Jeb Bush gave a speech Friday in the familiar environment of Miami Florida, courting business leaders for a possible run for the White House in 2016. While he may have impressed those in attendance who judge most things strictly by the effect on their bottom line, his comments were enough to concern many conservative Americans.
One point of exception was his firm support of common core, which he described as making the U.S. more competitive. Another, critical issue with which he differs from many Americans is amnesty. He commented that immigrants capture the entrepreneurial spirit of America.
He addressed the issue saying, “People who come here legally and illegally are the risk takers. If you’re living in a rural area of Guatemala and you come, you’re a bigger risk taker than those who stay.”
Of course, most of the illegals flooding America aren’t from Guatemala, but he couldn’t focus the attention on the wide-open border with Mexico, where it needs to be directed.
Following the Bush logic, risk taking involving criminal activity is entrepreneurial and desirable, so bank robbers and drug-runners should be welcomed as the new model for future citizens too.
Fortunately Bush couldn’t help himself and had to telegraph his positions to America in advance of the 2016 campaign. Marco Rubio blew any chance he had at the 2016 nomination by pushing for amnesty, and this could have been enough to save us the pain of enduring yet another Bush as a presidential candidate.
In his remarks on Common Core, Bush derided opposing it as supporting the “status quo.” Taking those comments a step further, his candidacy represents the status quo that has brought power to a small group of people while severely damaging our nation.
America can do much better. The GOP establishment needs to quit playing king maker, step aside, and let the will of the people have a chance to repair the damage they have caused.