On the last Daily Show of the year, Jon Stewart dedicated 14 minutes to the Republican filibuster of a bill that would provide health care to 9/11 first responders who are now suffering from horrible diseases directly as a result of their patriotic sacrifice and the government telling them working conditions were safe. The Republican filibuster of this bill was one of the most revolting things I have ever witnessed our dysfunctional Senate ever engage in.

These two segments are some of the most effective advocacy I’ve seen for any legislation all year–and the most compelling case for government action to help Americans.

It is truly sad that, on such an important issue, the most powerful case all year for a bill had to be made by a late night comedian. If ever a moment called out for the president to use his bully pulpit to demand Republicans behave like adults, this is it.

It is ridiculous standoffs such as this that explain why I deeply and completely despise the filibuster. There is absolutely nothing about this shameful Senate tradition that any senator should feel proud of or try to defend.

Jon Walker

Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at http://pendinghorizon.com

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