Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Irreni Solutions vs. Marco Rubio

Hi! Happy Tuesday!


Eschew ideology. Eschew party purity.


Rubio in the last Republican debate thanked God that Bush was in charge during 9/11 and not Al Gore. However, the better analysis is to express regret, a regret that John McCain didn't beat George Bush in the Republican primary.


How are you? Irreni World Scale is about solutions not political punditry but occasionally I like to mix the two.

There was a Republican Presidential Debate on Sunday where this following occurred:

Bush also got a boost from Rubio who said during the debate, "I thank God it was George W Bush in the White House on 9/11, not Al Gore." It should also be noted this was one of the most applauded lines of the night. 

Rubio got it wrong. Rubio should have been sorry it was George W Bush in the White House and not John McCain.

Rubio's comment was a response to Trump. Donald Trump called George W. Bush a liar about Iraq's weapon of mass destructions. Trump also impugned Bush's leadership by asserting 9/11 happened on Bush's watch. Or to use Trump's phrasing, Bush's reign.

What is interesting about Trump is that Trump is tacking left already. Trump must feel he already has the Republican nomination in the bag. He is already appealing to centrist Democrats by praising Planned Parenthood for everything except abortion and phrasing "Bush's reign", a nod to liberals who felt Bush acted more like a King than a President. Why start praising Planned Parenthood now? Wailing on G.W. now? Because he is tacking center.

Trump has the right of it. Trump is just taking a page out of Reagan's play book of inclusive politics, but with Yuge strategic differences. First, Reagan said to never speak ill of a fellow Republican. That is not Trump's idea of inclusiveness. That's because Trump is not a party guy. No, Trump's strategy is more along the idea of Reagan Democrats. Trump is appealing to moderates, or Reagan Democrats. Trump has zero interest in appealing to party purity, party ideology and the Republican establishment.

I started voting in 1980, when I turned age eighteen. Like most young kids I had no interest in politics. I don't remember who I voted for in 1980. By 1988 I was following politics and I registered "Independent" not understanding that "Independent" meant the "Independent party". Since then I changed my party affiliation to "non-partisan" and have been "non-partisan" ever since, except once in 1999. This is that story when I registered Republican to vote for John McCain in the primary. 

Clinton was a disaster as a President. He repealed Glass-Steagel, he deregulated telecommunications paving the way for Viacom and large media comglomerates. Clinton approved of NAFTA. There was no way I was going to vote for Clinton-lite: Al Gore.

So I became very interested in the Republican Primary. Eventually I came to realize that George Bush was a clear-and-present danger to this country because of his wilful naivety and lack of curiosity. For example, Bush had a standing order as Governor of Texas of there to be no memo on his desk longer than one page; i.e. wilful ignorance.  Just on this one dimension Bush was an  danger to a democracy; not because of failed ideology but disinterest dysfunction. His contender was John McCain. McCain was pragmatic Republican who had no track record of ideological purity. He also had first-hand military experience that would prevent the war naivety that Bush eventually showed calling himself the "war president". Only people with something to prove would exclaim "war president".

I honestly believe that if McCain had been President and not Bush after 9/11 the Republican party would be much better off today, and so would America. First, McCain would have never approved of torture. Second, McCain had no incentive to go into Iraq and would have focused solely on Afghanistan. The mess in the middle-east today has exactly one root cause: Bush invading Iraq and overthrowing Saddam. The result of overthrowing Saddam was made clear in the very words of George H. W. Bush in his book, "A World Transformed", where Bush wrote overthrowing Saddam would have been "opening the gates of hell". And opened the gates of hell we did in the second gulf war. Bush did that, McCain wouldn't have.

The problem with Rubio is that he doesn't have enough political will or interest to be his own man and will carry the establishment's water without fail.

But we don't have too. We can eschew ideology, eschew party purity and compare Republicans to Republicans, Democrats to Democrats. We can have a wider debate.

Eschew ideology. Eschew party purity.

Demand Irreni World Scale!

Think disruption!

Empathy for all!

Moral relativity: think it, breath it!

Prove it or lose it!

Conversations equal consensus! 

Welcome to the 21st century!

Scale your empathy, scale the world! 

Find your tribe!

Be sexy people!

The future is coming! 

Innovate at a rapid pace!

Slow speed ahead!

Well come! and well met!

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