Jon Stewart is my voice. He says what is on my mind.
But more than that. He is my litmus test for whether I am over-reacting. If he slams a news story in a light-hearted and are-they-“f”ing-kidding-me way, then I think I am over-reacting; it is stupid but it will pass. But recently, Jon Stewart has given up on satire and has gotten visceral and angry. Especially with the mosque in lower Manhattan. That scares me because I had hoped that I was over-reacting in my belief that this country is going down a bad road with the opposition to this mosque. I am scared of mobs incited by power-seeking ideologues who will throw away the principles that make this nation great.
A measure of a nation and a people is whether they hold fast to their ideals in the face of those who would destroy them. Hey, Sarah, Newt and Harry Reid, how do you think we are measuring up?
And, so, Jon Stewart speaks for me when his humor oozes hopelessness from the political stagnation and petty internecine warfare.
President Obama cannot solve all of our problems. And he is an egotistical, self-satisfied politician. But he is more thoughtful and careful than George Bush and his cronies. He is not always be right, but he is trying. And I don’t agree with President Obama on many things, but I can still support him as the President of the United States. If anyone says he or she agrees or disagrees with the President 100% of the time, then there is more to it that a president or his policies. It is about something else. President Obama is more polarizing than any other President. Why? Because he is an African-American. It is both liberating and threatening to Americans. Let’s talk about it.
The GOP can rally the base with veiled racist fears.
Yes, I am feeling hopelessness and despair and so, it seems, is the most trusted name in news.
(I remember Stephen Colbert from his days at Dartmouth and I cannot, will not, listen to him. I remember too much of when he wasn’t a fake neo-con.)