Charleston's favorite late-night son, Stephen Colbert, brought his heavy-handed satire of the far right to the one place that consistently outdoes his over-the-top rhetoric: Congress.
On Friday, Colbert performed (er, testified) in front of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees, and Border Security regarding migrant farm workers. In a segment of his popular Comedy Central show, The Colbert Report, he'd taken up a challenge to spend a day in the fields. The July bit brought laughs on basic cable and prompted Rep. Zoe Lofgren to invite him to testify.
"I certainly hope that my star power can bump this hearing all the way up to C-SPAN 1," Colbert said. Giving a shout out to conservatives who want to secure our borders, Colbert then offered suggestions like an end to eating produce, vegetables that pick themselves, and waist-level soil so field workers wouldn't have to bend down. Colbert's real message was about improving working conditions.
"This brief experience gave me some small understanding of why so few Americans are clamoring to begin an exciting career as [a] seasonal migrant field worker," he said. "I'm a free market guy. Normally I would leave this to the invisible hand of the market. Apparently, even the invisible hand doesn't want to pick beans."