By Nancy Thorner –
After three days packed with Republican stars, 2016 presidential hopefuls, all seeking grassroots support, finally received the results of the long-awaited Conservative Political Conference (CPAC) presidential straw poll. The conference is held by the American Conservative Union (ACU).
Over 3,000 registrants voted in CPAC’s 2015 poll, with a plurality of those being 18-25 year-olds.
Following are the five candidates who garnered the most votes: Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul won over CPAC’s right-wing activists for the third year in a row with more than a quarter of the vote at 25.7 percent (Supporters are routinely trucked in.); Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker placed 2nd with a 21.4 percent vote total; Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson finished in third (with 11.5 percent) and fourth (with 11 percent) place, respectively; while former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush came in fifth place at 8 percent.
Many conservatives are wary of Jeb Bush, seeing him as an establishment Republican who is too liberal on immigration and Common Core. Bush sees himself as a practicing, reform-minded conservative. Given Jeb Bush’s positive stance on illegal immigration and Common Core, it was rather surprising that Jeb Bush was given a prime time speaking slot on Friday afternoon, Feb. 27. Furthermore, Jeb Bush was granted the opportunity to field questions from Fox News host Sean Hannity for almost 20 odd minutes on stage to make his case to the crowd. Although Jeb Bush was meet by some lusty boos, by the end of the Q&A session with Hannity the hecklers had been quieted and Bush had won plenty of applause, some seemingly coming from those his camp had arranged to attend. While Bush had hoped to come in 2nd among CPAC’s voters, capturing 5th place was reported as an achievement.
Bush’s 5th place showing is cause for worriment and concern among some rank and file Republicans, especially with his Republican conservative base. CBS News’ latest election poll doesn’t reflect CPAC’s conservative hierarchy. In the nationwide CBS survey, Bush and Paul lead among self-identified Republicans, with 41 percent and 39 percent respectively. Which brings to mind this question: Will Republican voters once again allow the GOP establishment to pick the next presidential candidate only to have the chosen candidates fail, as did Bob Dold, McCain, and Mitt Romney?
“Kingmakers” select candidates
A must read is Phyllis Schlafly’s book,” A Choice Not An Echo” (Updated and expanded 50th Anniversary Edition), which reveals how GOP “kingmakers,” using every trick in the book, have “dictated the choice of the Republican presidential nominee just a completely as the Paris dress-makers control the length of women’s skirts.”
According to Schlafly, their objective was to maintain control of a Republican Party that would echo the New Deal Democrats rather than offer voters a meaningful choice. Schlafly book covers elections from 1936 to what we might expect in 2016. Regarding Goldwater, he was smeared and treated harshly by the establishment (kingmakers) in 1964. When Goldwater was successful in winning the Republican nomination, all stops were pulled out by the kingmakers to ensure that Goldwater would lose to Johnson. The kingmakers favored Johnson over Goldwater because they were not adverse to the continuation of Johnson’s policies.
In case you’re wondering why Jeb Bush is vying to be the GOP standard bearer in 2016, even hoping to be declared as such before the first state primary election is held, Michelle Malkin provides the answer.
Jeb Bush’s ties to Common Core
According to Sept. 20, 2013 report by Michelle Malkin, Jeb’s group, the grand sounding Foundation for Excellence in Education, is tied at the hip federally funded testing consortium called PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers), which raked in $186 million through Race to the Top to develop nationalized tests aligned to the Common Core program [PARCC testing is very controversial and is scheduled to be administered soon here in Illinois.]
Furthermore, one of the Bush Foundation’s major corporate sponsors is Pearson, the multi-billion educational publishing and testing conglomerate. Pearson snagged $23 million in contracts to design the first wave of PARCC test items. Pearson just happens to have a $250 million contract with Bush’s home state of Florida to design and publish its state tests
This summer, Pearson sealed a whopping $30 million taxpayer-subsidized deal to supply the city’s schools with 45,000 iPads pre-loaded with Pearson Common Core curriculum apps. That’s $678 per iPad, $200 more than the standard cost, with scant evidence that any of this shiny edu-tech will do anything to improve the achievement bottom line.
On January 1, Jeb Bush announced that he was ending all his relationships with several corporations and nonprofit organizations, including his own K-12 advocacy group, the Foundation for Excellence in Education. It was roughly two weeks after Bush had made know that he was creating an exploratory committee for a potential run for the White House. According to Bush’s aides, Jeb was leaving these groups in order to focus more time on politics, although Bush’s decision could very well have been an attempt to disentangle himself from relationships that could complicate his potential run for the White House. Two years ago critics did allege that the Jeb Bush foundation inappropriately lobbies and influences state education leaders on behalf of for-profit entities, particularly digital education services.
Bush likewise ended his relationship with Academic Partnerships, a company that has converted over 4,000 courses to online formats in over 3000 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. According to the company’s website, Jeb Bush earned $60,000 a year as a paid adviser and also owned a small share of the company’s stock.
It should be obvious by now why Bush is such a zealot advocate for Common Core. Just follow the money. For anyone whose head isn’t buried in the sand, Common Core is a left-wing education dream that depends on federal funding to serve as a pathway to indoctrinate children. This is not unlike the way Saul Alinsky choreographed the silent revolution.
Past behavior suggests caution
Worthy of consideration is how candidate Jeb Bush might conduct himself during a presidential run? A Crowley Political Report on Feb. 26 questioned whether Jeb Bush would act like a bully in a GOP race for president. Having vowed that he would run for president only if he can do it “joyfully”, a recent New York Times article noted that behind the scenes Bush and his aides have pursued the nation’s top campaign donors, political operatives, and policy experts with an eye to rapidly locking up the highest-caliber figures, thus making it all but impossible for other Republican candidates to assemble a high-octane campaign team. In each of his governor elections in 1994, 1998, and 2002, Bush attempted to corner the market, willing to “joyfully” hurl a fastball straight to the noggin of anyone who dared to get in his way. The Times story is worth reading for those unfamiliar with Jeb Bush and his way of campaigning joyfully.
For all practical purposes Jeb Bush must be given the benefit of the doubt when claiming to be a practicing, reform-minded conservative despite his support for Common Core and amnesty. There is, however, ample documentation to show that Jeb Bush is following in the footsteps of his dad, G.H. Bush, and his brother, G.W, as a globalist.
In Part 2 these questions will be addressed: 1) What is a globalist?; 2) How does Common Core become an issue common to globalists?, and 3) What non-governmental organization are united in their goal to subdue human kind and usher in World Government?