Wingfield and Bookman: On the battle of political dynasties

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In the wake of Jeb!’s announcement this week that he intends to become the third Bush president in the last five presidencies, my colleague Kyle and I decided to talk a bit about the emergence of political dynasties and what may be driving them.



It’s also interesting to note that the Bushes and Clintons have actually grown pretty close over the years, with Bill Clinton jokingly referring to himself as the “black sheep son” of the elder President Bush and George W. Bush calling Bill his “brother from another mother.” In many ways, they have much more in common with each other than with anybody else that they’re likely to run across.

Not that the Battle of the Dynasties won’t get nasty, should it come down to that. You don’t get to a position of power like that and sustain yourself over time at that level by being faint-hearted or less than ruthless.

As a member of another dynastic family put it:

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FIGMO2
FIGMO2

666 comments?

Moving along. 

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@DownInAlbany @Numbers_R_Us 

DiA, you keep throwing out this "trust in the polls" thing concerning Mrs. Clinton.  You know, of course, that in a vacuum, such data is meaningless?

How does she stack up in the "trust department" versus the other candidates?  How many that say they have less than perfect trust for her say they definitely won't vote for her?

Without some additional data, this is just a smear attempt, containing no useful information.  If that's all you got, it's gonna be a loooong election cycle for you, I'm afraid.

gotalife
gotalife

Lets keep the grown ups in charge.

Martha Jacobson
Martha Jacobson

American Jews are an amazing sub-set of God’s chosen tribe.

3% of US population

97% of US bomb Iran/boots on the ground faction (aka send your kid, not mine faction)

88% of History/Smithsonian/PBS programming

60% of US TV/Movie comedians/actors/producers (MGM & Warner Bro’s)

50% of US White Collar Crimes

45% of US bankers

33% of US Supreme Court Justices

25% of US homosexuals

18% of Israel Defense Forces – Remember USS Liberty

.0003% of US military forces, haven't been many Jews in US military since 1949

     While Jews are heavily overrepresented in American government, business, banking and entertainment, they remain shockingly underrepresented in the US military. The reason for this stems from the small number of Jews who volunteer for military service. According to Department of Defense (DoD) statistics, Jews, who make up about 3 percent of the overall population of this country, make up less than a third of a percent of the total number of those serving in the US armed forces.  This is not a recent phenomenon either.  

The DoD lists precise religious preferences for the 58,244 Vietnam casualties.  Protestants were 64.4% (37,486), Catholics were 28.9% (16,806).  Jews were 0.004% (269).  Lots of draft deferments for Jews in the 60’s.


In fact, the dearth of Jews in Vietnam has drawn attention. Michael Lind in his 1999 book “The Necessary War” contended that by and large, Jews avoided military service in Vietnam.“Although Jews accounted for 3% of the U.S. population, Jewish men accounted for only 0.004% of the war-related deaths in the Vietnam War,” Lind wrote.“The evident explanation for this discrepancy is the use of college deferments by the higher than average proportion of Jewish men in college to avoid military service.”

Jews expect, demand and insist that America stand ready to defend Israel against all threats, even when doing so may be at cross purposes with United States national interest or result in divisive American public opinion. Yet those who must stand ready to be in the forefront of this defense are overwhelmingly not Jewish. It should not be so.  American Jews are much more likely to serve in Israel’s military.  Why is this?


 “Today, the Jewish state has a greater number of Jewish Americans serving than in any other military including their own (USA) military; with roughly 3,000 Americans who did not grow up in Israel serving”, said Israeli Defense Force (IDF) spokeswoman Lt. Libby Weiss.


The U.S. government doesn't discourage those wanting to join, but some may question why those willing to put themselves in harm's way would choose the IDF as opposed to the American military.


"As much as I'm a proud American," said David Meyers of Belmont, California, "there's an incredibly deep and long connection that I have to Israel."


Julius Rosenberg and Ethel Greenglass Rosenberg were American Jews executed for conspiracy to commit espionage relating to passing information about the atomic bomb to the USSR. Other atomic spies who were caught by the FBI offered confessions and were not executed, including Ethel's brother, David Greenglass and Harry Gold, who identified Greenglass.


Don’t forgetJerry Rubin, Abbie Hoffman, and Jonathan Pollard, an “American” Jew was a spy for Israel.

Their loyalty is to their tribe and Israel not USA.Remember USS Liberty

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@Visual_Cortex @_GodlessHeathen_ @SFM_Scootter @Martha Jacobson 

Obviously made up.  How could one even compile such data?

How does one tell who is a "bomb-Iran war monger"?  Then how does one ascertain her religion?

How does one tell who is a homosexual?  Than, how does one ascertain her religion?

Obvious bigoted lies.  GH, you cannot believe them, surely?

US_Patriot
US_Patriot

Just a quick shout out to "youlibs" & "gmare", y'all having a good evening?

td1234
td1234

@LeninTime Totally wrong. Osama had sent AQ in Iraq a message to get out because the deaths were not worth it until Obama pulled all the troops out. 

LeninTime
LeninTime

@td1234 

Who opened up Iraq to the terrorists in the first place?

gotalife
gotalife

@IReportYouWhine#1  You are so funny.


 The gop tried a vote on isis again.


It failed. Again.Which part of they can't govern did you not understand?

JamVet
JamVet

Please non-GOPers, do not bring up the death of OBL.

It really infuriates the Bushies...

gotalife
gotalife

We left Vietnam and they worked it out.


We left Iraq and they will fight it out.


Occupations are for Nazis not Americans.


Nation build America for a change.

bu2
bu2

@gotalife 

We didn't rush out of Germany or Japan and they are among the world's economic powers and 2 of our closest allies.

gotalife
gotalife

@bu2 @gotalife  Marshall plan.Both countries were destroyed but the ME is never stable.

US_Patriot
US_Patriot

@gotalife @bu2 "Both countries were destroyed but the the "goat"  is never stable."


Fixed it for ya!

gotalife
gotalife

The Biden plan.


Just do it.

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