Colbert Works Farm for a Day, Testifies Before Congress
Stephen Colbert recently testified before Congress about the plight of farm workers, after taking the United Farms Workers challenge to sign up and work in the fields for one day.
The challenge had been issued by the United Farm Workers to confront criticism that illegals coming into the United States were taking jobs away from tax paying, Americans.
UFW President Arturo Rodriguez was recently on the Colbert report when Stephen accepted the challenge, one of only 16 Americans to do so.
The “stunt”, namely a day spent in the sun harvesting crops and working side by side with migrant farm workers, caught Congress’s attention who called Colbert to testify about his experience.
Stephen’s satirical tirade on his experience brilliantly highlighted the harsh conditions farm workers face, coupled with the misguided and altogether hazy approach the US government takes on workers suffering.
Colbert highlighted the government’s inaction. The US has already lost 84,000 acres of production, and closed almost a million acres of farm land do to lack of labor. Twenty-two thousand farm jobs have gone to Mexico, thanks to the ‘invisible hand’ of the market.
Said Stephen in his closing statement, “I like talking about people who don’t have any power. I feel the need to speak for those who can’t speak for themselves. We ask them to come and work, and then we ask them to leave again. They suffer, and have no rights.”
Global Whisperer’s Take:
In this era of Fox News, Glen Beck, American’s ubiquitous mistrust of Muslims, and rampant finger pointing in politics Stephen’s scathing satire does a valuable service, highlighting politics taken to its most ridiculous cheerleader-like rhetoric, where facts take a backseat to mantras and soundbites.
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