Marco Rubio (R-FL), claims to love freedom:

I just think in America we should have the freedom to teach our children whatever it is we believe.

But he also thinks American citizens should not have the "freedom" to travel to other countries, because certain "freedoms" aren’t really "freedoms" if anyone you don’t like could concievably benefit:

"U.S. law clearly bans tourism to Cuba by American citizens because it provides money to a cruel, repressive and murderous regime. Since their inception, the Obama Administration’s ‘people to people’ cultural exchange programs have been abused by tourists who have no interest in the Cuban people’s freedom and either don’t realize or don’t care that they’re essentially funding the regime’s systematic trampling of people’s human rights."

Forget about the merits of his argument (he is wrong) – the United States prevents its citizens from visiting no country other than Cuba. Yet, according to Freedom House, the following countries are worse than Cuba or equally repressive:

North Korea, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Sudan, Ecuatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Syria, Somalia, Belarus, Chad, China, Laos, South Ossetia.

You can go to any of these countries; or at least, with the permission of those countries. The United States will not prohibit you from going. I know plenty of people who have been to China. My wife went to Belarus when she was in grad school.

If an American’s freedom to travel to any country that would have them is less important than the (wholly speculative and probably non-existent) support for repression derived from leaving dollars behind in repressive nations, I eagerly await Marco Rubio call for bans on travel and trade between the United States and these countries. And presumably he’ll be refunding his iPhone, built with repressed Chinese labor:

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