September 20, 2010

Jon Stewart's hypocritical 'cause'

I decided a while ago to not spend too much time on entertainers and their myopic views on the politics of the nation.  Mostly, their views are irrelevant and unimportant. Typically, they are not highly informed.  Of course there are exceptions.  One can be highly informed, and still be wrong though. The real problem is, they often are given weight far beyond their true value.  I find myself needing to comment on one Jon Stewart today.  

Jon Stewart, faux newscaster from Comedy Central, and left-leaning political operative, is planning a "Rally to Restore Sanity".  The idea is to get people to be more civil. Ostensibly that's the idea.  In reality, it's something else entirely.
Stephen Colbert who launched his own event called "March to Keep Fear Alive" planned for the National Mall in Washington D.C.

These rallies are both parodies of Glenn Beck's Conservative Restoring Honor event that... hundreds of thousands of people who attended...and most of the media said there were "more than 1,000" people at the event.

Stewart announced on "The Daily Show" his plan. "We will gather on the National Mall in Washington D.C. -- A million moderate march where we take to the streets to send a message to our leaders and our national media that says we are here." At the same time, Colbert revealed that he has his own plans to shake Washington up.
On the surface, civility is a wonderful aim - let's stop calling people Nazis, communists, stupid, bigoted, homophobic sexists and stick to the issues. That sounds like a perfectly good idea, BUT keep in mind that John Stewart in the past has made comments like this;
Vice President Dick Cheney said that Howard Dean's comments about America being a "white Christian nation" were over the top. Folks, that is not over the top. An over the top statement would be something like, "Republicans like to sodomize sheep and drink p@#$ straight from their [beep]!" That's over the top. 
Stewart may believe that by prefacing his vitriol with 'this is over the top' acquits him of any actual stated malice.  But I saw that episode - it was said without any frivolity.  It was said with anger.  It was said with over-the-top incivility.

Now he wants people to calm down and be civil.  What's the matter Jon, you can dish it out but you can't take it?  What you really want is for conservatives to shut the hell up, simmer down and to go sit at the back of the political bus and let your fellow liberals drive America off a cliff in the mistaken belief that you guys really know where the road is leading (you assume it's Shangri-La).  Conservatives have been civil for decades and it's gotten us what?  A slow slide towards progressive liberalism, and decay, even to a less glaring extent, sometimes within the Republican party.  Why do you think the Tea Party exists?  It is a long overdue reaction to the creeping progressivism that is rotting the country economically, morally and intellectually.

We will not be silenced.  Go ahead and have your march Jon Stewart.  We will not be moved by it.  Furthermore, the liberal mole Stephen Colbert's counter march to Keep Fear Alive, is a slap in the face to the real meaning of the Tea Parties.  Colbert is a mock conservative in every sense of the word - a liberal portraying his enemy with the intention of having him look stupid. We're on to you Colbert. What you can count on this latest Alinsky rule #6  tactic doing is alienating those to whom you supposedly wish to extend a hand.  That is, if your real intent isn't condescension and a ratings boost.  While it may be good for your television ratings, this mocking of your political opponents is antithetical to the purpose you purport to espouse - civility. 

1 comment:

  1. Great post, I am almost 100% in agreement with you


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