Aaron McGruder

There is no opposition party. And the party that is in power is falling apart. Doesn’t that kind of mean the country’s falling apart? I don’t wanna be accused of being an alarmist, but if there’s nothing to replace the government with in terms of an opposition party, and you see it all falling down around you, well doesn’t that mean that we’re all kind of screwed? It kind of feels that way to me. And I’m pretty worried about it, to be honest with you.

There is no opposition party. And the party that is in power is falling apart. Doesn’t that kind of mean the country’s falling apart? I … Read More

Perhaps it’s time to start examining countries that have made democracy work while still having some kind of the same relationship in covenant with their population. Perhaps we need to look at the Scandinavian countries, or Canada, or something else, but whatever we have now, I think we just have to acknowledge, ain’t workin.

Perhaps it’s time to start examining countries that have made democracy work while still having some kind of the same relationship in covenant with their … Read More

I think everyone’s kind of just whistling and pretending everything’s OK. At the heart of this is the cover-up, and the misleading the country to war in Iraq. And quite honestly, I don’t think Republicans actually did a particularly good or sophisticated job, but I think everybody wanted to be fooled. I remember being on the Bill Maher show talking about how ridiculous this was before the invasion. And, you know, a lot of people, even Democrats, had been so easily thrown into this fear frenzy that they lost common sense.

I think everyone’s kind of just whistling and pretending everything’s OK. At the heart of this is the cover-up, and the misleading the country to … Read More

Whether the Republicans intentions are good or evil – I pretty much assume that they’re evil – but no matter what, man, when the people in charge make giant mistakes, everyone suffers. Even if they do have good intentions, when you make giant mistakes, it’s a bad thing.

Whether the Republicans intentions are good or evil – I pretty much assume that they’re evil – but no matter what, man, when the people … Read More

If your intentions are already bad, and then you still make giant mistakes, it seems like things just get worse. I get little joy seeing this, because what I don’t see is the public saying, “Wow, those guys are really bad, maybe we should re-evaluate everything.” I don’t see that response with the scandals, I don’t see it with the indictments, I don’t see it after Katrina, I don’t see the public going, “Wow, let’s really re-examine the entire direction this country is going.”

If your intentions are already bad, and then you still make giant mistakes, it seems like things just get worse. I get little joy seeing … Read More

I think the two-party system is a complete sham; I think it is designed so that the voters can feel like they have the satisfaction of “throwing those bums out of office” every four to eight years, but without the direction of the country ever significantly changing.

I think the two-party system is a complete sham; I think it is designed so that the voters can feel like they have the satisfaction … Read More

I just feel like the country is guilty. I think we should be deeply ashamed for what we’ve done in Iraq, and we’ve gotta reconcile that, and we’ve gotta find some way to make peace with this, and we can’t do that until we acknowledge what took place, and ultimately, I think that’s the poison that is killing this administration. And I think there’s a lot of people in the country who are guilty of allowing themselves to be duped in a very sloppy, sloppy manner.

I just feel like the country is guilty. I think we should be deeply ashamed for what we’ve done in Iraq, and we’ve gotta reconcile … Read More

Cuba was fantastic, at least just in terms of… Not to romanticize or glorify it, but just seeing a place that had not really been touched by the hand of American capitalism. Because it’s a genuinely different place. A lot of times when you travel, things start to feel the same from place to place to place, because the same people own everything all around the world.

Cuba was fantastic, at least just in terms of… Not to romanticize or glorify it, but just seeing a place that had not really been … Read More

Republicans lost it some time ago. What’s scary is when they lose their sense of good planning. Like dude, you know, if you’re gonna lie, really… It’s a big thing to fake your way into a war. Like, think it through. Do a better job at the lie, if that’s what it’s gonna be. Do a better job – I mean, whatever your goals were in invading Iraq, it couldn’t have been this. This can’t be all part of some master plan. Something went wrong.

Republicans lost it some time ago. What’s scary is when they lose their sense of good planning. Like dude, you know, if you’re gonna lie, … Read More

We did our best to do a Fox show, frankly, I don’t think the difficulties we had at Fox would be exclusive to Fox. It’s tough to be funny, because there’s so many eyeballs and there’s so much money at stake that I think everything is just kind of over-thought. And it’s tough to be daring and do something different, either with regards to content or even structure.

We did our best to do a Fox show, frankly, I don’t think the difficulties we had at Fox would be exclusive to Fox. It’s … Read More

The biggest thing that I don’t like about L.A. is the sort of 2 a.m. shutdown of everything. It really kind of stagnates the nightlife. It’s very hard to casually have fun in Los Angeles. If you want to go out and have fun it’s like a full-time job, you have to really prepare, and call ahead, and get on a list, and know somebody… It’s really rough to relax here.

The biggest thing that I don’t like about L.A. is the sort of 2 a.m. shutdown of everything. It really kind of stagnates the nightlife. … Read More

I went to Havana, and I was like, “Wow, there’s culture everywhere!” That was one thing that I did notice when I went to Cuba was that artists are paid to be artists, and poets are paid to be poets, and musicians are paid to be musicians by the government. The government – and I’m not saying that the Cuban government’s perfect – but the government does place a value on culture.

I went to Havana, and I was like, “Wow, there’s culture everywhere!” That was one thing that I did notice when I went to Cuba … Read More

I’m not crazy impressed with New York. I mean, I don’t buy into that whole thing: Everyone in New York is all sophisticated, and they’re into art and sophisticated things, and everyone in L.A. is just shallow entertainment people. I think people are just shallow across the board.

I’m not crazy impressed with New York. I mean, I don’t buy into that whole thing: Everyone in New York is all sophisticated, and they’re … Read More

Meeting Fidel Castro was really cool. It’s cool because it’s Fidel, and it’s a world leader, and there’s so much history behind the man and who he is in this hemisphere. And then at the end of the day, he’s, I think, just like a big mayor. There’s only, like, 11 million people in Cuba. He’s a big mayor.

Meeting Fidel Castro was really cool. It’s cool because it’s Fidel, and it’s a world leader, and there’s so much history behind the man and … Read More

Anyone will acknowledge that there’s a lot of people other than those who are elected who run the government, and who are in permanent positions, and long-term positions, appointed positions – not voted in by anybody. That kind of gnaws away, I think, at the idea of democracy. The two-party system, again, is an issue. What we see is no desire on behalf of anyone to begin to address these problems.

Anyone will acknowledge that there’s a lot of people other than those who are elected who run the government, and who are in permanent positions, … Read More