Though he usually has disdain for “slippery slope” arguments, Bill Maher said on Real Time on Friday, he issue of the National Security Agency (NSA) going through private citizens’ Internet data and other personal records, was truly a slippery slope.
“I’m okay with it now that Obama’s in office,” Maher told his panelists. “I’m kind of trusting of him. But President Ted Cruz? Where this is going would bother me.”
“Vice President Dick Cheney would’ve had your hair on fire,” CNN political contributor Ana Navarro responded.
But what tips the scale for him, Maher continued, are nuclear weapons.
“We live in a world of nuclear weapons,” he said. “And there are religious fanatics who would love to get one and set it off here.
I’m pretty sure that monitoring the phones of hundreds of millions of Americans isn’t going to do anything to stop a terrorist group from obtaining a nuclear weapon. Bill Maher’s opinions seem to track with which party is in power. I prefer to stand on principle.
When you stand on principle the tribal world shifts around you. That’s why the Vile Progs are now attacking Glenn Greenwald while some conservatives are hailing him as a hero. Back in 2006-08 he was a Vile Prog hero for advocating the exact same positions on domestic spying that he is advocating today.
Times change. Principals don’t.