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11 January 2011

Jon Stewart Laments the Arizona Shooting

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Last night on the Daily Show, Jon Stewart gave an talk on the Arizona shooting, which left Congresswoman Giffords severely injured.  He refused to blame either political party or even the media, saying that we live in a complex political climate, and that no straight line of causality could be drawn.  However he did say that reducing the violence of the current political rhetoric would be a noble goal "if for no other reason than to draw a better distinction between the manifestos of political madmen and what passes for acceptable political and pundit speak." He continues "It would be really nice if the ramblings of crazy people didn't resemble how we actually talk to each other on TV.  Let's at least make troubled individuals easier to spot."
Finally, he calls on us to find the good in this story - to look at the lives of the people who were killed or injured to see how much goodness they have done, and to see that we haven't lost the capacity to be horrified at the reality of the rhetoric.  Ending with this inspiration: "Wouldn't it be a shame if we didn't take that moment to make sure that the world that we are creating now - that will ultimately be shattered again by a moment of lunacy - wouldn't it be a shame if that world wasn't better than the one we'd previously lost."
Unfortunately, I'm having trouble embedding the video.  I'll keep trying, but, in the meantime, you can watch it here.

1 comment:

michael- said...

do you think he'd ever run for office?

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