Marco Rubio

Marco Rubio Echoes the Chinese Tyrants He Supposedly Hates

If you're going to attack Mark Zuckerberg for cozying up to Xi Jinping, maybe you should try harder not to sound like a Chinese dictator.

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Sen. Marco Rubio (R–Fla.) presented a not-even-veiled threat to American Corporations in the New York Post Sunday evening: Support the Republican Party's policies or face some sort of undescribed punishment.

Rubio doesn't say "the Republican Party's policies," of course. He insists that the GOP's goals are actually "American values." If companies resist them and instead embrace "woke politics"—of, say, Major League Baseball pulls the All-Star Game out of Georgia to protest the state's new voting law—that makes them somehow anti-American.

Rubio's commentary exhibits nostalgia for a wholly imaginary past where corporations and government were always on the same side about what is good for America—which, coincidentally, was also whatever the GOP stood for. But then, apparently, corporations greedy and stopped caring about Americans and their values:

Corporate America began to view these good jobs, families, communities and even the nation as an afterthought. American workers of all backgrounds suffered as a result. Corporate greed annihilated an entire way of life.

Then a culture shift followed. It became trendy for executives to view themselves as "citizens of the world." Love of country, free speech and traditional faith and other bedrock American ideals became unfashionable.

Tellingly, the New York Post links the words "culture shift" to a story about CEOs attending a Zoom seminar to discuss how to respond to states considering new voting laws, particularly those who propose making it harder for Americans to vote via new restrictions or identification demands. The Post notes that some of the CEOs came away saying that they'll reconsidering campaign donations and investments in states where lawmakers pass such laws.

To Rubio, this is apparently un-American. The senator is apparently under the delusion that all the previous political logrolling throughout our history was politically neutral. He also seems to think it was for the benefit of all Americans, not just a select group of connected people who had the ears of Congress.

Rubio opens the piece talking about how "What's good for GM is good for America" was a "defining adage for the last century, because it was true." Except that it wasn't, at least as far as U.S. policy-making is concerned.

It's true that when GM does well by meeting market needs efficiently, the financial windfall radiated outward and benefited large swathes of the population. Alas, that isn't all that GM did. For example, it got a bailout from President Barack Obama's administration, and taxpayers took it in the shorts. The company and the unions got paid; the rest of us got hosed.

Americans do not, in fact, all benefit from federal subsidies and other forms of largesse directed to corporations. Those should be curtailed, because they redirect our tax dollars in ways that help a small group of Americans at the expense of all the rest. That's bad whether or not corporate leaders hold positions at odds with those of Marco Rubio.

The Republican response to allegedly "woke" politics influencing corporate decision-making has the inadvertent consequence that politicians are actually saying out loud that a company's treatment by government is dependent on how these companies treat politicians.

Points for honesty, I guess. This has always been the case, right? Corporations and unions influence policies that benefit themselves and often harm potential rivals and upstarts by introducing regulatory barriers and various occupational licensing demands that punish competitors, especially overseas ones. And the politicians are rewarded with donations.

In the meantime, corporate leaders, athletes, and celebrities have the same First Amendment rights as every other American, and it's flat-out grotesque for politicians to threaten punishments because of those disagreements.

By all means, Rubio (and everybody else) should feel to critique the hypocrisy of American corporations exercising their free speech and free association rights here while acquiescing to China's totalitarian rule in order to do business there. Rubio spends several graphs criticizing Facebook and other countries who do just that.

Alas, Rubio thinks the solution is a trade war with China—and he seems to be using this attack on "woke" corporations to push that part of his policy agenda as well. Meanwhile, he's espousing ideas that would make America more like China.  "America's laws should keep our nation's corporations firmly ordered to our national common good," he creepily concludes. Senator, if you're going to attack Mark Zuckerberg for cozying up to Xi Jinping, maybe you should try harder not to sound like a Chinese dictator.

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  1. It’s hard to say who got clowned more by Trump, Lyin’ Ted Cruz or Lil’ Marco.

    1. “It’s hard to say who got clowned more by Trump”

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  2. “If companies resist them and instead embrace “woke politics”—of, say, Major League Baseball pulls the All-Star Game out of Georgia to protest the state’s new voting law—that makes them somehow anti-American.”

    Wow, they really rustled Shackford’s jimmies by criticizing MLB’s anti-vote integrity posturing.
    Don’t worry Scott, your team will win and America will never have an honest election again.

    1. “America’s laws should keep our nation’s corporations firmly ordered to our national common good,”

      Oh hell, that’s monstrous. Totally on par with Uighur slaves, dissident organ harvesting and the destruction of Hong Kong’s democracy.
      Meanwhile, nary a peep from Shackford about overt political coordination between the DNC and a half-dozen “muh private companies”.

      I can’t believe I’m defending a little GOPe wiener like Rubio, but Shackford is being a hack, here.

      1. Forget it ML. It’s Shackfordtown.

    2. The “pro-democracy” team? That one? Where everyone can go vote like normal?

      Yeah, hopefully. Otherwise fascists like you might win out and only let “the good ones” vote.

      1. You mean legitimate voters? That would be good. But you wouldn’t get your way, so we can’t have that.

      2. “fascists like you”
        I’m not the one who’s been lauding Aktion T4 on social issues and corporatism for economic ones. That’s all you, champ.
        Go euthanize another baby.

      3. The good ones meaning the living ones?

  3. Yes, Marco Rubio is the real tyrant today!

  4. Rubio’s commentary exhibits nostalgia for a wholly imaginary past where corporations and government were always on the same side about what is good for America—

    It’s not an imaginary past, it’s a very real past, present and future. The idea that the left hasn’t continuously (and successfully) driven corporations towards service of national goals is to be willfully obtuse.

    None of this is to say that Rubio’s comments are innocuous or unwelcome– nor should it considered empty ‘whataboutism’. But the fact of the matter is, the reason CEOs and titans of industry have had a long history of being called before congress to testify on this or that social or economic ill tells you all you need to know about how the Federal Government, and more importantly, its elected leaders think the role of government and corporate America should be.

    Even in local politics, this is a daily reality. Go to any city with a crime or or poverty problem, and you’ve got local council members wagging their finger at businesses, demanding they “do more” to abate whatever ills illuminate the thoughts of said council members.

    1. Innocuous or ‘welcome’ I mean to say.

    2. the reason CEOs and titans of industry have had a long history of being called before congress to testify on this or that social or economic ill tells you all you need to know about how the Federal Government, and more importantly, its elected leaders think the role of government and corporate America should be.

      ^ This.

      “The citizens are doing and saying things we disapprove of. What good of a corporate overlord are you?”

  5. Well, Scott, I hope you warmed up well before stretching that far.

  6. Nice try but fail, and you attracted the queen bee herself which tells you everything you need to know about this putrid article

    1. Oh man, someone’s panties are really in a twist today.

      Looking like a blizzard in this comment section today.

      1. You’re still alive? That’s too bad. Have you even considered killing yourself? You should try it, and see what all the fuss is about.

      2. “Oh man, someone’s panties are really in a twist today”

        Yes, yours.

        “Looking like a blizzard in this comment section today”

        That’s a pretty gutsy claim seeing as you’ve been white knighting for Shakford here several times already.

  7. He’s being a tyrant because he wants to prevent people with beliefs shared by roughly half the country from being censored by big tech, if they happen to try to share those beliefs online?

    1. You can’t “censor” someone from your private property genius.

      No one is stopping any idiot from spouting their racist, bigoted, foul, unwelcome, etc. bullshit. They can go stand on their street corner and do it all they want. They *cannot* do it on their neighbor’s yard.

      For a libertarian site you’d hope for brighter commenters who actually believed in liberty.

      1. You can’t “censor” someone from your private property genius.

        Yes, you can. It’s just not illegal.

        1. Sometimes it’s not illegal…

          1. It’s usually illegal unless you own the platform.

      2. “You can’t “censor” someone from your private property genius”

        Are you really that retarded?
        Anyone can censor anyone man/wife, parent/child, church/parishioner, faculty/student, management/workers the list is endless. You can even censor yourself.

        Censorship can be conducted by governments,[5] private institutions, and other controlling bodies.
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Censorship

        Where do they find our fifty-centers? I’ve never met a more poorly educated lot.

  8. “America’s laws should keep our nation’s corporations firmly ordered to our national common good,” he creepily concludes. Senator, if you’re going to attack Mark Zuckerberg for cozying up to Xi Jinping, maybe you should try harder not to sound like a Chinese dictator.

    It’s ridiculous to compare that statement to that of a Chinese dictator – it’s clearly the speech of an Italian dictator.

  9. “Corporations greedy?”

  10. The punishment will be that Rubio will mail the CEOs posters of Rick Santorum sporting a sweater vest. And nothing else.

  11. IDK, Pichai, James Quincey and David Scott Taylor would probably fap to that if you told them they’d get woke points for it.

  12. When politicians start using terms like “American values” “culture shift” and “national common good” it is time to be very worried.

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