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  • Marco Rubio’s Exceptional America

    The idea of “American exceptionalism” has become a litmus test for patriotism in the last year or so. Politicians from both parties have realized that it resonates with American citizens and have hastened to add it to their list of buzz words. However, it is used often without explanation, which allows people to share it while intending vastly different meanings.

    Begrudgingly, liberals will admit that America is “exceptional”—but only in the way that every country is special. In his maiden speech on the Senate floor yesterday, Senator Marco Rubio (R–FL) strongly refuted this argument. He asserted that America has something unique to offer the rest of the world as a nation dedicated to the universal idea of liberty. “America never wanted to be the only shining city on the hill,” he said. “We wanted our example to inspire the people of the earth to build one of their own. You see, these nations, these new emerging nations, these new shining cities, we hope they will join us, but they can never replace us. Because their light is but a reflection of our own.” This is not hubris but rather acceptance of the solemn duty America has as a guardian of liberty.

    Rubio concluded by acknowledging the fear that “America’s century” was the 20th century and that someone else might lead the next. But this, he argues, would be entirely a failure of the American government. Our government is bankrupt and seems unwilling to fix itself. But the American people are not broken. They retain the same capabilities and desires to succeed that their ancestors did. Rubio exhorted his fellow Senators that:

    If we give America a government that could live within its means, the American economy will give us a government of considerable means. A government that can afford to pay for the things government should be doing, because it does not waste money on the things government should not be doing.  If we can deliver on a few simple but important things, we have the chance to do something that’s difficult to imagine is even possible: an America whose future will be greater than her past.

    That would be an exceptional America, indeed.

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    13 Responses to Marco Rubio’s Exceptional America

    1. Sally Hausman says:

      Treasure this speech. This is

      the first formal address from a future American president!

      • Bob Z. says:

        As much as I want him to be a future American president, he can't. He is not a Natural Born Citizen!

        • twillie2 says:

          He was born in the US, his father was born in Cuba. Because he was born here, he can be president.

    2. and2therepublic, ill says:

      With Marco Rubio in the Senate, 'the hill' shines even brighter. Exceptionally brighter. We need to send him some reinforcements next year, and replace some of the tired old progressives.

    3. Elaine Thompson Pa. says:

      Thank God for this young man and his vision and insights. Just when I was feeling down looking at the political scene. he comes on the scene like a breath of fresh air filling me with hope. God bless him and use him in a mighty way.

    4. John Casteel, Traver says:

      There seems to be a not insignificant number of Americans who are embarrassed by American success, but even more so by America's power. My question to them is always the same: Which other country would you prefer to be the most powerful on Earth? Tough to come up with any answer that isn't risible isn't it? That by itself says something powerful about American exceptionalism. Marco Rubio understands that and a lot more. It's surprising that more prominent people don't.

    5. Tinker, Merritt Isla says:

      I expect to continue to hear great things from Marco Rubio for many years. I know he is a conservative and perhaps he can gain a few more patriotic Americans away from the new socilist world order.

    6. David Zwald, Severna says:

      This speech is absolutely stunning in its vision, its strength, and in its inspiration.

    7. Sizy Q! SLC, Utah says:

      This is the one I would like to vote for President – Colonel West VP. What a great country America is when we have people like him. Good for you Rubio!

    8. George Colgrove, VA says:

      If we give America a government that could live within its means, the American economy will give us a government of considerable means. A government that can afford to pay for the things government should be doing, because it does not waste money on the things government should not be doing. If we can deliver on a few simple but important things, we have the chance to do something that’s difficult to imagine is even possible: an America whose future will be greater than her past.

      I take this to mean Rubio will not vote for any FY12 budget that uses deficit spending. Thanks Rubio – I will hold you to your words.

      Oh wait, similar words were used by Ryan, and his budget will drive America into debt by $2 trillion in the next 10 years in spending (if all goes well!)

      Please save us on the rhetoric unless you are willing to back it up by cutting federal spending to the point of having a balanced budget for FY12.

      What Rubio is saying (as well as most of these RINOs) is that we need to use deficit spending in the next few years while we reduce some regulatory burdens so that some markets can climb back out of the hole. Then their “hope” is that the economy will rebound thereby providing more taxable income to increase federal revenue for even greater spending. These guys are no better than the democrats. We do not want more spending or even sustained spending. We want REDUCED spending now!

      American Exceptionalism was shown in WWII when PEOPLE SACRIFICED. The federal government after shooting defense spending up through roof brought it back down right after the 3-year engagement. The rest of the government did not grow. The government at the time sacrificed right beside the people. Today WE need to sacrifice so that the government does not have to.

      Rubio, your quote sounds lovely, but if you do all you say you want to do and the results are not there, what will you say next year? If FY13 requires over a trillion dollar deficit, what will you advocate then? If you have an answer for that, can we just do that now, instead of waiting one more disastrous year?

      Let us balance FY12 budget now. Then we can talk about growth.

    9. Steve Yates says:

      Senator Rubio truly understands America is a shining example of what all free people strive for – liberty and freedom. We are the last great beacon of hope for all who wish for freedom. His counterparts should follow his lead and exuberantly proclaim America is the greatest experiment God has given to mankind.

    10. Bobbie says:

      My gosh! Marco Rubio is a true patriot! What an excellent speech! His father (bless his heart) also a strong man we admire. An immigrant to this country pushing for English only! There are immigrants who live out their American dream and then there are the rest that look to government. Very unfortunate for them and to be blunt, a violation to the constitution. It is immigrants like Marco's parents that make this country strong not immigrants and American born that defy this country's nature!

      America is exceptional because we are self governing. That's FREEDOM! and within the reach of all mankind and is why the world CAN stand alone and peaceably under high expectations of leadership that respects the inalienable right of personal freedom and civil law. The countries of the world has been led by great narcissists, obsessions, and control freaks. Undeserving of any people. Time for the people of the world and America to take their stand and rise to be free, if it is the will of the people of the world. It is American's and we can make it happen! And for all those who chose to come to America but refuse to respect what is expected of them, are not acceptable. Like those uncivil, intolerant likes of a religion who demand tolerance of their own! This isn't a religious war. It's a war with one religion that's intolerant of all others. Not fitting in America or the world and not comforting their frivolous intolerances get their way by authority while infiltrating their beliefs. Stop the government favoritism of this uncivil, intolerant religion.

    11. Kitty Dugan says:

      Marco Rubio–"my new hero".. I'm almost 85 and I won't be here when he wins the Presidency but my children and grand children will be and the they too will know about that shining city on the Hill and also know a genuine love of their great country!!

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