While watching Marco Rubio's speech today at CPAC 2013, I thought I'd write an analysis of his speech.
Before I get started, I thought it was important to note, as Rubio did himself, that he got started in politics through the Tea Party Movement of 2010, a movement largely adopted by the GOP from the original Tea Party Movement back in 2007 during the Ron Paul Presidential Campaign. He owes his political existence to the Libertarian Wing of the GOP and Ron Paul, whether he wants to admit it or not. This is your competition for 2016.
Rubio started his speech by saying "The good people are the ones who do things right and don't complain. Infighting between Conservatives is a foolish notion." Apparently he thinks that everyone who calls themselves Conservative is one. If it wasn't for arguing and picking fights with people when they are dead wrong on an issue, millions of people wouldn't have woken up to realize that people like McCain and Graham are NOT for limited government nor are they Conservative. Fighting and arguing is a good thing. It is how we learn and grow.
He then went on to say 3 things that I actually agree with, that turn out to be quite Libertarian as well. He said that pushing our kids to go to a 4 year college is not the right thing to do. College is not for everyone. We need engineers, plumbers, and other technical jobs that can be achieved through technical certifications. Next, he went on to talk about broken families. Surprisingly, he said that we should NOT use government, but we can help tackle this problem through families, churches, and other types of voluntary organization, just like Ron paul has said in the past. Lastly, he mentioned that Americans should be able to buy health insurance from any company in the country that is willing to sell it to them. These are things we can all agree on.
Rubio then began to talk about something I knew was coming, which indicated that he is still a Neoconservative. He mentioned something call the China Dream, a book written by a Chinese General, stating that the goal of China should be to surpass the United States as the pre-eminent economic and military power in the 21st century. They are in a race to see who can lead world progress in the 21st century. He then goes on to list a bunch of reasons why China should NOT be the leading power in the world.
Rubio said that the Chinese Government does not provide internet access to its citizens. I highly doubt that there is no internet in China. Is it highly regulated and censored? Absolutely. Does america regulate and censor the internet? They are certainly trying to. Remember the SOPA and CISPA acts that congress tried to pass? Well Rubio happened to be one of the original cosponsors of that legislation before the Libertarian Wing of the GOP forced him to back off. If you think that Chinese regulation and censorship of the internet is bad Marco, then why are you trying to implement it in America?
Next, he says that the Chinese Government will hold its citizens as prisoners with no recourse. Is that not what the US Government passed in the indefinite detention of American citizens provision of the NDAA 2012? Why is the government putting legislation in place that would threaten its own citizens? Unfortunately for Rubio, he voted for NDAA 2012, Senate Bill 1867. I'm pretty sure he knows what he is doing while saying things like this, while hoping to keep these kinds of things out of the spotlight.
Then, he says the Chinese Government tortures and coerces people until they get confessions from them. Do we not engage in this behavior too? Do we not have prison camps overseas and CIA black sites, both of which engage in torture, while claiming it is lawful and legal, because it is outside the United States? There seems to be a clear double standard here.
Rubio said that the Chinese Government restricts the people's ability to assemble. Here in America we have free speech zones and need permits to exercise our distaste how they want us to, when they want us to, and if they want to allow us, because someone else might be insulted. The US Government does the same. He went on to say that if you escape China somehow, that the Chinese Government will put pressure on a foreign government to return you. That's called extradition. It's a common thing all governments have done for a really long time. The US Government has been doing this for what seems like forever. It seems like China is doing excatly what the US Government wants to do. All the things you are complaining about are presently happening here, Mr. Rubio.
So where is this "better" America that you speak of that should lead the world. Pay attention to the words he uses here. Rubio said that we (HAVE) something different, special, and historic in America and that we had an idea called America that still works. We no longer HAVE what Rubio claims we do. The truth is we HAD those things, and we no longer have them. It can't be both Mr. Rubio. We either have it or we don't.
He then offers some proof that he believes exemplifies how America still works. He claims that China is copying us. I tend to disagree. I see America becoming more communist while China is moving in a more capitalist direction. That should be quite obvious. We seem to be copying them in many respects, with all of the things Rubio cited above, not the other way around. And if they really are trying to copy us as Rubio claims, we are setting an incredibly dangerous precedent with our foreign policy. So somehow when America does regime change, drone bombings into foreign countries, nation building, unilaterally invading other nations, threatening them with sanctions, and torturing and ceorcing its enemies, this is a good thing? But when China "follows" American lead on these issues in the future, it will be a bad thing? What happens when these kinds of things are done against Americans by a foreign power? These are serious questions that need to be addressed.
We need a little less chest pounding "America is the greatest country that will ever exist in the history of the world nonsense," and a little more humble understanding of what we are doing. Human beings are fallible. We could be making mistakes.