Stephen Colbert to run for President of the United States of…

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jan 13, 2012
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…South Carolina, his native state. Yes, he’s actually really “seriously” running, and having and making fun along the way.

The serious part is he’s doing so in order to educate and make fun of Citizens United, and the suddenly-legal Super Pacs (Newt Gingrich just got $5 million from one donor, enabling him to stay in the race). Ideally, in a democracy, votes decide elections. But as we know, advertising and door-to-door efforts effect votes. And lobbying effects politicians’ decisions. So, now, money—now formally considered free speech—is far more powerful than individual citizens.

But that’s all boring, and though everyone cares, no one cares.

Though humorous, Mr. Colbert’s discussions about super PACs have had an educational and perhaps energizing effect among some members of his young audience. When Mr. Potter told the two comedians that “being business partners does not count as coordination, legally,” there were groans of disgust from some in the studio audience.

So Colbert is making it all fun and showing how ridiculous it is:



About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


2 Responses to “Stephen Colbert to run for President of the United States of…”

  1. Jonathan says:

    I hope he has a plan for what do if he actually wins, because he just might.

  2. Jeff Fulmer says:

    He's the only candidate I would consider voting for… other than Obama. Colbert has become our country's political satirist.