Wednesday, February 26, 2003


To: The Rittenhouse Review
From: J.F.
Date: February 24, 2003

I read major portions of the Washington Post puff piece on Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.) (See "Whatever Happened to the Washington Post?", The Rittenhouse Review, February 23), in between frequent visits to the kitchen to wash the saliva out of my mouth and two quick trips to the bathroom, just in case the rolling and unsettlement in my stomach produced a purge. No luck there.

As someone who has been a proud resident of a sleepy, backwater, 19th century southern state for 13 years, I was appalled. Appalled by Jeb! and his apparently inherited lust to destroy representative government, as his "smarter and wiser" brother worked to bring about in Texas before moving on to bigger and better victims.

Your comment about the article makes me feel you're as cynical about a bought and paid for national press as I am. It's hard to believe the Post once was considered a crusading leader in its profession, isn't it? How the mighty have fallen.

Like all of the Bush family, Gov. Bush is self-isolated. That's a defense mechanism they've developed to avoid direct questions about their extra-constitutional actions, although why anyone would examine their track records and consider the family "moralistic" is beyond me. Since Prescott Bush's conviction for trafficking with the enemy in wartime, the entire clan has been a beacon for crime. Lacking morals and ethics, it seems to me.

With all that inherited guilt, plus the self-knowledge of their crimes over the last 20 years, it's also hardly surprising they're "emotionally brittle." Why, Jeb!, our state's great paragon of family values even failed to emotionally support his daughter when she was to appear in court for sentencing. Instead, he showed his commitment to family values by appearing at a campaign fund-raiser instead.

Disgraceful indeed!