2016: Time for a Conservative. How About Jeb Bush?

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It looks like Jeb Bush still wants to be President.  Still.

There was a poignant moment 16 years ago at the Republican Governors Association meeting in New Orleans. George W. had just been reelected governor of Texas, and Jeb had won Florida on his second try. At a news conference, someone asked George about running for president in two years.

George W. tried dodging the question, and finally answered: “Listen, I didn’t grow up wanting to be president of the United States.”

And Jeb chimed in: “I did.”

To which George W. answered, “Yeah, you did.”

He still does.  And he’s got tons of support for the 2016 race from tried and true conservative sources like NPR and the Washington Post.  They’re pounding the table declaring Jeb to be the “true conservative” in the race for the 2016 Republican nomination.

Full disclosure, the second we see or hear the phrase “true conservative” we flip the off switch.  No matter who uses it, all it means is “somebody who believes exactly like I do.”  Heck, people have tried to pass Ron Paul off as one.  And George Bush.  We would question the “conservative” credentials of both.  Using the phrase is nothing more than mental masturbation.

With respect to Jeb, there’s a blast in Politico by S.V. Date, who also happens to be the author of Jeb: America’s Next Bush and the editor of NPR’s Washington Desk, a political blog.  We don’t know about you, but when we’re looking for opinion on issues from a conservative perspective, Politico and NPR are among the first places we check.  Well, maybe not.  And, since Date’s article is titled, you guessed it, Reinventing Jeb Bush How America misremembers the family’s true conservative, you can guess our take on it.

Here’s how Date positions Jeb.

Jeb Bush. Not conservative enough. Try as I might, it remains impossible to see these two concepts as even remotely related. …that Jeb Bush has come to be viewed with suspicion by the uber-conservative, Tea Party wing of his Republican Party?

So, according to the NPR guy, Jeb is a true conservative and the dreaded Tea Party is uber-conservative.  Are you beginning to see why we reject that “true” adjective?

Then there’s the Washington Post.  Another full disclosure, we’re Amazon Prime members and the Curmudgeon never buys much of anything if we haven’t shopped Amazon first.  We don’t, however, shop Amazon – or its print journalism brother – for political opinion.

Is Jeb Bush really going to run against the conservative base? That would be odd since he is a conservative – a pro-Second Amendment, pro-life, pro-defense, pro-growth, tax reducing and spending cutting conservative.

Here’s the bottom line.  The Establishment side of politics is going to be pushing hard for Jeb and they’re going to do everything they can to present him as THE true conservative in the Republican Party.  It is certainly true that Jeb is good on a number of issues, and the WaPo did a nice job of outlining them.

Jeb’s problem, however, is on a couple of what the Establishment considers to be settled issues.  Immigration and Common Core.  Jeb is a clone of Barack Obama on both of those issues, and, like his brother, he’ll push for an amnesty plan that will give citizenship to 15 million or so illegal aliens and eventually another 30 to 40 million of their family members.  Virtually all of them uneducated, unskilled, non-English speaking people looking for a “better life,” but that better life will come at the hand of US taxpayers.

Common Core is the death knell to education in the US.  It’s supported by the Schools of Education across the nation, was developed by their professors and funded by grants from uber-liberal (thank you Mr. Date) foundations.  Democrats are on board with it across the nation as is the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers.  With friends like that, you need a large caliber, large capacity weapon.

Those are just two.  We have serious issues with Jeb’s position on energy production too.

Understand one thing.  The Establishment folks, the media and the Republican leadership, are going to be spending a lot of money painting Jeb, and Mitt Romney, as true conservatives for one reason.  It gives them the ability to demonize the Tea Party.  The Establishment Media will be doing it because they want to strike fear into the hearts of Independent voters.  The Republican leadership will be doing it because they see the Tea Party as the challenge that blunts their quest for power to keep the status quo in Washington DC.  Neither of them want “small government” any more than the Reid-Pelosi-Obama Democrats want it.

If you’re a conservative, you can plan to spend the next two plus years being targeted for your “uber” beliefs.

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Michael Becker is a long time activist and a businessman. He's been involved in the pro-life movement since 1976 and has been counseling addicts and ministering to prison inmates since 1980. Becker is a Curmudgeon. He has decades of experience as an operations executive in turnaround situations and in mortgage banking. He blogs regularly at The Right Curmudgeon, The Minority Report, Wizbang, Unified Patriots and Joe for America. He lives in Phoenix and is almost always armed.

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