Rubio: Only one nation can stand up to the wave of totalitarianism

posted at 9:31 pm on March 6, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Over the last few years, the same war-weariness that afflicted the Left almost from the start of the post-9/11 wars has seeped into the conservative movement as well. Calls for less interventionist policies and concerns over issues like domestic surveillance and corrosive deficits has some demanding a lower profile abroad, and perhaps a recasting of American foreign policy toward withdrawal and a demand for more effort from allies. Enter Marco Rubio, who spent his speech reminding CPAC 2014 of why Ronald Reagan called America the “indispensable nation,” helped in no small part by current events:

Noah Rothman at Mediaite reported that Rubio’s speech “fired up the CPAC crowd”:

He pivoted to foreign policy, defining the threats faced by the United States. He said that China is threatening to take parts of the South China Sea which would limit trade and threaten America’s allies, a nuclear North Korea is testing missiles, Venezuela is slaughtering protesters, and Cuba remains an oppressive dictatorship. He added that Iran continues to pursue nuclear weapons and regional hegemony and Russia is attempting to “reconstitute” the former Soviet Union.

“And by the way, what do all these countries have in common?” he asked. “These are totalitarian governments.”

“There is only one nation on earth capable of rallying and bringing together the free people on this planet to stand up to the spread of totalitarianism,” Rubio said. “The United Nations cannot do this. In fact, they cannot do anything.”

“We cannot ignore that the flawed foreign policy of the last few years has brought us to this stage, because we have a president who believed but by the sheer force of his personality he would be able to shape global events,” Rubio asserted. “We do not have the luxury of seeing the world the way we hope it would be. We have to see the world the way it is. And we have to address these issues before they grow unmanageable, and they threaten, not just our freedoms, but our economy.”

“[Ronald] Reagan dealt with the Soviet Union because they had nuclear weapons and he wanted peace, but he never accepted the Soviet Union,” he declared. He said went on to outline how the behavior of the Iranian government should be unacceptable to the American public and regarded as illegitimate.

“If you think high taxes and regulations are bad for our economy, so is global instability and the spread of totalitarianism,” Rubio added. “What we have in America is the exception, not the rule, in human history. Almost everyone who has ever lived on this planet didn’t’ get to choose their leaders, and they didn’t get to choose their life either.”

“Every time I talk about how special America is, some commentator or whoever it may be will roll their eyes and say, ‘Well, that’s just something Americans tell each other to make themselves feel good,’” Rubio said. “You have the right to believe that. I don’t have that option, because I’ve seen it with my own eyes.”

Rubio nails it on foreign policy, and in a way explains why the Obama administration fell into the trap of their own arrogance. Barack Obama campaigned on “hope and change,” and later implied (if not quite stated outright) that he was the change and the hope.  The administration seemed to have bought its own hype. The mere fact of his election was supposed to argue that America had already fundamentally changed, and that all that was needed to get imperial-oriented nations like China and Russia to see the light was a reset button or two.

That’s the “fantasy” world inhabited by the Obama administration, as the Washington Post described it last weekend. Obama, Hillary Clinton, and John Kerry all seem to believe that just talking about change and hope will mean that nations run by power-seeking leaders will suddenly embrace Utopianism, because — as Kerry explicitly said — that’s the right side of history, and the geopolitical manipulations of Russia and China are on “the wrong side of history.” There is absolutely no evidence for that claim, except for their own declarations that it’s so.

Rubio’s speech reminds us that Ronald Reagan didn’t create a fantasy world in his pursuit of individual liberty, nor did he buy into the fantasy of Soviet self-sustainability. He saw the world as it was, and then put in hard work to make the world into what it should be. Obama and Kerry just think they can do so by declaring they’ve done it, and then act shocked, shocked when America’s opponents take advantage of that naivete and prove it wrong.

This is an excellent takedown of the Obama administration, and a clear-eyed vision of the world as it is. We can debate whether we want to be the rallying point for global freedom, but we can’t pretend that the world doesn’t need one, and that there is only one nation who can do it.


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Very inspiring speech by Rubio..Very good speech..:)

Dire Straits on March 6, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Lucy loves to watch the cardinals at the feeder.

Lanceman on March 6, 2014 at 10:44 PM

It’s possible he didn’t succeed in killing it. There are only feathers. No body or blood.

crankyoldlady on March 6, 2014 at 10:49 PM

It’s possible he didn’t succeed in killing it. There are only feathers. No body or blood.

crankyoldlady on March 6, 2014 at 10:49 PM

I wouldn’t mind her getting hold of a screeching jay. They remind me of Hillary.

Lanceman on March 6, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Rubio just wasted the time slot an actual conservative could have used to promote a worthwhile message.

Next!

KMC1 on March 6, 2014 at 10:51 PM

“Only one nation can stand up to the wave of totalitarianism AND THAT’S A NATION THAT CAN’T EVEN STAND UP TO A WAVE OF ILLEGAL ALIENS BY DEFENDING IT’S OWN BORDERS”

You left out the entire speech.

MaiDee on March 6, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Como se dice “unelectable” in espanol?

Murphy9 on March 6, 2014 at 10:57 PM

Its borders not it’s borders, of course.

MaiDee on March 6, 2014 at 10:59 PM

Very inspiring speech by Rubio..Very good speech..:)

Dire Straits on March 6, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Good evening, Sir!

Yup, he probably gave the best speech of the day.

GOPRanknFile on March 6, 2014 at 11:08 PM

GOPRanknFile on March 6, 2014 at 11:08 PM

Good evening..:)

PS..I have not heard all the speeches yet..Going to listen to them shortly..:)

Dire Straits on March 6, 2014 at 11:12 PM

Bwahahahahahahaha

me thinks….someone has been putting LSD in the DC water supply

roflmmfao

donabernathy on March 6, 2014 at 11:16 PM

Does bluegill ever mix it up? It’s the same thing every single time.
GOPRanknFile on March 6, 2014 at 10:15 PM

I scroll through the comments but always make a point to stop at BG’s comments. Her reasoning is very crisp and clear. She may hit the curtilage on the rarest of occasions but is usually straight down the center; what were we all of such capabilities.

My top four commenters on this site are: Lourdes, Del (can’t remember the second half,) BG, and Bmore. When they write. I read.

I would happily read a comment by Lourdes damning me in the most vile manner imaginable. Hands down she’s the best writer here. Conducting a grand symphony, nightly and for free, with her pen, if you will. I’ve heard she has a blog & I’d love to read it.

Bmore is a man of goodwill and an excellent ambassador for HA. Thoughtful comments and seems to always be working towards improving the experience of all who visit this little corner of the world.

Del- quite simply, Solomon.

frank on March 6, 2014 at 11:19 PM

Como se dice “unelectable” in espanol?
Murphy9 on March 6, 2014 at 10:57 PM

You say it like this: “Senior Rubio.”

frank on March 6, 2014 at 11:28 PM

I guess Cruz, Lee and Bolton had nothing interesting to say at CPAC – but ‘conservatives’ Rubio, Christie, and McConnell evidently had barnburner speeches… hmmmm

unaffiliated on March 6, 2014 at 11:35 PM

frank on March 6, 2014 at 11:19 PM

I’m sure she’ll be thrilled to find that she has one fan on here. Surprised even.

GOPRanknFile on March 6, 2014 at 11:36 PM

Nativism makes me sick.

eaglephin on March 6, 2014 at 11:49 PM

The battle for Malta in 1565 could give it a run.

Bishop on March 6, 2014 at 10:03 PM

There are lots of fictionalized accounts of the conflicts involving Malta, although I am not familiar with most of them.
This is an exceptionally good series of historical fiction, which includes a dramatic and historically accurate account of one of the skirmishes preceding the 1565 battle.

Dorothy Dunnett in “The Disorderly Knights” (book 3 of “The Lymond Chronicle”) gives a detailed fiction account of the events of 1551 in Malta, Gozo and Tripoli. Although several of the characters are fictional, the bulk of the personages are historical.

(Wikipedia)

AesopFan on March 7, 2014 at 12:03 AM

frank on March 6, 2014 at 11:19 PM

2 out of 4 ain’t bad. I guess. I’m sure Bmore and Del welcome the endorsement.

arnold ziffel on March 7, 2014 at 12:19 AM

arnold ziffel on March 7, 2014 at 12:19 AM

I see my better half introduced herself to you last evening. Come over to QOTD for an explanation. ; )

Bmore on March 7, 2014 at 12:32 AM

GOPRanknFile on March 6, 2014 at 11:36 PM

That any I mentioned would not have a fan base numbering in the legions would, inter alia, be the cruelest of pox on the house of HA

frank on March 7, 2014 at 12:36 AM

arnold ziffel on March 7, 2014 at 12:19 AM

Opinions to the wind, surely you must agree that labeling either of the two as any other than wordsmiths supreme would be a grave injustice. In the face of true genius one can either choose to appreciate or be envious. Envy caused malice & malice, you surely know, is the gravamen of libel.

And it would be libel indeed to claim Lourdes is any less than a poet.

frank on March 7, 2014 at 12:46 AM

OT: Issa folded and apologized to Cummings…

d1carter on March 6, 2014 at 10:29 PM

I am so angry about the coverage of this by the media, I could spit nails. Those were some very damning emails introduced yesterday and the media ignores them. I’ve written to my congress critter about this, I’m sick of it.

Cindy Munford on March 7, 2014 at 12:49 AM

That any I mentioned would not have a fan base numbering in the legions would, inter alia, be the cruelest of pox on the house of HA

frank on March 7, 2014 at 12:36 AM

It’s not as much about having a fan base as it is being taken seriously. You’re the only one who takes her seriously, so bravo.

GOPRanknFile on March 7, 2014 at 2:40 AM

That any I mentioned would not have a fan base numbering in the legions would, inter alia, be the cruelest of pox on the house of HA
frank on March 7, 2014 at 12:36 AM
It’s not as much about having a fan base as it is being taken seriously. You’re the only one who takes her seriously, so bravo.
GOPRanknFile on March 7, 2014 at 2:40 AM

Much more the sorrow that group think, by the lowliest on intellects, would turn pure genius into doxies deserving of nothing but scorn. Surely a Deadly Sin.

And they do it over,; and over; and over again.

frank on March 7, 2014 at 4:50 AM

A nation that seeks to fight totalitarianism must support the rights and liberty of its own people, first above all.

That means a set of secure borders, laws that are not just on the books but are enforced, and strengthened against those inside the Nation seeking a separate foreign policy be they in city councils or sitting on corporate boards or individuals hiring those who do not come here legally. A Nation seeking to liquidate its own culture via its government not doing one of the very few things it is directly given to do is not one that can fight totalitarianism.

How can we criticize a Nation crossing borders without a declaration of war when we are unwilling to enforce simple treaty agreements and sovereign powers to secure our own? That cannot be done. The world is at peril because we have no moral standing to criticize on this score.

A Nation that seeks to corrupt its own people with their own money and then put them into the debt of others is seeking to enslave its people, their children and grandchildren. That is not a land of free people, but of serfs who are set up to serve government, not themselves.

Talk big about freedom and liberty abroad, and ignore it at home does not give a Nation stature to mean what it says about those things. Without that meaning it cannot do anything. If you want a Nation of free people to stand up to totalitarianism, they must be free and secure in their freedom, first. Without that, all else is verbiage. Nice words, Sen. Rubio. Your actions tell a different story.

Do as you say.

Say what you mean.

Mean what you do.

ajacksonian on March 7, 2014 at 6:55 AM

ajacksonian on March 7, 2014 at 6:55 AM

Bravo. Well said. Nice to start the day with some clarity of thought.

Cleombrotus on March 7, 2014 at 7:03 AM

Bravo. Well said. Nice to start the day with some clarity of thought.

Cleombrotus on March 7, 2014 at 7:03 AM

My thanks!

First things, first.

If you don’t have the first thing secure, then you are adrift and have no business saying anyone else is going the wrong way when you cannot go the right way.

We are not going the right way.

Want a basis for a sound foreign policy?

Secure liberty and freedom at home for our citizens, first.

A free people can deal with a world gone to hell.

An enslaved people are in hell, itself, and must find a way out.

We are on the finding the way out end of things, and for that the eternal stars of liberty and freedom are our guiding light.

ajacksonian on March 7, 2014 at 7:07 AM

ConstantineXI is DrTesla.

John the Libertarian on March 7, 2014 at 7:12 AM

ajacksonian: “How can we criticize a Nation crossing borders without a declaration of war when we are unwilling to enforce simple treaty agreements and sovereign powers to secure our own?”

Bingo!

David Blue on March 7, 2014 at 7:20 AM

When I heard cPAC gave Christie a standing O and these other GIANT GOVERNMENT conservatives are just lauded as if they are the second coming it shows how off the rails cPAC has gone.

The gop leadership in this country has been completely consumed by the Bush wing of the party, not the Reagan.

Where are the true limited government CONSERVATIVES?

How many are there a dozen maybe that are willing to not be cowed by the Lynch Mob national Media?

Sorry, the gop deserves political extinction.

PappyD61 on March 7, 2014 at 7:22 AM

obama has made this country weak on purpose and no country respects or fears us now.

onesheep on March 6, 2014 at 10:22 PM

I agree that Obama has taken steps that have made this nation weaker, all the way down to the foundations, which are the Constitution and Rule of Law. He can not be blamed, however, for the erosion of courage, honor, integrity, and adherance to the oaths of offices taken by the elected men and women within the Republican Party.

There have been several Constitutional scholars who have testified before Congress to tell them that SO MANY CONSTITUTIONAL VIOLATIONS HAVE BEEN PERPETRATED BY THIS PRESIDENT that we are now at the Constitutional tipping point, that the very cuntry that existed before Obama took office could cease completely to exist…. And STILL the Republican Party has taken NO ACTION. They are frightened that someone might get mad, that Democrats – who already call them racists – will call them racists, that they will be verbally attacked FOR DOING WHAT THEY KNOW IS RIGHT, and that they MIGHT LOSE THEIR JOBS. In short, they hold their own personal party power, positions, and wealth higher than they do their oaths of office and the survival of the United States. THAT IS WHAT HAS MADE US WEAK. Athletes, weight lifters, will tell you – its all about your CORE! Our nation’s core is weak, diseased, and ineffective.

If the elected officials that make up our core do not ‘heal themselves’, if they do not change, then it is up to us to GET THEM OUT OF OFFICE so we can put the responsible and trustworthy people who will adhere to their oaths of office, who will be the checks sand balances, the protectors and defenders of the Constitution and Rule of Law, they are meant to be.

easyt65 on March 7, 2014 at 7:30 AM

Didn’t think it’d be a Rubio post where I posted my very first HA comment. For the life of me, I just don’t get the obsession with immigration with many conservatives. Reminds me if trying to talk to lib friends and their compulsory need to mention Bush. I must say, as a fellow conservative, I think our preoccupation with immigration is terrible for our cause. In fact, I think it justifies the awful stereotype that we are racist. I truly can’t believe many of you won’t even consider Rubio because of that issue. We got bigger fish – and issues – to fry.

txchickenman on March 7, 2014 at 7:34 AM

CPAC…
Christie is a Moderate Conservative…

Rubio is weak and looking for a ’cause’, talking about ‘strength and exceptionalism’ when he and his fellow Republicans have abandoned their oaths of office and will not stand up to the man violating the Constitution, breaking the law, and destroying the country…

McConnell is a complete spineless sell-out who needs to be sent packing…

Boehner is a POS Washington Insider…

McCain is a senile turncoat whose WAY past his expiration date and needs to be thrown out….

Much like coaches in the NFL, these politicians keep getting recycled but continuing to STAY in the NFL. We keep complaining about how things are going but keep voting the same gutless, moderate losers back into office.

easyt65 on March 7, 2014 at 7:40 AM

txchickenman on March 7, 2014 at 7:34 AM

What may appear to you as a single issue, is to many of us a window into the mechanism of one’s thoughts – how one arrives at his conclusions. In he cannot stand on Constitutional principles on THIS issue – which carries a lot more weight, and has serious implications for so many aspects of our nation’s future than the mere appearance of racism – then on what principles CAN he be relied on?

Haven’t we had too many representatives who refuse to hold a line already?

Cleombrotus on March 7, 2014 at 8:26 AM

easyt65 on March 7, 2014 at 7:40 AM

Agree except for Christie being a ‘moderate conservative’.

Wigglesworth on March 7, 2014 at 8:36 AM

I guess Cruz, Lee and Bolton had nothing interesting to say at CPAC – but ‘conservatives’ Rubio, Christie, and McConnell evidently had barnburner speeches… hmmmm

unaffiliated on March 6, 2014 at 11:35 PM

Yeeeeah. I was wondering where the blog posts about their speeches were myself. Guess I will have to look elsewhere. Hmmm.

theotherone on March 7, 2014 at 8:38 AM

unaffiliated on March 6, 2014 at 11:35 PM

CPAC and HotAir are both establishment organizations. Red State is much better when it comes to exposing what Republicans are really up to.

Wigglesworth on March 7, 2014 at 8:38 AM

txchickenman: “For the life of me, I just don’t get the obsession with immigration with many conservatives.”

It’s the one issue that decides every other issue. If you import a different nation, which is what is happening, all the opinions of the people being crowded out and blended away become moot.

txchickenman: “In fact, I think it justifies the awful stereotype that we are racist.”

In your opinion it means conservatives are racist. You are only saying that because they are white. Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-white.

David Blue on March 7, 2014 at 8:42 AM

Nothing on immigration reform in his speech?

Wigglesworth on March 7, 2014 at 8:42 AM

Gee – Rubio gave ANOTHER speech in which he failed to mention his signature issue, the issue on which he has been, and is still working directly with democrats, the issue on which he spends the majority of his time, the one issue which he is passionate about, the one issue that he is known for, and the one issue that killed his promising political career … AMNESTY.

Funny that.

The REAL Marco Rubio:

“Let’s be clear. Nobody is talking about preventing the legalization. The legalization is going to happen. That means the following will happen: First comes the legalization. Then come the measures to secure the border. And then comes the process of permanent residence. What we’re talking about here is the system of permanent residence. As for the legalization, the enormous majority of my colleagues have accepted that it has to happen and that it has to begin at the same time we begin the measures for [the border]. It is not conditional. The legalization is not conditional.”

Rubio is a pathological liar – he LIED his way into office, and every time he gives a speech, and fails to mention his signature issue, he just digs himself in deeper. No one with a brain will ever trust Rubio again, on any issue.

Pork-Chop on March 7, 2014 at 8:45 AM

Only one nation can stand up to the wave of totalitarianism

Exactly right, but that doesn’t mean we should, where other countries are concerned. Quite simply, it’s the job of the citizens in that country to work toward freedom. Every human heart does NOT yearn for freedom – many of them are happy with totalitarianism.

What we have in America is the exception, not the rule, in human history.

And, the reason for that is NOT that there wasn’t an America around to make everyone else free. It’s because most people don’t have the required principles, and they really don’t want them. The lack of those principles is putting our country at risk of sliding into totalitarianism, as well.

All the things he listed as risks matter (except Venezuela and Cuba, who must be watched lest their infection spread and endanger us in some fashion) only because of their threat to our interests. Yes, we have some entanglements (that we really should be working our way out of at this juncture in history) that make someone else’s interests into our interests. But we should only concern ourselves with things that are in our interest.

This is the basic problem with progressivism – they think they can change the world into a beautiful place with unicorns and rainbows. You cannot. The human condition prevents it. I don’t care how many other conservative principles you hold, if you hold that with just a little more education/military might/money/training/love/regulation/whatever we can have a perfect world, then you are a progressive at heart.

GWB on March 7, 2014 at 8:47 AM

In your opinion it means conservatives are racist. You are only saying that because they are white. Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-white.

David Blue on March 7, 2014 at 8:42 AM

BINGO!

Cleombrotus on March 7, 2014 at 8:49 AM

It’s the one issue that decides every other issue.

David Blue on March 7, 2014 at 8:42 AM

Exactly. Proponents of amnesty are under-reporting the numbers. They keep saying 11 million, but that’s not true. During Reagan’s amnesty there were three times the number of applicants as what was predicted. If that holds true here, we’re talking 33 million, and if each one of those sponsored just one other… 66 million. If each one sponsored two others… 99 million.

So, we’re talking more like 100 million than 11 million over the next decade, and if we get stiffed on border seurity, like we have every other time amnesty has been offered, we’ve still got tens of millions of illegals floating around.

You can’t increase the U.S. population by a quarter, particularly when that increase is comprised of primarily SOCIALISTS, and not feel the repercussions. The whole idea that Republicans would benefit in ANY way is ludicrous. It’s not supported by history, not ever. These new immigrants vote for more STUFF, always have.

Meanwhile, their sheer numbers expand the labor pool to the point where there’s a replacement worker for every current citizen under age 25. We have already added a million new immigrants per year since 1968. Ever wonder why wages are stagnant??? You can’t bring in a million new workers to undercut the labor pool every year for a half century and still have any semblance of organic supply and demand.

This amnesty is a pander. There’s no legitimate purpose for doing it that’s not 100% political. Republicans are MISTAKEN to think that it’s going to result in Hispanic support. It never has before. And the campaign dollars they’re getting now from big business and the Chamber Of Commerce aren’t going to do them a damned bit of good later while they’re in permanent minority.

Murf76 on March 7, 2014 at 10:16 AM

“Only one nation can stand up to the wave of totalitarianism.”

Which nation would that be, Marco?

Certainly not the USofA.

You wimps and weasels in the GOP Senate and House won’t stand up to our own little punkass despot; How ya gonna stand up against foreign ones?

LegendHasIt on March 7, 2014 at 10:26 AM

I love the arrogant attacks by GOPRankinfile on Bluegill for his single-minded posts. Maybe they are single-minded for a reason. I am that way myself, because I would like to alert the non-thinkers, non-researchers about something I believe to be destructive to this country. Everyone has the right to do whatever he/she can to genuinely try to have everyone see the truth.

And the truth of Rubio is that he has a history of advocating for illegal aliens. He’s not just someone who made a little mistake. In the early 2000′s he TWICE introduce DREAM Acts in Florida — which Floridians wanted none of. In 2008 he was powerful Speaker of the FL House, and blocked every single enforcement bill Floridians, aided by NumbersUSA and FAIR had worked tirelessly on. A lot of money was spent; a lot of effort put forth, and Rubio promised thru an aide that he would allow them to come to floor. Instead, he called his buddy legislators from Dade, Rivera and Zapata, to Tallahassee to call the framers of the bills racists, when there was not even a mention of race.

He then lied about his record and his policies to get elected to the Senate. Of course, this wasn’t hard, since he had always been Jeb Bush’s protege and was part of the RINO establishment in Florida which is in bed with the Chamber of Commerce and rules the state of Florida.

You know the rest. But some of the smaller things he has done show his pattern: He will lie about the issue if he has to, to gain something he wants, but he always returns to amnesty. And he will again, if given even the smallest of chances.

Rubio is an anti-American politician, just as are the Dems and others committed to rewarding those illegally here who have already harmed our country and will harm it further if their massive numbers are legally introduced into our job market.

Don’t forget — amnesty is forever, and we don’t even know how many would be amnestied; the 11 million has been used for at least six years, much outdated. The legislation is at least irresponsible, and more likely a downright country-killer. And your friend, GOP, is pledged to it. How about judging him on his actions and not his pretty speeches.

memyselfni on March 7, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Bmore is a man of goodwill and an excellent ambassador for HA. Thoughtful comments and seems to always be working towards improving the experience of all who visit this little corner of the world.

frank on March 6, 2014 at 11:19 PM

Over! Seriously? He gets my vote for most comments posted off topic without saying anything at all but if you’re interested in seeing someone opine tirelessly about their personal lives then he is uh thoughtful I guess. Frankly blugill on a Palin thread is more original Over!

Meow on March 7, 2014 at 10:32 AM

Coulter on pro-amnesty candidates at CPAC:
http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2014/03/07/Coulter-Calls-Out-GOP-Establishment-CPAC-for-Lack-of-Anti-Amnesty-Posture

SO TRUE!!!

bluegill on March 7, 2014 at 10:08 AM

How sad is it that even Sean Hannity doesn’t get it. There’s nothing left to fight over unless we stop pro-amnesty Republicans in their tracks. This isn’t a single issue. It’s the deciding factor on EVERY issue going forward. We’re never going to see a return to Limited Government, or responsible spending, or any kind organic process in our marketplace if we inflate our population by a quarter with people who don’t see the value in those things.

Murf76 on March 7, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Marco Rubio’s speech sounds to me like a very old man forgetting that he’s not young anymore.

The US of 2014 is NOT the US of 1941. We had not run up multiple trillions in debt to foreign countries, we did not have massive obligations to the entitlement state. We also did not have multiple generations of kids raised in suburbia who are sheltered and protected from the real world well into their thirties, and sometimes longer.

We also had not spent generations teaching our children that America is the villain of the world and any possible military action on our part is the act of evil, greedy men who just want oil.

If the President should declare war tomorrow, I suspect the first instinct of the typical high school grad is to march out with a protest banner, not to the recruiter’s office.

The thing about being an old man is to recognize what your strengths and limitations are , and to do what you can. Not what you could do decades ago when you were younger, stronger, and weren’t carrying boatloads of obligations.

Unlike a physical man, the US doesn’t have to stay that way. But getting back to what we were means a lot of sacrifice of comforts and entitlements in exchange for both the means and the mental attitude that makes for self-sacrifice and military preparedness. That’s going to be a very hard sell, especially for a Democratic party which has spent decades building its power base on the proposition that such activity is not only unnecessary, but immoral. In their eyes, we’re the villains of the world, after all.

Respectfully,

Brian P.

pendell2 on March 7, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Best speech at CPAC so far. Rubio has a wonderful American story…young, articulate and an excellent retail politican

Redford on March 7, 2014 at 11:45 AM

To Redford and all others impressed by Rubio’s speech. Suckers!

memyselfni on March 7, 2014 at 1:16 PM

China is threatening to take parts of the South China Sea which would limit trade and threaten America’s allies, a nuclear North Korea is testing missiles, Venezuela is slaughtering protesters, and Cuba remains an oppressive dictatorship. He added that Iran continues to pursue nuclear weapons and regional hegemony and Russia is attempting to “reconstitute” the former Soviet Union.

“And by the way, what do all these countries have in common?” he asked. “These are totalitarian governments.”

And we have a government striving toward totalitarian control right here in America.

RJL on March 7, 2014 at 2:22 PM

…I’d say the USA would be that nation that can stand up to totalitarianism….if we weren’t headed up by a fascist totalitarian communist progressive pig.

Diluculo on March 7, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Folks, don’t be taken in by Rubio. He’s an amnesty-loving lightweight that is nowhere close to being ready for the national stage. Time to take another sip from the plastic water bottle, Rubio.

Bob Davis on March 7, 2014 at 4:59 PM

Meow on March 7, 2014 at 10:32 AM

Would you like to know why I do that? Would you even bother to stop and ask? Do you make all your comments without a proper construct from which to base them on?

Bmore on March 7, 2014 at 8:56 PM

Judging by the time stamp on your comment you will most likely never see this. I’ll see you though.

Bmore on March 7, 2014 at 8:57 PM

We Floridians are over “No Executive Experience” Screwbio.

He talks like Reagan but votes like Bush.

Get a job in Hollyweird Screwbio where your drama queen pretend antics will be appreciated.

You are “Bought and Paid For.” Your pathetic pandering is despicable, corruptocrat!

You lack a moral compass. You care about nothing and no one but Marco Freakin’ Rubio. You’re a legend in your own corrupt mind.

Jayrae on March 7, 2014 at 9:01 PM

Would you like to know why I do that?

Bmore on March 7, 2014 at 8:56 PM

I read this entire website almost daily (for the quality of the blogging and to…gasp..stay informed on the issues that are important to me.)I already know more about you and why than I care to. Now I know your sensitive too.

Judging by the time stamp on your comment you will most likely never see this. I’ll see you though.

Bmore on March 7, 2014 at 8:57 PM

Peek-a-Boo! Not if I see you first.

Meow on March 8, 2014 at 8:15 AM

Meow on March 8, 2014 at 8:15 AM

I have always been the sensitive type. That isn’t exactly news around here. Short fuse sometimes as well, again not news. So what about it bothers you so. You haven’t said yet.

Bmore on March 8, 2014 at 9:01 AM

P.S. As a favor to you, I have/am replacing over with Meow. Make you happy? Have a look around.

Bmore on March 8, 2014 at 9:02 AM

Peek-a-Boo! Not if I see you first.

Meow on March 8, 2014 at 8:15 AM

P.S.S. If you are going to use that phrase. The least you could do is link it.

Bmore on March 8, 2014 at 9:05 AM

Well have to run, busy day ahead, possibly. Maybe we can find a bit of common ground to start a dialog at some point. We both love HA, its a start. Plus you stated,

that are important to me

So I must have some space reserved in if not your heart, your mind. Oh, love your nom by the way. It suits you. I’ll refrain from snarking you about your lack of communicative skill. Very p u s s ycat like. You’ll come around, feeding time always brings the cat in. ; )

Bmore on March 8, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Como se dice “unelectable” in espanol?
Murphy9 on March 6, 2014 at 10:57 PM

Marco Rubio.

Brock Robamney on March 8, 2014 at 12:38 PM

Best speech at CPAC so far. Rubio has a wonderful American story…young, articulate and an excellent retail politican
Redford on March 7, 2014 at 11:45 AM

With the extra feature of being an amnesty shill

Brock Robamney on March 8, 2014 at 12:42 PM

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