A.J. Castellitto
This court jester is one royal fool
By A.J. Castellitto
September 11, 2014

"In Renaissance times, aristocratic households in Britain employed licensed fools or jesters....Regarded as pets or mascots, they served not simply to amuse but to criticise their master or mistress and their guests."


Desiderius Erasmus was a 16th Century humanist, theologian and social critic, whose witty and whimsical critiques of the Holy See and her ungodly abuses endeared him to the religious hierarchy he subtly exposed. Satire was Erasmus' weapon of choice but this Dutch Renaissance scholar deemed his own endearment to these suppressive powers preferable to a fight for Godly reform. A call for deliverance (from the seducers and manipulators of whom he found great favor) was not the type of noble discomfort his pliable convictions could even entertain. The elites thought well of him. His righteous insights and motivations would ultimately give way to self-love and self-preservation.

If only Jon Stewart was half the man Erasmus was. At least Erasmus' light-hearted critiques were grounded in sound reporting. Stewart is nothing but a culture shaping shill.

Take Stewart's Ferguson tirade. Cherry-picked half-truths favoring edited manipulation and deceptive narration. Stewart merely presents the scenario as "white cop shoots unarmed black kid." If one were merely seeking to stir up carefully calculated divisiveness/outrage and incite further violence then, sure, that would be the angle to work.


All I know is that if I attacked an officer, and went after his gun, there is a good chance that such actions would elicit a very harsh response. Police brutality surely does exist and it's an issue that must not be ignored. However, all of these partisan misrepresentations of the facts (in particular, the opportunistic, race-bait-fueled Ferguson coverage) are both irresponsible and criminal.


Stewart (and his ilk) can cry wolf and recklessly run without the facts all they want, but one of these days (in fact everyday) people die on account of such satirical, refutable lies. Don't believe those who seek to divide and conquer (nor the media tools who serve them – unknowingly or not).


* Here's some good material for Stewart's next monologue.....

America: A Country Run by Idiots

1. If you can get arrested for hunting or fishing without a license, but not for being in the country illegally, you live in a country run by idiots.

2. If you have to get your parents' permission to go on a field trip or take an aspirin in school, but not to get an abortion, you live in a country run by idiots.

3. If you have to show identification to board an airplane, cash a check, buy liquor or check out a library book, but not to vote on who runs the government, you live in a country run by idiots.

4. If the government wants to ban stable, law-abiding citizens from owning gun magazines with more than ten rounds, but gives 20 F-16 fighter jets to the crazy leaders in Egypt, you live in a country run by idiots.

5. If, in the largest city, you can buy two 16-ounce sodas, but not a 24-ounce soda because 24-ounces of a sugary drink might make you fat, you live in a country run by idiots.

6. If an 80-year-old woman can be stripped searched by the TSA but a woman in a hijab is only subject to having her neck and head searched, you live in a country run by idiots.

7. If your government believes that the best way to eradicate trillions of dollars of debt is to spend trillions more, you live in a country run by idiots.

8. If a seven year old boy can be thrown out of grade school for saying his teacher's "cute," but hosting a sexual exploration or diversity class in grade school is perfectly acceptable, you live in a country run by idiots.

9. If hard work and success are met with higher taxes and more government intrusion, while not working is rewarded with EBT cards, WIC checks, Medicaid, subsidized housing and free cell phones, you live in a country run by idiots.

10. If the government's plan for getting people back to work is to incentivize NOT working, with 99 weeks of unemployment checks and no requirement to prove they applied but can't find work, you live in a country run by idiots.

11. If being stripped of the ability to defend yourself makes you more "safe" according to the government, you live in a country run by idiots.


© A.J. Castellitto


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