Starring Elizabeth Warren as Jimmy Stewart

Not since the bank run in It’s a Wonderful Life have we seen such a concise explanation of how the American system works:

I hear all this, you know, “Well, this is class warfare, this is…” whatever. No. There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own — nobody. You built a factory out there? Good for you. But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police-forces and fire-forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn’t have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory — and hire someone to protect against this — because of the work the rest of us did.

In case that gives you a debilitating case of Warm Fuzzies, may be recommend Ned Beatty’s speech in Network as a chaser?

[via Weigel]

9 comments:

2:53 pm • Thursday • September 22, 2011

Programming note: GOP Debate open thread at 8:45pm ET.

Yes, there’s Yet Another One. But they’re a lot more fun than they have any right to be.

2:58 pm • Thursday • September 22, 2011

@nojo: I’d rather watch the apocalyptic death cult raving on public access. They’ll make more sense.

3:01 pm • Thursday • September 22, 2011

@nojo: One gets the feeling that Obamar got the Network speech the day after the election, which is how the Hope and Change program got instantly cancelled.

3:19 pm • Thursday • September 22, 2011

@¡Andrew!: I’m thinking listening to a endlessly on-repeat taped cavalcade parade of warbling “singers” butchering the national anthem.

6:16 pm • Thursday • September 22, 2011

Elizabeth Warren for President!

6:37 pm • Thursday • September 22, 2011

She’s got big mitts. Be great if she used them to punch bankers in the face. She could do her own variation of COPS. Something like DIABOLICAL ENGROSSERS. She drives around with a camera crew and a couple of bruisers and corners bankers and mortgage brokers in parking lots and punches them in the face. Crew members hold their arms while Warren berates them for crimes against humanity and punches them in the face between indicting accusations. “You write this mortgage, asshole? Yeah? Why’d you write a subprime note for people who qualified for a conventional mortgage? Why? Because the commission is bigger? Yeah, fuck you, asshole. Take his arms, guys. Time for some fucking justice.” WHAM! WHAM! WHAM! WHAM! WHAM! “Fucking piece of shit! Fucking die.” WHAM! WHAM! WHAM! WHAM! WHAM! Be bigger than dancing with the stars.

6:54 pm • Thursday • September 22, 2011

@FlyingChainSaw: It might even get her the Boston Southie vote.

8:19 pm • Thursday • September 22, 2011

@Nabisco: Sure. She could be the El Kabong of skanky banking.

8:33 pm • Thursday • September 22, 2011

Right now printed screen grabs of this video are hanging on the sides of out houses, barns and wrecked cars in front yards all over America being shot at by members of the GOP base, cackling in insensate glee, sucking air between stumps of their blackened, rotting teeth.

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