Jon Stewart points our the terrible lesson learned
Jon Stewart did a masterful job in inferring a very bad lesson that was likely learned by some on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s big win. Unfortunately what Netanyahu did to win was being telegraphed throughout election day for Right Wing politicians in the US and throughout the world to see.
The US news media played up Benjamin Netanyahu’s win as if he was running against Obama. “Last night Benjamin Netanyahu apparently defeated Barack Obama and the Palestinians, ” Jon Stewart said. “Finally Republicans found a Conservative that could defeat Obama.”
Stewart then mocked all the news channels that were hyperventilating because President Obama ‘had not conceded’ or called Netanyahu to congratulate him on his victory. “You find it interesting that a foreign country’s prime minister who came to Congress against the White House’s wishes to shit on a nuclear deal the President spent years working on wouldn’t receive an immediate post election ‘ad a boy’ ,” Jon Stewart said. “Maybe the President is in shock. You know a lot of people didn’t think Netanyahu was going to win this one.”
Stewart went on to show that most people were concerned about economic issues and the failure of Netanyahu’s economic policies. “Wow did Netanyahu sway the voter’s,” Jon Stewart asked. “Economic stimulus package, tax reforms, housing subsidies?” NO!
Stewart showed clips of reports stating that Netanyahu decided to go full Right. He appealed to the most inner fears of Israeli’s. He made Israeli Arabs scapegoats. He followed the modus operandi that Republicans used in several states. Fear those others. “How dear you,” Jon Stewart asked. “How dear you gin up racist fears of minority turnout for short term political gain. That is our thing!”
Benjamin Netanyahu learned well from our Right Wing politics. But Stewart pointed out something a bit more sinister. He used Mitt Romney’s 47% comment to illustrate what Netanyahu really learned from American politics. He learned that if you are going to go against a people that are not a majority and that some may fear, you must double down with conviction. Force the human carnality of fear to emerge from the voters you need. In other words as Stewart said, “Go in or go home!”
The fight for good is difficult. Charlatans are willing to destroy society for personal gain. This will only change by elevating the overall knowledge of society. It is something we must all do.