A Gallup poll showing a record number of Americans calling themselves socially liberal can only mean one thing to Bill O’Reilly: a record number of American dumb-dumbs. Oh, and we’re all doomed.
O’Reilly’s Talking Points last night was devoted to explaining how, despite his best “looking out for you,” a new Gallup poll found that “Thirty-one percent of Americans describe their views on social issues as generally liberal, matching the percentage who identify as social conservatives for the first time in Gallup records dating back to 1999.”
Rather than consider that there might be a failure of conservatism, O’Reilly insisted that Americans must be brainwashed ignoramuses. His proof? His agenda-driven, hit pieces known as “Watters World” segments.
O’REILLY: So why is it happening? I call it the “Watters’ World” syndrome that more Americans are simply ignorant of the consequences involving social behavior.
As Talking Points has often pointed out, the rise of the net has taken people away from the real world and put them in a fantasy world. That’s one of the reasons I created “Watters’ World” where Jesse Watters asks folks about what they know about the real world. On liberal issues, it’s kind of frightening.
By the way, just a few months ago, O’Reilly swiped at a group of Vermont high school students for taking a Watters World’s segment seriously. In response to the students’ detailed critique of the segment, O’Reilly told producer Jesse Watters, “I don’t know if they and their instructors quite understand the satiric element that you bring, see.”
But last night, O’Reilly continued suggesting that Watters World segments are all the proof you need that the rise in liberalism is due to a rise in American “simpletons.”
O’REILLY: Now, granted Watters’ World is just a small slice of life, but I believe only about 50 percent of the American people take the time to understand important issues. Half the country does not. They are simpletons—unwilling and unable to discipline themselves into formulating a philosophy of life.
I don’t think you need to take any more time to “understand important issues” to know that those “simpletons” are almost certainly the same people who call themselves liberal.
But wait, it gets worse. The guy who allegedly sexually harassed (and talked very dirty to) a woman who was not his wife, whose daughter says she saw him physically assault the woman who was his wife and considers him an absentee father, and the guy who just lost a custody lawsuit with said ex-wife, had the nerve to lecture the rest of us about morality.
Along with his off-the-cuff analysis for public opinions on gay marriage, abortion and the death penalty, O’Reilly said this about single parenting:
O’REILLY: Although some Americans can raise children outside of marriage very well, this trend has badly damaged our society, often leading to poverty and lack of supervision for children. Millions of kids are getting hammered.
Support for President Obama is also due to ignorance, according to O’Reilly. “Many Americans simply have not grasped Mr. Obama’s overall political philosophy,” O’Reilly declared. “They voted for him because of his charisma and his historic position as the first black man to achieve the White House.”
And now for the fear mongering:
O’REILLY: Going forward, talking points believes America is in for a big shock. I don’t know how that shock is going to be delivered. But I do know we are heading in the wrong direction on just about every important issue and the polls back me up. Two thirds of Americans say the country is headed in the wrong direction. Whether it’s another brutal terror attack here or an economic collapse of some kind, I cannot tell you.
…But when the bill comes due, and something awful happens, this country will quickly snap back to traditional thinking.
Soooo, Americans are too “simple” to form legitimate opinions on just about anything else, but when they say the country is headed in the wrong direction - well, they must be spot on.
Watch it below, from May 27's The O’Reilly Factor.
1. LOTS OF $$$$
2. STRAIGHT A’s (or near straight A’s)
3. THE RIGHT CONNECTIONS — Bully O’Lielly was NOWHERE NEAR an honors student when he attended St. Brigid’s School (an expensive private Catholic elementary school, naturally) which is located in Westbury, NY in the late 1950s and early 1960s — BUT according to Marvin Kitman’s book “The Man Who Would Not Shut Up”, his father William O’Reilly Sr. PERSONALLY KNEW one of Chaminade’s guidance counselors. That’s how Jr. got his admission ticket to Chaminade punched in 1963.
Not only did O’Reilly admit this on his failed radio propaganda show, but he also complained that they were “so poor” that they occasionally had to DRIVE, when normally they would fly!
Now that he’s making $30 million/year he must think they were homeless and destitute back then!
Arrogant, narcissistic, egotistical, and totally lacking the basest perspective of how actual ordinary poor working folks struggle in this country.
How much more money must he make before he can afford to purchase some compassion?
“The GOP and teaparty are adopting a tactic the Libertarians have used for a long time……..They have zero interest in meaningful debate. They want liberals to shut up and take their bullshit without question.”
Translation: The GOP and tea partiers want liberals to ALWAYS RESPECT, BELIEVE AND BLINDLY OBEY AUTHORITY — NOT TO THINK FOR THEMSELVES AND ASK QUESTIONS!
AMEN 1000 TIMES!
It’s PAINFULLY OBVIOUS to any working class THINKING person who posts here (including me) that Bully O’Lielly will NEVER, EVER wake up and realize that VERY, VERY, VERY FEW AMERICANS are fortunate enough to “hit the birth lottery” like he did. Here’s a FACT: in one of the early chapters of Sen. Al Franken’s bestseller “Lies And The Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair And Balanced Look At The Right” (I have a copy of this book) Franken gets O’Lielly’s OWN MOTHER to admit a POSITIVELY EYE-OPENING AND JAW-DROPPING FACT: the O’Reilly family went on Florida vacations on a regular basis when Jr. was growing up. Clearly, one does NOT need to be a brain surgeon to figure out that NO FAMILY IN THEIR RIGHT MINDS would go to Florida for vacations on a regular basis unless that family was VERY COMFORTABLY WELL-OFF!
Here is what Gallup actually said:
For the first time since polling began in 1999, Gallup found that there are more social liberals in the United States than social conservatives.
Gallup reported that the number of respondents who called themselves social liberals has increased to 31%, while the number of self-identified social conservatives has fallen to 30%.
Earth to Bill O’Reilly: 31 to 30 is not a tie.
The number of Democrats who refer to themselves as social liberals jumped from 47% in 2014 to 53% in 2015.
The number of Republicans who call themselves socially conservative has declined from 60% in 2014 to 53% in 2015.
Democrats who used to call themselves social moderates are moving to the left while Republicans are experiencing a decline in social conservatives. The polling matches the overall trend in the country.
(a) Sadly misinformed about the “evils” of government, and need to be shown the “truth”.
(b) Locked in cycle of dependency caused by evil government programs and regulations such as Social Security, Medicare, food stamps, unemployment insurance, public education, the EPA, the FDA, the IRS blah blah blah …..
Or © You’re simply an idiot and cannot be trusted to make decisions or participate in the political process.
This just an attempt to marginalize people who do not subscribe to their ideology and de-legitimize the liberal viewpoint. They have zero interest in meaningful debate. They want liberals to shut up and take their bullshit without question. The GOP has become an ideological dinosaur. Their base is dying off and they have more interest preserving their outdated and harmful rhetoric than accepting that society has evolved on many issues, but then again most of them deny evolution anyway.