Marco Rubio fulfilled his fealty to the haters in Orlando.
Sen. Marco Rubio told an anti-gay group Saturday night that moral issues need to be part of government debate and that the United States needs to do more to protect religious freedom abroad.
“The moral well-being of our nation is our business. It’s everybody’s business,” Rubio said to applause at the Florida Family Policy Council fundraising dinner. “The debate we should be having isn’t whether or not we have a right to talk about values and morals in the public square, the debate we should be having instead is which values and morals our nation should focus on.”
Rubio, who fell out of favor with some conservatives while pushing for comprehensive immigration reform, clearly still had the support of the social conservatives at the dinner. After he took the stage, one man yelled, “Rubio for president!” followed by applause from others.
Does the moral well-being of our nation include treating an entire population as second-class citizens in terms of equality under the law and discrimination in the workplace? Does the moral well-being of our nation include medically unnecessary and ethically challenged invasion of a woman’s body? Does the moral well-being of our nation include turning your back on millions of undocumented immigrants who would have been helped by a law that you helped write because it didn’t poll well among the bigots?
And he said the United States should be doing more to promote American values and protect people’s rights to worship around the world.
“I want you to consider the vacuum that would open up if America was no longer a global presence. Consider the voices of evil and hatred that would gladly move in and take our place,” he said.
For one thing, the voices of evil and hatred wouldn’t have had such an opening if we hadn’t gone tramping through the world spreading Jesus, white bread, and the missionary position. Whatever we may think of other peoples’ faith and practice, the one thing most other people hate about the U.S. is the smug bigotry of Christian and capitalist supremacy. It’s bred more jiahdists and bomb-throwers than Lady Gaga and Hollywood.
And I’d cool it on that trash talk about the “voices of evil and hatred.” That’s the GOP base he’s talking about.