Miami New Times, FL
Feb 27 2015

By Kyle Munzenrieder Fri., Feb. 27 2015 at 8:00 AM

Jeb Bush's fledgling not-quite-campaign has a lot of problems, not
the least of which is that conservative radio talk show hosts don't
particularly like the guy. That includes the king blowhard himself,
Rush Limbaugh.

The grandaddy of conservative talk took to the airwaves on Wednesday
to claim, in great horror, that a Jeb Bush presidency would result in
all of America being turned into Miami. If you're suspecting that's a
stealth argument to stir up anti-Hispanic fears amongst his listeners,
well, you're probably right.

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Limbaugh, of course, isn't particularly known for coming up with his
own original arguments, and instead tends to rant and expound on the
thoughts of others. In this case he centers his segment on a recent
National Review article by Mark Krikorian, and he reads lengthy
segments of it on air.

Krikorian agrees with Rudy Giuliani's recent comments that Barack
Obama doesn't really love America. He thinks that Obama might like
America OK, but he doesn't really love it on an emotional level. He
contends that Obama is the first "post-American" president, and that
Jeb Bush would be the second.

Why? Because, basically, Bush has turned his back on his white roots
by taking up in the Cuban-American-heavy Miami:

Despite what some might say, the problem here is not that Jeb's wife
is from Mexico, their kids grew up speaking Spanish, and they live in
a Latin American cultural enclave in the U.S. -- it's that he wants
to use government policy to "fix" America by making it more like Miami.

If Jeb had so little affection for and grounding in his own heritage
that he wanted to assimilate into a Latin-American milieu, that's a
perfectly legitimate choice; I know a number of non-Armenians who've
basically chosen to assimilate into Armenian life. But to try to impose
that personal choice on the nation as a whole is beyond the pale. We
don't need another president who thinks Americans are defective and
need to be fixed by the State.

Limbaugh read that particular passage almost word-for-word on his show.

He then goes on to basically restate the Armenian-American Krikorian's
argument in his own words.

"So Jeb thinks America is flawed, and he wants it to be something
else," says Limbaugh. "He wants it to be more like the place he
chose to live, the Latin-American enclave in Miami. But to take that
personal emotional choice and to impose it on the nation as a whole
is beyond the pale. And Obama is doing the same thing. They have
different reasons, but their desired results are the same. I don't
know how to react to some of these things that Jeb is quoted here as
saying. It's clear that emotion is behind this, not reason."

Both the article and Limbaugh's rant also make reference to a 2013
discussion Bush had at the 92nd Street Y in New York in which he
espoused the positive traits of immigrants. Bush claimed immigrants
are "more entrepreneurial, they set up more business, they buy more
homes, they're more family-oriented, they work in jobs that in many
cases are jobs that have gone unfilled."

The full transcript of Limbaugh's segment can be found

Krikorian and Limbaugh's message isn't hard to decipher. They think
that somehow a man who is a member and continues to benefit from the
privilege of one of the most powerful WASP families in American history
has somehow turned his back on his white heritage by moving to a ritzy
suburb known for its mansions, manicured lawns, and strict zoning laws,
and has chosen to assimilate with Latin American culture, somehow. And
he will force the rest of the nation to, in turn, assimilate to Latin
American culture by being nice to immigrants.

The bigotry and ignorance here is palpable. _america_into_miami.php