Democracy, which John Oliver deemed on Sunday’s Last Week Tonight, “undeniably the best Greek export that doesn’t have fruit at the bottom” has a few issues, like gerrymandering.
A report from PBS backed up Oliver’s claim that the manipulation of voting district boundaries has given Republicans an advantage in the House of Representatives. The report showed that the number of citizens voting for Democratic candidates in Pennsylvania and Ohio was disproportionate to the number of corresponding representatives.
“Those numbers are way out of proportion to what people should expect,” Oliver declared. “You wouldn’t accept Neapolitan ice cream that was 75% strawberry. How is that okay? What perverts voted for this?”
While racial gerrymandering is illegal, as Oliver reminded his audience, partisan gerrymandering is “kind of OK,” so much so that North Carolina state Rep. David Lewis felt comfortable talking about his plan to revise the state’s congressional map.
“We want to make clear that we to the extent are going to use political data in drawing this map, it is to gain partisan advantage on the map,” Lewis said.
“I need you to understand this is not a race thing because it can’t be,” Oliver said, interpreting the clip from Lewis’ perspective. “We just want a map that churns out Republicans like it’s Ann Romney.”
While Oliver acknowledged Democrats were not above gerrymandering, he advocated that “in a democracy, the question of who gets to draw the map should not have as much significance as it currently does.”
Oliver wants everyone’s vote to count, as he let viewers know in front of large, hanging American flags.
“The foundations of democracy are built on the idea that everybody’s vote should count equally — everybody’s,” Oliver proclaimed. “That is what America is all about that everyone, every one of us should get an equal chance to make a bad decision, which (expletive) things up for everybody else — whoever we are, however poor our decisions.”
He’s talking to you, Juggalos and 47-year-old quidditch players everywhere. Scientologists, EDM bros, bakers of erotic pastries and SantaCon attendees, Oliver wants your vote to count, too!