Thank you, Governor Jeb Bush, for being the ‘man in the arena’

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By Lynn R. Mitchell

No better man could there be right now to lead our country than Governor Jeb Bush. But the toxic political waters roil with anger, and I fear in time we as a nation will pay the price.

America is already great … never forget that. I firmly believe in Ronald Reagan’s shining city on a hill, not Donald Trump’s anti-everything, short-sighted angry vision. We are a nation of optimists, not the pessimism trumped by the loudest, nastiest mouth in the room.

Many thanks to all who were part of the Jeb Bush campaign … the boots on the ground volunteers and staff as well as the Virginia team. It is wonderful to be part of the Bush legacy of trusted and loyal volunteers and staff.

Jeb Bush 37 w WMy deep appreciation to everyone who started texting and calling when the news broke. My phone went into continuous ping mode as messages came in from friends and political allies across Virginia and beyond. It’s not my first rodeo … this too shall pass … and now we pave the way for George P. Bush’s star to rise. I truly feel that someday there will  be another Bush in D.C. because they are a remarkable example of leaders with servants’ hearts.

Thank you to the Bush family, especially First Lady Barbara Bush and President George W. Bush, for their support and loyalty to a son and brother as they hit the campaign trail with Jeb.

Most importantly, thank you to Governor Jeb Bush for his willingness to step into the arena with a respectful, positive message, an actual solution for critical issues, a humbleness and quiet resolve, and an optimism for America as he offered us an issues-oriented, principled campaign. He gave it everything he had … he left nothing behind. We can ask for nothing more.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

From “Thank you, America!”

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