Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Bush Nephew Busted, Military Service May Help

From our apple-doesn't-fall-far-from-the-family-tree department comes news that George W. Bush's nephew, John Ellis Bush, 21, was arrested Friday in Austin, Texas for resisting arrest and public intoxication.

The son of Florida Governor Jeb Bush was released on his own recognizance after being busted at 2:30 a.m. on an Austin street corner.

Governor Bush's daughter, Noelle, was arrested in 2002 for trying to obtain Xanax from a pharmacy via a fraudulent prescription and completed a drug rehabilitation program in 2003 – but not before being sent to jail twice for violating rules during her rehab stint.

Now, in the interest of full disclosure, I will say that, while a 19-year-old in the military, I too was busted while out partying like John Ellis. So I'm not saying there's anything horribly wrong with the young lad.

What I am saying is that I served with quite a few guys in the Navy who had been, shall we say, "encouraged" by judges to join the military due to the rowdy lifestyle they were developing. The rigors and discipline of military life seemed to straighten them right up.

If Governor Bush and the president really want to help the young Bush offspring, they should have them immediately enlist in the Army, Navy or Marines and ship them off to Iraq. In addition to providing the guidance they appear to need, these young people will have the satisfaction of knowing they are helping Uncle George with his "noble cause."

Just trying to help.