Not quite. If you're a Republican you tell him he should get his own damn fishing pole and accuse him of being a drain on society, a parasite, and a taker. One side is "sensitive to the hungry person" by blaming him as a failure for being hungry and telling him to rely on largely non-existent private charity to feed himself. I shouldn't generalize this much, but it is difficult to respond to such broad brush statements more specifically. There are certainly strains of Republicanism that do not reflect that point of view, however those strains are just as clearly not dominant in the party right now. One need only look at their primary debates for that point to become crystal clear.
Originally Posted by jomota48
I'll put it this way. Do the statements of the Republican standard-bearer in the OP reflect your understanding of Republicanism, or mine? When Rmoney said that 47% of Americans are victims and always will be, does that reflect a willingness to go around handing out fishing poles? To me, it reflects a tendency to heap moral approbation on half of America, tell them their problems are their own damn fault, and send them off to whatever their fate might be.
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