There are moments in politics that really make you shake your head in disgust, and throw your hands up in the air in frustration. Tonight, the media circus that surrounded Senator Elizabeth Warren being shut down due to her impugning Attorney General Jeff Sessions may have been one of those moments.
Florida Senator Marco Rubio watched this proceedings with some dismay as well, but instead of becoming angry and responding with attacks, he took to the floor to speak sense, understanding, and peace.
"One of the great freedoms of our nation is the ability to come forward and have debates," said Rubio. "But the Founders, framers, those who established this institution and guided it for over two centuries understood that that debate was impossible if in fact the matters became of a personal nature."
"Turn on the news and watch these parliaments around the world where people throw chairs at each other, and punches, and ask yourself how does that make you feel about those countries," continued Rubio. "Doesn't give you a lot of confidence about those countries. Now I'm not arguing that we're anywhere near that here tonight...but we're flirting with it. We're flirting with it in this body, and we're flirting with it in this country."
Rubio goes on to talk about how debate has reached a point where the moment an idea is offered from one side, it's automatically given a malicious motive by the other.
"I'm telling you guys, we are reaching a point in this Republic when we can't solve the simplest of issues because everyone is putting themselves in a corner where everyone hates everybody." said Rubio.
Rubio urges his colleagues to conduct business and debates with a mutual respect for one another, despite their disagreements, or face a future where no debates can occur due to the unmitigated hatred his colleagues will have with one another, and be ineffective in their jobs as representatives of the people.