Friday, January 19, 2007

Stewart, Colbert, Olbermann

It's not simply a matter of disliking George W. Bush anymore. It's realizing the amount of damage he has done to this country, global diplomacy and simply the entire planet that I can only wonder why America itself has not erupted into Civil War.

Except I can answer that question. Because in the first Civil War as with the American Revolution, there was an armed citizenry. Now every thug and wanna be gang banger has guns, but the law-abiding citizens, for the most part, have been hoodwinked into the backwards thinking that owning weaponry and handguns is practically illegal instead of our Constitutional duty. How many times have you heard the hogwash that "if you own a gun, you are more likely to shoot a family member (gasp, maybe even one of your children) or the family dog than you are a burglar;" there's also that other common fallacy that "if you own a gun, it is more likely to be used against you than to protect or defend yourself."

I swear, I used to listen to this crap until I realized that the people who were constantly quoting these falsities were cops who were carrying, you guessed it, guns.

However you don't have to carry a gun or do anything stupid with it to fall on the wrong side of the law these days. All it takes is dissent. Disagreeing with George W. Bush is a one way ticket to jail and if you look at the cases of these District Attorneys, not toeing the party line will certainly land you in the unemployment line.

Take heart, dear America. If you feel that you just can't speak out, don't worry, there are at least three folks who are taking it on the chin for the rest of us.

Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert:

Cut from the same cloth and tailored after Bill O'Reilly, these two have sashayed satire to the top way of fighting to keep America a Democractic Republic.

From Jon Stewart soliciting Condi for sex to Stephen Colbert's masterful takedown of the Bush Administration and the sycophantic American mainstream press, these two are an act not to be missed. They have made it safe for us to not only discuss everything that we see and hear, but made it ok to laugh about it all. It seems that laughter is the best medicine no only for what ails us but as soothing syrup for our worst fears. It also makes us realize that maybe, there's nothing to really laugh about and just how serious we need to be about staying involved and staying informed.

Keith Olbermann, however is having none of this satire business. He has decided to take on the right-wing nemesis head on through his show ending Special Comments. Once slightly humorous, they now have a biting edge that dares you to even grin and demands that everyone, including George W. Bush, recognize just how far we have crossed the line between Democracy and Dictatorship.

If you are not watching Stewart, Colbert and Olbermann, you should be. Take a few minutes out of your day and watch the following if you haven't already.

Keith Olbermann- The President Who Cried Wolf
Stephen Colbert - White House Press Association Dinner
Jon Stewart - Jon Seduces Condi

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