New Marco Rubio ad shows what his true agenda really is: a right wing Christian theocracy.
Never mind secular political issues like immigration, gun control, voting rights, monetary policy, taxes, or foreign relations. Marco Rubio has just revealed his real agenda: God.
The 44-year old Florida freshman U.S. Senator this week gained the endorsement of evangelical megachurch Pastor Rick Warren, who has strong sway over Christians, especially Southern Baptists. Influential far right wing fanatic and Fox News contributor Erick Erickson noted the importance, crediting Rubio's direcotr of faith outreach, the former head of the anarchistic Manhattan Declaration organization, Eric Teetsel:
Big gets for Rubio: Wayne Grudem and Rick Warren. That’s the @EricTeetsel magic right there.— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) January 6, 2016
Rubio isn't stopping with the Warren endorsement. He just released a new ad, titled, "Faith."
"Our goal is eternity, the ability to live alongside our Creator and for all time, to accept the free gift of salvation offered to us by Jesus Christ. The struggle on a daily basis as a Christian is to remind ourselves of this," Rubio says in the new ad. It will air starting this weekend in the all-important Iowa, where the "first-in-the-nation" caucuses will be held February 1.
"The purpose of our life is to cooperate with God’s plan, to those who much has been given much is expected and we will be asked to account for that. Were your treasures stored up on earth or in Heaven and to me I try to allow that to influence me in everything that I do."
Rubio's making clear he won't be a president the way Donald Trump or Ted Cruz or Jeb Bush or even Mike Huckabee would be.
His ad offers nothing except pandering to Christians, only, and only Christians who think religion should have an important seat at the political table.
Rubio, unlike Rand Paul, is in an all-or-nothing race for the White House (Rubio is not seeking re-election when his term is up next January.)
This is a huge gamble, attempting to grab the white evangelical vote from Trump and Cruz, who have already locked much of it down.
The New York Times notes "some Christian conservatives remain wary, in part because of his ties to the New York financier Paul Singer, one of the biggest contributors to efforts to legalize gay marriage." That shouldn't concern them, given that Rubio's voting record proves he is a "hard core conservative," and an exceptionally anti-gay Republican.
Rightly observing that "candidates like Rubio run ads like these because they work," Americablog's Jon Green notes "a significant chunk of Republican voters in Iowa (and throughout the country, for that matter)" are not "as concerned with whether Rubio’s tax plan is regressive so long as they trust that he had Jesus on his mind when his team put the plan together."
This ad should actually frighten even the most devout Christians, because it says he will be a President and Commander-in-Chief who uses the word of God to govern, and that his goal is, in fact, to be with God "for all time."
Image: Screenshot via Marco Rubio/YouTube