Stephen Colbert a comedian whose main routine is to play a very conservative talk show host was asked today to speak before a congressional sub-committee on the conditions of migrant workers. I first really took note of him when he went to Baghdad, and had his head shaved by the troops, in a routine which was like Bob Hope visiting the troops in WW2, Korea, and Vietnam. It helped to draw attention to the condition and sacrifice of our troops. Now he is turning the spotlight on people we often don’t think about – those who help put food on our tables (not by buying it but by picking it).
I know some people don’t like Colbert. They feel he mocks some well thought out political and social positions. But he is just a comedian and anytime anyone helps draw attention to those whose lives are much harder than our own, it is a good thing.
I hope Congress does do something to make sure that those willing to work in the fields can be here legally and that their working conditions meet minimal safety and fair wage standards.
What do you think?
All the best and until next time,