A Rebuke to Marco RubioSubmitted by Andrew Jetton on Sat, 08/03/2013 - 16:30
In response to the July 31 Senate debate and vote concerning Rand Paul's Egyptian aid amendment (the three parts of Sen. Paul's floor speech can be viewed here, here, and here), I emailed my Republican Senator, Marco Rubio...
Dear Senator Rubio,
As a constituent, and a local Republican Party official, I am disappointed in your July 31 vote to table Senator Rand Paul's attempt to cut off military aid to Egypt. I watched the floor debate with interest, and raise the following points:
1. Republicans must stand for the rule of law. If Federal law requires that military aid to Egypt be cut off in response to the recent coup, then that law must be obeyed now, not weeks, months, or years from now.
2. Republicans must stand for liberty. In light of Egypt's history over the past 35 years, the weaponry purchased by the funds given to the military junta will likely be used against those in Egypt who are bold enough to express their desire for freedom. It is inconsistent to espouse liberty at home while funding tyranny abroad.
3. Republicans must stand for fiscal restraint. Given our mounting national debt, and given the ongoing turmoil in Egypt, it makes little sense to borrow $1.5 billion from one potential adversary (China), only to send that money to another potential adversary (Egypt). It was always unwise and inappropriate to fund client-state dictatorships, and now it is unaffordable as well.
As I ponder the consecutive GOP losses in Presidential elections, I eagerly look forward to a return to conservative principles in 2016. I will remember votes on issues such as Egyptian military aid as I discuss with my fellow Republicans which Presidential candidate can best champion the principles of liberty, rule of law, and fiscal restraint.
Andrew Samuel Jetton
Republican Precinct Committeeman
Precinct 216, DeLand, Volusia County
In the aftermath of the vote, please call or write to your Senators (on the roll call, "Nay" is a pro-Paul vote); express thanks for a "Nay" and respectful disagreement toward a "Yea" (the goal is not to vent, but to influence the Senator's future behavior). Please post your letter or email here, so that others will be encouraged to contact their Senators. Rand Paul shrewdly forced a floor debate and vote on this issue, so let's not let this opportunity go to waste. Thank you, Liberty patriots.