I freakin’ love Bill Maher. Even when I disagree with what he has to say, I stand up and cheer him for having the brass balls to take an opinion, however unpopular, and stick to his guns. The first episode of this season’s Real Time With Bill Maher premiered this last Friday on HBO, and as always Bill brought some new rules for us.
At the end of his show Bill brought up a survey of 100,000 high school students that has produced some disturbing results (read about it on the Great Falls Tribune Online). Half the students don’t think newspapers should be able to publish without governmental approval, 75% believe it is illegal to burn a flag, and more than one third believe that the First Amendment gives too much freedom and needs to be cut back. AGGGGHHHH kill me now! Read Bill’s response here.
For a more in depth look at the findings click here. Say I’m crazy, but the future of our country seems to be in serious jeopardy. This post 9/11 generation scares the ever living bejesus out of me. They have been taught that it is good for the government to limit your freedoms in order to protect you better, that good Americans salute the flag, sing America the Beautiful during the seventh inning stretch, and go to chuch. They have been frightened into believing that the government should take whatever steps necessary, no matter how it might limit citizens’ freedoms, in order to better protect them, and that the government could never, ever, use such measures in any inapproriate way.