In a speech you didn’t hear because it doesn’t make for good TV or reaffirm the liberal narrative, Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fla. (C, 74%) warned that tolerating Warren’s brand of slanderous rhetoric on the floor of the U.S. Senate undermines the institution and weakens our republic.
“I want people to think about our politics here today in America,” Rubio exhorted his colleagues. “Because I’m telling you guys, I don’t know of a single nation in the history of the world that’s been able to solve its problems when half the people in the country absolutely hate the other half of people in that country.”
“This is not a partisan issue, it really is not” Rubio said. “Turn on the news and watch these parliaments around the world where people throw chairs at each other, and punches. And ask yourself ‘how does that make you feel about those countries?’ Doesn’t give you a lot of confidence about those countries.”
Rubio continued, saying the nation and the U.S. Senate is “flirting” with becoming the sort of place where reasonable disagreement and debate is dead.
“We are becoming a society incapable of having debates,” he warned his colleagues.
Criticizing both Republicans and Democrats for contributing to the kind of hyperbolic rhetoric that divides, and noting that he himself is guilty of such words at times, Rubio warned that the floor of the Senate must be a place where that behavior is not tolerated.
“If we lose this body’s ability to conduct debate in a dignified matter … then where in this country is that going to happen? In what other form in this nation is that going to be possible?”
Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.
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