Yesterday, April 6, 2014, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush was in College Station, Texas speaking about various issues affecting Republican candidates and how they are at odds with today's America. Most notably his stance on immigration which sounds as if he lifted his remarks directly from the Libertarian Party's immigration page.
The Libertarian Party's immigration page cites an article written by Daniel Griswold where it says, "Crossing an international border to support your family and pursue dreams of a better life is not an inherently criminal act like rape or robbery. If it were, then most of us descend from criminals. As the people of Texas know well, the large majority of illegal immigrants are not bad people. They are people who value family, faith and hard work trying to live within a bad system."
Jeb Bush said yesterday in his remarks on immigration, "Yes, they broke the law, but it's not a felony. It's an act of love, it's an act of commitment to your family."
As we wrote last week in how Americans are coming around to a libertarian point of view, apparently Bush and his Republican operatives have been perusing libertarian websites to garner talking points.
Some libertarians continue to like Jeb Bush, though feel his brother George should likely be in jail for war crimes. One of Jeb's first acts as Governor of Florida was to eliminate the motorcycle helmet law, which many libertarians saw as an act of freedom.
That is not to say libertarians are in agreement with him on all the issues. Common Core is one issue he will not get a free pass from them or hard core Republicans. The Libertarian Party of Florida (LPF) has officially come out against Common Core and with a constituent base which is rising dramatically, libertarians are expected to become a serious force in the 2016 presidential election. Voter registration of Florida Libertarian Party voters increased 26% over the last two years, largely above the national average. The LPF candidate for governor, Adrian Wyllie, has also come out against Common Core.
Yesterday's event was somewhat of a testing the waters for Bush to see how Republicans and America as a whole views him and his stance on the issues. Bush is contemplating whether to run for President of the United States in 2016 against the Libertarian Party and Democratic candidates for the office.