A look at Rubio’s speech

So I tore apart Rand’s speech last week so to be fair I should probably look at Marco Rubio’s speech (I should probably go back and look at Teddy’s speech to his blindly following Cruz-aders, but we’ll get to that later). Now there is one problem to 469638630-florida-senator-marco-rubio-announces-his-gettyimagesgoing over Rubio’s speech—I can’t be as vicious (which really isn’t a bad thing)…besides not going into a huge amount of detail he gave an excellent speech.  But we should still look at a few highlights.

I chose to make this announcement at the Freedom Tower because it is a symbol of our nation’s identity as the land of opportunity. And I am more confident than ever that despite our troubles, we have it within our power to make our time another American Century.

You have to love that before everything else he starts on this Reaganesque high note.

For almost all of human history, power and wealth belonged only to a select few. Most people who have ever lived were trapped by the circumstances of their birth, destined to live the life their parents had. But America is different. Here, we are the children and grandchildren of people who refused to accept this.

Cruz and Paul started their speeches on down notes of things going wrong and about themselves…Rubio starts off with hope and the vision and promise of America.  The difference between demagogues and a patriot.  I’m also very appreciative that unlike the rambling biographies of Cruz and Paul, Rubio has only three paragraphs about his family.

My parents achieved what came to be known as the American Dream. But now, too many Americans are starting to doubt whether achieving that dream is still possible:  Hard working families living paycheck to paycheck, one unexpected expense away from disaster…Young Americans, unable to start a career, a business or a family, because they owe thousands in student loans for degrees that did not lead to jobs…And small business owners, left to struggle under the weight of more taxes, more regulations and more government.  Why is this happening in a country that for over two centuries has been defined by equality of opportunity?

Unquestionably vague. No doubt about that.  But unlike Cruz and Paul, he has submitted a lot of legislation in his time in the Senate not just looking for headlines (granted there were some really problematic moments, but when he dropped the ball Rubio has, as far as I can remember, always apologized that he was wrong and he sees where was wrong…I have seen no such self-reflection from our other two Senators).

Because while our people and economy are pushing the boundaries of the 21st century, too many of our leaders and their ideas are stuck in the twentieth century.

Or you could be stuck in the 19th and mention making manufacturing a big part of your campaign, like, Teddy and Rand.

They look for solutions in yesterday, so they don’t see that good-paying modern jobs require different skills and more education than the past. They blindly support an outdated higher education system that is too expensive and inaccessible to those who need it most.

Again, I need solutions…but he does seem to be understanding the real problems.

And they have forgotten that when America fails to lead, global chaos inevitably follows, so they appease our enemies, betray our allies and weaken our military.

There’s a slap to Barry, Hillary and Rand.

Now, the time has come for our generation to lead the way toward a new American Century.

I know that this review already comes off as a bit sycophantic, this is why I didn’t do it the first day, I wanted to review the speech and look for flaws I didn’t see on the first read.  It doesn’t have them, primarily because it’s vague.  But the other speeches were vague throughout most of their speeches as well, but they somehow managed to still come off as unhinged, and self-indulgent.  A new American Century isn’t self-indulgent, it’s a vision, granted one that still needs specifics to be filled in.  But this is the Marco Rubio who published 100 Innovative Ideas for Florida’s Future when he wasn’t even Speaker of the Florida House…unlike Rand, Cruz, Hillary, or even Barry after 6 years of nothing…we do have a track record of ideas with Rubio and thus I feel should be willing to give a little leniency on the lack of specifics at present.

If we reform our tax code, reduce regulations, control spending, modernize our immigration laws and repeal and replace ObamaCare, the American people will create millions of better-paying modern jobs.

It’s not Romney’s 50 point plan…but at least it is correct and it certainly didn’t do the Ted Cruz thing of endorsing two contradictory tax plans.

If we create a 21st century system of higher education that provides working Americans the chance to acquire the skills they need, that no longer graduates students with mountains of debt and degrees that do not lead to jobs, and that graduates more students from high school ready to work, then our people will be prepared to seize their opportunities in the new economy.

This is one of the few paragraphs that gives me pause.  The federal government has very little control over this, and quite frankly shouldn’t so I am curious how he plans to do this and keep in line with his stated desire for limited government.  I’m not saying he has contradicted himself yet…but it will take skill to thread this needle.

If we remember that family – not government – is the most important institution in society, that all life deserves protection, and that all parents deserve to choose the education that’s right for their children, then we will have a strong people and a strong nation.

It’s wording like this that gives me a lot of hope.  A psychotic Progressive for Jesus (some call them social conservatives, although there isn’t anything conservative about them) like Rick Santorum would have said family was the most important thing—hell he probably would have left no doubt and said that the family is more important than the individual—actually he did…but Rubio refers more correctly to family as “the most important institution” not denying the importance of the individual in process as many a Progressive for Jesus would have without a second thought.  It is these little things that I notice and that give me hope that even if Rubio isn’t the next President that real conservatism is winning.

And if America accepts the mantle of global leadership,

Rand?

by abandoning this administration’s dangerous concessions to Iran, and its hostility to Israel; by reversing the hollowing out of our military; by giving our men and women in uniform the resources,

Barry?

care and gratitude they deserve; by no longer being passive in the face of Chinese and Russian aggression; and by ending the near total disregard for the erosion of democracy and human rights around the world;

HIllary?

then our nation will be safer, the world more stable, and our people more prosperous.

Just yesterday, a leader from yesterday began a campaign for President by promising to take us back to yesterday.
This is a great line.  I am tempted to say it may be the best line of the campaign season…but I hope Marco pulls out a few more zingers or someone else tops him. (Carly you have nothing to lose, go for it.)

I have heard some suggest that I should step aside and wait my turn. But I cannot. Because I believe our very identity as an exceptional nation is at stake, and I can make a difference as President.

This is responding to my chief concern of his candidacy.  That two years as Speaker of the Florida House may not be enough executive experience (although he has more executive experience than ALL of the other declared candidates combined).  And as a one line rebuttal to my concern, this isn’t bad.  It says exactly what a leader would say.  Not totally sold yet…but it does do a lot to make me more open to the possibility.

I am humbled by the realization that America doesn’t owe me anything;

And wonderfully by extension it doesn’t owe anyone else anything.

but I have a debt to America I must try to repay.

And if this doesn’t harken to one of Kennedy’s better lines I don’t what does (Kennedy cribbed it off poet Kahlil Gibran, but we’ll ignore that for now).

I regret my father did not live to see this day in person. He used to tell me all the time: En este pais, ustedes van a poder lograr todas las cosas que nosotros no pudimos.

“In this country, you will achieve all the things we never could.”

The political savvy of this line is undeniable.  But the sentiment is also great in the fact that it reminds immigrants this is not the country to come and sponge off of, it is the place that will give you and your children opportunity to excel if you show the loyalty to her ideals that Marco and his family have shown.

If their American Dreams become impossible, we will have become just another country. But if they succeed, the 21st Century will be another American Century. This will be the message of my campaign and the purpose of my presidency.

Again, Reaganesque.

To succeed on this journey, I will need your prayers, your support, and ultimately, your vote. Tonight I am asking you to take that first step with me, by joining us at marcorubio.com.

I have a friend who works on campaigns professionally. He was very excited to hear this part because it’s very important to ask for the voter’s vote and support (something three other people failed to do).

Theirs is the most important generation in American history. If we can capture the promise of this new century they will be the freest and most prosperous Americans ever. But if we fail, they will be the first generation of Americans to inherit a country worse off than the one left for their parents.

Walker is going to have some big shoes to fill if he plans to out-do this speech.

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