Persuasive Essay: Colbert

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Nathan Hoffman persuasive essay Mrs. Hultburg 1/16/12 Overreacting a bit, aren’t we? “I believe that the government that governs best is a government that governs least, and by these standards we have set up a fabulous government in Iraq.” (Colbert) Stephen Colbert, Comedy central funny man, has always known how to put a smile on my face and the face of many other American people, no matter what your political stances he has a joke that will make you laugh hysterically and at times even say to yourself “did he just say that?” In an article on cnn.com first published on Saturday January 14th 2012 by Dean Obeidallah, Colbert is bashed for being a right wing extremist and Obeidallah continues to go on and say that Colbert’s run for presidency…show more content…
This statement leaves a lot to question like why the author thinks this or what justifies these thoughts, one reason is the poll taken for the south Carolina primaries that show Stephen Colbert surprisingly above Utah Governor Jon Huntsman; Huntsman coming in at 4% and Colbert Raking in 5%. These statistics are correct and a fairly reliable source. Obeidallah takes this poll a bit to seriously though as not only is it nothing but a poll for popularity not the actual primary. Second of all South Carolina happens to be Stephen Colbert’s home state; Colbert’s already a very charismatic speaker but to be in his home state and not get at the very least 5% would be surprising. Third of all to take this lead over huntsman is nothing really compared to all of the other front runners in the campaign. Huntsman was last in the polls meaning that Colbert was just second to last. If one were to check no president has been elected because he came in second to last in his home state, in one states popularity poll, before the actual primary. However the evidence he gives is sourced and reliable being a state poll. It’s also representative of the state of south Carolina which is a lot of people making it adequate information, which is also current as it was a poll taken in the past couple of…show more content…
I don't want my tomato picked by a Mexican. I want it picked by an American, then sliced by a Guatemalan, and served by a Venezuelan in a spa where a Chilean gives me a Brazilian." (Colbert) This quote obviously being a joke, however even if Colbert was being serious there are candidates who have had harsher views on immigration than this i.e. Newt Gingrich “we cannot give amnesty,” “we are going to secure the borders first,” “lets build a fence first.” Statements like these overshadow Stephen Colbert’s jokes about the subject. Another quote he ripped was Colbert joking about gays on his television show “There is nothing wrong with being gay. I have plenty of friends who are going to hell” this gallant quote is nothing more than a joke, and again even if Colbert was in any way seriously that opposed to being gay, Republican governor Rick Santorum has him beat when the governor compared being gay to such things as pedophilia, bigamy, incest and even bestiality. Compared to the governor and presidential front runner Rick Santorum, Colbert’s quotes are merely a joke; which is what it was intended to be in the first place. Obeidallah then ends this claim by comparing Stephen Colbert to Adolph Hitler by saying “These above quotes are clearly the words of a man with no regard for the values of

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