To Some, the Bush Name Still Haunts America

Having a good name for yourself means more than your government name.  It is how you represent your family, your community, your profession, and most of all, your God.  Too many people get a bad rap because of their government names or the gathered history of their government name.  We as Americans are too brainy to try a person’s credibility solely on their name.  Gov. Jeb Bush has a problem with his name, just as many minorities had a problem with theirs when they tried to vote in the election in the year of 2000.  It’s a system not up to par when we take away people’s eligibility to vote and for elected office unfairly.  The list of convicted felons that was sent to the election boards in Florida was imprecise and the company that compiled it told the Division of Elections to check it.  The Division was negligent in doing so and people who were worthy to vote were deprived as happened before the Civil Rights Movement.  More than half of the prison inmates in Florida were of racial minority descent.  So, there could be a large possibility that a plethora of them could be confused with others of similar names because of their anthropological backgrounds.  Jeb definitely cares about all Americans (see Jeb Bush: The Civil Rights Candidate in The Cheraw Chronicle).  Still, his seemingly inattentive actions during the 2000 presidential election brought a throng of questions about his intentions.

My personal name could have been confused with that of a convicted felon who happened to be the University of South Carolina’s President in the 19th century named Thomas Cooper.  George Washington University Law Alum and South Carolina circuit court judge Thomas Cooper could have been jumbled with his name too.  As a result, this must not happen again and people are worried about that possibility.  Especially since Willie Horton was used in his George H. W. Bush’s presidential campaign to frighten Americans about racial stereotypes. Then, during the 2000 election the NAACP highly publicized the lynching of a black man in Jasper, Texas and “W” ‘s failure to sign a hate crime laws.  So, all Americans are familiar with the contentious story line that is being told by a pack of influential Americans through the media that has some chunks of truth in it.  Americans are tired of the incidents of discrimination each of us may face each day.  We detest the history of slavery, while knowing that it must also be acknowledged as fact.  We loathe the history of Jim Crow, but learning about it is crucial.  We hate the times of voter intimidation and hope we don’t have to witness it again.  At the same time, ethnic minorities are fed up with the narrative of disorganization, unprofessionalism, lawlessness, and barbarism that are claimed as a means of putting a lid on our progress in America.

The hanging chads in the 2000 election in majority minority counties; the allegations of double votes in counties with high minority populations; the accusations of voter fraud from felons and non-citizens in communities with a high amount of underrepresented peoples.  All of this was substantiated with a large cloud looming, and a weatherman couldn’t tell whether it was overcast or a malicious monsoon.

All people can participate in our democracy in some way, since we are civilized, and no one is now considered a subhuman. So, everyone must be treated equally.  We are infested with immigrants and information, now we must learn how to absorb it all.  On the other hand, President George H.W. Bush and President George W. Bush might as well go ahead and formally endorse Gov. Jeb Bush.  People will definitely not be surprised when they throw their support behind their relative.  Everyone else in America would do the same thing for their son or brother, and it wouldn’t be an unexpected happening.  The endorsements from the last two GOP presidents will bring clearness and clarity to a vision that needs direction in America.

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