Jeb BushJeb Bush is apparently running for president. In a nation of roughly 300 million people, he thinks that what America needs to right itself is … another Bush. If you peruse the internet for a bit, then you shouldn’t have too hard of a time finding partisan hacks who cheer on Mr. Bush while simultaneously skewering the rationale for Hillary Clinton’s upcoming presidential campaign.

Mr. Bush wrote on Facebook Dec. 16:

Columba and I are so proud of the wonderful adults our children have become, and we loved spending time with our three precious grandchildren.

We shared good food and watched a whole lot of football.

We also talked about the future of our nation. As a result of these conversations and thoughtful consideration of the kind of strong leadership I think America needs, I have decided to actively explore the possibility of running for President of the United States.

In January, I also plan to establish a Leadership PAC that will help me facilitate conversations with citizens across America to discuss the most critical challenges facing our exceptional nation. The PAC’s purpose will be to support leaders, ideas and policies that will expand opportunity and prosperity for all Americans.

I’m sure Mr. Bush is a nice man. My guess is that he’s a good husband and a strong father. However, if he were to win the Republican nomination, then I would have no choice but to stay home on Election Day. The pseudo-desire for a hereditary monarchy by Bush and Clinton supporters is bizarre and, quite frankly, culturally unctuous. Mr. Bush has every right to run for president, but should he? Could there be any clearer message to the world that America is out of ideas than running Hillary Clinton against Jeb Bush in 2016? It’s depressing, and I can not support it.

To make matters worse, it seems as though Mr. Bush wants to find a way to win that doesn’t involve exciting principled conservatives. Like John McCain, he seems to hold his nose at the thought of having to talk with the conservatives he needs to carry him over the finish line. When asked to vote for a Democrat or the guy who is a like the diet, sugar-free version of a Democrat, Independent voters are almost always going to break towards the real deal.

If Americans want to send a message to the world that our best days are still ahead us, then they can do so by telling Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush to go home.

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

22 comments

  1. I’m also very surprised by this… and disappointed. I know what you mean. I don’t even think I could stomach the months of campaigning in a Clinton vs. Bush run, let alone seeing either one of them get into the white house. We are desperately in need of someone new and fresh and someone who will LEAD us and take us in the right direction. I’m really hoping Rand Paul runs. {Not sure if he’s decided to or not yet.} But I’m also still figuring out just who’s out there as a possibility and whose ideas and convictions are most in line with what I’m hoping for in a new president. There’s a lot that Paul says and stands for that I’m encouraged by. But I’m pretty new to “following” him, too. So I’ve got a lot to educate myself on yet. There are a couple of other hopefuls that I’m encouraged to see considering a run. I just hope the right ones have the chance they are due without being brushed aside because of a slew of those “hereditary monarchy” supporters you mention. I hope there are more people that are too hungry for a better choice… a fresher choice… than there are those that want a Clinton or a Bush.

    1. The thing that bothers me about Rand that a friend of mine pointed out is that he’s basically been running for president since he first arrived in D.C. That sort of person is a bit weird to me. The guy in charge right now was sort of like that…

      I think Rand gets it on economic issues and I like that he’s willing to talk to anyone — he actually goes into minority communities to try and have real discussions with them — but his isolationist foreign policy is predicated on the idea that the U.S. can behave as if it’s 1800. I think he realizes that his dad’s foreign policy was way too out there for most people, so he tempers his language. However, I think deep down he’s much closer to his father than most people realize. That is worrisome to me.

      I still believe that one of the few ways that Republicans will win is if Rubio gets the nod. I like him a lot, even though a lot of conservatives freaked out that he tried to work with Democrats on an immigration bill. The Democrats stabbed him in the back at the first opportunity…but that’s a whole other story.

      Who knows what will happen between now and election day, though. It’s political ice ages away. A terrorist attack or a financial collapse, heaven forbid, would completely change the equation.

  2. It’s a bit like wrestling at the moment isn’t it? All these outdated part-timers deciding to get up and kick about again hoping it’ll spike an interest more from an aging voter rather than a youthful and otherwise more disengaged one who are turned off by the influx of old policy and antiquated ideas. Hilary was about when most of us were nippers after all.

    1. I think a lot of young people who really believed that Obama was a different kind of politician will stay home in 2016. I suppose the media will try and hype Hillary Clinton or Elizabeth Warren as the potential first woman president…because there are millions of people who would vote for someone based solely on the fact that she has two X chromosomes, but in general there’s not a whole lot to get excited about.

      There’s a reason why Ronald Reagan won in a 49-state landslide in 1984 and the “Reagan Democrat” was born. He really was someone who could unite people. I don’t see anyone like that at the moment, although like I said…I am partial to Marco Rubio.

  3. I would vote for Bush over Clinton but with that said I hope that will not be our choices come election time.
    Rand-scares me with his foreign policy, it sounds nice but it just does not work.
    Rubio- seems like a good option with high potential.
    Ben Carson-Please run!

    1. I would vote for Bush over Clinton but with that said I hope that will not be our choices come election time.

      I know that people will be angry at me for it, but in the event I’d have to choose between Bush or Clinton, I would have to stay home. I don’t even know how I would blog on the election if it came down to that because I would be so disenchanted with the whole process.

      Rand-scares me with his foreign policy, it sounds nice but it just does not work.

      If the internet didn’t exist, airplanes weren’t invented, and it still took months to get to Europe from boat…then I’d cut Rand Paul more slack on his foreign policy. The Sony hacking demonstrates just how small the world has become. It’s impossible to stick your head in the sand and pretend like the U.S. can hide from world affairs.

      Ben Carson-Please run!

      He may run, but my prediction is that the media will destroy him. They will hammer him on social issues until he dooms himself, ironically, with honesty. The sad thing is that the U.S. needs more non-politicians who simply see political office as a way to give back after years of service in the private sector. It would be great if we had more doctors who retired and then decided to serve their district or state for a term or two. However, because Ben Carson isn’t a career politician, he will make some serious rhetorical errors. The media will not cover up his gaffes like they will do for the Democratic candidate, and he will go down in flames. I hope I’m wrong on that one, but that’s how I see it playing out.

    2. I don’t often say this but I also hope you are wrong. I think Ben Carson would be a refreshing breath of honesty and common sense.

      If it came to Bush or Clinton I would vote to prevent the most damage. With that said I would not be voting for what I want as much as who I don’t want. I think the left is pushing for Bush and being kind to him because they think that Clinton can beat him.

    3. I don’t often say this but I also hope you are wrong. I think Ben Carson would be a refreshing breath of honesty and common sense.

      You are correct on many levels. Unfortunately, the political and media landscape is populated with powerful individuals who abhor honesty and common sense. He will certainly be facing an uphill battle.

  4. When the Republicans nominated George W. Bush in 2000, I was annoyed, because they seemed to be treating the presidency as some sort of dynasty. For that matter, I’ve always been annoyed by liberals who seem to think that whoever is the next eldest Kennedy should be the next president.

    Clinton is even worse. At least when W. took office, George H.W. Bush did not move back into the White House with him.

    1. Like I said, I’m sure Jeb is a nice guy. I suppose if he were elected president, then he’d muddle through it just like everyone else. My thing is that on some sort of subconscious level it reeks of a desire for a monarchy. It’s bizarre to me how people latch on to these families like they’re gods. It would be nice if Hillary and Jeb were just trounced during the nomination process so that we can just be done with them and move forward.

    2. I’d like to see Ben Carson run as well, but like you said, the media would destroy him. I’ve seen the venom they’ve directed at black conservatives in the past. They’ll say things like “Uncle Tom” and “House N****,” which is apparently OK if you’re a liberal.

      Personally, I’d like to see Rubio or Paul run. I like Paul better than his dad, but the isolationist foreign policy wouldn’t work in today’s world.

      “…Or alien lizard people…”

      Well, David “I’m the Son of God” Icke seems to think every famous person on the planet is a lizard being. I got into a debate with one of his followers once, and they accused me of being a reptilian when I disagreed with them. It was pretty hilarious.

    3. Carl, you disappeared for a little bit from the comments section. I was worried about you. Are you sure you’re not a Life Model Decoy? 😉

      In all seriousness, the media will spare no resources in its quest to take out Ben Carson if he ever gets any kind of traction.

    4. “Carl, you disappeared for a little bit from the comments section. I was worried about you. Are you sure you’re not a Life Model Decoy? ;)”

      Haha. Either that or I could be a Skrull named C’rl. My mental conditioning is so good that I don’t even remember becoming a sleeper agent! 😉

      In all seriousness, I haven’t commented as much lately because I’ve been busy.

      “In all seriousness, the media will spare no resources in its quest to take out Ben Carson if he ever gets any kind of traction.”

      My sister had some pretty vile things to say about him, the last time I saw her (three months ago). On her birthday, she muttered something to her boyfriend about Carson being a “House N****” and “white conservatives will only vote for him to hide their embedded racism.” The usual garbage.

      “Maybe the Bushs and the Clintons are … Skrulls. Nooooooooo!”

      There are seriously people (like the aforementioned Icke) who believe in something like that. It’s pretty hilarious. And he really did claim to be the Son of God, back in 1991:

    5. My sister had some pretty vile things to say about him, the last time I saw her (three months ago). On her birthday, she muttered something to her boyfriend about Carson being a “House N****” and “white conservatives will only vote for him to hide their embedded racism.” The usual garbage.

      That’s kind of bizarre for your sister to be saying stuff like that, let alone at a birthday party… I feel for you, brotha!

    6. “That’s kind of bizarre for your sister to be saying stuff like that, let alone at a birthday party… I feel for you, brotha!”

      Yeah, usually I avoid politics on my birthday. You’re celebrating being alive, after all! Like I said, I haven’t seen her in three months (she didn’t even show up at my aunt’s for Thanksgiving) and honestly, I’m not complaining. I’m a happier man when she and her loser boyfriend stay as far away from here as possible.

    7. “Well, hopefully she won’t show up to your house too much around election season. :)”

      Ha! 🙂 She didn’t even vote this year (her excuse was that she didn’t “know enough” about the candidates). When I went to vote I saw her name still listed at our current address; she didn’t even bother to update the information.

    8. Between the stuff with my sister and my mom losing her job (thanks to Obamacare), it hasn’t been the best year. I hope that 2015 will be better.

  5. The thing I don’t like is that the race for president (really, the race for everything) is about fundraising. Where the dynastic implications most manifest themselves is that Jeb and Hillary already have access to such a huge dollar campaign chest, perhaps they drown out the Rubios, Ryans, and Pauls who may have better ideas.

    That being said, while Jeb shouldn’t be crowned the nominee due to family ties, he shouldn’t be dismissed due to his family either. I’ll check out some speeches and debates, hear what he has to say and take a wait and see attitude.

    1. That being said, while Jeb shouldn’t be crowned the nominee due to family ties, he shouldn’t be dismissed due to his family either. I’ll check out some speeches and debates, hear what he has to say and take a wait and see attitude.

      You make a very valid point. It’s one that I really can not argue with. I just can’t get over how much this reeks of D.C. insider-ism, cronyism, “good old boys” networking, etc. I feel as if these people are being forced upon me, and your point about the leverage they have with campaign war chests only drives it home further.

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