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This serious business


 

Rick Mercer talks to Steve Paikin about politics and satire.


 

This serious business

  1. And there it is at about 10:40. For all the partisans out there.

  2. And there it is at about 10:40. For all the partisans out there.

    • Nicely pointed out. Partisans are fools. Partisans are idiots. Partisans really, truly believe the country will be in grave danger if their political opponents win the election, any election. Partisans put their party before their country; they do not trust that Canada and her people have the flexibility, adaptability, and resourcefulness to cope with whatever some morons in a political party can do to it in 4-8-12 years in power. Canada is a beautiful, resilient country filled with clever, hard working people. Partisans are idiots because deep down inside, they do not trust their fellow citizens. They are little, little people.

      • Not at all true. A liberal Government has a social conscience and a conservative government does not, that simple. Canadians have a social conscience and thats why 70% of Canadians do not vote for the conservatives. As far as believing that our country will be in danger 'if their political apponents win the election' based on Harpers life record, our country will be in danger, no doubt about it. He is republican through and through, and quite frankly, they are 'holier than thou' and Canadians are free thinkers that do not accept religion shoved down our throuts especially through legislation. The US is moraly bankrupt, we are not (yet). A Harper majority will change that. As for voting them out if we don't like them, the damage will be done and we will, like the Americans, have to take to the streets and why not just do it now my marking an X. Way easier to do! This is not about the economy!

        • I couldn't agree with you more. Well said.

    • Yeah I found that interesting too. By that piece of wisdom, then it means the liberals should stop electing highly qualified individuals and find that illusive Joe plumber.

  3. A man good at, and comfortable, with what he does. That was enjoyable.

    Interesting in this day and age that we look to comedians for news, truth and philosophy….having long since given up on MSM for these things.

  4. A man good at, and comfortable, with what he does. That was enjoyable.

    Interesting in this day and age that we look to comedians for news, truth and philosophy….having long since given up on MSM for these things.

    • I loved this interview, very provocative. When you think about it, we've long looked to comedians for news, truth and philosophy — like the wise fool in so many of Shakespeare's works. LIke the child in the children's story who yells, as Rick pointed out his job is, "the emperor has no clothes."

      He's smart, witty and relevant, and so beautifully, Canadianly modest.

      • True comedy is funny because it reveals a truth we may be embarassed or uncomfortable with, or that we didn't see hidden in plain view.

        • "It's funny cuz it's true!"

          I think the ability to deliver it with laughs or irony is what makes hard facts easier to deliver. Of course, the literal-minded are often angered by satire.

  5. Nicely pointed out. Partisans are fools. Partisans are idiots. Partisans really, truly believe the country will be in grave danger if their political opponents win the election, any election. Partisans put their party before their country; they do not trust that Canada and her people have the flexibility, adaptability, and resourcefulness to cope with whatever some morons in a political party can do to it in 4-8-12 years in power. Canada is a beautiful, resilient country filled with clever, hard working people. Partisans are idiots because deep down inside, they do not trust their fellow citizens. They are little, little people.

  6. I loved this interview, very provocative. When you think about it, we've long looked to comedians for news, truth and philosophy — like the wise fool in so many of Shakespeare's works. LIke the child in the children's story who yells, as Rick pointed out his job is, "the emperor has no clothes."

    He's smart, witty and relevant, and so beautifully, Canadianly modest.

  7. True comedy is funny because it reveals a truth we may be embarassed or uncomfortable with, or that we didn't see hidden in plain view.

  8. "It's funny cuz it's true!"

    I think the ability to deliver it with laughs or irony is what makes hard facts easier to deliver. Of course, the literal-minded are often angered by satire.

  9. Yeah I found that interesting too. By that piece of wisdom, then it means the liberals should stop electing highly qualified individuals and find that illusive Joe plumber.

  10. Not at all true. A liberal Government has a social conscience and a conservative government does not, that simple. Canadians have a social conscience and thats why 70% of Canadians do not vote for the conservatives. As far as believing that our country will be in danger 'if their political apponents win the election' based on Harpers life record, our country will be in danger, no doubt about it. He is republican through and through, and quite frankly, they are 'holier than thou' and Canadians are free thinkers that do not accept religion shoved down our throuts especially through legislation. The US is moraly bankrupt, we are not (yet). A Harper majority will change that. As for voting them out if we don't like them, the damage will be done and we will, like the Americans, have to take to the streets and why not just do it now my marking an X. Way easier to do! This is not about the economy!

  11. I don't find Rick Mercer at all in the same league as Jon Stewart nor Stephen Colbert. His cutesy "look at me doing something in Canada" portions are not at all satirical – more appealing to the average Canadian – and his old series "Talking to Americans" was low handging fruit – cheap hits.

  12. I don't find Rick Mercer at all in the same league as Jon Stewart nor Stephen Colbert. His cutesy "look at me doing something in Canada" portions are not at all satirical – more appealing to the average Canadian – and his old series "Talking to Americans" was low handging fruit – cheap hits.

    • He is most certainly in their league but much more humble, probably because he is Canadian. His series Talking to Americans was done so well and with humour. It wasn't cheap hits at all – it was just Americans being Americans and it made Rick Mercer a household name in Canada and he has never looked back. Some people can't see the forest for the trees. He didn't put those words in their mouths, they did it all by themselves.

  13. He is most certainly in their league but much more humble, probably because he is Canadian. His series Talking to Americans was done so well and with humour. It wasn't cheap hits at all – it was just Americans being Americans and it made Rick Mercer a household name in Canada and he has never looked back. Some people can't see the forest for the trees. He didn't put those words in their mouths, they did it all by themselves.

  14. I couldn't agree with you more. Well said.

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