Marco Rubio has launched his presidential campaign in what some might term an interesting presidential bid announcement. What is just as important as what Rubio said before announcing his presidential bid is what he didn’t say.
Now, just yesterday, a leader from yesterday began a campaign for president by promising to take us back to yesterday.
Yesterday is over, and we are never going back. We Americans are proud of our history, but our country has always been about the future. Before us now is the opportunity to author the greatest chapter yet in the amazing story of America. But we can’t do that by going back to the leaders and ideas of the past. We must change the decisions we are making by changing the people who are making them.
Many would say that Rubio is taking a shot at Hillary in his comments about “yesterday” and the promises to return to yesterday. While this may be true, Rubio talks about authoring “the greatest chapter yet in the amazing story of America.” It sounds good, especially after Obama’s presidency and his “fundamental transformation of America” policy that has produced more lawlessness, criminality and opaqueness in an administration, probably ever. Rubio states America can’t go “back to the leaders and ideas of the past” if we are to “author the greatest chapter yet” in America’s story.
Well, does that mean recent as in the last 10 years or the last 50, the last 100 years or to the very founding principles of this country? How far back is Rubio talking about when saying “leaders and ideas of the past?” With the assumption that some in the nation made with Obama’s “fundamentally transforming America,” these statements by Rubio, while some attributed as a jab at Hillary Clinton, could signify something more.
“This election is not just about what laws we are going to pass,” Rubio told his evening rally. “It is a generational choice about what kind of country we will be.”
What kind of country we will be? This country was formed as a constitutional republic, period, end of story. That is what kind of country we are – a country founded on upholding individual freedom and liberty. Obama, his ilk, his administration and Congress, which Rubio has been a part, has been working to transform this country from its original intent; in many ways, they have accomplished their goal. Do we honestly want more change? And what generation is now going to decide “what kind of country we will be”?
We have seen what some of the “previous generations” have contributed to “changes” in the US. Are we now looking at a generation of “technology dependent” individuals who forgot how to communicate in any form besides a cell phone text message, email, Facebook, Twitter and having the philosophies of “what it means to me” and “if it’s right for me, it’s right for everyone” determining the “kind of country we will be” instead of focusing on retaining our founding principles? The “kind of country we will be” was established with our gain of independence from Britain – there is no need for further change.
Rubio indicated it was also about a “choice between the haves and the have-nots.”
He said it’s also a choice between the haves and the have-nots, nodding to his own upbringing by working-class parents. “I live in an exceptional country where the son of a bartender and a maid can have the same dreams and the same future as those who come from power and privilege.”
Rubio had spoken to his top campaign donors earlier in the day and expressed to them the feeling many families have that the American dream is fading away with young “Americans facing unequal opportunities.” Rubio stated, “I feel uniquely qualified to not just make that argument, but to outline the policies that we need to have in order to achieve it.”
“Power and privilege”; “unequal opportunity.” Somewhere this sounds very familiar.
“While our people and economy are pushing the boundaries of the 21st century, too many of our leaders and their ideas are stuck in the 20th century,” Rubio said to applause.
Rubio didn’t get the memo that our economy is tanking, jobs are being parceled out to foreign nations, taxes are killing the American people, global trade agreements seek to undermine our sovereignty, unemployment is high, illegal alien invaders are flooding our country competing with citizens for resources and the dollar as the world reserve currency is swiftly being challenged. What economy and boundaries is he referring? There was a time in the 20th century when America produced many products; manufacturing was a stable, thriving industry. Jobs were being created and unemployment was low. If some of the 20th century ideas would bring manufacturing and jobs back to America, why is that a bad idea? However, if truth were to be told, America would need to go back farther than 20th century ideas in order to try and clean up this mess of an economy.
Rubio mentioned tax and immigration reform along with a more “engaging” American foreign policy to ensure a “new American century.” Any time any politician mentions “reform,” the American people should cringe as that “reform” sometimes is not favorable to the people. And, with taxes, how do you reform something that has grown so big, with so many rules and laws, that actually completing a legal income tax return is almost impossible, not to mention keeping big business and donors happy?
It’s interesting Rubio would refer to a “more engaged” American foreign policy. How much more engaged does America need to be when Obama has been “engaging” all over the place in foreign policy that’s anybody’s guess what America’s foreign policy really is? What exactly does that term mean anyway – more engaged American foreign policy? It seems America has been too engaged in foreign policy, in sticking our nose in other countries’ sovereignty, to the point that our government can be accused of instigating coups in other nations and aiding and abetting our enemies.
Rubio’s big jab at Hillary Clinton came with this statement. “They are busy looking backward, so they do not see how jobs and prosperity today depend on our ability to compete in a global economy. So our leaders put us at a disadvantage by taxing, borrowing and regulating like it’s 1999.”
Many past presidents, and that is going way, way back, warned of entangling, unequal trade agreements between the United States and other foreign nations. Not only was the warning about damage to our economy, but it was about damage to our sovereignty as well. Unfortunately, the warning and advice went unheeded. So now our prosperity has become “dependent” on competing in a “global economy” – an oxymoron for certain that’s surely code for less independent “US economy.”
For certain, our leaders, aka Congress, have over-taxed, over borrowed and over-regulated like there was no tomorrow all in order to prop up indiscriminate spending and financing of unconstitutional agencies and institutions while doling it out to foreign enemies, nations and those who choose to live on the backs of the working class. And, they weren’t just spending “like it’s 1999”; they were spending, borrowing and over-regulating for the last 100 or so years – Republicans and Democrats alike. Needless to say, government has continued that inglorious tradition under Obama putting previous administrations to shame.
Rubio appears to be engaging in plenty of Obama-ese – trying to please everyone in order to win votes by saying the things many want to hear. His own press secretary, Alex Conant, stated, “We’re not writing off any votes. We’re going to try to win every vote.” This was in response to a Daily Caller reporter pointing out that Alaska and Hawaii were missing as states in the US map used as the dot over the “i” in Rubio.
Where is the talk about supporting, upholding, defending and protecting the Constitution of the united States of America? Where is the talk about maintaining individual unalienable rights? Where is the support for limited government to ensure life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? What about unconstitutional Obamacare, illegal amnesty, holding those accountable for Benghazi, IRS targeting of conservative groups, unconstitutional NSA spying and data hoovering, and crushing EPA regulations, along with government takeover of the internet and the attack on our electrical power grid through the “war on coal“? Maybe, Rubio is going to speak to that later; maybe not.
Rubio can hardly speak to those issues since he is in violation of the Constitution in even bidding for the office of the president as he does not meet the “natural born citizen” requirement. But, at this point, do the majority of Americans even care? Have American citizens forgotten he is the author of the infamous “Gang of 8” immigration bill many Americans despised? He’s talking the talk, just like Obama. He’s engaging in the tried and true tactic of using his own form of “Obama-ese” to draw the public to him like a moth to a flame. It’s more important to walk the walk, but some Americans are content to hear what is being said and infer their own conclusions on what is meant instead of having candidates clarify their position. And, unfortunately, many Americans suffer from “36 hour” memory – if it happened over 36 hours ago, they forget about it.
As the old saying goes, “You can please some of the people all of the time, all of the people some of the time; but, you cannot please all of the people all of the time.”
Politicians would do well to remember this and stand on the law, the Constitution, as it is the one thing that is constant – unlike the changing winds of society. And, all of America would do well to remember it as well. For without the Constitution to frame our nation, America becomes just another country in a long line of nations under the rule of men.