Maybe We Should Fix The Impeachment Process? – SOME MORE NEWS

Maybe We Should Fix The Impeachment Process? – SOME MORE NEWS

(bright music) Eres Maaare Naaars! Pirate Nars! We got tales o’ swashing-buckles and gold doubloons. It’s not pirate Nars, it’s, president, it’s President Nars. Sorry that’s much less exciting. And it’s actually the
opposite of exciting. You know what I’m talking about, right? It’s this guy, he’s a complete drag and it’s still weird he’s
the president, you know? Remember when he had that show where he fired Stephen Baldwin? And now he’s the entire president? I know this seems pretty basic and like a million steps backward but are we sure he’s not doing some kind of Andy Kaufman
performance piece? We’re sure, right? Has someone asked him? Has someone asked him directly? Whatever. I guess this is the guy
we’re gonna talk about and I know that’s a bit of a bummer and there’s like, this whole
other election happening where a bunch of weiners are trying to become the person who will try to become president and we’re all fighting over which weiner would be the best one to take on Trump and there’s a really obvious winner weiner and also one of those weiners is this other even richer guy who treats women like (beep) and is just like Trump. Fun fact: Mike Bloomberg is a marionette made from re-assembled mummies with seasonal affective disorder. Tell your family. In all this election fuss, it seems like a good time for a refresher and reminder of what is at stake. Of course since we all know why the president is bad-president it might be useful to explore how he is allowed to
keep bad-presidenting. Because you remember the crimes, right? There were crimes, remember that? We had a whole impeachment
over some of them. Remember the impeachment? The one where the president was, you know, impeached. Trump has been impeached. Like, for realsies. And that’s, that’s not nothing and worth remembering forever and ever. But also, it’s kinda nothing? At least when you consider
all the new, shiny crimes the president has done since that thing where he was impeached. Crimes that we will now go over for your grim amusement
in a segment called Trump Sure Learned His Lesson From That Impeachment Yes Sir He Sure Did Glad That Whole Crime Thing Is Settled Once And For All. But you don’t have to take my word for it! – I believe that the president has learned from this case. – What do you believe the
president has learned? – The president has been impeached. There has been criticism
by both Republican and Democratic senators of his call. I believe that he will be much more cautious in the future. – Mmm. Thanks Susan Collins from early February. You’re so, you’re so right. Trump, a man who looked
directly into a solar eclipse after being told not to, totally learned his
lesson from impeachment. No need to actually
remove him from office, because he’s uh, wait, sauwey. Hey let’s see what Susan Collins from 10 days later has to say. – [Reporter] In light of
the president’s actions, do you think there’s any lessons that he learned from being impeached? – I don’t know which
actions you’re referring to. I’ve made very clear that I don’t think anyone should be retaliated against. That has nothing to do with the basis by which I voted to acquit the president. – Oh, weird! That’s so ah, so ah, so ah, so at the start of February Susan Collins said the president had learned his lesson and would never abuse his power again. Then in mid-February she seems to be totally avoiding talking
about that thing she said 10 days earlier. I, I, I, I, I wonder what happened between the first day, Trump’s acquittal, and this new, later day, not too long after that first day. Oh, right. He fired the people who
testified against him two days after his acquittal, using his power, as president, in a totally not power-abusing way at all. Because he learned his lesson, Susan. Right, Susan? Hey Susan! You still think he learned his lesson about not doing power-abuse things? Maybe we should ask you this every day of your career and then after your career and for the rest of your life. It must just be a coincidence that he fired the people who testified against him, something that the Republican senators who found him not guilty
of abusing his power urged him to not do. And to be fair and/or balanced and/or who cares anymore, according to the national
security advisor, Vindman, a decorated
officer with a long history of accomplishments standing
up for what he believed in, wasn’t fired. He was just moved from his job. Out of. In a kind of ejection, like a discharge from a gun. Along with his twin brother, who was also moved out of his job, despite having no connection
to Trump’s impeachment other than, I don’t know,
being the family member of a person who crossed Trump and perhaps a good pressure point if you were trying to punish someone like some kind of obvious and cartoonish mob boss. Or maybe we’re not giving President Trump the benefit of our doubt and Vindman was fired because Trump, knowing his work, genuinely thought he was doing a bad job. Do we have a confession definitely saying that Trump actually didn’t know him at all and fired him purely as retaliation for testifying against him? Oh, good. There it is. Literally a confession of abuse of power. The thing he was impeached for and then acquitted of
because Republicans said he had learned his lesson
not to do that thing he then did immediately
after being acquitted. And that’s the name of this horrifyingly depressing game now. Not only has Trump continued to do abuses of power and
obstructions of justice, but has realized that he can also totally admit to it and
see no consequences. And he is correct. The president is correct about a thing. Hurray! On February 13th, when meeting with New York governor Andrew Cuomo to discuss lifting a
travel restriction ban on New York residents, the President of the United States tweeted “I’m seeing Governor Cuomo
today at The White House. “He must understand that National Security “far exceeds politics. “New York must stop all of its unnecessary “lawsuits and harassment, “start cleaning itself
up, and lowering taxes.” And he spelled ‘harassment’ wrong, of course he did that. Anyhoo so the lawsuits and harassment he is referring to are lawsuits against him, specifically over his tax returns. Remember those? The things where he has nothing to hide but also still won’t let us see and is going to court over protecting? Boy, it sure sounds like our president is saying that he won’t work with Cuomo unless New York drops
those personal lawsuits against him, doesn’t it? Like a, quid something something. Like a really blatant, easy to spot and prosecute quid something something where the evidence is just the president saying it out loud. Only that won’t happen and we’ll likely never
hear about it again. Just like how we won’t hear consequences over this story about how congressman Dana Rohrabacher apparently
told Julian Assange that, on instructions from the president, we would pardon him if he said Russia had nothing to do with the DNC leaks. Despite Russia having everything
to do with the DNC leaks. It’s another quid something something that Rohrabacher doesn’t deny saying and has in fact admitted to but is now claiming that Trump didn’t tell him to do it. And hey, hey, hey look, hey now, Trump says he barely
even knows Rohrabacher, a man who was considered for his cabinet. Hmm. It’s, you know how Trump doesn’t know all those crime people all the time and then is immediately contradicted with evidence of him clearly knowing the crime people he says he doesn’t know. Like some kind of compulsive liar, the president is. And it used to be that we’d have to reach back in time to show this but thanks to the whole acquittal it seems that Trump has realized that he doesn’t even have to pretend to not know crime stuff for all that long. Here he is back during
the impeachment trial talking to his fellow puffy harasser pal Bill O’Reilly about how he absolutely didn’t direct Rudy Giuliani to go to Ukraine and
investigate Joe Biden. – [President Trump] Well,
you have to ask that to Rudy, but Rudy, I don’t, I don’t even know. I know he was going to go to Ukraine and I think he canceled a trip. But, you know, Rudy has
other clients other than me. No, I didn’t direct him but he’s a, he’s a warrior, Rudy’s a warrior. – Hey, hey, hey, hey look now, hey, hey, Trump didn’t direct him to go to Ukraine. Maybe it was just a
personal hobby of Giuliani, or he was doing it for
another one of his clients that wants to investigate Joe Biden for political purposes, you know? Hey, hey now! So that was his stance and part of his defense during the trial, which he was then acquitted for, and then eight days after that said this. – [Geraldo] Was it strange
to send Rudy Giuliani to Ukraine, your personal lawyer? Are you sorry you did that? – [President Trump] Not at all. Rudy was a great crime fighter, you know that maybe better than anybody. – Hey look! It’s the president of a country literally confessing to a thing he said he didn’t do days earlier as defense during a trial for a crime. People were like, “Hey, you did this thing “that led to a crime,”
and he was like, “Nah man, “I didn’t do that thing, you’re crazy,” and then a bunch of
demented suits were like, “Yeah, we agree he didn’t do that thing,” and then days later he
was like, “Oh I mean, “yeah, I actually did that thing “but whatever (beep), “thanks for the pass, Trump 2020!” And then the world just kept on going as if that wasn’t totally messed up and enough to sink any other president before this forsaken year. For the people who’ve always understood the objective reality
that Trump was guilty but also realized that
there was nothing anyone would do about it, this
is probably no surprise. But it’s kind of chilling to realize that Trump is also one of those people. He knows he’s guilty, and he knows it doesn’t matter. He’s a teenager learning that adults can’t legally hit you despite how much you harass them. A house cat discovering that no matter where it (beep), someone will pick that up. Or a down-on-his luck man realizing that the great lady-sea is the last haven of true freedom. God, I wish we did a
pirate thing this time! My whole, my whole thing is pirates now. We read headlines about how the DOJ has suddenly reduced Roger
Stone’s prison sentence while the president and
guy Roger Stone worked for and helped the campaign of tweets out a direct attack and obvious lie about the people who prosecuted him causing them to quit the case. A bold-faced and undeniable act of obstruction of justice and corruption by the President of the United States in the light of day, and we hear about it, and feel helpless to stop it. And know that most likely Stone will get a full pardon. Because the GOP majority has made it clear that they are going to support Trump for obvious partisan reasons no matter what he does, and we’re apparently unable to stop them, despite them and everyone else knowing that they’re all lying. It’s (beep) scary, and a clear indication that the system is broken. And even worse, when we can’t even, we can’t even keep up with it. We’re like Lucy shoving the
chocolate into our mouths, but if the chocolate was also (beep). Trump’s (beep). We’re eating so much of it. All the time. Until we die. Here’s another story
about how Trump Hotels, you know, the hotel
business our president runs are charging the secret service, aka the taxes we pay, insane rates to stay at the hotel, which they have to stay at
to protect the president, who owns the hotels. Remember how he’s like been violating the emoluments clause of the Constitution since day one and yet
that’s still not a thing that has gotten him removed, even though it’s more than enough? Again, all of everything
I’ve just discussed came out in just the time since Trump was acquitted and then totally learned his lesson. This is all just the span of weeks thanks to our newly
empowered crime president. (bright music) And again, still wouldn’t be surprised if this is some performance art piece and if it is I guess, I guess I thank you, Mr. President, for pointing out how our
government is so broken that the power of the executive branch was kept at bay by a (beep) honor system this entire time. Something is broken. And as we all know at this point, that thing goes far
beyond one ragey weirdo pratfalling into the Oval Office. Specifically, we now know
that the impeachment process is an absolute joke. The thing many assumed would save us from a blatantly corrupt president grifter didn’t work. Our brakes have failed and we are careening
toward the rocky cliff wondering if it would be better to at least swerve into a tree. This tree. Fun fact: Mike Bloomberg is a literal tree that came to life thanks
to a magic top hat filled with NDAs. Pass it on. So what happened? What needs to be fixed? Let’s assume, happily and for a moment, that Trump won’t last the next election and the country will quietly move on like a hungover guy
sneaking out of the aquarium with eel bites on his junk. Like this totally hypothetical man realizing that his sexual attraction to long-fish just isn’t worth the ensuing medical bills, we too can learn from our embarrassment in part two of today’s video, coming right up after a word from me. Hey folks, do you like wireless earphones from a company co-founded by Ray J? Well guess what? Hi. We teamed up with Raycon
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Who’s Attracted to Fish You Do It It’s You. So how is our impeachment process broken? Well for starters, it technically isn’t. We impeached this president, right? He’s a big ol’ peach forever. Peach-Man, the halls of history will echo for the rest of days. Princess Impeach. Peach-o-Trump-o, is his name-o. And so on and so forth. No, the actual thing that’s broken, and this should come as a surprise to exactly nobody, is the Senate, who failed to actually
carry out the impeachment and remove Trump, Mr.
Peach-o, orange man face, as foretold in legend. It’s because they’re terrible, and partisan, and slow, and greedy, and terrible. But especially, terrible. And we’re not going to fix that without fixing how we elect them, which we can’t fix without fixing how we do our elections, something I’ve talked about in the past. LIke a maniac apparently. Things like ranked-choice voting and multi-member districts would greatly help this problem. But also, as U.S.
Representative Bill Pascrell pointed out in this opinion piece, Congress is hilariously understaffed and under resourced, corporate lobbyists now spending far more on Congress than taxpayers do. Meaning that there’s less of a reason to do the people’s bidding than to do the companies’. As Mr. Pascrell described in his article, in 2016 there were more
than 6,200 tax lobbyists on the Senate Finance Committee and the Joint Committee on Taxation while only 130 aides were on the side of the American people. But this profound lack of resources wasn’t always this way and in fact only happened in the ’90s. Why? Because of this guy. Oh hi, Newt! So glad we get to talk about you. It turns out that back
when he was House Speaker, Newt Gingrich cut two-thirds of the staff from the Congressional Research Service, Government Accountability Office, and Congressional Budget Office, as well as defunded the Office
of Technology Assessment. All of these sections were designed to give Congress the power to look into issues themselves so they could make informed laws. In other words, Newt Gingrich made Congress dumber
and without resources, something only a totally
honest person would do who wanted the best decisions
made in our government. Oh and fun fact, during this time he also used those same resources to work on his personal
campaigns and projects. I don’t mean to point fingers, but is anyone surprised
that the GOP found it beneficial to make Congress less informed? Like doesn’t that make all the sense considering that they are far more likely to be paid by the tobacco
and oil and gas lobby and be against LGBTQ
and reproductive rights and all those other things that require you to ignore science? Of course they would cut spending to the learning part of their brain. Of course they would do that. And to make it worse, no one seems to talk about this that much or realize it’s a problem. Here’s an article from Real Clear Politics criticizing the democrats’
handling of Trump’s impeachment, citing how during the Nixon scandal the House of Representatives didn’t hold any official proceedings until conducting an extensive bi-partisan investigation with 51 days of hearings and then turned the findings into very specific charges against Nixon. The article is framed as if they simply can’t understand why Pelosi isn’t doing it the same
as they did in the ’70s while completely ignoring what our ol’ friend Newt did in the ’90s. So yeah, if you’re wondering why we used to be able to accomplish baseline things like a Clean Water Act and actually holding
presidents accountable, it’s because there once was a time where senators of any level of experience were able to get proper resources and time to pursue
actual political action. Was it perfect? Probably not. But was it more perfect than what is currently happening? Probably yes. Ah jeez, so that’s a problem. One that has made impeachment
completely ineffective. Assuming it was ever
effective in the first place. During the Clinton impeachment, a hilariously quaint set of accusations by today’s new president standards that nonetheless gives me an opportunity to point out that Bill
Clinton is a rapist. During that impeachment vote, nearly everyone voted on party lines, just like nearly everyone voted on party lines for Trump. But the Constitution requires a two-thirds supermajority to convict. And so when Congress is
so incredibly divided by party lines and no party is ever likely to have a huge majority and when the GOP or perhaps future Democrats are so blinded by partisanship that they are willing to reject basic reality, it’s just never gonna happen. The jury can’t also be
friends with the defendant or in this case, sad
sycophants of the defendant despite that defendant
constantly abusing them and the people they work for. Like obviously they can’t. We had a whole movie
about this and it was, it was fine. A perfectly fine movie,
so says the opinion of the person who wrote this joke. So until we fix a congress filled with understaffed, partisan hacks, we need another way to remove an unfit president from office. One of the more common and most hilarious
suggestions from the media during the trial was that Trump should be censured by the Democrats, which is literally just to officially condemn his actions and then move on. It’s a great alternative, Washington Post, thank you. Who added that impeachment
was terrible for the country and that we should instead
make a formal complaint against the president
who would totally stop doing crimes if we just
scolded him for it. Great thinking there. It’s weird how many opinion articles are out there trying to convince people that a symbolic gesture will totally make a difference and cause Trump voters,
many of whom are convinced there’s a deep state conspiracy
against their president as foretold by the sage words of 4Chan, to see the error of their ways. No, perhaps we should
brainstorm some solutions to actually make a difference. Just a thought. Politico had a novel idea, which was to ask a group of legal experts with advanced knowledge
of the Constitution what we should do. You know, the kind of
people who at one point might have been able to work in Washington back when they liked
having smart people around. Their solutions address
two really obvious problems with the Trump impeachment process: the blatant partisanship in the Senate, and the fact that people could just ignore subpoenas for some reason. And hey, maybe they
shouldn’t be able to do that. As one Professor of History
in the article suggests, perhaps people who refuse to testify in an impeachment should go to jail. It’s a fine idea. And while doing that might have some legal and political repercussions, it would be very helpful during a time of constitutional crisis. Like the one we just had, you know? Additionally, as a teacher
of constitutional law and politics later suggests, members of the Senate and House should also be treated with scrutiny, specifically vetted for
conflicts of interest and being forced to recuse themselves if any arise. To save time, this would be done by having each member go before the Supreme Court and swear to having no conflicts, and then if we think they are lying because some of them
would definitely be lying there would be a more
comprehensive investigation of that individual. In short, we need to, at the very least, make the act of refusing to cooperate with an impeachment a way
more punishable offense. And it’s actually weird that this isn’t already a thing we do. And hey, speaking of
laws and court and stuff. Another idea floated by a
former assistant U.S. attorney is probably the most obvious, which is that we should
probably have a branch other than Congress
weigh in on these things. For example, while the
Department Of Justice has guidelines preventing them from charging a sitting
president with crimes, maybe they should not have guidelines preventing them from charging a sitting president for crimes? Maybe there should be specific guidelines for how the DOJ would be able to actually indict a sitting president when someone, I don’t know, investigates a bunch of crimes they did. Like maybe they shouldn’t just have to go, “So uh, here are a bunch of crimes “in case anyone wants
to do something about it “at some point, okay, goodbye forever.” That would be an easy fix, huh? Or hey, maybe the Supreme Court could get involved? It’s not a crazy idea,
as Alexander Hamilton mentioned in the Federalist Papers that it was considered, saying, “Would it have been an
improvement of the plan, “to have united the Supreme
Court with the Senate, “in the formation of the
court of impeachments? “This union would certainly
have been attended “with several advantages,” before adding, “But nah, let’s not do it,” and then singing about Yorktown or whatever that crazy
kook did with his time. And as a constitutional
law professor notes in that Politico article, the founding fathers ultimately assumed that members of Congress
would naturally reject any president that abused his power despite party lines. Which is just, adorable. It’s also a pretty huge
thing to keep in mind that when impeachment was invented, it absolutely wasn’t
designed to work this way. It was made in good faith that we would never be in the situation we are in right now. Meaning that the founding fathers were objectively wrong about this. And you know, probably wrong about a lot of other things. So there’s no question here that this does need to change. And soon. Because whether or not we vote Trump out, he’s made it extremely
clear to any future grifter that the buffet is wide open, and in this current broken-ass system it is extremely easy to get away with whatever you want no matter how badly of
a dumb liar you are. And so if the best case scenario happens and he is elected out, one of the first orders of business really needs to be how can we make sure that doesn’t happen again. And if we can’t fix
that, then I don’t know, maybe let’s not have a government. No more government. Just toss it out and go by some kind of, like a code instead. Like a, like a pirate code! Argh yeah bucko let’s form a pirate brethren where we settle disputes
through clashing steel and a hearty jig! Weigh anchor and send that
Jolly Roger a-flappin’ in the tall winds! No presidents! And all the gold and rum and beautiful sexy fish we can lay our hands on! See, I got us back to pirates. The transition was a little sweaty but I got us there. It’s a call back, you see. And I got the fish sex thing in there too. For levity because everything I said was terrible and depressing. I hope you enjoyed it. As the credits roll. (bright music) I don’t actually have sex with fish. Hi! Thanks for watching! Make sure you like and subscribe and go to our links and
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100 thoughts on “Maybe We Should Fix The Impeachment Process? – SOME MORE NEWS

  1. can you imagine that thisi s going on for almost 4 years now… i cant even remember what happenend a few weeks ago it was so much… fuck this timeline.

  2. So, Trump found out he could get away with straight up admitting to crimes? Well, I guess you know how we feel over in Turkey, now. In our defense, it took longer for our current administration to dismantle all checks and balances on its power.

  3. Here's a topic that you might want to put in the spotlight right away. Vote for Bernie! Please! I am going to vote for Biden if Bernie loses, but there is an obvious reason why Biden will lose if you've paid any attention to him lately. And once he gets into a debate with Trump, it will be glaringly obvious.

  4. I LOVE this guy. He is halarious. PLUS, his news' is right-on the money. Keep it up. Your news is what we need. Thank you! 😀✌

  5. It's a politics problem, but it's also a general white collar crime problem. By, uh, coincidence(?), the crimes poor people are likely to commit are much easier to 'prove objectively.' "Oh, we saw you shoot that guy." "You were seen nearby when that guy's stereo got stolen, and his stolen stereo was found in your apartment."

    But white collar crime is just vaguer, usually. You have to guess about people's intentions. And for lots of people, that's just not how they imagine justice works.

  6. When you are removed from being aloud to speak the truth, I will know we have been completely overwhelmed with absolutism and will move to canada…

  7. The sooner US citizens realize they can't electorally vote or impeach a fascist regime away, the better. If we want something done right, we'll wind up having to do it ourselves.

  8. And the US military has their thumbs up their asses proclaiming they're "heroes!" and demanding that we thank them for their "service" . . .

  9. The House voting to impeach clearly isn't enough to get rid of a president, considering the constitution says the senate vote is required for impeachment, so why do people (on both sides) refer to someone who was voted out by the House as "impeached"? I was hoping republicans would stop saying that bill clinton was "impeached" now that the exact same thing has happened to Trump, I wasn't expecting the "impeached" nonsense to double up.

  10. Okay. Notes.

    First, you've really got to stop just dismissing the guidance that the DOJ operates under with respect to a sitting president and the indictment thereof out of hand. It's not nonsense and there's a very real reason why that guideline exists. In very brief terms, it would then be possible for a sitting president to be convicted of crimes but NOT removed from office, forcing him to carry out his duties from prison, which he could not do effectively, thus rendering the office unavoidably hampered. In effect, even if you convicted the president of crimes, you couldn't actually DO anything about it, and that's before you consider the fact that the president is theoretically the top guy in charge of the people who are supposed to prosecute him in that case, presenting a tremendous conflict of interest on their part that's probably irremediable.

    Second, just fucking stop it with Bill Clinton, man. That case is a whole hell of a lot more complicated than you're giving it credit for and it's far from a foregone conclusion that he would even be indicted by a grand jury, let alone convicted. All you're doing is pointlessly pushing buttons and it's not even really in service of any sort of a joke. It's just you yelling something that a minority of people might agree with you about to absolutely no avail.

    Third, the act of refusing to cooperate with a subpoena from Congress IS a crime, which is kind of the point of a lot of these pieces. If the House were really interested in carrying out the proceedings in a way that might have motivated a couple more senators to switch sides, we'd still be going through the investigation right now, because the actual subpoenas would be tied up in court under an immediate motion to quash and they would have to filter all the way up to the Supreme Court. The Democrats decided that they wanted to avoid waiting on that process, which was probably a really, really stupid idea that they should not have done, but I understand it. The later the impeachment goes into the campaign season, the more likely it becomes a substantial problem for the possible candidate, and if things don't break your way, the acquittal that everybody accepted as a foregone conclusion could come at a bad time and shift momentum. I understand that. I don't agree with the strategy, and I think that it would probably have been better if they had resolved the question of witnesses in the House, but I don't get a vote on that one. Regardless, just ignoring the subpoena actually is something you're not allowed to do – the House just never tried to actually enforce their subpoena.

    Fourth, and finally, because I want beer and to stop typing, I believe your solutions might have a critical flaw. Who's supposed to implement and enforce them? For instance, let's say that all the Senators have to testify that they have no conflict of interest. So what? Who's supposed to investigate them to see if they do? The guy they're impeaching? The judiciary (which doesn't have that authority)? The legislature, that would both then be investigating itself and also wouldn't investigate conflicts of interest on the majority side of the aisle in the current environment? The problem is that the way power is divided up between the three bodies means that there is not and cannot be any such thing, and that's why basically all of your solutions are just fart sounds. They're not compatible with representative democracy as it's implemented here.

    If you really want to get to what the problem is with our current political system, do an episode on Arrow's Impossibility Theorem. I mean, you won't, because that's why people like Bernie Sanders or Donald Trump would never even approach an actual nomination from a real political party (they are far too divisive to ever hope to be the proper Condorcet winner of a multi-party election, which I would regard as an absolutely good thing, but I suspect you would take difference with because of your pretty obvious proclivities), but if we simply abandoned rank-based voting and switched to an approval or scoring system, a lot of this would become less of an issue, because moderation would actually become a political asset again in a whole lot more districts, rather than a liability.

  11. Possibly the only positive thing that has come from trump3 presidency is that we have a fragile democracy and, we the people, must maintain it, for it to work.

  12. Maybe the fucking US should have impeached trump for actual fucking relevant shit instead of the "Oh no he may have told this foreign country to investigate his opponents son"… WTF is wrong with the US? Trump has done how many impeachable offenses and you try to put him up for this?!!!
    Your country is FUCKED!!!

  13. I love the channel and would like it even more if I felt that ALL of the content was appropriate for my kids. Please consider making some of the jokes cleaner. This sort of commentary would be great to share with a broader audience.

  14. Last election: Clearly the country doesn’t trust politicians anymore, we need to vote for trump because he’s not a politician, but instead a business man… yea let’s go with that, money is good, let’s elect the money man, he will support us because he doesn’t need money.
    Turns out greed is ingrained into his DNA, amongst other horrible unethical modalities of thought. But he wanted to bring us back to the rose colored black and white 50’s era of prosperity!
    Well that was faux reality even back then, and he failed anyway. His selfishness was an appeal because that’s capitalism, but it didn’t work, partially because no ideal is perfect, but mostly because he’s amoral. But now, this election: ok that was scary, let’s go back to the way things were, or maybe we can go the other way and take a chance on this hyper moral guy with radical ideas, He’s like the opposite of a politician, yea that’s what we want. Wait that sounds familiar… that didn’t work last time, shucks, guess we should just go back to the way things were… yea let’s do that, the media seems to agree, he’s not a real politician, we should ignore him just like the media does. That and all the other manipulation factors, heck, many people still don’t know much about him other than Bernie=socialist=evil. But if they really thought about this, we still feel like we can’t trust politicians, and there’s a reason for feeling that way, we were right about that, we just voted for the wrong driving force in this country. Money does not equal righteousness, bad people can get rich and through that means be granted power and the ability to manipulate things to keep it that way. So let’s vote the other way again, keep away from the “generic politician”, break the status quo, give something new a chance, vote for the moral possibility. Give Bernie the chance to fix this nonsense! If he fails he will be able to swallow his pride and admit he was wrong and move on to new ideas. The rest of these politicians are too arrogant, amoral, controlled by those with money and power, and have too much pride to adapt when necessary, and no one else but bernie will really act in the name of the people, for the good of all humanity. Here’s hoping, but i think it’s clear, we lost the power as the American people a long time ago. We’re civilized now, so even if the majority truly got behind positive change, a revolution is no longer on the table, not a violent one, and not a new innovative way not currently apparent, and so, Bernie may be our last hope before we nose dive into a dystopian future.

  15. Ah yes the pirate code of rapping, thievery and pillaging other nations of their riches…..sort of like exactly what governments do but WITHOUT any observering body able to dispense some justice for the victims of their piracy. BRILLIANT CODY!! You solved the world , with drugs and piracy. A true intellectual.

  16. This, THIS, and MORE OF THIS!!! Trump was a worst case scenario test of our safety systems, and it turns out they are not worth a ****. Next president and congress have to make fixing this a top priority.

  17. You know what, I AM a precious, darling, adorable. Regardless of your inclinations toward fish, thank you for reminding me.

  18. waiting on them crimes you said trump did.. over 3 years and there is no crimes on trump.. fire someone is not a crime.. your are as dumb as you look

  19. Hey! It's almost like shitty politicians working in a shitty party system that gives people waaaay to much power are going to do shitty things.
    Whaaat? Oh my gaaad! How could that be the case?

    And the proposal of avoiding conflict of interest would mean that fucking everyone in the Senate and house would have to recuse themselves, as you said everybody votes on party lines.

  20. About voting systems, it may be worth mentioning that Ranked Choice Voting (IRV) typically has most of the same problems as the Plurality system the US uses now. It has a nice ranked ballot, but then it throws out most of that data and usually chooses the same candidate as a simple "vote for one" system.

    Instead of IRV or Plurality, we should be using Approval voting or a Condorcet-compatible method. They follow a simple and straightforward rule that, if a candidate would win 1-on-1 contests against every other candidate, they are obviously the best choice and should win the election. This is known as the Condorcet criterion.

    Approval voting doesn't always select the Condorcet winner, but it usually does… especially in large elections. And it's extremely simple to implement… instead of "vote for one", simply use "vote for one or more". It's amazing how much difference that can make.

    Of course, a full Condorcet system (like the Schulze method or Ranked Pairs Condorcet) would be better. But it's harder to implement since it uses a ranked ballot, and Approval is almost is good.

    Anyway, TL;DR: Beware of Instant Runoff Voting (IRV, RCV, "Ranked Choice"). It's not very good. Instead, push your representatives to switch to Approval Voting or Condorcet.

  21. Thanks for the humor at the end, it didn't help with the crushing feeling of defeat and pain in my heart… but thanks trying

  22. You, John Oliver, and lately Chris Hayes are doing a real service to future historians and journalists. Showing them yes, it's every bit as absurd as it sounds. Yes, we are the majority and we are still helpless. And even as the minority, there is a shocking number of people inhabiting an imaginary "reality" where this shit isn't only acceptable, but celebrated. And they think they're the true patriots. It's existential absurdity.

  23. Exercising power you have isn't illegal on it's own. I hate Trump but no one in office can call him out for actual crimes because it would draw attention to their own crimes. Hillary will use super delegates to run again herself before she lets Bernie run.

  24. Either the House needs their own law enforcement arm, to enforce subpoenas, or the DOJ needs to get divorced from the executive branch somehow.

  25. 🤣

  26. I don't think fundamentally you can make the impeachment process any better. Starts in congress, House passes a simple majority and Senate decides with 2/3 majority. Now because it hasn't given you the result you like doesn't mean that process isn't working. ps to change the process, you need to change the constitution, good luck with that.

  27. Hey Cody, I don't know how long you and Katy were a part of Cracked for, but I sincerely want to thank you for all that you did there, and the rest of the team.

    I'm 23 now. I started reading Cracked when I was much younger, between 13 and 15. And I can see in my mind's eye that there was already a huge political bent to them. Between the dick jokes and roasting people, I was getting funny, intuitive introductions to feminism, to class consciousness, to so many different people's experiences.
    It went so well that I could never once understand the "feminism is cancer" people as I grew. And learning about feminism was so good for me. I'm not a trad-masc guy, and I had a shit ton of anxiety that also fed off that. Feminism gave me a way of looking at the world in which I made sense, where I didn't need to be that other guy to love myself.
    It's always possible to misremember, but I'm pretty sure there was a columnist named "Cody Johnston" whose articles I read. So thank you, for being a part of my formative years, and helping me be the person that I'm happy to be today.
    And moreso, thank all of you for keeping it up, for giving us a standard of passion and being informed to live up to.

  28. The sadist part of all this is how Trump's constantly admitting to the crimes on national TV, openly saying he's above any law, and that he should be allowed to commit crimes against humanity and abolish even shit like the Geneva convention. He just has to say he didn't do it once so fake news can just play that clip. It makes it blatantly obvious that anyone who supports him doesn't even listen to anything he says or cares what he believes. All conservatives KNOW they know nothing but just assume the others do… They stay so out of touch that they think they can fake it. Literally the epitome of the Dunning-Kruger effect and mob mentality.

  29. ….as I understand it, there were a bunch more criminal acts they had evidence to prosecute Trump on.

    However, since before the Impeachment was in operation, back when Muellar had fpund a bunch of actual evidence, Trump was already in talks with Judge-Rapey, to see if it was legal or possible to Pardon himself.

    Since he basically used his control over the Republican senate trolls, looks like a President CAN pardon himself, even he's just making deals with his sycophants to make it happen.

    But, that's Federal level where Trump has some long reaching Executive power, but what power does he have over the legal system at the State level? Trump has committed a lot pf crimes, and I believe that state district attorneys have powers over individuals, no matter what their previous job was.

    Maybe in time, the Cheetoe will have to face State justice, even if corrupt federal officers who have betrayed EVERY sentence in the Oaths of office.

    Isn't that basically breaking a contract to the detriment of the other members of a proposed Class Action?

    I don't know. Maybe. I'd like to see it happen.

  30. I had to click the link because of the way you were talking about them I couldn't tell if the headphones were real or not

  31. Why would the secret service even pay. They are retarded and deserved to be charged if they would actually pay to stay at his hotels when he goes there. If they dont want to pay and Trump says they have to then just dont protect him. Fuck him. See I'm not against violence if we know the person is a pos. It's like the I wouldn't kill hitler as a baby but I would have killed him a 6 months after he started his nonsense. Violence is okay sometimes, just saying. Secret service needs to "accidentally" fall asleep on tje job and then claim they dont know anyone that would do anything wrong, duh.

  32. I've unironically considered organizing a government based on the pirate code of the West Indies' pirates during the Golden Age of Piracy. I have no idea how scalable it might be, but I think it should work up to a thousand people. Everyone is organized into metaphorical crews of roughly 30 people. This is based on their profession or sub profession. Like I said, I'm not certain of the scalability of this proposal, but it makes for pretty cool worldbuilding. I'm currently using it as the basis of government for an anarchist aligned socialist government my player character in Sunless Seas creates. Anyway, a crew elects one of their own to be the captain. The captain also directs their crew in said profession, but any big decisions are put to a general vote. A new captain can be elected at any time. The captain also only receives double whatever the crew is making, while any specialists on the crew get 1.5 the standard wage. Each crew drafts up their own articles, dealing with punishment for crimes (although they tend to copy the general structure of the rules of the other crews) and generally how the crew shall be run, obviously specific to their profession.
    Crews are organized into geographical groupings. They're called island crews in my Sunless Seas story, but that's only because the government is already called the Free Islands. If the maximum number of crews in an island crew is 30. The captains of each respective crew are the members of the island crew, and they represent the interests of their crew. If they stop doing so, they'll likely be replaced. There is an Island Captain, again the democracy functions the same. The job of an island crew is to make sure that every person on their island has their daily needs met, and is given a chance to work ("From each according to their ability, to each according to their need").
    The Island Captains appoint a Protector, who leads the Free Islands. They make nation wide decisions and are responsible for trade laws and having a functioning thing that can defend them (like say former pirates who've agreed to turn to escort duty and only target already hostile ships). The Crew of Captains, as it's called, is responsible for establishing the Free Island code, which all of the other codes are based on. This is stuff like "don't steal, murder, or rape". Of course, it is understood that if theft does occur, there is a failure somewhere in the system and there is an investigation to see if someone had a need to steal, or was just greedy. For the Free Islands, marooning someone on a small island with a pistol and a bottle of rum is standard practice, but that's only because they're from an alternate 1880s, and so the idea of rehabilitative justice hasn't crossed their mind.
    I guess this is just so say that a pirate government is possible.

  33. The Impeachment process is not broken. The politicians that have failed to uphold their oaths of office to bear allegiance and to defend The Constitution are the broken factors. The very individuals that have been entrusted to govern this country in order for the rest of us to be able to keep it strong by our every day routines are the ones that have betrayed our trust. They have forsaken their integrity and honor and their word to pledge allegiance to a man named Trump. A guy that is neither Republican nor Democrat, although he was the latter for DECADES before deciding that a switch may be beneficial to his ego and finances. He is a wanna-be mob boss/despot. He needs to be removed right along with those that enable his daily incompetency in the most expeditious manner possible, preferably in a legal manner.

  34. Proof that leftists are idiots:
    Quality of life of Americans has increased in the last three years due to the actions of President Trump in spite of Democrats doing exactly nothing for Americans other than supporting the cartoon and impeachment industry:
    "Impeach Trump!"

    Democrats: tried to impeach/commit a coup against President Trump for no crimes whatsoever AND FAILED.
    Cody: Impeach!

    Leftists: if you ban abortions, people will still get them.
    Also leftists: if you ban guns no one will be able to get them.

    Leftists: The government response to coronavirus is inept!
    Also Leftists: Government should be in charge of healthcare.

    Leftists screech 'Russia! Russia! Russia!' for three years
    Also leftists: try to nominate a dessicated 79 year old communist

    Leftists: Russia manipulated the 2016 election with $250,000 in Facebook ads!
    Also Leftists: ..while Bloomberg spending $500 million dollars on political ads did not..

    Bernie promoted socialism for decades.
    But chose to become a millionaire in America instead of moving to a socialist country.

    Notice that you never see protests at…. trade schools.

    Joe Biden says he knows how to fix America..
    but never told Obama.

    Leftists: Clothing choice should never lead to assault #MeToo
    Also Leftists: If you wear a MAGA hat, you're asking for it.

    Leftists: you can't criticize a 16 year old! (Greta)
    Also Leftists: (regarding 16 year old in MAGA hat in D.C. libeled/slandered by CNN) it's ok to criticize 16 year olds!

    Leftists: White Supremacists are gunning people down everywhere!
    Reality: most mass shooters, more than 4 victims, are black. and registered Democrats.

    Leftists: 'gun free zones stop mass shooters!'
    Reality: Not once, never, nope.

    Leftists: Allowing Russia to meddle in our elections will destroy America!
    Also leftists: Illegals should be allowed to vote!

    Leftists: injecting cattle with hormones is evil!
    Also leftists: injecting children with hormones in the name of trans ideology: 'Fine!'

    Leftists: no one should be a billionaire.
    Also leftists: 'billionaires will fund our tax plan!

    lol! you're all idiots.

  35. Soooo…you into puffer/blowfish or maybe just suckers?… couldn't resist since you kept going back to the fish sex…btw are you still banned from SeaWorld?…

  36. As an outsider, I marble at quirks of U. S. politics! It's funny, Hahaha…

    …I'm afraid now, please stop!

  37. Ok, why aren’t people in streets protesting the destruction and corruption of the fundamental institutions of the American democracy? Greta Thunberg started by striking all alone. If you can’t get a few people of like mind to join you, make your sign and go public. Stand by your Federal Prosecutors office or any other branch of one of those corrupted institutions. If you don’t start the revolution who will?

  38. Isn't it weird that everytime people seem to discover that the system works to protect the powerful ?

  39. 25:38 According to my pirate researches, Caribbean pirates would hve probably actually talked with Caribbean accents.

  40. I remember a while I said that we passed law that required streets to be cleaned because we can't expect everyone to just do it, just because. That line of logic needs to be used in these cases.

  41. Cody I'm curious about what your show would be like if Trump was removed from office. You would have nothing to to talk about. Would you retire? Wouldnt that be nice? Or are there other villains on your list? Trump 2024! That way atleast cody can stay on the air.

  42. My husband was passed over for a promotion for a less experienced woman because the company wanted to "shake things up". Company went under two years later. Lifelong liberal here, voting trump.

  43. You get a good look at a person's true character when that person faced with a tough situation or adversity so when trump got elected and started using the presidency to commit multiple crimes and to enrich himself, it was a true test of the republicans character and they failed miserably. Rather than do their constitutionally mandated duties to hold the presidency accountable, they chose to help trump to get away with his crimes. When duty called, the republicans failed miserably. They have no honour.

  44. on one hand, we could actually use this as a teachable moment that it actually doesn't matter if you abuse power if you have the senate locked down. we could have a left president basically stretch things to the fucking limit, do whatever they want not to do crimes, but passing stuff like free weed, no private prisons, cancelling student debt, medicare for all etc through executive order and they could do absolutely nothing to stop us. you could get a ton of good done just by ignoring the other party now that we know it literally doesn't matter. could be a good harm reduction thing to make peoples' lives a little better before we have the ability to change to a better economic and political structure

  45. I think the reason that I let Cody tell me news is bc – unlike other news sources – he forms consistent opinions and uses them in his reporting process. Also, the satire never feels old or gauche.

  46. So I saw this nature show a few years ago, where there was the scuba tour, and because they went to the same area every day, there was this one big moray eel that had grown accustomed to people. It was friendly, and people would actually pet it. And the director of that tour had a little pouch on his hip where he carried hot dogs he would give to the eel. Then one day, that tour director got distracted and looked away while his hand was down near that pouch. He felt a pop and looked back to see that the nice friendly eel had bitten off one of his fingers. One bite. Snapped it clean off.

    So I’m just saying, YOU BE CAREFUL CODY!

  47. Fundamental problem with US system is from of a outsider perspective Judicial and Executive branches are not separate, President should not decide Supreme court members also Judicial system should not intervene with policy decisions .

    There one way to do it is setup the Supreme court with merit system some kind of point system with age, number of cases plays a role while you at it add a level system to also bonus point if you don't execute anyone falsely. That way Supreme court would be trust able enough to throw presidents at it.

  48. Welcome to partisan vote land where the dems are still seething after 4 years because they dont like a person. Which then equates to an automatic accusation that the system is broken when they dont get what they want.

  49. Someone explain to me how the impeachment process didn't work when it did ? This stupid commie can't even get a good haircut, but he thinks he knows how to fix the government.

  50. It's because there's a solid 40% of the population who love being conned by the rich "elite" while pretending they hate the "elite" no matter the corruption .

  51. A lot of people get on Trump for looking directly at the solar eclipse and like… idk if he like stared for a long time or what.. but who among us actually was able to resist the urge to get one direct glance at what was one of the most beautiful things you'll ever get a chance to see? I sure looked, and it was 100% worth it. My eyes show 0 signs of having been damaged by it too.

  52. What crimes the Senate did not find any Crimes.
    The only crimes I saw was partisan politics gone wild.
    Just another case of the Democratic Party acting almost as stupid as you.

    Strangle The Gangs

    Legalize All Drugs

    Legalize Prostitution

    End Welfare Now

  53. gee… ya think? When a body of government (the senate in this case) can willfully declare they have no intentions of holding a fair and impartial impeachment hearing.. It's time for them to go… all of them.

  54. Congress doesn’t fix anything anymore….they spend time arguing and dissing each other along party lines. What needs to be fixed is the election process and having two term limits. If Congress people don’t put their heart and soul in making this country GREAT AGAIN, they are freaking out on their ass. Can’t be allowed again to run for any other office. This is a start. No more “lifetime” politicians or elected officials!

  55. SO I want to stress to this audience, get out there and campaign for Sanders during the primaries, because I know most of you support him.


  56. Wait, Cody, you can't make pirates your main thing now! What about the boars? They're still a problem!

    1. In Korea, they're still spreading the swine flu.

    1a. Cases of swine flu reported in China. You might be thinking "that makes sense, Korea and China share a boar-der (sorry), and boars have no respect for borders, which is admittedly kind of cool," but the province the swine flu was reported in is in Central China! Not even the Chinese police state can stop them. Which again makes sense, as your own diligent research has uncovered that they can fucking teleport.

    2. A hunter in Texas managed to get one that weighed almost 400 lbs. The so-called "journalists" that wrote this article did nothing to track down the boar's friends or family to find out how many there are or whether or not they'll be seeking revenge.

    3. Last month, a boar charged a dude in Texas on his own front porch. The man heroically protected himself and his dogs with a crossbow, but again, no word on the boar's friends and family and whether or not they will be seeking revenge.

    I could go on, but nobody wants that. They want you, Cody. We want you. Pirates are cool, but the boars won't stop just because pirates are cool. The boars respect nothing. Not borders, not quarantines, not the sanctity of all life, not pirates.

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