Wondering About Stephen ColbertBy Victor M Adamus
I remember back in 2010 when the decision from the Supreme Court came down in favor of Citizens United which ruled that a corporation is a person, a piece of paper that has the right to vote, prompted one notable individual on a talk show to call the Court “a clown court” and it got some ink in newspapers nationwide. I was reminded recently that in 1964 when the Supreme Court ruled for Roe vs Wade no one made sarcastic remarks out loud because it was far too serious a decision, so serious that Ron Paul switched from being a Democrat to joining the Republican Party. He’s been a Congressman for 30 years so I guess party preference means nothing. He is now running for President but a distant third or fourth in the primaries.
Enter comedian Stephen Colbert who decided last year to start his own Super Pac called “Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow”. Is he mocking the system or the Supreme Court? I wonder.
His mockery, either way, is telling the nation that the Supreme Courts’ decision was a foolish one. But aside from his humorous TV ads, naming Mitt Romney a serial killer for buying corporations, chopping them up and disposing of what he couldn’t use, Mitt the Ripper has gone on to be the hit on talking head shows coast to coast. This guy is not just running for President, he’s running for President of the United States of South Carolina. I haven’t quite figured it out but you can bet he’ll be running again in Kansas.
Colbert is mocking the loop holes in campaign financing. He’s doing it, as anyone with money can do, thanks to the Supreme Court, but showing how outrageous it is for corporations and even foreign countries to access our political process by taking away voter confidence. If you can only vote for a person who is backed by billions of dollars, how do you know that person isn’t obligated to the corporation that bought him or her the Presidency?
Could it happen in real life? Here in America? Where a billionaire could introduce a third party candidate that runs for president and wins? Any number of wonderings come to my mind on this issue. After all, Money buys power. Money in the U.S. IS power. We’ve had our fill of Wall Street greed but this Super Pac fund could really get out of hand.
So Colbert hands his Super Pac over to his friend Jon Stewart of the Daily Show and if they play by the rules neither can communicate only Stewart can call the shots as to what the campaign ads say. When asked about how serious he feels taking over a Super Pac Stewart replied, “Mitt Romney claims to be pro-corporations. But would you let him date your daughters corporation?”
I think I know where this is going. Hang onto your hat.