By Javier Manjarres
In advance of Monday’s federal holiday, Senator Marco Rubio acknowledged the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stating that his Dr. King’s “accomplishments continue to shape our society and drive the progress of our nation.”
Rubio said that MLK day marks the “peaceful beginning of a new presidential term” and “day of unity rather than division.” But a large dark cloud looms over this inauguration, as the division in this country is impossible to ignore. President Barack Obama’s perpetual campaign is dividing Americans along numerous fault lines and is seeking to destroy his political opposition rather than work in the interest of all Americans. His second term is sure to be four more years of Executive Orders, reckless domestic spending, an incoherent and dangerous foreign policy, and suffocating regulations that will further hamstring the private sector- any progress the American Economy makes in the next four years will be in spite of the efforts of Obama’s concerted efforts to downsize the private economy.
Rubio’s statement also took the opportunity to call attention to the “rampant human rights abuses” that occur on a daily basis in the “repressive governments” of countries such as Cuba, China, Syria and Venezuela. Rubio and his wife Jeanette have been outspoken advocates for the abolishment of “modern day slavery” and the ongoing human trafficking epidemic in his native Miami and elsewhere. (Video-Rubio on Human Trafficking)
Rubio’s complete statement on Martin Luther King Jr. -
“This weekend, I join all Americans in honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a man whose accomplishments continue to shape our society and drive the progress of our nation. While there is still work to be done to ensure that all Americans have access to the tools necessary for success, Dr. King would doubtlessly be proud of the breadth of opportunities available today to men and women of all different backgrounds, starting at the top with our President.
“On Monday, we will not only reflect on the life of Dr. King, but will also gather in unity to mark the peaceful beginning of a new presidential term. This is a tradition special to our country, because it is a day for unity rather than divisions. If Dr. King were able to gather on the National Mall alongside Americans of all different backgrounds as we celebrate the promise that our nation holds, he would see his legacy play out before his eyes.
“Still, this day is much more than this. We must continue promoting the dignity of all people in our international human rights agenda. There is much work to be done overseas in nations such as Cuba, China, Syria and Venezuela, where tyrants and repressive governments commit rampant human rights abuses on their own people. In our own country, we must continue working to abolish modern day slavery that exists in the form of human trafficking. I promise to press on in the months and years ahead to seek solutions to these problems.
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