October 11, 2013
Watch this incredible interview of Malala Yousafzai, a 16-year-old from Pakistan who is a Nobel Peace Prize nominee and activist for education and women. At 4:28, watch the powerful moment where Malala tell Jon what she'd like to say to the Taliban.
October 10, 2013
Sometimes trying to debate a conservative Republican is like talking to a brick wall — they're predictable, intransigent, and unwilling to see another's perspective. In response to this issue, The Daily Show brought in an actual former FBI hostage negotiator to teach Jason Jones how to converse with Republicans. Though not completely successful, the result is, at least, hilarious.
It is pretty ridiculous that the House GOP has taken our country to this point. The only way to truly end this culture of crisis they have created is to vote them out, and DFA members stand at the ready. Here is the shut down by the numbers:
Outraged by the government shutdown, that's how many phone calls DFA members have pledged o make to voters in 2014 to defeat Republicans and take back the House of Representatives from Tea Party extremists. And the number is surging with each day the shutdown continues.
That's how many DFA and Daily Kos supporters have signed on to a petition asking 21 moderate House Republicans to buck John Boehner and sign a "discharge petition" that would force a vote to end the shutdown -- and could prevent the impending debt ceiling disaster.
That's how many Republicans could lose their seats because of the shutdown, according to Sam Wang, a Princeton professor called "one of the best poll aggregators out there" by Paul Krugman. Wang's analysis of recent polling shows that the GOP would lose the House "if the election were held today."
We can take back the House in 2014 -- so this never happens again. Please contribute $5 today to our DFA Dialer program so our members can follow through on making 3 million calls into the districts that matter the most.
Republicans made this mess, gambling on our future to force an ideological point that the majority of Americans continue to reject. Let's make sure they learn a lesson.
October 9, 2013
Over the last few days, we’ve heard a lot of complaining about how “tough” a vote on a clean CR would be for ultra-conservative House Republicans. At Obama’s Oct. 8 press conference, one reporter said:
“You mentioned yourself that this is a tough vote for all these House Republicans. You're asking them to take a very tough vote for the debt ceiling. Usually, people in both parties want to have some cover…”
And it is a “tough” vote; with constituents so vehemently anti-Obamacare that a possible default appears a veritable Godsend in exchange for its repeal, it may be difficult to convince them of the logic of maintaining a working government. But does anyone spouting this nonsense ever think about why this is such a tough vote? Does it strike these congressmen as strange that their constituents are so alarmed, so illogical, and so deeply immovable in their convictions?
Because here’s the truth, Republicans: you created this monster.
Republicans and Fox News have been working steadily over the past few years to mold the GOP base into exactly what it has become. Is it surprising that they fear and loathe Obamacare when Republicans have repeatedly informed these same voters that Obamacare institutes death panels; kills jobs; pays for abortions (with taxpayer money!); abuses private information (to discriminate against conservatives!); causes skyrocketing premiums; and ultimately represents the end of America as we know it?! Is it surprising that these voters, seeing none of the same alarmist rhetoric employed to describe a default on America’s debt, have drawn the conclusion that Obamacare is much, much worse?
And have congressmen complaining about this “tough vote” acknowledged that the reason their districts are so rabidly conservative is that in 2012 they enthusiastically gerrymandered into irrelevance anyone who didn’t subscribe to Obamacare myths? They’ve created their own conservative dystopias where facts don’t matter and the majority of voters are scared and suspicious of (almost everything, but mostly) Obama, “socialism” and the “liberal elite.” So are Republicans really so conflicted now that it’s now “tough” to make logical decisions, or is that just an excuse?
Because either way, this is exactly what they wanted, and they got it. So, GOP: good luck dealing with it. And no, you don’t get “cover” (i.e. “political goodies”) for creating this problem yourselves. Now stop misinforming your voters, vote on a clean CR, and get back to work.
Show Republicans we're tired of excuses. Tell them to sign the discharge petition and reopen the government.
October 8, 2013
On Sunday's Face of the Nation, host Bob Schieffer interviewed Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX). Predictably, Cornyn repeated the GOP rhetoric that blames Obama and Democrats for refusing to negotiate. Schieffer asked Cornyn multiple times to explain why Republicans refused to employ normal legislative mechanisms to change policy and instead have resorted to saying, "I'm going to throw a brick through your window unless you give me $20."
At 1:10, Schieffer delivers his best line: "Senator, isn’t there something wrong when you say I won’t fund the government unless i can attach my personal wish list to the legislation every time we vote? I’d love to see the government find a cure for cancer, but I don’t think you can say I’m not going to pass and pass any funds for the rest of the government until [the National Institutes of Health] finds a cure for cancer. I mean, isn’t that just kind of the same thing here?"
Exactly. The GOP needs to accept that it sometimes doesn't get its way — and that shutting down the government is a dangerously irresponsible reaction. It's important for the media to call out the GOP on how ridiculous and illogical their talking points really are instead of pretending that this debacle is the result of "partisan gridlock." Make sure the GOP understands that the shutdown was a bad political move — pledge to volunteer to defeat Republicans for every day they keep the government shut down.