Jon Stewart on the Republican “Pledge to America.”

If you’ve been paying attention then you know the Republicans recently unveiled their “A Pledge to America” as an outline of what they hope to accomplish if they manage to regain control of Congress in November. If you’re old enough to remember when the Republicans unveiled their “Contract with America” back in 1994 then you may be thinking that the title of this new plan sounds eerily familiar.

As Jon Stewart points out there’s a good reason for that feeling:

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Meet the New Republicans. Exactly the same as the Old Republicans. They have nothing new to offer. They only have the same old bullshit that got us into this mess to begin with. As unhappy as I am with the rate of progress and just plain-old general pussy-ness of the Democrats, the Republicans are only offering to go back to fucking us over every way they can if we’re stupid enough to put them back into power. They even admit that they’ve not changed one bit since they got their asses handed to them in 2008. Not only to they intend to continue with the same stupid policies, but they’re bringing their crazy Tea Party friends along for the ride this time around.

Is that really what you want?

10 thoughts on “Jon Stewart on the Republican “Pledge to America.”

  1. This was amazingly appalling to me. I’m young so I don’t really remember any politics before 2000 and so I don’t know about repub antics from 90s. Hence the shock and awe of this for me. Can they really get away with this? When they say the promise to come back with new stuff and then don’t and then say we are no different then before how can anyone take them seriously?

    Ugh.

  2. I’m continually amazed that the party of “fuck you, I’ve got mine” gets any votes at all from anyone other than the super rich. But I guess I continually overestimate the intelligence of the average voter.

  3. Man, I am sure glad the Democrats have everything figured out. After all, unemployment is at an all time low, right? The economy is booming, right?

    Before you even try it, Don’t. Don’t try to pass the buck and say it’s Bush’s economy. Obama’s been in office how long now?

    Is the current Congress really what you want? Let’s see, we have record high unemployment, an economy on the verge of collapse, and what’s Obama do? He prints more money.

    Finally, what does our “do nothing Congress” accomplish They decided that the word “retarded” is a no no.

    Is that what you really want?

  4. You’re right, Braden. Obama should have been able to fix in just two years what took the Bush Administration eight years to trash. The fact that the Republicans have universally tried to block everything Obama has done — even when it was their own proposals — shouldn’t factor into the equation at all. After all, it’s not like the Democrats were a unified opposition that tried to block everything Bush ever wanted to do.

    Oh wait, that’s not true at all. But hey, don’t let facts get in the way of your ideology there dude.

  5. The apologists for President Bush are as brain dead as ever, it seems. It was difficult listening to their distortions in the past, without hindsight as an aid. Yet even with hindsight they are still trying to sell us the same bill of goods. Sorry, one year and nine months does not gain Bush exemption for his failed Administration. No one with a brain in their head will forget that most of our debt, most of our unemployment, and the origins of this financial collapse go back to his time as President. And that is forgetting his neglect of Afghanistan. We will live a long time with the cross that he left us.

    The Congress is a classic case of the failures of Conservative ideology. Cynical Conservative Democrats and Republicans in Congress are stalling progress and recovery at every turn. You don’t solve that by electing more conservatives.

    As for the recovery; all judgments are still premature. You could look at the economy two years into Reagan or Clinton’s Administrations and not see major recovery, but things turned around and got better. Obama’s failure has been in not enacting the progressive policies that he ran on.

  6. By the way, Jon Stewart had a pretty good segment where he shows many examples of Republicans from two months to eight years into Bush’s Administration trying to blame Bush’s failures on Clinton. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say Republicans are hypocrites… could it be?

  7. Passing the buck, just like I said you would do.
    Let me ask you this: that will benefit this country and it’s economy?

    Let me ask you this:

    If you were Obama, and wanted to screw this country up, what would you do any differently than what you’re already doing right now?

    I’m not apologizing for Bush at all, Bush was a loser if you ask me. Surprised I am saying that? You should be, most people are who debate with me. They all assume I’m a right winger Republican. Pretty funny, really.

    Ultimately, I just believe in what our founding fathers believed in. I believe in freedoms and liberties being the solution to the human condition.

    I don’t believe in government being an everyday influence on our everyday lives. Obama and the Democrats clearly believe otherwise. If you cannot see that, then that’s your problem.

    So indeed, don’t let facts get in the way of your ideology.

    On a different note, you do have a nice site. Been coming here for a while now. I noticed you changed your theme from dark to white.

    I ran that same theme for a while and noticed it slowed things down a bit until I changed to a different theme altogether. Weird.

    Anyway, it’s nice to debate with the “other side” from time to time.

    Cheers …

  8. OK, I’ll play along for now.

    If you were Obama, and wanted to screw this country up, what would you do any differently than what you’re already doing right now?

    What would I do? I’d do everything the Bush Administration was doing instead of just some of what it was doing like he is now.

    Obama is pretty far from the Far Left Liberal everyone keeps trying to paint him as.

    I’m not apologizing for Bush at all, Bush was a loser if you ask me. Surprised I am saying that? You should be, most people are who debate with me. They all assume I’m a right winger Republican. Pretty funny, really.

    Based on your own blog postings I can see why they’d think that. Though I’m not surprised you’re not a fan of Bush. You probably thought he wasn’t far right enough. At least that tends to be what most Conservatives who didn’t like him seem to think.

    Ultimately, I just believe in what our founding fathers believed in. I believe in freedoms and liberties being the solution to the human condition.

    Well, that’s one way to over-generalize the Founding Fathers.

    I don’t believe in government being an everyday influence on our everyday lives. Obama and the Democrats clearly believe otherwise. If you cannot see that, then that’s your problem.

    Because the Republicans have been all about freedoms and liberty as of the past decades, right? I mean it’s not like they want to restrict a woman’s reproductive freedom or the liberty of gays to openly serve in the military, right?

    And how, pray tell, are Obama and the Democrats interfering with your freedom and liberty? I mean other than the illegal Bush wiretapping policies that he’s continued and expanded upon?

    While you’re at it, please explain exactly what you mean when you say you don’t believe in “government being an everyday influence in our everyday lives”? That’s a pretty vague statement that could mean you think all drugs should be legalized to you feel you have a right to ignore speed limits and stop signs.

    The simple fact is, in one form or another, the government will always be an everyday influence in our everyday lives. That’s kind of the point.

  9. Oh please, you defend Bush merely by saying that we should ignore what came before Obama. And I suppose that most of Bush’s voters must have been raptured in the last few years because there don’t seem to be many people left on the right who are willing to admit they voted for him. Just saying.

    In an economic crisis the government is probably going to get involved. Whether it be a Democrat or Republican Administration. Reagan and Bush had their own government bailouts. Obama probably should have done more than what he ended up doing. The only people blocking recovery and reform right now are Conservatives in Congress and in the media. Conservatives “aren’t the solution to the problem”, Conservatives “are the problem.”

    If we followed the principles of the Founding Fathers we would have a much less involvement in international affairs, which would probably lead to much lower defense spending and much lower taxes, which is what conservatives would be promoting if they actually believed in their “small government” principles. The “small government” candidates this year seem a little more interested in banning abortion and masturbation. “Small government” apparently means giving Paris Hilton and Donald Trump and Barack Obama tax cuts while inflicting a poor man’s version of the Taliban on the American people.

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