Thursday, May 11, 2006

Politics - Will Rogers and Stephen Colbert


Stephen Colbert's performance the other night at the National Press Dinner was nothing short of being both heroic and heartbreaking. Heroic because he siad the things that many of us, both liberal and conservative, have been thinking; and heartbreaking because it took a comedian to say them. Of all the people who should be speaking out for the preservation of our Republic and all it stands for, why should a funny-man have to be the one to do it?

Well, it's not the first time that this nation might not end up being saved by a comedian. Consider the fame of a 'simple' mixed-race cowboy from Oklahoma with a superb rope-trick act: Will Rogers. People now forget how Rogers' humor, which was seemingly gentle and folksy, satirized the pretensions of the rich, the powerful, the arrogant, and yes, even the fascistic. Because of Will Rogers, many Americans came around to recognizing why Hitler and his Fifth Columnist minions (including Charles Lindbergh) were enemies of everything this country stands for. In his own insinuating fashion, he explained to the nation why the socially progressive policies of FDR were needed to both heal the nation during the Depression, and to give us all a sense of community and caring for our neighbors. Modern Flapper will rarely venture into the realm of politics, but knowing the roles that comedians played during the Depression allows us to be filled with a sense of deja vu - and dread. We feel there are dark days ahead.

2 Comments:

Blogger Blue Skies said...

What Stephen did was nothing short of heroic. It must have taken a great deal of courage. More than I'll ever have. Don't you just love how the mainstream media totally ignored it? Then there's CSPAN, they're having it pulled from the web.

Cool 'Flapper' post, by the way. I think I was supposed to have lived during the Roaring '20s or thereabouts.

11:26 PM  
Blogger Flapper said...

Thank you for your kind encouragement. Yes, I think he was very brave also. I think more of us need to be brave, though. And tell your friends about the website- we hope to see it grow!

11:30 PM  

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