Reflections on American politics from one who thinks the republic needs constant attention.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Senator Rubio and History
Senator Rubio Doesn’t Know Much History
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
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