Two fam­i­lies, one dy­nasty

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Re “Dy­nas­ties are harm­less,” Opin­ion, June 22

We keep hear­ing about the “dy­nasty” can­di­dates, iden­ti­fied as Repub­li­can Jeb Bush and Demo­crat Hil­lary Rod­ham Clin­ton, as if they are some­how equiv­a­lent. Sure, it makes for a good story line, but it pro­motes a false equiv­a­lence.

The word “dy­nasty” con­jures im­ages of hered­i­tary gen­er­a­tional con­trol of na­tions or em­pires, such as the monar­chies of Europe or the em­per­ors of China, with power handed down across gen­er­a­tions.

This is cer­tainly ex­em­pli­fied by the Bushes, a fam­ily of old East Coast hered­i­tary wealth now in its third gen­er­a­tion of power ( Sen. Prescott Bush, then Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H. W. Bush, then Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush) and pre­par­ing a fourth gen­er­a­tion ( Texas land com­mis­sioner Ge­orge P. Bush).

But it hardly rep­re­sents the Clin­tons, two mem­bers of the same gen­er­a­tion and im­me­di­ate house­hold, aris­ing from mod­est ori­gins and ris­ing to the high­est pin­na­cles of achieve­ment en­tirely on their own in­di­vid­ual merit and work.

Dou­glas Dunn


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