Election 2016: How to Waste $150 Million.

Jeb Bush has officially dropped out of the 2016 Presidential race. In some ways, it’s a shame. The election could’ve come down to the brother of a former President versus the wife of a former President. This would’ve been the best situation to expose the American oligarchy to the public, although the public probably wouldn’t have cared. As someone who likes to trash politicians whenever I can, it would’ve given me a lot to talk about. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be.

When Jeb Bush was starting his campaign, they raised an astounding $150 million from donors. Needless to say, that’s a lot of dough. They went on to spend at least $80 million of it. And for what? I barely saw a dime of it in action. How many Jeb Bush political ads did you see anywhere? I saw one on a TV at the gym, and only that one time. Furthermore, it was completely forgettable. It was your typical soft focus “I’m-such-a-great-guy” ad featuring endorsements from political losers in the Senate whose names I’ve never heard before. It probably generated a lot of buzz among his campaign ad writers, who I’m sure all congratulated each other on such a wonderful advertisement. Meanwhile, most voters probably didn’t even realize it was a political ad, instead mistaking it for a cheesy 1980’s family sitcom intro. “Honey! Step By Step is back on the air!”

The funniest part of the whole thing was “Jeb!”. Perhaps you saw this somewhere:

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I’m no campaign expert, but I feel like it was a bad move. Bottom line: Jeb Bush is one of the most boring SOBs on the political scene. In a match of him vs. Hillary Clinton, he’d muddle along. But against firebrands like Trump, Cruz, and Sanders, Bush was doomed. Republican debates consisted of Trump, Cruz, and… that other soft-spoken guy. So adding the exclamation point to the end of his name seemed like a brainless and transparent attempt to somehow make him seem exciting. “Jeb!” I’m pretty sure nobody has ever said his name with that kind of exclamatory emphasis in his entire life, with the possible exception of his wife during those hot Florida nights. He is simply an utterly boring and uninspiring person.

It helps even less that his brother was one of the worst Presidents of the modern age. Obama is a real stinker, but he hasn’t really been able to screw us in many other ways than Obamacare. He has been mostly impotent, which I’ll count as a vague positive. I’ll take a clueless, impotent president over an smart but malevolent president. Bush, meanwhile, got us into two failed wars and encouraged the TARP bailouts, which was a true crime against the common man. I do not think most people look back on the Bush years with fondness. So Jeb Bush had to fight the negative associations throughout his campaign.

In a last-ditch effort, he dug out his brother to go on the stump for him. Why he thought it’d be a good idea, I don’t know. I suspect even George Bush Jr. knew it was probably a bad idea, which is why he avoided getting involved until that time. But by then Jeb may have known he was basically hopeless, and figured he’d at least give his ex-president brother a shot at campaigning. Clearly, it didn’t work.

I almost feel bad for Jeb. He was considered a frontrunner for 2016 as early as 2012. He probably really thought he’d get his chance to shine and crawl out of the shadow of his daddy and brother. But it simply wasn’t meant to be. He may even be sobbing in the shower as we speak, chewing his loofa in agony while Donald Trump’s words echo in his brain: “Jeb… You’re fired.”

So, that’s at least $80 million in campaign dollars down the drain. Think about the major donors that gave him hundreds of thousands, or maybe even millions. What a waste! They could’ve just burned the money in a pile for the same effect. The worst part about it is that we all saw it coming. I began reconsidering my position on Bush’s inevitable nomination a few months ago, when all of the major polls began reflecting his downward slide. By the start of the New Year, I was beginning to conclude that he may actually get booted out of the race. But while we all knew this was coming, he kept blowing his millions. What a waste of money.

VOTER REVOLT

Bush was clearly not as inevitable as I thought he was. I put too much faith into what the Establishment is capable of. There is no question that Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton were the Establishment choices for this election. Like usual, we were supposed to pick between the left cheek or the right cheek of the same ass.

Things have not gone entirely according to plan. Bush has dropped out. Furthermore, even Hillary’s candidacy is in doubt. She is beating outsider socialist Bernie Sanders, but not by much. She’s not going to have the smooth sailing into the nomination that she may have originally thought.

Murray Rothbard, one of my favorite economists, once made this statement: “No ruling elite can maintain power without the support of the public to some degree.” I agree with this. Ultimately, even the Establishment elites are only human. If the public decides to quit supporting them en masse, they’re going to have a problem on their hands; for instance, if the military and secret police (if there is one) turn on them. This is what happened in most of the socialist countries at the end of the 1980s: the military and law enforcement agencies mutinied. Without gun-toting soldiers and agents to force everyone around by threat of violence, the socialist regimes fell apart. This was most dramatic in Romania, when the peon soldiers suddenly decided they’d had enough of shooting their own people and instead turned their guns on their officers before turning them on the Great Socialist Leader himself. In the span of only a few days, the whole regime fell apart.

This is basically what has happened to the Republican Party, and what is happening to a less successful degree in the Democratic Party. The voters are staging a revolt. For a while, the top three polling Republicans were Trump, Cruz, and Ben Carson: two of them being complete political outsiders, while Cruz is definitely an outsider within his own party. On the Democratic side, voters are close to nominating a candidate, Bernie Sanders, who isn’t even a registered Democrat. He has run as an independent for his entire political career.

I chalk it up to this: many Americans are beginning to sense that the country is floundering. The economy is stagnant, war seems perpetual, Islamic terrorism seems ever-present, and total intellectual madness is taking place on a grand scale across the country. There really are people who insist that black is white and man is woman, and they really are beginning to use the sharp end of the law to force people into pretending it’s all true. This demoralizes people who are not insane.

Couple this with divorce rates and bastardy rates at all-time highs, abetting the society-wide implosion of family structure, and you have a nation that seems to be increasingly held together only by the somatic catharsis of professional sports and reality TV. Even that’s cracking a little bit, with undercurrents of the current racial zeitgeist creeping into the Super Bowl as a proxy race war between Peyton Manning and Cam Newton. Soon, reality TV will be our only respite, our final refuge. Shoot me when that happens.

So, voters are starting to get desperate. They can feel the country slipping away. They are beginning to turn toward outsiders, for better or worse.

CONCLUSION

I would not want to be our next President. I fully believe a severe recession will afflict the USA before the end of the next President’s term. I’m not saying it’ll be the apocalypse. But money is going to get tight again. People will lose their jobs, and are going to have to buckle down on lifestyle downgrades.

Problem: Recessions are always blamed on the sitting president, regardless of whether or not they actually had anything to do with it. The next President will really have had nothing to do with it, but they’ll get blamed anyway. Their re-election campaign will become a brutal fight for survival, and people will forever associate that President with the recession. This is exactly what happened to Jimmy Carter. His reputation has never recovered.

Even if Bush had been able to pull it together and win the election, so what? He’d preside over a huge recession before the end of his first term. Everyone would blame him for it. Because he’s a Bush, he’d get it even worse; people are still hurting from the recession at the end of his brother’s second term. The Bush family would officially descend into permanent historical infamy. He wouldn’t win a second term. All of those campaign donations would’ve ultimately gone to waste anyway. If I could pass a one-sentence message to Jeb Bush right now, the message would say this: “You dodged a bullet, old sport.”

People willing to donate massive amounts of money to Presidential candidates should think much harder about what they are doing. Most of the time, it’s waste of money.

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