I watched this clip from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart that Huffington Post featured two times over, to make sure I was sound in the accusation I’m about to make. Here goes – In regards to the Obamacare debate, all the liberals have got going for them is 1. Cool factor and 2. Name calling. It’s really incredible to watch these clips and hear these liberal arguments. Jon Stewart must have played footage from five or more Republican Senators making sound arguments against Obamacare such as:
– Obamacare taking a government founded on limited government and morphing it into limitless government.
– Obamacare is unconstitutional.
– Obamacare takes away our God-given rights to liberty –
And, that was just where Stewart felt the need to chime in. Once it got to a Republican who used the phrase “God-given,” Stewart stopped the clip and went off, imitating the Senator using a stupid voice and making a stupid face and saying that Republicans are just throwing buzz words around that don’t make any sense.
Actually Jon, you’re the one who isn’t make sense. You are playing footage of completely intelligent statements and your responding argument involves you acting like you’re an SNL cast member.
Humor, coolness, and mud-slinging can only go so far. It is really insulting that these pundits and politicians think that our generation – Gen Y – is so hyper-focused on being “in” that we won’t actually listen to reason. Why do they assume that of us? Well, just look around. I’d say a pretty big portion of 20-somethings are just egocentric toddlers in adult-sized bodies – making decisions and voting candidates in with a “What can they do for me? How much free stuff can I get?” attitude.
But, you’re reading this. You’re listening to the voices that make sense. You’re looking past the hot guy who has your sense of humor and you’re noticing that what he’s saying is wrong. We may not be viewed by this culture as the “cool” political party, but right now, we are the only party that’s making any sense. If you voted Obama in so you could get food stamps, and cell phones, and education, and all the other stuff his administration waved in front of your face, its time you start paying attention and seeing the consequences of that.
It’s not too late to start standing up for what’s right. The more Gen Y conservatives speak up, the better chance we have at getting our friends to actually listen to us. We haven’t lost the fight yet. In fact, our generation is key in how this Obamacare experiment plays out. The way this bill is laid out has healthy, broke young people enrolling in this “affordable” government-funded healthcare plan and paying for the older folks who need more healthcare with their premiums. But, what some young people are finding is that paying the penalty for being uninsured will actually cost less than enrolling in Obamacare. We’re penny pinchers, are we not? And, the last thing we want to spend our cash on is something that we never think about, like Healthcare (show me the latest Apple product and I’d be happy to blow a couple hundred!). Also, our tech savvy generation may be turned off by all the online glitches that have been found in the federal Obamacare enrollment site.
Fox News listed several states who got error messages on one of their programs. Apparently, Washington got a “connection refused” message. People in Maryland had four hour delays. And, all over the country, the page would open with error messages. Yes – glitches are to be expected when a national site launches and there is such a high traffic flow, but you could also look at something like that and wonder how secure all your personal medical information will be on a site that doesn’t seem to function properly.
Either way you look at it, if people our age don’t apply, than this Obamacare thing won’t work out. It’s our job to tell our friends about our own Obamacare woes to help them see the truth and ignore the handsome faces and sarcastic cackles of clueless liberal pundits like Jon Stewart.