If Liberals Don’t Wake Up, We’re Going to Have Another Bush in the White House

jeb-1Even before the 2012 elections had occurred, talk of the 2016 presidential election was already a fairly hot topic.  When it comes to the field of GOP candidates for 2016 I have a feeling we’re going to have another large grouping like we saw for 2012.

The bigger names that have been floated around so far are Chris Christie, Rand Paul, Paul Ryan, Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio.  But none of those names really strike fear within me.  Out of all of those names, Christie is really the only one that would stand a chance in a national election.  But after the bridge scandal, he’s seen a massive drop off in popularity nationally.

But there’s one name that’s quickly gaining momentum for 2016, and judging by his recent actions it seems as if he’s seriously considering a run.  I’m of course speaking about Jeb Bush.  And while I still don’t think he would stand a chance going up against Hillary Clinton, I also don’t think liberals should dismiss him just because of his last name.

Sure, the name Bush is not exactly a popular name politically with anyone outside of the most diehard Republicans, but that doesn’t mean he should be dismissed.  Considering we’ve already seen 12 years of Bush “leadership” in the White House, I think anyone who dismisses Jeb’s chances are fooling themselves.

And I’ve seen quite a few liberals do just that.

But I’m also seeing far too much apathy from liberals lately.  It’s the same apathy that’s going to give the Senate back to Republicans this November.  It’s the same apathy that gave Republicans the House in 2010.

Liberals have got to wake up and get ticked off, starting now.  Not next year, not in 2016 – now.  

While George W. Bush did a lot of damage to the Bush family name, Jeb Bush is actually a much better candidate than his brother. In fact, it’s my belief that Jeb was really the one that wanted to run for president but somehow George W. Bush slid into that position instead.

Now it seems Jeb is starting to gear up for 2016.

If liberals don’t get motivated, get energized, wake up and vote this year – in 2016, Jeb Bush might stand a real chance at being the third Bush we call president.

And I don’t know about all of you, but after 8 years of George W. Bush, I damn sure don’t want another Bush in the White House – ever.  

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • I am going to say this because it needs to be said, much like the words in this post need to be said. Some people aren’t going to like this very much, but Liberals and the Democrats are long overdue for an intervention.

    For the record, I am a registered independent that tends to lean left on a lot of things.

    Enough with the excuses and enough with the pouting. Enough with the Pavlovian knee-jerk outrage responses every time Rush limbaugh or Hannity or Ann Coulter or any other paid conservative troll says something stupid in the media. They don’t do anything other than encourage these morons to stay even more stupid and vile things.

    The Democrats need to grow a backbone or a pair of balls. I’ve been saying this for YEARS. They sit back and they let the radicals of the Far Right & their paid mouthpieces define the narrative on pretty much everything. By the time someone on the left realizes that they need to take control of the narrative, it’s too late. That was one of the biggest mistakes that the President and the supporters of the ACA made when the law was passed.

    The other day, I heard someone make excuses as to why Scott Walker survived his recall attempt. The excuse was “too much outside money”.

    While yes, groups do pour in money to try and influence elections, how does that physically prevent you from getting up, going out and voting? How does that prevent you from doing your homework? Do the Koch’s and the other billionaires physically come into your house, and hold you hostage at gun point until the polls close?

    Big money is no excuse. They can buy up all the ads they want, but it comes down to whether or not you decide to get off your butts and vote.

    You believe your vote doesn’t count? For the past four years, we’ve been enduring the consequences of those on the left and those Democrats who stayed home and pouted because Obama didn’t deliver the rainbow farting unicorns he may have promised. We have a dysfunctional congress because you didn’t vote, but the Tea Baggers did. And because 2010 was a census year, your not showing up to vote allowed the Tea Party to win big in state elections. And in census years and in many states, it’s the party in power who gets to redraw the district lines.

    Ask the voters in Wisconsin, where it is now legal for partisan “observers” to stand as close to you as 3 feet away from you as you are marking your ballot. This was allowed to happen because people stayed home in 2010 and the GOP became the majority in the Wisconsin Legislature, they redrew the districts to benefit them in future elections, some of them got re-elected, the GOP kept their majority, and then they passed this law.

    Stop expecting the GOP to play fair. They do not and they never will. Stop assuming that people are smart enough to see through GOP/Teabagger BS, because it hasn’t happened yet and it’s not going to.

    These billionaires and Super Pacs can spend all the money they want. The news channels can distort, omit or be biased all they want. However, you all still have the power to not let these self-serving people get their way.

    Vote. Not just in Presidential elections. Vote in the midterms. Vote in every election you can, local, national, or statewide.

    Actions have consequences. So does inaction. We are currently paying a heavy price because of other people’s inaction and apathy. Unless people wake up and vote, a very loud minority ends up deciding who gets to represent us.

    It’s harder to vote now? So? Today is April 7. How many months is it until November? You have all that time to locate the documents you need to register to vote or to inquire on voting absentee. These voting laws are specifically set up to disenfranchise certain groups of people. People fought and died for your right to vote. Are you going to let some weasel GOP governor take away your right to vote?

    In my state, because I’m a registered independent, I am only allowed to vote in the Democratic primary because we have closed primaries. The parties pick their candidates and more often than not, when the general election rolls around, I find myself having to choose between the lesser of two evils.

    I’m tired of having to choose between the lesser of two evils. I’m not the only one that feels this way. Because many independents don’t get a say in the primary process, we’re stuck with this lesser of two evils choice.

    /steps down from soapbox

    • gmartini

      Bravo! I’ve been saying the same thing over and over for the last four years. And when I say “you,” I don’t mean specifically you,Kathy—YOU is in all Democrats, Progressives, and Liberals/

      So, sorry that President Obama didn’t give you a bag of candy, so sad! But, when Democrats/Progressives/Liberals sit home on their collective culos, we get a Teabagged Nation. When we vote, just like 2012—remember those long lines in Florida??? etc…, we win! We win big and we move forward!

      Seriously, right now, I care but I don’t care that much about 2016. I care more about 2014! Drag everyone you know to the polls and vote, please.

      • Jim Bean

        The Left’s problem is ‘none of the above.’ You’re problem is you continue to support Obama no matter how many lies are exposed, no matter how many laws he ignores, no matter how many corrupt bureaucrats he shields from justice. No person of integrity does that regardless of party. If evidence surfaces indicating Christie was implicit in the bridgegate thing, Conservatives will throw him in a ditch quicker than you can say it. There’s the difference. There’s why the term ‘liberal’ has the overtones of an insult.

      • gmartini

        For you the term, liberal, has “overtones of an insult.” For me—it’s a badge of honor! Moreover, Conservatives threw Christie under a bus the moment he worked with President Obama on the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy on his state. Get serious!

      • WeNeedCommonSense

        Christy is a bully and doesn’t care about the people that voted for him. He deserves to be under the bus.

      • gmartini

        Not a Gov. Grasso fan…at all/

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        What lies, please? My favorite lie is “Iraq has weapons of mass destruction.”

      • Jim Bean

        That’s what Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, Harry Reid, Diane Feinstein, and Chuckie Schumer told us. How were we to know? If you can’t believe them, then who, pray tell, can you believe?

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        No, that is what George Bush, Donny Rumsfeld, Dick “I Shot My Friend In The Face” Cheney and Colin Powell told us. So the Republicans are so stupid and helpless they had to believe the Democrats? Seriously, when are you ever going to man-up to the f@ck up that was Iraq? You sound like my kids: “My brother made me do it.” I realize you guys are chicken$hitS but get real.

      • Jim Bean

        Oh, I never said it wasn’t a FU. I only took exception to liberals blaming it all on Bush and turning a blind eye all the high profile Dems who were on board with it. Some of them, (certainly not you) will even vote for one of them (Hillary) for President while saying what an awful man Bush was. That kind of two faced, forked tongue hypocrisy make my skin crawl.

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        Bush said, “You’re either with us or the terrorists” and the Dems were too chicken to oppose him. But it was Bush’s idea. Saying the Dems gave the OK isn’t gonna fly.,

        I thought all politicians were liars. I think Bush is a very pleasant man. I also think he was a bad president.

      • Andrew Campbell

        No, the true lie was not whether Hussein possessed WMD’s it is the bald faced lie that he would have given them to Al Queda – impossible. Both had hits taken out on the other. If you cannot understand this simple fact there is no hope. No one with half a brain about the Middle East would have ever bought into that b.s.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        funny how ur crybaby white trash scum rightwing tossed aside colin powell

      • Aimee Barfield

        Maybe the fact that the charges were trumped up and Bushco. lied to Congress. So much has been released after the fact that proves this, I’m amazed that people sill go on with this trifling line.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        “mission accomplished”
        ………………and: Iraq did have those weapons!!
        just ask regressives who (now) claim they went to syria

      • Jim Bean

        “Mission Abandoned” . . . . . . . .and terrorists were NOT on the run.

    • suburbancuurmudgeon

      Democrats are congenitally lacking in spine. And Republicans congenitally lack a sense of shame.

  • Avatar

    The last name of Bush is enough to tick off liberals into vote for his opponent no matter what.

    Don’t worry I intend to vote this fall and hopefully ALL of my fellow Liberals and Progressives will do the same. We severely outnumbered them by 3 to 1.

  • Gabriel Gentile

    If the American people are STUPID enough to put a THIRD member of the Bush family in the White House… Then they’re BEYOND any hope of redemption as it is and DESERVE to suffer!

  • 2Smart2bGOP

    We progressive/liberal/Democratic voters need to realize that feeling passionately about our causes means nothing if we don’t actually VOTE. I have a liberal blog page on FB, and it will be harped on by me on a daily basis till November. Make sure you are registered, and do whatever is necessary to get out and VOTE. It’s our right, it’s our privilege and it’s our duty.

    • suburbancuurmudgeon

      It’s hard to make a difference by voting when Republican gerrymandering guarantees the Dems can’t control Congress.

      • 2Smart2bGOP

        True, but the courts in some places are beginning to push back on some of those voter suppression tactics. Apathy won’t help us. Registered Dems outnumber registered Reps, but I think we get bogged down with the “what difference does MY one vote make?” kind of attitude. We need to get over that.

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        I vote every time but then I live in Illinois. The last whacko that won (Joe Walsh) got booted by Tammy Duckworth. However, the guy in whose district I used to be (Peter Roskam) is still safe.

      • 2Smart2bGOP

        Good on ya; I have a tremendous admiration for Tammy Duckworth. I live in Oregon, which is mostly liberal, (at least the west half of the state, which is the most populated,) and we have vote-by-mail, which I strongly believe should be adopted by the rest of the country. You register, you get your ONE ballot in the mail, (voter fraud? WHAT voter fraud?) you can take your time researching the candidates and the issues, cast your vote and mail it back by the deadline. The only recent incident of voter fraud we had was in 2012; an elections official who, while counting ballots, was caught filling in HER choices where a candidate or measure choice was left blank. (She was a Republican; surprised? I’m not….)

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        I wanna see a tag team with joe walsh and allen west against me and ed Shultz.
        I want to get a piece of walsh… sadly I cannot engage fat scum such as Hannity and beck and limbaugh

      • TheSotSays

        Yeah, it’s a disgusting thought but I can picture you in bed with ed Shultz (sic)

        If you can’t get a girl get a little fat boy; or a Hillary.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        awwww,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,u are again utilizing the regressive crybaby white trash playbook ” twist and shout”!!!
        =========================================
        actually I will confess- I would luv2 get your useless ass in any type of ring/octagon/etc just to getly remove thy teeth and help u walk less properly. I do enjoy crybabies; they fall OH so easily- whilst hiding bravely behind computers. Funny: im not a “bad ass” but being in pristine shape and being well above average in size I would luv 2 meet clowns such as you/Hannity/bolling/Limbaugh/Huckabee ET HOC GENUS OMNE- but “god” doesn’t want my satisfaction garnered so quickly.
        I cannot get a girl? would U like me to place –in consecutive days– photos of ( a) my current lady( Katherine) (B) pics of many of the not too distant past? I would ‘cept u would just whack thy smallish ‘manhood” and your satisfaction is not why I annoy you

      • TheSotSays

        The best looking one you had was the slimey one that looked like a lizard. You’re not one of Bill Clinton’s hillbilly cousins are you?

        No self respecting woman would go within 10 blocks of a psycho Obama fruitcake like you.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        now we finally agree!!! why why why OWHY would I want a self respecting woman –here in sunny south FLA???
        give me the neurotic slender big( natural only) chested retards!!
        Clinton relative? doubtful- im a native of south florida ( coral gables) and of german/English and French lineage.
        ====================================
        you? white trash crybaby regressive with suspect aesthetic and social “jejunus”

      • TheSotSays

        Where’d you find your new trans? I hope you don’t have to share that with Rahm. That would be a bummer wouldn’t it.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        its not a trans,,,,, its a 1972 mustard color MACH 1 mustang– 568 hp( keith craft 408 Windsor) with a racing 3:90 gear AOD transmission..
        one of 3 owned ( by “moi”) vehicles–
        hows your Toyota running?

      • TheSotSays

        I can believe you have a load of poofter French in you but you’re way too stupid to be a german. There isn’t a german alive who sits around all day listening to hillbilly music and playing with himself.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        hey crybaby: 151 IQ; my musical tastes? I own over 600 cds ( which I suspect u don’t own any as U are broke)
        hmmmmm,,,,,, ok: how about– ELP/YES/ QUEEN/ZEPPELIN/KANSAS/THE WHO/MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA/KING CRIMSON/TANGERINE DREAM/PINK FLOYD/CHICAGO(1st 4 albums) / OLD DAVID BOWIE/U2/PORCUPINE TREE/KITARO/VAN HALEN/AL DIMEOLA/WEATHER REPORT/….shall I endeavor to elucidate you with my classicals? ROSSINI/VON SUPPE/ BEETHOVEN/CPE BACH/ JOSEPH HADYN/MICHAEL HADYN/VIVALDI/ etc,,,,,, no hillbilly tunes here!!
        and– I luv how U still cannot recognize a womans photo!!! must be great not being able to tell apart a tranny from a female– ergo your need for porn and Viagra and beer!!
        ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, then again: small dicked losers such as thee do enjoy trannys as they don’t laugh ( aloud) at your ‘junk’

      • TheSotSays

        I understand you tried to give a donation to a sperm bank but they rejected you when they discovered that your mother had accidently clipped your nutz off with the truck door.

        But I was wrong about the hillbilly music your mother tells me you have a job playing the Swine-ette in the bathroom at the UM Hog Farm. I had a good laugh when she told me that the Swine-ette is a piece of cat gut strung across a pig’s arse and you pick it with your teeth.

        She tell’s me you like to sit on the can and pluck away pretending you’re Charlie Manson.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        donnnn’ uuu find it innnn-teresting( that’s the way my hero BUGS BUNNY says it) that ONLY YOU know of such middle America white trash low IQ stuff?
        ……..hmmmmmmmm

      • TheSotSays

        Well if you were a single person with a single motive I’d simply pick up a Hazmat suit somewhere and come over and kick the sh’t out of you. But I’m prepared to wait til you all die out from some STD. I can’t get my hands around the throat of a Bill Ayers committee and it’s not possible to beat the face of Soros organization against a brick wall.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        I doubt u can,,,,,,, but u can sound mean and nasty cant you? come to the LA fitness at ne 38 st in FT.L FL after 9pm and ask for me; I either am playing basketball or lifting weights
        ================================
        my stupid friends would LUV 2 see U “beat my ass”
        sadly; U are either a fat ass or some weird gracile out-of-shape crybaby who wished he was worthy of joining our military but didn’t have what it takes
        std? ohyeah babeeeee…………………..
        luckily even though I have “entered” the bodies of over 350 nubile women,,,,
        Im still clean as a whistle
        cry some more– it makes me smile

      • TheSotSays

        Over at the LA fitness, they tell me you don’t like women and that you prefer farm animals. Whoever answered the phone told me you once did time at Starke for screwing chickens.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        they are somewhat correct: I don’t “like” women!!!!
        ( I enter them ,,,,,,,thelyphthorically)
        screwing chickens?
        actually that’s not far from true!!
        ( screwing chix- slim big chested ones; white and latino ONLY)
        I didn’t think U would show as (a) u don’t have any money for that ersatz suit U proffered (b) having my 6′ 2 1/2″ 211 lb ass all over your crybaby ass ( laughing as I simply cannot hit defenseless wallabies) would leave you a bit more indebted to your poor genetic white-trash parents welcoming arms

      • TheSotSays

        They told me that when you got caught you were sitting in the back of an old Volkswagon hippie bus in the parking lot of a queer bar with your ballet teacher. You had a box of little chickens; you were pulling them on and then letting them fly off out the window.

        It looks to me like some tantric voodoo stunt practiced by you and Rahm to achieve a harmonious hole whole. The two of you got the idea from Mooshelle, apparently.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        well; U have me pegged!!!
        please enjoy the progress this great county is moving towards and away from small dicked loser white trash religious scum such as you–
        no money; no women,,,,,,, spanking your lil monkey to internet porn
        =====================================
        your white trash low IQ future remains bleak

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        Walsh gravitated to local talk radio.

  • Gary Menten

    I don’t care what the last name is, if they guy is a Republican, I don’t want him in the White House.

    • moe/larry & curly keys

      I would take ike from the 50’s

      • Gary Menten

        Good luck getting him to accept the nomination.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        he would perhaps as an independent– but some white trash tea party scum would shoot him

      • Gary Menten

        There would be very little point in shooting him since he’s been dead a while. For the same reasons, you might have a hard time getting him to accept the nomination, though he’s probably still more lively than Mitt Romney.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        and more well-loved
        =========================
        pat Paulsen?

  • Roxanne Agredano

    After the way the GOP has insisted on delaying and derailing any help for the unemployed. Letting us twist in the wind while they filibuster… I have a feeling all of those 2.1 million Americans just may be voting Democrat. I’m officially changing my party. I voted Democrat last time but I’m changing it now permanently. Go Hilary!

    • suburbancuurmudgeon

      But you’re unemployed because you are lazy. At least that’s what Paul Ryan thinks.

      • Roxanne Agredano

        Paul Ryan can stick it where the sun don’t (doesn’t) shine. I’m unemployed due to a layoff. I’m 56 and it is difficult to find work. I had an incredible job and now it is gone.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        regressive republicans will now say U are a moocher and U should praise jeeeeeeeesus

      • Roxanne Agredano

        You’re leaving to the choir. I’m Democrat

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        I was waxing sarcasm; I hate regressive crybaby republicans

      • Roxanne Agredano

        …and I was clearly not proofreading my post 🙂 lol *preaching. Damn autocorrect.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        silly fox 🙂

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        Several of the people at our church lost their jobs in the crash: mid 50s to early 60s. One almost got a job in his field but the guy interviewing him said he could hire a new college grad for $10/hr instead of paying $30/hr he deserved.

      • Jim Bean

        Why’s it gone?

      • Roxanne Agredano

        Because Jim, I was laid off. My boss and I had great plans but thigh no fault of his, we could not afterall, hire, manufacture and export. all the things this Country needs, because of a lousy immigration lawyer. I won’t go into great detail. Suffice to say everything was pulled out from under us. My boss will be fine but I on the other hand am struggling to find another job. All because he didn’t have enough ” Professional Employees”. And they talk about Job bills!!! Makes me sick

      • Jim Bean

        I wish you luck.

      • Roxanne Agredano

        Thank your so much. I wish all those in need of work the same.

    • Jim Bean

      Wrong. I’m also one of those who lost out on the EUC (and a registered Democrat) but not one of the ones who have been fooled. Pubs indicated a willingness and asked for some reasonable pay-fors. Dems don’t want to provide pay-fors and neither do they want the political fall out that would come with adding it to the deficit, and neither do they want to lose the ability to use it as a wedge issue which would happen if they negotiated an extension. So they did what they always do – put on a dog and pony show to make it look like they were sincere while making sure it wouldn’t pass in such a way that they could blame the Pubs for it. It one case, at least, it apparently worked. The heart and soul of the Democratic Party is the economically dissatisfied voter. They will do everything in their power to keep the maximum number of people possible in that mindset. Once you are no longer economically dissatisfied, you have no incentive to remain on the Democratic Plantation.

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        So why is it the Repuglicans are never interested in cutting corporate welfare?

      • Jim Bean

        Don’t give me that carp. I can’t watch TV for three hours without seeing New York (ground zero for the Left wing ideologues) advertising their “StartUp” program where they promise a ten year tax-free ride for corporations locating there. When Pubs do this, liberals wet their pants. When Libs do it – well – we’ll pretend it isn’t happening.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        watching tv for 3 hrs ???
        Hmmmmmm,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, thy life seems fraught with adventure!

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        New York “Ground zero for the left wing”??? What was the political affiliation of the last two mayors, eh? Remember. Guiliani and the short guy (Bloomberg). They weren’t left wing Democrats.

      • Jim Bean

        Blue state.

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        What’s yer point, son? Republicans are far more likely to vote for corporate welfare than democrats. That being said, both sides have their whores.

      • WeNeedCommonSense

        jim beano, damn, you watch tv for 3 hours? Might want to get a job or a social life.

        What do carps have to do with this?

        Pulling 9/11 into your argument is a special kind of douchiness. (ground zero for the Left wing ideologues) I hope karma catches you up in an elevator and you burn alive. There is no argument that you can make on the back of these 3000 people that died so horribly that doesn’t make you appear to be the garbage that you are.

      • Jim Bean

        How in bloody hell did we get from corporate tax breaks in NY to 9/11?

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        funny how drunken jim bean NEVER replies to those profound inquiries

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        I ( Again) notice U do NOT reply when asks U why repubs are never interested in cutting corporate welfare…..
        repubs spend more than dems– look at the debt and deficits of past 30 plus years

  • colleen2

    How many decades are we going to have to listen to centrist ‘experts’ blaming voters for bad governance, bad strategy and their own monumental failures? Why the fuck should we vote for southern politicians on the advice of southern Democrats when southern Democrats have lost the south and almost destroyed the party in the process? Besides, Mrs Clinton is just as interested in making certain that women provide the cheap labor market and in destroying social security as her male counterparts.

  • WeNeedCommonSense

    I want to say that the right isn’t that stupid, but, there are a lot that are. They won’t look past the fake news and will vote for a name that they are familiar with.