"He's Going to Destroy This Country"

Last night, John Oliver at the Daily Show did interviews with participants at both a McCain rally and an Obama rally about the other candidate.  It’s really quite striking -- the participants use very similar common language, present some of the same basic fears (only Obama gets to be a Muslim terrorist who will make the Koran the law of the land), even the same rhetorical structures.

I highly recommend it.  It’s a really useful challenge to pretty much all of us. It turns out those crazy (fill in the blank) from (fill in the blank) supporting (fill in the blank) are really just like us.     

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Jim McDermott, SJ


 

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9 years 12 months ago
Priceless... My favorite lines by John Oliver: To the McCain supporter (in response to the "charge" that Obama is a Muslim): other than the fact that he isn't a muslim, what makes him a muslim. To the Obama supporter (in response to the charge that McCain "doesn't use twitter": ummm, twitter, so that's important for you to see in a president.

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