Monday, March 14, 2016

GOP primary voters in Florida, Marco Rubio is a threat: two reasons why ... by gimleteye

Marco Rubio is unqualified to be President of the United States.

Consider: the U.S. Defense Department states that climate change is a "threat multiplier". Marco claims to be concerned about "jobs". It's his number one priority. The threat multiplication to your job from climate change is infinite.

That doesn't trouble Marco Rubio. How can Rubio fail to acknowledge climate change threatens every job in South Florida? A threat builds up over time. Rationale people address threats before threats turn into irresolvable crises. Not in the future. Now. Marco Rubio says, he will "mitigate" our way around climate change.

The corruption in Rubio's logic -- "trust me to figure out how to deal with substantive issues in the future" -- is exposed by a dismal history on another policy area that affects every Floridian: the destruction of state water resources.

Consider Big Sugar, Marco Rubio's major source of finance for his stalled campaign. Rubio defends the corporate welfare embedded in the Farm Bill, benefiting his campaign supporters, as a matter of "national security". That is preposterous. Climate change is a matter of national security. Not a subsidy for sugar -- that Rubio mislabels in speeches as a "food".

The billionaire Fanjuls (Flo Sun/ Florida Crystals) and descendants of the Mott fortune (US Sugar Corporation) are his security, not national security. Excess sugar is a poison. It poisons people -- through annual trillion dollar health care costs -- poisons democracy -- through the deformation of equitable campaign finance -- and poisons the Everglades. And not just the Everglades: nearly every waterway in Florida has been crushed by the failure of regulation to protect people, property, and natural resources.

Marco Rubio claims he is against government choosing winners and losers, but Rubio's support of Big Sugar in Florida and against proactive measures to veer away from climate change impacts is making losers of us all.

There are many other reasons to deny your vote to Marco Rubio on Tuesday. No mas, Marco. We've seen enough.

Context Florida FEBRUARY 3, 2016

During his visit to the United States in September, Pope Francis told the American people that “climate change is a problem which can no longer be left to our future generation. When it comes to the care of our common home, we are living at a critical moment of history.”

Nowhere does this message resonate more than in Florida, where our communities are already experiencing the effect of climate change in our own backyards.

That’s why the Florida Council of Churches, where I serve as executive director, is one of the many religious bodies calling on our elected officials and candidates to set and reach bold targets for powering America with clean energy.

We are doing so because the principles and traditions of our faiths call on us to make a moral and spiritual stand on climate change. We believe our leaders must make the moral choice to protect the earth and the most vulnerable among us.

A recent report found that Florida has more private property at risk from climate change than any other state. By 2030, $69 billion worth of coastal property not currently at risk will be subject to flooding from sea level rise. The flooding will hurt tourism and agriculture, cost jobs, damage water supplies, and threaten Floridians’ health.

But much of these effects can be prevented in Florida –and around the world — if our political leaders take action. Religious bodies representing people of two dozen faiths — including Baptists, Catholics, Jews, Sikhs, Buddhists and many others — have signed an Interfaith Declaration on Climate Change. It recognizes that we are “destabilizing the global climate system, heating the Earth, acidifying the oceans, and putting both humanity and all living creatures at unacceptable risk.”

It also declares that “strong action on climate change is imperative by the principles and traditions of our faiths and the collective compassion, wisdom and leadership of humanity.”

This is a powerful call to action — and it’s one that Floridians of every faith should embrace. We already have the solutions to help tackle the problem and to meet a goal of powering the country with more than 50 percent clean energy by 2030. We can help vulnerable people and communities survive and thrive. We can create sustainable jobs while cutting pollution and protecting our children’s health. We can establish America’s global leadership on climate and clean energy. But what’s missing is strong political leadership.

Interfaith leaders are grateful for the actions taken to date, including President Barack Obama’s powerful executive leadership and the global climate agreement signed in Paris.

But we now have to seize this momentum and solidify America’s leadership on climate action in the weeks and months ahead. As Pope Francis reminded us, we must make the moral choice on climate to safeguard the most vulnerable and protect our common home.

We can do something to protect our communities — we can unite as a global family threatened by a common danger to urge political leaders to take decisive action and pursue the solutions we know already exist.


The Rev. Dr. Russell L. Meyer is the Executive Director of the Florida Council of Churches. Column courtesy of Context Florida.


Anonymous said...


Psalms 46:10

Dear Beloved God in Heaven,

Please give us a president that loves this country and everything it stands for.
Please give us a president who respects you as the one true God.
Please give us a president who will, with your help, restore this nation to its former glory, the way you created her.

Please help us to respect what you have given to us and not take anything for granted ever again.
Please God, weaken the evil and strengthen the good, both within and without. May our eyes be opened.
In Jesus' name, Amen.

God Bless America

“Friends, you are free to forward this prayer to all of your fellow Christians and urge them to read it, then pass it on. As never before in the history of this country has this plea been so vital.”

In God we trust.

Anonymous said...

@ Anon. above: I heard and I obey. Sincerely yours, The Flying Spaghetti Monster

Geniusofdespair said...

Really do you think God blesses America? I seriously doubt it.

Anonymous said...

Thanks to the first Anon for being brave enough to not be politically correct. Genius, he's not saying God blesses America, he's asking God to bless America. I concur.

gw said...

Not trying to be disrespectful but I would rather see Congress work with the next president and stop the penny ante bullshit they have pulled for the past 7+ years than worry about God blessing this country.

There is too much so-called god in this country as it is and it is a divisive force.

Anonymous said...

I hope he gives us Hillary Clinton. I am exhausted already. She is a centrist, will calm things down and give us a chance to exhale.

Anonymous said...

61% of voters say they don't trust Hillary.

Anonymous said...

You mean to tell me they trust Trump instead?

Anonymous said...

People don't understand the nature of power. If a candidate is abrasive and unconcerned about people and voters during the campaign, what in the world do you think he is going to be like when he gets in power? If he is rich and does not need any money from anyone, who will check him and keep him from doing stupid things to the country and the world? Presidents are always beholden to tons of people financially, this need for money and input from others helps to keep their power in check, and makes them responsive to all kinds of groups and people. With no need for money from others to get elected, coupled with the massive power of the presidency, the only thing that keeps us from a dictatorship is congress. Individual voters and people will mean absolutely nothing to him. We are at an interesting crossroads. Do you want wealthy people to be politicians too? If so, how will this shift change governance, and our particular type of democracy? What happens to the concept of responsiveness to individual people? Will the politician who begs everyone who walks in the door disappear, being replaced by rich elites?

Just Saying said...

WOW! Where Do I Start

God Bless America? I think I sung that in grade school, while the Vietnamese were getting Napalmed, and 55,000 Americans lost their lives so today we can have relations with communist government there?

I'll agree that Marco isn't qualified to be El Presidente but neither was Obama so what's your point?

Last Anon being rich is neither a qualification or disqualification for being President. Being deceitful, dishonest, disingenuous and amoral seem to be the traits the American people prefer.

Anonymous said...

It is the sum of financial power and political power that is the threat. But you have to see it to understand it.