Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2018-10-10
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

OPEN TO THINKING Marco Rubio: American Dream Candidate?
A recurring column
by Nick Patricca
2015-06-03

facebook twitter google +1 reddit email


Florida Sen. Marco Rubio bills himself as the 'American Dream' candidate for president. Playing on the immigrant status of his parents who emigrated to the U.S. from Fulgencio Batista's Cuba in 1956, Rubio casts himself as the candidate who best understands the meaning of the American Dream and who is best able to restore America as the land of opportunity for everyone.

Young ( 43 ), articulate, passionate, Latino, the senator presents himself as a fresh breeze in a Republican presidential field of 20 declared and undeclared candidates headed by Jeb Bush, Rubio's one-time mentor.

"My parents came to the United States in 1956. The country they found was truly a land of opportunity, where hardworking people with grade school educations could afford a home, a car, and college for their kids. A country where maids and bartenders could raise doctors, lawyers, small-business owners, and maybe even a U.S. senator. That was the American Dream. … Yet today, I look around and see the American Dream on life support." ( Overview to his book American Dreams: Restoring Economic Opportunity for Everyone, January 2015. )

In developing this pitch of himself as the American Dream candidate, Rubio links this theme to guns:

"I've always believed that the Second Amendment is about much more than the right to bear arms. At its core, the Second Amendment is about the American Dream. … That's one reason I, myself, have a concealed weapons permit. I have an A rating from the NRA, and recently, I introduced legislation to restore Second Amendment rights in the District of Columbia." ( marcorubio.com/issues )

It should also be noted here that Rubio voted against a bill brokered by senators Joe Manchin ( D-West Virginia. ) and Pat Toomey ( R-Pennsylvania ) requiring background checks for guns purchased online and at gun shows. Sen. Rubio also voted against banning high-capacity magazine clips of more than 10 bullets. ( ontheissues.org/ )

Given the high incidence of gun violence against civilians and police in D.C. and other U.S. cities, and given Rubio's position that gun control laws don't work because criminals always find ways to get guns, CBS's Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer countered: "Criminals don't follow the laws on burglary and on murder and on auto theft. And I think most people would say those laws are fairly effective." ( huffingtonpost.com/politics Zach Carter blog 04/14/2013 )

In reviewing Sen. Rubio's American Dreams book and his position statements on the Marco Rubio for President website ( marcorubio.com ), I did not see creative approaches on the most serious problems facing our nation.

In the past, the senator opposed simplistic tax solutions such as the sequestration tax cuts that reduced spending across all federal agencies. This past April, however, Rubio signed the Grover Norquist Taxpayer Protection Pledge which "is a written commitment to the American people to 'oppose and veto any and all efforts to increase taxes.'" ( Americans for Tax Reform website April 28, 2015. ) This pledge combined with his support of a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution demands that the senator present to us an economic policy that demonstrates how he can achieve his goals without raising taxes. It is hard to see this pledge as anything other than an election gimmick.

On civil rights for sexual minorities, Sen. Rubio comments:

"You have to have a ridiculous reading of the U.S. constitution to reach the conclusion that people have a right to marry someone of the same sex. … They [advocates of same-sex marriage] want to stigmatize … anyone who disagrees with them as haters. … I believe, as do a significant percentage of Americans, that the institution of marriage, an institution that existed before government, that existed before laws, that institution should remain in our laws recognized as the union of one man and one woman." ( CBN interview marcorubio.com )

Sen. Rubio's assertion that the institution of marriage as the union of one man and one woman exists prior to all government and all laws is an astonishing claim for which he presents no historical, legal, anthropological, or philosophical argument or evidence. One wonders how he would explain Old Testament practices of one man married to many wives or contemporary Islamic practices or polygamy anywhere, not to mention other forms of sexual-social relations.

Finally, prior to his current run for the Republican nomination for president, Sen. Rubio worked on comprehensive immigration reform legislation. Now he has withdrawn his support from such legislation and his website avoids all discussion of immigration except for these four words: "modernize our immigration laws."

It seems that the Marco Rubio American Dream is not for everyone.

© nicholas.patricca@gmail.com

Nick Patricca is professor emeritus at Loyola University Chicago, president of Chicago Network and playwright emeritus at Victory Gardens Theater.


facebook twitter google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

LETTER Response to Kavanaugh 2018-10-10 - Dear Windy City Times: The U.S. Senate voted to confirm Trump nominee Brett Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the U.S. ...


Gay News

Archbishop's comment explains why Church is in so much trouble 2018-10-10 - MOUNT RAINIER, Maryland—Archbishop Charles Chaput's statement about LGBT Catholics at the synod on youth yesterday is a perfect example of how some church ...


Gay News

Eve Ewing podcast features Terkel interviews 2018-10-10 - WFMT and The Studs Terkel Radio Archive invite audiences into the history books with the new podcast Bughouse Square with Eve Ewing. ...


Gay News

Alzheimer's: A Love Story 2018-10-03 - Gregory, my husband of over 41 years, was diagnosed with dementia, most likely Alzheimer's, in the 29th year of our relationship. He was ...


Gay News

LETTER A big 'thank you' 2018-10-03 - Windy City Times: I am writing this letter in response to the Windy City Times article "Peaceful assembly protests Rainbow flag burning ...


Gay News

Aging gracefully: Don't speak of overcoats or bowels 2018-09-26 - The old saw says, "You know you are getting old when you begin to talk about the state of your bowels." As a ...


Gay News

THE AMAZON TRAIL There is no place like home 2018-09-26 - I was recently contemplating my shoes, which, along with clothes and boxes of books, are the only closeted things in our home. That ...


Gay News

Change is in the air 2018-09-19 - Windy City Times is marking its 33rd anniversary this month. As co-founder and publisher, I could not be more proud of what this ...


Gay News

LETTER Calling out Kavanaugh 2018-09-19 - Open item from the National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund: It took courage for Professor Christine Blasey Ford to publicly come forward ...


Gay News

Reeling 2018 reviews 2018-09-19 - For complete festival information including locations, and to buy tickets, visit reelingfilmfestival.org . Canary ( HHH ) ( Sept. 21, 7 p.m. ) ...


 



Copyright © 2018 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.