Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) appears to have had about enough of Americans’ indecency toward one another when it comes to the matter of political discourse.
As reported by The Christian Post, the day after colleague Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts was “silenced” via Rule 19 as she was speaking in objection to Sen. Jeff Sessions’ nomination to the position of attorney general, Rubio decided to take to the Senate floor and deliver an impassioned speech on the matter of free and fair debate.
“One of the great traditions of our nation is the ability to come forward and have debates,” said Rubio. “But the founders and the framers and those who established the U.S. Senate and guided it for over two centuries understood that debate was impossible if matters became personal.”
Continuing, Rubio cut right to what many people see as the heart of the problem in America today when he said, “I don't know of a civilization in the history of the world that's been able to solve its problems when half the people in a country absolutely hate the other half of the people in that country.”
“We are becoming a society incapable of having debate anymore,” the senator continued. “We are reaching a point in this republic where we are not going to be able to solve the simplest of issues because everyone is putting themselves in a corner where everyone hates everybody.”
During his run for president last year, Rubio actually began slinging some mud himself after deciding he’d had enough of the steady stream of insults hurled in his direction from then-candidate Trump. As The Christian Post article mentions, Rubio addressed that period with regret during an appearance last year on Fox News’ The Kelly File:
“My kids were embarrassed by it. My wife didn't like it. I don't think it reflects ‘good.’ That's not who I am. That's not what my campaign is going to be about or will ever be about again. I'd do it differently – on the personal stuff. I'm not telling you he didn't deserve it, but that's not who I am and that's not what I want to be.”
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large