John Oliver has a new version of the "50 States Song," sung by adorable schoolchildren who want to know -- quite explicitly -- why Washington, D.C., is getting the shaft.
On HBO's "Last Week Tonight" on Sunday, Oliver took a look at the long and strange history of our capital city's rights and representation at the federal level. Or, more accurately, lack thereof.
In just 17 minutes, Oliver deftly explains the history of D.C.'s lack of voting rights, why it's completely messed up, and how simple of a fix it would be. Additionally, he makes fun of several members of Congress who just loooooooove to butt in to D.C. affairs (not that it's hard to make fun of Jason Chaffetz and John Mica). Anyway, fuck yeah, John Oliver.
Residents of Washington, D.C. have long complained about the city's second-class status — not only do they not have representation in Congress, but members of Congress from across the country periodically try to substitute themselves for the city's local legislators. (It's happened with drug laws, abortion and guns.)
The only problem is that not many people across the U.S. know of the city's status, nor do national figures often make a cause of it.
John Oliver, the most serious man in fake news these days, went big — 17 minutes big! — on D.C. statehood during his show Sunday night.
Highlighting what he described as the hypocrisy inherent in the District’s lack of budget autonomy and absence of voting rights in Congress, Oliver made the case that perhaps the D.C. mayor’s relationship with Congress isn’t all that different from a high school president’s relationship with a school administration.
John Oliver already took on the rights of United States territories earlier this year, but his latest look at an underrepresented area brought him to the country’s capital on Sunday’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.
It sucks to live in Washington, D.C.—or so says John Oliver, the surprisingly nimble political satirist and host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight. Yes, if you thought Sen. Marco Rubio making The Hill’s ultra-silly list of the “50 Most Beautiful People” on Capitol Hill was bad, well, that’s just the tip of the iceberg for D.C. residents.
“There is one U.S. territory that suffers a lack of representation in D.C., and that is D.C. itself,” Oliver announced on Last Week.
There was a time when things couldn’t get more adorable than John Oliver singing about broken prison systems with a bunch of Muppet-like puppets.
That time has now passed, because on Sunday’s “Last Week Tonight,” Oliver brought in the really big guns to help get his point across about limited voting rights in Washington, D.C.: a group of cherubic singing children.
“No taxation without representation” was a rallying cry during the American Revolution, but on Last Week Tonight, John Oliver noted that paying taxes without having a vote in Congress is still a way of life for residents of the District of Columbia.
Oliver decried that the U.S. is the only democracy in the world that does not give the residents of its capital the right to vote in Congress, a situation that even the Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader of Tibet, called “quite strange.”
It’s that time of the year again: U.S. House delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton is ramping up her efforts to make Washington D.C. the 51st state in the Union.
Her bill, which would create the state of New Columbia from the existing District of Columbia, is the latest in a long line of legislative proposals with the ultimate goal to secure full voting representation for the District in Congress.
Appealing to patriotic sentiment, advocates of making D.C. into a state have clothed their campaign in the rhetoric of the American Revolution.
Fox's Outnumbered roundly denounced a proposal that would allow permanent residents in the District of Columbia to vote in local elections, lamenting that it undermines the notion of American citizenship while ignoring that D.C. citizens do not have a vote in Congress.