Jon Stewart Has It Right

I Don't Agree With The Guy - But I Respect Him...And THAT Is the Point!

 

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   Yes, you read that correctly.  Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert had a mock-rally earlier today in DC.  I read the piece that The Post had on it and I wasn’t impressed.  However, I was impressed by the opinion piece done by Stephen Stromberg.  Read it here:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/postpartisan/2010/10/liberals_need_sanity_too.html?hpid=opinionsbox1

The gem in it however, is the last paragraph:

” Taking it down a notch is a great idea. But I found that, for some at the rally, being reasonable meant being liberal. They probably aren’t cynically trying to hijack the terminology — they probably just believe that. And if the goal is really a collective simmering down, that’s just the sort of dismissive thinking we need to avoid. I can only hope Stewart’s message changed a few minds — in the crowd at his own rally.”

  And that my friends, is the point that I constantly challenge my liberal friends to have.  I don’t agree with Jon Stewart’s politics.  He is liberal, and I am conservative.  However, HE, like myself is willing to hear the other side and have both sides give civil discourse and air out differences.  He values compromise and he respects my difference of opinion, even if he doesn’t agree with it.  THAT is how you solve this nation’s problems and what his rally is really about and Stromberg hits the nail on the head about it.  Stromberg and Stewart see that many liberals are all about being open minded as long as you agree with them.   Among liberals there is indeed an elitist sense that you are wrong and do not have a reasonable argument if you are not liberal.  That is just as close-minded as someone condemning you to Hell if you do not believe in their religious-right beliefs.

Again, being truly open to discourse is the point that Stewart is trying to make and what Stromberg identifies.  To restore sanity and free us from fear.  Irrational fear of socialists or tea partiers – it doesn’t matter as we are all still Americans.  We have so much more in common than we do that is different.  If we can agree to disagree at the philosophical roots of what makes one conservative or liberal, then we can move on to actual and meaningful discourse that ultimately involves substance and compromise instead of attacks and obfuscation.  Stewart is right that the combat inherent in 24/7 news cycle and the broken-ness of Washington are the problem and that we shouldn’t buy into them by letting these two institutions divide us.  All that does is continue to let these 2 things have an inordinate amount of sway over us and do far more harm than good for our country.  Is that the status quo that you want to keep in place?

Oh yeah, and don’t forget to vote!

-G.S.

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