John Oliver - Lessons in Democracy (Red-Tailed Hawk)

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Author Brenda Li ( ago)
try to think it from the govs perspective tho, bc if they let that bill pass then many more like that may happen, and then what is the point of a mascot?, and think about how much paperwork and how hard it'll be for the gov. the kids likely shouldn't​ have brought the bill, and the school board should have thought it through (maybe in highschool with a v important bill, perhaps). with a bill the kids should be expected to be treated like adults. the Canadian gov would vote no too if that was the case. Don't just slam the government for that (although they probably should have been much kinder about it); they work their butts off for you guys. haven't you noticed the best way to get older is going into government?
Politicians are not dicks - actually, they are; many people complaining about them actually can't seem to live without them, and well, figure out the rest.

Author Diego Sanchez ( ago)
yo! governors! remember these kids will be the ones vote for you soon.

Author The Black Queen ( ago)
Jeez, Oliver was terrified at the hawk XD

Author Emilio Reyes ( ago)
The symbol for planed parent hood....ok, even as someone who's pro life...that was a little uncalled for buddy. I dont think the kids needed to hear that!

Author xirsamoht x ( ago)


Author hahakung ( ago)
even a house spider does 100x more useful work than these politicians.

Author Sephyrias ( ago)
That reminded me a lot of the mortal combat announcer 3:30

Author Brandon Buchner ( ago)
"Just vote yes and make them happy." The slogan of the Democratic party since 1932.

Author Ryan Wenzler ( ago)
What Last Week Tonight has taught me about congress is that they spend an awful lot of time complaining about their jobs.

Author Rys Halverson ( ago)
Unfortuantly for those kids Ms. Lesters 5th grade homeroom lobbied against the bill with school fundraising money

Author Loyda Santana ( ago)
That state senator was beyond inappropriate and disgusting. Talk about voter disconnection!

Author Katie Mirassou ( ago)
I gasped so hard I choked on my own spit!

Author Tim Anderson ( ago)
ever see a group of people who need to thrown into the ocean ???? I just did

Author Martin F. White ( ago)
293 representatives seems a bit excessive for a state the size of New Hampshire.

Author remraft ( ago)
lmao-- the congressman describing the red tailed hawk sounds exactly like every 6 year old child on the playground who is SUPER EAGER to share what they read in their zoobooks

Author Jose Torres ( ago)
Perfect example why most politicians are pieces of shit.

Author David Walcher ( ago)
1:30 And this, kids, is a fucking asshole in his natural habitat.

Author sugerapplebottom ( ago)
I'm not sure if they are ripping off the Texas law hawk guy or are making it part of the joke.

Author vint J ( ago)
lesson in democracy? it is a joke now. look at it! u are dickhead if you don't pass the bill that will cheer the fourth graders? why? they are cute and future generations! do what ever that make them happy. I agree that people pay government work for the people, yet, not in an amusing way. A comedy show will do better.

Author Aye-Htun Ohn ( ago)
Kind of explains why Trump is popular around NH...

Author Alan Tyson ( ago)
Is John Oliver one of the most powerful people in America?

Author Ben Jackbag Mank ( ago)
If you need to pass something just because a class of 4th graders suggested it and they will be sad if you don't, can we get a class of forth graders to propose getting money out of politics? This story is so stupid.

Author Something Clever ( ago)
Just when I think I can't hate politicians any more. We are so screwed until my generation dies off. I am sorry

Author BuddhatheBlackDog ( ago)
totally agree w the legislature.why be upset when kids get hit with reality

Author DreamingClouds ( ago)
If they dish out crap on the red-tail for being a predetor and eating meat I just need to hear their thoughts and opinnions on the bald eagle...

Author juan catfish ( ago)
What a douche.

Author crewmate ( ago)
That midair 360 catch was pretty sick, indeed.

Author Mythology Guy ( ago)
This was a bad moment in NH history

Author Bel-Shamharoth ( ago)
Why does it feel like John gets more shit done in one week than the government?

Author Ciaban Krommenhock ( ago)
Man the British nerd sure looked uncomfortable around his show's official raptor.

Author Troy Van ( ago)
So we should do whatever the children say? While we're at it, why not make those children state reps?

Author tSp289 ( ago)
Well, those children certainly got a lesson in civics. They learned about small-minded stubborn stick-in-the-mud dickheads willing to disappoint their constituents out of spite and crowbar in a reference to their favourite political hot topic.

Author Jason Martin ( ago)
Time to overthrow the government.

Author John Myers ( ago)
I remember doing a report on the Red-Tailed Hawk in elementary school.

Author Ashmeed Mohammed ( ago)

Author Curtis Young ( ago)
I lost my fucking shit when he used CHILDREN'S BILL to make a statement on Planned Parenthood. What a raging asshole!

Author Florian Wicher ( ago)
I don't know if it's usual to pass useless bills like this in the US and I see how it's uncomforting to the children - but seriously guys, democracy is not a game and putting useless bills like this in front of your representatives which they HAVE to discuss just slows down the political process.

Author TheGoldcountry ( ago)
"WHAT is WRONG with you?!?!" I wish I had the answer, John, because I wonder the same thing.

Author deathhound7 ( ago)
Shit, I hope Missouri hasn't pulled this crap. If it doesn't violate partisan line, doesn't have any negative effect whatsoever, and makes some god damn kids happy and actually eager to take part in our flawed, hopeless democratic process, THEN FUCKING DO IT!''

New Hampshire is a pussy state.

Author garcemac ( ago)
There are six "people" there. I am assuming all the sane councilors stayed home because they knew these assholes would insult children.

Author Cyclone11 ( ago)
I'd say that the kids got a very realistic taste in politics....

Author Daniel Jacobson ( ago)
can someone tell me what the first two sentences are he is saying? i just can't understand it or just don't get the joke..

Author skrahnha ( ago)
they got a lesson in real democracy

Author MusikCassette ( ago)
Well they certainly got a ralistic impression, what it is like, to try to pass a bill.

Author Anthony Capaccio ( ago)
That's not tha worst thing those pedophiles do to children...

Author Oliver HxC ( ago)
That was no 360° you morons, that was a cashroll, one of the harder tricks in BMX. A 360° is a joke compared to a cashroll.

Author Tangerine Farmer (959 years ago)
Every state needs a state hot dog. I respectfully submit Oscar Meyer Wieners.

Author BoggWeasel ( ago)
Some people take every facet of life waaaay too seriously, pompous gits, thanks John glad "Red" has a good home.

Author RedRupie ( ago)
"In March 18, 2011, the U.S. state of Utah—as a way of honoring M1911 designer John Browning, who was born and raised in the state—adopted the Browning M1911 as the "official firearm of Utah"."

Author ungratefulmetalpansy ( ago)
Politicians are all psychopaths, inhuman machines wearing suits, old people with brains made of Swiss Cheese. Crappy old humans that should be sent to the retirement home so their babble can't harm the rest of us.

Author FelpHero ( ago)
This reminds me of that South Park episode where Stan's team of kindergarden students gets to play against the professional Red Wings team, and they get completely butchered with teeth and blood flying out everywhere and their little friend dies at the hospital that day because they lose the game

Author Thomas Bryant ( ago)
This is hilarious. I have to say that it's right that the State House worked that way that day. The kids are supposed to learn and boy did they! I don't know what the teacher thought of all of this after the fact but I'd like to give that teacher a raise in pay for really engaging the kids in something cool and worthwhile  instead of boring them to death in class with "Education".

Author NinaMay ( ago)
wow... Ass hat alert.

Author PIlotrcm ( ago)
Wow municipal governments are stupid.

Author Izzy Cinister ( ago)
Only in New Hampshire!

Author Salsagirl66 ( ago)
These kids may have been disappointed, but they did get a very realistic view on what politics has become in the US.....

Author SomeDudeOnaCouch ( ago)
Hawk 360 no scope pheasant!?!

Author frank jones ( ago)
Oh cmon guys, Tobias would be an awesome state raptor!

Author justachannel ( ago)
I have a group of third graders who want you to make the brown rat the official vermin of _Last Week Tonight_.

Author CJ T ( ago)
Those assholes didn't just kill those kids impression of a government that gives a shit, that's going to seriously damage their motivation to LEARN IN GENERAL!

Author Tacos Buenos ( ago)
teach kids that the world will be handed to them on a silver platter, that's the American Way.

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Author David Umstattd ( ago)
seriously though seeing that hawk grab that pheasant was freaking amazing.

Author Robert Bosshardt ( ago)
At least they were being honest about how politics work.

Author Caitlin Hallihan ( ago)
Special mention goes to the falconer who adds a small look to the camera before extending the hawk closer to the terrified john oliver.

Author Esperanza Martinez ( ago)
I think these children had an unfortunately accurate experience with the government.

Author william badovinac ( ago)
John Oliver goes from funny to pathetic in less than a year. His next appearance should be replacement for Barbara Walters on The View where "a sort of male type" is sadly needed.                                                                  

Author AVKnecht ( ago)
What's the problem? The sooner little kids learn that politicians don't give a fuck about them the better.

Author yoyoBrando ( ago)
I have just one problem with this clip. The hawk towards the end did not do a 360. That was clearly a flair.

Author Luke Lewis ( ago)
The Red tailed hawk could freedom the ass off their state bird.

Author Eden264 ( ago)

Author BenFairbank (1298 years ago)
New Hampshire: a state where until quite recently it was legal to shit in public and one of the last states to crack down on pedophilia. They sure shot down that hawk bill quick tho...

Author Jordan Gons ( ago)
"Just vote yes and make them happy" is a stupid argument. Why shouldn't they shoot it down? Do you really think they want it to be the norm to just pass tons of bills and waste there time with stuff like this. 

Author Py N ( ago)
Why aren't there any comments about John Oliver's hilarious reaction to having a red tailed hawk right next to him

Author Maxnext Pluto ( ago)
the legislators could have tacked on a pay raise for themselves while passing this.

Author Luc Buydens ( ago)
So those kids learned how politics really works. Excellent field trip.

Author Herman Langland ( ago)
I fucking LOVE Joh Oliver!

Author Jeffrey Pierce ( ago)
He shouldn't have sworn so much during the video -- how can the teacher show that video to his/her class? 

Author burazfly ( ago)
Planned Parenthood was founded by Eugenics like Margaret Sanger who created American Birth Control League that due to its horrifying policy's had to change name to sound friendly into planned parenthood.
This show is proof that democracy naturally leads to tyranny.

Author Joris ridder de van der Schueren ( ago)
IN AMERICA you say???? hahahahahahahahahahahaha, they first have to find in a dictionary the MEANING of the word, hahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahah

Author Drummer_Jez ( ago)
and to think ... politicians are always using children as a crutch ... "think of the children"   "stop bullying"  ... etc   and they all just basically said ..." FUCK YOU KIDDIES!!! fuck you until you are old enough to join the army and vote ... then fuck you anyway"   i mean .. they could have worded it in a way that was complex and using big words that would go over their heads

Author HeliRy ( ago)
Love how the guy, in a round about sort of way, pretty much called the kids who put the bill forward "bastards".

Nice guy.

Author ZeiglerJaguar ( ago)
Sorry, Tobias. New Hampshire's legislature is clearly riddled with Controllers.

Author Hugo Lalumiere ( ago)
Just another proof that politicians are right there among the lowest form of social frickin' scum. They go out of their way to look ridiculous and garner hatred. Geez.

Author FNGLHR ( ago)
When the guy went off on planned parenthood I basically wanted to know what the fuck was going on? Why the hell did they act like this in front of children? It's not going to hurt anyone! Just let them have their state raptor! The hell crawled up their butts and decided to make them assholes for the day? Christ.

Author Monica Derr ( ago)
Ah, home sweet home.

Author dune3001 ( ago)
i wonder is the kids' teacher had to explain to them afterwards what planned parenthood is and why that guy said it was a better mascot for them...hawkward...

Author elcnature ( ago)
They showed a lot of Harris's Hawks in their Red Tailed Hawk video...

Author Johan Lundberg ( ago)
this is how the US government works

Author themadblonde ( ago)
Love the segment, but pretty sure the bird at 3:38 is a Harris Hawk. Harris Hawks are ALSO cool, but they're not Red-Tailed cool.

Author phildirt3 ( ago)
did u see those fat ass morons?

Author Jeremy Francis ( ago)
And the fourth graders all resolved to a new-found political apathy... 

Loved this!

Author Dan R. ( ago)
This is a lesson in real politics. These kids have learned something few others get to experience.

Author magicelemental ( ago)
New Hampshire lost its chance to have the Red-Tailed Hawk.

Author Ryan Lehman ( ago)
I love this show

Author Atom Man ( ago)
that planned parenthood remark was genius..

that being said; for the people saying, "just pass the bill" that's not how it really works now is it? these kids must be shown that not every bill that comes to the floor will be treated like an AIPAC bill.

Author TheFredducky ( ago)
I belive that the hawk at 3:38 is actually a Harris Hawk, not a redtail, but correct me if I'm wrong. Just very particular about hawks. After all, hawks have been know to feast on duck kind.

Author gingergreek ( ago)
Stupid ass country

Author andrzej2501 ( ago)
What is the name of this religious nutbag babbling some bullshit about planned parenthood?

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