With speaker after speaker extolling the virtues of “small town values” at the recent Republican National Convention, Jon Stewart and his crew at the Daily Show investigated what exactly the term small town values means to the Republican delegates:
I don’t wish to be unduly critical of the Republicans. But man… they just make it so easy, it’s almost unfair, like shooting fish in a barrel. Like those well monied corporate interests and their well paid lobbyists are all hanging out at the porch in front of the barber shop in Bedford Falls, shootin’ the breeze, talking about Little League, planning the Church barbecue and getting ready for the Lion’s Club meeting. It’s a vision of American life circa 1950 that would warm even Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s cold, cold heart – no Wallmart, no drugs, no Jews, smiley happy Negroes and definitely no homosexuals. Like in those cesspools known as big cities. Small town values my ass.
In this must see video clip, Stewart’s research team intercut video clips of John McCain’s acceptance speech with statements by George W. Bush, where they both say pretty much the exact same thing. This of course undercuts McCain’s assertion that if elected he would promote “change.” The notion of change of course has also been a central pillar of the Obama campaign as well. I remain skeptical of both candidates – I doubt they will ever really be able to effect significant change and to whatever extent either candidate does, it’ll probably suck. This is for me by far the most anxiety inspiring election I have ever witnessed. I’ve seen otherwise intelligent people on both sides of the ticket turn into mindless, partisan drones. In that respect, nothing has changed except for everyone’s adamant insistence that this time, this time, things are gonna be different! Really.