Jon Stewart for President
Others don’t know how much I love them…Jon Stewart being one of them. I figure that he doesn’t need to know that I make “I love Jon Stewart” my Facebook status from time to time, just because he’s so awesome. If he decided to run for US President in 2012, I’d throw a rally from here, just to show him that even though even though we can’t vote, there’s a whole lot of us up here in Canada that would if we could, just because of stuff like this:
http://dailyshow.thecomedynetwork.ca/#player-area (Click on the “August 18th” show and watch the first segment)
(This is a Canadian link; I can’t link to the clip through Comedy Central. If you’re outside of Canada you should automatically be taken to the Comedy Central site, but if you’re not…go to http://www.comedycentral.com/ and look for the first segment of the August 18th episode of “The Daily Show”)
For those not inclined to watch the clip, it’s…bone-chilling. Don’t get me wrong, it’s full of Stewart’s dark humour and razor’s-edge wit. But it’s all about how right-wing politicians and the media that typically offer them the most support (mainly FOX media outlets) tend to view and describe people who use social assistance in America.
And the clips they use of the media people and the politicians are not one bit funny.
Social Assistance and Class Warfare
Here are some of the “yuck” moments Stewart found in the recent media about attitudes toward people on social assistance:
- People on welfare being compared to scavenging animals that will just keep wanting something for nothing if you continue to feed them.
- People on social assistance being called “parasites”
- Blanket accusations that people on social assistance just want to take “the easy way out”, not wanting to end their “free ride” and pay their taxes.
- Implication that people living in poverty (less than $22 000 income a year for a family of four) actually *aren’t* poor because they have a refrigerator
- Warren Buffett called a socialist because he suggested that millionaires in the US be required to pay more tax.