2016: Why I oppose Jeb Bush for President

The first reason, and the absolute disqualifier, is dynasty. In America, we do not have noble families with divine right to rule. Political positions are not inherited, nor passed from father to son or daughter like property. Two Bushes serving as president in living memory of one another is somewhat acceptable; three Bushes starts to look more like an undesirable pattern. I admit this is somewhat unfair to Jeb Bush as an individual; however, for the good of the nation, he should not run and must not win.

Jeb Bush supports raising taxes. He refuses to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio have all signed.

Jeb Bush supports amnesty for illegal aliens, lies to Americans in English about it while telling people in Spanish that he supports comprehensive immigration reform aka amnesty, and cannot be trusted to close the border. This is a complex issue, but it begins with closing the border, and saying one thing in English to Americans and promising to enact one of Obama's signature failed policies in Spanish to illegal immigrants demonstrates a calculated, deliberate choice to deceive the American people.

While Jeb gets points for transparency in releasing his official correspondence as governor of Florida, he loses even more points for failing to redact private information in the release, including social security numbers and personal email addresses of ordinary individuals. It is clear Jeb cannot be trusted to respect the privacy of citizens.

And if that wasn't enough, he's admitted that he doesn't understand the debate over the National Security Agency's collection of bulk telephone data. Anyone who doesn't understand why that program is a problem should not be anywhere near elected office, and has effectively admitted to being unfamiliar with the Constitution's limits on government, particularly the 4th Amendment. While not understanding the debate is bad enough, he has openly backed the surveillance programs.

In fact, he has praised Obama for keeping them in place!

The HillJeb Bush, a likely presidential contender, said Tuesday that President Obama’s greatest accomplishment was keeping in place controversial spying programs at the National Security Agency. “I would say the best part of the Obama administration would be his continuance of the protections of the homeland using the big metadata programs,” Bush said in an interview on the Michael Medved radio show.

This is absolutely a disqualifier. I will not, cannot, support a candidate who has said this. Not in the primary, not in the general. And he didn't just say it once, but keeps saying it.

He has proposed an internet sales tax.

Positions like these are why he has to bus in supporters to conservative political conferences.

Overall, I think Jeb Bush would make a great candidate for President in 2016. For the Democrats. If the Republicans nominate him, I will vote third party for President.

This entry was published Fri Jun 26 12:03:45 CDT 2015 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2016-02-27 18:38:06.0. [Tweet]

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