Goosey, goosey, gander, redux…
Posted May 14, 2015on:
While I’m relatively certain with a 99.9999999% assurance factor the writers for The Daily Show have not yet discovered our little Widdershin world, their writing and video selection could not have been more apropos as a follow-up to Tuesday.
This video lays bare the philosophical quagmire associated with the “zero-sum” thinking. Jon Stewart calls it out with the simple words of believing being poor is not a condition, but character. In other words, being poor is attributable to a lack of character and if just the poor had more “character” they would no longer be poor.
Contrary to all the inflammatory rhetoric nine-tenths, that is 9/10, or 90%, or 9 out of 10 people receiving benefits are elderly, disabled, or working households. This whole crap-fest began after the Georgetown University poverty summit when the President, in a twenty-second throwaway comment about Fox, made mention of the demonizing of the poor. It’s not like the conservative viewpoint wasn’t represented since right there on the stage was a conservodroid from one of the “shrink tanks” in DC.
This demonization of the poor isn’t new, but it has been particularly potent of late:
There’s a deep tradition in America of agitating those who aren’t well-off against people who have it even worse (picture poor whites in the pre-Civil Rights South directing their ire at blacks who had even less).
Whatever the cause of this resurgence of poor hatred, be it the Tea Party or political wedge-driving, Jon Stewart perfectly captured it last evening. The video might not embed, but follow the trail, it is well worth the effort:
What are we going to do without Jon Stewart? Who will subject themselves to Fox in order to demonstrate their rank hypocrisy?
Take the conversation in any direction you might like.
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