Monthly Archives: February 2011

Jeb Bush for President in 2012 (or 2016)?

It is likely that if the 43rd Governor of Florida had the name Jeb Pierce (his mother’s maiden name) rather than that shared with his father the 41st President and his brother the 43rd President; Jeb would be firmly positioned as the Republican frontrunner for 2012. Yet he has been sidelined for the most part because of questions as to how much impact his family’s history would have on a run for president.

In 2000, the second term Governor of Texas was propelled into the frontrunner position largely as a result of his family’s political brand. In the wake of the 1992 presidential election many Americans felt George H. W. Bush was unjustly denied a second term as President. His handling of the presidency was regarded as skillful and his foreign policy achievements considerable. More significantly from a political perspective, the Bush Brand was seen as trustworthy and a moral contrast to the Clinton years. George W. Bush was immediately positioned as a leader who could restore the Presidency. Additionally his performance as Governor of Texas showed an ability of a Conservative to work with the opposition and to attract Hispanic voters to the Republican Party. The 2000 election was in no small way a 1992 do-over.

Yet even in 2000 there were those who found the question of a political dynasty to be problematic. To be clear, much of this was the left wing media who were troubled with a Republican family achieving multi-generational success while longing for the Liberal Kennedy’s to restore Camelot. Indeed considering Prescott S. Bush was the two term Republican Senator for Connecticut, the three generation achievements of the Bush family had already established it as America’s leading political family. For the most part this concern was confined to the leftist conspiracy blogs and embittered journalists who never liked the Bush Family.

Less reported was the tarnished view of many Conservatives towards the Bush family. Dating back to the 1980 presidential campaign, George H. W. Bush was viewed skeptically by the right given his views on abortion (a flip flop), the perception of his as a north eastern country club Republican and his betrayal of his 1988 campaign pledge to not raise taxes. May conservatives were troubled by George W. Bush’s claim to be a “Compassionate Conservative” and the subtle implication that prior conservative in some way lacked compassion.  This was compounded by the memory of the 41st Presidents inaugural address promising a “kinder and gentler” America, a perceived swipe at Ronald Reagan.

Today Jeb will be burdened with the evolving mixed legacy of the 43rd President, a legacy he will forever be inexorably tied to given his role ad Florida Governor in the contested 2000 presidential election. To be blunt, the legacy of George W. Bush is complicated. The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are politically as divisive as any issue in a quarter century. From the left would come a firestorm and their friends in the main stream media would stoke the flames. Amongst conservatives there are mixed feelings and concerns over the uncontrolled spending, especially in the second term, and dedication to comprehensive immigration reform that Bush so forcefully advocated.

Yet the reality of Jeb Bush is compelling and makes him the most attractive candidate, and more importantly the strongest potential president in the field today. His performance as Governor of Florida has been widely praised as both an example of effective conservative policies and competent leadership. Bush is regarded as one of the most thoughtful leaders in the conservative movement who has also been effective at reaching out to nontraditional Republican supporters, especially Hispanic voters. He left office in 2007 as one of the most popular Governors in the history of Florida, one of the critical states in any presidential election.

So far jeb has repeatedly claimed no interest in running for President in 2012, although he has left the door open to a later run. However in politics timing is indeed everything and many factors point to 2012 being Jeb Bush’s time. The race to unseat Barak Obama will not be as easy as many on the right think. The most effective path to victory for a Republican will be the question of competent leadership. It is becoming increasingly clear that while the American people personally like President Obama, they are realizing he is a more radical liberal than he campaigned as and is simply over his head in the White House. Obama has been reactive to most of the challenges of his administration and has ceded leadership to the radical liberals who dominate democrats on Capitol Hill. Without question, Jeb Bush is the strongest contrast to date the GOP could present in 2012.

When one looks at the field of GOP contenders emerging, none seem to have the same ability to appeal to the conservative base as well as reaching out to independents and moderate democrats. In an election where the escalating national debt is likely to be a dominate factor, Jeb’s record of responsible fiscal management in Florida would be a solid foundation for his candidacy. Bush has demonstrated an ability to embrace the core values of the Tea Party movement while not tolerating the small fringe elements the media and left like to focus on. Jeb Bush has the ability to unite the Republican Party as no other candidate who has emerged to date.

Politically, Bush has established himself as an able candidate during his three state wide campaigns in Florida and continuing presence on the national stage.  While the left wing blogs are dismissive and the liberal media quick to talk dynasty, Bush would be both a match for and distinct contrast to Barak Obama in debates and on the campaign trail. An unapologetic conservative with a record of achievement.  However the most compelling rational for a Bush candidacy is that at a time when America faces serious challenges on the economic, global and homeland security fronts, Jeb Bush appears to be one of the strongest and most capable contenders to lead America.

Jeb Bush is a Bush and a member of a family who has given honorable service to our nation over three generations. But most importantly his personal story is one of conservative vision, commitment and leadership. To be certain the blogosphere and the media would be in knots over a Bush candidacy, but the American people have a way of seeing through those distractions and grasping the reality of a candidate. Every leader has a time and when that coincides with the needs of the nation a potential rendezvous with destiny emerges. For Jeb Bush that time is 2012.

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Freedom in the Internet Era

As one whose political coming of age was during the 1980’s, a cornerstone to the foreign policy of the west as personified by Ronald Reagan and Margret Thatcher was the right of people to self determination. During the Cold war our focus was on those in Eastern Europe and Soviet regions such as the Baltic States. While the fall of the Soviet Empire brought freedom to much of Europe it was but a dream to a many people. In recent weeks we have seen the people of Egypt express their desire to live in a more open and representative state. While the role of the internet is wildly exaggerated by the media, there is no doubt that the ability of ideas to transcend boarders is a dramatic change in international politics. Additionally we are reminded that tyranny has not faded from the earth and regimes such as those in Mainland China continue to rule by the total suppression of free expression by their people.

With this in mind, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton could receive no better compliment than the condemnations coming from the Chinese government over proposals outlined in her speech on Tuesday.  In that speech Secretary Clinton proposed a $25 million program aimed at developing technology which would allow internet users around the world to circumvent attempts by government to block their citizens ability to access content on the internet. This is particularly disturbing to the Chinese as it potentially would circumvent their “Great Firewall”. Chinese foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu is quoted in the New York Times (2/17/2011) as saying “we are against any other countries using Internet freedom as a pretext for interfering in others’ internal affairs”. This has the same song we heard from Moscow over our Voice of America broadcasts in the 1980’s.

It would be naive to think internet freedom would lead to real political change and freedom in China. Any country willing to drive tanks over hundreds of their own citizens as the Communist rulers in China did in Tiananmen Square in 1989. As we have seen words and ideas have real power and people’s quest for freedom can over time prove unstoppable. There once was a time when American Foreign Policy was truly bipartisan and this is one proposal both parties should strongly support. There is no more challenging relationship facing the United States than China and we need to realize the long term threat they pose not only to the America but to freedom around the world. While this program is a small first step, it is a step in the right direction. With luck freedom just may break through the Great Firewall.

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On Facts and Liberal Leftists Myths: The National Debt

The following comment was left in reply to my post yesterday on the F 35 JSF “Alternate Engine” (feel free to read the comment if interested in the author):

[Any republican who votes in favor of this project will not be able to claim any commitment to fiscal responsibility.]

To late. Republican policies are responsible for some 90% of the national debt.

I do feel the need to shed a little light on this comment as it is a common urban myth on the left side of the street.

Fact 1: the Obama administration is running the largest deficts as a percentage of GDP in history.

Fact 2: The Obama Administration has proposed deficts which will take the National debt to levels never seen in modern history.

Now, I am in no way defending the spending practices of the Bush administration and the republican congress which failed to show fiscal control while in power. If you read my post I clearly say that eliminating spending such as the F35 Alternate Engine is a test of credibility of Republicans in Congress. The American people sent a message to Republicans in November 2010 at the very moment they handed the majority in the House to the GOP; act responsibly or we will fire you again and find someone who will. At the same time the Liberal Left cannot come to terms with the reality that their tax and spend policies creat out of control deficits; its in their DNA. But the leftist myth that Republicans have created the majority of the debt is BUSTED.

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The F35: A Question of Patriotism

Yesterday the House of Representatives voted to cut off spending for the “Alternate Engine” for the F #5 joint Strike Fighter. It’s about time. It is testament to the power of corporate lobbyists that F136 engine has been kept alive this long. The military long ago chose the Pratt & Whitney  F135 engine as the power plant for F 35 Lightning II fighter program. The “Alternate”  F 136 produced by General Electric was the loser in a procurement competition. The drive to keep the F 136 alive is simply a cynical effort to keep the cash flowing to General Electric at the cost of providing  American men and women in uniform with the highest quality and greatest quantity of fifth generation fighters as they go into combat.

For years the Pentagon has said they have no interest in the F 136 Loser Engine. The concept of one fighter having two types of engine is truly ridiculous. Picture the maintenance teams on an aircraft carrier at sea with two F 35’s grounded and waiting for replacement parts in time of war. Rather than taking a part from one to get the other flying as occurs every day, both aircraft would sit idle as they did not share the same engine. Forward units would have to stock redundant parts. Maintenance teams would have to be dual trained or worse, additional teams would be required for both engines. Pilots of the F35’s equipped with the GE F136 engine would have the knowledge that they were going into combat with the “looser” engine. I wonder if the CEO of General Electric plans on writing letters to the families of those who would die from using the alternate engine?

For years the corporate gravy train has kept congressional support for the F 136 engine alive despite attempts by the Department of Defense to end the squandering of tax dollars on it by both the Bush and Obama administrations. So the vote yesterday of 233 – 198 to cut of spending for this unwanted waste of tax dollars was the first step in the right direction. Let there be no doubt, the lobbyist money is flowing today to keep the F136 alive in the senate as the Continuing Resolution containing this amendment moves forward. But it is time to put a stake into the heart of this blatant act of corporate welfare. However this is not just a case of wasteful spending, it’s a question of putting the profits of one company ahead of the lives of future generations of American warriors.

It’s time for all Republican members to show their commitment to responsible defense spending and providing our men and women in uniform with the best quality and highest quantity of weapons possible. Any republican who votes in favor of this project will not be able to claim any commitment to fiscal responsibility. It is this author’s hope that any Republican who does chose to support the Looser Engine will earn a primary challenge in 2012 and any contender for the White House supporting the continued waste on this engine would show themselves unqualified to claim the title of Conservative Republican. It’s time to cast the votes, and record the courage and commitment of our elected officials.

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