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Jeb Bush Goes Charles Murray In All Racist Splendor

In Bush "Murray Pie", Charles Murray, Jeb Bush Goes Charles Murray, National Review, Talking Points Memo, The Bell Curve on May 4, 2015 at 11:32 AM

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Talking Points Memo

“I like Charles Murray books to be honest with you, which means I’m a total nerd I guess,” (Jeb) Bush said.

Last week the conservative National Review’s editor Rich Lowry sat with Jeb Bush for an event interview. During the course of the interview Lowery is reported to have asked Bush about “any policy” that could reverse what Lowry commented was the breakdown of the family over past decades

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Bush responded in a manner that has to cause heartburn for his campaign team. Bush’s response:

“Absolutely, there is,” Bush, a likely 2016 Republican presidential candidate, said. “It’s not exactly the core. My views on this were shaped a lot on this by Charles Murray’s book, except I was reading the book and I was waiting for the last chapter with the really cool solutions — didn’t quite get there.

Charles Murray’s books are controversial in many ways. In every way, the conservative racist’s two most noted works include commentary about how the “welfare state” of the 1960s and 1970s hurt the nation’s less economically fortunate more than the programs helped. While whites have always been and continue to be the largest welfare benefits populace, African-Americans receive the benefits at a greater (per capita) rate. Thus, many whites, especially conservative whites, are steadfast in their dog whistle reaction to the word “welfare” as give away to black people.

Another more recent book,  The Bell Curvewas a project Murray co-authored with Richard Herrnstein. The Bell Curve has been vilified as racist based on the authors position that African-Americans aren’t as intelligent as white Americans because of genetic differences.


In 1994 Bob Herbert, then a columnist at The New York Times, described the book as a “scabrous piece of racial pornography masquerading as serious scholarship.”e

If you recall former Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan (R) has stepped into Charles Murray’s flawed social theories with his historic remarks about “inner city culture.” In May 2014, TPM’s Editor’s Blog featured a Josh Marshall piece that summed-up Paul (suburbia) Ryan and his inner city remarks. Marshall’s piece and the tsunami of negative responses to Paul’s “Murray flatulence” led to Paul’s historic retort.

Paul responded to overwhelming criticism for his heartfelt remarks with: “I was inarticulate.” Why do we often hear conservatives say those words: “I was inarticulate!” Wonder if Jeb Bush comes back with the same refrain?

Bush, Ryan and Murray… The Southern Poverty Law Center has stated a position on Murray and his works.

According to Murray, disadvantaged groups are disadvantaged because, on average, they cannot compete with white men, who are intellectually, psychologically and morally superior. Murray advocates the total elimination of the welfare state, affirmative action and the Department of Education, arguing that public policy cannot overcome the innate deficiencies that cause unequal social and educational outcomes.

Sadly, US media will not expend ample minutes reporting on Jeb Bush’s overt association with one of the nation’s most public racist. The problem is multi-layered and it perseveres across the GOP and conservative America. Alas, the nation has progressives who may subscribe to certain tenets of Murray’s racism. Yet, you will not find a progressive who will callously align with such vile racism, while noted Republicans seem to find Murray a quotable ideology guru. Moreover, those same GOP leaders do not hesitate to espouse their affinity for Murray.

Appealing to the GOP’s primary base yields deep rooted social concerns that should have passed from our psyches decades ago.  

Another layer of the Bush “Murray Pie”; the reality of Bush as a moderate GOP candidate. The moderate revels in Murray! what lies below the surface of Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Mike Huckabee, and the other 25 plus aspirants for primary votes? 
Where is RNC’s false prophet of party diversity? Rience Priebus has often spoken about a party of “old white guys” while working undercover to insure minority voter suppression reaches all key swing states.

The layers Bush added to the quest for all candidates for the GOP primary is duly noted.  but, let;s take a quick run through the last layer of Jeb’s “Murray Pie”. Where is US media regarding the comments from the alleged moderate Republican.

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