But You Won't Like the Answers
Mr. Rubio said in part implying that: “When there is conflict between the Bible (God’s words) the man-made laws (the Constitution), clearly God’s words win out (sic).” That short clip follows:
Let’s be clear, anyone running for President is running as “President of the United States – ergo: all Americans and everyone in the country regardless of their status in life, regardless of their age, color, sex, education, work ethic, marital status, or love life. We have no religious test for public office (at least not legally).
It is valid for anyone to hold strong religious beliefs (or not) in America – that is who we are. Pandering to one side or element for votes is pure politics and expected, but public policy for everyone is not based on the elected official’s personal beliefs or view or principles per se.
Rubio is flat out wrong in his statement and that comes on top of his earlier statements like “Social Security and Medicare have weakened us as a people” (he said in speech at the Reagan Center in August 2011), saying that those two programs have “wakened us as people and made us lazy.”
“These programs actually weakened us as a people. You see, almost forever, it was institutions in society that assumed the role of taking care of one another. If someone was sick in your family, you took care of them. If a neighbor met misfortune, you took care of them. You saved for your retirement and your future because you had to. We took these things upon ourselves in our communities, our families, and our homes, and our churches and our synagogues. But all that changed when the government began to assume those responsibilities. All of a sudden, for an increasing number of people in our nation, it was no longer necessary to worry about saving for security because that was the government’s job.”
Rubio in that speech sounded a whole lot like Sue Lowden, the former failed GOP front-runner in the Nevada senate race who said in essence: “Chickens make great health insurance” who said: “You know, before we all started having health care, in the olden days, our grandparents, they would bring a chicken to the doctor. They would say I'll paint your house.... In the old days that's what people would do to get health care with their doctors. Doctors are very sympathetic people. I'm not backing down from that system.”
That is why I strongly believe that Mr. Rubio does not need to be anywhere near the Oval Office except perhaps to visit as part of a tour group.
As usual, thanks for stopping. More on this series next time.