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Kuznicki: Absurd Polls That Favor Jeb Bush

By: Jen Kuznicki | December 30th, 2014

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Jeb Bush is polling as the man to beat in 2016, and it's completely absurd.

He will have ample time to create a story about himself that will downplay his faults and accentuate his strengths, while his critics will have plenty of time to put together an effort to destroy his candidacy.

Most people outside of Florida have little idea what Jeb Bush has done in office and even fewer voters know what he plans to propose or the direction he seeks for the Republican Party. But in poll after poll, John Ellis Bush (J.E.B.), the privileged son of President G. H.W. Bush, brother of President G.W. Bush and grandson of a banker and Rockefeller-type Republican senator from Connecticut, Prescott Bush, is leading the list of Republican nomination contenders by a wide margin.  So far though, he's the only one who has announced his desire to run for the office.

For his sake, there is an upside and a downside to him announcing so far in advance of the 2016 race.  He will have ample time to create a story about himself that will downplay his faults and accentuate his strengths, while his critics will have plenty of time to put together an effort to destroy his candidacy.  There is another downside as well; he has plenty of time to screw things up on his own.

I think the latter has already happened.

In several instances, Jeb Bush has said inane things that play to the lobbyist wing of the party, demonstrating an inability to connect with ordinary Americans and rank-and-file GOP voters. His recent comment stands out, "We don’t have to make a point any more as Republicans...We have to actually show that we can, in an adult-like way, we can govern, lead.”

We don't have to make a point?  How absurd.

One of the main characteristics of a conservative is that they push government to act on principle.

One of the main characteristics of a conservative is that they push government to act on principle.  Jeb Bush, through his patronizing comments, stands as a direct attack on the principles of conservatism, the founding of the nation and the founding of the Republican Party.

The origin of the word "principle" comes from the Latin words for, "first," "chief," "foundations," and "source."  Other words like "basis" and "base" are used in place of the word "principle."  Everything a conservative does is to promote principle and make points that resonate with people who wish to be free. Conservative principle is based on historical human experience, and the founding of this nation was based upon the premise that man should be free to govern himself.  Conservatives use principle to keep men free from those on the other side of the equation, the would-be kings.  In modern-day terms, the left represents a lust for losing control of one's self, thereby needing a master, and the right represents self-control, or self-governance.

Now, when we have a presidential candidate for a nation birthed in the God-given right for man to be free to govern himself, for a party birthed in the belief that all men should be free and should not suffer at the coercive hands of another, and that presidential candidate says that we don't need to make a point, we just need to herd the cattle from the feeder to the barn, I'm afraid the idea that he would become our president is completely backwards.  There is no principle or basis for him to be able to do so.

The principled base is actively being shunned by this candidate. How can it be principled to declare a wish to lose the interest of the principled, to make a point about not having to make a point?

Notice how often Jeb Bush says he's "conservative," and says the word, "principle."  Why, he even said recently that he needed to lose the primary to win the general without compromising his principles.  Regardless of his admonishing claim that we don't need to make a point, surely he intended to make the point in that comment that the conservative base, those who act on and push principle, are disagreeable not only to the Republican Party, but are bad for the country.

The principled base is actively being shunned by this candidate.  How can it be principled to declare a wish to lose the interest of the principled, to make a point about not having to make a point?

Already, based on his own words, the polls touting Jeb Bush as a viable candidate to be the next President from the Republican Party is absurd.

Jen Kuznicki is a Conservative Review contributor. Follow her on Twitter @jen5309.

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