Actor and comedian Bill Murray, who got a start in the early days of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” and has been numerous films including “Caddyshack,” “Ghostbusters,” and “Groundhog Day.” In a recent interview on CNBC, Murray took the Democrat Party to task for resorting to identity politics. While talking about the art of comedy, he spoke about Jim Downey -- a comedy write who has been derided by some as the "Karl Rove of SNL." Rove is a Republican activist who worked in the White House under George W. Bush.
Murray said of Downey, "He's saying: 'No, I just think the way the Democrats handle things is poor where they try to pick out little pieces of a population," Murray said. "'We represent the Hispanics, we represent the LGBT or something.' And they're not speaking to everyone all at once. And it' almost demeaning to say, 'I'm choosing you because you're a splinter group, or a certain minority group.' There's almost a resentment that somehow you're separated, again, by a politician."
Imitating the speech of a Democrat, Murray said, "'You're my people. I'm in control of you, I represent you,' instead of thinking that each citizen has a right to be respected as a citizen first, under the laws of the country."
Murray praised the Republican tax reform package. He said, “The change in the tax law is a great thing for corporations, it’s a fantastic thing.” Murray continued, while admitting that he is not certain what will happen to “entitlements,” and said, “In the first step, it’s made things easier.” Finally, he said, “I think people feel like there was too much regulation, and yet I hope they don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater when breaking down regulations.”
Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.