, contrary to their rhetoric, would rather continue to lie to lock up a permanent base of African-American voters rather than speak the truth and seek national unity.
I discuss such Democratic Party hypocrisy regarding race in America with NFL Super Bowl winner and Republican Rep. Burgess Owens in a recent episode of my podcast, “Out loud with Gianno Caldwell. ”
In his important rant against rampaging progressivism, Maher even attacks comedian Kevin Hart, who is arguably the biggest star in the business.
“There is a recurring theme on the far left that things have never been worse! Maher exclaimed. Kevin Hart expressed a view that many share when he told The New York Times: ‘You are witnessing white power and white privilege at an all time high. ”
“This is one of the big problems of awakening”, Maher continued, “that what you say does not have to make sense or match the facts or even be challenged lest the challenge be mistaken for racism.”
It was not the first time that Maher had attacked his own camp. In April, Maher shocked people when he defended Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, media, and Democratic Party. In a segment of his HBO talk show, Maher said DeSantis is “a voracious consumer of scientific literature” who has understood COVID well.
“And that is perhaps why he protected his most vulnerable population, the elderly, much better than the governor of New York,” Maher said. added, hitting the Democratic Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo. “These are just facts; I know it is irresponsible of me to say them.
Maher may be a fervent liberal, but he is a voice of reason on the left, who is not afraid to call the awakening to madness. If the above moments don’t convince you, check out his take on the progressives’ push for free college.
“I know free college is a left thing, but is it really liberal for someone who doesn’t go to college and earn less money to pay people who go and earn more? ” Maher request. “Especially since colleges have become giant luxury daycares with overpaid babysitters anxious to satisfy every student’s whim.”
You might be wondering why Maher took such a turn against his party and the media. Here is an answer: it is decidedly politically incorrect. Indeed, in an interview with Jordan Peterson, Maher said that political correctness is the elevation of sensitivity above the truth. He is still right.
I hope the left is listening, as Maher seems to be the only major voice on the left who still believes in common sense on several issues – even in the face of the culture of cancellation, which he rightly sees as ridiculous and stupid.
Last weekend Maher made another great point about director Lin-Manuel Miranda. Miranda, who is of Puerto Rican descent, has been criticized on Twitter because the cast of her film, “In the Heights,” on the Washington Heights area of New York City, did not represent the Afro-Latinx community. After Miranda offered a long, anguished apology, Maher replied, “You are the guy who made the Founding Fathers black and Hispanic! I don’t think you have to apologize to Twitter. Maher said he didn’t think Miranda really believed an apology was in order, but “he just wants to avoid the news cycle, and I don’t blame him,” adding: “That’s why people hate Democrats; It’s cranky. Again, Maher couldn’t be more correct in his statement.
To be clear, Maher is wrong many times, Russia Gate to his critical by Senator Joe Manchin, who is apparently the only Democrat in the Senate who thinks bipartisanship should be more than a talking point.
But looking at the big picture, I concluded that Bill Maher is the only person who can save the left from themselves. Whether Democrats heed Maher’s warnings or continue their descent into waking madness remains an open question.
Gianno Caldwell is a Fox News Political Analyst and the author of “Taken For Granted: How Conservatism Can Win Back Americans That Liberalism Has Failed(Crown Forum), now available.