Saturday, May 16, 2015
Turns out that as Governor of Florida, Jeb Bush had a serious porn problem. It’s now coming back to haunt him as he seeks the Republican nomination for President.
February’s publicity stunt, during which the Bush campaign supposedly released eight years worth of emails from the candidate’s time in state office, is turning out to be more of a hindrance than a popularity booster.
The move was sparked by yet another right-wing conspiracy over Hillary Clinton’s private email account. After making a big show about releasing the emails for “transparency,” it turned out that Bush’s “big document dump” contained only about ten percent of his email communications. It didn’t take long for the media to figure out that as much as 90 percent of his communications were excluded from his big show of transparency.
Even as the right went into overtime trying to drum up controversy over Hilary Clinton’s use of a private email account during her time as Secretary of State, it was quickly revealed that Bush used a private email account while acting as Governor of Florida. Of course the republican doctrine of ‘do as we say, not as we do’ is nothing new. What’s good for the GOP’s golden goose is a massive Muslim-communist-socialist-leftist-liberal conspiracy to undermine God, guns and the sacred texts of Ayn Rand and (*mumble *mumble) something about Benghazi, for the gander.
Bush also forgot to redact confidential information from the emails, publishing names, addresses and the social security numbers of more than 12,000 Florida constituents. Nothing says “You can trust me with all of the powers and responsibilities associated with the office of President” quite like posting people’s social security numbers on the internet.
While pouring over Bush’s email dump, the International Business Times unearthed information about Jeb Bush’s use of taxpayer funds to invest in the porn industry. The emails show that the former governor was aware of the nature of the investments and that he refused to cancel them, in spite of the fact that conservative groups expressed outrage over the decision.
Emails directed to Jeb Bush and Coleman Stipanovich, the Executive Director of Florida’s State Board of Administration, were sent from concerned parents, grandparents, constituents and influential conservative groups like the American Family Association.
Constituents who voiced their opinion about state investment in Movie Gallery stock were basically told that “moral values cannot be allowed to interfere with potential profits.” If not for the fact that Ayn Rand died in 1982, you might think she had worded the replies herself.
Here’s more on Bush’s porn problem, from LipTV, via youtube.
As we get closer to the 2016 election season, Jeb Bush is campaigning hard to win over the Christian right. During a recent speech given at Liberty University, Bush attempted to define himself as the “defender of Christianity” and “Judeo-Christian values.”
“How strange, in our own time, to hear Christianity spoken of as some sort of backward and oppressive force. It’s a depressing fact that when some people think of Christianity and of Judeo-Christian values, they think of something static, narrow and outdated. . . . I cannot think of any more subversive moral idea ever loosed on the world than ‘the last shall be first, and the first last.’ ”
There’s no doubt that the Christian right is hoping to elect a president that will impose their religious and moral beliefs on the rest of this “Godless nation.” Jeb Bush is more than willing to cater to the religious extremists now, but only because he knows that he can’t win the party’s nomination without them.
To be fair, this isn’t just a Jeb Bush problem. It’s a republican problem, in general. Without the conservative Christian base republicans could not hope to win a single election. Since that’s the reality they’re faced with, they have no choice but to pretend that they’re devoted followers of God, who only want to make America a “Christian nation.”
If Republican candidates told the truth, that their real god is the golden calf and the only Bible they believe in is Ayn Rand’s Virtues of Selfishness, the GOP would be hard pressed to find a single voter to support them.