Marco Rubio at #CPAC2014: “America must be involved in leading the world”

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Marco Rubio at #CPAC2014: "America must be involved in leading the world"

by Fausta Rodriguez Wertz

I can not attend CPAC this year, but have been pay­ing atten­tion to the speak­ers; yes­ter­day Sen­a­tor Marco Rubio’s speech on Amer­i­can excep­tion­al­ism defined America’s post-​Obama for­eign pol­icy, as Medi­ate right­fully said:

He defined the threats he warned that the United States will face in the near future and defined cur­rent and long-​term America’s eco­nomic chal­lenges in terms relat­ing to the preser­va­tion of free trade guar­an­teed by Amer­i­can mil­i­tary and diplo­matic strength.

All the threats come from total­i­tar­ian regimes, regimes who do not respect their cit­i­zens’ God-​given rights: “Any gov­ern­ment and any leader who vio­lates those rights is an ille­git­i­mate one.”

Rubio asserted that “Amer­ica must be involved in lead­ing the world”. “There is only one nation on earth capa­ble of ral­ly­ing and bring­ing together the free peo­ple on this planet to stand up to the spread of total­i­tar­i­an­ism. The United Nations can­not do this. In fact, they can­not do anything.”

If you think high taxes and reg­u­la­tions are bad for our econ­omy, so is global insta­bil­ity and the spread of total­i­tar­i­an­ism,” Rubio con­tin­ued. “What we have in Amer­ica is the excep­tion, not the rule, in human his­tory. Almost every­one who has ever lived on this planet didn’t’ get to choose their lead­ers, and they didn’t get to choose their life either.”

Ed Mor­ris­sey:

Rubio nails it on for­eign pol­icy, and in a way explains why the Obama admin­is­tra­tion fell into the trap of their own arro­gance. Barack Obama cam­paigned on “hope and change,” and later implied (if not quite stated out­right) that he was the change and the hope. The admin­is­tra­tion seemed to have bought its own hype. The mere fact of his elec­tion was sup­posed to argue that Amer­ica had already fun­da­men­tally changed, and that all that was needed to get imperial-​oriented nations like China and Rus­sia to see the light was a reset but­ton or two.

That’s the “fan­tasy” world inhab­ited by the Obama admin­is­tra­tion, as the Wash­ing­ton Post described it last week­end. Obama, Hillary Clin­ton, and John Kerry all seem to believe that just talk­ing about change and hope will mean that nations run by power-​seeking lead­ers will sud­denly embrace Utopi­anism, because — as Kerry explic­itly said — that’s the right side of his­tory, and the geopo­lit­i­cal manip­u­la­tions of Rus­sia and China are on “the wrong side of his­tory.” There is absolutely no evi­dence for that claim, except for their own dec­la­ra­tions that it’s so.

Video of the full spech:

Meme­o­ran­dum thread.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on Latin Amer­i­can and USA pol­i­tics and cul­ture at Fausta’s blog.

by Fausta Rodriguez Wertz

I can not attend CPAC this year, but have been paying attention to the speakers; yesterday Senator Marco Rubio’s speech on American exceptionalism defined America’s post-Obama foreign policy, as Mediate rightfully said:

He defined the threats he warned that the United States will face in the near future and defined current and long-term America’s economic challenges in terms relating to the preservation of free trade guaranteed by American military and diplomatic strength.

All the threats come from totalitarian regimes, regimes who do not respect their citizens’ God-given rights: “Any government and any leader who violates those rights is an illegitimate one.”

Rubio asserted that “America must be involved in leading the world”. “There is only one nation on earth capable of rallying and bringing together the free people on this planet to stand up to the spread of totalitarianism. The United Nations cannot do this. In fact, they cannot do anything.”

“If you think high taxes and regulations are bad for our economy, so is global instability and the spread of totalitarianism,” Rubio continued. “What we have in America is the exception, not the rule, in human history. Almost everyone who has ever lived on this planet didn’t’ get to choose their leaders, and they didn’t get to choose their life either.”

Ed Morrissey:

Rubio nails it on foreign policy, and in a way explains why the Obama administration fell into the trap of their own arrogance. Barack Obama campaigned on “hope and change,” and later implied (if not quite stated outright) that he was the change and the hope. The administration seemed to have bought its own hype. The mere fact of his election was supposed to argue that America had already fundamentally changed, and that all that was needed to get imperial-oriented nations like China and Russia to see the light was a reset button or two.

That’s the “fantasy” world inhabited by the Obama administration, as the Washington Post described it last weekend. Obama, Hillary Clinton, and John Kerry all seem to believe that just talking about change and hope will mean that nations run by power-seeking leaders will suddenly embrace Utopianism, because — as Kerry explicitly said — that’s the right side of history, and the geopolitical manipulations of Russia and China are on “the wrong side of history.” There is absolutely no evidence for that claim, except for their own declarations that it’s so.

Video of the full spech:

Memeorandum thread.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on Latin American and USA politics and culture at Fausta’s blog.