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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  • John Van Brunt
    John Van Brunt  36 minutes back

    Why is the question "why keep the filibuster?" when it should be "why keep the Senate?"

    • Brantt Holland
      Brantt Holland  19 hours back

      Funny how all those old timey racists are Democrats. 🤔🤔🤔

      • Beta Maxis
        Beta Maxis  21 hours back

        Ahh, the filibuster, it's the political equivalent of rhe super saiyan transformation: it used to be rare and special and hard to do.

        • Ephrom Josine
          Ephrom Josine  3 days back

          I think my Grandpa had the right idea, if you want to filibuster, stand on the floor and talk for hours. At the very least, the bill gets voted on no matter what.

          • TheKrensada
            TheKrensada  4 days back

            I'd be a sourpuss too if somebody accused me of a serious crime I didn't commit just to keep me from doing a job I cake to do.

            • E
              E  5 days back

              After 33 years, now I know where my dad got the habit of pouring his coffee to a saucer from...the 18th century.

              • Jubin Ross
                Jubin Ross  5 days back

                the tradition of pouring tea into a saucer and drink it from the saucer is still practiced in Iran😂

                • Neil Briggs
                  Neil Briggs  6 days back

                  Really wanted him to call out the guy at 14:35 right behind trump who was apparently way more interested in his phone than anything else going on. Like, was he part of the crowd and just that bored by trump? Or was he security and just couldn't be effed to pay attention to his job? Missed opportunity.

                  • Captain Doomsday
                    Captain Doomsday  6 days back

                    I'm pretty sure the half-feral pseudo-societies children form when left unattended wouldn't fall for something as stupid as a filibuster, let alone allow it to become common practice.

                    And how was it supposed to promote cooperation? APPARENTLY, nobody loses their job if there aren't enough bills passed (although that would create an issue of dummy bills being forced through to meet quotas), so what's the downside to filibustering something you don't like? Lighting a fire under someone's ass requires the ass part, too.

                    • killero00
                      killero00  6 days back

                      I'm starting to hate my own stupid country.

                      • oOstill
                        oOstill  6 days back

                        The Netherlands isn't Germany, you know...thanks to you guys form overseas...

                        • Cc Roberts
                          Cc Roberts  6 days back

                          Really Mitch.

                          • Raymundo Hernandez
                            Raymundo Hernandez  7 days back

                            Happy Birthday Tiffany!!!

                            • Jeremy Dirr
                              Jeremy Dirr  1 weeks back

                              Fuck Mayor Pete. And Warren is a fake progressive. Bernie Sanders is the real deal and he wants to get rid of the filibuster; don't try to ignore him. #Bernie2020

                              Also, John Oliver needs to have the comedic balls to actually piss in a bucket for real. He has a desk in between him and the audience, so what's he got to be worried about? Put some edge in your performance.

                              • LaNague
                                LaNague  1 weeks back

                                your milky ways have caramel????

                                • damen whelan
                                  damen whelan  1 weeks back

                                  Shit. I'm old.

                                  • damen whelan
                                    damen whelan  1 weeks back

                                    We see saucer cooling in Lady and the Tramp when Jim Dear shares his bagle and coffee with lady.

                                    • Alex Loomis
                                      Alex Loomis  1 weeks back

                                      Rand Paul fillibusters for good reasons

                                      • ChaoticEnigma
                                        ChaoticEnigma  1 weeks back

                                        A better Idea is to force the parties to work together or have them removed from their offices. They are meant tot work in the peoples interest. If they can't do that, they have no business being there.

                                        • ThatGuy Typing
                                          ThatGuy Typing  1 weeks back

                                          Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul staged the longest talking filibuster in recent Senate memory from Wednesday into early Thursday, railing with his colleagues for more than 12 hours against what they called the danger of drone strikes to U.S. citizens on American soil. Was Rand's filibuster not a good thing? Or am I mistaken?

                                          • Mad Mar
                                            Mad Mar  1 weeks back

                                            Read the headline.

                                            • Linde Voskamp
                                              Linde Voskamp  1 weeks back

                                              I now really want to watch a dutch pirate movie, but then written by how Americans see/imagine them

                                              • Teddy Masters
                                                Teddy Masters  1 weeks back

                                                Why does he blink so much, and why am I only noticing this now

                                                • Dan P
                                                  Dan P  5 days back

                                                  Damn it now all I can focus on are his eyes and thumbs.

                                                • Captain Doomsday
                                                  Captain Doomsday  6 days back

                                                  It's probably super bright on stage.

                                                • Jacqueline White
                                                  Jacqueline White  1 weeks back

                                                  I usually notice John’s thumbs and how they are always pointing up looking mildly pornographic.

                                              • Ryan Murray
                                                Ryan Murray  1 weeks back

                                                America is fucked.

                                                • Tha Gary
                                                  Tha Gary  1 weeks back

                                                  Socialism is bad.

                                                  • RHONDA ROSE
                                                    RHONDA ROSE  1 weeks back


                                                    • Joel Ericson
                                                      Joel Ericson  1 weeks back

                                                      Actually the Dutch was a major colonizing power with a huge fleet back in the day.

                                                      • Jan truitt
                                                        Jan truitt  1 weeks back

                                                        My grandmother used to pour her tea into her saucer and then sip it. Too funny a memory! 😂

                                                        • Mårten K
                                                          Mårten K  1 weeks back

                                                          People still drink coffee from the saucer her Sweden, some even put a sugar cube in there mouth and drink the coffee through the sugar.

                                                          • xandercorp
                                                            xandercorp  2 weeks back

                                                            Force senators to actually stand and speak in order to filibuster. That will get the number per year down in a hurry.

                                                            • AF
                                                              AF  2 weeks back

                                                              Protects my second amendment from leftists like u

                                                            • George R. Carmichael
                                                              George R. Carmichael  2 weeks back

                                                              Jimmy Stweart was great fuck you.

                                                              • Aethelred The Ready
                                                                Aethelred The Ready  2 weeks back

                                                                I am pretty ok with a speaking fillibuster, it is a way of showing how firmly you disagree with a bill. It should be difficult though, this modern system of just saying fillibuster is silly.

                                                                • Wolfundersurface
                                                                  Wolfundersurface  2 weeks back

                                                                  god forbid we actually get rid of something bad because, "the other people could win."

                                                                  • CheezitsChrist
                                                                    CheezitsChrist  2 weeks back

                                                                    That is exactly why Nissan Holiday Bonus Cash should be president.

                                                                • RHONDA ROSE
                                                                  RHONDA ROSE  2 weeks back

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                                                                  • Leonard Gombert
                                                                    Leonard Gombert  2 weeks back

                                                                    "The side you agree with won't always be in power"
                                                                    That's called democracy you fucking tyrant

                                                                    • Ryan Clarke
                                                                      Ryan Clarke  2 weeks back

                                                                      Obviously you missed the ENTIRE point of this monologue.

                                                                  • Mackenzie Marceau
                                                                    Mackenzie Marceau  2 weeks back

                                                                    Why keep the Senate?!

                                                                    • Roelant Verhoeven
                                                                      Roelant Verhoeven  2 weeks back

                                                                      1 worst imitation of a dutch accent and 2 there were plenty of Dutch and especially Flemish pirates in the 17th century ;)

                                                                      • Michael Swift
                                                                        Michael Swift  2 weeks back

                                                                        Shout out to Pod Save America for being all over this. They asked every single Democratic candidate if they support getting rid of the filibuster, and if not how they plan to pass legislation.

                                                                        • Dj Gunther
                                                                          Dj Gunther  2 weeks back

                                                                          Where can I buy a picture of Thomas Jefferson lapping up coffee from a saucer??

                                                                          • Tannaz Nikouzad
                                                                            Tannaz Nikouzad  2 weeks back

                                                                            American politics are bizarre...

                                                                            • Benjamin
                                                                              Benjamin  2 weeks back

                                                                              Tannaz Nikouzad ya no shit they are 😂

                                                                          • Rick R
                                                                            Rick R  2 weeks back

                                                                            I say get rid of the Senate entirely. It's minority rule to the extreme.

                                                                            • RHONDA ROSE
                                                                              RHONDA ROSE  2 weeks back

                                                                              Heart Attack-A Free trip to HEAVEN!

                                                                              • dDeckon
                                                                                dDeckon  2 weeks back

                                                                                New Rule in the Senate: Air Horns and "RubberBands & Tacos" are Allowed during a Filibuster
                                                                                It Would of Taken 15 Hours for it to be Rejected, But 1 Brave Soul Proved a Point

                                                                                • soxwon04
                                                                                  soxwon04  2 weeks back

                                                                                  That woman's argument is insanely stupid. How could the sixty vote threshold in the Senate been a choice by the Founding Fathers when the Senate didn't even have sixty votes until 1848?

                                                                                  • Joseph Hsu
                                                                                    Joseph Hsu  2 weeks back

                                                                                    Best Dutch accent ever!!!

                                                                                    • canadiananim8r
                                                                                      canadiananim8r  2 weeks back

                                                                                      This video just made me ask one question, why keep the senate?

                                                                                      • no po
                                                                                        no po  2 weeks back

                                                                                        Fuck Ted Cruz. We are literally paying these people to work for us and this asshole wastes everyones time with Dr. Seus? How is there no penalty for this.