a reply to: Konduit
Well, first of all it should be pointed out that Oliver is not just another part of the news media. He delivers deeply unpopular truths about a whole
plethora of things, to people who do not necessarily want to hear them, in a way which makes them incapable of coming back at him with doing at least
a modicum of research, which would, of course, necessitate that they increase their level of connection with the facts, realise he is in fact correct,
and perhaps, just maybe, change their minds about some things, or better yet, teach them to think about things before forming opinions on them.
But on the matter of it taking eight months, and the question of why it is a comedian that has managed to point this out, in the face of deafening
silence from other outlets of political news...
Look, for a start, Last Week Tonight took a break between the holidays and February, so they have not had eight months to get that segment out. But
you are right, they could have had a segment out previously, but perhaps, just maybe, Oliver was genuine when he said that he, and the team, did not
want to do a heap of election material, and perhaps he just came around to the idea when he realised "Holy crap...the buffoon might win it...Lads,
best get the coffee on, because none of us are leaving till we at least TRY and save America from the Donald."
And as to why it had to be a comedian, rather than another politician, or a pundit, or an MSM news host, or talking head...Are you serious? These are
the people who would, in the opinion of a Trump Believer (like a true believer, but not true, just a believer), be the ones who are part of the
system, the problem, those who help brain wash the population into picking representatives who care more about banks and oil, than people and places
(this despite the fact that Trump is a man who absolutely values tradable commodities far more than he does pretty much anything else).
If one of them said anything against Trump of any weight, then you know what? It would just be fuel on the fire, par for the course, just what
everyone expected. Oliver is just about the only person who COULD have said anything, without being easily accused of being overly partisan, too deep
with any of the candidates to have any trust placed in him, and so on, and so forth. He can also get away with an awful lot more, because to many, he
is just that British guy, so who cares what he thinks? Murica is gonna do what Murica is gonna do, and no one can stop it!
Mr Oliver occupies a unique position in America right now. Unlike Piers Morgan, he is actually supposed to be quite an interesting chap, and pleasant
as well, so people like him an awful lot more. On top of that, he is just different enough from an American, that if he says something that an
American would "know better" than to say, folks can brush his utterances off as being something "that funny Limey bastard said!", rather than engaging
FULLY with it. This also means, that he is in a position where his messages are not going to be seen as part of the party political broadcast system
that is MSM around election time. People are going to have their guard down. The message will be received, because there will be that assumption that
Oliver does not have a dog in the fight.
And to a great extent, Oliver himself has nothing to gain by Trump failing to secure the presidency. If anything it will make Oliver's job an awful
lot harder, if someone like Bernie Sanders got into power, for example, or anyone else who had some workable plan to get America out of the self
imposed dark ages its education system is in, where text books older than me are still being used in some class rooms, where the Bible might appear in
a science lesson unless someone does something about it, and where sexual education boils down to shaming and confusing young people until even
THINKING about intercourse makes them get checked out at the sexual health clinic.
Education is just one example amongst THOUSANDS UPON THOUSANDS of things that American people need in order to secure their nation against not just
the present, but the future. Roads and other infrastructure are in a dire state, veterans cannot get what they need in terms of care and assistance,
people are still paying for health insurance, rather than just paying taxes because some accountants got together and told the Republicans to try to
convince idiots that everyone paying a little bit is worse than some people bankrupting themselves with medical expenses... The list goes on and on,
of backwards, stupid, inept, useless things that are STILL happening in the most powerful nation on Earth, that are not happening ANYWHERE ELSE OF
Don't get me wrong, everywhere has its problems. But other places, are at least prepared to talk about the solutions without getting ideological
about it, which is IMPOSSIBLE to do in America, according to some people. So who better than a man at whom people laugh because it is his job to make
it so, to offer a gentle reminder that the most psychopathic of the psychopaths who has ever set his sights on presidency of the most powerful nation
on Earth, is in fact a psychopath, and has very nearly won? Who better to deliver that information than a comedian?
After all, this election is turning American politics into a laughing stock, a joke (like the last twenty years really, except a more concentrated,
unbelievable, deeply terrifying and also utterly hilarious version of those twenty years), so why not get a professional to deliver it?
As for Bernie... Did I miss something? Did he quit? Till he has, I would say Bernie Sanders would be my ideal, if I were living in America, if it was
my home. You can put a rooster in a hen house, although it might lead to consequences that you could live without. But if you put a wolf in there, you
have no chickens next morning. Just because said wolf is wearing the proverbial clown shoes and stripy pants on this particular occasion, does not
change the shape, length, or intended purpose of its teeth.
edit on 29-2-2016 by TrueBrit because: Grammatical error removed