JEB BUSH: Definitely Not the Way to Go in 2016

Written by Michael Cummings on December 5, 2014

Two words will guarantee a 2016 loss for liberty, and boost the odds of America’s demise: Jeb Bush.

We didn’t win much in last month’s midterm election, did we (that’s not a question). Sure, we may have taken our foot off the gas a bit, perhaps preventing or at least delaying a full-on dictatorship, but it’s clear our Republican “leaders” are nothing of the kind. Only a scant few have the guts to actually stop Obama from further decimating our beloved America. On that note, I’m no longer convinced fear is the thing keeping Republicans from fulfilling their campaign promises.

Until a conservative (not just Republican) majority in the House and Senate is firmly in place, Obamacare is here to stay. Our record debt, currently at $18 trillion and rising, is here to stay. EPA regulations, choking out our coal and other industries, are here to stay. Everything else that stifles innovation and individual liberty is here to stay.
Barack Obama is our most successful president. Tell me, what has Obama set out to do that he has not done? Behold the disaster.

Elections are suppose to counter such disasters, but winning these elections mean nothing if those in office either agree with Obama or are too afraid to act. We just “won” last month and not just a win but a historical butt kicking. So while we might think we can take a breather before firing up the next electoral season, alas, we have to get busy right now. So let’s look to 2016 and the candidates already popping up.

There will be plenty of time to go over the candidates we like, which is a more difficult and engaging process. The easier task is cutting out the ones we don’t like. Which brings me to Jeb Bush and a stark reminder of how we’ve been here before.

At the Wall Street Journal CEO Council this week, Bush made what amounts to remarks regarding candidacy. Below is a brief transcript, but take a look at this 45-second video:
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So I’m thinking about running for president. And, um, I don’t know if I’d be a good candidate or a bad one. I kind of know how a Republican can win, whether it’s me or somebody else, and it has to be much more uplifting, much more positive, much more willing to, you know, to be practical now in Washington-world, lose the primary to win the general without violating your principles.

There’s nothing like pumping up your voter base with white hot desire, intention, and eloquence. I don’t think I’ve been this inspired since drawing #370 at the DMV. I’ll grant that his statements weren’t entirely prepared — no wait, they were prepared. You don’t present yourself before a crowd of any size or type that is expecting you to talk unless you have your words prepared — at least extemporaneously. And this man is our best hope for the presidency?

It’s not just that he sounds either bored, or entitled (akin to Hillary Clinton), but Jeb Bush doubles, triples, and quadruples down on his adoration for amnesty and the federalizing of our children’s education curriculum (Common Core).

I am not in the prediction game; I learned that hard lesson when I predicted Sarah Palin would run — and win — in 2012. But we have but to look at history and see what happens when we raise up as our candidate a man who doesn’t appear to like or respect his voting base and who, in a side-by-side comparison to Hillary Clinton, makes no attempt to separate himself from the competition.

We loyal Republicans plugged our noses and voted for Dole while too many stayed home. We got Bill Clinton. We loyal Republicans plugged our noses and voted for McCain while too many stayed home. We got Barack Obama. We loyal Republicans plugged our noses and voted for Romney while too many stayed home. We got Obama again.

Early on and as loud as we can, if we don’t say no to non-conservatives like Chris Christie, an allegedly revived Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Jeb Bush, and the like, millions more will stay home and we’ll have Hillary or Fauxcahontas Elizabeth Warren as our next Commander In Chief.

Is this a purity test? Yes, because far too long we haven’t properly screened our candidates, and it is way past time we stop letting media organizations like the New York Times (endorsed McCain) and people like Karl Rove (“[Insert RINO candidate name here] is the only one who can win”) tell us who should lead our country .

A true conservative will win. Let him or her come forward and be recognized.



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Michael Cummings
Michael A. Cummings has a Bachelors in Business Management from St. John's University in Collegeville, MN, and a Masters in Rhetoric & Composition from Northern Arizona University. He has worked as a department store Loss Prevention Officer, bank auditor, textbook store manager, Chinese food delivery man, and technology salesman. Cummings wrote position pieces for the 2010 Trevor Drown for US Senate (AR) and 2012 Joe Coors for Congress (CO) campaigns.