- Jim DeMint:
- A lot of people get their news from you, Jon.
- Jon Stewart:
- That is the saddest thing I've ever heard.
Some people feel that 99 percent of the show is accurate, and that the 1 percent that isn’t is that you could never get an education bill passed that quickly.
Political narratives are necessarily reductive, invariably gauzy and thus often misleading. They tell two conflicting tales at the same time: I’m absolutely amazing and unique, and I’m just like you. But it seemed undeniable that female politicians were far more constrained than men in how they recounted their stories. A man could break the mold of American virtue. A woman challenged stereotypes at her peril. The archetype — an unimpeachable balance of dedicated public service and exemplary mothering — seems inescapable, even in 2014. Bill Clinton could be seething with lifelong ambition; George W. Bush could be a beneficiary of immense privilege; Barack Obama could be a self-described outsider, marijuana smoker, community rabble-rouser. Any of these qualities might, if so espoused, disqualify a woman from high office. Meanwhile, no one ever stopped Clinton, Bush or Obama in his biographical tracks to say: “Wait. If you were out there, conquering the world, then you could not have been here, with your family.”
If somebody thinks that [the campaign] is just about women’s reproductive health or it’s just about the disrespect for women, equal pay, that is so very wrong. For me, it’s about my grandkids, it’s about the type of future we’re going to offer them, it’s about higher education. So, yes, there are women, and we’ve heard from them, that are quite upset at the disrespect that some men, and you saw it in the debate last week, where four men are insisting they know what they should do when they’re faced with a very personal and difficult decision… If that is just what this campaign is about, it’s not a winning campaign, because it is so much more.
(Source: The Huffington Post)
Our Founders established a government of the many, not a government of the money. That’s what the American people deserve.
That’s because the national media (and to a large extent the Texas media) still see our state as a peculiar ideological singularity, an idea characterized with martini-dry wit in John Steinbeck’s 1962 book Travels With Charley, which asserted that “Texas is a state of mind”—an image of ourselves that Steinbeck found not entirely fact-based but remarkably passionate and cohesive. And if you watch the news or read anything at all, you’re told that it’s an increasingly inflexible, conservative state of mind. Yet as often as it has been repeated, Steinbeck’s catchy observation wasn’t terribly apt half a century ago, and it is less so now. Texas is a bipolar state of mind, and Cruz hardly represents the thinking of the people who run our biggest cities and counties, or of the majorities who vote for them… So at the same time that Texas metro areas have been planning for the future, our political culture has become increasingly focused on obstructing government, ostensibly to preserve a rarified libertarian economy that exists more in the minds of our politicians than as an actual engine of our state’s growth. That bifurcated mind-set allows Perry to claim our booming metro economies—their growth financed by heavy bond debt and enabled by ever more complex regional planning—as proof that his parsimonious, antigovernment approach works.
Jon Stewart’s epic rant against Republican obstructionism — starting Day One of Obama’s administration — from last night’s The Daily Show.
The question for everyone in this chamber, running through every decision we make this year, is whether we are going to help or hinder this progress. For several years now, this town has been consumed by a rancorous argument over the proper size of the federal government. It’s an important debate – one that dates back to our very founding. But when that debate prevents us from carrying out even the most basic functions of our democracy – when our differences shut down government or threaten the full faith and credit of the United States – then we are not doing right by the American people.