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“Let me clarify this a little bit. Students at Liberty University were required to attend a partisan political speech where a small government conservative who had just promised he would respect privacy rights told them that if they cared about freedom, text your information to a mysterious address that collects your cell phone number for undisclosed purposes.” — Jon Stewart

 

 

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Jon Stewart “What about Ted Cruz (R-TX), did he escape the internet’s wrath?”

Newsreader “‘Nelson Mandela’, he (Cruz) wrote, ‘will live in history as an inspiration for defenders of liberty around the globe’.  More than 5,000 people liked that comment, but not all of Cruz’s Facebook followers agree.  (reads a Facebook comment on Cruz’s post) ‘he was a murderer and a Communist.  Why are you inspired by this Ted?’.  ‘What about the rampant White Genocide BECAUSE of south african’s “freedon”???????’.   And another writes ‘Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot, Mao and FDR are also dead.  They don’t deserve a positive Eulogy either.'”

Stewart “You know the ghost of Franklin Delano Roosevelt was like, how the bleep did I get dragged into this?  … Anonymous jerks on the web say stupid stuff all the time, what about non-anonymous jerks on the TV?”

Rick Santorum (Dec 5) “Nelson Mandela stood up against a great injustice and was willing to pay a huge price for that.  And, that’s the reason he’s mourned today.  Because of that struggle that he performed.”

Stewart “That’s great, as long as you don’t say anything else.”

Santorum continues “We have a great injustice going on right now in this country with an ever increasing size of government that is taking over and controlling people’s lives, and Obamacare is front and center in that.”

Stewart “How do I put this in terms that you’re going to understand here?  Uh, Apartheid is not Obamacare.  The systemic subjugation of a race of people is different from the establishment of subsidized health care exchanges.  The fact that that insurance is now mandated, again, gets us nowhere close to Apartheid level injustice in any way, shape, or, I cannot stress this enough.  So let the word go forth to a new generation of Americans wherever people gather, on whatever it is that Americans read (shows graphic of McDonald’s dollar menu with Apartheid is not Obamacare in the middle of the menu items), Apartheid, injustice wise, greater than, by a large amount of degrees, Obamacare.  If I may shout it from the hilltops (shows video of Julie Andrews from The Sound Of Music) Obamacare is not Apartheid.  The only injustice here, is that you can make a statement like that, and still get to have the TV talking stick.”

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-december-9-2013/apartheid-is-not-obamacare

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Bill Maher “Now, when it comes to raising the minimum wage, conservatives always say it’s a non-starter because it cuts into profits.  Well yea, of course, paying workers is one of those unfortunate expenses of running a business.  You know, like taxes, or making a product.  If you want to get rich with a tax free enterprise that sells nothing, start a church.

You might think that paying people enough to live is so self-evident that even crazy people could understand it, but you would be wrong.  Michele Bachmann is not only against raising the minimum wage, she’s against having one at all.  She once said ‘if we took away the minimum wage…we could virtually wipe out unemployment..because we would be able to offer jobs at whatever level.’  Put that in your brain and smoke it.  You could hire everyone if you didn’t have to pay them.  And naturally, Ted Cruz agrees.  Ted Cruz thinks it’s a good thing, that when his Cuban father came to America, he was paid 50 cents an hour to work as a dish washer…

When did the American dream become this pathway to indentured servitude?  This economic death spiral where workers get paid next to nothing, so they can only afford to buy next to nothing, so businesses are forced to sell cheaper and cheaper stuff.  Walmart employees can only afford to shop at Walmart.  McDonald’s workers can only afford to eat at McDonald’s and Hooters waitresses have to wear shirts have to wear shirts they grew out of years ago.

And, look, even if you’re not moved by the, don’t be such a heartless prick, argument, consider the fact that most fast-food workers, who’s average age, by the way, now is 29 we’re not talking about kids, are on some form of public assistance, which is not surprising.  When even working people can’t make enough to live, they take money from the government in the form of food stamps, school lunches, housing assistance, daycare.  This is the welfare that conservatives hate, but they never stop to think if we raised the minimum wage and forced McDonald’s and Walmart to pay their employees enough to eat, we the taxpayers wouldn’t have to pick up the slack.  This is the question the right has to answer, do you want smaller government with less handouts or do you want a low minimum wage, because you cannot have both.  If Colonel Sanders isn’t going to pay the lady behind the counter enough to live on, then Uncle Sam has to.  And, I for one, am getting a little tired of helping highly profitable companies pay their workers.”

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A Texas judge puts the blame squarely on Tea Party Republican rhetoric for his decision to run for re-election as a Democrat in a campaign video he released on Sunday.

“Rational Republican beliefs have given way to ideological character assassination,” Bexar County Judge Carlo Key says in the video, over shots of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and other Republican lawmakers. “Pragmatism and principle have been overtaken by pettiness and bigotry. Make no mistake, I have not left the Republican party. It left me.”

“I will not be a member of a party in which hate speech elevates candidates for higher office, rather than disqualifying them” Key says. “I cannot place my name on the ballot for a political party that is proud to destroy the lives of hundreds of thousands of federal workers over the vain attempt to repeal a law that will provide healthcare to millions of people throughout our country.”

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/10/21/texas-judge-slams-republicans-in-video-announcing-hes-now-a-democrat/

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FAREED ZAKARIA, CNN HOST:

But, first, here’s my take. The crisis has been resolved, but this respite is temporary. We’re bound to have more standoffs and brinkmanship in the months and years ahead. To understand why, you must recognize that, for the tea party, the stakes could not be higher.

Republican Senator Ted Cruz put it plainly at the recent Values Voter Summit in Washington.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

SEN. TED CRUZ (R), TEXAS: We’re nearing the edge of a cliff, and our window to turn things around, my friends, I don’t think it is long. I don’t think it’s 10 years. We have a couple of years to turn the country around or we go off the cliff to oblivion.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

ZAKARIA: Cruz dominated the summit’s straw poll, taking 42 percent of the vote, more than three times his nearest rival. Cruz’s national approval rating might be an abysmal 14 percent, but to the base of the Republican Party, he’s an idol.

The current fear derives from Obamacare and what it will do to America, but that is only the most recent cause for alarm. Modern American conservatism was founded on a diet of despair.

In 1955, William F. Buckley Jr. began the movement with a famous first editorial in National Review declaring that the magazine “stands athwart history, yelling stop.” Hardline conservatives have been yelling stop ever since.

John Boehner tries to tie into this tradition of opposition when he says in exasperation repeated, “The federal government has spent more than what it has brought in in 55 of the last 60 years.”

But, one might respond, what have been the results over these past 60 years? The United States has grown mightily, destroyed the Soviet Union, spread capitalism across the globe and lifted its citizens to astonishingly high standards of living and income.

At the end of his 1961 speech that launched his political career, Ronald Reagan said,

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RONALD REAGAN, FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: And if you don’t do this and if I don’t do it, one of these days you and I are going to spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it once was like in America when men were free.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

ZAKARIA: But the menace Reagan warned about, Medicare, was enacted. It’s provided security to the elderly. There have been problems regarding cost, but that is hardly the same as killing freedom.

After all, the right-wing Heritage Foundation ranks many countries as “more free” every year. For example, Switzerland and Australia and they all have universal health care.

For many conservatives today, the “rot” to be excoriated is not about economics and health care but about culture. A persistent theme of conservative intellectuals and commentators, in print and on Fox News, is the cultural decay of the country.

But compared with almost any period in U.S. history, we live in bourgeois times, in a culture that values family, religion, work and, above all, private business.

Young people today aspire to become Mark Zuckerberg. They quote the aphorisms of Warren Buffett. They read the Twitter feed of Bill Gates. Even after the worst recession since the Great Depression, there are no obvious radicals, anarchists, Black Panthers or other revolutionary movements except for the tea party.

Now, for some tacticians and consultants, extreme rhetoric is just a way to keep the troops fired up. But rhetoric gives meaning and shape to a political movement.

Over the past six decades, conservatives’ language of decay, despair and decline have created a powerful group of Americans who fervently believe in this dark narrative and are determined to stop the country from plunging into what they see is imminent oblivion. They aren’t going to give up just yet. The era of crises could end, but only when this group of conservatives makes its peace with today’s America. They are misty- eyed in their devotion to a distant republic of myth and memory and yet passionate in their dislike of the messy, multiracial, capitalist and welfare-state democracy that America actually has been for half a century, a fifth of this country’s history.

At some point, will they come to recognize that you cannot love America in theory and hate it in fact?

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1310/20/fzgps.01.html

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Fox News anchor Chris Wallace said Sunday that top Republicans urged him to go after Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), the latest indication that the junior senator from Texas has alienated members of his own party over his strategy to defund Obamacare and risk a government shutdown.

Cruz was a guest on “Fox News Sunday,” which Wallace hosts.

“This has been one of the strangest weeks I’ve ever had in Washington and I say that because as soon as we listed Ted Cruz as our featured guest this week, I got unsolicited research and questions, not from Democrats but from top Republicans, to hammer Cruz,” Wallace told his panel before asking GOP strategist Karl Rove why Republicans were upset with Cruz.

“Well, because this was a strategy laid out by Mike Lee (R-UT) and Ted Cruz without any consultation with their colleagues,” Rove told Wallace.

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/fox-s-chris-wallace-top-republicans-urged-me-to-hammer-ted-cruz-video

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Stewart speaking about the NRA convention on May 4th, 2013 “Eventually, the speakers did get to guns, and how upset they are at the way that their opponents are fighting.”

Sen Ted Cruz (R-TX) “The President is fond of using emotion…and unfortunately, disregarding the facts.”

Sarah Palin “We have leaders who practice the politics of emotion.”

Glen Beck “We will fight their tactics of fear.  We will fight their tactics of darkness.”

Stewart “Glen Beck, fear mongering is wrong.  You’re right.  Please make your argument about guns in a rational and calm way.”

Beck “The only difference between your mom and sister getting raped, and them walking home unmolested, is a gun.”

Stewart “You are aware that fear is an emotion, right?”