Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Bachus vs. Maher

Spencer Bachus, a congressman from Alabama, wants HBO to cancel "Real Time With Bill Maher" because of a comments on a recent show. While discussing the military's problems in meeting its recruiting goals, Maher said, "...we've done picked all the low-lying Lynndie England fruit, and now we need warm bodies...." Bachus thinks Maher is a traitor and his remark amounted to treason.

No, congressman, it's the truth. England wasn't fit for service in the armed forces of the United States, nor is anyone like her, or Charles Graner, or the others who have sullied the reputation of this country while wearing its uniform during wartime.

I'll bet Bachus didn't even see the Maher show nor the context in which he made those remarks. In his grandstanding, Bachus is showing off his own ignorance and proving that he's some pretty low-lying fruit himself.

More importantly, when Bachus took the oath of office, he swore to uphold the Constitution of the United States. That includes the Bill Of Rights, which contains this tiny little amendment that guarantees Americans the right to freedom of speech without squelching by the government.

Bachus has every right to agree or disagree with Maher, but no government official should call for the cancellation of any radio or TV show just because the host's opinion bothers him.

If Bachus wants to hear more from the very opinionated Maher, he should listen to this appearance by Bill on my KMOX show last week.