He’s been faithful [1–3], smart [4–5], caring , and devoted to his wife and children . Yet, he’s belittled and reviled .
I’m talking about Jeb Bush, the man who started out on top but fell quickly , the man who saw his wife and son viciously (and hypocritically) attacked [10–11], the man who even Catholics rejected for lesser options and lesser reasons.
The thing is, Jeb’s a gentleman. The most outrageous thing he did was post a simple picture of a gun , and standing on his tiptoes to pop out in photos (allegedly ) is about the sneakiest he gets. In a democracy which requires the stroking of many, many egos, he, the unusually and truly humble servant, can be rendered ineffective at politicking. More than anyone, Jeb recognizes that his party and his country are in danger. He sees that immigration is the only way to stem demographic collapse [14–16], and he’s worried about children being left behind [17–20]. He’s just not the bomb-thrower that people want him to be — he’s too knowledgeable and diplomatic .
What’s somehow forgotten now is that Jeb — not Ted Cruz , not Marco Rubio , not some generic “establishment” blob — led the charge against Donald Trump [24–25]. Everyone else was “in the witness protection program” for so long . I only wish that they had a one-on-one debate, early on, as considered .
The Bushes have been good to America — not perfect, certainly, but still, I dare say, our best-ever dynasty. I know that Jeb has flaws: he can sometimes be too sarcastic, and he puts too much trust in capitalism. But he, not Hillary Clinton, was, arguably, the most qualified and capable presidential candidate in American history. This is largely because of his family and his experience therefrom. Last year, one writer for The Washington Post wrote of dynastic candidates, “they merit careful consideration rather than knee-jerk condemnation. They deserve a chance not in spite of, but because of, their last names” . It’s ironic for a family so supportive of democracy, but it’s true. The monarchical principle still exists, even here .
My state does not count presidential write-in votes, but, this November, I intend to vote for Jeb anyway. I’ve been behind him since August 2012. I’ll stand on principle, vote in conscience, and make my point. If I’m ignored, that’s not my fault.