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Oct 5, 2013

Where and how often have you heard; "the best government is a smaller government? The government needs to be strangled? All government is evil? The government should get out of our lives? The government should just leave us alone? 

What could be better than to shut down the whole thing and get rid of it completely, for someone who actually believes in this and thinks like this, right? WRONG!

10/2/2013 - Jon Stewart apologized Wednesday night for calling Republicans "idiots" and "dunderheads" and "morons" for the current government shutdown fiasco... because "I may have been way too easy on them." Stewart couldn't believe how the GOP "had the balls" to create this shutdown and then complain about its effects.

He found it somewhat "galling" that "the party that has run on the last 40 years on so on the idea that government is the enemy is saddened to see it crippled like this." He called "bullshit!" on their claims the Democrats are to blame, as well as labeling them "self-righetous Orwellian zebra queefs."

John Oliver then joined Stewart to explain why no one's ever going to get in trouble for this: Congress is wildly unpopular, but the incumbency rate is super-high, and they're in safe districts so they can even "poison a basket of kittens," and as long as Obama didn't tell him to do it, they'd be fine.

Congress has an approval rating of 10% currently, according to polls. But the dozen or two dozen Tea Party reps there are immune to voters being pissed at them and throwing them under the bus. They cannot be tossed out of office, no matter what. They have rigged and engineered the system so much that not only can't a Third Party like the Greens EVER get elected, no one from the Democratic Party can get elected either. 

Besides changing the voting boundaries so no one else stands a chance against them, they also rig the game through unlimited corporate funding, which no union, grass roots community donations, or non profits can match. Generally, corporations outspend unions and other special interests on a 10 to 1 basis. Now we all know that he who spends the most on an election generally gets elected, so corporations have now rigged the game so much in their favor through money and gerrymandering and restrictive voting laws, that they theoretically can NEVER lose. 

Now add the armies of lobbyists and the ALEC organization that writes laws favorable to corporations, plus the mass media owned by corporations, showing only corporate friendly 'programming' and you end up with..... drumm roollllll, a corporate controlled fascist government, with corporate owned, corporate elected, fascist representatives who hate government and all it stands for, which is the people's will. 

10/3/2013 - Jon Stewart Government Shutdown - For the third night in a row, Jon Stewart opened The Daily Show with coverage of "Shutstorm 2013″ and this time his rage was aimed squarely at "Bullshit Mountain," AKA Fox News. He noticed that the hosts over at Fox seem to have realized that "this shutdown ain't looking so hot for one particular political party."

Stewart went straight to the "Bullshit-anator" himself, Sean Hannity, who has been referring to the whole thing as a "liberal shutdown." But it was Fox's coverage of the shuttered World War II memorial that really got him going. "Could there be a higher octane fuel for Fox News' false outrage exploitation engine than wheelchair-bound World War II veterans?" he asked. "Maybe a fetus that owns a small business and that small business makes 'Merry Christmas' muzzle cozies."

The host blasted Fox for standing up against the memorial closure while forgetting that "it's their allies' assassin budget shenanigans that not only shut it in the first place, but also put Meals on Wheels at risk, a program that serves meals to over 500,000 veterans a year."

After playing a montage of Republicans describing their love for "small government," Stewart came to a realization. "You hate the government," he said. "Yet you rail like banshees if any of the services and benefits you like are taken away." Echoing an infamous scene from Steve Martin's The Jerk, he said, "I don't need any government, except these memorials, and Social Security, and the paddle game."

Turning back to Fox, Stewart played a clip of Fox & Friends' Steve Doocey remarking that the Obama administration sent more security to the World War II memorial than he did to Benghazi. "I'm pretty sure the news face you want to use to convey outrage and concern isn't shit-eating grin," he said. "The gratuitous and cavalier nature of that comparison truly shows how little they actually care about Benghazi, except as a 'Ben-gotcha.'"

For more, Stewart went "live via satellite" to a "longtime federal employee who has seen the effects of this shutdown firsthand": Smokey the Bear. When Stewart called him out for throwing a lit cigarette on the ground, he replied, "Oh, you want me to go put that out? How about this, fuck you, pay me, Jon, all right?"

Strangle The Evil Government! Shut Down The Bad Government! - Err, Well Maybe Not?; via @AGreenRoad

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