Though I’m not a huge fan of Little Marco, he does occasionally do the right thing and act like a real conservative. Sure, those times might be rarer than we’d like, but they’re far from nonexistent. Plus, when Rubio hits a homer, he tends to hit it out of the park.
That was truer than ever when Rubio gave an impassioned speech on the Senate floor, speaking out vociferously against Democrat attempts to change the rules of the Senate and pass radical voting legislation.
Watch the amazing speech here:
For those that can’t watch, here’s what he said:
Last week, the vice president of the United States told us that a riot that happened here in the U.S. Capitol last year was the equivalent of the day in which Japan attacked us at Pearl Harbor and the U.S. was pulled into a world war that took the lives of over 3% of the world’s population.
And yesterday, we were treated to the president telling us that election laws that are being passed by various states across the country over the last year are basically the same, the equivalent of the segregation that existed in this country in the 1950s and 1960s, and before.
Now look, if your daily routine is to wake up in the morning and turn on MSNBC as you ride your peloton and you go on Twitter as you’re drinking your caramel macchiato and reading “The New York Times” as you eat your avecado toast, this makes perfect sense to you.
They believe this ridiculous narrative that every Republican is a insurrectionist, probably a racist, wants to overthrow the U.S. government and destroy democracy.
The good news is that the overwhelming majority of Americans happen to live back here on planet Earth, and what they’re worried about, to the extent they’ve paid attention to the stuff over the last two weeks, what they’re really worried about is that everything costs more, you go to the grocery store, the shelves are empty. They have a small business and hire someone on Monday who disappears on Thursday and never comes back.
They’ve got every day, thousands of people illegally entering the U.S. and by the way, we have a surge of violent crime across the United States across an open border. Violent crime and lawlessness across the country. That’s probably what they’re worried about — in fact, I know it is — on a daily basis.
To the extent they’ve paid attention to any of this, first of all, I think almost everyone would tell you what happened January 6 here was a terrible thing, it should never have happened and should never happen again.
But I don’t care how many candlelight vigils and musical performances you have from the cast of “Hamilton,” you’re not going to convince most normal and sane people that our government last year was almost overthrown by a guy wearing a Viking hat and speedos. Okay?
I don’t care how many speeches the president gives in which he shouts out this hyperbole and melodrama, you’re not going to convince people that having a state pass a law that says, for example, you have to produce identification [to vote] is the same as segregation.
Nevertheless, despite the fact that’s what most people in this country are worried about is inflation, that’s not what we’re working on here. That’s not what we’ll spend this week on. That’s not what the priority of this administration has been. That’s not what the president is giving speeches about.
You may care about inflation back home. They care about the fact, their crisis is that there are laws in this country, for example, some states in this country, that do not automatically force everyone to register to vote. They automatically register to vote. That’s the crisis. They don’t care that store shelves are empty. In fact, they deny the shelves are empty.
For them, the real problem is that states have laws that don’t allow these roving gang of activists to turn over their ballot so they can show up at 6:59 p.m. on election day and dump it on an election officials.
They don’t seem concerned that Americans will be fired or not allowed into a restaurant without papers, a vaccine card. The real problem is how dare you ask them to produce a voter I.D., a photo I.D. in order to vote. That’s the real problem.
How can this be? How can there be such an enormous disconnect between what real people in the real world care about and are talking about on the daily basis? And what we’re going to spend time talking about here in the speeches over the last week, it isn’t about the Capitol riot. Everyone agrees the Capitol riot was terrible and shouldn’t have happened. I think most everyone does.
But these are some of the same people that downplayed it. Over 700 riots, thousands of cases of looting that happened in America in the summer of 2020. It most certainly isn’t about election laws passed in the last year. They’ve been pushing these same bills with different titles and names, they’ve been pushing all of this for the better part of a decade.
It certainly isn’t about voting rights. It is easier than it has ever been in the history of the United States to register to vote and to vote. And the proof is that in 2020, we had the highest turnout in over 100-something years. This isn’t about any of that.
You’re paying attention, let me tell you what this is about — this is about power. This is about power. This is about changing the rules of the Senate so they have the power to ram through, to ram through an election law. This is about ramming through an election law to make sure that they never lose power, to make it easier to win elections for them. And therefore, have power for perpetuity.
You want to talk about defending democracy?
Let’s talk about the Americans, real people, who are afraid to donate to political campaigns, to put a bumper stick other on their car, to tell people who they voted for. They’re afraid because they don’t want to get canceled, get boycotted, get harassed. They’re afraid. Don’t want to get smeared.
Want to talk about totalitarianism? Talk about the fact that the attorney general of the United States said let’s go after some parents complaining at school boards and treat them as domestic terrorists.
You want to talk about segregation? Let’s talk about a system of education that is both separate and unequal, divided between the people who can afford to spend $50,000 or $360,000 a year to — or $60,000 to send their kids to a fancy school with tutoring and advantages, and the thousands — no, millions of American parents, who are Hispanic, African American and others, who have no choice whatsoever where their kids go to school. They have no voice. They send their kids to the school the government tells them. These people don’t care about any of this.
Because it’s about power. Not just the power to change election laws. We’ve seen it. It’s about the power to tell you what you’re allowed to say. It’s about the power to tell you where you’re allowed to go. About the power to tell you what you’re allowed to do. It’s about the power to intimidate, destroy, smear, to call a racist, bigot, hater — anyone who dares get in your was I or disagree with you. It’s about the power to do that. Let me tell you something, I was raised by and have lived my entire life alongside people who lost their country, the country of their birth to power-hungry people just like that. I warn you, do not stand by and allow it to happen to this one.