Making the determination on whether or not a presidential candidate is an establishment republican is easy.
If he supports gun control, man made global warming, “comprehensive immigration legislation,” the creepy educational standards known as “common core,” and/or speaks derisively of the Tea Party, it is a clear sign that he is not supportive of Constitutional principles as envisioned by the framers of limited government and self rule.
Former Florida governor Jeb Bush
On Fox News Sunday today, Jeb Bush reaffirmed his love for illegal immigrants by downplaying their crime, as reported by Ed O’Keefe of the Washington Post today.
Bush said in part,
“Yes, they broke the law, but it’s not a felony….it’s an act of love.”
Watch his statement here:
As reported at NPR last month,
“…the Florida Board of Education recently approved minor changes to Common Core and renamed them The Florida Standards.”
Oh, yes. Jeb Bush is also clearly not a fan of the Tea Party. In an article posted at the New York Times, Bush “went so far as to say that Ronald Reagan and his father would have a ‘hard time’ fitting in during this Tea Party era…” because the Tea Party is fond of limited government or something.
It should be noted that Jeb Bush did not even register on the CPAC 2014 straw poll.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee
As reported by Frances Martel at Mediaite, Mike Huckabee supported President Obama in his 2012 executive order which “allows those who entered the country illegally as children to remain and work without fear of deportation for at least two years,” as reported at CNN.
Martel observed that Huckabee said “This isn’t amnesty,” and he referred to Obama’s initiative as “an admirable thing.”
Watch his comments here:
Huckabee, not surprisingly, is a big time supporter of Common Core.
As reported at Liberty Unyielding, Huckabee supported, was against, and then supported Common Core as long as it was “rebranded.”
He was quoted as saying,
“Rebrand it, refocus it, but don’t retreat.”
On the Tea Party, Huckabee declared that “Politics is not theology” during an interview with Fox News, as reported at the Huffington Post. Huckabee said the Tea party was creating a “line of purity nobody can live up to…”
He did not give examples.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie
As reported at Liberty Unyielding, Chris Christie should just become a card-carrying Democrat.
On immigration (speaking on whether illegal immigrants should have access to in-state tuition rates), Christie said:
”We need to get to work in the state legislature, on things like making sure that there’s tuition equality for everybody in New Jersey.”
Giving illegal immigrants a university education subsidized by the tax payer is now called “tuition equality.” Got it.
On climate change, Christie said in part,
“…when you have over 90 percent of the world’s scientists who have studied this stating that climate change is occurring and that humans play a contributing role it’s time to defer to the experts.”
Chris Christie is also a supporter of Common Core. His own website touts his support and he his quoted as saying,
“The Common Core State Standards are a building block in our state’s education system meant to ensure that teachers and districts can innovate within a framework of high expectations and accountability. They are based on the fundamental belief that every child in every classroom deserves an education that will properly equip them with the skills they need for college and a career. Our aggressive implementation of these standards in partnership with districts will ensure that our children have an education that will serve them well in the next stages of their lives.”