Senator Rubio: “It’s in God’s Hands” & Teddy Roosevelt’s “Man in the Arena”

Theodore Roosevelt, who grew up a sickly boy, became a Medal of Honor winner after charging up San Juan Hill during the Spanish American War leading his troops to victory. In Paris, France on April 23, 1910, former President Theodore Roosevelt gave one of his most famous speeches delivered at the University of Paris (the Sorbonne,) which included this key paragraph:

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. 

It cannot be said that Senator Marco Rubio  --  one of the “Gang of 8” Senators who last month pushed through a highly controversial immigration reform bill through the United States Senate --  is a man who has stayed out of the arena. 

Countless conservative leaders have criticized him in recent weeks for his involvement in the immigration reform effort in the Senate.  Many of these leaders have spent their careers pointing out how the strong man stumbles or have spent their timid lives knowing neither victory nor defeat.  Without a doubt, Senator Rubio has been marred by dust and sweat and blood, but at least  --  unlike many of his critics  --  he strove valiantly to solve a problem which the American people want solved.  Over 70% of the American people want the problem of 11 million illegal immigrants in America solved one way or the other. 

Senator Rubio was asked in a recent CBN News interview as to whether there could be potential negative ramifications from conservatives if he runs for president in 2016 because of the key role he played in passing the Senate immigration reform bill.  Senator Rubio replied:  “Well, the day I start making decisions around here with the mind toward what other office I want to run for, I’ll no longer be very effective.” 

Undoubtedly, when Senator Rubio was the youngest Speaker of the House in the state of Florida, he could have not rocked the boat and eventually become governor or United States Senator without taking much risk.  But again, he saw a need for a real conservative to challenge the liberal Republican incumbent governor after Republican Senator Mel Martinez resigned and eventually he forced the governor to drop his Senate candidacy and he won a landslide victory. 

In his CBN interview, Senator Rubio followed up by saying:  “Whatever is going to happen on this issue, whatever is going to happen with me is what God’s already planned for me. My job is just to be obedient and have faith in that regard and that’s really something like everybody else I struggle with that because the human side wants us to think about the here and now but I think ultimately if you try and approach every issue in life, from the smallest details to a big issues like this with that view point it gives you a sense of peace and calm about you wouldn’t otherwise have.”

Ironically, the best path to the Republican nomination for Senator Rubio is if a border security first-before-legalization bill passes the House of Representatives followed up by a failure to pass any immigration reform bill if the Senate negotiators in the anticipated House/Senate conference refuse to accept such border security first legislation which the American people support. 

Regardless of what happens with immigration reform in the 113th Congress, Senator Marco Rubio is not letting any moss grow beneath his feet.  He has moved on from one major controversial bill to another controversial bill; pro-life legislation which has infuriated liberals.  This week  --  according to “The Weekly Standard’s” Fred Barnes  --  it is anticipated that Senator Rubio will introduce major legislation in the Senate to ban abortions after the unborn child is 20 weeks old.  The legislation has already passed the House of Representatives by a wide margin:  228-196.

Talk about jumping from the frying pan into the fire as President Ronald Reagan constantly did throughout his highly successful eight years in the White House. Senator Rubio is once again stepping into the arena in a very high profile battle over abortion.  Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, said, “There is no one who can articulate this in a better way than he does.  He just is unmatched in his ability to communicate this to a wide audience.” 

“The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” as it is known in the House of Representatives, is unlikely to be brought up for a Senate floor vote in the Democrat-controlled Senate.  However, it is widely anticipated that the Republicans have a good chance of taking control of the Senate in next year’s elections. 

The pro-abortion and highly unpopular ObamaCare bill has been a disaster for Democrat Senators in Red States and more than enough of them are up for reelection next year to switch control to the Republicans.  If so, you can count on a probable victory for Senator Rubio’s “The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” with the huge media attention which Senator Rubio will garner in the battle leading up to the bill’s Senate floor vote. 

And that can’t hurt Senator Rubio’s chances in the arena of the 2016 Republican presidential primaries.