Host of The Rick Mercer Report on CBC in Canada, A Nation Worth Ranting About is a collection of the famous rants that Rick Mercer does on his TV show. Often political, always succinct, Mercer’s rants are delivered in his signature voice – full of facts, with a dash of sarcasm and dry wit. Interspersed with photos from some highlight moments on the Rick Mercer Report as well as reflections on the public’s reactions to a few of his key pieces, A Nation Worth Ranting About is not only a collection of the rants from the show but also illustrates how much this country means to Rick Mercer. He demonstrates why this nation IS worth ranting about, to him.
I read this book around the time of the U.S. presidential election, and it made me realize that I didn’t know very much about my own country’s politics. While Mercer’s rants are often laced with humour, I have actually learned so much more about the state of my own nation’s political environment. I like to think of Rick Mercer as the Jon Stewart of Canada, a news satirist that pokes fun at politics while educating a similar demographic of audience.
Some of the most stand-out rants in this book include the ones he did on young people going out to vote, and the bullying epidemic – especially of gay teens. Not only did it touch people individually, but as a collective group as well. People can look at Rick Mercer as merely a comedian, just like they may think of Jon Stewart in the same way, but both these men have such a powerful and influential voice in the media right now. It’s like they are that teacher in school who made learning fun.