Sometimes its hard to keep up with all the news and commentary that takes place in any given week. But thankfully we have readers that point out interesting subjects we overlook. This time we were told about Jon Stewart on the Daily Show, as he takes on Democrats and their conflicting words/actions about civility.
The key to Stewart’s rant on Jan. 20th was Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen (D). A man who had no problem stating that
“We’re all Americans. We’re all human beings. We all have similar goals and similar aspirations, even though we may differ on philosophy that doesn’t make us communists or socialists or birthers.” – Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen (D), Jan 12, 2011 in House of Representatives
This is the same man that in 8 days, forgot the words he had said (or threw away the polispeak since it wasn’t advantageous at the moment). In fact, the same Democrat that was sure different opinions were not demonizing brands on individuals or groups stated with determination and intense sincerity
“They say its a Government takeover of healthcare… a big lie! Just like Goebels, you say it enough, you repeate the lie, you repeate the lie, you repeate the lie, and eventually people believe it. …The Germans said enough about the Jews and the people believed it and you had the Holocaust. ” – Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen (D), Jan 18, 2011 in House of Representatives
So either the entire polispeak issue of civility in politics was a trumped up tool to try to limit the freedom of speech of anyone with views counter to Democrats and Liberals, or Republiucans are Nazi’s and the public dim-witted sheep because they have an opinion seperate of the righteous and puritanical Democrats like Rep. Steve Cohen.
The complete absurdity, the in-your-face duplicity, was so extreme that Jon Stewart (a noted and respected hard left Liberal) had to take on the hypocrisy.
“I shouldn’t have to explain this, but sharing one attribute with Nazi’s doesn’t make you one. The Nazi’s marched with great percision [shows a St. Patrick's Day parade with a marching band in action], that doesn’t make these people Nazi’s. The Nazi’s were notorious for Brown Shirts, [shows video from UPS logistics commercial of Black man in the UPS brown shirt uniform] that doesn’t make this guy a Nazi. …
So call them out for the lies. Say they are being d***bags and a**holes, or assbags and d***holes. Cause the rational mind understands that for the most part those titles are situational and often temporary. Cause when it comes to civility and honest discourse I have no problem with courseness… What I have a problem with is people using hyperbole to induce an irrational fear of a particular group with the goal of ultimately reducing their numbers.
Hey, you know who else did that? I’ll give you a hint [shows image of a baby with strawberry jam on the face that looks like a Hitler-esque moustace].” – Jon Stewart Daily Dhow, Jan 20, 2011
[We would show the video, but Comedy Central is hypersensitive about use of any of its content.]
Perhaps its time that Liberals and the far-left stop using the actions of a madman to justify silencing views in opposition to their own. Perhaps its time that we all recognize that partisan labeling of any group in an extreme for the purpose of self-aggrandisement is a largely one-sided major media emphasis that will ultimately corrupt and destroy our nation. Far faster and far more disruptively than words of disagreement might ever do, especially in our nation of peaceful yet constant disagreements.
Ultimately, we agree with Jon Stewart, in that the question has never been about civility in expressing thoughts and ideas in politics. From the bigoted and offensive thoughts of former Rep. Alan Grayson (FL – D) to the fear-mongering of Rep. Steve Cohen (and their contempories on the far-Right) the issue is not civility but silencing opposition. We oppose that far more than any worry about the potential of the insane to act crazily, due to motivations that by definition are outside the realm of sane comprehension.
Funny how the general public, pundits like Stewart, commentators like ourselves, and so many others understand that simple statement – yet most of the media and politicians apprently do not.
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