Vote Stephen Colbert for President of the United States of Medical Marijuana
Posted by Steve Davis | January 16 2012 | 4368 views | Comments ↓
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The first time I heard of Stephen Colbert, it was when he went to the 2006 White House Correspondents’ Dinner and delivered a speech so satirically scathing that it stunned President Bush, Laura Bush, and the entire Washington press corps into shocked silence.
You can watch the speech here, and you’ll see Colbert directly in your face confronting the “leader of the free world,” and telling mainstream media celebrities that they are whores in bed with government officials. I can't believe he got away with what he said, and how he said it. Mainstream media hacks were outraged by what he said. Score one for Stephen Colbert!
Since then, Stephen Colbert has only become more relevant, more well-known and more of a genius at being a journalist and Mark Twain political commentator masquerading as a comedian masquerading as a “character” on his Comedy Central Colbert Report show.
Colbert is so effective because he gets to do what regular politicians and mainstream media celebs choose not to do: tell the truth.
And he does it in ways that reach audiences who love visuals, over the top stunts, hard-hitting but surreal interviews, wild graphics, and barbed satire.
In short, the Colbert Report hands us more relevant, insightful and useful “news” in each of its Monday through Thursday Comedy Central shows than CBS, NBC, Fox, ABC and the other media biggies report in a month.
Consider how Colbert has handled the volatile issue of political action committees, known as PACs. They’re ruses created to skirt campaign finance laws and essentially allow friends and business partners of presidential candidates to pour tens of millions of dollars into attack ads and other campaigning that the candidate could not legally do themselves.
Candidates are required not to “coordinate” with PACs, but of course they do. Instead of just explaining how the scam works, Colbert created a Super-PAC, got huge donations to it from regular Americans, and started using his PAC to make and run hilarious attack ads.
To illustrate how loose the PAC laws are, he brought in his lawyer, and Comedy Central The Daily Show news-comedian Jon Stewart, to make a wink-wink on-air deal allowing Colbert and Stewart to control the PAC’s message while Colbert declared that he is a candidate for president.
And as soon as he did that, he released a hilarious attack ad accusing former Massachusetts Republican governor and presidential candidate Mitt Romney of being a “serial killer,” because Romney believes corporations are actual “people." Problem is, Romney’s former job was as a "vulture capitalist," heading a private equity firm that took corporations, looted their assets, then fired all their people, effectively killing the corporation. Just think of all those bleeding corporations, lying dying in the rain. Mitt, how can ye live with yourself?
Colbert gave a Rolling Stone interview portraying the “real Stephen Colbert” as a conservative, suburban New Jersey family man. The wild and crazy Colbert Report Stephen was just a “character” he was playing, Colbert said.
This reminds me of when Tommy Chong told a federal judge that the “hey mannnn” stoner Chong played in his movies was just a character, not the real Chong. Or when Alice Cooper says the on-stage Alice is just a character he plays, that the real Alice is a Christian conservative who plays golf and doesn't chomp the heads off of babies.
And speaking of marijuana, Colbert is hip to it. When he reported on air about citizens’ input telling his PAC what their main concerns are, he noted that MARIJUANA was their biggest concern.
But also noting that big money buys votes and political power, he then explained that marijuana Colbert Super-PAC commenters hadn’t matched their passion for pot with dollar for dollar donations to the Colbert Super-PAC.
Hey stoners, he warned, if you want legalization, you gotta be able to bribe off the PACs and politicians with more cashola than other lobbying interests do. It's all about the green, he explained.
Most of Colbert’s fans see his run for president, and his PAC, as a comedic statement, but I’m not so sure. You may recall that Saturday Night Live alumnus Al Franken went political, and is now a US Senator from Minnesota.
In fact, many people say Colbert is exactly what we need as an alternative to the career politicians who dominate the presidential candidate crop this year and every year.
What does Colbert bring to the table? He has never taken a lobbyist’s bribe, never started or continued a war, he’s bright, hip, articulate and funny, he tells the truth about American politics, he's a happy and well-liked family man, and he’s a creative genius who built a massively successful business without doing anything bad to the environment, workers or the economy.
Let's admit it...a Stephen Colbert presidency would be far better for medical marijuana growers and users than if any of the other guys gets elected, even Ron Paul. And a hell of a lot more fun.
Who do you want to watch giving presidential speeches for the next eight years? Obama? Ron Paul? Mitt Romney? Or Stephen Colbert? I vote for Colbert. I give him two bongs up, way up!
Can you say Stephen Colbert-Jon Stewart 2012? As a grower who likes to smoke Sativa and then fall off my couch laughing with Colbert and Stewart, I say hell yes! Stephen Stephen Stephen...!
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Article by Steve Davis, on Jan. 16th 2012