Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Senator Rubio and History

Senator Rubio Doesn’t Know Much History
P. Schultz
June 26, 2012

Last night on the Daily Show, Marc Rubio, Senator from Fla., repeated that "Obama is the most divisive president in our history." Really, Marc? Two responses: (1) More divisive than Lincoln? Really? FDR? Hardly. LBJ? "Hey, hey, LBJ, how many babies did you kill today?" Remember that? Some of us do. (2) When did being not divisive become a standard for judging presidents?

              At least Rubio, if Romney's VP, won't challenge Romney intellectually. "Don't know much about history......"
This is interesting to me, that is, how standards that should be controversial are “adopted” by politicians on the sly, so to speak, and then used as if they aren’t or shouldn’t be controversial. In this case, is it a president’s job to not be divisive? That is, is a president obligated, is it part of his or her “job description” to not be divisive? If so, then all of those presidents who are labeled “great” should be labeled failures. Even George Washington proved to be divisive and when he left office was hardly as popular as he was before he became president. And, of course, as mentioned above, Lincoln was as divisive a president as one can imagine as his election and policies led to a civil war! Hard to beat that for divisiveness, no?
Of course, the bottom line on all of this is merely that Rubio is nothing more than your ordinary, run of the mill politician who is more interested in what appears to be a “neat” sound bite than in anything resembling intelligent conversation or rhetoric. And we wonder why our politics is so screwed up?

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