It is tempting to list Senator Marco Rubio’s charismatic speeches as one of the reasons I like him, but such an attribute is of little importance, I think. What I can say is this: Senator Rubio, you seem like a nice man and a good, true Christian, but—I must censor myself—forget you.
Making unpopular decisions with the knowledge that those decisions have the potential to make you unpopular—doing what you believe is right with no regard for the repercussions—can be seen as admirable. For example, Rubio is a part of the “Gang of Eight,” a group of four Republicans and four Democrats trying hard to sell the nation their controversial immigration bill that could significantly harm any hopes Rubio may have to run for president.
The only reason conservatives have been giving Rubio the time of day in the past to explain the proposals in this bill are because they—we—wanted to believe that Rubio was not making the huge mistake it sounded like he was making. Rubio was one of our few favorites in the whole of Congress; we didn’t want to accept flatly that his immigration ideas would prove to be disastrous if enacted. So we gave him chance after chance to ease our concerns.
His primary method of doing so was to tell us repeatedly that the legalization of the current illegal immigrants would only come after the United States-Mexico border was sealed and secured. It was one plus side to the bill, it seemed, even if it was entirely naive of Rubio to assume that the bill’s four Democratic co-sponsors would ever allow that to happen.
But it now seems that Rubio has awoken to that reality. During a speech meant to garner support for the bill, Rubio said, “The legalization is going to happen. That means the following will happen: First comes the legalization. Then come the measures to secure the border. And then comes the process of permanent residence” (emphasis mine).
This is a complete reversal of his initial promise that the legalization was dependent on border security. So who knows what Rubio’s intentions are now?
But intentions do not matter; results are what matter. Rubio may believe he’s doing a good thing for conservatives, but he believes incorrectly. If he cannot foresee the damage this bill would do if it became law, then—ugh, this hurts to say—he is too inept to be in Congress.