sff_corgi_lj: (Politics - President Bartlet's debate)
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I'd share the whole transcript here, but I haven't found it yet:

2.47pm ET:  Stewart now giving a stirring and serious summing up to conclude things. "So what exactly was this?" he asks. Here are the highlights in what was a curiously moving and effective speech:

"We live now in hard times, not end times. And we can have animus and not be enemies. But unfortunately one of our main tools in delineating the two broke. The country's 24 hour political pundit perpetual panic conflictinator did not cause our problems. But its existence makes solving them that much harder.

"The press could hold its magnifying glass up to our problems, bringing them into focus, illuminating issues heretofor unseen. Or they can use that magnifying glass to light ants on fire. And then perhaps host a week of shows on the sudden, unexpected, dangerous flaming ant epidemic. If we amplify everything, we hear nothing."

"We hear every damn day about how fragile our country is ... and why don't we just work together to get things done. The truth is we do, we work together to get things done every single day. The only place we don't is here [Congress] or on cable TV. But America doesn't live here or on cable TV."
Stewart used an extended metaphor about drivers going through the Lincoln Tunnel under the Hudson, in front of clips showing traffic moving through the tunnel's entrance.

"Sure, at some point there will be a selfish jerk. But that individual is reviled, he is scorned, and he is not hired as an analyst.

"Sometimes the light at the end of the tunnel isn't the promised land – sometimes it's just New Jersey."

Sad thing is, the people who should most listen to this speech are busy boiling oil and bottling vitriol and self-congratulating themselves for projecting the rally as a tiny, sad, hired crowd of union ex-hippies listening to a fake -- compared to their magnificent Mall rallies.

I've been reminded recently of that classic bit of humour oft-times e-mailed with either cute pictures of kittens attached or funny baby photos (usually both, and with MS Comic Sans in 1000000pt rainbow tinting). Here's one version:
If it's mine it's mine,
if it's yours it's mine,
if I like it is mine,
if I can take it from you it is mine,
if I am playing with something ALL of the pieces are mine,
if I think it is mine it is,
if I saw it first it's mine,
if I had it then put it down it is still mine,
if you had it then you put it down it is now mine,
if it looks like the one I have at home it is mine,
if it is broken it is yours.
If I broke it, its your fault.
If I make a mess you must clean it up.

Ring any bells?

I want to point out that the Carpeting Party hasn't been earning any Good Do-Bee points either. I'm seeing issues of loyalty and steadfastness, never mind the "please walk all over me" signs stuck to their backs as a prank. But at least they sound like indecisive, cowardly teenagers instead of toddlers.

Just showing up in the Mall is fun, and a story to tell later. Anybody can tour the Mall. It's what all those people do NOW that can make a difference.

Date: 2010-11-01 12:57 pm (UTC)
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I was looking for thoughtful opinion on the rally and [livejournal.com profile] erised1810 pointed me in your direction. I'd like to say thanks for this lovely little snapshot. :)


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