Marco Rubio Gives the Greatest Pro-Life Speech in a Generation

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Marco Rubio always seems to follow Peter’s four word advice about speech-giving: “Crack jokes. Tell stories.” It’s a rarity in the Senate, where so many are in love with the sounds of their own voices. But the principles that undergird these words are the key element, the aspect so often sorely lacking in political speeches today.

  1. Robert Promm

    He needs some manners though.  Who is “she” who introduced him?  Etiquette requires that if the person is in the room you use the name and not the pronoun.

  2. Chazzy Star

    I’m thinking it’s Kelly Ayotte from New Hampshire.  He said Kelly and she’s pro-life.  

  3. Mothership_Greg
    Robert Promm: He needs some manners though.  Who is “she” who introduced him?  Etiquette requires that if the person is in the room you use the name and not the pronoun. · 7 minutes ago

    He refers to her as Kelly just prior to the two minute mark.  Kelly Ayotte.  Tsk tsk, tut tut.

  4. Mothership_Greg

    This is a great speech, everyone watch and share.

  5. Ben Domenech
    C
    Robert Promm: He needs some manners though.  Who is “she” who introduced him?  Etiquette requires that if the person is in the room you use the name and not the pronoun. · 39 minutes ago

    Indeed, it was Kelly Ayotte. What are you, etiquette cop?

  6. Pilli

    I can proudly say, “That’s my Senator.” 

    I compare him to Florida’s other Senator, Bill Nelson.  Nelson is not my Senator.

  7. Valiuth

    Well I look forward to having the choice of picking him to be the Republican Nominee for President. My great fear will be that he will run against Chris Christie and I will be paralyzed by indecision. 

  8. Steven Potter

    With all the heated back and forth in this primary about this or that candidate pandering on conservative principles, it’s reassuring to see that we have politicians that do get it.  It was an excellent speech.

  9. concerned citizen

    Bravo, bravo, bravo!  Clear, powerful, passionate, and I loved how he encouraged everyone on the pro-life side to not shy away from this fight.  There is so much that one could comment on but this part brought tears to my eyes:

    “An unborn child can’t vote.  An unborn child can’t speak.  Actually, they can.  You speak for them.  That’s what you are.  In this competition between two competing sets of rights, you are the voice for children who cannot speak for themselves.”

  10. Ken Burns

    It was a wonderful speech.  I would normally have wanted him to stay in the Senate longer, but having him as the VP candidate would help make him “next in line” and that would be a good thing.  If Obama is defeated, as VP Rubio would preside over the Senate and break ties.  If Obama is reelected, Rubio is still in the Senate……

  11. Ben Domenech
    C

    Those close to Rubio say he’d prefer to be Jesse Helms, not an early Veep pick. We’ll see.

  12. Mama Toad
    concerned citizen: Bravo, bravo, bravo!  Clear, powerful, passionate, and I loved how he encouraged everyone on the pro-life side to not shy away from this fight.  There is so much that one could comment on but this part brought tears to my eyes:

    “An unborn child can’t vote.  An unborn child can’t speak.  Actually, they can.  You speak for them.  That’s what you are.  In this competition between two competing sets of rights, you are the voice for children who cannot speak for themselves.” · 17 minutes ago

    I have of late been using a phrase for those young people especially who speak for the unborn: the “66%” — the 66% of their generation not killed by abortion. We need to stand up for the unborn. We are the 66%.

  13. billy
    Ben Domenech: Those close to Rubio say he’d prefer to be Jesse Helms, not an early Veep pick. We’ll see. · 24 minute

    I hope so. The VP slot would be a waste of his talents.

  14. heyjude

    I shared this on my facebook page. Best thing I’ve watched in a long time! 

  15. DocJay

    Just a wonderful shining light in the ever darkening dream of GOP politics.  2016 Rubio.

  16. Aaron Miller

    You can’t possibly be saying that those children [orphans, unwanted children, etc] should also be eliminated.

    Yet even Rubio succumbs to euphemisms.

    Killing a child in the womb is a brutal act. Brutality should be condemned as bluntly as possible. Don’t even say “abortion”. It’s killing a child.

    Left to nature, it will become a person.

    Don’t ever say that. That concedes that an unborn child is not a person, which is incorrect.

    How we define a person grows and recedes as that person matures and diminshes in old age. Just as an old man breathing his final breaths, unable to speak or move, is still a person, a child who cannot yet speak or think is also a person.

    There is nothing a month-old human baby can do that an adult chimpanzee cannot, yet it should go without question that the baby’s life is more valuable than the chimp’s. Our worth is not derived from what we can do. It is inherent, with God’s love.

    Anyway, I’m thankful that Rubio speaks for the children. Killing an innocent is not an acceptable way to avoid any hardship.

  17. Michael Kellogg
    Valiuth: Well I look forward to having the choice of picking him to be the Republican Nominee for President. My great fear will be that he will run against Christ Christie and I will be paralyzed by indecision.  · 3 hours ago

    Read about Christie’s poor decisions on judicial appointments and you may not have that fear anymore.

  18. Ken Burns
    billy

    Ben Domenech: Those close to Rubio say he’d prefer to be Jesse Helms, not an early Veep pick. We’ll see. · 24 minute

    I hope so. The VP slot would be a waste of his talents. · 1 hour ago

    Being VP would be a waste of his talents.  But being VP would elevate him to the likely nominee in 2020.  Being the VP nominee on a losing 2012 ticket would elevate him to the likely nominee in 2016.  

  19. Aaron Miller

    One more point on personhood, since that’s what this debate really revolves around.

    Personhood is not an objective trait. It is relational. Personhood is “who” a person is. Though certain aspects of a person’s character are constant, those aspects are important or unimportant depending on who you ask.

    “Who is so-and-so?” He’s a father or son. He’s a friend or colleague. He’s a good man, or a selfish man, or an impatient man. He’s a New Yorker, a Texan or a Turk. He’s a liberal or a conservative.

    How we answer “who” changes depending on the circumstances… on who is asking and why. The more mature and experienced a person, the more possible answers one might provide.

    The question of personhood as relates to abortion is really about what grants a being a right to life.

    I would respond that the right to life — inherent human value — does not derive from one’s actions or any quality which emerges during maturation before or after birth. Our value comes from without, not from within. We are each inherently precious because we are uniquely loved creations and adopted children of God.

  20. EThompson
    Brian Watt

    Valiuth: Well I look forward to having the choice of picking him to be the Republican Nominee for President. My great fear will be that he will run against Christ Christie and I will be paralyzed by indecision.  · 25 minutes ago

    Look I like Christie, too…but he’s hardly the Messiah. :-) · 3 hours ago

    Particularly as he supported the Ground Zero mosque.

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