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What boxer Sonny Liston’s manager said of him (Sonny had his good points, the trouble was his bad points) is true of Marco Rubio.
His strengths include intelligence, articulateness, and, usually, cheerfulness. His misjudgments involve, in ascending order of importance, the Senate immigration bill of 2013, sugar, Libya, and S-590. Together these reveal a recurring penchant for ill-considered undertakings.
Rubio’s retreat, under withering political heat, from the immigration bill was undignified but not reprehensible.
* IT'S RUBIO'S SUPPORT - BEHIND THE SCENES TODAY (AND HISTORICALLY!) - THAT IS REPREHENSIBLE! THIS ALONE DISQUALIFIES HIM FROM CONSIDERATION. LET HIM JOIN THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY AND MOVE THEM TO THE RIGHT INSTEAD OF BEING A CANCER FROM WITHIN AS A REPUBLICAN.
Rubio's "sugar addiction" is a reprehensible but not startling example of the routine entanglements of big government and big business. He has benefited from the support of Florida’s wealthy sugar producers, who have benefited from sugar import quotas and other corporate welfare that forces Americans to pay approximately twice the world price for sugar. What is, however, startling is Rubio’s preposterous defense of this corporate welfare as a national-security imperative: Without our government rigging the sugar market, “other countries will capture the market share, our agricultural capacity will be developed into real estate, you know, housing and so forth, and then we lose the capacity to produce our own food, at which point we’re at the mercy of a foreign country for food security.”
* WHAT A FRIGGIN' MORON! (DOES HE ACTUALLY BELIEVE ANYONE WILL BUY SUCH BLATANT AND SELF-SERVING SOPHISTRY? THIS IS THE KIND OF ARGUMENT ONE EXPECTS FROM HILLARY CLINTON REGARDING HER "CHARITY!")
This promiscuous invocation of national security brings us to Rubio’s enthusiastic support of the Barack Obama/Hillary Clinton intervention in Libya, which Rubio faults for having been insufficiently enthusiastic.
* GIVE RUBIO A GUN AND A PARACHUTE AND DROP HIM OVER BENGHAZI...
(*SPITTING ON THE GROUND*)
* FRIGGIN' CHICKENHAWK SON OF A...
(*GNASHING MY TEETH*)
This 2011 plunge into a tribal society’s civil war, this eight-month assassination attempt using fighter bombers, this supposedly "humanitarian imperialism" appealed to Secretary of State Clinton and other progressives precisely because it had no discernible connection to any vital U.S. interest. Rubio supported this third adventure in regime change in the Muslim world since 9/11, perhaps on the principle that practice makes perfect.
* SERIOUSLY... FOLKS... EVEN IF RUBIO WERE TO MOVE TO THE RIGHT OF TRUMP ON IMMIGRATION AND TO START DIFFERENTIATING BETWEEN CAPITALISM AND CRONY CAPITALISM... RUBIO'S NEOCON VIEWS DISQUALIFY HIM AS BEING JUST TOO DAMNED STUPID TO BE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF.
Today, Rubio's sensible complaint is that the Obama administration (like the previous administration regarding Iraq) had no plans for preventing chaos after the Libyan regime was decapitated. His not-at-all sensible implication, however, is that America should have buckled down to nation-building there.
Rubio’s misjudgment regarding Libya indicates a susceptibility to slapdash foreign policies.
His support of S-590, the Campus Accountability and Safety Act, indicates a susceptibility to trendy temptations, carelessness regarding evidence, and indifference to constitutional values.
* BUT IT GETS WORSE, FOLKS... (KEEP READING...)
Wielding irrelevant laws, spurious social science, and financial coercion, the Obama administration is pressuring colleges and universities to traduce standards of due process when dealing with students accused of sexual assault. Claiming that a 1972 law prohibiting sex discrimination in education somehow empowers the government to dictate institutions’ disciplinary procedures, the administration is dictating that a mere “preponderance of the evidence,” rather than “clear and convincing” evidence, be used in determining a life-shattering verdict of guilt.
Stuart Taylor Jr. and K. C. Johnson — a lawyer and an academic, neither Republicans — write that the administration justifies this by citing a single “resoundingly discredited” study purporting to prove an epidemic (involving one in five women) of campus sexual assaults.
The administration opposes allowing accused students to cross-examine their accusers, and favors a form of double jeopardy — allowing accusers to appeal not-guilty findings.
Rubio is one of twelve Republican senators collaborating with the administration by co-sponsoring legislation that would codify requiring improvised campus disciplinary proceedings to supplant law enforcement and the criminal-justice system.
(*JUST SHAKING MY HEAD*)
Proposed by Democrat Claire McCaskill of Missouri, the legislation is, as Taylor and Johnson say, “designed to advance the administration’s agenda.” The legislation’s language radiates prejudgment: By repeatedly referring to accusers as “victims,” it presumes the guilt of the accused. Taylor and Johnson write: America’s universities are in the grip of a dangerous presume-guilt-and-rush-to-judgment culture. . . . An entire generation of college students is learning to disregard due process and the dispassionate evaluation of evidence. And dozens of clearly or at least probably innocent students, whose cases we will detail in a book we are now writing, have been branded sex criminals, been railroaded out of their universities, and seen their hopes and dreams ruined.
By co-sponsoring S-590, Rubio is helping the administration sacrifice a core constitutional value, due process, in order to advance progressives’ cultural aggression. The next Republican president should be someone committed to promptly stopping this disgrace, not someone who would sign S-590’s affirmation of it.