When it’s all said and done, the 2016 presidential elections might go down as one of the most interesting in U.S. history. On the Democratic side, the vocal minority (the far-left) is rallying behind Sen. Bernie Sanders, something that might threaten presumed candidate Hillary Clinton in the general election.
Meanwhile, on the Republican side the two supposed front-runners, Jeb Bush and Scott Walker, are two individuals who don’t seem to be generating a whole of enthusiasm from the right. Not only that, but Bush (the individual who most think will eventually win the nomination) is haunted by his brother’s incompetent past.
Though when it comes to Jeb Bush, perhaps the most interesting aspect is the fact that, instead of distancing himself from his brother’s mistakes, he seems to be embracing them.
Well, in Bob Schieffer’s final interview on Face the Nation, Bush once again proved that if he were to be elected president, he would lead much in the same way as his brother, George W. Bush.
After professing that he’s “his own person,” despite the fact that he seems to be poised to follow in his brother’s footsteps, he was pressed by Schieffer to explain what he had learned from his brother.
“Well, the successes clearly are protecting the homeland,” Bush said. “We were under attack, and he unified the country, and he showed dogged determination, and he kept us safe.”
“And you know, you can talk about a lot of stuff, but when you’re president of the United States and you’re confronted with that kind of event, to respond the way he did is admirable,” he continued. “And I’ve learned from that.”
Though he said that if he were president, the one thing he would do differently would be not letting spending get out of control while waging war. Going by what I took from this interview, Jeb seems to be insinuating that he plans to start more wars if he were to be elected.
I have to ask, how would he fund these wars? Being that Republicans won’t raise taxes, the only way he could conceivably find money is through spending cuts, which clearly means he would target programs that the vast majority of Americans depend upon.
However, throughout the entire interview, what I found most comical was that when he was asked specifically what he learned from his brother, despite the elder Bush serving eight years in office, the only thing he could really mention was George W. Bush’s immediate reaction to the 9/11 attacks – something that happened at the very beginning of his tenure. Though it was clear Jeb was trying to evoke that patriotic moment when the country was united to distract people from immediately remembering the chaos that ensued due to his brother’s inept leadership for the other 7 1/2 years of his presidency.
The biggest problem with Jeb Bush isn’t just that his brother is George W. Bush, it’s that he has basically confirmed that, if he were elected president, he would plan on being the same type of president. The last thing this country needs is another Bush presidency.
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