Demonstrators held their last “tea party” of the year in Washington D.C. Tuesday to protest Democrats’ attempts to reform the health care system. Wednesday Jon Stewart took notice of some of the more humorous aspects of the event.
“No killing babies,” yelled one protester.
“Well, I see we’ve had a visit from Captain Obvious,” quipped Stewart.
“We cannot allow the pen to be mightier than the sword,” said another tea party speaker.
Stewart was dumbstruck. “We can’t let the pen be mightier than the sword because that’s only the basis of our civilization.”
But it wasn’t just a few fringe demonstrators. “No one is taking it seriously. Well, except for sitting senators [like Sen. Tom Cobern], former House majority leaders [Dick Armey] and Fox News stars [Laura Ingraham] who put the day in perspective.”
Ingraham closed with the famous Holocaust poem “First They Came” to make her point. “I’m saying with great respect closing with this, ‘First they came for the rich and I did not speak out because I was not rich,'” announced Ingraham.
Dripping with sarcasm, Stewart noted, “You said with great respect you are paraphrasing the famous homily about the Holocaust to complain about the government possibly raising the marginal tax rate back to where it was in the Clinton years. You don’t have to say with great respect, it’s implied. I mean it’s so obviously equal.”
“Then they came for the hyperbolic and paranoid and, well, I had no choice to get on the bus because I’m psycho,” explained Stewart.
This video is from Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, broadcast Dec. 16, 2009.