Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), one of the least conservative Republicans in the Senate penned an Op-Ed in The New York Post last month that proves even he can get one right once in awhile. In his extensive essay Rubio points out that Republicans historically have acted in a favorable way to large corporations under the adage that “What’s good for General Motors is good for the country.” However, in the last few decades the corporations have lost sight of their end of the bargain, that they should fulfill their “corporate duty to care for the strength of the nation and its citizens.”
“That bargain has broken down. Many in corporate America feel no obligation to act in the best interest of our country. “
Corporations Have Abandoned Patriotism for Globalism
Senator Rubio expanded his indictment of American corporations acting as “citizens of the world.”, losing any sense of loyalty or obligation the the nation of their founding. “Corporate America began to view these good jobs, families, communities and even the nation as an afterthought. American workers of all backgrounds suffered as a result. Corporate greed annihilated an entire way of life. ” he wrote, adding that
“To help our corporations fulfill their patriotic role, the GOP especially enacted business-friendly policies. We kept tax rates low, slashed red tape where appropriate and limited the reach of labor unions. But somewhere along the line, corporations began prioritizing short-term financial windfalls and ruthless offshoring.”
They Can Hardly Be Called ‘Corporate America’ Anymore
What do you call mega-corporations who have divested themselves of all attachement to their country? One supposes the phrase ‘multi-national’ has finally blossomed fully into it’s full, true meaning. As more major corporations continue to distance themselves from ‘traditional’ American values and curry favor with the Chinese Communists under Xi Jinping or the EU under Angela Merkel they have ceased to be ‘Corporate America’ any longer.
Senator Rubio continued,
“a culture shift followed. It became trendy for executives to view themselves as “citizens of the world.” Love of country, free speech and traditional faith and other bedrock American ideals became unfashionable.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in 2013 reportedly asked Xi Jinping to name his unborn child (Xi declined), and his tech giant would soon adopt the Chinese strongman’s values when it came to free speech.
Today, corporate America routinely flexes its power to humiliate politicians if they dare support traditional values at all.
Multinational firms threaten boycotts over pro-life legislation. Cowardly sports leagues pull events out of states that dare pass legislation they don’t like. Firms like Delta parrot woke talking points, even as they cut deals with China, lending Beijing legitimacy and funding as it commits genocide in Xinjiang. “
Other examples abound, the NBA muzzled Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey for daring to support the ‘Free Hong Kong’ movement and confiscated signs and banners criticizing China from their games only to applaud Major League Baseball‘s decision to strip the All-Star Game from Atlanta in retribution for Georgia’s new election integrity laws. It really has become frightening clear whose side they’re on. It isn’t ours.
Getting Woke Without Enough of Them Going Broke
As racial and letist violence plague our nation, the corporations continue siding with BLM/Antifa and other leftists to avoid costly boycotts and bad press. This is a well established fact, but bafflingly the Republicans in Washington have continued steadfastly to carry their water, with the first significant pushbacks coming in Georgia and Texas who made legislative moves to punish Delta Airlines by stripping their favorable tax status, moves which subsequently failed.
Senator Rubio made some final points that set a path for a seismic change of relationship between Congressional Republicans and American Corporations who have chosen to turn their back on Americans. He set it out with a pretty basic “if-then” formula showing the logical consequences of the Corporations continued poor US citizenship, which they’ve eschewed to be better ‘global citizens’.
“More politicians are realizing what I understand: As our corporate leaders care less and less about the strength of our nation, the policy advice they give lawmakers makes less and less sense for our country.” (reformatted for greater clarity)
- “Cutting corporate taxes, and especially investment taxes, makes sense if US companies are going to invest in American industry.—But if they’re instead prioritizing offshoring operations or simply returning windfalls to shareholders, then policymakers are going to start being more careful in how we structure tax cuts.
- Employer-friendly labor laws make sense in a world where corporate CEOs feel an obligation to their fellow countrymen and workers.—But the logic of resisting labor representation on behalf of corporate management falls apart if an American worker is no different to the corporation than any other input.
- And taking aggressive positions on woke cultural issues that tear at our national fabric might seem like an easy way to avoid boycotts from activists. — But those of us charged with keeping America strong recognize that these positions are the greatest threat to our long-term viability. “
Even Rubio Can Get One Right– And That’s Saying Something
Rubio capped it off with a stern admonition for his fellow Republicans, and coming from someone who brought us a horrificly unconstitutional Red-Flag Gun Confiscation bill proves two things: 1.) More conservative Republicans than him need to grow a proverbial set and speak up… 2.) Even a busted watch is right twice a day.
Let’s not get it twisted, Marco Rubio is a VERY “Squishy” Republican, bordering on a full-blown RINO. But intellectual honesty demands that we give credit where its’ due, and on this one: he’s right. (Authors Note: Thank God I don’t have to vote for him though…)
Rubio Closed Strong Though
“Our nation needs a thriving private economy. And patriotic business leadership has historically underwritten the American Dream. But lawmakers who have been asleep at the wheel for too long, especially within my own party, need to wake up. America’s laws should keep our nation’s corporations firmly ordered to our national common good.
The work of rebuilding — and rebalancing — the relationship between our nation and its large corporations begins today. “
We hope it does begin today, and that this stern talking to from Rubio isn’t just to paraphrase Shakespear “a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more, a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing.”