Steve Almond says "Jon Stewart's rousing speech at the end of his Rally to Restore Sanity" was "cowardly and even a little heartbreaking" — Jon Stewart, Opiate of the Masses. "Rather than a call to action, the crowd received a moment of transcendent self-congratulation," the author writes. "It turns out that Stewart and Colbert don't really want citizens to do anything about the corruption of our media and political classes. They just want us to sit back and laugh at them as they mock this corruption - then high-five ourselves for being so awesome."
"Stewart’s rally let down those who traveled, some across the country with money they didn’t have, to watch the progressive left’s de facto leader hosting what was essentially a variety show," says Emily Bracken — Has the Time Come for Jon Stewart to Run for Office? "You see, Jon, liberals are desperate for someone with some balls to stand up and tell it like it is, what needs to be done, and how they need to do it."
Labels: America the Beautiful, Left-Liberalism, Paleoprogressivism, Popular Culture