In a truly "free" society, no one gets beaten up for their political views. Laws cannot be passed against thoughts or symbols. And mob violence is not allowed to rule the day. But Florida Senator Marco Rubio, like most establishment political hacks, is not interested in a free society. He's interested in seizing power in any way possible. And if that means excusing and encouraging mob violence, to achieve his political ends, then so be it. While Rubio may rail against dictators, his statements sound eerily like the late Fidel Castro, and other tyrants like him.
Rubio's statement came in the form of a series of tweets he posted in response to the Charlottesville circus. Here are his exact words: "When entire movement built on anger & hatred towards people different than you, it justifies & ultimately leads to violence against them." While the trained seals who follow hucksters like Rubio will bark their approval for his "brave words"; those who love liberty will shudder at the true ramifications of what he is saying. But let's begin by trying to parse who exactly he is saying it about.
Like a good political opportunist, he speaks in vague terms. One might surmise that his reference to an "entire movement" is a shot at Donald Trump and his supporters. Myriads of establishment politicians have accused Trump of "anger & hatred"; yet examples of this are never forthcoming, other than disagreements over something like immigration policy. So, is Rubio saying it's OK to physically attack any who belong to "the movement" that elected Trump? And if so, then is Rubio also saying it's OK to physically attack Trump? The supposed leader of this "movement?" The political vagaries allow Rubio to deny this, and perhaps say that he is talking about white supremacists, neo-Nazis, or the KKK. But even if he is talking about these groups…. Is he correct in saying it's "justifiable" to physically attack them for their views? If so, then he is no friend to freedom in general, nor to free speech in specific.
Most Americans, including me, abhor the ideologies of white supremacy, Nazism, and the KKK. But if a nation truly wants free speech, then even those we abhor must be allowed to speak their mind. There is no need to pass laws protecting polite speech. It is the very thoughts and words of those we vociferously disagree with that must be protected. Otherwise, there is no freedom at all. Only a rotating cycle of dictatorships, who suppress the people they conquer. And any U.S. Senator who encourages violence against anyone for their political views is a part of the problem and not the solution. While Rubio may rail against Castro, his views toward free speech are identical. He may rail against Adolph Hitter, but his views on free speech are no different.
Rubio is a political hound dog, who lifts his nose to try and sniff which way the popular winds are blowing. And then he (or one of his lackeys) issues a tweet to kiss-up to the mobs he wishes to appease. Rubio has always been a political robot, seemingly incapable of generating a unique thought. This was publicly displayed in that infamous, cringe-worthy presidential debate when Chris Christie tried to engage him in an actual exchange of ideas, and Rubio began sweating profusely and repeating his talking points. Over and over and over. The moment exposed him for the phony that he is and almost ruined his political career. But now, he smells an opportunity to rally the mob and save his career. His actions are truly deplorable.