On Wednesday evening, as the Senate reconvened after the madness that went down at the Capitol, Sen. Marco Rubio took the floor, where he delivered a passionate speech full of emotion and sensitivity toward supporters of President Donald Trump who were upset with perceived media bias over the last few months.
However, he also condemned the riots that took place earlier in the day, stating that the enemies of our great republic would be absolutely thrilled by the scenes that unfolded at the Capitol. Rubio went on to explain what makes America so different from other countries.
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“We have forgotten that America is not a government. America is not a president. America is not a Congress,” said the senator. “Let me tell you what America is. America is your family. America is your faith. America is your community. That’s America. That’s what our adversaries don’t understand, and that’s what we need to remember. That is how we’re going to rebuild this country and turn the page and have a future even brighter than our past.”
Rubio began: “Over the last weeks and days leading up to this vote here today, I’ve heard from a lot of people about this vote, and I guess I want to address it as much to them as anybody else. And these are people that I know, these are friends, these are neighbors, these are longtime supporters, generally people on my side of the political aisle and they’re upset, they’re upset. They look at the media, and the media, they censored stories that might have been negative towards Joe Biden or weren’t negative towards Joe Biden and the social media companies helped him out and they saw how some states tinkered with and even mutilated state election laws. And they have doubts that the election was legitimate, and it gives this country this extraordinary crisis of confidence, which is very dangerous because democracy is very fragile and it’s not held together by elections.”
“Democracy is held together by people’s confidence in the election and a willingness to abide by its results,” he continued. “And so the notion was we need to do something; we need to fight. Several of my colleagues have adopted the idea, and I respect it, that they’re going to object. Now listen, it’s important to understand something, even the people objecting in the Senate recognize that it’s not going to pass. It’s not going to change the outcome, but it’s going to send a message and it’s going to make a point. The problem is, I think it’s a terrible idea at this moment. Just hours ago a young lady died in this Capitol. That means somebody, somewhere in this country got a phone call that their daughter was dead. Their daughter was going to a political rally, she is dead — died in this Capitol somewhere not far from where we are standing.”
Rubio went on to honor local police officers saying, “We have police officers, the men and women that we walk by every single day, that guard the doors and we say hello to, out there with riot gear getting spit on and attacked, today, not ten weeks ago, just a few hours ago. And, I think it’s important to think about all those things on a night like tonight on everything that’s happened.”
“You know, I wouldn’t even be here today — I doubt very much I’d even have been interested in politics — had it not been for my grandfather. He died when I was 14, but I grew up at his knee,” Rubio reminisced. “He would sit on the porch, and he would smoke three cigars a day, and he loved history. He was born in 1899 in rural Cuba. It was still governed by the United States; it was a protectorate. Three years later, it gained its independence, and it became a republic. During my grandfather’s first sixty years of life, he saw his country have an armed insurrection after a contested election, multiple presidents go into exile, two military coups, and the rise of a Marxist dictator — a tyranny that stands to this day.”
“My entire life, I have lived with and next to people who came to America because their country was chaotic, their country was unsafe,” he went on to say. “What I saw today — what we have seen — looks more like those countries than the extraordinary nation that I am privileged to call home. And I think about the mockery that it makes of our country. Lot of people [say], ‘Oh, China, China’ — let me just say something. In all modesty, no one here has worked harder on the issue of China. They hate me and my guts. I’m sanctioned — twice sanctioned, I don’t know what they’re sanctioning, double sanctioned — and I can’t travel there. I wasn’t planning to anyway.”
“China’s laughing,” Rubio continued. “They’re loving this tonight. In Beijing, they’re high-fiving because they point to this and say, ‘This is proof that the future belongs to China; America’s in decline.’ Vladimir Putin? There’s nothing that Vladimir Putin could come up with better than what happened here. Makes us look like we’re in total chaos and collapse. Not to mention the Ayatollah, who’s probably bragging to his buddies — if he has buddies — ‘Look what’s happening to the Great Satan.’
Rubio then addressed America, stating, “I think politics has made us crazy! Everybody in this country has lost their minds on politics. And we have forgotten that America is not a government. America is not a president. America is not a Congress. Let me tell you what America is: America is your family. America is your faith. America is your community. That’s America. That’s what our adversaries don’t understand, and that’s what we need to remember. That is how we’re going to rebuild this country and turn the page and have a future even brighter than our past. So that’s why I feel so strongly about this and why I hope those who disagree with me will understand.”
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) January 7, 2021
Rubio is right on the money. America is far more than the government. In fact, the government is supposed to only be there to keep us safe and protect our rights. Nothing more.
What makes our nation so special is that we have based our liberty on the idea that rights come from God. Man is a special creation of the Creator, who has given us unalienable rights.
In order for those rights to exist, we need to be able to govern ourselves. That means we must take personal responsibility for our own actions. We must love one another and care for each other.
Each of us is more than sum total of our political views. We are image bearers of God. That makes every single one of us important and special. Let’s never forget that.