Does this bother anyone but me?

In the first speech Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio gave on the floor of the U.S. Senate, in June, he said: “We should never forget who we Americans are. Every single one of us is the descendant of  go-getter. Of dreamers and of believers. Of men and women who took risks and made sacrifices because they wanted their children to live better off than themselves.” Okay so far, except for the poor grammatical construction of the final clause. But then he continues: “And so, whether they came here on the Mayflower, on a slave ship, or on an airplane from Havana, we are all descendants of the men and women who built here the nation that saved the world.”

I wonder if the people brought over on the slave ships saw it that way.

And “saved the world”? From what?


7 Responses to “Does this bother anyone but me?”

  1. January 10, 2012 at 3:11 am

    I have this theory about politicians and others who rise to positions of great power–and it’s not true for all but for many. It’s very simple: it’s much easier to get to the top, to a place where you can pronounce on how others live (then hold them accountable for not behaving in a way which strengthens their power), if you have no empathy or conscience.

  2. 3 Miss Bessy
    January 10, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Be proud of you country missy. WWI we saved the world. WWII we saved the world. The cold war we saved the world. Bin Laden’s death, we saved the world from the worst terrorist ever. Call me an idiot if you will, but I agree with Rubio. Whenever one new person is free, they have been saved.

    • January 10, 2012 at 3:28 pm

      I’m not negating our contribution in worthy causes; I’m also not forgetting the roles we’ve played in colonizing, manipulating, and bullying other countries into doing what we think they should do. And regardless of those contributions, the statement that the people who came over on slave ships did so so that they could make a better life for their children is ignorant, offensive, and condescending.

    • 5 guardo
      January 10, 2012 at 9:10 pm

      Why call you an idiot when presumptuous, insolent dunce is available. Do you have any idea of the terrible sacrifice made by the English, the French, the Canadians, the Australians—the Soviets!—in these wars. WE saved the world? Ignorance like yours stains this country.

      Do you actually want to line up with this imbecile Rubio in suggesting that black Africans—the CARGO on those ships, brought here as slaves—wanted to come so their kids could do better!!!!??

      • 6 Miss Bessy
        January 13, 2012 at 9:58 am

        All Im saying is even slaves were dreamers and of believers. And many of them also took risks and made sacrifices because they wanted their children to live better off than themselves. Some escaping, some fighting for the north and some working hard and even running for office during the early years after the civil war before the democrats got back in power in the south and kept them from voting. If you you go back far enough many of us come from slaves, heck even the man who planted the seed for our country “John Smith” was once a slave. But that does not discount what he did after he was a slave or his dreams and hopes he had while a slave. Or the fact that he escaped and worked to make his dreams come true. And sure other countries have worked with us and made sacrifice but that does no way belittle what we have done.

  3. January 30, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    A yeah this is a wild dude .

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