An Observation …


Will Rogers quoteNot sure things have changed all that much since Will Rogers made this very accurate observation …

My thoughts around this have nothing to do with Labor Day, but the quotation seems otherwise very timely.

Given the increasing impact of Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, and others who make us laugh AND think at the same time, I think we can say that the most popular comedians are those whose work has a strong foundation of truth.  Sometimes I laugh hardest at that which hits the closest to home, be it relationships, work, or culture.  

The best comedians use our own truths to make us laugh … 

Then we consider politicians and we have many to consider now, as we witness the opening acts of the 2016 Presidential campaign:  fascinating lead actors spouting their lines and strutting the public stage, supporting stars with mystical or oblique agendas, and colorful character actors using head-spinning soundbites and simple thinking, with all the hoopla and froth which we now associate with political activity.   

Our politicians sometimes lack the ability to positively use truth, so  turn to distortion, exaggeration, and untruth to get our attention …

Watching political campaigns is some of the most entertaining programming on television or the Internet, except when we remember that nagging realization of how darned important all this is and will be to us, our children, our fellow citizens, our communities and those with whom we share our world.

Sigh … that pesky thought always ruins an otherwise laugh-filled presidential debate or campaign speech for me.

Will Rogers lived from 1879 to 1935, so he made his comments over 80 years ago.  He was talking about comedians and politicians who are all now dead and mostly forgotten.   I wonder if he knew that his words would ring as true this far into the future …

Trying to decide whether Rogers was just prescient or we are facing a persistent human reality in the Heartland ….

John

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