Of us, apparently. Several emailers have written to inform me that Stewart did a hit/smear job on Judge Napolitano on “The Daily Show” last night. The “hit” was apparently about how the Judge wrote in one of his publications (or said on his former television show) that the U.S. probably could have ended slavery the same way that New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, New Jersey, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and all the other Northern states did, as well as the British empire, Spanish empire, the French, Danes, Dutch, Swedes, and others during the nineteenth century, namely, peacefully. (See Jim Powell, Greatest Emancipations: How the West Ended Slavery; and Joanne Pope Melish, Disowning Slavery: Gradual Emancipation and Race in New England, 1780-1860). No, no, said Stewart and pals, 750,000 dead Americans , more than double that number maimed for life, and the total destruction of the voluntary union of the founders was the only way to go. Southerners, six percent of whom owned slaves (See Thomas Fleming, A Disease in the Public Mind: A New Understanding of Why We Fought the Civil War), “were willing to die to preserve slavery” announced the renowned historian Jon Stewart. The Great Oz (er, I mean, The Great Abe) did what was necessary said the great historical sage and his cast of clowns.
Stewart and his clownish cast apparently even brought up the subject of tariffs, denying that they had anything to do with the war. That would be shocking news to The Great Abe who, in his first inaugural address, announced that it was his duty to “collect the duties and imposts” and “beyond that there will be no invasion of any state.” Translation: Any seceding state that did NOT send tariff revenue money to Washington, D.C., which of course included all of the seceded states, would be invaded. “Invasion” and “bloodshed” are the words The Great Abe used in his first inaugural address to describe what would happen to any state that failed to send tariff revenue to D.C. And of course in the same speech The Great Abe also pledged his support for the Corwin Amendment to the Constitution that would have prohibited the federal government from EVER interfering with Southern slavery. In fact, the Corwin Amendment was his idea, as documented by the high priestess of the Lincoln cult, Doris Kearns-Goodwin, in her book, Team of Rivals.
Stewart, whose “comedy” specialty is facial contortions, also mocked the idea of “some libertarians” (probably thinking of Ron Paul, who once mentioned the concept on television) who advocated buying the slaves with tax dollars and then freeing them. This of course is exactly how the British ended slavery in the British empire without bloodshed but Stewart and a clownish sidekick poo pooed the idea in an orgy of facial contortions and eye rolling.
It would not surprise me to learn that this very atypical type of “Daily Show” was instigated by the Obama administration. After all, in recent months they have proposed putting government agents/censors in all television and newspaper news rooms; and it is very likely that they pressured NBC to dump Jay Leno in favor of a more administration-friendly host. No one has been a more effective critic of the administration’s spying and overall dictatorial behavior than Judge Napolitano which would make him a top target of the Saul Alinsky “Rules for Radicals” crowd, of which King Obama is the chief practitioner.10:08 am on February 25, 2014