By Rex Huppke

Marco Rubio is right.
He was right four times during the most recent Republican presidential primary debate, and he has been right a lot more times since: President Barack Obama knows exactly what he’s doing.
And not the good kind of “knows exactly what he’s doing.” The bad, “he’s an evil mastermind hell-bent on destroying America” kind.
On the eve of Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary election, Rubio’s GOP opponents were slamming him for using a campaign talking point over and over and over again.
During Saturday night’s debate, Chris Christie mocked Rubio for repeating some variation of this phrase: “Let’s dispel with this fiction that Barack Obama doesn’t know what he’s doing. He knows exactly what he’s doing.”
Christie implied that Rubio is only capable of parroting canned lines.
I implore all of you to ignore Rubio’s critics and acknowledge that the senator from Florida is absolutely correct. As he told ABC’s “This Week” the day after the debate: “When it comes to what he’s trying to do to America. It’s part of a plan. He has said he wanted to change the country. He’s doing it in a way that’s robbing us of everything that makes us special.”
Look out your windows, people. Look at the smoldering remains of this once-great nation. During Sunday night’s Super Bowl there was an ad featuring a creature that was part puppy, part monkey and part baby — THIS IS NOT THE AMERICA I REMEMBER!!
In a 2008 campaign speech, Obama said: “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” If you view his words completely out of context and are prone to paranoid ideation, that is terrifying.
What’s more terrifying is that Obama followed through.
He has trampled the First Amendment, making it impossible for people like me to write a column like the one you’re presently reading. He also prevented Fox News contributor Monica Crowley from writing in 2013, in a column on the conservative news website The Blaze, that Obama is responsible for “radical wealth redistribution.”
That radical wealth redistribution was conveniently debunked in 2015 when another conservative news website, The Daily Caller, trumpeted: “Income inequality got WORSE under Obama.”
Not only has Obama strangled our First Amendment freedoms, he has forced us to use them in ways that are staggeringly hypocritical.
But the insidiousness that Rubio highlighted — four times during the debate and many times since — doesn’t stop there.
According to, run by the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, Obama also has caused:
–Corporate profits to go up 166 percent (classic socialist move).
–Fifteen million to get health insurance (a radical infringement on our right to die of preventable diseases).
–The unemployment rate to drop from a high of 10 percent during his first year in office to about 5 percent now (way to make having a job seem less special).
He has destroyed education in this country, as evidenced by Rubio saying during a campaign event Sunday: “Barack Obama is the first president, at least in my lifetime, that wants to change the country.”
A 1985 Los Angeles Times story cited Monday on Twitter by Princeton University history professor Kevin Kruse quotes President Ronald Reagan saying “he intends to ‘change America forever’ in the next four years.”
See? Obama has screwed America up so much that even Rubio didn’t know that Reagan (hero) made the same comment as Obama (nation-destroyer).
As if all that wasn’t enough to prove Rubio’s talking point, talking point, talking point, there’s also the fact that Obama has: moved the nation’s capital to the Black Panthers headquarters in Chicago; allowed gay people to get married, bringing on the plague of locusts that destroyed Texas and half of New Mexico; and forced every American to survive on government-issued, gluten-free protein paste distributed via hamsterlike feeding tubes.
Wake up, America. Rubio is right. Obama has transformed this country into an unrecognizable, sad, pathetic, on-fire, bat-infested, immoral, decaying, puppymonkeybaby-loving, sorrowful, steaming, malodorous pile of filthy detritus and broken dreams.
So let’s dispel with (technically that should be “dispense with,” but who cares about word choice when your country has been getting destructioned) this fiction that Barack Obama doesn’t know what he’s doing.
As Rubio said in a fundraising email sent out after the debate, Obama’s “really trying to change this country for the worse.”
And if you repeat that enough times, you’ll start to believe it as well.


(Rex Huppke is a columnist for the Chicago Tribune and a noted hypocrisy enthusiast. You can email him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter at @RexHuppke.)