SO MUCH THIS.
My father: The government is trying to regulate how big our soft drinks can be, just like they say you have to wear a seatbelt. It’s none of their business! It’s my decision if I want to drink a 20 oz soda.
Me: *stares incredulously*
My father: What, you don’t agree?
Me: I just have a hard time comprehending how some people are furious over something as insignificant as this, yet are fine with the government deciding who you can marry when that’s so much more important.
My father: The Constitution of this country was founded on biblical principals…
Me: It was also founded on freedom of religion, which means you don’t get to impose your religious beliefs on other people.
My father: Why do you feel so strongly about this?
Me: Why does something have to affect me directly for me to care about the basic rights of other people? Why is this concept so hard for you to understand? I thought your Bible told you to love thy neighbor as thyself. There weren’t any caveats about whether or not they’re gay.
My father: …
(I give this example to illustrate how fucking spot on Jon Stewart is, per usual)
TCR & TDS 2013.01.10 | Jon & Stephen on Jack Lew’s John Hancock [xx]
Jon is a real inspiration to me. I’m very lucky to have him as the guy I learned how to produce and write and run a show like this from. He’s also an inspiration for the dedication he puts into the show every day, holding on to a high standard of distilling the jokes down into satire. Or at least distilling the jokes down into their finest point you can get them to before show time. Because you know, you can stop at 5:00, and be done, but if you drive all the way through to show time, you can really either say exactly what you want, or get exactly the joke you want. And he has never dropped it, after 12 years he’s still, every day gives everything. And that’s an inspiration to me, that he can stay so focused after all these years and really seem to enjoy himself.
And I’m also lucky to have him as a friend, because, you know, on days when I am completely wrung out, I can call him and say, How do you keep caring, every day? Because there’s nothing in the news that’s getting me going, there’s nothing happening right now with our scripts. I can’t express, I can’t convey a clear vision for anybody, because it’s always ultimately your responsibility, I can’t inspire. And he can say, well, ‘Join the club, you know? It comes and goes. I’ve been where you’ve been right now, I’ve gone through everything you’ve gone through, and I’m here to tell you, it gets better. Just stick with it, it’ll be fine. Because this is all cyclical.’ He is so supportive. I am so lucky to have Jon Stewart of all people call me up on a random day and say ‘I like that thing you did last night, and here’s why. And here’s what else you could do with it,’ or call me up and say ‘Hey, help me out, I’m trying to do something tonight. What do you think I should ask Newt Gingrich? What do you think I should ask Donald Rumsfeld?’ And I’m honored that he would ask that of me. And he’s also just a good, fun guy. I’m lucky to have him as a friend, and as a mentor.
Jon Stewart, explaining to young people why books are awesome.
So I was watching The Daily Show, trying to learn more about the banking crisis…and of course this is what my attention is immediately drawn to.
See also: Obama is Iron Man on the Daily Show, and All Black People Can Control the Weather on the Colbert Report
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