Sean Edwards

The American Resurrection

Jeb Bush’s Plan For World Domination

Bush-ColbertI watched the first episode of the Late Show with Stephen Colbert recently, and he had Jeb Bush on the show.

As most of my readers know, I am not a republican. So even though some of my political ideas align with the Right, many also align with the Left. And then there are some ideas that belong in a camp of their own.

I say this because, with the exception of Rand Paul, I am not *particularly* thrilled with any of the republican candidates for president.

That being said, Jeb said something that resonated deep with me.

How Does Bush Think He Can Do That?

He claimed he could heal the rift in the country. He said he could cross the great polar divide of partisan politics. And Stephen called him out on it. He said, “Others have said that before, you think you can do it?” Jeb responded by saying (not an exact quote): “Yes I do. I may be considered a heretic for saying this, but I don’t believe Obama’s motives are bad. I just don’t agree with his policy decisions.”

He went on to talk about how we have to stop labeling the other side as the devil and work together.

Those are lofty words. And I can only image how much more difficult they are to walk out.

But…

That’s a big deal. How many other republicans are willing to say that about Obama?

Everyone in the political world seems dead set on casting their opponent as the destroyer of America.

We may not agree with people, but we can still respect them.

I say it like this: All people are innocent until proven guilty. I know it is familiar, but not in this context. I have chosen to believe that all people are good at heart until it is proven otherwise. I may not agree with their choices, but I assume their motives are good.

We assume that politicians, businessmen and women, and [insert your favorite scapegoat] are malicious. They get into office to fill their own pockets at the expense of the rest of us. We assume CEOs and business people are out to destroy the “little man,” if it means a few more dollars of profit.

This Is A Cancer In Our Society

We take these assumptions into virtually every political discussion. For many, these assumptions are basic facts of life, along with gravity and photosynthesis.

This cancer will destroy us if we don’t destroy it first.

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” – Abraham Lincoln

Do some people do bad things? Yes. But are the majority of people thieves, liars, and carpetbaggers? No. How many people do you know that you would call malicious? How many people in your life carry the same motives you (may) attribute to politicians and businessmen?

I bet very few. And probably none. But it is easy to hate people we’ve dehumanized.

Jeb Bush is right. We need to assume the best in people until they have given us reason to believe otherwise.

So, can Jeb heal a nation?

Unlikely. One man can not change the heart of a nation. If we really want to fix the political system, the American people have to adopt a new attitude towards people they don’t know. When they do that, our government will reflect the change.

We need to realize that democrats don’t wake up to destroy the Constitution.

We need to recognize that republicans are not waging a war on women.

How do we do that? It is both easy and hard. We have to be willing to step out of our own ideas and understand someone else’s perspective.

Why are democrats doing things that seem contrary to the Constitution? What is their intention? Is there a way we can agree with their objective, but offer a different solution?

Why do republicans want to end abortion? Is it really because they want to limit women’s rights? Or do they have other motives? Good motives with which you could agree? Maybe even if you don’t agree with the execution?

Once we do this, we see people for who they really are. Not the straw men we’ve constructed in our minds.

That is how you destroy this cancer. And that is how you heal a nation.

Jeb can’t do it. But could be a step in the right direction? Maybe. We’ll see.

About Sean Edwards

Sean Edwards is an author and a communication strategist. He graduated from the Western Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in history. Sean has a passion for discussing philosophy and American politics.

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