Rubio’s rhetoric: Right or wrong?
May 6, 2013 3 Comments
Marco Rubio has taken a lot of flack from conservatives for pressing Senate Bill 744, the “Gang of Eight” immigration reform. I have not been thoroughly apprised of the controversy’s details, nor do I especially wish to study a lengthy draft of legislation at this point. I am curious though, as to how fellow my conservatives respond to the point of this ad that I saw while watching FOX New Sunday yesterday morning:
The outset of the ad is a powerful rhetorical turning of the tables. We hear Senator Rubio say in a speech delivered April 20, “”Our current immigration system is a disaster. What we have now is de facto amnesty.”
It’s hard to disagree with this. The question for Rubio’s critics becomes, what is the better alternative to taking bipartisan action now? Will there be some GOP tidal wave sweep of Congress in 2014, that will so shock President Obama as to paralyze him, rendering him incapable of vetoing their plan? Will Congressional Republicans win the pubic opinion war if they are seen once again as obstinate bill scuttlers? Why should we live with the status quo, letting the perfect become the enemy of the good?
Conservatives should pride themselves for living in the real world. President Obama is desperate for some sort of second term achievement. Republicans have decent leverage with this incarnation of immigration reform. It’s the best opportunity to start fixing the “disaster.” If we grandstand and fail to work out a politically practical solution, we’ll be subject to the old refrain: “You’ve made your bed, now lie in it.”