Ah yes, the brilliance! Nothing makes people who can't think for themselves and whose idea of good reading is "Thinking For Dummies" happier than listening to a guy like Marco Rubio, who doesn't make sense.
Anyone who came to CPAC 2013 looking for new ideas would leave disappointed, take it from Rubio. Only those with the blind devotion of lemmings could possibly fall for what the King Of The Grifters was selling there yesterday. Here are just a few of the highlights that I wanted to point out, with translation.
Apparently speaking of good, hard working people who pay their taxes and doing the right thing, only to fail at the hands of evil "Big Government," Rubio transitions to slackers and freeloaders:
"And now when the housing bubble came they were stuck with the bill up for bailing out the banks. For bailing out the people who took out mortgages they couldn't afford to pay. Everywhere they look."
Ah yes, that old myth. The housing bubble was created by all those people who ran out and signed on to mortgages they couldn't afford! Freeloaders! Never mind that those people lost everything, the banks were the real victims, who are moving on to their next bubble. Rubio knows this well. That's why he's secretly spending time courting those big Wall Street donors. Oddly enough, he didn't mention that in this speech.
"Unfortunately every country in the world have poor people but few have the kind of vibrant widespread middle class that America does."
Middle class? What middle class?
"A widespread middle class that everyone we have said should have any opportunity to be -- part of the middle class or even better. It sets us apart from the world."
Actually what sets what's left of our middle class apart from the rest of the world's is health care, for one thing. Ours can no longer get access to it. And opportunity? Hard to have such a thing when those "no taxes job creators" are hoarding profits rather than hiring, an education is out of reach, and when there's no chance of a decent wage and benefits even if you can find employment. Marco and his ilk have just about squeezed all they can from what used to be the middle class. Now they've had to move on to squeezing the wealthy by running for office and giving speeches at places like CPAC. And speaking of grifting:
"Basic trouble is they look to Washington DC..... Every week Washington's creating some sort of manmade crisis for them to worry about. And they look at the political process whether it's fair or not."
Now there Rubio is speaking a bit of truth. Who's creating all the man-made crisis? The Republican Party, that's who. Debt ceilings and fiscal cliffs and sequesters, oh my! And why would they do such a thing? Well, besides being willing to destroy the country because your party lost the last two elections, here's why. More grifting. Fair? No, but what better way to get revenge on those voters, am I right?
"People who disagree on all sorts of things in the real world work together all the time on things they do agree with....
Now in order to work together, there has to be mutual respect. That means I respect people who disagree with me on certain things but they have to respect me too."
Yes, nothing says "I respect your ideas" more than four years of obstruction, and threats to shut down the government unless you respect Marco Rubio and his party of "No."
Now here's my favorite part of his so-called "respect" argument:
"I respect people who disagree with me on certain things, but that means they have to respect me too. Just because I believe states should have the right to define marriage in a traditional way does not make me a bigot. Just because we believe that life, all human life, all life, all human life is worthy of protection in every stage of its development doesn’t make you a chauvinist. In fact, the people who are actually close minded in American politics are people who love to preach about the certainty of science in regard to our climate, but ignore the absolute fact that life begins at conception."
First the obvious: No, Marco Rubio doesn't respect people who disagree with him. If he did, why follow that first sentence with "but?" And what a big "but" it is. Never mind that he's objecting to a straw man who calls him a "bigot" for being against same sex marriage at a convention which banned gay Republican groups from attending. Rubio "respects" others beliefs so much that he's trying to block access to birth control, and thinks only certain women should be protected from domestic violence. He voted against the Violence Against Women Act not once, but twice. He's basing legislation for everyone else to live by on his beliefs, and his belief that actual scientific evidence is nonsense, all at the same time.
Nothing says "I respect you" like passing laws that make sure everyone else is forced to respect your views, and live by them, right Marco?
Marco Rubio respects others all right. Just as long as they're white males....I mean white male Republicans.......Or rather, white, male Republicans who believe exactly what Marco believes. Those of us who don't agree with his views don't vote for him, and when he wins in spite of that, we respect the decision in a fair election, because that's democracy. It's people like Rubio and the Republican Party who are trying to change the rules when the majority of the country no longer sees things their way.
"We don't need a new idea. There is an idea. The idea called America."
Who needs new ideas? There's no need for new ideas in Marco Rubio's version of America.