Jon Stewart goes off on a wonderful rant about how the the Republican shutdown strategy shows that the GOP fundamentally doesn’t understand life in a democracy.
GOP Senator Mike Lee: “Suppose that you went to the grocery store, having been informed by your spouse that you need to bring home bread, milk and eggs.”
Jon Stewart: Alright, so you believe that you’re a family man, running errands for “French Toast” day. What could be more wholesome?
Lee: “But we won’t allow you to buy just bread, milks and eggs. In order to buy these items at this store, we will also require you to purchase just a half ton of iron ore, a bucket of nails, a book about cowboy poetry and a Barry Manilow album.”
Stewart: You’re a family man running errands for French Toast day forced to buy poetry and gayish music.
Lee: “That in some ways is the way that we’re asked to spend money here in Congress.”
Stewart: Oh I get it. You’re saying, some people in Congress are being forced to pay for some stuff they don’t want, and that’s not fair. But unfortunately, that’s called being in a country with some people who aren’t exactly you.
So let’s talk about what’s really happening at that store. Everybody chipped in and gave you money to go the store to buy milk, bread and eggs. And then you decided, on your own, “you know what, I don’t f’g like eggs,, so I’m just gonna buy milk and bread.”
And everybody else is like, “we passed a law that you would buy milk, bread and eggs, and the Supreme Court upheld that shopping list, and that’s when you burned the f’g store down.”