The Colbert Report

Season 3 Episode 19

Steven Pinker

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Aired Weekdays 11:30 PM Feb 07, 2007 on Comedy Central
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      • Stephen: Now is your chance to fall in love with Stephen Colbert all over again. This is the Colbert Report!

      • Stephen: …which brings us to tonight's Word: Silence. Senator Lieberman is right about our enemies, they hang on every word that passes through the Senate chamber. (C-SPAN's only viewers) Because they know the discussions of our President's war policy is a direct assault on our troops. (Weapons of mass discussion) That's why it's so vital for the Senate to say nothing. Most Senators understand this. Even John Warner who introduced the bill voted against debating it. (Have his surge and hate it, too) Folks, this is the same heroic silence Congress employed back in 2003 when they first authorized the invasion of Iraq. At the time anyone who asked questions was called a coward. (Now, they're called Presidential candidates) Because the best way to support our troops was to send them into war without discussion. (Or body armor) Of course, back then the war had the support of the American people, today's Congress isn't so lucky. Over 70 percent of Americans disapprove of the way the President is handling the war. (He's handling the war?) Now of course the whiners will say: But the mid-term elections were a referendum on the Iraq war, the American people have spoken and shouldn't be ignored. (They should be wiretapped) Well folks, guess what? (Loretta Sanchez is a whore?) We have elections because we live in a free country and freedom is worth making sacrifices for. If that sacrifice has to be the voice of the American people so be it. This is too important. Senator Lieberman is right, (Far right) our enemies are listening to what the Congress says. (Unlike the White House) We went to Iraq for one reason, (WMDs?) no. (9/11?) No. (Someone tried to kill the President's daddy?) Kinda. But mostly to bring democracy to the Middle East and it looks like the only way we can bring democracy there is to silence it here. (Silence)

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