“Classy guy,” won’t be the moniker afforded comedian Bill Maher when his time on Earth comes to an end.
“I guess I’m going to have to reevaluate my low opinion of prostate cancer,” Maher told his HBO audience regarding the death of libertarian billionaire David Koch at 79.
“As for his remains,” continued Maher, “he has asked to be cremated and have his ashes blown into a child’s lungs.”
You get the tenor of his “humor.”
“[David Koch] and his brother have done more than anybody to fund climate-science deniers for decades, so f—k him!” Maher argued. “I’m glad he’s dead, and I hope the end was painful.”
The HBO celeb likely hoped his crass takedown of the already deceased would go viral. “I know these seem like harsh words and harsh jokes,” Maher conceded, “and I’m sure I’ll be condemned on Fox News . . .”
But perhaps not reprimanded more universally, since such political viciousness has become ubiquitous. For instance, when a questioner at the Minnesota State Fair mentioned Koch’s passing, applause erupted.
“I don’t applaud, you know, the death of somebody,” Sen. Bernie Sanders chided the crowd (to his credit). “We needn’t do that.”
Celebrating someone’s demise is sickening. Moreover, in the case of David Koch, and brother Charles, so many of the non-stop political attacks have been erroneous — condemnation for positions they do not hold, for things they have not done. Not to mention ignoring all the wonderful benefits they have provided our society.
Bill Maher is a professional punk, so I’m not shocked. But David Koch was a hero.
This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.
N.B. Lovers of liberty lost another champion last week: Eric Dixon. For years, Eric has been a huge help to Common Sense in a myriad of important ways. He also assisted a number of other liberty-oriented and free-market groups, including U.S. Term Limits, the Cato Institute, Missouri’s Show Me Institute, the Atlas Network, the Libertarian Party, and more. A lot of people will miss Eric, not the least of whom will be me.