Pro-Amnesty Rubio Wants to be President

Well, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) has announced that he’s running for president, and like Rand Paul who went all liberal on us and sided with RINOs after originally being supported by the Tea Party, I’m unimpressed.

Rubio_amnestyAfter initially looking like a very good conservative, Rubio decided to veer Left and push amnesty on America. Hate to say it, but lawlessness is NOT a conservative principle.

Longtime conservative Richard Viguerie is also unimpressed and wonders, if Rubio were to get elected, which “Rubio” would show up for inauguration day?

Ted Cruz 2016


This is the Marco Rubio who betrayed the Tea Party movement and grassroots conservative voters who elevated him to the Senate over establishment Republican, turned Independent, and finally turned Democrat Charlie Crist.
This is the Marco Rubio who became the chief spokesman and advocate for a bill that would have put millions of illegal aliens on the path to citizenship to eventually become part of a new Democratic-majority electorate.

This is the Marco Rubio who prompted Florida conservative commentator Javier Manjarres of the Shark Tank and Hispolitica to observe, “What most people don’t know about Rubio is that he has always supported a pathway to citizenship.”

This is the Marco Rubio who helped craft a bill that gave millions of dollars in taxpayer money to anti-conservative race-based organizations, such as La Raza, to help them promote amnesty for illegal aliens.

This is the Marco Rubio who, judging by the “who do you walk with rule,” which is CHQ Richard Viguerie’s foolproof test of whether or not a candidate is a conservative, is definitely no conservative, having staffed his office with anti-conservatives, such as Communications Director Alex Burgos, a longtime amnesty proponent, and other establishment Republican insiders, rather than the boat-rocking Tea Partiers that provided the manpower for Rubio’s upstart campaign against Governor Charlie Crist.

And this is the Marco Rubio who used the language of the Left in a slash and burn campaign against conservatives. As RedState’s Erick Erickson put it, Rubio was an active participant in the attacks on conservative opponents of the “Gang of Eight” amnesty bill as “racists, slavery supporters, bigots, haters, baby killers, un-Christian, etc. They are waging a coordinated attack between Senator Rubio’s office and others against conservative stalwarts like the Heritage Foundation and Jim DeMint.”

The “they” to whom Erickson refers was an unholy alliance of establishment Republicans, business interests and New York Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer, Illinois Democratic Senator Richard Durbin and a host of other left-leaning political operatives and interest groups.

I wonder, too. No, actually, I really don’t. I’ve seen enough “Republicans” who gave us more than enough clues before being elected that they actually had liberal leanings to know that if you behave like a liberal before you get elected to the office you want, you’re definitely going to behave that liberally–or more–after you get the office you want.

I’m getting really tired of candidates who depend on the voters to be ignorant and/or stupid in order to get elected. I don’t need to bother looking at Rubio any further than his promotion of lawless amnesty. We don’t need to settle for candidates who are good in one area, but have demonstrated they are the enemy of conservative principles in other areas.

So far, I’ve only seen one candidate who’s announced for president who hasn’t pandered to the Left generally and to the amnesty crowd specifically, and that’s Senator Ted Cruz. It’s pretty clear and easy to figure out who I’m supporting for president in 2016.

Woodrow Wilcox


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  • DCM7

    “So far, I’ve only seen one candidate who’s announced for president who hasn’t pandered to the Left generally and to the amnesty crowd specifically, and that’s Senator Ted Cruz. It’s pretty clear and easy to figure out who I’m supporting for president in 2016.”
    It’s also pretty clear which candidate the media is going to put everything they’ve got into trying to take down.

    • Bob Ellis

      Ayup. The one they have already demonstrated unwavering and unmitigated hostility toward on the basis of his conservative stance.

  • Thisoldspouse

    You can pretty much guarantee that any candidate who wants to reward criminals with generous benefits (amnesty) for their crimes is also way left of center on all the other issues, including the so-called social issues. Rubio is no exception.

    • Bob Ellis

      Last year, Heritage ranked him 4th most conservative (after Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, and Rand Paul, in that order) at 82%.

      Not a bad score (FRC gave him 71% last year), but the illegal immigration problem is so critical on so many levels (national security, cultural assimilation, respect for the rule of law, etc.) that, as much as I hate to be a single-issue voter in either direction, it hovers around “deal breaker” for me. When you throw in that Rubio wasn’t just passively for amnesty, but was one of the biggest “Republican” peddlers of it a couple of years ago, yeah, I think it crosses the line into “deal breaker” territory.

      And when you consider there is an alternative out there who hasn’t waffled or caved on this issue…Rubio isn’t even a consideration for me.

      • Thisoldspouse

        If Heritage ranked Rand Paul anywhere near conservative, I have to seriously question the criteria they use.

        • Bob Ellis

          Here’s a link to the issues on which they measured all senators last year:

          I was surprised at how conservatively Rand Paul voted when he was elected to the Senate (based on his father’s record). Libertarianism crosses over into conservatism in a number of areas, but many libertarians part ways with conservatives over many social issues. But Rand Paul’s voting record turned out more conservative than I ever thought it would.

          But then, when he started looking to run for president, he started throwing social conservatism (and a few other types of conservatism) overboard. I always put more stock in record than rhetoric, but when a guy is TELLING YOU UP FRONT that he doesn’t plan on being conservative going forward, in today’s liberal-pandering climate, you’d be a fool not to believe him.

          • Thisoldspouse

            One can hold the right position for the wrong reason. This is particularly the case with libertarians.

          • Thisoldspouse

            I’ll also point out that many candidates pretend to hold conservative views because they, as well as everyone else, knows that the conservative brand still has selling power. That doesn’t mean that they’ll act conservative once their foot is in the door.

            • Bob Ellis

              Too true.

              It’s obvious which is the right way. Almost no candidates (including most Democrats) openly and brazenly embrace liberalism. They all pretend to be conservative, or at least “moderate” (which is nothing but less vociferous liberalism) while running for office. Then, when they actually GET the office, we see the true liberal come out. The South Dakota Legislature is about 75% “Republican,” but is only about 20% conservative (and I may be being generous there).