Marco Rubio: The greatest thing we can do for the world is be America; Update: Video from blogger briefing added

posted at 12:45 pm on February 9, 2012 by Tina Korbe

In a characteristically compelling speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Marco Rubio framed the November 2012 election is sweeping terms: The choice voters will face this fall, he said, will be whether America will remain a great nation or whether it will recede into the background.

“The most powerful thing about our nation is the American example,” Rubio said. “Anywhere you go in the world people know that there is a person just like them living here doing things they cannot. They realize it doesn’t have to be the way it is for them. Do you know why people sacrifice their lives and struggle to access democracy across the world? Because they’ve seen what can happen here.”

Rubio reminded the audience that America doesn’t have to be the exception; it can easily follow the pattern Europe has set for it and other once-dominant regions of the world have set. But the consequences won’t be pleasant for the U.S. — or the rest of the world.

“What happens if we decide we don’t want to be the greatest country in the world?” Rubio asked. “Someone else will fill that space. Right now, the only nations that could even try to do it are nations that don’t believe what we do. … Do you know why they cannot vote to condemn Syria? Because they reserve the right to do to their own people what Syria has done to its people if their governments are threatened.”

The conservative movement, at its core, wants to preserve America’s greatness for future generations, Rubio said. Tax and regulatory reform, energy exploration, entitlement reform — conservative policy prescriptions all aim to ensure that people have the freedom and opportunity to pursue their dreams and, in the process, create prosperity for the nation.

“You have to be strong economically; you have to be strong militarily,” Rubio said. “But you know what else has to be strong? Your people have to be strong.”

Rubio urged voters to embrace the weight of exceptionalism.

“The greatest thing we can do for the world is be America,” he said. “We Americans are uncomfortable too often by our nature by the idea that we are who we are. We would prefer for everyone to reach the same conclusions we have on their own. I think it’s important to realize … being an American is a blessing and it’s also a responsibility — [to] do the right things at home to ensure we’re an example to the rest of the world.”

Update (Allahpundit): Here’s the video. Click the image to watch.

Update (Ed): Before he gave this speech, Senator Rubio met with conservative bloggers and journalists in a 30-minute meeting. I’m trying to get more of the meeting uploaded — I videotaped the whole thing — but I do have the opening statement on tape.  Rubio said that Barack Obama was right in that he inherited a bad situation, but he got everything he wanted from a Democratic Congress and made everything worse as a result.  Far from apologizing for America’s impact on the world, Obama should recognize that “the world is safer and more prosperous because of the American century”:

Matt Lewis and Jim Geraghty have more on the briefing.  A few of my highlights from the Q&A, which I hope to compile in a later video:

  • Rubio is pleased that the GOP is positioning itself as the pro-legal immigration party.
  • Iran uses terror as “statecraft” and the normal working of its foreign policy; we need to impose “crippling sanctions” and leave all other options on the table to prevent Iran from gaining a nuclear weapon
  • Most Americans are conservative, Rubio said, and says we can see that in the dynamics of the Republican and Democratic parties.  Republicans compete to see who is the most reliable conservative, the most like Ronald Reagan; why don’t we see Democrats competing for the title of “most liberal” or most like Jimmy Carter?
  • Having the US without a budget is just “weird,” Rubio says, and it’s unbelievable that the most powerful nation on the planet cannot pass a budget.

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LOL at everyone telling me “iff you dunnt like et, you kennn gittt out!”. You lot are like a bunch of brainwashed North Koreans. You can’t even imagine that the US might not be as greatly great as you’ve been told.

Arrogant complacency and blind chest thumping has never led to greatness and never will. Keep deluding yourselves, blind jingoists.

Daikokuco on February 9, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Why do you hate America?

Night Owl on February 9, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Been meaning to ask: does the ‘daikoku’ come from ‘大国’?

DarkCurrent on February 9, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Yeah it does actually. Ironic especially given this thread lol. And yeah I know its ‘T’ normally, did it this way on purpose.

Daikokuco on February 9, 2012 at 3:20 PM

That speech was AWESOME…!!!

… Note to GOP candidates:

THIS…!!!

Seven Percent Solution on February 9, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Try reading your precious Constitution sometime. It explicitly states that “Congress shall have the right to raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years.”

Nice job twisting to Constitution to fit your militarism. Same way the democrats have twisted it to fit their welfarism. You frauds and hypocrites are all the same.

Daikokuco on February 9, 2012 at 2:31 PM

You think that means the Army is supposed to disband every two years?? We have annual appropriations for the military.

As for my “militarism”, I sleep a lot better at night knowing that we a force to keep the enemies at bay.

Bitter Clinger on February 9, 2012 at 3:36 PM

The choice voters will face this fall, he said, will be whether America will remain a great nation or whether it will recede into the background.

Actually, the choice is looking like which party will lead America’s recession into the background, for none of these clowns is going to do anything to reign in the size and scope of government.

EddieC on February 9, 2012 at 3:36 PM

There are many dozens, probably over a hundred countries where that is the case. It’s not unique in the slightest. Have you never frequented an international website??? Jesus…

Daikokuco on February 9, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Those “dozens” of countries that do provide some level of freedom mostly look to us to help them maintain that freedom. None of them ever conceptualized such a thing as the First Amendment.

Bitter Clinger on February 9, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Bitter Clinger on February 9, 2012 at 3:36 PM

It’s a Ronbot. You’re wasting your time.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 9, 2012 at 3:46 PM

It’s a Ronbot. You’re wasting your time.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 9, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Are you sure? I thought it was Jailbreak Turning Japanese.

de rigueur on February 9, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Marco Rubio is all hype. Not one original idea in his toupee covered head. He is a Hannity.

CoolChange80 on February 9, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Me, too! Sometimes Sen. McConnell drives me crazy and then he will redeem himself by getting the Dems on procedure. I don’t think he makes enough of the legislation that is languishing in the Senate because Harry won’t bring it up.

Cindy Munford on February 9, 2012 at 2:05 PM

I know exactly what you mean about McConnell. I’m ready to smack him one minute and then he does something right:-)

Reid so needs to go. The only way is if we elect enough Conservatives Senators. Jim DeMint is doing a great job recruiting and vetting Candidates. Rubio started a PAC for that same purpose and if I’m not mistaken is one reason he stated as not wanting to run as a VP. So hopefully we’ll be able to. I know Cruz in Texas is supported financially by DeMint.

http://senateconservatives.com/site?c=KY4F20384B3468B

http://reclaimamericapac.com/

bluefox on February 9, 2012 at 4:29 PM

CoolChange80 on February 9, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Who cares?

http://westorlandonews.com/2011/10/13/rubio-declares-war-on-federal-workers/

Cindy Munford on February 9, 2012 at 4:38 PM

I am so proud to call him my Senator. Rubio will be President one day for sure. I hope West graduates to the Senate at the first opportunity.

Grunt on February 9, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Those “dozens” of countries that do provide some level of freedom mostly look to us to help them maintain that freedom. None of them ever conceptualized such a thing as the First Amendment.

Bitter Clinger on February 9, 2012 at 3:41 PM

No they don’t, and arrogant hayseeds ignorant of the rest of the world are why America has been a laughing stock to other first world countries for decades.

Blind chest thumpers like yourself might THINK you are doing the world a huge favor by having a military even bigger and more expensive than existed during WW2 or the Cold War, but everybody else just sees you picking fights with third world countries (and usually losing, or getting stalemated at best – Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan…) and wonders who exactly you are defending the world FROM?

No country has invaded as many other countries as the US in the last 50 years, not even close. Americans ARE the most aggresive country and the biggest threat to others. If America is protecting the rest of the world from aggresive military powers it should start with itself.

And you can spare me your paranoid propoganda about Russia, China, Iran or whatever other boogeyman you can think of, because all of them combined haven’t started as many wars in the last half century as the US has.

Daikokuco on February 9, 2012 at 5:36 PM

bluefox on February 9, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Me and the Husband are supporting Cruz. Dewhurst comes across as too much like KBH.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 9, 2012 at 5:52 PM

No they don’t, and arrogant hayseeds ignorant of the rest of the world are why America has been a laughing stock to other first world countries for decades.

Daikokuco on February 9, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Wow. Night Owl was right. You really hate America and Americans, dont’ you? Why?

Fallon on February 9, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Don’t” as in, I don’t want to be called a hayseed for a typo.

Fallon on February 9, 2012 at 6:35 PM

CoolChange80 on February 9, 2012 at 4:08 PM

You seem to obsess over men’s hair. Is it a fetish, or are you just follicularly challenged and envious of Rubio’s luxurious locks?

IrishEi on February 9, 2012 at 6:46 PM

all of them combined haven’t started as many wars in the last half century as the US has.

Daikokuco on February 9, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Peace through strength.

Bmore on February 9, 2012 at 8:01 PM

Me and the Husband are supporting Cruz. Dewhurst comes across as too much like KBH.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 9, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Know both Cruz and Dewhurst, and for many years. Like them both, but Cruz is the better one, by far. A true conservative, with an ability to explain conservatism, like Rubio. In my youth, most of my friends were Cubanos, and they always understood (and were so happy to be in) our country. I sometimes think that the beginning of my own political beliefs began from guys like Cruz and Rubio, whose families were deprived of freedom under Fidel. They get it, unfortunately, better than most of our own countrymen do.

TXUS on February 9, 2012 at 11:03 PM

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