By Gary P Jackson
“Moderate” former Florida Governor Jeb Bush has caused quite a stir by claiming Ronald Reagan wouldn’t be accepted in today’s Republican Party.
In a statement that will be used from now ’till the end of time to paint Republicans as “out of touch” and “extreme” Bush said:
“Ronald Reagan would have, based on his record of finding accommodation, finding some degree of common ground, as would my dad — they would have a hard time if you define the Republican party — and I don’t — as having an orthodoxy that doesn’t allow for disagreement, doesn’t allow for finding some common ground,” Bush said, adding that he views the hyper-partisan moment as “temporary.”
“Back to my dad’s time and Ronald Reagan’s time – they got a lot of stuff done with a lot of bipartisan support,” he said. Reagan “would be criticized for doing the things that he did.“
I love Ronald Reagan, he’s one of our greatest Americans, let alone one of our greatest presidents. But bi-partisanship is overrated, and the democrats screwed Ronnie, and the nation, over several times. Amnesty for illegals being one of big screw-jobs.
The reason why things are so “ hyper-partisan” is because you have one party, the democrats, who are pushing for a big, central command-and-control government, that goes against everything America stands for. We are on our way to a European Socialist society, at the very time Europe itself is imploding because of it’s socialist policies.
Conservatives want to bring back sanity and common sense to the equation. I guess that’s just too radical of an idea for someone like Jeb Bush.
We are literally in a struggle of good vs evil. So you damned right things are “ hyper-partisan!”
Compromise is a good thing, for sure, but only if it doesn’t compromise one’s core principles. I know this is a hard concept for “moderates” to understand, because they rarely have any core values. BTW, I absolutely hate the word “moderate.” Let’s call these people what they are, liberals in denial.
Actually, Jeb is right, that today’s GOP doesn’t want another Reagan, but not for the reasons he suggests!
In fact, not that long ago, Jeb himself rejected Reagan and everything he stood for. More on that in a bit.
The plain truth is, Conservatives started looking for the next Ronald Reagan about 15 seconds after the Gipper handed off the ball to George H.W. Bush, another “moderate,” and someone who almost single-handedly halted all of the momentum of the Reagan Revolution.
Indeed, the Republican Establishment™ has repeatedly done everything in it’s power to stop Reagan Conservatives from taking office.
In the 2010 election cycle alone, the NRSC, the GOP committee charged with recruiting and promoting Senate candidates backed “moderates” and out-and-out liberals, over Conservative candidates. Two of those candidates “rewarded” the NRSC by eventually abandoning the Republican Party altogether, to run as independents.
The worst example was when NRSC chair Senator John Cornyn, stuck his nose in Alaska’s business, after Joe Miller won by the slimmest of margins, and a recount was in order. Cornyn dispatched lawyers to go help corrupt incumbent Lisa Murkowski’s campaign. [and he caught hell for it] When Murkowski was unsuccessful at overturning the primary election, she ran as an independent in the general election, enlisting unions, Big Oil, and other factions, including many within the state democrat party to help her.
As we know, Murkowski won, and instead of being treated as the pariah that she is, she was welcomed back by the Republican leadership with open arms, and allowed to keep all of her committee assignments. In Fact, if Republicans take the Senate in November, Murkowski is in line for committee chairmanship. A powerful leadership position. The Republican Party rewards failure and penalizes success.
Today’s GOP Establishment actively works to prevent any Reagan like Conservative from winning elected office.
Case in point: Sarah Palin.
No one is closer to Ronald Reagan in philosophy than Sarah Palin. In fact, Reagan’s son, Michael, wrote a stirring, emotional piece called “Welcome Back Dad,” after witnessing her first hand, at the 2008 Republican convention.
Sarah Palin is a political superstar, and one of the nations thought leaders. I’ve been around a long time, and I’ve never seen anyone who can literally change government policy with nothing more than a tweet. She can sit in her kitchen, sip a cup of coffee, and bang out a Facebook post capable of sending the Obama regime into full panic mode.
The Tea Party movement, which is made up of Conservative Republicans, independents, and even fed up democrats, sees her as the leader of the movement, even as she rejects the notion herself.
If those Tea Party radicals had their way, she’d be the Republican nominee right now. But the GOP Elites worked hard behind the scenes to make sure that didn’t happen.
The Republican Establishment™ does not like Sarah Palin. They all know very well what she did to corrupt Republicans up in Alaska. They hear her calls for sudden and relentless reform in government, and wet themselves in fear. When Sarah points out the cronyism and corruption in both parties, it’s the Republicans who get the most upset. I wonder why.
The Establishment™ joined in with the hate-filled democrats early on, in order to destroy Sarah, and her supporters. They gleefully repeated all of the lies. Even planted some themselves.
So spare me your feigned outrage Jebbie Boy.
I know one thing for certain. If Ronald Reagan was alive today, he would be the absolute leader of the Tea Party. Those dangerous “ hyper-partisan” hordes Jeb is whining about would embrace him joyously.
The Christian movement has been successful with the notion of asking “What would Jesus do?” Now I’m certainly not suggesting Reagan is Jesus, but in Conservative circles “What would Reagan do?” is a popular question when it comes to policy. Conservatives reference Reagan quite often.
Here’s the problem with marginal characters like Jeb Bush and other liberal Republicans in denial. Just as Communism and Socialism are proven disasters, so is being “moderate.” Conservatism is the one philosophy that works every time it’s tried, in every situation.
The reason why Jeb, and his kind are pissing and moaning so loudly, is they have been rejected. There is no seat at the table for them, not because because of “ hyper-partisanship” but because their ideas don’t work. They offer no real solutions, just more of the same. And more of the same brings nothing but more failures.
In an atmosphere that demands change. In an atmosphere where the people are demanding sudden, relentless reform, Jeb Bush, and people like him are dinosaurs. They are the obstacles standing in the way of success.
In short, they are out of power, with little chance of being welcomed back. This is a turf war, a power grab. It has nothing to do with what’s best for the nation. Nothing whatsoever.
In the title of this article I’m telling Jeb to STFU.
Here’s why: Back in May 2009 Jebbie, Eric Cantor, Mitt Romney, and other “moderates” went on what they called a listening tour.
The big theme? GOP, it’s time to leave Reagan behind.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Saturday that it’s time for the Republican Party to give up its “nostalgia” for the heyday of the Reagan era and look forward, even if it means stealing the winning strategy deployed by Democrats in the 2008 election.
“You can’t beat something with nothing, and the other side has something. I don’t like it, but they have it, and we have to be respectful and mindful of that,” Mr. Bush said.
So Jebbie, who now laments that those mean old “hyper-partisan” Tea Party radicals would reject the great Renaldus Magnus, actually beat us to the punch FOUR YEARS AGO.
So, yeah Jeb, you disingenuous political hack, STFU and accept the fact that it’s you and your kind that is being rejected, not the great Ronald Reagan. Those “hyper-partisan” radicals you bemoan are working their asses off to bring us BACK to the Era of Reagan, that you so strongly rejected four years ago!