Monday, November 01, 2010

And Jon Stewart does implicitly tell Progressives to fuck off at the Sanity Rally

Because, like, it's all the press. All of the strife in the U.S., the division, is just the press feeding the flames. We should just hug one another when we see people holding signs talking about the Tree of Liberty having to be watered with blood at Obama rallies. Sorry Jon, it's not "The Press" over reacting, it's Fox News pushing its own agenda. MSNBC and others are bit players compared to Rupert Murdoch. Fox had a large part in creating the Tea Party movement and actively stokes it while donating millions to Republican politicians. MSNBC did not create the Progressive movement. Maybe people are experiencing 'strife' because there are actual contentious issues involved, not because they're collectively overreacting. Maybe strife in this sense is good and we need more, not less, in order to bring this country to some sort of clear sense of where it stands in the world, instead of having it be implicitly conservative while having a liberal veneer, which was the case before the round of Progressive activism that started with the 2000 election and that went on from there. Or don't you remember, say, 9/11, or George W. Bush, or the insane patriotism that started then? You criticized Bush daily, pointed out that the Democrats were doing nothing similar, and now that Obama's in office you suddenly call for understanding and reconciliation between liberals and folks who you spent years criticizing? I guess having a Democrat in office does matter in that it makes people who were previously engaged spineless and complacent.

From "Democracy Now!"

" The press is our immune system. If it overreacts to everything, we actually get sicker, and perhaps eczema. And yet, with that being said, I feel good—strangely, calmly, good—because the image of Americans that is reflected back to us by our political and media process is false. It is us through a funhouse mirror, and not the good kind that makes you look slim in the waist and maybe taller, but the kind where you have a giant forehead and an [bleep] shaped like a month-old pumpkin and one eyeball. So, why would we work together? Why would you reach across the aisle to a pumpkin-[bleep] forehead eyeball monster?

If the picture of us were true, of course our inability to solve problems would actually be quite sane and reasonable. Why would you work with Marxists actively subverting our Constitution or racists and homophobes who see no one’s humanity but their own? We hear every damn day about how fragile our country is, on the brink of catastrophe, torn by polarizing hate, and how it’s a shame that we can’t work together to get things done. But the truth is, we do. We work together to get things done every damn day!

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 they do not want to do, but they do it. Impossible things every day that are only made possible through the little, reasonable compromises we all make. [...]"

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