By Jason Jones
The GOP establishment is in full panic mode, trying to figure out how to stop the rise of celebrity populist Donald Trump. Well, I think it's time for conservatives to solve our own looming problem: Marco Rubio. How do we stop the donor class of socially liberal, cheap-labor, crony-capitalist Republicans who control most of the money and political jobs in the party? They want to foist on us as the only "electable" choice, another pig in a poke who picks up our support with a few symbolic stances, then sells out our vital interests and critical causes. They tried that with Jeb Bush, but no one was biting. Chris Christie and Carly Fiorina seem not to be taking off. Marco Rubio is the only candidate in the race who poses a serious threat of being the next Bob Dole, John McCain, or Mitt Romney.
And I want to warn you that Rubio is the real thing – a genuine establishment candidate hiding behind a thin conservative veneer, deeply dependent on big-money interests in the GOP for his day-to-day subsistence. Unlike Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, or (obviously) Donald Trump, Marco Rubio is actually, personally short of money. There's no shame in that, of course, but it does make him vulnerable to billionaires with checkbooks.
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Billionaires like Paul Singer, the New York City hedge fund magnate who has made it his personal crusade to advance same-sex marriage. He spent almost $5 million in New York State alone to promote that social and legal monstrosity that threatens tax bankruptcy to every faithful church and Christian institution in the country. Now Singer is pouring money into pressure groups that want to remove the pro-marriage plank from the Republican platform. That's right, if he has his way, neither political party will offer any protection at all to the morals and the liberties of Christians in America. And Paul Singer is one of the largest financial supporters of Marco Rubio. To throw Christians off the scent, Rubio is using some of that money to hire hard-up evangelicals and Catholics who will talk him up to their constituencies – some of whom will be fooled. But who do you think will call the tune when it comes to appointing Supreme Court justices or deciding whether to yank the tax exemptions of churches: the hired guns Rubio used during the campaign, or his single largest donor?
Rubio also depends on the support of party leaders who spent the past 20 years cowering under Karl Rove's whip, who are just now climbing out of denial that they can't elect another Bush and looking for somewhere to go. These machine politicians are the very people the tea party was formed to rise up against, the committee chairmen and delegates who have favored lawless-borders, business-first candidates against patriotic and pro-life insurgents. Now they have sniffed the wind and are coming out strong for Rubio as the last best hope of stopping the rise of real conservatives to power.
In the chattering class, Rubio counts on the legions of neoconservative journalists who helped George W. Bush sell America on the Iraq War, who've been telling us that the life issue and the marriage issue are "losers," that the way to rally Americans is with a hawkish foreign policy. But their policies aren't really even hawkish, since most of these people accept the Bush-era dogma that Islam itself is a "religion of peace," being "distorted" by a small number of extremists. The citizens of Paris and San Bernardino know better. So do the 1 million Christians who were driven at gunpoint from their homes in Iraq while George W. Bush was president and brave U.S. soldiers patrolled the streets just a few blocks away. The hundreds of thousands of Christians living in Syria know it too, and they're cowering in fear that a president like Marco Rubio will carry out his promise of using American forces to oust the secular regime of Assad that's still protecting them and repeat the same fiasco their cousins endured in Iraq, of "democratic" Muslims ethnically cleansing Christians under the noses of mostly Christian American soldiers. The radical Muslims scrambling for power in Syria are laughing at us, and sharpening their knives for our brothers in Christ.
I must say that on the life issue Marco Rubio is solid, and I laud him for standing by the same comprehensive pro-life stance held by Ted Cruz, Ben Carson and several other candidates. But is he a brave contrarian who will keep up that stance when the pressure is on to choose a more "moderate," "mainstream" judge for the Supreme Court, or to risk shutting the government rather than funding more abortions? Sorry, but I don't think so. It is telling that the leading organization defending natural marriage and religious liberty, the National Organization for Marriage, has endorsed not Rubio but Sen. Ted Cruz.
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If the war on religious liberty is lost and churches are subject to government pressure over their biblical stance on marriage, that alone will cripple the strongest leg of the pro-life movement and set us back 30 years – just when the culture seemed to be moving in our direction. Equally disastrous would be if Rubio's provocative stance against Russia, or his urge to tinker in Middle Eastern hellholes and try to build democracies there, got the U.S. into another long, futile war like the one in Iraq – which delivered Barack Obama the White House and helped him pack the courts with anti-Christian, anti-gun and anti-constitutional activists. We could see a repeat of our debacle in 2008, now when the stakes are higher than ever before.
So I beg you to look closely at Marco Rubio's record, check out all these facts, and tell your pastor, your family and your friends: Don't abandon the Christians of the Middle East. Don't sell out America's sovereignty for empty promises from one of the Gang of Eight. Don't give up our religious liberty and the sanctity of marriage just because some ex-pastor earning a paycheck assures you that Rubio's "solid." Those of us who have been in the trenches fighting for Christian values for decades against the business elites that dominate the GOP know better. A President Marco Rubio would not be the next Ronald Reagan. At best, he'd be the third term of George W. Bush.