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Friday, November 5, 2010

The Marco Rubio Acceptance Speech

In his acceptance speech Tuesday night, Senator-elect Marco Rubio spoke to the issue of what Tuesday's election results mean. In his preamble, he opined:

"We make a great mistake if we believe tonight that these results are somehow an embrace of the Republican Party. What they are is a second chance, a second chance for Republicans to be what they said they were going to be not so long ago."

So far, Marco Rubio has summed it up most eloquently. The fact is that in 1994 Republicans went to Washington to change Washington, but instead they let Washington change them. The national Republican Party became a big-spending, budget-busting group. The only difference between the two parties was which statists would be in charge.

The failure of the national GOP has nearly meant the failure of our republic. Democrats, liberals, progressives, neo-socialists...it is their express intention to spend a lot of money on feelgood programs. If the GOP abandons its smaller government mission, then there is no check on liberal excesses.

So, no, this election was not an embrace of the Republican Party: It was an embrace of the libertarian ideals at the heart of the Republican ideals.

From Tim Howes

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