A story broke from The Hill shortly after noon today that Republican conservatives booed Jeb Bush as he appealed to Republicans for more empathy for illegal immigrants. This booing combined with other hateful behavior frames the matter clearly and decisively, as if there is any wonder. Republicans have become a greedy and distasteful party of people who have confused their lust for wealth as being American and patriotic. That behavior is neither. Either the Republicans must abandon the right wing or the large residual of Americans who lean to the middle need a new coalition, or maybe a new party.
The seesaw in American politics that sifts out the extreme right and left, among other ideological differences is historic in the nation. When you examine history, one sees that the issues that separate us often cluster around degrees of compassion, empathy and concern for others as much as about ourselves. George Washington had disdain for the creation of political parties as he saw them as being divisive. He was correct about that. A nation of one party would mean that we cherish the value of the collective whole as much as we do individual freedom. Can both of those behaviors coexist under the same tent?
The American Constitution and governmental design aims at resolving our differences through collaboration and consensus. The system surely recognizes that there are many ways to think about our needs and how to address them. If we begin with the clear understanding and agreement that the goal of the nation is to optimize return on national resources whereby all people, land and materials are common to the nation, and that the role of government is to create the best environment for individuals and their organizations to optimize their performance, then we can address how to improve our rules and processes for achieving the best outcomes.
Ideas like that are too complex for wealthy and greedy persons to embrace, not so much because they don’t understand it, but because they don’t want to share and care about other people. The basic difference in America among people centers upon how the nation should balance individual freedom, liberty, and equality with concern for all citizens of varying ability and capacity. If we start with the premise that all persons should have the opportunity to live a good life in America, then we can adjust the system to achieve that. If we permit greedy and wealthy persons to impose their will on the majority of citizens, the American political system will have failed in its grand experiment.
“Bush draws boos from conservatives
By Alexandra Jaffe
A mention of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R), a potential 2016 presidential contender, brought boos from a conservative crowd in New Hampshire on Saturday.
Speaking at the New Hampshire Freedom Summit, a gathering of conservative activists and figures organized by Americans for Prosperity and Citizens United, billionaire Donald Trump said Bush’s recent comments on immigrants coming to the U.S. as an “act of love” were “out there.”
“You know, I heard Jeb Bush the other day,” he said, with quiet boos and angry murmurs erupting from the crowd at the mention of Bush’s name.”