Monday, March 24, 2008

Jon Stewart Missed One......


A couple of weeks ago I was swarmed because I had the temerity to state that 'real' news people, folks like Melanie Morgan and Bill O'Reilly, are nothing more than shameless shillophants bent on turning lies into truth, and vice versa, all in the name of a twisted neoStraussian version of the 'iscim' that begins with the sixth letter of the alphabet.

And then last week Jon Stewart, a fake news person who has himself called out the shillophants in the past, played clips from Barack Obama's speech that included words like:

"......This is where we are right now. It's a racial stalemate we've been stuck in for years. Contrary to the claims of some of my critics, black and white, I have never been so naïve as to believe that we can get beyond our racial divisions in a single election cycle, or with a single candidacy - particularly a candidacy as imperfect as my own.

But I have asserted a firm conviction - a conviction rooted in my faith in God and my faith in the American people - that working together we can move beyond some of our old racial wounds, and that in fact we have no choice is we are to continue on the path of a more perfect union.

Words that then prompted Mr. Stewart to state, deadpan:

"And so, at 11 o'clock AM on a Tuesday, a prominent politician spoke to Americans about race as though they were adults."

Of course, this begs the following, follow-up question:

If Mr. Obama does, ultimately, manage to win the Democratic nomination, who will help him shout down the shillophants so that he can keep speaking to Americans as though they are adults on a whole range of important issues?

Me, I'm hoping Mr. Bruce Springsteen will.

After all, in addition to speaking to them about all their hopes, dreams and heartbreaks, Bruce has also been speaking to Americans as adults for years, including about race:

In '65 tension was running high at my high school
There was a lot of fights between the black and white
There was nothing you could do
Two cars at a light on a Saturday night in the back seat there was a gun
Words were passed in a shotgun blast
Troubled times had come to my hometown

Which goes to show how important the candidacy of Mr. Obama is if only because, as his words above demonstrate, in the real America it is no longer 1965 and there is truly, now, 'something you could do'......


The idea for this post came from a conversation about Bruce with L-girl, whose views on so many things, and I hope this doesn't embarrass her, seem to embody much of all that is good about both America and Canada.
Highschool Yearbook Photomontage from 'Jazz From Hell', where you can go and find out who's who if you so desire.


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