Conservative forces cannot complain when liberal America acts in defiance of the federal government, throwing up a middle finger at Trump’s agenda, which includes a deportation squad and a border wall, because, according to Bill Maher, these folks are simply riding a red, white and blue beast brought to life long ago called States’ Rights.
In the latest episode of HBO’s Real Time, Maher went on a humorous tirade in an attempt to drive home the reality that liberals have become the “new rebels” when it comes to the issue of states rights -- political discourse that has given states the freedom to legalize marijuana, as well as implement a variety of other policies that go against the grain of the federal government.
“The script has completely flipped from 50 years ago,” Maher said, pointing to a time when Alabama Governor George Wallace, “physically blocked the door of the University of Alabama to prevent black kids from enrolling,” leaning on states’ rights to support a policy calling for “Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.”
“But that was then,” Maher continued. “Now the white supremacists are the federal government and it’s liberal states that are under siege from federal overreach. We’re trying to defend our way of life here and what we believe in. We believe in sanctuary cities and pollution controls and legalized pot and gun control and ObamaCare and a woman’s right to choose — and we’re going to defend ‘em.”
“We the rebels now,” Maher proclaimed, using a southern, backwoods accent not dissimilar to the voice of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “We are the rebels now and now we get to talk like this!”
According to some of the latest press releases from Trump ally Roger Stone, Bill Maher is an official member of the new marijuana legalization group called the United States Cannabis Coalition. The goal of the organization is to ““lobby the Trump administration from the top on down to recognize the medicinal value and potential of cannabis.”
Although marijuana legalization is one of the leading issues when it comes to states’ rights, the Department of Justice said last week that it is still considering whether to revoke an Obama-era policy that has given state the authority to legalize the leaf with minimal federal interference.
Officials in legal marijuana states, who have written letters to Sessions saying they are willing to work with the Justice Department on reasonable pot policies, believe the federal government should allow them to carry on with legal weed as they have for the past several years.