Many youths in the United States of America get their news from sources different than most adults. While adults in America watch CNN, MSNBC, or FOX NEWS, the younger generations are watching Comedy Central and getting their news from The Daily Show and The Colbert Report.
But despite the jokes and comedy aspects, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are both highly intelligent when it comes politics and the news.
And that is why Stephen Colbert recently came to Capitol Hill and testified Friday morning on the issue of farm worker conditions for undocumented workers. Colbert said his intentions were to make the country aware of the tough times facing the workers.
After joking, “I certainly hope that my star power can bump this hearing all the way up to C-SPAN 1,” Colbert got serious and expressed the often ignored fact that the United States is too highly dependent on migrant workers for all of our fruit and vegetable farming.
Colbert then joked, “The obvious answer is for all of us to stop eating fruits and vegetables. And if you look at the recent obesity statistics, many Americans have already started.”
Colbert, as part of a challenge he took on for his show, picked beans and packed corn on a farm to see what a day of work is really like for the workers. All Colbert had to say after the event was “please don’t make me do this again. It is really, really hard.”
Colbert said that the challenge let him understand just why barely any Americans are actually looking to get work as field workers.
Republicans argued that Colbert was only focusing on one issue. They claimed that Americans take on “the dirtiest, most difficult, most dangerous” jobs out there.
Steve King of Iowa made it clear that most migrant workers would rather keep the jobs they are doing now that are at least safe and not have to deal with some of the work that Americans do.
While it is true that many Americans do jobs that put their safety and lives on the line on a daily basis, Colbert’s claims of poor working conditions for migrant workers can simply be swept aside.