In my opinion, Jon Stewart is one of the best political media figures we have. Granted his show is on Comedy Central, but I also think that’s a perfect channel for the type of personality that he is. Only HBO (a “Real Time” type of show) might be a better platform, as it would give him less censorship to say exactly what he’s thinking. Although to the show’s credit, there isn’t much censorship already as it is.
Another great segment from Stewart came Wednesday night when he went off on Republicans who claimed following the State of the Union that they really hoped they could work with President Obama going forward.
A claim that Stewart flat-out called – bullshit. Well, he said a little more than that actually:
“They’re really hurt! They’re hurt! Their feelings are hurt! The President has hurt their feelings! The only problem with their “we just wanna work with him” is that it’s total bullshit. It’s bullshit. Premium Grade A grass-fed free-range bullshit. Collected and packaged by hand. It is bullshit collected and packaged by hand from the polished anuses of award-winning Texas longhorns that have been bred for peristaltic perfection so that each individual dookie meets the exacting standards of the American Bullshit Association!”
And he’s absolutely right. Anyone with half a brain can tell the biggest Republican strategy since 2008 has been “whatever President Obama supports, do the opposite.”
I really believe that their goal following his election was to sabotage our country (and government) as much as possible in hopes that by doing so, they could hurt our economy so badly that he would be forced out after one term.
Well, as we all know, that’s not what happened.
Stewart then hammered Republicans on their obstruction:
“And forget that these Republicans have filibustered more than any Congress in the history of our republic, while accomplishing less than any Congress in the history of our republic, while attempting to block more nominees than any other Congress in the history of our republic.”
He then calls Republicans saying on camera that they want to work with the president “a game they play.” Which is also true. Again, I don’t believe for one moment these Republicans had any intention of working with President Obama on anything.
Now they’re angry that he’s basically said he’s not going to stand idly by while they find new ways to try to block American progress. He’ll use executive orders when he can to bypass their obstruction.
So now Republicans are angry that after years of putting up with their obstruction, President Obama is just going to take matters into his own hands on a few small items (that our Constitution allows for) since they refuse to act.
Because there’s a difference between slow progress and blatant obstruction. The way our government is set up, it’s never going to be the most efficient entity around. But when you have nearly half of the members of Congress pledging to do whatever they can to obstruct anything and everything – that’s an entirely different issue altogether.
And that’s exactly what Republicans have done.
Hell, we can’t even raise the debt ceiling anymore (something Republicans did 7 times in 8 years under President Bush) without nearly taking our country toward credit default. We even had a government shutdown basically because a handful of Congressional Republicans (led by Ted Cruz) don’t like the Constitutionally-upheld Affordable Care Act. A shutdown that everyone knew wouldn’t accomplish anything – yet Republicans went through with it anyway.
All for the sake of playing partisan politics by pandering to the tea party base of their party.
It’s absurd to actually try to perpetuate the idea that you’re the party that’s trying to work with the president when you actually shut down our government for no other reason than a political stunt meant to appease your far-right voters.
Democrats didn’t care for George W. Bush, but they didn’t oppose everything he supported like Republicans do with President Obama.
And for the best example of this, honestly look no further than their opposition to the Affordable Care Act. This is a law that’s based on a previous law in Massachusetts (actually it’s essentially identical) that was passed by a Republican governor named Mitt Romney (you know, their 2012 Presidential candidate) and the whole idea of an “individual mandate” was originally a Republican idea.
Yet somehow now it’s “radical leftist socialism.”
But what I loved about this segment was the tone Stewart took toward the absolute absurdity shown by these Republicans to actually sit there pretending that they have a real desire to work with the president.
You would have to be a fool to believe that.
If you have 7 minutes, I would highly encourage you check out the full segment. It’s a classic.