Rather than add to the vast and correctly caustic commentary on Donald Trump’s dark and dystopian convention speech, I’ll post a video from a fount of much wisdom. Jon Stewart put in an appearance on Stephen Colbert’s Late Show last night. While one might have expected an excoriation of the Republicans, Stewart instead turned his focus to Fox News.

And justly so. Stewart’s rant (which starts at about the four minute mark) gets to the root of one big reason why so many people buy into Trump’s take on an America besieged by evil, exploitative foreigners: Fox and the rest of the far right media, which preach “us versus them” and, as Trump puts it, America First. In particular, the video humorously highlights Fox star Sean Hannity’s hypocrisy.

Don’t you miss him?

On a lighter but also funny note, check out this video of Michelle Obama going for a ride with James Corden of the Late Late Show. Along the way, she sings some songs and pitches an important international development initiative (starting at about the eight minute mark) about educating young girls around the world.

Especially in view of the despair some may feel in recent days, the video is important for a couple of reasons. First, it shines a light on one of the many unheralded ways in which a Hillary Clinton presidency will differ from that of Donald Trump: support for women’s rights and well-being beyond our borders. That difference is well worth fighting for.

Second, both the style and substance of our current First Lady remind us that, for all of our problems, we’ve come a long way from the failed preaching of one of her predecessors. Not going back is also worth the fight.

 

 

 

Based in Oakland, California, Stephen Golub writes, consults and teaches about international development, with a particular focus on justice, democracy, human rights and governance issues. Currently teaching part-time at Central European University in Budapest and previously at the University of California at Berkeley, he has worked in over 40 countries and with such organizations as Amnesty International, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Ford and Open Society Foundations, the U.K. Department for International Development, the U.N. Development Program and the World Bank

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