Parks and Demonstration

  • Aired:  10/05/11
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America cannot expect a bunch of disenfranchised park-dwellers to come up with a solution to its economic woes -- they have a political ruling class to do that. (9:23)

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

JON JON WELCOME TO THE DAILY

SHOW.

MY NAME IS JON STEWART.

OH, WE HAVE A SHOW TONIGHT.

OUR GUEST TONIGHT, ACT YOUR HUGH

JACKMAN.

THIS IS IS INTERESTING, HUGH

JACKMAN.

HE IS PROBABLY THE ONE ACTOR IN

HOLLYWOOD THAT I AM MOST OFTEN

CONFUSED WITH.

[LAUGHTER]

DID I SAY HUGH JACKMAN?

I MEN DANNY DeVITO.

DANNY, I KNOW YOU'RE WATCHING.

WE BEGIN RIGHT HERE IN NEW YORK

CITY.

THERE WAS A MARCH ON WALL STREET

TODAY SPONSORED BY THE GROUP

OCCUPY WALL STREET AND ODDLY

ENOUGH SUNNY D, FOR EXTREME

PROTESTERS.

THE OCCUPY WALL STREET MOVEMENT

HAS BASICALLY BEEN A FOUR-WEEK,

DOWNTOWN MANHATTAN LIVEIN, WHICH

HAS SPREAD TO CITIES ALL ACROSS

THE COUNTRY, CAUSING THE MEDIA

TO MOVE ITS COVERAGE DIAL FROM

BLACKOUT TO CIRCUS.

[LAUGHTER]

IT'S TOO BAD THOSE ARE THE ONLY

TWO SETTINGS IT HAS.

INTREAD PIT REPORTERS FROM ALL

THE MAJOR NETWORKS AND CNN WENT

DOWN TO TALK WITH THE

PROTESTERS.

OF COURSE, THE REPORTERS CHANGED

INTO THEIR UNDERCOVER 21 JUMP

STREET OUTFITS.

WHAT'S UP, PROTESTERS?

MIND IF WE CHILAX WITH YOU IN

H.D. BECAUSE THE ASPECT RATIO ON

THE SHOT'S GOING TO BE...

[LAUGHTER]

WHY ARE THE PROTESTERS THERE?

WELL, THE ANSWERS RANGED FROM

EXTREMELY EARNEST COLLEGE

REMATEY TO POWERFUL AND COGENT.

>> WHAT DO YOU GUYS WANT?

>> BRING ATTENTION TO THE

PERVASIVE INFLUENCE THAT

CORPORATIONS HAVE IN THE

POLITICAL PROCESS.

>> WHAT DO WE AS AMERICANS AGREE

ON AND WHAT CAN WE DO?

>> WE'RE HERE TO TAKE THE POWER

BACK.

>> THE LIVING STANDARDS

DECREASED WHILE THE WEALTHIEST

1% HAS HAD IT BETTER THAN EVER.

I THINK IT'S TIME FOR

PARTICIPATION IN OUR DEMOCRACY.

>> Jon: WHEW, YEAH.

THAT MUST HAVE BROUGHT

[BLEEPED].

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

YOU KNOW WHAT HE'S SAYING?

WHAT'S UP, TEA PARTY?

I SEE YOUR HAT AND I RAISE YOU A

UNION SOLDIER.

[LAUGHTER]

SO THOSE ARE THE PROTESTERS, OR

TO PUT THEIR WORDS ANOTHER

WAY...

>> I THINK IF YOU PUT EVERY

SINGLE LEFT-WING CAUSE INTO A

BLENDER AND HIT POWER, THIS IS

THE SLUDGE YOU'D GET.

>> I SAW ONE GUY WITH A GUITAR,

AND THEY ASKED HIM...

>> VERY HIPPIE.

>> IT'S LIKE WOODSTOCK MEETS

BURNING MAN MEETS PEOPLE WITH

ABSOLUTELY NO PURPOSE.

>> THEY ARE SOME OF THE MOST

UNINFORMED PEOPLE IF YOU LISTEN

TO THEM.

>> THEY'RE ALL OVER THE MAP.

>> DEMOLITION OF CAPITALISM.

IF WE LEARN TO SHARE, WE CAN ALL

LIVE IN PROSPERITY.

>> ALL OF THOSE QUOTES COULD

HAVE BEEN SAID IN 1789 FRANCE OR

THE FRENCH REVOLUTION OR THE

RUSSIAN REVOLUTION OR WITH ONLY

SLIGHT MODIFICATION WHEN THE

NAZIS WERE COMING TO POWER.

THIS IS ALWAYS THE BEGINNING OF

TOTALITARIANISM.

>> Jon: THIS GROUP IS A

LAUGHABLE GANG OF DISORGANIZED,

CONFUSED NAZIS.

[LAUGHTER]

THIS IS AN ILL-DISCIPLINED,

HIGHLY TRAINED, WEED-SMOKING,

FASCIST ORGANIZATION.

BUT THE PROTESTERS DO HAVE SOME

SURPRISING DEFENDERS.

>> YOU KNOW, THE AVERAGE

AMERICAN TAXPAYER KNOWS THAT AT

THE END OF THE DAY THEY'RE GOING

TO BE ON THE HOOK FOR THE

TRILLIONS AND TRILLIONS OF

DOLLARS THAT WE'RE USING TO BAIL

OUT THESE COMPANIES, SOME OF

WHOM HAVE BEEN IRRESPONSIBLE,

AND THEY ARE EXPRESSING THEIR

FRUSTRATION, WHICH I THINK IS

QUINTESSENTIALLY AMERICAN.

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

[SLOW CLAP]

BRAVO, SEAN HANNITY, BREAKING

RANKS WITH YOUR CONSERVATIVE

FRIENDS -- OH, THAT'S A CLIP

FROM 2009 ABOUT THE TEA PARTY?

OH.

OH.

OH.

WHAT DOES SEAN HANNITY THINK

ABOUT THESE PROTESTERS'

FRUSTRATIONS?

>> THEY HATE CORPORATIONS.

THEY HATE CAPITALISM, AND IN THE

END ULTIMATELY THEY WANT STATISM

OVER FREE MARKETS.

SO THEY REALLY DON'T LIKE

FREEDOM.

>> Jon: OH, ALL RIGHT.

SO RAGE AGAINST DUAL ELECTED

GOVERNMENT IS PATRIOTIC AND

AMERICAN, BUT RAGE AGAINST

MULTINATIONAL SHAREHOLDER

CORPORATIONS IS ANTI-AMERICAN.

GOT YOU.

I DON'T GET IT.

HERE'S A GROUP OF AMERICANS

DISENCHANTED RAILING AGAINST BIG

GOVERNMENT BAILOUT, ANGRY

BECAUSE THEY PLAYED BY THE

RULES, WORKED HARD, AND NOW

THEY'RE IN DEBT WITH STUDENTS

LOAN AND UNEMPLOYED.

IF THIS TURNS INTO THROWING

TRASH CANS INTO STARBUCKS

WINDOW, NOBODY'S GOING TO BE

DOWN WITH THAT.

WE ALL LOVE STARBUCKS.

[LAUGHTER]

>> BUT THESE PROTESTERS, HOW ARE

THEY NOT LIKE THE TEA PARTY?

ALL RIGHT.

SOME OF THEM SMOKE AND HAVE

PANTS MADE OUT OF POT.

SO CALL THEM THE T.H.C. PARTY.

AREN'T THESE FOLKS REAL CITIZENS

WITH REAL PROBLEMS?

AREN'T THEY ALSO SPEAKING FOR

AMERICA?

>> THESE FOLKS AREN'T SPEAKING

FOR AMERICA.

>> JUST YOUR BASIC GREEN

ANTI-CAPITALIST, ANTI-BANK,

ANTI-WALL STREET, ANTI-MESH

DEMONSTRATION.

>> THAT'S NOT TEA PARTY

BEHAVIOR.

THAT'S NOT AMERICA-LOVING

BEHAVIOR.

>> Jon: THEY PROBABLY DON'T

EVEN MASTER BAIT TO THE

CONSTITUTION.

THAT'S WHAT I THINK.

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

ALL RIGHT.

I'LL BITE.

WHY, WHY ARE THE OCCUPY WALL

STREET FOLKS UNWORTHY OF TEA

PARTY RESPECT AND IDEALS.

>> THEY'RE NOT LAW-ABIDING

CITIZENS.

THEY'RE CAMPING IN A PARK WHERE

CAMPING ISN'T ALLOWED.

THEY'RE BREAKING THE LAWS ON THE

BROOKLYN BRIDGE.

THAT'S NOT TEA PARTY BEHAVIOR.

[LAUGHTER]

>> Jon: EVERYTHING YOU

DESCRIBED THERE I BELIEVE IS A

MISDEMEANOR.

THE ACTUAL TEA PARTY WAS A

[BLEEPED] FELONY.

DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH TROUBLE...

DID YOU KNOW WHAT THE TEA PARTY

ACTUALLY WAS?

DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH YOU'D GET

IN IF YOU BROKE INTO A SHIP,

STOLE THE CARGO FROM THE SHIP'S

OWNERS AND JUST THREW IT

OVERBOARD, NOT TO MENTION THE

E.P.A. FINES AND THE DAMAGE IT

WOULD DO TO YOUR INDIAN COSTUME?

[LAUGHTER]

THE TEA PARTY NAMESAKE, YOU'RE

NAMED AFTER THE MOST CELEBRATED

ACT OF THEFT AND VANDALISM OF

PRIVATE PROPERTY IN OUR NATION'S

HISTORY AND YOU CAN'T STOMACH A

LITTLE PARK CAMPING?

[LAUGHTER]

BUT IF THERE IS ONE CRITICISM

THAT NEARLY EVERYONE, EVEN THEIR

SUPPORTERS SEEMED TO SHARE, IT

WAS THIS:

>> WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE MESSAGE,

THOUGH, WHAT IS IT THESE

PROTESTERS ARE TRYING THE GET

ACROSS BECAUSE IT DOESN'T

NECESSARILY SEEM A VERY COHESIVE

ONE.

>> IT SEEMS LIKE THEY HAVE TO

CRYSTALLIZE THEIR MESSAGE.

>> THE MESSAGE IS MUDDLED.

>> DID YOU JUST CALL THE

PROTESTERS MUDDLED?

[LAUGHTER]

BUT I WATCH A LOT OF MOVIES.

THIS GUY BRINGS UP A GOOD POINT.

WE CANNOT EXPECT A BUNCH OF

DISENFRANCHISED PARK DWELLERS TO

COME UP WITH A COHERENT SOLUTION

TO OUR NATION'S ECONOMIC WOES.

WE HAVE A POLITICAL RULING CLASS

TO DO THAT.

>> CONGRESS DEMANDING ANSWERS ON

WHAT CAUSED THE ECONOMIC

MELTDOWN.

>> A BIPARTISAN GROUP OF

SENATORS KNOWN AS THE "GANG OF

SIX" IS WORKING ON A PROPOSAL TO

CUT THE DEFICIT.

>> THE CONGRESSIONAL SUPER

COMMITTEE CREATED TO CUT THE

DEFICIT.

>> THE SIMPSON BOWLES PLAN,

>> SENATOR COBURN'S PLAN.

>> DOESN'T THIS SOUND LIKE A

GREAT IDEA.

>> THE BOWLES SIMPSON DEAD ON

ARRIVAL.

>> THE TEN OF YOU SPENT MONTHS

WORKING ON, THIS AND NOW YOU

HAVE THIS SIGNIFICANT DISSENT.

>> I THINK WE SHOULD BREAK UP

THESE BANKS.

>> BREAK UP EVERY INSTITUTION

RIGHT NOW COULD HAVE BEEN

DESTABILIZING.

>> YOU HAVE TO PUT YOUR OWN

BUDGET TOGETHER.

YOU'RE SITTING TO BE SIDELINES

BLAMING OTHERS.

THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER,

HOWARD... [BOTH SPEAKING OVER

ONE ANOTHER]

>> GENTLEMEN.

>> Jon: I THINK I GOT IT.

I THINK I GOT IT.

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

FOR GOD'S SAKES, PEOPLE, NOW I

SEE WHY YOU'RE MAD AT THEM FOR

BEING MUDDLED AND INCOHAIRNTS.

THAT'S YOUR [BLEEPED] JOB.

ALTHOUGH WE DID PASS DODD-FRANK.

>> IN JUST OVER TWO WEEKS THE

DODD-FRANK LAW WILL BE A YEAR

OLD, AND WE'RE NOT REALLY ANY

CLOSER TO FULLY IMPLEMENTING IT.

>> THE STUFF THAT WOULD HAVE

ADDRESSED THE FRAUD, TOO BIG TO

FAIL, DERIVATIVES, FROM ALMOST

ALL OF THOSE MEASURES WERE

EITHER REJECTED OUTRIGHT OR

WATERED DOWN TO NEAR

MEANINGLESS.

>> AN ESTIMATED 400 REGULATIONS

TO BE WRITTEN, JUST 38 ARE

COMPLETE.

>> Jon: AND THOSE 38 WERE THE

EASY ONES -- NO SPITTING, DON'T

TAKE YOUR [BLEEPED] OUT BEFORE

5:00.

YOU KNOW WHAT, IF THE PEOPLE WHO

WERE SUPPOSED TO FIX OUR

FINANCIAL SYSTEM HAD ACTUALLY

DONE IT, THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE NO

IDEA HOW TO SOLVE THESE PROBLEMS

WOULDN'T BE GETTING [BLEEPED]

FOR NOT OFFERING SOLUTIONS.

WHILE WE ALL FIGHT, THE REAL

VICTIMS, AS ALWAYS, CONTINUE TO

SUFFER.

>> I WAS IN BOSTON THIS WEEKEND,

AND THEY HAD "OCCUPY BOSTON."

THERE WERE 1,000 PEOPLE.

>> YOU WERE PROTESTING?

>> I WAS JUST DRIVING BY.

I WAS TRYING TO GET TO SUPPER,

AND 1,000 PEOPLE WERE BETWEEN ME

AND A STEAK DINNER.

>> Jon: STEVE DOOCY REACTING

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