Jeb Bush, son of the man who began the downhill slide of the Republican Party by going back on his no-new-taxes pledge — and brother of the man who continued where his father left off by using “compassionate conservatism” to push the U.S. to the edge of the financial cliff and thereby teeing things up for a Marxist to win the presidency in 2008 — has long been hailed as perhaps the most popular Republican in the country.
They say the apple never falls far from the tree, so many of us have been perplexed as to how, considering his lineage, Jeb Bush has managed to become an advocate of small-government, low taxes, and free-market principles. Answer: He hasn’t. In an interview with Bloomberg View on Monday, Bush came out of the closet and made it clear that he is, in fact, very close to the Bush’s RINO tree.
Just at a time when Republicans are trying to figure out how in the world they can bring their newest liberal presidential candidate — an android who refers to Barack Obama as “a nice guy” and “repudiates” any ad that tells the truth about his opponent’s connection to Rev. Wright — into line, Jeb Bush is now calling for a more moderate Republican Party. It’s enough to make a Tea Party person switch to coffee. Or, better, switch to a new party.
In his Bloomberg interview, former Florida governor Bush said his father and Ronald Reagan would not have agreed with today’s GOP, because it’s been moving too far to the right and “following a strict adherence to ideology.”
How terrible. Imagine believing in smaller government, lower taxes, less regulation, and more freedom for individuals so strongly that you refuse to compromise with those who believe in bigger government, higher taxes, more regulation, and less freedom for individuals. Heresy!
Bush went on to say, “Back to my Dad’s time or Ronald Reagan’s time, they got a lot of stuff done with a lot of bipartisan support that right now would be difficult to imagine happening.” Right, bring on the old days when the Demopublicans stuck together like a tight-knit club and joked with one another while making deals to screw American taxpayers.
If there’s an election in November, and if Romney manages to squeak by Obama, count on Jeb Bush becoming the Republican Party’s spokesman for moderation. How nice for MittMan, who is frantically searching for liberal friends in the Republican Party, and how terrible for those of us who want no compromise at all when it comes to demanding that the government abide by the Constitution.
Bush also said he would accept a deal with Democrats that included “revenue increases” (taxes!) along with spending cuts. He also praised his father for having the “political courage” to make a budget deal with Democrats in 1990, a deal that included tax increases in spite of his “read my lips, no new taxes” promise.
And here you thought all you had to worry about was keeping Mitt Romney from moving too far to the left. Sorry, but right behind him in line (Republican presidential candidates always have to wait their turn) is yet another compassionate conservative who is following in the footsteps of Mush McCain, Brother George, Dull Dole, and Pappa George.
If the same old movie keeps playing again and again, perhaps millions of people will start taking more seriously the words from our Founding Fathers in the Declaration of Independence: “That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government … etc., etc., etc.”
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