Satirists as Super Heroes

John Oliver Fair use/educational

John Oliver
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Jon Stewart Fair use/educational

Jon Stewart
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It’s no surprise there is a petition which has already garnered hundreds of thousands of signatures for Jon Stewart to moderate one of the presidential debates, such as one of the upcoming GOP debates.

“Jon Stewart is more than qualified to tackle the moderating job. Mr. Stewart has interviewed 15 heads of state, 22 members of the United States Cabinet, 32 members of the United States Senate, 7 members of the United States House of Representatives, and scores of other political leaders from this country and around the world while establishing himself as the most trusted person in (satirical) news.

“In addition to his vast experience working with political figures, Jon Stewart is accomplished in presidential election coverage. His work on The Daily Show received the prestigious Peabody Award for its coverage of the 2000 and 2004 presidential races.


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Nor is it a surprise that John Oliver gets rave reviews for teaching on the mount about the injustices of mass incarnation, the life-and-death necessity for LGBT equality and its legal enforcement, and, something that has instantly brought more scrutiny and pressure on the IRS, the financial impropriety and tax fraud of prosperity pastor-millionaires. Likewise, Stephen Colbert’s voice so perfectly nails the absurdity of the GOP point of view.

Where there is a dearth of leadership new leaders will always emerge from unexpected places. The comedic satire and supreme relevancy of Stewart, Oliver, and Colbert succeed so well because of their fearlessness in telling the truth. Their wide popularity is in direct proportion to the amount of truth they bomb us with.

Their bravery makes us more willing to speak truth to power, and puts every politician on notice. This is the only way to bring about a revolution in thinking that will be capable of serving all people, especially the marginalized, disenfranchised, and voiceless among us.

Truth can be defined as consistency over time. We know it when we see it, when we feel it. There is no mystery when it comes to truth. It lives inside of us.

Humans have a truth meter embedded deep within us, sometimes referred to as a bullshyte meter. Untruth doesn’t taste the same, just as recognizable. Truth and untruth can be explicitly easy to identify if the host desires. Pause a moment and feel it. It’s that feeling you have inside when you know something is true, something like, say, no child should go hungry.

Our challenge is to rely even more heavily on our own bravery, to speak up and do something to make this a better world and to force all politicians to do the same.

Will you be brave?


Alison Gardner