Does Marco Rubio have a chance in 2016?

It looks like Ted Cruz won't be the sole contender for the GOP nomination for long. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) are both expected to announce their candidacy in the days ahead. Marco Rubio comes with a lot of questions. Does he lean more towards the establishment progressive wing of the party? Or is he a true, small government conservative?

The guys analyzed his potential candidacy on radio:

GLENN: So we were just talking about Rubio. Stu thinks that Rubio has a good chance of winning.

STU: I think he has a legitimate chance of being the Republican nominee.

GLENN: That's because he's Hispanic. He would have the establishment behind him. He has Romney behind him.

STU: He doesn't come off like Jeb Bush where the conservative establishment --

PAT: He's not necessarily repulsive.

STU: He's in the middle.

PAT: He said bad things on immigration and the NSA. But other than that, he's been good.

GLENN: Other than immigration and the NSA --

PAT: I know. That's why he's not my guy.

STU: The immigration one hurts him in the Republican primary. The NSA one, it could go either way honestly. That doesn't necessarily hurt him in the primary.

GLENN: That's amazing.

STU: He would say -- like, he would be the answer to Rand Paul on that particular issue maybe. He's more typical conservative when it comes to defense. However, look at this, he's a young guy. Good-looking guy. Hispanic descent. He's a very good -- again, he's a very good speaker. The guy is really good. He's a good communicator. He has --

PAT: Except for the water speech.

JEFFY: As long as he has enough water.

GLENN: How old is he?

PAT: Forty-two. Somewhere in there.

GLENN: He has lots of time.

PAT: Yeah.

STU: Right. The theory is, he's going to run for only president if he announces because they can't run for both. He's even said on record, he thinks that's the right law. You can't run for two offices. So the theory is that he would run for president. If he loses, he would run for governor in Florida. Which is the job he kind of wants anyway if he's not president.

JEFFY: He'll win that.

STU: I think he would win that. I think that's a legitimate chance. It seems as if the Romney people, when Romney decided he wouldn't run, have gone towards Rubio.

GLENN: Which makes me -- that's Rubio repellant.

STU: It's not a positive point for me on Rubio. Money. Some establishment backing comes from that. And Rubio has a better record than Romney by a pretty significant margin.

GLENN: If you think I ran for president, Mitt Romney would be running my way?

STU: No.

GLENN: Do you think Ted Cruz -- he's not running to Ted Cruz. He's not running to Rand Paul. He's not running to Mike Lee.

STU: You're right.

GLENN: That says something.

STU: Romney was a guy who was very moderate who said he was now a conservative. He hadn't done a lot of conservative things --

GLENN: But he wasn't.

STU: Right. Exactly. Rubio has done a lot of conservative things, he just hasn't been perfect by any means. But he's better than the alternative when it comes to the establishment.

PAT: Jeb Bush for sure. Better than Chris Christie.

STU: When it comes Tea Party versus establishment, I think Rubio has the chance to be the, quote, unquote, establishment guy that might the corner between the two.

GLENN: Have we heard from Scott Walker's people yet?

STU: He's the other guy I think in that area.

GLENN: We've invited him on the show for, what, a month. We're calling them every day, and they just keep losing our phone number. There's something wrong with that. There's something wrong with that. You don't ignore this audience for this long. What is the deal with Scott Walker?

This was one of the first homesteads in the area in the 1880's and was just begging to be brought back to its original glory — with a touch of modern. When we first purchased the property, it was full of old stuff without any running water, central heat or AC, so needless to say, we had a huge project ahead of us. It took some vision and a whole lot of trust, but the mess we started with seven years ago is now a place we hope the original owners would be proud of.

To restore something like this is really does take a village. It doesn't take much money to make it cozy inside, if like me you are willing to take time and gather things here and there from thrift shops and little antique shops in the middle of nowhere.

But finding the right craftsman is a different story.

Matt Jensen and his assistant Rob did this entire job from sketches I made. Because he built this in his off hours it took just over a year, but so worth the wait. It wasn't easy as it was 18"out of square. He had to build around that as the entire thing we felt would collapse. Matt just reinforced the structure and we love its imperfections.

Here are a few pictures of the process and the transformation from where we started to where we are now:

​How it was

It doesn't look like much yet, but just you wait and see!

By request a photo tour of the restored cabin. I start doing the interior design in earnest tomorrow after the show, but all of the construction guys are now done. So I mopped the floors, washed the sheets, some friends helped by washing the windows. And now the unofficial / official tour.

The Property

The views are absolutely stunning and completely peaceful.

The Hong Kong protesters flocking to the streets in opposition to the Chinese government have a new symbol to display their defiance: the Stars and Stripes. Upset over the looming threat to their freedom, the American flag symbolizes everything they cherish and are fighting to preserve.

But it seems our president isn't returning the love.

Trump recently doubled down on the United States' indifference to the conflict, after initially commenting that whatever happens is between Hong Kong and China alone. But he's wrong — what happens is crucial in spreading the liberal values that America wants to accompany us on the world stage. After all, "America First" doesn't mean merely focusing on our own domestic problems. It means supporting liberal democracy everywhere.

The protests have been raging on the streets since April, when the government of Hong Kong proposed an extradition bill that would have allowed them to send accused criminals to be tried in mainland China. Of course, when dealing with a communist regime, that's a terrifying prospect — and one that threatens the judicial independence of the city. Thankfully, the protesters succeeded in getting Hong Kong's leaders to suspend the bill from consideration. But everyone knew that the bill was a blatant attempt by the Chinese government to encroach on Hong Kong's autonomy. And now Hong Kong's people are demanding full-on democratic reforms to halt any similar moves in the future.

After a generation under the "one country, two systems" policy, the people of Hong Kong are accustomed to much greater political and economic freedom relative to the rest of China. For the protesters, it's about more than a single bill. Resisting Xi Jinping and the Communist Party means the survival of a liberal democracy within distance of China's totalitarian grasp — a goal that should be shared by the United States. Instead, President Trump has retreated to his administration's flawed "America First" mindset.

This is an ideal opportunity for the United States to assert our strength by supporting democratic values abroad. In his inaugural address, Trump said he wanted "friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world" while "understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their interests first." But at what point is respecting sovereignty enabling dictatorships? American interests are shaped by the principles of our founding: political freedom, free markets, and human rights. Conversely, the interests of China's Communist Party are the exact opposite. When these values come into conflict, as they have in Hong Kong, it's our responsibility to take a stand for freedom — even if those who need it aren't within our country's borders.

Of course, that's not a call for military action. Putting pressure on Hong Kong is a matter of rhetoric and positioning — vital tenets of effective diplomacy. When it comes to heavy-handed world powers, it's an approach that can really work. When the Solidarity movement began organizing against communism in Poland, President Reagan openly condemned the Soviet military's imposition of martial law. His administration's support for the pro-democracy movement helped the Polish people gain liberal reforms from the Soviet regime. Similarly, President Trump doesn't need to be overly cautious about retribution from Xi Jinping and the Chinese government. Open, strong support for democracy in Hong Kong not only advances America's governing principles, but also weakens China's brand of authoritarianism.

After creating a commission to study the role of human rights in U.S. foreign policy, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote last month that the principles of our Constitution are central "not only to Americans," but to the rest of the world. He was right — putting "America First" means being the first advocate for freedom across the globe. Nothing shows the strength of our country more than when, in crucial moments of their own history, other nations find inspiration in our flag.

Let's join the people of Hong Kong in their defiance of tyranny.

Matt Liles is a writer and Young Voices contributor from Austin, Texas.

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