In case you were wondering, if Jeb Bush were given the power of time travel and ended up seeing Adolf Hitler while the latter was still in infancy, Jeb Bush would not have a second thought about snuffing out the future dictator and mass murderer.
“Hell yeah, I would!” the former Florida governor told HuffPost. “You gotta step up, man.”
The question initially arose when The New York Times Magazine polled its readers last month and found that a plurality of respondents said they would, in fact, kill Hitler as a baby.
Bush was then asked the question directly via the email address that he distributes widely to public audiences: Jeb@jeb.org. But he did not answer the inquiry until asked on camera by HuffPost, while riding on his campaign bus in New Hampshire.
Bush did acknowledge that murdering the future German dictator before he had the chance to ignite World War II would be an act that could set in motion unknown consequences.
But the 2016 Republican presidential candidate remained emphatic that he would, in fact, kill Hitler — even if the future leader of the Third Reich were an especially cute baby.
“It could have a dangerous effect on everything else, but I’d do it — I mean, Hitler,” Bush said with a shrug.
Anyone who has watched a few episodes of Doctor Who would know that it’s not that simple. You could end up creating a paradox in which your parents are never born, making you susceptible to a timeline-altering disaster that renders you powerless to control the events around you. If Hitler’s birth is a fixed point in time, you can’t alter it at all without collapsing time in on itself. And that’s if you forgo the more practical considerations of quantum physics, like the Lorentz Transformation, etc.
As it stands, the question was apparently prompted by a New York Times article discussing the phenomenon that plagues all science fiction authors: that given the opportunity, the first thing time travelers will do is kill Hitler. Thankfully, Jeb Bush was finally able to seize on a media event to the benefit of his campaign. Now if only he could do that with more controversial issues…
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