I wrote some weeks ago about Stephen Colbert’s SuperPAC, a real-life political fund and comedic awareness campaign that highlights the absurd logic of our corrupt campaign funding process. On Thursday night, the campaign took a new step, explaining in an incredibly clear manner this Kafkaesque political labyrinth.
You can watch the whole bit at Colbert’s site, but here’s the juicy part below. I’m constantly amazed how this ongoing comedy bit makes the incredibly boring — yet incredibly important — so enjoyable and funny to watch. Just imagine trying to explain this to someone on the street and keep them interested:
“The most potent weapons known to mankind are satire and ridicule”
– Saul Alinsky, Rules for Radicals
I love to laugh. And I don’t do it discreetly. It’s one of the things friends remember about me. Sometimes it scares babies. It was part of what first drew me to my partner — our ability to laugh together for hours. It should be no surprise, I suppose, that she became a stand-up comic soon after our marriage.
I like humor with my politics as well, which is why I’ve been so thrilled with the recent antics of Steven Colbert. For those who haven’t been watching: after the the Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United that corporations cannot be kept from spending unlimited money to influence political campaigns (because money is speech and corporations are people, and other craziness), Colbert used his show to launch his own Super Political Action Committee, Colbert SuperPAC.