Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Sweetness and Light from NPR

National Public Radio did a profile last night on Marco Rubio that portrayed him as this young, vibrant, new face on the Florida scene, and puffed up his conservative credentials.

If you choose to have a society where government provides you with more, then you must have more government. And you must have more government involvement in your economy. And the more that government is involved in your economy, the less economy there is left over for the rest of us.

I’m not sure what he means by “the rest of us.” It’s as if “We the people” was some alien concept and that government, be it local, state, or federal, was something imposed on us by an outside entity. But that’s the paradox of being a Republican: we’re outsiders, we hate Washington, so send us there so we can install a permanent Republican majority.

The report itself was sugary-sweet to the point of insulin shock, and they followed Mr. Rubio as he toured The Villages, a retirement community in central Florida that is wall-to-wall golf courses and creakingly conservative. Mr. Rubio was greeted by the residence like he was the next Pat Boone. It mentioned that Mr. Rubio fit right in with the very conservative crowd; he’s opposed to anything the Obama administration — and Charlie Crist — is in favor of, and failed to mention that he’s also sucked up to the Lower Alabama crowd by not ruling out the possibility that President Obama is an alien.

I realize that NPR is trying to be balanced, but in doing so, they could have mentioned that in his campaign to limit government, Mr. Rubio isn’t in favor of limiting the government from taking control of a woman’s uterus or stepping in to prevent the horror of marriage equality. Saying he’s “very conservative” doesn’t give you the whole picture: so is Michele Bachmann.