Monday Musings: Rubio, Iran & presidential politics, A new “iron lady”, Civil War anniversay, Legislative Session and Money, record soccer attendances in Florida

Marco Rubio is among the majority of US Senators skeptical of the Iran Nuclear Deal negotiated by Secretary of State John Kerry and the Obama Administration. Despite Florida’s Junior Senator making error after error in his understanding of foreign policy, this position might actually gain him some traction nationally. When the issue comes to the Senate floor, expect Rubio to be among leaders voicing concerns – with Jeb Bush out of office and tarnished with the Bush name, and Scott Walker a Governor whose few foreign policy statements have been laughable, Rubio has an opportunity to take his Senate standing and leverage it into something more serious on foreign policy. Usually foreign affairs do not decide elections or nominations and candidates running almost exclusively on international affair generally flame out early.  However, President Obama’s handling of global affairs has been so polarizing and even from a liberal perspective questionable on some issues (most notably Russia) that Rubio might just get some traction as a sitting Senator who is talking about foreign affairs as part of a larger platform. – KK @kkfla737

The UK General Election is about a month away and while the major party leaders, Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour (opposition) leader Ed Miliband continue to little to inspire, the Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP), whose ideology consists of wanting Independence for Scotland and various socialist-oriented programs is making waves. Coming off last year’s independence referendum defeat Alex Salmond the longtime party leader stepped down and made way for Nicola Sturgeon — who has turned heads with recent performances. Sturgeon is a tough talking leader who articulates the need for true liberalism and socialism in the same way Margaret Thatcher sold the opposite to Britons:  privatization and conservatism. The SNP seems poised to win enough seats to where Labour might have to make a deal with them to gain power. That might even make Sturgeon the Deputy Prime Minister of the entire UK! Sturgeon is one to watch, especially for someone like me who admires fiery, strong leftist female leadership.  – KK @kkfla737

 

This week will mark the 150th Anniversary of the end of the Civil War. The dispute between states still dominates many a family dinner in Florida and it is important that while with the lens of history we know the progressive and proper thing to do was to support the union, it is important we do not disrespect the ancestors of those who fought and died for the Confederacy in our state. The reality is that slavery was always an abhorrent institution and that secession and the war itself was created by a landed planter aristocracy, but fought by poor people out of local and regional loyalty. These poor people sacrificed in great numbers so those who ruled over them could keep their slaves. Had I been around in those days, I probably would have been a Radical Republican seeking to ensure that Reconstruction prevented the Southern planter class from returning to power. A coalition of poor whites and freed African-Americans, could have formed a populist  movement (as was tried in the 1890’s) had things perhaps been handled more subtly by the radicals. Alas, history tells us Reconstruction was a failure, and Civil Rights did not truly come for another 100 years, because the white planter class was able to use race to convince poor whites to stay in the Democratic Party, and the Republicans quickly became simply an entity made up of freed former slaves and carpetbaggers which eventually faded away in the south. – KK @kkfla737

I have been preparing to say something about the influence of money and lobbyists in this terrible legislative session and still will have a commentary later in the week, but first the Miami Herald’s outstanding Mary Ellen Klas has a breakdown of the influence which all Floridians should read and comprehend. – KK @kkfla737

This past weekend, the state of Florida set attendance records in pro soccer across the board. Orlando, Jacksonville and Fort Lauderdale have all caught soccer fever and Tampa Bay hosts their first home game this Saturday night in St Petersburg. Read my story for World Soccer Talk on Florida’s remarkable record setting attendances here.  – KK @kkfla737

 

 

6 comments

  1. I was at the Strikers game. Amazing crowd, so much energy and fun!

  2. steve ellman · · Reply

    Confederate Surrender Day should be a national holiday. Rub their noses in it.

  3. Your agenda is crystal clear. Build up Rubio though you used to rip him as a counter to Bush whom you hate more.

    Must say it is fun to watch!

  4. Tampa Bay Demo · · Reply

    No love for the Rowdies?

  5. The shotgun Krishnaiyer-Rubio alliance continues.

  6. Kurt Stone · · Reply

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