Florida Senator Marco Rubio delivered a rousing speech on the Senate floor this week, addressing the current situation in Cuba.
The first lesson we need to take away from [Cuba] is that Marxism, socialism, doesn’t work. The way socialism, the way Marxism has always worked, the way it’s always empowered itself, is it goes to the people and immediately divides them. It says there is an oppressor class and that there is this victim class and these evil oppressors, capitalists, in the case of socialism or traditional Marxism, they oppress the victims.
What [victims] have to do is… you have to give us the power in government to take care of these oppressors, to go after these oppressors. And if you give us that power, we will deliver you security; we will protect you from the oppressors. They ask for security in exchange for freedom. That is always the price that socialism asks for: security. And what you wind up with is a country of people that hate each other, that are angry at each other. A significant portion of the people in the country have to leave, have to flee, go to jail because they are the oppressor class, their lives are destroyed, their family lives are destroyed.
But socialism can’t deliver the security. And when it can’t deliver the security, you don’t get your freedom back. And in fact, when you start to complain about that, that is when the repression comes. That’s what’s happened in Cuba.
Very inspiring. Rubio rails against socialist regimes’ practice of conning people into trading away their freedoms for the promise of security. It’s reminiscent of Benjamin Franklin’s famous quote, “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
There’s only one problem with the lessons Senator Rubio draws from what’s happening in Cuba. He’s pushing similar false promises here by trying to get Americans to trade away some of their freedoms for a false sense of security.
Back in February, Sen. Rubio reintroduced S.183, the Terror Intelligence Improvement Act bill. As he boasted in a press release . . .
After the terrorist attack at Pulse nightclub, I made a promise to improve our laws to make it more difficult for evil people to get ahold of guns. This bill is a common-sense measure that would help ensure criminals, terrorists, and others seeking to take innocent lives are not able to acquire firearms, while also protecting the due process and Second Amendment rights of innocent, law-abiding Americans.
The Terror Intelligence Improvement Act would notify the FBI and Joint Terrorism Task Force when someone on the terrorist watch list list attempts to buy a firearm. The Attorney General could then decide whether or not to delay the purchase or even prevent it.
Give up some of your freedom and I’ll give you more security.
Senator Rubio is a big fan of giving the federal law enforcement and security apparatus veto power over who can exercise their gun rights.
He wants to have Americans stripped of their ability to purchase firearms if they find themselves on government watch lists. Lists that aren’t open to the public, lists that are compiled by un-elected bureaucrats, lists that can be used to control and destroy anyone that the government and those in charge deem as an enemy of the state. Or as some in government could designate, a domestic terrorist.
This is a system that is ripe for partisan abuse by unaccountable politicians and faceless bureaucrats.
It’s also exactly how the Cuban government operates. The Cuban Secret Police, the G2, maintain a number of lists. They catalog, track, and rank the people on a threat matrix. From there, they harass them by limiting the social services they can access, deny them jobs and education, or simply scoop them up in the middle of the night to never be heard from again.
— CUBADECIDE (@CUBADECIDE) July 12, 2021
An American terror watch list is a tool that can be used in a similar fashion. Even CNN has detailed some of the Keystone cop-style screw-ups involved in the nation’s current terror watch list.
Sen. Ted Kennedy told the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2004 that he had been stopped and interrogated on at least five occasions as he attempted to board flights at several different airports. A Bush administration official explained to the Washington Post that Kennedy had been held up because the name “T. Kennedy” had become a popular pseudonym among terror suspects.
On the same day Kennedy revealed his flight troubles, civil rights icon and longtime Rep. John Lewis revealed he, too, had been snarled by the watchlist dragnet. According to his office, the Georgia Democrat had over the course of a year been held up 35 to 40 times. Despite reaching out to a number of federal agencies over that period, Lewis’ name had remained on a list.
Those were high ranking federal officials who found themselves snagged by what were probably bureaucratic snafus. What chance does the average citizen have to straighten out a similar problem? Or find out if they’re on a list to begin with? Or why?
But here we have Sen. Marco Rubio advocating that people who finds themselves on a secret government list is stripped of their constitutional right to keep and bear arms.
As a Cuban American, I find fellow Cuban American Sen. Rubio dishonest and distasteful. He is an authoritarian who wraps himself in the banner of liberty and uses it to hide his true intentions.
Rubio pontificates on the horrors of the Cuban socialist system and the oppression of the people there while pushing for some of the very same practices here. He doesn’t oppose the boot of oppression, he’s just upset that he’s not the one who wears it.
This isn’t the first time that Rubio has pushed this kind of Big Brother gun control. He’s been doing this his entire political career. He is no friend of the Second Amendment or the Constitution. He is an estafador and will sell you security as he steals your liberty and freedom.
Luis Valdes is the Florida Director for Gun Owners of America.