Watch Jon Stewart critique Marco Rubio’s response to the State of the Union Address, beyond the water gulping fiasco.
I see the problem, once again, rather than responding to actual Obama, Republicans are stuck responding to the fictional image of Obama that they’ve created. The same boilerplate Republican talking points, just with a better back story.
It is interesting, isn’t it? TEApublicans like Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan used government programs, like federal student loans and Social Security, to pull themselves up, yet claim that other people that need these programs to do the same will just become “dependent.” This is the main rift between the conservative and liberal view: TEApublicans think that helping people creates dependency while liberals realize that, while some abuse of these systems is ubiquitous, the good far outweighs the bad.
The person we help as a collective whole might be the scientist who cures cancer someday. The child we nurture as a community, regardless of his or her parents’ choices, might be the one whose life was turned around enough that they didn’t become a criminal out of desperation and hurt someone we love years later. Not to sound too much like the typical touchy-feely, Kumbaya singing liberal, but we are ALL in this together, whether others admit it or not. We’re only as strong as our weakest members, which is why liberals believe that everyone deserves a chance–because people who have no boots in the first place can’t pull themselves up by the straps.
WATCH: “Water for Elephant” from The Daily Show: