r/MadeMeSmile Aug 03 '22 Silver 4 Helpful 12 Wholesome 10 Take My Energy 2

Jon Stewart hugs Rosie Lopez-Torres, founder of Burn Pits 360, following passage of bill providing healthcare funding to veterans exposed to burn pits (Credit: Mike Morones) Helping Others

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u/ozzalot Aug 03 '22 Silver

A real fucking person. Imagine if this was only slightly normal in our politics. We have everything to win from it.

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u/static1053 Aug 03 '22 Gold Helpful Starry

Imagine it.....people caring about each other and working together toward the common goal of progress and the pursuit of HAPPINESS. A "country" if you will, full of "leaders" who genuinely care about their citizens well being. What a fucking concept right? Maybe we could write some kind of contract stating these terms and all our leaders would have to sign it........

WHAT A STRANGE CONCEPT.

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u/ozzalot Aug 03 '22

Woah....holy shit....thats an interesting idea 😳

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u/prickliestpeach Aug 03 '22

This whole scenario shows how fucked we are. From the reason the bill was blocked to the reason the bill went through, totally fucked.

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u/Longshot_56 Aug 03 '22

Why was the bill blocked when 84 senators voted in favor of it back in June?

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u/sezit Aug 03 '22

Because Republican senators ALL backed out because they were mad about a different bill. Nothing to do with this issue, it was a childish foot stomping. But instead of toddlers, this was the most powerful men in the country fucking with sick veterans lives.

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u/war_horse66 Aug 03 '22

I once went six months without pay because Republicans didn’t like some attachment to a bill, so they stalled and bellowed about how much they love their veterans, but not enough to have us paid due to a shutdown they caused.

They got paid throughout the shutdown, though.

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u/NotsoNewtoGermany Aug 03 '22 edited Aug 03 '22 Coin Gift 'MURICA

This isn't true.

The republicans didn't want to pass the bill.

The Senate is VERY aware that all bills needing money need to originate in the house. Not originating in the house, makes it null.

In the Senate version of the bill they included specifically: "This originated in the Senate".

The Bill got alot of airtime. The republicans got their victory in their 15 minutes of Fame.

And as it was working its way through the courts, each one saying 'no, you don't get money for your treatment' the House which had previously passed the Senate version, caught onto this, and passed the same bill over again, with that provision taken out.

The Senate then REFUSED to vote on it.

Why? Because the republicans of the Senate never intended to pass it. This had nothing to do with the infrastructure bill. They never wanted to pass it. And let's be honest, if John Stewart hadn't made a big stink about this, they wouldn't have ever passed it.

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u/NewAndImprovedJess Aug 03 '22

I heard about this "originated in the senate" language too and came to the same conclusion. It was all smoke and mirrors from the Senate Republicans. It was for show and they counted on it not being a legal bill and getting tossed by the courts. They just wanted the brownie points. I'm surprised more folks arent talking about this detail.

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u/BKacy Aug 03 '22

And it was an in-your-face to Biden because that’s what killed his son Beau.

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u/Mysterious_Classic14 Aug 03 '22

This right fucking here.

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u/[deleted] Aug 03 '22

Holy fucking shit that's ghoulish and evil as hell.

I mean, that's just disgusting trashy. What the fuck?!

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u/chillax63 Aug 03 '22

Stop saying the senate. The republicans never wanted to pass it.

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u/Zelidus Aug 03 '22

Republicans: We are the only party that cares about and supports the military. We're the patriots!

Also Republicans: We're not going to give you any help when you get sick from the things you're forced to do in the military. Asbestos filled buildings? Just don't make dust. If you do that's your fault.

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u/glassbath18 Aug 03 '22

Republicans only care about their self image. They’ll say they support pro-life and veterans and all that to look good but then they turn around and do the exact opposite of supporting them. They’re hypocrites, every single one.

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u/ShirtRevolutionary42 Aug 03 '22

I sooooooooo miss Jon's program. I love his personality. He's a straight talker just like I am. No mincing of any words by us. I cuss like a sailor too. If I can't cuss, I can't talk.

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u/fallenfromglory Aug 03 '22

He still has a show, it's on Apple +

"The Problem with Jon Stewart"

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u/Agegamon Aug 03 '22

Also has a podcast by the same name, recommended for those with long commutes. It's on Spotify and Google too. Pretty fucking good!

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u/EnjoyLifeorDieTryin Aug 03 '22

He has a new podcast now which isnt too bad.. but yeah i agree

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u/Guinness Aug 03 '22

His TV show provides small doses of his former Daily Show self. But honestly his show airs every two weeks and has like six episodes per season.

So it’s really a great show but I end up hating it because of the Jon Stewart withdrawals it brings on. It’s like being a heroin addict but only being able to shoot up 10% of a dose every two weeks.

It gives you a taste of what you’re missing and just ends up occupying your desire for two more weeks.

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u/ozzalot Aug 03 '22

Daily Show has never been the same. Irreplacable really...

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u/GrowinStuffAndThings Aug 03 '22

Between the Daily Show and Colbert, that was the golden age of political comedy. I wish I was a little older so I could've appreciated the earlier episodes more. Will never be another 1-2 punch like that again.

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u/BotherRecentsfd Aug 03 '22

I wouldn’t want another TV star for president but I would make an exception for John Stewart

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u/ElephantTeeth Aug 03 '22

When John Stewart was nominated for the Mark Twain whatsit, Dave Chapelle was on stage doing a monologue of some kind, and at one point Dave Chapelle said something like “I actually want you to run for President my guy” and John Stewart had this look of sheer terror on his face.

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u/Tootinglion24 Aug 03 '22

John is a smart man and knows the presidency is a truly fucked occupation

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u/KrackenLeasing Aug 03 '22

He's too qualified to take the job.

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u/Alternative-Coyote72 Aug 03 '22

Better to win presidency being over qualified for the job than to win with NO qualifications!

Just think about all the requirements listed on a job vacancy for jobs you got turned down for, fast food , Walmart or delivering packages for Amazon. Let that sink in, and then tell me why you only have to be a citizen, no degree, nothing else, nada, zilch to be President of the United States?? There ought to be some basic, fundamental requirements for that job.

Jon Stewart for President 2022.

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u/SpicyBeefwater Aug 03 '22

I honestly wish the general public would treat presidential candidates less like beauty pagent contestants and more like pilots.

Like, could we maybe all focus less on if they look and talk in a way we like, and more on if they have the qualifications and training to operate something that could be dangerous in the wrong hands?

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u/TsunamiBert Aug 03 '22

He is an empathic individual and sending people to their deaths isn't for him. Or geopolitical issues.

He would make a fine senator though.

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u/ezone2kil Aug 03 '22

It's not really the TV star status that was the problem. It's the fact that Trump is a shitty person as clear as a day and he was voted in because of that shittiness by shitty people.

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u/Link_Mandalore Aug 03 '22

A revolutionary concept.

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u/Knifiac Aug 03 '22

The overwhelming shroud of greed that is consuming this nation depresses me on a nearly constant basis

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u/badass_panda Aug 03 '22

Jon Stewart for president dammit

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u/HauntingRefuse6891 Aug 03 '22

“Sam, get the Canadian President on the line.”

“Yes sir, Mr President Dammit.”

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u/darkmoose Aug 03 '22

Of the world. That guy has global support.

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u/X1-Alpha Aug 03 '22

And by god it has...

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u/world_of_cakes Aug 03 '22

r/OutOfTheLoop subscriber here, what are burn pits and why do they affect veterans?

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u/Gettingofftopic Aug 03 '22

Burn pits are what happens when you have soldiers that generate trash and waste in bases that dont have permanent disposal infrastructure. Anything from human waste to toxic chemicals and electronics are burned because theres nowhere to store it or transport it away easily

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u/Burningshroom Aug 03 '22

Adding to this, a major component is the complete lack of PPE or training. They're literally sending guys straight out of highschool or less with just a can of diesel and a match to burn some seriously toxic shit.

No fume controls, no respirators, no filters, no hazmat suits, and no urgency not to be near the smoke.

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u/OrioleChair Aug 03 '22

Friend of mine had multiple tours. This is a censored picture of him stirring a burn barrel in 2008 in Iraq. Only protective equipment he was wearing was a pair of gloves. No respirator, no mask. As firefighters have known since the early 1900s black smoke is poison. It contains hundreds maybe thousands of carcinogens and poisons including hydrogen cyanide. By 2009 firefighters had been wearing SCBA when dealing with smoke for more than 60 years. https://imgur.com/a/7NGwmIa

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u/Mortar_Maggot Aug 03 '22

Wow he's a lot further away from that burn barrel than I ever was. But I already know what's going to get me, we had to breathe sulfur smoke for several weeks.

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u/cookedsushi Aug 03 '22

I'm sorry

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u/TastyCartographer630 Aug 03 '22

It’s not right that they force you into those situations and won’t help you afterwards. My friend enveloped a brain tumor serving in the marines, doctors said it was from shockwaves he was around in the Philippines. He had to fight for almost two years for them to give him retirement when he got out.

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u/Mortar_Maggot Aug 03 '22

Keep telling that story, take it to your congress person. We can't keep band aiding the claims system. It needs an overhaul.

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u/Ihopetheresenoughroo Aug 03 '22

I'm sorry. It's so gross how republicans keep voting against help for veterans..I just don't get it..

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u/LigmaV Aug 03 '22

Shocking to see they are like 3m cases so much so for the best funded military

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u/Gaflonzelschmerno Aug 03 '22

They funded exactly what they wanted to, they probably knew the damage from the pits would manifest after the soldier has finished his obligations

Sometimes it is malice rather than stupidity

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u/mrthescientist Aug 03 '22

Hanlon's strop: there's no meaningful distinction between malice and stupidity.

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u/elmwoodblues Aug 03 '22

Ever file any claim with the VA? They make Bernie Madoff look like Ghandi

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u/Jgabes625 Aug 03 '22

A guy I work with used to serve and always tells me about how he has to wear long sleeve shirts and pants year round because his skin gets severely irritated when exposed to sun for more than 30 minutes at a time.

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u/CthulhuAlmighty Aug 03 '22 edited Aug 03 '22

I don’t think you realize how big these burn pits are. PPE wouldn’t do anything. I worked in the burn pit of Camp Anaconda daily, and lived about a half mile from it. The smoke that covered the base from it was inescapable.

https://imgur.com/a/ZrIk3B1

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u/PM_ME_SAD_STUFF_PLZ Aug 03 '22

It's not even that the army burned everything from batteries to fabric and rubber in the same pit, it was that these pits were either in or next to bases and so exposure to toxic gases was unavoidable. No PPE either, of course. Lots of vets got cancer just 10-20 years after exposure.

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u/Gerf93 Aug 03 '22

As no of the replies told you specifically;

During the American wars of the last 40 years troops would often dispose of unwanted material by burning it. These were often toxic or very dangerous, and being burned without any protective gear from the troops who utilized those pits. Many of those who burned this stuff have gotten permanent disabilities as a result. These injuries were often not immediately obvious, but have become so with time.

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u/Gerf93 Aug 03 '22

I haven’t heard about it outside of the US, and a quick glance at Google didn’t result in me getting wiser.

The issue is predominantly American, as the US do not have a welfare safety net for anyone who develop disabilities, veterans or not - nor do they have publicly funded healthcare to either treat their injuries or provide assistance they may need in their daily lives.

The impetus behind this legislative push is to a large extent due to veterans bankrupting themselves paying for their healthcare bills due to a dangerous practice mandated by the government through the US army. Such an impetus wouldn’t really in US-allied countries due to the existence of better and more extensive welfare infrastructure.

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u/AlanCaidin Aug 03 '22

Actual veteran. It's a real fear what the future holds. The question of whether or not the things we've been exposed to cause cancer has gone from a unknown to a known quantity, it's a matter of whether or not you're one of the unlucky ones. Knowing that there will be help there if I am unlucky is a great comfort.

Instead of saving for retirement, I would've been saving money so that I can save my own life, or at least extend it. Now it's different.

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u/BenTherDoneThat5555 Aug 03 '22

They'll still vote Republican. They're just party loyal no matter what.

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u/chaoticflanagan Aug 03 '22

People do not vote for republicans because of their policies, they vote for them because of their identity.

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u/jimbozinoh Aug 03 '22

This 100%. Just look any other aspect of "The Deep South" identity, like country music. You can live in a loft in Vancouver, but if you slap on a work shirt, jeans, boots, and a ball cap and sing about hard work with a twang, you're family to every home in the Bible Belt.

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u/ovalpotency Aug 03 '22

You can't question anything without being rejected from the family as a RINO. So shut up and stay in line if you want any love.

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u/Aedalas Aug 03 '22 Wholesome Seal of Approval

I wish I was rich, I'd love to just start making quick commercials showing the votes on certain bills. Nothing crazy, no commentary or attempts to smear anybody, just facts. Something like:

H.R.7688 - Consumer Fuel Price Gouging Prevention Act

Dem. 217 for / 4 against
Rep. 0 for / 203 against

Just that. Just show them the votes of the people fucking them over, send it nationwide and do it long enough they start seeing the patterns themselves. No naming names, no shit talking, just the numbers with zero bias.

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u/[deleted] Aug 03 '22

The insulin vote, baby formula vote, gas price ceilings, contraception, codifying abortion, protections for vets, social security, affordable care, Medicare, pollution of water/air, benefits for American workers, infrastructure, raising taxes, stock trading bans… there you have your first 14 commercials. Let me know where/when I can donate

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u/drzoidberg84 Aug 03 '22

The problem is that people who vote Republican always reason this away. They say there was other stuff tacked on to the bill, or whatever. Which is sometimes true I guess, but they now use it as an excuse for every horrible vote their people make.

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u/A-Komical Aug 03 '22

Don't know about you, but I am going to be the next multi-billionaire so I'm just thinking ahead

/s

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u/LegoClaes Aug 03 '22 Silver

Why are you cheering Fry, you're not rich?

No, but some day I might be. And then people like me better watch their step.

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u/Goseki1 Aug 03 '22

Fuck dude. This encapsulates so much of the mindset so succintly.

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u/SweetToothKane Aug 03 '22

They realize but owning the libs is more important. Think about all the poor people who vote Republican. They gain nothing by doing so.

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u/Vreas Aug 03 '22

I said the same thing about certain family members, then right wing politicians started spouting off the wall theories, racism, sexism, and bigotry.

Feel a lot of fiscally conservative, socially liberal republicans are starting to shift away from the party line.

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u/ThaFifSense Aug 03 '22

Fiscally conservative/socially liberal is such a Fuckin hoax that sounds great to say but is ridiculous. Probably still supported Bush even with his trillions spent on war. Probably didn’t support Clinton despite him being the last president to have a economic surplus in a given year. Probably didn’t support Obama despite him leading us out of the worst recession since the Great Depression. Probably voted for trump despite him ramping up tax cuts for wealthy (aka income for the govt) and increasing spending leading to a massive deficit. Every time I see that phrase I lose my shit because it’s such trash espoused by people who either don’t understand simple economic principals and how a govt balances it’s budget, or are willfully ignorant and just want a fancy way of saying we don’t want to pay for social programs but won’t hold the govt accountable for huge corporate bailouts/tax cuts on mega wealthy…. Fuck that

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u/Thriftstoreninja Aug 03 '22

Don’t forget the transfer of wealth to the rich and the socializing of corporate debts.

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u/Phantom_Pain_Sux Aug 03 '22

And the war on public education

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u/Boxhead_31 Aug 03 '22

I hope you tell you're friends to vote the Republicans out who held up the progress of this bill

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u/Flako118st Aug 03 '22

Dude... He has taken so much shit for this. But he called them out ,he used his influence the right way. He doesn't want any credit for it. He let people interject,dude... I bow to him. He is a American representative,not a hero,he does not want to be the president. He just wants people to hear the unheard.

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u/ThnkWthPrtls Aug 03 '22

It genuinely makes me sad that Jon Stewart has said so many times he's not interested in running for public office, because someone with his intellect, knowledge of issues, and general moral compass is exactly what we need more of in Washington

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u/jakey2112 Aug 03 '22

Exactly the types that need to ascend in politics.

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u/ChuggernautChug Aug 03 '22

I think the crux of the matter is that anyone who's this decent and knows this much about American politics, knows better than to ever seek office. He'd only be throwing his life away fighting a tidal wave of corruption and bureaucracy.

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u/TastyCartographer630 Aug 03 '22

I feel bad for Bernie. He genuinely cares and has tried his whole life possibly literally to the day he dies, gets shit on repeatedly and probably won’t be remembered well by many. He deserves so much better, we don’t deserve him

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u/PiemanMk2 Aug 03 '22

The irony is that his aversion to leadership is exactly what makes him so qualified for it. He's been a de facto moral leader for years and years.

I don't begrudge him wanting to not be in the public eye anymore, but God the world needs more people like Jon in positions of power and influence.

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u/cflatjazz Aug 03 '22

I'd argue that what he is doing is leadership. You don't have to be an elected official to lead people. He took his skill set of being able to research and talk coherently about a topic and privilege as someone with name recognition that people will listen to, and did something with it.

I'm not sure we need our voice people and law making people to be the same.

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u/artsy-parts Aug 03 '22

WHY IS THIS EVEN A QUESTION???? WHY DOES THERE NEED TO BE A LAW FOR THIS???

Fucking nationalize emergency and routine healthcare services already!!

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u/Detroitlions9494 Aug 03 '22

That’s the USA for you , freedom but a lot of corruptmess going on. Politicians will pass whatever makes them or their rich friends richer

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u/Prelsidio Aug 03 '22 Wholesome

freedom

You are not free when you have the constant thought in your head that you will go bankrupt if you suffer an accident or get hurt in some way. I wish Americans would evaluate the meaning of that word every time they use it.

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u/Doctor_Arkeville Aug 03 '22

"You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."

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u/mobile-nightmare Aug 03 '22

Freedom of what? US is rated quite low on the amount of freedom they have

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u/Detroitlions9494 Aug 03 '22

I should have put freedom in quotation marks. Freedom is a joke here in the USA. Unarmed people constantly killed by cops. Abortion being illegal. Domestic terrorism problems they don’t even try to address. Medicine being stupidly expensive. Corporations being greedy and over pricing everything for profits…

As a 27 year old US citizen , and with a 3 year old son, I’m scared of what the future looks like in America. I have talked to my sons mom about moving out the country, but it’s honestly harder than it sounds. Mentally tough to even think about starting life over in a whole different environment

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u/Dingo4747 Aug 03 '22

If it's this hard to get healthcare for veterans, how hard will it be to destroy the two party system?

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u/w3are138 Aug 03 '22 Silver

We need ranked choice voting and we need it now

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u/Smecterbice Aug 03 '22

Iirc we currently have two states that have switched to rank choice. Hopefully more and more will follow.

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u/Castun Aug 03 '22

We also have states that have passed laws to switch to a true popular vote if enough other states pass similar laws. The electoral college needs to be abolished.

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u/AnimusFlux Aug 03 '22

This is the single most important issue of our generation. Let's make it happen.

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u/CamelSpotting Aug 03 '22

And get rid of the filibuster, force parties to make deals with other parties.

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u/MuraKafka Aug 03 '22

"We live in capitalism, its power seems inescapable – but then, so did the divine right of kings. Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings." - Ursula K. Le Guin

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u/_Profitable_Prophet_ Aug 03 '22

One party seems to be in the way of even basic democratic processes.

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u/Castun Aug 03 '22

"If conservatives can't win democratically, they won't abandon conservatism, they will abandon democracy."

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u/particle409 Aug 03 '22

Only one party was holding up this legislation.

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u/Diogeneezy Aug 03 '22

I say we take off and nuke the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

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u/top_of_the_stairs Aug 03 '22

I will always love this man lol! & respect his passion for making positive changes in America

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u/GoPeeOutside Aug 03 '22

He is an incredible example for those with influence

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u/[deleted] Aug 03 '22

I was an army wife… time and space doesn’t matter. This makes me fucking sick that we have to fight to take care of veterans in any instance. Toy soldiers, it’s a game and it’s pay to play, except the only benefactors… well… they’ve already ducked and covered.

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u/MojaveLakelurker Aug 03 '22

Part of Jon Stewart’s remarks at this press conference:

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a situation where people who have already given so much, had to fight so hard to get so little. And I hope we learn a lesson.

Heartbreaking.

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u/Vitruvian_Link Aug 03 '22 Helpful Take My Energy

As a burn pit gold star husband, I just wish my wife was here to see the passage of the bill, she didn't want anyone else to go through the fight against the VA she had to endure.

She almost made it, it's bittersweet.

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u/bigboygamer Aug 03 '22

The sad part is that most VA offices are so backed up and it's still going to a huge hastle to get treatment paid for. I have a coworker that has very documentated back issues from his time in the Army who's been trying to get the VA to pay to fix the fucked up surgery the Army did on him for over a decade.

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u/djinnisequoia Aug 03 '22 LOVE!

Not only is Jon Stewart a real stand-up guy, he is also hot af.

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u/sqweedoo Aug 03 '22

Those arms. Lemme get in there

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u/Tiger_Striped_Queen Aug 03 '22

Squeeze over, I want in!

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u/IIIIlllIlII Aug 03 '22

I’ll bring the snuggies

(Those shitty blankets for the uncultured)

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u/TeaEffKay4 Aug 03 '22

r/ladyboners material for sure

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u/branulo Aug 03 '22

Ok, but to me, this is the actual “female gaze.” Compassionate, intelligent, an advocate. It’s hot as fuck. And the arms don’t hurt either.

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u/pollywantacrackwhore Aug 03 '22

I think I hurt my husband’s feelings early in our marriage when we were playfully discussing celebrities we’d cheat on each other with and I mentioned that all that was fun and games, but I’d leave him for Jon Stewart.

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u/djinnisequoia Aug 03 '22

Ik, r? I don't usually talk about it, but I like looking at men's arms. They can be so appealing.

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u/robinthebank Aug 03 '22

Zooms in. Yup agreed.

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u/Patchumz Aug 03 '22

People underestimate forearms as an attractive trait.

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u/Nvrfinddisacct Aug 03 '22

I bet he’s warm and smells good breathing intensifies

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u/Mauschen27 Aug 03 '22

As a vet I have intense respect for him than anyone in the US government. You can tell he actually cares through the actions he takes. Unlike these window licking, self serving, parasites that do absolutely nothing but talk and line their pockets.

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u/particle409 Aug 03 '22

Do you notice any patterns among the politicians that voted against this bill? Maybe something they have in common?

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u/MidNCS Aug 03 '22

I remember he fought in congress to get healthcare to the workers who helped clean up the rubble after 9/11.

A good man.

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u/MindlessNote3735 Aug 03 '22 edited Aug 03 '22

He literally shamed Congress so long and so loudly that they finally FINALLY took action. Took way too long though. Absolutely shameful.

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u/ses1989 Aug 03 '22

For real. Way too many had already died up to that point already, and I bet they were counting on that so they could continue to do nothing.

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u/LucretiusCarus Aug 03 '22 edited Aug 03 '22

He had them on his show every year (because of course the GOP wouldn't authorize lasting care). They had to fight for the right to live. Until it was too late

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u/Purpledragon84 Aug 03 '22

Oh man it is the same guy! Good man indeed!

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u/notaedivad Aug 03 '22

What happened to all the Republicans who were giving hi-5s to each other for blocking the bill... They were so proud to screw over veterans...

Are they still proud?

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u/ShakoGrey Aug 03 '22

Don’t worry, they will get re-elected again. Some Americans love to vote against their best interests.

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u/Constant-Lake8006 Aug 03 '22

"The winds of change are blowing well let it be said that I also blow."

  • the traitor Ted Cruz
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u/Mysterious_Tax_5613 Aug 03 '22

It takes a comedian to turn the mirror back on our country and show us the cruelty of the Republican Party.

George Carlin is giving a nod to Stewart.

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u/Kartapele Aug 03 '22

Have you seen their interview? Jon Stewart interviewed George Carlin and at the end Carlin says “you are gonna show us a lot and I look forward to it”. He already gave that nod and I’m sure he’d be happy to see he was right

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u/Mysterious_Tax_5613 Aug 03 '22

Yes, I watched it. Carlin was so far ahead of the curve with the corrupt Republican Party. Stewart is picking up the baton and running with it.

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u/[deleted] Aug 03 '22

What’s a burn pit?

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u/pm_me_actsofkindness Aug 03 '22 edited Aug 03 '22

When America has a bunch of troops together, the troops consume a lot of single use products and generate a lot of trash and human waste. For health and practical reasons, the trash needs to go somewhere.

There is often no logistical support in place to deal with the trash, so the troops are instructed to burn it. Any mass disposal of trash by fire (which can include all manner of things) is known as a burn pit. Burning trash results in toxic fumes. When inhaled and when regularly exposed to toxic fumes, humans develop chronic, often painful, often fatal diseases—like cancer.

The US military knew all of this and chose to expose military members to toxic fumes at burn pits, then Congress refused to help the military veterans dying in painful ways until Congress was shamed into it.

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u/PembrokeBoxing Aug 03 '22

Oh jeez, I used burn pits all the time every time I was overseas. I've never heard this. No one's made an issue here. Now I'm wondering if someone should!

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u/Poebby Aug 03 '22

So did you never deploy to Iraq? Iraq the bases(FOBs not necessarily COBs) had huge burnpits.. I had to do a PT test(run 2 miles) within a block or 2 away from the burnpit.

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u/PembrokeBoxing Aug 03 '22

I was never in Iraq but I used burn pits all the time in Kosovo, Bosnia and Afghanistan. We had small enclosed burn pits. Stood there while it burned. This makes me wonder if I should look into some of the health conditions that I released with after 20 years. We used to do PT on a boxite mound as well.

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u/tigerbalmuppercut Aug 03 '22

You probably should get checked out. We had tiny burn pits too in Afghanistan. Our patrol base had like 30 people but it was the same lowest ranking guys stirring the pot with a rag over their faces.

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u/PembrokeBoxing Aug 03 '22

Yup. Absolutely. The tiny enclosed ones seem just as dangerous.

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u/ductcleanernumber7 Aug 03 '22

They were burning military trash. Plastics, metals, chemicals, oil, tires.

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u/PembrokeBoxing Aug 03 '22

Yup. Ours too. But honestly it becomes so second nature that I never really thought about it.

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u/Lee_yw Aug 03 '22

Poop too.

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u/Poebby Aug 03 '22

Well the burnpit at Balad AB could have easily stacked 3-4 hummers high and about 3 each stack(widthwise), to give you an idea of how big the burnpit was. Also they would burn alot of ahit chemicals, ink, humvees(yes literally)

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u/ShooteShooteBangBang Aug 03 '22

Better to check now and catch anything early

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u/underated_imbecile Aug 03 '22

Not Congress, the GOP, after they had already voted in favor of the original bill.

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u/Stony_Logica1 Aug 03 '22

In addition to burn pits, I had to burn human waste in steel barrels using JP8 as a fuel source. That particular job is how I spent my 21st birthday while deployed in Iraq. Fun times.

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u/Tarterus1454 Aug 03 '22

Jesus christ this is powerful.

If he ever decides to run for anything, he gets my vote.

This is what a hero looks like.

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u/anonymouse604 Aug 03 '22

The amount of effort and public name-and-shaming it took to get this basic common sense act passed is disgusting. Is it going to take a Jon Stewart taking scalps every time the republicans sabotage their constituents to own the libs?

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u/Hazzman Aug 03 '22

Another insane aspect of the burn pits. We were burning brand new equipment never opened. Still shrink wrapped. Computers, clothese, fucking trucks. Brand shiny new. Straight off the assembly floor. Burned.

Haliburton and KBR burned untold millions of dollars of tax payers money to maintain a bloated budget.

These people got sick and Cheney got rich. Liz Cheney can fuck herself too.

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u/filmgrrl1977 Aug 03 '22

This man has helped more uniformed service members than ANY republican member of congress.

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u/Emily_Postal Aug 03 '22

Also fought to get health care for 9-11 first responders.

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u/Chinaroos Aug 03 '22

Jon Stewart

2000: Hey this guy is pretty funny

2005: Hey this guy is pretty funny and he's right about a lot of things

2022: Jon Stewart, patron saint of veterans and wounded service members

2024: Jon Stewart for President (please?)

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u/Phantom_Pain_Sux Aug 03 '22

Jon Stewart

2000: Hey this guy is pretty funny

2005: Hey this guy is pretty funny and he's right about a lot of things

2019: https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2019/07/jon-stewart-9-11-first-responders-bill-passed

2022: Jon Stewart, patron saint of veterans and wounded service members

2024: Jon Stewart for President

Forgot one, Ftfy

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u/Skullface360 Aug 03 '22

Fucking A he should run for President

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u/Jon-Stewart-2024 Aug 03 '22

He should run for President.

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u/exportsoda Aug 03 '22

He doesn’t want to be president. Which is why he could make for a good president.

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u/CRO553R Aug 03 '22

Those best suited for leadership are smart enough to not seek it.

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u/Larry-fine-wine Aug 03 '22

And those the most fixated on acquiring it are often narcissists.

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u/Pigeoncoup234 Aug 03 '22

Can we all just vote for him and make him do it?

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u/tigerbalmuppercut Aug 03 '22

It would be a curse for him and a gift for us. Since he actually cares about the issues at hand dude would age like 50 years in one term. I would imagine he would carry a lot of guilt fot making the wrong decision or being put in an impossible situation. I think that's why sociopaths function so well in situations involving the fate of millions. They simply don't care.

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u/funnyfaceguy Aug 03 '22

Electorates wouldn't vote for someone who hasn't gone through the formal process of running for presidency. System is designed so you need party support to have any chance of running for office.

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u/Rockfordbaby Aug 03 '22

Perfectly stated.

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u/Misommar1246 Aug 03 '22

He’d be an awesome president, and I don’t mean just because he’s smart and kind hearted - the clapbacks would be out of this world.

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u/FlyPenFly Aug 03 '22

He would probably have more efficacy as majority leader in either chamber.

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u/Moosetappropriate Aug 03 '22

America could do worse than have a leader like Jon Stewart.

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u/Fwamingdwagon84 Aug 03 '22

Definitely. But even not as a politician, he IS a leader. He's someone to look up to and looks out for all of us, an activist. We should all aspire to be more like Jon.

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u/goodguygreg5000 Aug 03 '22

I think we just learned you don't need to be a politician or a leader to be president.

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u/sanjsrik Aug 03 '22

So how did the shitheel Republicans give in?

Did someone have pictures of Ted Cruz's spawn?

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u/mananahabit Aug 03 '22

The optics of that fist bump were that terrible.

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u/UsualAnybody1807 Aug 03 '22

That really was just so sickening.

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u/BenTherDoneThat5555 Aug 03 '22

They figured out their military constituents were pissed off that they didn't pass it & were afraid they wouldn't vote for them in November. If they do, they're all dumb asses.

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u/cpb70 Aug 03 '22

Here's Jon taking Congress to task for not continuing support for the first responders at the WTC on 9/11. Many came into contact with who knows what that was used to build the towers back when they used all kinds of crap in construction like Asbestos.

Jon Stewart demands continued medical support

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u/Urist_Macnme Aug 03 '22

Now do universal healthcare for everyone. It’s a life saver, quite literally.

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u/tookmyname Aug 03 '22

If certain party will vote against veterans’ healthcare they will never vote for average folks to have healthcare. Ever. Vets are the canary in the coal mine. They don’t even pretend to care anymore.

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u/Geoclasm Aug 03 '22

Amazing. They actually passed the thing.

Let's not get it twisted - this isn't some act of compassion on their part; it's them reading the writing on the wall and saving their asses and their jobs.

But god damn I love Jon Stewart. Definitely a hero the world needs right now.

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u/loribauerxoxo Aug 03 '22

A national treasure

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u/ga__girl Aug 03 '22

Need more people like Jon Stewart in politics, less people like Rand Paul

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u/[deleted] Aug 03 '22

I wish he would neuter Tucker Carlson again

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u/Temporary-Fix2111 Aug 03 '22

With all the negatively in the world, it's nice to win one

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u/kylanyx Aug 03 '22

He’s a real inspiration. I love his passion and unwavering support for the people who have made and continue to make sacrifices so people like me could smile at posts like this from the comfort of their home.

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u/conqueefstador12 Aug 03 '22

I wouldn’t want another TV star for president but I would make an exception for John Stewart.

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u/No-You-5064 Aug 03 '22

He is good people ❤️

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u/muff1nsRtasty Aug 03 '22

My dad wasn’t a soldier but he worked as a plumber for KBR starting in 2003, he worked in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was exposed to these burn pits for years and he just died in March due to stage 4 COPD that was no doubt due to his burn pit exposure. He also had a part of his lungs removed due to a growth. He was always very concerned about the soldiers, I like to think this news would have made him happy, rest in peace Dad

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u/bugaloo2u2 Aug 03 '22

It shouldn’t have been that hard.
Fuck the Republicans.

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u/Quizlibet Aug 03 '22

He also advocated for 9/11 first responders and he and his wife are vegans who run an animal sanctuary.

I have so much damn respect for Jon Stewart

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u/stltk65 Aug 03 '22

VA costs should be part of the fuckin defense budget if they can't plan for what comes after war they aren't planning.

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u/underated_imbecile Aug 03 '22

Dude is a national treasure. Please go watch his appearances on Meet the press and msnbc.

This was yet another ridiculous block by the GOP based on retaliatory politics, similar to blocking cheaper gas or formula assistance for new mothers.

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u/frigidcucumber Aug 03 '22

haters are saying Stewart was overreacting but honestly the man contributed to people actually paying more attention to the PACT Act

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u/Travis-Fields Aug 03 '22

THIS man IS a leader. WE need more of him.