As most of our readers know well, I take pride in all things Florida. Today, our state and the people of the nation are faced with a momentous prospect. Our former Governor Jeb Bush has an opportunity to be the first Floridian ever to occupy the White House. After much reflection, I have decided not only to back Governor Bush for the Presidency but to begin a full fledged Democratic committee to back his eventual candidacy.
As a Democrat who came of age during the Chiles years, I long resented the number of Democrats I looked up to who defected to Jeb Bush during the 1998 and 2002 Gubernatorial races. In my idealistic mind, I considered these people sellouts. But with age comes wisdom and a fresh perspective. I have assessed the Bush years and now have the hindsight to think differently.
Jeb Bush was unfortunate to lose during the 1994 Republican electoral wave to Governor Lawton Chiles. The heavy hand of the trial lawyers and teachers unions did him in during that campaign and when elected Governor in 1998, Bush made sure he made those groups paid the price. Tort reform, school vouchers, expanded charter schools, medical malpractice reform and product liability record all helped to move this state forward leaving an era of big government socialism and entering the nirvana of a truly conservative age. The free market helped guide Bush’s decisions while in office and grew Florida’s economy in a way we only saw once previously in this state – during Jeb’s ten months as Commerce Secretary in the Martinez Administration.
I am inspired by Bush’s willingness to use Government to achieve any end as he did in the Terry Schiavo matter and his foreign policy philosophy which will bring about a new American Empire abroad. We have so much to offer the planet and it is our burden as Americans to impose our values on the rest of the world, because after all are an exceptional nation, the only such one on the planet. I however do have a a thing for the Brits – As a self-confessed anglophile who has made his living in the English-invented sport of Soccer, I have become like so many other Americans obsessed with the daily trappings of the royal family. That is why we need a Bush restoration in this country, after the illegitimacy of the Clinton and Obama years provided unfortunate interludes to the Bush families rule of our exceptional people.
Democracy is not to be respected if it yields the wrong result and using my experience from the youthful indiscretions of the 2000 recount when I worked for Vice President Gore, I am ready and willing to help the Bush team steal another election in Florida if needed. After all the free market dictates victory by any means necessary.
This change of heart is because I have now bought into the Republican mantra that you measure a person’s character based on how much money they earn. It is not Republicans who have convinced me of this, but Democrats. As I look around the Tallahassee lobbyist and consultant club, I see a corp dominated by former and current Democrats that supported Bob Graham and Lawton Chiles but pragmatically shifted to Jeb Bush and Rick Scott. Most of these individuals have made a nice living off the political and legislative fortunes of the state. After years of resentment about Democrats who did not behave the way I felt Democrats should, I have decided I really want to be part of this cozy club, where ideology does not matter except for one aspect – making money. Supporting Jeb Bush as a Florida Democrat will be a financial windfall and after years of playing progressive, why continue to fight it? I also realize since so many prominent Democrats in the past have openly supported Governor Bush, that if I wanted to obtain leadership in such a group, I better jump now.
In the coming days we will be turning TFS into a pro-Jeb! website. Those wishing to join our effort please contact me in the coming days. I am excited by the prospect of leaving the progressive wing of my party and joining the green wing.
Onward to victory in 2016!