Jon Stewart coins a new verb just for members of Congress.
Today, a majority of US Senators voted for common sense gun reform - but another 45 ignored the American public and read the talking points the gun lobby handed them. Call your senator today, and tell them what you think of their vote on gun reform.
I would never doubt Mother Jones’s reporting, but I had to see this for myself.
And sure enough, there it was.
While it’s clear this isn’t a member of the United States Senate running Mitch’s Facebook page — it’s probably a 12-year-old child, forever chanting “NYAH NYAH NYAH-NYAH NYAH!!!” — I still couldn’t believe what I was seeing: some dumb fuck, in Mitch McConnell’s name, reveling in the fact that a piece of sensible legislation, pushed for by families of murdered children, men and women, was soundly defeated by a body of elected officials.
The disconnect between members of Congress and the American people has never been clearer.
The inhumanity of Republicans in Congress, even more so.
President Obama, joined by former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords (left), vice president Joe Biden, and relatives of gun murder victims, addresses the media in the Rose Garden on Wednesday. Mr. Obama called the defeat of Senate bills to expand background checks for gun buyers and an assault weapons ban “a pretty shameful day for Washington” and promised to continue pressing for stricter gun control measures. (Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images via The New York Times)
(Source: The New York Times)
And don’t let anyone kid you into thinking the pro-gun movement in Washington is bipartisan in ANY sense.
Recently, Public Policy Polling sought to discover just how low the public’s opinion of Congress had fallen, testing the popularity of the U.S. Congress against twenty-six different, typically unpopular things. We all know that the American people have a less-than-favorable opinion of Congress (9% favorable and 85% unfavorable), but damn. The results weren’t pretty.
Here’s the outcome of PPP’s survey, in a handy illustrated form, from most to least popular thing:
When presented with a choice between Congress or Brussels sprouts, respondents gave a higher favorable rating to Brussels sprouts (69%) versus Congress (23%).
Survey takers had a higher opinion of lice (69%) than Congress (19%).
Respondents held colonoscopies in higher regard (58%) than Congress (31%).
Used car salesman beat out Congress 57% to 32%.
Respondents had a higher opinion of actual traffic jams (56%) versus the metaphorical traffic jam of Congress (34%).
The NFL’s much-maligned replacement refs did better than Congress by a rate of 56% to 29%.
Root canals were chosen over Congress 56% to 32%.
The perceived snub launching “freedom fries” must be forgiven — 46% of people held a higher opinion of France, while Congress received a favorable rating of 37%.
Cockroaches have a remarkable ability to adapt to a changing environment. Perhaps this helps explain why they edge out Congress 45% to 43%.
It was nearly a tie between the Donald and Congress for a higher opinion rating. But Trump edged out Congress 44% to 42%.
Respondents held a higher favorable opinion of Genghis Khan (41%) versus Congress (37%).
Carnies fared better than Congress in PPP’s popularity poll — 39% to 31%.
I know, right? But PPP assures us that 39% of people hold a higher opinion of Nickelback than Congress. Respondents held Congress in higher esteem than the Canadian scourge at a rate of 32%.
Political Pundits were favored over Congress 37% to 34%.
But all is not lost. Here’s the choices with a lower favorability than Congress:
As PPP explains:
Congress did manage to beat out telemarketers (45-35), John Edwards (45-29), the Kardashians (49-36), lobbyists (48-30), North Korea (61-26), the ebola virus (53-25), Lindsay Lohan (45-41), Fidel Castro (54-32), playground bullies (43-38), meth labs (60- 21), communism (57-23), and gonorrhea (53-28).
Job well done, 112th Congress.
113th Congress, you’ve got some big shoes to fill.
Stop talking about how politicians in Washington are “scrambling” to resolve the fiscal cliff crisis. That implies action on the part of members of Congress, which is of course a fucking joke.
They aren’t so much “scrambling” as they’ve been lollygagging and playing chicken with the economic health of every single American. It’s time for journalists to stop giving these fuckheads airtime and column inches so they can continue their partisan battles.
Y’all instead should be asking why we’ve even arrived at this point — a “deadline” that Congress itself created MONTHS ago, and only now, at the witching hour, are they trying to resolve. Expose these assholes for the do-nothing shitfucks they are.
Do your fucking jobs because members of Congress sure as Hell aren’t doing theirs.