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Marco Rubio Must Go
April 10, 2022
by William P. Meyers

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Senator Rubio is Bad for Florida

This year Marco Rubio is running as the incumbent for his seat representing Florida in the United States Senate. While it would be difficult to call Rubio the worst U.S. Senator, given the competition, the people of Florida and the United States would be better off if he is defeated. Senator Rubio's record shows him to be an enemy of our Republic, our American lands, and the general prosperity of our citizens.

Senator Rubio does not like African-Americans, and in particular does not like African American women. He voted against confirming Ketanji Brown Jackson for the United States Supreme Court. As a third rate lawyer (University of Miami School of Law), working for law and lobbying firm Broad and Casset while in the Florida State Legislature (despite laws against that kind of corruption), he believes his own views should prevail, not the views established by precedence. Ketanji Brown Jackson grew up in Florida, in Miami, under the rule of Rubio. She was smart enough and hard working enough to get into Harvard University and then Harvard Law School. Little Marco is probably just jealous. He doubtless feels emasculated that a black woman could be considerably better at something than he has shown himself to be.

Marco Rubio is a climate-change denialist, endangering all the citizens of Florida, and the value of all Florida real estate. Miami neighborhoods are already having problems with the sea-level rising. Hurricanes seem to be getting worse. Most of Florida is less than 20 feet above see level. Except near the beaches it is a place few people can stand to live without air conditioning. But Marco the lawyer-lobbyist-politico thinks he is smarter than the world's scientists. Re-electing Rubio will mean no action on global warming and other environmental issues. Given that most Floridians, or their ancestors, moved to Florida specifically for its environment, you would think they would want a Senator that works to protect that environment.

Marco Rubio does not recognize a woman's right to privacy and autonomy. He did vote to confirm Amy Coney Barret to the Supreme Court, but she share the same religious views as him, Roman Catholicism. Strangely they hold that a female is disqualified from being a parish priest, but not from sitting on the Supreme Court. She is also a constitutional originalist, which for both of them means women do not have the right to terminate a pregnancy. Senator Rubio does not support the right of women to access to contraception.

Marco Rubio does not care about the safety of children. His theory of Constitutional Originalism, and donations from the National Rifle Association and gun manufacturers are more important than the safety of Florida's children. Rubio fully supports the NRA, and they support him. Even after the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, Rubio stuck to his guns. He thinks gun nuts and manufacturers give him an electoral edge. His (and their) Second Amendment analysis is pure cynicism. Originalism in itself does not lead to their current interpretation of the Amendment. The Original Constitution had no Second Amendment. The words of the Second Amendment are very non-specific. But when passed in 1791 the were meant to allow citizens to own muzzle-loading muskets and long-guns firing lead balls using gunpowder. If Rubio and other originalists were honest, they would say it would take another constitutional amendment to allow citizens to carry more modern weapons.

Marco Rubio is an expert in the politics of cynicism and hypocrisy. He opposed and continues to oppose a well-regulated health insurance industry under the Affordable Care Act. He does not refuse the government issued health care plan he receives as a Senator. He was an anchor baby himself, but found supporting immigration reform was unpopular in the Republican Party, and so has taken a hard line against it.

Marco Rubio is bad for the Florida economy, for every class, from workers to small business owners and from white collar workers to retirees living off investments. His irrational anti-Iran policy drives inflated gasoline prices, while the cost of household insurance has been driven up by his refusal to recognize and help mitigate global warming and resulting higher sea levels and intensification of tropical storms.

Senator Marco Rubio of Florida

On the plus side, Senator Rubio did agree that Joe Biden won the 2021 presidential election and voted to certify the Electoral College vote count. He called the January 6, 2022 attack on the Capitol "anti-American anarchy." But then he voted against creating the January 6 commission.

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