I don’t really watch much TV at all, but came across these clips on the web from the Daily Show (the first couple minutes of each can be skipped):

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Rally to Restore Sanity
www.thedailyshow.com
Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Tea Party
The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
March to Keep Fear Alive Announcement
www.colbertnation.com
Colbert Report Full Episodes 2010 Election Fox News

I’ve never been to a political event before. These guys have just about convinced me to go to theirs.

In their half-mocking half-real commentary, I think they hit the nail on the head. The noisy people on the fringes who make for riveting news coverage are dominating the conversation. Aligning with parties has become a substitute for being informed and exercising good judgment (the party does that for you). Fear is being used as a tool to get control, solving problems has become secondary. Politicians are quick to criticize, but slow to offer real proposals.

Some amount of tension and disagreement is OK, it helps us look at things critically. But not so much tension that it paralyzes us. We’re in the latter now, and it’s not good.

I saw a bumper sticker today: “Get involved. The world is run by those who show up.”

Let’s do take it down a notch, stop vilifying each other, and really figure out how to solve the complex challenges facing the USA.

I am in the 70-80% of people who are moderates, I don’t speak out because I have stuff to do, but I am here (but only until 6:00 because I have a sitter).