Monday, November 1, 2010

I'm kind of over Jon Stewart



That's right, I said it. I'm kind of over The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. I watched a lot during the Bush administration, not every night, but often. Then Colbert came around, and I just found him funnier. By the time the 10 o'clock hour comes around, I'm more interested in laughing, not serious politics, which is where Jon Stewart has gone. Don't get me wrong, I entertained the idea of heading to DC for his rally. And sure, he has his jokes, but his whiny voice just feels like nails in my brain. He takes himself very, very seriously. He's not the same Jon Stewart who declared on Crossfire years ago that he's NOT one to be taken seriously, remember, his show is on after puppets making crank calls (cannot for the life of me remember the name of that show, but it was terrible).

But now, he's saying things that just make me scratch my head. On Bill O'Reilly's show recently he said he is "saddened" the president hasn't done more to change the structure of Washington. What? In less than 2 years, during the worst financial era since the Great Depression, he expected one man to change the structure of the government of the world's largest super power? I hate to say it, but this sounds like something that would have come out of Glenn Beck's mouth, albeit a couple of years ago before he completely lost his mind.

So the President was on Stewart's show the other night, and while I didn't watch it, I did read the transcript. The President tried to make the point to Stewart that you can't change everything in an instant, but I don't know if Stewart got it. He didn't seem very concerned that millions will get health insurance, but more concerned with if the President regrets running on the motto "Yes We Can".

You know what's to blame? Smart phones, Facebook, Twitter, etc. All of this RIGHT NOW information we can get. When something takes time, people can't handle it. They don't understand it. They don't understand how hard it is to get things done when the other sides refuses to work with you. You can find out at any moment what the kid who sat next to you in 8th grade English class is having for lunch by just checking their Facebook status. There is something truly bizarre about that.

So what's my point? My point is that Jon Stewart is a pundit, like so many others. He doesn't like that title, but he's earned it. Tomorrow the republicans will likely take back Congress, at least the House. If that's what America wants, if that's what America thinks will get them what they want faster than is humanly possible, so be it. The GOP had 8 years, 6 of which they controlled the Presidency and Congress. From that, we got the financial meltdown. Why reward a party who failed you, I don't know, but hey, that's the people's choice.

How long until Jon Stewart is back to kissing the President's ass after that happens?

11 comments:

slow panic said...

I'm kind of tired of him to. I wonder if it's possible to get into that situation and not turn into a pundit, not become what you said you weren't going to become?

plus i'm to old to stay up that late. very sad.

ella said...

I totally agree with the "all the info--all the time" point.

There is no more down time. You CAN indeed find out what your 10th grade lab partner had for lunch, and so so so so much more...and what to do with all that info? Will future generations even care? Or do we cause it's all so novel?

Hey Barbie said...

Great post! A lot of people don't realize how complicated healthcare truly is. That plus providing coverage to the nation isn't a task that is easily done. It's very hard to meet the needs of the nation while pleasing everyone. I think people should respect him for his efforts, and recognize that it isn't something that can just happen overnight. You're right about FB & Twitter. I've also noticed a lot of people complaining about their coughs, sore throats, etc thinking that they're dying. --It's flu season; wash your hands & stay healthy!

Unlikely Oilfield Wife said...

@slowpanic, I can barely make it to 11 pm, and even then I prefer to fall asleep to reruns of The Nanny lol.

Unlikely Oilfield Wife said...

@ella, I have no idea why we care. It's so creepy. I saw a friend last year, who I hadn't seen in a while. I wanted to ask him what was new with him, but I already knew, as I read his facebook status earlier in the day that said he had lawn mower problems. Facebook and twitter really eliminate the need to truly keep in touch. Definitely a shame.

Unlikely Oilfield Wife said...

@Barbie, you're so right, it's so complicated, I can't even begin to understand anything about the health industry, and the only people who can are those who work in it. But people are just so eager to tear the president down. There are things he's done I don't agree with, but people have got to remember, he's a human, not God.

OMG, and people complaining constantly on FB about being sick? My biggest pet peeve!!

foolery said...

Add to all that you've said this constant condition of outrage, which is my new pet peeve. People TOTALLY get off on being outraged. I have an entire post brewing in me on this subject, but I haven't fine-tuned it yet. You should be outraged with me. ; )

Unlikely Oilfield Wife said...

@foolery, YES. All the insane outrage, but then you ask them specifically what it is they are outraged about, or what about that specific has changed their life, and they have no clue. If I didn't laugh, I'd cry.

Ashley said...

CRANKYANKERS!

Unlikely Oilfield Wife said...

YES, Crankyankers!! Thank you!!

Julie said...

Amen!