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The “Bush” name Conjures Up A Neo-Con Mindset . . . But Are the Bush Women Blazing New Trails? | June 15, 2010


Well, well, well. Even though the name “Bush” calls to mind an ultra-conservative, neo-con, mindset, the women in the family — including former First Lady Laura Bush, and her daughter, Barbara Bush — aren’t toeing the party line. They’re taking a brave stance, considering the climate of the right-wingers these days, who react to anything outside the tent as traitorous.

Young Barbara Bush stated in an interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday that she guesses she’s “glad the [health care reform] bill was passed,” and went even further by stating that she believes access to healthcare is every person’s right.

“Why do basically people with money have good healthcare,” Ms. Bush said, “And why do people that live on lower salaries not have good healthcare? You know, health should be a right for everyone.”

Despite her monied background and family resources, it appears that Ms. Bush is very much in touch with the average person’s plight — in fact, she’s President of Global Health Corps, an organization that “champions global health equity.”

Ms. Bush’s comments come on the heels of her mother, Laura Bush’s, support of Elena Kagan as a Supreme Court nominee, which also represented a sharp departure from the right-wing party line. Also appearing on Fox News, former First Lady Laura Bush said that she thought Elena Kagan’s nomination to the Supreme Court is “great . . . I’m really glad that there will be three [women] if she’s confirmed. I like to have women on the Supreme Court.” The former First Lady also, in an interview with Larry King on CNN, professed support for both abortion rights and gay marriage. Perhaps it’s because she was raised as a Democrat, but for whatever reason, it’s refreshing to see conservative women veer away from the narrow world views of political figures such as Sarah Palin and other female Tea Party candidates.

We need more conservative women of substance, women who are humanitarian and compassionate (unlike those of the Jan Brewer ilk), and unafraid to speak out. Be curious to see how the right-wingers react to the Bush women “going rogue.”

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