I started to post this as a reply to the "Glenn got his asshole ripped" thread, but thought I'd start a new thread in hopes of getting serious answers instead of bashing and name calling. First let me say that I appreciate Jon Stewart as a truly funny guy. Same for Colbert. I appreciate the comedic satire of JS and SC, because it gives me a chance to briefly laugh at the things that normally cause me great concern. I DVR both of their shows, as well as Glenn and O'Reilly. I have tried to watch KO, I swear I have, but quite frankly he is just too mean spirited for my tastes. I am sure he has a following, and that is the precious thing about living in America and enjoying freedom of speech. Everyone can choose who they want to watch/listen to. (as of today) Glenn is over the top. In the video, Jon took Glenn's traits even further over the top, and I laughed, and it felt good. But the satire of Glenn doesn't diminish the gravity of the message he brings, does it? Love him or hate him, Glenn Beck is asking hard questions. For the most part, his talking points are backed by either video of the words coming out of their own face, or words coming from their writings. He is causing regular people to question their representatives at all levels of government, local to federal, and I believe that to be a very good thing. And please, don't suggest that Beck didn't question the Bush administration. He did. He was on a different channel that doesn't have the viewership that Fox does. He probably "liked" Bush more than he "likes" Obama, and quite vice versa, but he did scream about the out of control spending and the freedoms and liberties taken away in the name of national security. Glenn is a small government guy, and I agree with that concept. Say what you will, but folks there is video evidence that this entire administration is filled with people who don't seem to believe that the US Constitution is relevant. The administration seems to be hell bent on "fundamentally transforming the US" and I for one am very unhappy about that. They have called Glenn and Fox "liars" but refuse to answer any of the issues raised. I don't understand that. I would love to see the president hold a prime time conference along the lines of a "State of the Union" and address each issue head on instead of poo poo'ing the folks raising the questions, wouldn't you? I am constantly reminded of the Wizard scene "pay no attention to the man behind the curtain"..... For the most part, up til now, it hasn't changed my life much whether a "D" or an "R" lived at 1600 because I didn't make enough money to be taxed more, and I make too much to get on the "G" Train, so I just went about my non-political life until election time. That's all changing now, because we are now talking about "redistribution of wealth". Does that mean even more of my income will be taken to be spread amongst those who "need" it? We know in our hearts that they won't take it from their peers, so that leaves us in the middle, right? Is that fair? The left side of the citizenry seems to have chosen to belittle the right side, who seem to be gathering in ever increasing numbers to voice their concerns. The fact that the administration is joining in the fray and calling citizens astroturf nazi's (I saw these words come out of Nancy's face) or simply ignoring the gatherings of citizens should concern every American no matter which side of the aisle they are on. I have never been to a protest rally in my life, but I am planning to go to one here locally in January. Am I to assume that from that point forward I will be considered "teabagger, a racist, a nazi, a wingnut or a neo-con"? Really? Am I wrong to be concerned about a government that refuses to even acknowledge the folks they represent? I really hope we can discuss this topic without bashing each other's views. This is one of the main reasons I have become interested/somewhat active in politics this year. Until this year, I have (falsely) assumed that those in DC were doing everything they did in the best interest of the country. I realize now that I have been dead wrong in that assumption and have decided to take a stand against it however I can. hmmmmm....I wonder how many of us are out there?