Filibuster: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

  • Published: 09 September 2019
  • John Oliver explains why filibusters exist, why they shouldn't, and why it's stupid to drink coffee like a cat.

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  • johnheyrman
    johnheyrman  2 minutes back

    Love John Oliver, but Jimmy Stewart was not a bad actor, nor were they "all pretty bad back then."

    • JustPassingThrough
      JustPassingThrough  2 minutes back

      Ok I'm sold. Filibustering definitely needs to die. I'd rather the smaller risk of bad legislation than the guarantee of nearly no good legislation and even less overall progress on legislation as a whole.

      • Leviathan Xyzzy
        Leviathan Xyzzy  9 minutes back

        Ted Cruz is a filibuster cocksucker.

        • Dark Side Entertainment

          Best bit

          • Laurie Guilbeau
            Laurie Guilbeau  2 hours back

            Is that why a cup of coffee or tea is served with a saucer? I always wondered what the point of the saucer was. To hold a lemon slice? To catch spills? To hold your teaspoon?

            • Chait
              Chait  2 hours back

              Jon, you're English, you have to know this mate. People always pour their tea in the saucer to cool it off. that's an English thing

              • Dylan Thomas
                Dylan Thomas  3 hours back

                Ay fug you Chasing Amy is a great movie and an important one today. She wasn't a lesbian, she wasn't sure of any of it. She just liked experimenting and loving, and society kept trying to label her and she shed all of that. It's a good message!

                • Eduard Braila
                  Eduard Braila  3 hours back

                  Green new deal is restarted sooo I don’t give a shit

                  • Alan Cobb
                    Alan Cobb  4 hours back

                    Try passing legislation that can be supported by both parties and you have a solution. Try passing extreme legislation & you will die a slow death. What high population areas need is different than what rural America needs; find a common ground.

                    • Dean Quinlan
                      Dean Quinlan  7 hours back

                      So basically instead of being a cooling saucer, the US senate just lets the coffee sit there until it evaporates. Well done everyone.

                      • Garnoth123
                        Garnoth123  8 hours back

                        Although I love John, he REALLY needs to work on his Dutch accent.... He's doing like a Scandinavian duck with a lisp or something.

                        • प्रियदर्शी

                          6:20 What do you mean that isn't common? :P Every old person across Asia, from Syria to Japan, does that when they are drinking with cups with handles.

                          • Sykersomatic
                            Sykersomatic  9 hours back

                            ...but I like Jimmy Stewart.

                            • Tragarful Law
                              Tragarful Law  11 hours back

                              Ted Cruz rhymes make my day🤣

                              • Charles Hepburn II
                                Charles Hepburn II  11 hours back

                                Seems to me, if I got paid to do something, and I filibustered it, I should lose that pay.... want to motivate old white dudes? Cha-Ching should do it... it always has.

                                • Jan Berkemeier
                                  Jan Berkemeier  11 hours back

                                  Y'know, normally I applaud John Oliver for his well-conducted research and bringing up facts few people knew about to offer a different point of view on a topic of interest, but this time it's tragically obvious that he's just talking out of his ass.

                                  There's no caramel in a Milky Way.

                                  • mike kunnecke
                                    mike kunnecke  12 hours back

                                    Actually, I do think making them Talk is better than what we have now. At least give the disfunction sound bites.

                                    • JWil42
                                      JWil42  12 hours back

                                      “It is more important to kill bad bills than to pass good ones.”
                                      —former president Calvin Coolidge

                                      • KEN HAPPYFACE
                                        KEN HAPPYFACE  15 hours back

                                        Is that Ben Affleck in the background watching him pee?

                                        • Frederik
                                          Frederik  15 hours back

                                          Not sure I agree with you there. Sure enough, when Trump is in favour of something, you need to take a closer look. But in this case he's (oh how it hurts my fingers) right.
                                          There need to be measures to protect the minority from the majority (great example are the pipelines that are going over Native American ground. Yes, the majority will benefit from it, but he minority has to suffer for it.), but effectually preventing government from doing its job is not the best way in my opinion.

                                          • MonKeiBusiness
                                            MonKeiBusiness  16 hours back

                                            14 minutes in, forgot to mention that it makes your debate culture the laughing stock of the world. Amongst other things.

                                            • Griot David
                                              Griot David  16 hours back

                                              French piracy also had a similar name, la Flibuste, with pirates names Flibustiers Don't know which came first between french and dutch though.

                                              • Need you now
                                                Need you now  14 hours back

                                                single payer doesn't make you a socialist nation, look at the rest of the western world, most have it.

                                            • joe dell
                                              joe dell  17 hours back

                                              I live in Europe, We have free college tuition, free health care(one of the best in the world), 30 days paid vacations, no schoool shootings, everybody is allow to vote, and we are free, this is call democratic socialism and it works wonders

                                              • Need you now
                                                Need you now  14 hours back

                                                "Going to make sure Socialism doesn't end up on the president's desk." .... By refusing to be democratic, by refusing to go or our democracy. Got ya... Anti-America... Oh, and

                                            • Stephanie Koflin
                                              Stephanie Koflin  17 hours back

                                              Every week a new I do not like that man Ted Cruz rhyme for the rest of the season

                                            • Roxfox
                                              Roxfox  18 hours back

                                              Uh, my grandfather used to drink coffee from the saucer just some 20 years ago. Though to be fair, I never understood why he did it. That explanation makes a lot of sense, so thanks for that, I suppose!

                                              (Also, what the heck? The Dutch had a huge presence in the Caribbean during the age of sail, of course there were Dutch pirates! And Spanish and French!)

                                              • treyspurge
                                                treyspurge  18 hours back

                                                Are we gonna pretend that his German accent isn’t racist? Or are we gonna hold everyone to the same standards?

                                                • ǟȶɦɛɨֆȶ ֆʟǟʏɛʀ

                                                  Every idle Word will be judged.

                                                  • Andrew Hinton
                                                    Andrew Hinton  19 hours back

                                                    It's really annoying that you come to America and then criticize our system. Obviously it's better than England. If it's so bad you would go home. What gives you the right to talk shit. You're not a victim. Quit whining.

                                                    • PaulsOver9000
                                                      PaulsOver9000  21 hours back

                                                      White president has a few and black president has hundreds... They really didnt want him to have credit for lifting up the country. That they weren't smart enough too and failed their constituents.

                                                      • D Mac
                                                        D Mac  21 hours back

                                                        Another sign that for all of the great things about our system, its still a system w flaws

                                                        • IɴSɪmpʟeTermsJordaɴ
                                                          IɴSɪmpʟeTermsJordaɴ  22 hours back

                                                          I'd prefer the Senate sometimes passing morally unjustifiable things sometimes than not passing anything ever. People will usually be in favor of helping other people, so the few people that never are shouldn't be allowed to prevent everyone else from trying.

                                                          • Avishai Dernis
                                                            Avishai Dernis  22 hours back

                                                            I would spend a lot of money on a canvas of Thomas Jefferson lapping coffee out of a saucer

                                                            • Catherine Williams
                                                              Catherine Williams  23 hours back

                                                              Despite his world famous filibusters, Sen Thurmond's attempts to stop the civil rights act were in vain.

                                                              • Catherine Williams
                                                                Catherine Williams  23 hours back

                                                                Bills should be able to better every one in the country. If a bill only benefits one party, then it's bound to be harmful for the entire country.

                                                                • Catherine Williams
                                                                  Catherine Williams  23 hours back

                                                                  We need the filibuster. It keeps harmful bills from being passed in a 51/49 senate. Every substiative bill that's been passed has been approved by members of both parties. Personally, I believe that filibusters need to be real. If you wanna filibuster, then you need to stand on the floor and speechify. If you can't stand up and talk, then you can't stop the vote.

                                                                  • Sage Channel
                                                                    Sage Channel  23 hours back

                                                                    Hey, Trump follows the stopped clock rule.
                                                                    Not to mention, even Hitler loved Dogs .. so no person can be 100% evil, just.... 99.9%

                                                                    • Sage Channel
                                                                      Sage Channel  23 hours back

                                                                      "Going to make sure Socialism doesn't end up on the president's desk."
                                                                      .... By refusing to be democratic, by refusing to go or our democracy. Got ya... Anti-America... Oh, and single payer doesn't make you a socialist nation, look at the rest of the western world, most have it.

                                                                      • Josiah Campbell
                                                                        Josiah Campbell  24 hours back

                                                                        What about Rand Paul using the filibuster to block NSA legislation?

                                                                        • Nathan Stein
                                                                          Nathan Stein  1 days back

                                                                          My mother taught me to drink tea out of a saucer. It lets it cool faster; It's a great idea.

                                                                          • T -Bird
                                                                            T -Bird  1 days back

                                                                            It's a good reason why the 60% rule exist but it's in relevance by today's standards. I would explain but it would take too long in a message.

                                                                            • T -Bird
                                                                              T -Bird  1 days back

                                                                              Slow down John Oliver you don't want to speak too fast If you eliminate the filibuster A House Divided Shirley Falls it is put in plague so that we do not move forward and we stand still and deal with the issue at hand and if you were moves that any side can pass anything with no accountability especially if you're playing both sides and then it doesn't matter who right or who wrong game over / Elite

                                                                              • BermuAlex
                                                                                BermuAlex  1 days back

                                                                                I do not like that man Ted Cruz

                                                                                • Ptao Tom
                                                                                  Ptao Tom  1 days back

                                                                                  remember being befuddled by the practice when I saw it as a child, and asking my mother about it. And yes, it does look weird.

                                                                              • 1340
                                                                                1340  1 days back

                                                                                You love it when it's for you but hate it when it's against you.

                                                                                • Ptao Tom
                                                                                  Ptao Tom  1 days back

                                                                                  Hey John Oliver, random obscure fact: when I was a kid, old people were STILL pouring their coffee (or tea) into their saucers to cool, and then drinking from the saucer. I

                                                                              • Scott Etter
                                                                                Scott Etter  1 days back

                                                                                Gonna be a lot of slavery in that Dutch pirate film

                                                                                • Rebecca Sikes
                                                                                  Rebecca Sikes  1 days back

                                                                                  lmao the guy in the back during the filibuster is my favorite person

                                                                                  • Fred Garvin
                                                                                    Fred Garvin  1 days back

                                                                                    notice the people against the civil rights act were democrats.

                                                                                    • Fred Garvin
                                                                                      Fred Garvin  3 hours back

                                                                                      @Tyiff Pejic nothing changed. partys never switched. democrats have always been party of racism.

                                                                                    • Tyiff Pejic
                                                                                      Tyiff Pejic  3 hours back

                                                                                      Yeah. Spooky how things change

                                                                                  • SBaccoli
                                                                                    SBaccoli  1 days back

                                                                                    What if the filibuster was changed every time the ratio of seats change (which we would need to factor in Democrats, Republicans, and Independents) so that a bill would need to show bipartisan support. There would be some set percentage, like if there are 50 republicans and 50 democrats, then if a party wanted a bill passed, they would need a couple people from the other party to vote (ex. 10%: need 55 votes). This would probably still have some flaws, but I just wanted to get it out.

                                                                                    • Shai Yastrab
                                                                                      Shai Yastrab  1 days back

                                                                                      4:35 notice she doesn't mention filibuster once.