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by P. David Gardner

If you can find anyone foolish enough to take the bet, it's no doubt that you could make big money by betting on what most any Republican candidate will stand for.

Hmm, let's see:

  • Outlawing abortion at any stage and taking full control of women's bodies ... check.
  • Prohibiting and revoking any existing same sex marriages ... check.
  • Sending troops into the Middle East to "clean things up" and secure the steady flow of cheap oil to the States for decades to come ... check.
  • Trashing the successful Obamacare program and replacing it with an ill-defined for-profit system of "health care" that benefits one of their biggest donors, the health insurers ... check.
  • Further invading the right to privacy of any and all American citizens ... WHAT?!?

In a not quite surprising move, Presidential candidate Jeb Bush today proclaimed that if he were elected to the highest office in all the land, he would immediately move to ensure that the National Security Agency (NSA) be able to more easily collect even more data from private citizens and, presumably, companies to combat all those "evildoers" that mean their bottom line ... err, America ... harm.

A devout believer in further extensions of the Patriot Act, Bush summarily dismissed claims by civil libertarians that the Act violated the rights of citizens.

"There's a place to find common ground between personal civil liberties and NSA doing its job," Bush said. "I think the balance has actually gone the wrong way."

Unfortunately, the definition of the term "evildoers" seems to shift a lot in the Republican mindset. Today it's terrorists, tomorrow Democrats?

Bush also assured voters that he would send ground troops into Eastern Europe in response to Russia's incursion into various countries in the region, saying that Russian President Vladmir Putin needed to learn that his "adventurism" must come at a price ... that price being American ground troops to mix it up with Russian troops, apparently.

So there you go, straight from the horse's mouth. You can have no doubt about it. The Republican's best chance at election next year is Jeb Bush, and he promises to make all our lives a living hell.

P. David Gardner is a long time writer and reporter, as well as a graphic designer and photographer. And he creates terrific web sites too. For more details, see pauldavidgarder.com.

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