With unparalleled self-denial, the Republican Party by virtue of having retained a majority of the House of Representatives, acts as if it won the Presidency and has a mandate to continue policies that President Obama’s re-election demonstrates were rejected by a majority of the American people. Hardly a day passes without reference in the media to the existence of a new wave of Republicans different from the old who will carry the party to victory in the 2016 Presidential election. One of the shining lights frequently mentioned who is supposed to accomplish that is Republican Sen. Marco Rubio from Florida. If Rubio is different, it is a difference without substance and his voting record and beliefs demonstrate it.
Rubio believes homosexuality is a sin and opposes same-sex marriage. He believes life begins at conception and he opposes a woman’s right to choose. The National Rifle Association rates him a B+ rating, indicating a pro-gun voting record. He admits his religious views have shaped some of his policy positions, suggesting, in my opinion, a rejection of the Constitutional doctrine of separation of church and state, that in this country with so many diverse religious views have for hundreds of years served us so well. While initially claiming not to be a scientist, he now adopts science but to support his creationism beliefs and that it was the vehicle a God used to give us insight as to how and when he (or is it she?) created Earth and all of humankind. This latter belief is so bizarre as to disqualify him from any meaningful elective office.