Leave it to HBO's Bill Maher to use the massacre in Aurora, Colorado, to attack the belief in American exceptionalism.
On Friday, the vulgar comedian took to his Twitter account to claim that James Holmes' actions should be a "reminder that so many of the things that make us exceptional these days are bad":
Rt wingers luv to tout American Exceptionalism - today is a reminder that so many of the things that make us exceptional these days are bad
— Bill Maher (@billmaher) July 20, 2012
One has to wonder how stoned Maher was when he wrote this nonsense.
So many of the things that make us exceptional these days are bad?
How can something exceptional be bad?
Most people define "exceptional" as excellent or superior. Can that be bad?
More importantly, a clearly disturbed young man massacred innocents for no reason, and Maher sees this as an opportunity to bash conservatives and the concept of American exceptionalism.
What should make people sadder than the comment itself is that there are so many folks around this great nation who agree with him, and that maybe such anti-American sentiments are part of the problem.