Last night on “The Daily Show,” Jon Stewart continued to be a voice of sanity in the political media.
Stewart spent the entirety of the episode passionately criticizing the United States government. Nothing surprising there, that’s his job. But last night was different: Stewart wasn’t simply jovially mocking Glenn Beck or the plethora of dumb things politicians said over the past 24 hours. He was serious, angry and standing up for a cause.
Stewart spent the half hour railing against the US Senate, more specifically the Republican party, for filibustering the Zadroga Bill; which would dedicate seven billion dollars of much needed health care assistance to 9/11 first responders.
The bill was named after NYPD Detective James Zadroga, who passed away in 2006 after suffering from a respiratory illness caused from dust and toxins inhaled while working at the World Trade Center after the attacks on 9/11. Over the years since 9/11 many first responders like Zadroga have fallen seriously ill with cancer and heart problems due to breathing in the toxins at Ground Zero.
The selfless heroes who never questioned risking their own lives to save others on 9/11 are now losing their own personal health battles for the same reason. Medical bills have continued to stack up, yet our government is not stepping up to help the dying policemen and firefighters.
Jon Stewart was tired of seeing this issue pushed to the side in favor of tax cuts and politicians’ holiday plans, so he spent his last episode of 2010 speaking out on the issue. The most touching part of the episode was when Stewart sat down with four first responders to talk about their medical issues and thoughts on the Senate’s filibuster.
They were upset and angry, as was Stewart. We should be too.
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