Colbert at Congress

I want to have Jon Stewart’s babies.  It’s no secret.  And when it happens, I’d be willing to let Stephen Colbert be their Godfather because kids need a little satire in their lives.

But I’d have to shut things down when he started making jokes that went way over their head, much like he did at the recent congressional hearing on America’s farms.

Congress really isn’t the place for Colbert’s schtick.   He knows it.  They knew it.

Most of the testimony was out of place and awkward to watch.  The punch lines were funny – though the room mostly remained silent – but a waste of time in a five minute testimony. By the looks on many of the faces, people didn’t take him seriously either.

That’s too bad.

His celebrity brings attention to the issues (I, for one, have never watched C-Span on my own) and his right-wing character brings to light the ridiculousness of racist politicians and American citizens.  But where he is most effective (like Stewart) is when he drops the act.

He made some really important and powerful points – like the fact that the jobs are just being sent to Mexico anyway, that these jobs are really hard work, and many “Americans” (in the legal sense) aren’t exactly pounding down the door to get them.

Maybe we could offer more visas to the immigrants who, let’s face it, will probably be doing these jobs anyway.  And this improved legal status might allow immigrants recourse if they’re abused.  And it just stands to reason to me that if your coworker can’t be exploited, then you’re less likely to be exploited yourself. And that itself might improve pay and working conditions on these farms and eventually Americans might consider taking these jobs again. Or maybe that’s crazy . . . The point is, we have to do something.

So go on celebrities, testify.  Just leave the schtick at home and show us why we spend so much time making you rich.

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