Jon Stewart’s speech to close out The Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear was brilliant.
It also gives us something to think about on election day tomorrow.
It called out the silliness we see in the media and politics today.
Political discourse in this country has devolved into gotcha politics snarky attacks…you see it in political ads, you see it on the the 24/7 cable news networks, you see it on the countless blogs and you see it locally and nationally.
We don’t debate or discuss issues anymore…we make fun out of or demonize the people we don’t agree with politically.
When you have the President of the United States calling people who oppose something he supports enemies, it says a lot about the political climate nowadays.
Part of the beauty of Stewart’s speech was that he telling us that we are not the ones who cause the division in this country.
The only place we don’t is here or on cable TV. But Americans don’t live here or on cable TV. Where we live our values and principles form the foundation that sustains us while we get things done not the barriers that prevent us from getting things done. Most Americans don’t live their lives solely as Democrats, Republicans, Liberals or Conservatives. Americans live their lives more as people that are just a little bit late for something they have to do—often something that they do not want to do—but they do it. Impossible things every day that are only made possible by the little reasonable compromises that we all make.
The mainstream media and not so mainstream media want division…it makes for better entertainment than if everybody got along. I sometimes wonder if both major parties, the asses and the elephants, want the division as well. It keeps these two parties in control. They both rally the troops on lesser issues instead of focusing on ways to really help change things and work together. We have to pick a sides.
A few years ago, I had a revelation while at Erie County Democratic HQ on election night. This party I belonged to was out of touch…out of touch with normal everyday people. These people didn’t represent me…they represent themselves. I left the asses soon afterward. I suspect that a lot of Republicans feel the same way…see rise of the Tea Party.
Maybe I am just delusional, but I don’t really understand why more people don’t get that we aren’t the dividers.
More from Stewart’s speech…
This was not a rally to ridicule people of faith or people of activism or to look down our noses at the heartland or passionate argument or to suggest that times are not difficult and that we have nothing to fear. They are and we do. But we live now in hard times, not end times. And we can have animus and not be enemies.
America has always been a country of internal compromise…sometimes your side wins, sometimes it loses, and we have done well so far…that’s America.
I know I am not the most coherent blogger out here in the intertubes, but I do believe I have a strong sense of what is ailing our country politically. What is ailing it is not us, it’s our political leaders.
If a comedian gets it, why can’t most us?