Thursday, November 19, 2009

Stewart vs. Dobbs

I've really, really, really been trying to avoid watching cable tv (news and political shows) and really, really, really trying to stay away from politics on the internet, but as fickle fate would have it, I was watching one of my favorite Comedy Central shows, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and saw an interview Stewart had with Lou Dobbs last night. And BAM! there it was.

In this brief 4 minute segment of that interview both Dobbs and Stewart summed up the right and left mind-sets, as it relates to the ideological and psychological condition of the American people today, and it was nothing short of a mini-revelation of sorts for me.

I'm sure it will come as no surprise that I ended up agreeing with what Jon Stewart had to say regarding the strength of America's representative Democracy as it stands presently, but in order to truly understand why I side with him, you really have to watch the clip. Dobbs made some decent points as well and Stewart did acknowledge them. Ultimately though, Stewart's final summary simply torpedoed Dobb's blanket pronouncement that America is a "fragile" country and that America can't handle a little dose of liberal leadership and legislative brinkmanship. Stewart made his case bluntly and coherently and it was a fitting exclamation point on a very entertaining and interesting interview.

The clip below is part 3 of a 3 part interview. You can catch the other 15 minutes of part 1 and part 2 on Comedy Central's website if you want to watch the whole thing from beginning to end.

And now -- back to my insanity sabbatical.

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