Jon Stewart – Restoring Sanity

Here is Jon Stewart’s closing speech at his Rally to Restore Sanity. (As I mentioned in my comments earlier today, on this blog, I will insist on a reasonable discussion. I’m happy to discuss the issues with anybody. I will not put up with name calling. It just isn’t necessary. As a matter fact, it is unnecessarily inflammatory. Therefore, certain comments may mysteriously disappear if I don’t think they’re civil. I’m happy to have people disagree with me and others on this blog. It has been said before that it is possible to disagree without being disagreeable. I appreciate everyone who reads my blog. I’ve now been doing this for over five years. In the early days, the blog was awful. I’m hoping that I’ve gotten much better. I enjoy the comments and the banter and I look forward to another five years. Again, I appreciate everyone who follows Where’s the Outrage?)

A portion of the transcript:

The press is our immune system. If it overreacts to everything, we actually get sicker–and, perhaps, eczema. And yet… 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 ass 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-assed 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, and homophobes who see no one’s humanity but their own?

We hear every damned 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. The truth is, we do! We work together to get things done every damned day! The only place we don’t is here (in Washington) 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. (more…)

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