BILL O'REILLY (host): Now I have to say, Hawaii is one of my favorite places in the world. It's beautiful.
JESSE WATTERS (Fox News producer): Yeah, it's beautiful.
O'REILLY: But when I'm there I'm under water. I'm not talking to pinheads. But the state is in enormous debt.
WATTERS: They are.
O'REILLY: Alright. They've got a lot of social problems. When you says it's the biggest homeless thing, it's because of the addiction.
O'REILLY: The addiction is rampant, all over the place, because they don't enforce the drug laws.
O'REILLY: And, you know, I think the one person who said, Look, this is a place where people come to to escape. This is, you know, generally speaking. But you know what's shocking? 35 percent of the Hawaiian population is Asian, and Asian people are not liberal, you know, by nature. They're usually more industrious and hard-working.
Okay, a few things. First, I'd assume this is extremely insulting to millions of Asian people who consider themselves liberal. Second, there seems to be a certain subtle implied contrast that Bill O's drawing against other Democratic constituencies (such as Black people and Hispanics) when he singles out Asians as being hard working and industrious.
Finally, the last thing that bothers me about this is that O'Reilly perpetuates this inane myth that's popular in right wing circles that liberals don't encourage hard work and effort.
No doubt that much of this has to do with liberal support of things like welfare. However, I would like to remind everyone of one of the other major planks of the Democratic platform is increased investment in education (which most people, Asians especially, seem to support). We support things like safety nets as a means, not to get people to cease working entirely, but rather to give them a chance to get back on their feet so that some day they may be able to go to college, and get good paying jobs.
This is probably a good time to remind everyone that the inspiration for name of this blog came from one of the paragons of the right wing who didn't seem to approve of the idea that Obama actually wanted as many people as possible to go them fancy institutions of book readin' and such. And this is a sentiment that's shared by many of his fellow conservatives.
Furthermore, I'd like to also remind everyone that O'Reilly and his ilk also believe that simply being born into wealth would classify a person of being infintely more hardworking than say, a single mom working 80 hr. weeks at two jobs. This is not the type of person you want to be getting lectured from on such a topic.
Oh, and because I never, ever get tired of having any opportunity to post this, I would like to remind the highest paid cable news pundit that despite Democrats desire to make as many people slovenly and lazy as possible, we seem to do quite a bit better than bootstrappin' Republicans in getting people to work.
So please spare us your garbage, Bill.