Marco Rubio has the right idea on terrorism

May 9, 2015
Marco Rubio

Don’t let the baby face fool you.

 

The senator from Florida has a reputation of being a pop culture fan. It’s one of those things that make him, I think, the best communicator in the Republican field. So, when describing his strategy for dealing with jihad terrorism, it’s not surprising he quoted the movie Taken:

He added, “When people ask ‘what should our strategy be on global jihadists and terrorists?’ I refer them to the movie ‘Taken.’ Have you seen the movie ‘Taken,’ Liam Neeson? He has a line, and this is what our strategy should be, we will look for you, we will find you, and we will kill you.

I’m down with that. None of this “we need to understand them and the root causes that make them do these things” crap. It’s all too plain what drives groups like al Qaeda, al Shabab, and Ansar al Sharia.

Islam, its need to be supreme, and its use of war and terror to fulfill that need.

Anyway, points on the Public Secrets scoreboard for Marco Rubio.


Sunday evening Rubio: Q&A at the Reagan Library

August 28, 2011

A few days ago I posted video of Senator Marco Rubio’s speech at the Ronald Reagan library. The junior senator from Florida hung around afterwards for a brief question and answer session. Like the speech itself, it’s worth watching. He’s completely at ease and, unlike another (supposed) great speaker, there are no “ums,” “ahs,” or awkward pauses.

At the risk of sounding like a Rubio groupie, this guy is good:

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Your daily dose of Marco Rubio: his speech at the Reagan Library

August 24, 2011

What’s the matter, bunky? The “Washington blues” have you down? Depressed from having a president with no understanding of basic economics or economic history, no love for or even comprehension of the nation he leads, and and an attitude toward our unemployment problem worthy of Versailles in 1789? Ready to pull your hair out at the thought of having Vice President Biden  a total buffoon represent us at the court of our chief rivals?

Well, cheer up!  I have just what you need!

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) spoke at the Reagan Library yesterday. The major part of the address was on the proper role of government, on which he was solid in my book. Then he turned to one of his favorite topics, the nature of the United States and of American exceptionalism, where he scores a home-run. Enjoy.

Am I mistaken, or did he choke up a bit with emotion there at the end?

via Legal Insurrection

UPDATE: What a guy — he rescues elderly ladies, too!

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Your daily dose of Marco Rubio

August 3, 2011

If you’re thoroughly disgusted with Congress (and, if you aren’t you haven’t been paying attention), let me recommend a few minutes of listening to Senator Rubio (R-FL) speak. In this case, it’s on the occasion of the Senate’s recess after voting to accept the debt-limit deal. Sit back and take it in; you may want to have a cigarette ready for afterwards.

You know what I like about him? I mean, aside from being an eloquent patriot with a genuine love for his country and holding the right principles? He has a sense of history, both of the nation and of the institution in which he serves, and he honors those histories, feeling a sense of responsibility toward them. This is a senator who realizes his job is a temporary trust, not a lifetime entitlement. And that is all too rare.

So thank you, Charlie Crist, for being such a lousy candidate, and thank you, Florida voters, for making an infinitely better choice.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Rubio: “Save the whole house, or it will all burn down”

July 31, 2011

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) addressed the Senate two days ago on on the question of raising America’s debt limit, making pointed references to the Democrats’ shifting positions and penchant for name-calling at concerned citizens. Senator Kerry (D-MA) thought he’d be smart and take Rubio on with a couple of questions.

Bad move, John:

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: When you watch Marco Rubio, you are looking at a future president.

LINKS: via Fausta, Senator Rubio’s editorial from last March on the debt

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Yet another reason I like Marco Rubio

July 15, 2011

Leadership and clarity. The Senator from Florida gets it: austerity alone isn’t the answer, though spending cuts and future discipline are essential. The federal government must also do those things necessary to create economic growth, which will in turn create jobs and the revenue the government needs to pay down the debt — without raising taxes.

Leadership and clarity, my friends:


I so look forward to voting for Marco Rubio, someday

July 8, 2011

Whether 2016, 2020, 2024 or beyond, Senator Rubio has “president” written all over him. The following is from remarks he gave in the Senate a couple of days ago in conjunction with Senator Ayotte of New Hampshire.

Rubio rightfully focuses on creating the conditions necessary to job creation as the best and only wise way to raise the revenue the government needs, along with the need to restore sanity to spending. And he righteously calls out the Democrats for offering “ideas” that are obviously bad, just to please their base in a game of cheap politics.

Twenty minutes long, and well worth your time:

Here’s a transcript of the key passage, courtesy of The Weekly Standard:

We don’t need new taxes. We need new taxpayers, people that are gainfully employed, making money and paying into the tax system. Then we need a government that has the discipline to take that additional revenue and use it to pay down the debt and never grow it again. That’s what we should be focused on, and that’s what we’re not focused on.

You look at all these taxes being proposed, and here’s what I say. I say we should analyze every single one of them through the lens of job creation, issue number one in America. I want to know which one of these taxes they’re proposing will create jobs. I want to know how many jobs are going to be created by the plane tax. How many jobs are going to be created by the oil company tax I heard so much about. How many jobs are created by going after the millionaires and billionaires the president talks about? I want to know: How many jobs do they create?

Emphasis added. Yeah, baby! 

RELATED: Previous posts on Marco Rubio.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


The greatest country ever? No brag, just fact.

January 2, 2011

American liberals and people outside the United States often roll their eyes in patronizing sufferance when an American, such as Senator-elect Marco Rubio (R-FL), states that the USA is the greatest country in the history of the world. It’s dismissed as naive and provincial, a chest-thumping nationalism about as out of date in a transnational world as the horse and buggy after the coming of the auto.

National Review’s Rich Lowry takes exception to that condescension. Reviewing the great powers that have come along since the birth of the modern nation-state system in 1648, he compares the record of each to that of the United States and comes to a straightforward conclusion — we are indeed the greatest:

Which brings us to the U.S. We had the advantage of jumping off from the achievement of the British. We founded our nation upon self-evident truths about the rights of man, even if our conduct hasn’t always matched them. We pushed aside Spain and Mexico in muscling across the continent, but brought order and liberty in our wake. Our treatment of the Indians was appalling, but par for the course in the context of the time. It took centuries of mistreatment of blacks before we finally heeded our own ideals.

The positive side of the ledger, though, is immense: We got constitutional government to work on a scale no one had thought possible; made ourselves a haven of liberty for the world’s peoples; and created a fluid, open society. We amassed unbelievable wealth, and spread it widely. Internationally, we wielded our overwhelming military and industrial power as a benevolent hegemon. We led the coalitions against the ideological empires of the 20th century and protected the global commons. We remain the world’s sole superpower, looked to by most of the world as a leader distinctly better than any of the alternatives.

Our greatness is simply a fact. Only the churlish or malevolent can deny it, or even get irked at its assertion.

Not to dismiss or denigrate anyone else’s pride in their own nation, but I have no argument with Lowry’s point; our accomplishments, including many Lowry doesn’t mention, speak for themselves. There’s no need for bluster or braggadocio; neither is there any reason denigrate and abase ourselves before other nations.

Now if we could just get a president who feels the same way.

Via Twitter from a lot of people.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Rubio: A fantastic closing message

October 26, 2010

This web ad by Marco Rubio is not only a great final pitch, it could also be a dandy of an ad for the start of a presidential run in 2016 or 2020:

via Nathan Wurtzel

UPDATE: My mistake: it says quite plainly this is a TV ad. At two minutes, the Rubio campaign must have cash to burn to pay for this in Florida’s market.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Crist to Rubio: “You’ve betrayed your Hispanic family”

October 16, 2010

How this weasel is polling above single digits is beyond me. Orange White-bread Charlie tries to chide Marco Rubio for being an ethnic traitor. Yes, Charlie “I don’t have any principles because I sold them all” Crist is sticking up for… integrity? Even Democrat nominee Kendrick Meek can’t stomach this.

Video at Hot Air.


The real deal

August 29, 2010

To wash away any bad tastes left by yesterday’s post of the President’s address on Iraq, let me offer this palate cleanser: the Republican response, presented by US Senate nominee Marco Rubio of Florida:

Now that is how one addresses the nation. Unless something goes very wrong, he’ll be Florida’s next US Senator, and I predict we’ll all be grateful for that.


Interview with Marco Rubio

June 5, 2010

Ed Morrissey does a wide-ranging and interesting interview with Marco Rubio, the Republican nominee-presumptive in the Florida senate race. Rubio was in Minnesota for a fund-raiser hosted by Governor Tim Pawlenty:

LINKS: An interview from a few months ago with National Review. Rubio was also interviewed by Power Line. The video hasn’t been posted yet, but John Hinderaker writes about his impressions of Marco.


Dear Florida

December 29, 2009

Please elect this man. All will be forgiven*.

You do your part, and we’ll get Chuck DeVore in, okay?

*(C’mon. You know what you did…)

(ht: Erick Erickson.)


Shilling for Rubio

October 21, 2009

Marco Rubio is Florida’s answer to California’s Chuck DeVore: a conservative state legislator trying for promotion to the US Senate in the face of opposition from the national Republican establishment, which prefers a more “electable” candidate – in Florida’s case, Governor Charlie Crist, who infamously endorsed Obama’s pork-laden stimulus program. Rubio is a smart, principled conservative with a compelling life story and has all the charisma Governor Crist lacks. I hope he wins the nomination and the general election. I can’t vote for him, but I can at least run his latest commercial. Tito?

You can learn more about Marco Rubio here. If you like what you see, consider contributing. And give Chuck some, too.


Hey, Florida!

September 12, 2009

Elect this guy; he’s good.