Dear Mr. Stewart,
Can I call you Stewee? Or how about John Bon Stewartvi? No? You want ‘the beloved holder of the world’s Stewartship’? But that doesn’t even make sense. I digress…
Whilst at work this evening, preparing for the next day’s medication regimen for hundreds of America’s finest inmates, I decided to catch up on some recent episodes of your show. I ended up choosing the extended interview with Senator Rubio, as my viewing choice. I just finished the Saga, and am now wanting to talk to someone about it. Since I am in prison, and alone in a deep corner that only gets visited by the next shift 6 hours from now, I only have this blog. I could just talk to myself about it, but I already know what myself is thinking and going to say. Also, if by happenstance, there comes a stray person wandering around lost, and sees me talking to myself; well, they may not let me out. And I am not good at not dropping the soap, if you know what I mean. I digress…
I was pulling my hair out at times…let me start over. I would first like to give Mr. Rubio props for coming on the show. That alone, truthfully, is impressive. His candor and demeanor were both appropriate and refreshing, and frankly shocking. Although I continue to disagree with the stances he and the republican party hold steadfast to, he at least gave a new perspective on the ideas of the beliefs: Ideas that I do not believe the vast majority of the Republican party hold. His rhetoric was different…even civilized.
What impressed me about the conversation was you. The idea that you even try to have these conversations is both fantastic and disgusting. Disgusting because you may literally be the only person having them, or fighting for them. Here you are, a very successful, wealthy man (I am assuming you are a man…no judgment either way) who could merely capitalize on comedy and entertainment. But you don’t, and I love it.
I am taken aback at times when listening to your arguments/discussions about politics, and I think the people you are talking with are as well. You are able to articulate the issues in a way that forces them to, at the very least, step outside of the rhetoric momentarily and realize that there is a sensible opposing view.
There was a point in the interview, near the end, when you started talking about the rationale behind another way to accomplish the same goal, prefaced by the idea that putting Romney’s money in to the government could actually help the economy and employ people. During that part, it got quiet for a few seconds, and I could tell that Mr. Rubio heard what you had to say; and it made sense to him. He, of course, didn’t come out and say that it made sense and that you had helped him see a new perspective on things. But I would bet that he did.
That few seconds of him listening, is why I am appreciative to you for what you decide to spend your time doing. Those little cracks will eventually get bigger, and some day there will be change for the better. Even he admits there isn’t anything of the sort on the senate floor, or across party lines. That is beyond disgusting. And it goes both ways. It’s not like the democrats are sitting on their side, yelling to the Republicans, “Hey guys, come on, just listen. We want to listen to you, too. Let’s figure this stuff out”. It just isn’t happening.
And when you called out the president on your show for keeping Mr. Summers aboard….priceless. And correct. He should have been gone. He dove off the ‘change’ wagon, for me, the second he made that announcement. You were right to call him out on that.
And so, in conclusion, I would like to say thank you to you, Mr. Stewdog, for being an important voice for many of us. I know you get downplayed on your wisdom, because you are a comedian. For some reason, it is difficult for people to take comedians serious. But they can be, and it is appreciated.