Marco Rubio is Lamenting Corporate Greed?
In the aftermath of the 2020 election, Republican lawmakers have effectively been forced to choose sides in a deep split between the old guard in the party represented by the Mitch McConnell’s and the Liz Cheney’s of the party, and the new guard who found a leader in Donald Trump. Among those who recently felt compelled to at least rhetorically adopt more populist messaging and make clear to their constituents that they were in Donald Trump’s corner was Marco Rubio. A politician doing everything they possibly can in a craven attempt to stay relevant and get more power is nothing new, but even I was surprised at the nerve of what Marco Rubio had to say in a recent opinion piece published in The New York Post.
In it, he lamented the fact that corporations seemed to have no sense of obligation to act in the best interest of the country, and were ignoring their duty to care for the strength of the nation and its citizens. He even went so far as to say that corporate greed has “annihilated an entire way of life”.
In essence, his argument boiled down to his dislike for Facebook and social media platforms and his perception of censorship, and implying corporations are a threat to the right wing’s “traditional values”. That said, I found it incredibly telling that he was attempting to adopt populist rhetoric to make his point.
Marco Rubio of all people certainly has a lot of nerve lamenting corporate greed, when lawmakers like him have spent the past 40 years eroding any protections the American people had in the workforce and economy. In his essay, Rubio proudly pointed out the fact that the Republican Party has lessened the influence of unions over the years in the very same piece that he pretends to be perplexed about why these corporations have lost a sense of duty to American workers.
The thing is, I’m not sure Marco Rubio is intelligent or principled enough to understand just how incredibly silly it is to have these points being made by someone like him. As is the case with so many of our lawmakers across both sides of the aisle, they are devoid of any true ideology or honest views. They do not go into politics because they care, or feel strongly about an issue. They go in to politics to be molded carefully into a corporate tool, so that in return for doing the bidding of the donor class they get the money and the power they crave. Corporations have a sense of duty to nothing but the bottom line. I’m sure it has genuinely never occurred to someone like Rubio that the reason they have “abandoned” the American people is because the weakened worker protections and union organizations are no longer there to compel them to treat workers fairly, thanks to politicians like him.
After all, why would he consider any of that when he is paid not to?
Marco Rubio probably hopes to run for President in 2024, hoping to curry favor with a right wing base that seems to find an odd sense of comfort in feeling as though the world is out to get them. Rubio isn’t wrong when lamenting corporate greed and their total disregard for working people, but I’m not sure there’s anyone who buys that argument coming from him.