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dear appalled conservatives...
sit and spin
by katherine l (aka clevertitania) (@CleverTitania)

I know, it’s the time of moderates talking sense instead of talking insanity, but I have a serious bone to pick. No, today we’re not talking about Faux News distortion of facts and propping up their own staff as political candidates, or the GOP directing the nation’s narrative with false fear and blind patriotism. This is a little more personal.

While I acknowledge, with full humility, that I am a writer by design but not vocation (in other words, I don’t get paid for it); I still consider myself a storyteller and - in some sense - an entertainer. I identify with people in the entertainment industry because what they do is something I admire and aspire to. Not for fame for fortune, but more for peer recognition and a chance to influence, educate and entertain. Sounds pompous, I know. And hey, I’m not saying I wouldn’t dig the fame and fortune. I’m just saying, that’s not why most artists do what they do. The drive to express themselves and touch an audience is a natural part of who they are; much like a teacher who’s always educating someone, even if it’s friends and family.

So, as an entertainer, I am deeply offended at the Conservative responses to Stephen Colbert’s appearance before a House committee to discuss the plight of migrant farm workers. Apparently, these people think it’s offensive that a comedian was given time in a Congress’ hallowed halls.

Oh really? You think it’s appalling that a comedian is making time in Congress? Have you met Al Franken? But of course, comedians aren’t the only ones who dabble in politics. Let’s see, there was Cher’s ex variety show partner, there was Gopher from The Love Boat, and how many pro-wrestlers are we up to now? I mean, seriously, there’s a Terminator running California people (I say make it two; Summer Glau in 2014!) Plus, as Representative Chu pointed out; Elmo has testified before Congress.

Oh, and let us not forget that paragon of virtue that the conservatives hale as their beacon of the past and future; what did Ronnie Reagan do before he was in politics again?

First you complain about the ‘liberal elite’ in Hollywood, and then you pretend it’s insulting to have these overly-intellectual people coming to talk in your town? Make up your mind. Either they are overly educated nudges or they aren’t smart enough to have valid and thoughtful opinions - opinions which it could benefit our government to listen to. You can’t have it both ways.

Do you really expect us to believe that a lame-duck governor - who’s only been in the national political spotlight for a little over two years - has more right to direct political action than a man who’s been a national news pundit for 13 years?? Or is your problem that he has writers who help him craft his words? Because none of you hires talented writers to draft your public comments, right?

Let’s be honest. What you objected to was Stephen saying exactly the crap you spout, only making it obvious how ludicrous it all is. That’s what pissed you off. So just say it. Even if you think his depiction of you is false, admit it’s his message you objected to, and not the audacity of his presence.

Everyone in this country - who has genuine input to offer - has a right to put their thoughts into the national debate. And that includes the court jester. Especially if the jester has spent more than a quarter of his life demonstrating (weekly) just how much intelligence and insight he has into national politics and social issues.

And to those sitting in committee that day; if just one of you had laughed at the Brazilian joke, I’d have had infinitely more respect for you.


When I grow up, I want to be; whoever Joss Whedon wants to be, when he grows up. I am a writer because it's the first thing I want to do when I wake up in the morning; aside from eating and using the lavatory of course. My work includes screenplays, short stories, film/TV/music reviews and socio-political commentary. The last one is a fancy way of saying I like to shoot my mouth off on many topics. I excel at using $1.50 words. They gone up, thanks to inflation. Isn't our economy awesome?

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