He's not up for re-election for another 56 months. But Marco Rubio's Senate career virtually ended this week.
Rubio's cowardice was on full display on February 21, one week after the Majory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre. What would you expect from the man who said it was "Florida's turn" for a gun massacre hours after the Pulse nightclub massacre less than 2 years ago? The problem for him and the rest of the NRA darlings is that there's no longer any place to hide on the issue of guns. All the ideologically approved slogans have outlived their shelf lives. Guns don't kill people. To stop a bad man with a gun you need a good man with a gun. Mass shootings are proof that the issue is one of mental illness, not the easy availability of combat weapons. "Gun-free zones" attract gun rampages. And these deaths are the price we pay for freedom. Every one of the shibboleths you hear when these tragedies unfold are finally being seen as the empty, hypocritical expressions of a profit-addicted gun lobby. Their time might be up. Throw the creeps out!
The effort to produce explicitly Christian license plates in Florida failed. But the effort by the Sons of Confederate Veterans to have a plate produced in the Sunshine State is going forward following a legal victory. While I find a plate with a Confederate flag to be in poor taste, I agree that it does not violate the state or federal Contitution. Apparently, Sons of Confederate Veterans has successfully established Confederate plates in nine other states. So I expect this proposed plate in Florida to go into production soon.
And I like the prospect of plates that reflect my rebellious political beliefs. So if, say, New York State ever approved a 'Choose Life' plate, I would lobby Planned Parenthood to sponsor a 'Family Planning' plate. It's only fair. The 'Choose Life' plates are knocking on our door. Pennsylvania and Connecticut both offer them.
Five years ago, Planned Parenthood sponsored plates in Montana and Hawaii. The Hawaii plate failed to attract the required 150 customers. The Montana plate is still in production. The Montana plate is not as subversive as my 'Family Planning' idea. It has the more diplomatic phrase, "Pro-Family, Pro-Choice".