Bill Maher has never been funny, or even ever clever.
The other day Maher took a shot at Ann Romney, following up on the one by Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen. He attempted to explain how hard it is to go to work every day. Getting up early, getting out of the house on time, going to a job - with a boss you may hate - and not being able to show it, and sticking it out for 8 hours. Wow, sounds tough to me.
I wasn't going to say anything about these attacks on stay-at-home mothers, but Maher clearly no idea what it means to be a "mom" - a stay-at-home, or a working outside the home variety. No idea.
After working in the "real world" for fourteen years, I chose to get married and have a family. I've worked as a substitute teacher, a bookseller, a teacher and have had random other jobs. It was hard. But it was truly not as hard as being a mother. It is the hardest job I've ever had in my life - but also the best one I've ever had in my life. It is a 24/7 job. There are no days off. There are no lunch breaks given, no bathrooms breaks either. You are sleep deprived for months at a time. You may be woken at any point at night, perhaps the baby is hungry, dirty - or G-d forbid sick and you spend the next hour cleaning the baby and the crib. Yeah, that's always fun in the middle of the night.
Raising a child is hard work. Aside from taking care of their physical needs - cleaning, feeding and keeping them safe, there's also the work of teaching that little person about morality - right and wrong and how to treat others. Never mind working on reading, writing and math skills. And no, it's not all on the teachers to do that. Gosh, none of this sounds like hard "work" to me - especially since it's not a paid job, and only paid jobs can really count.
While it is hard work, it is the most rewarding job as well. You can see the development of this person into a real human being that will make the world a better place to live in. It's a huge responsibility to be a part of that. This little person will soon become a contributing member of society and part of that "real world" that Maher is all too concerned about. But, this little person does not enter the world knowing exactly what is expected of them or how to be part of the world around them - without being taught. Not a small task, but a real honor to be part of the creation of the next generation.
It's too bad that most have no idea of the importance of being a mother. Maher certainly has no idea and is clueless at best. That's the best I can say for him - 'cause he surely isn't funny.