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Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, at campaign event for presidential candidate John McCain in Kenner, Louisiana. Date    4 June 2008
I have a serious question: Is Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal high? Because in this otherwise uninteresting op-ed bleating about how the Republican Party needs to stop introspecting so much and just start being awesome, he closes with perhaps the truest statements on what the Republican Party is about, which is fighting against an American "left" pulled entirely from his own imagination:
At some point, the American public is going to revolt against the nanny state and the leftward march of this president. I don’t know when the tipping point will come, but I believe it will come soon.


Because the left wants: The government to explode; to pay everyone; to hire everyone; they believe that money grows on trees; the earth is flat; the industrial age, factory-style government is a cool new thing; debts don’t have to be repaid; people of faith are ignorant and uneducated; unborn babies don’t matter; pornography is fine; traditional marriage is discriminatory; 32 oz. sodas are evil; red meat should be rationed; rich people are evil unless they are from Hollywood or are liberal Democrats; the Israelis are unreasonable; trans-fat must be stopped; kids trapped in failing schools should be patient; wild weather is a new thing; moral standards are passé; government run health care is high quality; the IRS should violate our constitutional rights; reporters should be spied on; Benghazi was handled well; the Second Amendment is outdated; and the First one has some problems too.

Wow. Now that's impressive. I could probably write an entire book consisting of nothing but going down that list and pondering what Bobby Jindal thinks constitutes being "left": the exploding government, the flat-earth bit, the urgent leftist need for the IRS to "violate our constitutional rights" and all the rest. The flat earth one is a particular puzzle, coming from someone whose knowledge of post-industrial-age science did not include an awareness that volcanoes still exist and that scientists monitor them in an attempt to provide some warning when they're about to go Michael Bay on us all. No sir, any Republican insistence that they are the truer patrons of science, now that is an eyebrow raiser. I'm not aware of any particular evidence that the party of Jindal, Palin, Todd Akin, Paul Ryan, Rick Perry, Sam Brownback, James Inhofe, John Cornyn, Rick Santorum, Ken Cuccinelli, Pat Robertson, E.W. Jackson, Allen West, Rick Scott, Louie Gohmert, Michele Bachmann and countless state representatives howling about conspiracies as diverse as when the United Nations is coming to get us and whether or not the Treasury Department is hoarding ammunition so that good patriots can't fight back or whether the scientific community of the entire planet is on a quest to trick us all—I'm not aware of any evidence that that party is even tethered to the same reality as the rest of us, much less that they are the party of fact-having and science-promoting. That paragraph of Jindal's pretty much proves the point, does it not?

There's a theory going around that the intellectual underpinnings of conservatism have so collapsed as to render the movement nothing more than a blind reflex against "whatever liberals want," or rather whatever any non-conservative American is perceived to want, as cobbled together from a long list of conservative fears and conspiracies. From health care to deficits, there's precious few actual conservative policy stances that can survive longer than a single opportunistic moment; the only true measure of conservative policy can be found in who proposed it. Romneycare good, Obamacare bad. Deficits unimportant, until deficits will eat us all. Medicare is an evil government overreach—and we Republicans are the true protectors of it. Jindal would be a reasonable example of the theory, though far from the only one; he may not know what the GOP stands for (and has penned an entire op-ed professing no particular opinion on it, so long as Republicans "get on offense" about it) but he can rattle off all the leftist fictions it supposedly stands against in one long breath.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 01:50 PM PDT.

Also republished by Louisiana Kossacks.

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  •  This is seriously what they have been (44+ / 0-)

    indoctrinated to believe for decades.

    The Kochs and their ilk have done their jobs well.

    Denying all evidence of the reality in front of them, these are there sincerest innermost beliefs.

    And I'm not kidding.

    And it frightens the shit out of me.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 01:58:06 PM PDT

    •  please (18+ / 0-)

      this guy was accepted to an elite program at Brown where he studied SCIENCE and was then accepted to Harvard Med which he turned down to be a Rhodes Scholar instead.  And then he worked at McKinsey Consulting.

      He knows what he is saying is pure crap.  But it is good conservative politics.  Especially if you are a brown skinned conservative.

      Sort of like a community organizer I read about once who really seemed to be on the right side of the issues.  

      They know they are lying.  Both sides know it very well.

      But it works.

      The lies are different but both sides use them for the same results.  And their supporters want so badly to believe that they do.

    •  Backatcha, Gov. Jindal: (27+ / 0-)
      Because the far right wants: The government to implode; to pay no one; to hire no one; they believe that money is for the elite; the earth is flat; that stone age, might-makes-right government is a cool new thing; debts don’t have to be repaid; people of faith are easily led and manipulated; everyone outside of a womb doesn’t matter; pornography is a fine thing for demagoguery; straight marriage is deserving of superior rights; nutrition is evil; freedom should be rationed; poor people are evil unless they are from the military or can be used as campaign props; Israeli hard-liners are blameless; Obamacare must be stopped; kids trapped in public schools should be mortgaged to for-profit education grifters; climate change is "wild weather"; moral standards are empirical laws; government-run anything is low quality; the MIC should violate our constitutional rights; U.S. citizens should be spied upon; Iraq was handled well; the Second Amendment is holy dogma; and the First one only applies when it advances the corporate-conservative agenda.

      "God is an ever-receding pocket of scientific ignorance" - Neil deGrasse Tyson

      by dzog on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 02:37:55 PM PDT

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    •  Re: This is seriously what they have been . . . (11+ / 0-)

      Amen, brother! It frightens the shit out of me, too. Over the past couple of years I've been seriously researching this phenomenon, and it's real and it's getting worse. I finally decided that I was really not paranoid and that this was something to worry about when I read a book by Robert Altemeyer titled "The Authoritarians." Dr. Altemeyer is a research psychologist who studied this phenomenon for his whole academic career and has won prestigious awards for his work. Towards the end of the book he has this to say:

      Authoritarian followers, who have always been there but were usually uninterested and unorganized, are now mightily active and highly organized in American politics. They claim to be the “real Americans,” but the America they yearn to create seems quite antithetical to the nation envisioned by the founding fathers. Far from seeing the wisdom of separating church and state, for example, they want a particular religious point of view to control government, and be spread and enforced by the government. Furthermore, if research on abolishing the Bill of Rights and tolerance for government injustices is to be believed, authoritarian followers frankly don’t give a damn about democratic freedoms.

      If being prejudiced makes it easier to commit atrocities, high RWAs rank among the most prejudiced people in the country. If obedience to malevolent authority makes one more likely to persecute others -- hey, authoritarian followers can chant “We’re Number One, We’re Number One!" If wanting to belong, and loyalty to your group, and a tendency to conform play a role in attacks on others, high RWAs lead the league in those things too. If inclination to persecute any group the government selects counts for something, we know from the “posse” studies that right-wing authoritarians head up that line as well.

      If illogical thinking, highly compartmentalized ideas, double standards, and hypocrisy help one to be brutally unfair to others, high RWAs have extra helpings in all those respects. If being fearful makes one likely to aggress in the name of authority, high RWAs are scared up one side and down the other. If being self-righteous permits one to think that attacks against helpless victims are justified, authoritarian followers have their self-righteousness super-sized, thank you. If being able to forgive oneself and forget the evil one has done make it easier to attack over and over again in the future, right-wing authoritarians know all about that kind of forgiving and forgetting. If being defensive, blind to oneself and highly dogmatic make it unlikely one will ever come to grips with one’s failings, authoritarian followers get voted “Least Likely to Change.”

      Add it all up and tell yourself there’s nothing to worry about.

      Then I read "Authoritarianism and Polarization in American Politics" by Marc Hetherington and Jon Weiler. These guys have studied the evolution of the political polarization that has taken place in this country since the early 70s. They show that it is the rise of authoritarianism that has fueled this polarization.

      I don't know how this is going to turn out. Authoritarians don't negotiate. They have no need to. They are RIGHT. I'm afraid we, or at least the Republican Party are in for some pretty ugly times before the dust settles . . .

      "The water won't clear up 'til we get the hogs out of the creek." -- Jim Hightower

      by lartwielder on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 02:45:54 PM PDT

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      •  What will need to happen (0+ / 0-)

        is a war of aggression against the religitard authoritarians.  We will have to use all of the government's resources to root them out and disenfranchise them the same way they have disenfranchised minorities, women and the LGBT community.  Fight fire with bombs.

        •  Please do not casually or hyperbolically (0+ / 0-)

          speak of bombs. The NSA is listening. Freepers are listening. They can take a comment such as yours use it to smear all kossacks. They've done it before.

          You're entitled to your opinion. Just please be thoughtful in how you express it. For what it's worth, I don't even agree with your opinion. We lefties don't own the government. And if we did, it would still be immoral to use it to oppress or retaliate against those that disagree with us.

          Authoritarians are dangerous but they are not unstoppable. We have the benefit of experience: we know how to identify them. We just need to work hard to stop them become they consolidate power and get a full-on fascist elected president. The authoritarians in this country have some daunting challenges before them. Americans are becoming increasingly less religious (as Europe did before us). The religious leaders are often their own worst enemy and fall to scandal (sexual, monetary, or both simultaneously). The Republicans have a huge problem attracting young and non-white voters--and the demographic trends are very much against them as whites become a minority. Most of the voter ID laws they tried in 2012 were shot down by the courts. The LGBT community has been on a winning streak starting with the backlash against California's prop 8. If the Supreme Court rules against prop 8 later this month, that will be a big win. If they rule for it, the fight will continue. The House republicans are overplaying their hand with their 20 week abortion law. This solidifies their base in areas where their base was already strong but it sabotages their chances of picking up independents and moderates. It is also likely to create a backlash among women. It is mind-numbingly stupid to alienate women. We can fight authoritarianism. We will fight it. At the ballot box and in civic discussions. We don't need to resort to bombs, literal or allegorical.

  •  do you think he really believes all that crap (7+ / 0-)

    or is he a big old liar, as well?

    •  To cite that socialist Sherlock Holmes (11+ / 0-)

      When you have eliminated all the impossible, whatever is left, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.

      So yes, I think he actually believes all that crap. Which is much scarier than he being a liar.  

    •  Whether he believes it or not I don't know, what (11+ / 0-)

      amazes me is that he is willing to carry water for the Republicans that will drop him, crucify him, excoriate him, and many more unpleasant things in a heartbeat the second he is no longer useful to them. How do Republicans keep finding idiots that are willing to work for a group that hates them (in Jindal's case he will always be a "scary brown person" to Republicans and their base)? I guess P.T. Barnum was right: there is a sucker born every minute!

    •  He believes those are all code words to incite his (10+ / 0-)

      political base. That's all there is to this.

    •  Somewhere on the intertubes is a video (3+ / 0-)

      of a young Jindal at a exorcism of his ex-girlfriend (or some such).  Creepy!  And Jindal seemed terrified.

      ...Son, those Elephants always look out for themselves. If you happen to get a crumb or two from their policies, it's a complete coincidence. -Malharden's Dad

      by slowbutsure on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 02:28:29 PM PDT

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      •  yikes. (1+ / 0-)
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        is that some kind of LA voodoo stuff?

      •  The story is in Mother Jones (5+ / 0-)

        based on Jindal's own account in the New Oxford Review.

        It happened in college. His friend had cancer. He says she was acting strangely. Jindal writes:

        Maybe she sensed our weariness; whether by plan or coincidence, Susan chose the perfect opportunity to attempt an escape. She suddenly leapt up and ran for the door, despite the many hands holding her down. This burst of action served to revive the tired group of students and they soon had her restrained once again, this time half kneeling and half standing.
        The crucifix had a calming effect on Susan, and her sister was soon brave enough to bring a Bible to her face. At first, Susan responded to biblical passages with curses and profanities. Mixed in with her vile attacks were short and desperate pleas for help. In the same breath that she attacked Christ, the Bible's authenticity, and everyone assembled in prayer, Susan would suddenly urge us to rescue her. It appeared as if we were observing a tremendous battle between the Susan we knew and loved and some strange evil force. But the momentum had shifted and we now sensed that victory was at hand.
        Sounds like kidnapping and torture. When you pin a woman to the floor and she tries to escape, begging for help, what does that remind you of?

        "I was a big supporter of waterboarding" - Dick Cheney 2/14/10

        by Bob Love on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 03:04:46 PM PDT

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    •  Lousiana (1+ / 0-)
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      Friend of the court

      I am not one to pile on the southern bigotry, but in this case it fits.  Louisiana is special in south because, unlike most states that can sort of educate students, Lousiana does not even make an attempt, leaving it to the Catholics. Therefore it is quite possible that he is simply basically ignorant of all process of critical thinking and history.  I am not sure if he every had a secular teacher.

      And really history is one of those things that trips republicans up.  For instance talking about red meat.  One thing that has characterized the 20th century was government subsidizing and removing meat production from the free market.  For instance, a USDA inspector is required to sell meat, so it is easy for large corporate entities to limit the people who sell meat.  It has also been easy for the USDA to be reduced to an organization whose prime purpose is to limit competition. Those who actually believe in the free market, limited government, and fiscal conservatism, also know that we should let the market place, not the government, decide what we pay to eat.

      Right now the taxpayer funds part of every pound of meat sold.  Really, if republicans were in favor of small government, we would just let meat be produced as needed.  If someone were producing unsafe product, they consumers would not buy it.  Really, places like McDonald's and other fast food chains would implement the supply chain logistics to insure that the supply was safe.  Something that US has not been able to do.  This would certainly increase the cost of meat.  But the US eats four times as much meat as is necessary, so the cost increase would not endanger health.

      But Jindal, like most republicans, are not interested in a smaller government.  They are interested in a larger government that persecutes people who disagree with them.  That taxes everyone so they can have their meat and coke and even morality, no matter how much is costs the taxpayer.  I mean how much tax revenue are we going to lose if pornography were not rampant.  We would not even have the internet.  But they never talk about that!

      •  those who believe in the free market also believe (1+ / 0-)
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        Those who actually believe in the free market, limited government, and fiscal conservatism, also know that we should let the market place, not the government, decide what we pay to eat.
        that food-safety and meat-inspection laws are communistic. Ya know, like child-labor, minimum-wage, and environmental laws.

        Which is why all the sane people laugh at libertarians.

        •  oh come on (0+ / 0-)

          don't make this about some simplistic political thing.  The fact is that food is not safe.  Look at the number of meat recalls we have.  Look at the new regulations that are going to allow the lines to run faster, and allow more chemicals to be used on the product.

          The reality is that workers are now going to be less safe.  Consumers are going to be less safe.  The fact that we produce five to tens times as much meat as we need means that we are going to reach 450 ppm that much faster, and it won't matter if children are working or if we are paid minimum wage.

          My father grew cash crops and made a good income later in his life.  He sold them to local stores.  However, because of the meat inspection laws, it meant he could not sell livestock.  People had to purchase inferior products just so the meat packers could get rich.

          There is only one reason for the current situation.  To keep meat cheap.  This allows the upper middle class to have a steak every night.  Unfortunately everyone else is subsiding this cheap meat, even if one can't afford meat.  Our kids are subsidizing it as they are going to be the ones who have to pay for disaster control that we could have fixed today.

          •  oh come on . . . . (1+ / 0-)
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            The libertarians are loons no matter how they try to dress themselves up. Me, I happen to like product safety rules, and I think people who think they are communistic blah blah blah are, well, nutty.

            And I'm not the one who brought up the "free-market limited government" crapola.

            •  You are far too kind. (0+ / 0-)

              "Loon" is hardly the appropriate term for a person so ignorant that they are enamored of a childish self-centered philosophy that would result in their abject enslavement within minutes of its implementation.

      •  Oh look a Libertard. (0+ / 0-)
        "If someone were producing unsafe product, they consumers would not buy it.  "
        Here he is arguing that letting a few hundred people die every year is an adequate way of testing meat safety. He's also advocating that if you aren't rich enough to pay your own inspectors, you don't deserve to eat meat; and that it would be good for society if McDonald's were encouraged to have even more vertical monopolies. Apparently in his world serial corporate criminality doesn't even exist: companies that do something wrong go out of business, never to exist again, and every other company sees it and decides that cashing in on a short-term proposition is never, ever worth it.

        lowt, maybe you want to revisit that critical thinking school, and replace your ridiculous fantasies with some kind of factual and historical awareness.

  •  That sounds just like the standard nonsensical (12+ / 0-)

    rant from the Rush Limbaugh faction. I'm sure the young voters the GOP needs so desperately will find it charming. If Jindal ever runs for national office he's going to be answering questions about it over and over. What a clown.

    •  Jindal will never run for national office on GOP (6+ / 0-)


      He's not white.

      Some goppers have a problem with that, I heard . . .

    •  Yup... (3+ / 0-)

      You talk to any low-information 'conservative' ditto-head and they talk about how liberals are more interested in saving spotted owls than humans.  

      'Where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost' - Ronald Reagan, Communist

      by RichM on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 02:43:29 PM PDT

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      •  And (3+ / 0-)
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        Yahzi, offgrid, RichM

        We're homosexual communists.

        Now, ask any of them to describe Communism and you get a dull, stupid stare.  I actually responded to one wit's article on a news board that said "I don't have to define Marxism to call Obama a Marxist."  Oh, it was some making-fun time in the comments on that one.

        It is all about team identification for them.  I repeatedly have told conservatives in these threads that they need to go get a #1 foam finger, wear the team colors, and go to a sports game and jeer at the opposition.  That is all they are interested in.  Their comprehension of any real issues is so vague it's insulting.  Today's Republicans are the most ignorant, intentionally uninformed loudmouths in the population.  They are reduced to this crude stupidity because that is all, since Nixon, their party has been about.  This is the Southern Strategy, end game.  It means the destruction of their party because an agenda consisting of NOTHING but opposition can't possibly evolve, or meet anyone's needs, or gain new adherents outside of that tribal identification.

        They chose to hew to the base, and only the base, and they chose a base that is self-identified as dying out.  Well, good choice, there.

        •  They don't like their teammates (0+ / 0-)

          Conservatives have really gone out of their way to distance themselves from fascism. Arguing with a wingnut on Reddit, I was directed to this Wiki page:
          The Fascist Manifesto
          Check the sourcing on it:
          Day, Vox (28 June 2004). "Flunking Fascism 101".
          They're determined to separate themselves from fascism. That Wiki page has really been eating at me. Unfortunately, I'm not a Wiki editor, nor do I read Italian. I would love to see a trusted translation of The Manifesto of the Fascist Struggle, published in The People of Italy on June 6, 1919.

          +++ The law is a weapon used to bludgeon us peasants into submission. It is not to be applied to the monied elite.

          by cybersaur on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 07:27:38 PM PDT

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  •  Maybe he needs to get high! (3+ / 0-)
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    His first paragraph in the original Politico article is a whiner about losing the election to Obama.  Jindal... that was over half a year ago, dude!

    And to further quote his article:

    Let’s remember a few things:

    1) We have 30 Governors
    2) We took control of the House in 2010 and held it in 2012
    3) Obama ran a tremendous campaign in 2008, and our outgoing president was unpopular
    4) The just completed presidential campaign strategy of playing it safe and assuming a poor economy would win it for us was an obvious mistake.

    So they (and the country) have all that conservatism going for them and the the country is still fucked up?

    Number 3, above?  Hmmm... what about 2012, Jindal?

    And if they reassessed number 4 above, and were honest with themselves, they'd figure stumble across what most the country already knows... A Republican Congress is a big part of the reason for our shitty economy.

    Jindal... what a tool.  A mindless, batshit tool.

    "It just kills me that we put that idiot in office… twice. But I guess there has never been a shortage of idiots in politics." Helen Philpot writing about GWB, April 25, 2013

    by WSComn on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 02:06:15 PM PDT

    •  Really! (1+ / 0-)
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      "...assuming a poor economy would win it for us"
        - Bobby Jindal
      Bobby, You gave us the poor economy with your credit card wars, your tax cuts for the filthy rich, and your outsourcing of the middle class economy!!!

      That was your assumption — that your strategy of handing a lemon to President Obama would help you succeed?

      You are what is wrong with this land, Bobby!
      Keep blocking America's progress! Keep the jobs away from Americans! Keep the corporations happy! Keep assuming!

      And most of all: Keep talking! Keep paying your speechwriters for ignorance as self-revealing as this. Please?

      Honesty is not a policy. It's a character trait.

      by Says Who on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 05:05:39 PM PDT

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  •  "Theory"? (10+ / 0-)
    There's a theory going around that the intellectual underpinnings of conservatism have so collapsed as to render the movement nothing more than a blind reflex against "whatever liberals want,"
    This is a "theory" in the sense that evolution and gravity are "theories" (i.e. they are "theories" in the formal scientific sense of "a generalized principle that explains many specific facts", not in the colloquial sense of "a vaguely supported guess").

    On the Internet, nobody knows if you're a dog... but everybody knows if you're a jackass.

    by stevemb on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 02:08:35 PM PDT

  •  Tipping points, impending revolts.... (3+ / 0-)
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    doc2, CwV, Bob Love

    ...It's like a Ray Pensador diary! Ray, where do you stand on 32 ounce sodas?

    You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

    by Rich in PA on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 02:08:54 PM PDT

  •  He should reformat to a power point presentation (4+ / 0-)
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    TomP, RichM, Old Sailor, Black Max

    It's actually a comprehensive statement of Tea Party mythology.

    Republicans: Taking the country back ... to the 19th century

    by yet another liberal on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 02:10:44 PM PDT

  •  It is a sign of progress that (3+ / 0-)
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    TomP, rocksout, offgrid

    in that long list he doesn't mention weed. It must be clear to the GOP higher-ups that pretty much everyone smokes it (or is okay with it) now.

  •  the funniest part is that if Jindal went to Europe (9+ / 0-)

    and saw a REAL political left (instead of the fake one we have here), he'd shit his pants in terror.

    •  The Euro Left looks like the Democratic Party now (0+ / 0-)


      The majority center-left parties all over Europe are by and large dysfunctional bands of neo-liberal technocrats, hated by their own constituencies for sipping Champagne and mouthing bromides that do nothing to improve the miserable matters most people face...

      The difference is they only became that way after accomplishing significantly more social justice than in the USA (labor rights, health care, etc.).  

      That's a lot, but center-left parties in Europe today have moved strikingly close to the American Democratic Party, pushed by the same power politics and economic forces...

  •  hey Bobby--we eat our young, too (5+ / 0-)


  •  When your world (5+ / 0-)
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    TomP, aaraujo, slowbutsure, viral, cybersaur

    is so limited that you can't recognize reality, inventing an opposition of straw men is inevitable.

    The Jindals of the world not only do not understand the world and the universe, they do not want to understand.  They want to dictate.  And as we all know, when you don't have any really bad enemies, you have to take all of the bad things you can imagine, and pin them on your real opponents.  That allows you to convince your low-information followers of ... just about anything.

    I am not religious, and did NOT say I enjoyed sects.

    by trumpeter on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 02:13:49 PM PDT

  •  Hunter: check the Romneycare/Obamacare line (4+ / 0-)
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    TomP, slowbutsure, Hunter, RichM

    positive negative reversed I think

  •  And this guy is a governor. (9+ / 0-)

    Of a state.

    The "invisible hand" doesn't regulate the market - it wanks it. -- SantaFeMarie

    by Dinclusin on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 02:15:05 PM PDT

  •  Seriously? (14+ / 0-)

    The "left" believes the world is flat?

    Take your medication Bobby.

    What a rube.

    The only hatred is what you bring with you.

    by Prester on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 02:16:33 PM PDT

  •  Sounds like the Left's message is getting through (3+ / 0-)
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    TomP, slowbutsure, msmacgyver

    although the translation upon arrival is garbled. Some TeaParty crosstalk or something. Flat earth!

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 02:17:49 PM PDT

  •  This man needs serious psychiatric help. (7+ / 0-)

    He hasn't a clue what the left is really all about, or anything else for that matter.

  •  You LOST, Bobby. (2+ / 0-)
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    TomP, NCJan

    Deal with THAT.

    "So I'm at the wailing wall, standing there like a moron, with my harpoon." - Emo Philips

    by AlyoshaKaramazov on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 02:22:06 PM PDT

  •  He is just regurgitating right-wing talk radio (3+ / 0-)
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    turn on an AM station and listen to what those idiots say everyday and this is what you will hear

  •  he must be auditioning for a radio show but (3+ / 0-)
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    unfortunately he's still a governor.

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 02:23:57 PM PDT

  •  Excellent essay Hunter. (3+ / 0-)
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    Posts like this are why I come around.  

    The strawmen are not identifiable to any but those who listen to Rush or watch FoxNews.  Epistemic closure is destroying conservatism.

    Join us on the Black Kos front porch to review news and views written from a black pov—everyone is welcome.

    by TomP on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 02:24:30 PM PDT

  •  Someone Call... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...Father Damien Karras. Bobby has a demon than needs some exorcisin'!

  •  Nanny State (5+ / 0-)

    Does these people really understand how miserable places are where there is no social safety net.  The wealthy live behind walls with guards and set their kids to schools behind walls with guards.  These walls are ten feet tall often.  They have steel gates.  Their houses have to be guarded, all the time.  People get robbed on the street in their cars, all the time.

    The streets are full of filth, beggars, the deformed and the sick.

    Give me some nice European country where the streets are clean and safe, where everyone has the freedom to move around, where there are sidewalks, parks and schools.

    I've seen the third world.  I have no desire to live there.

    William Hamilton practices Law and is a writer and community activist in the Charleston, SC area. He can reached through

    by wjhamilton29464 on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 02:26:39 PM PDT

  •  I suspect the "world is flat" refers to (1+ / 0-)
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    Tom Friedman's writing.  

    "But the problem with any ideology is that it gives the answer before you look at the evidence." - President Clinton

    by anonevent on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 02:26:55 PM PDT

  •  I think he pulled that from somewhere other (3+ / 0-)
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    than his imagination.

  •  "The left believes that money grows on trees." (2+ / 0-)
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    Exactly. I just go to the money tree in my backyard...quite a bumper crop this year.

    -4.75, -5.33 Cheney 10/05/04: "I have not suggested there is a connection between Iraq and 9/11."

    by sunbro on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 02:27:41 PM PDT

  •  It's projection. Jindal is attributing many of... (1+ / 0-)
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    ... his heartfelt beliefs about his world and lib'ruls onto us liberals.

    Go for it, Bobby, we've been underestimated and misjudged by people a lot better'n you.

    2014 IS COMING. Build up the Senate. Win back the House : 17 seats. Plus!

    by TRPChicago on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 02:27:42 PM PDT

  •  Hey Priebus - one of your kids got outside again. (3+ / 0-)
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    Best fetch him up before he gets into the street.

    Art Pope: Karolina Koch.

    by here4tehbeer on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 02:28:14 PM PDT

  •  Poor Bobby, when he said the repugs should stop (4+ / 0-)
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    being the party of stupid, it was a cry for help not a call to action.

  •  Catechism. (5+ / 0-)

    He's touched em all and believes he's rounding third to score the Tea Party seal of approval in '16.

    Meanwhile, in our state, the public health service is essentially gone, education has gone to degree bidding by subject popularity and another industrial facility blows sky high every day.

    By the time he has gone, we shall need a Marshall Plan for Louisiana just to get us back to the 20th Century.

    Enjoy the limelight, Govnuh. The rest of us only hope to survive your tenure.

    Republicans represent both sides: the insanely rich and vice versa.

    by Crashing Vor on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 02:29:18 PM PDT

  •  Bobby has too much time on his hands now (1+ / 0-)
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    that he's handed out all of the giant stimulus checks (that he said he was against). Darn that Obama!

  •  Just wait until he hears about... (1+ / 0-)
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    ... the Volcano Management Agency and the volcano subsidies.


  •  I respectfully disagree (5+ / 0-)
    fighting against an American "left" pulled entirely from his own imagination:
    Wrong end.  He pulled it from the other end.  
  •  Here's what the left wants, Bobby: (2+ / 0-)
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    The left wants you to keeping yammering out your idiocy, because the more you talk, the more we all look like a solid gold genius.

    Can you call yourself a real liberal if you aren't reading driftglass?

    by CJB on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 02:30:35 PM PDT

  •  If Gov. Jindal knows what the left is thinking... (0+ / 0-)

    I hope he'll come back and tell us when he's done exactly what I'm thinking right now.

  •  "traditional marriage is discriminatory"? (0+ / 0-)

    Is he suggesting it isn't? Since "traditional", in this context, means "straight", it sure seems to be. But I guess since we think the earth is flat, we could be wrong.

    Welcome To The Disinformation Age!

    by kitebro on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 02:41:05 PM PDT

  •  If I undertand Bobby correctly (1+ / 0-)
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    libruls think that everything pretty and good in the world can happen and the government will pay for it.

    Thank God the GOP is here to defend us from good and pretty things.  And thank God again the GOP will roll back the pernicious and over-weening state to leave free, liberty-loving Americans to be completely ripped apart by giant oligarchical corporations.

    Um... or wait...didn't that already happen?  

    God bless America!!!!

  •  They are out of touch. (0+ / 0-)

    It is my hypothesis that some people have a non-existent sense of touch, just as some people don't see or hear well or have no sense of taste.
    Being out of touch seems to be accompanied by a poor sense of time, a missing sense of direction and place, a lack of a sense of order and sequence. Thus, they existing an ineffable present and their perceptions are all sort of jumbled.
    If they are groupists or segregationists, it may be because general associations provide some security to them. This would account, for example, for the hodge pudge of factors stuffed into the "left" category--really all just things they don't like.
    Since they have no sense of order, they feel insecure and prefer that what they are familiar with won't change.

    It's said that when people are blind, their brain compensates, often with a heightened sense of touch. So, it seems plausible that an absent sense of touch might be compensated for by verbal aptitude. If one can't make anything useful with one's hands, making others work for one is a good alternative. We all know people who talk a good game. Texans have a saying -- "all hat, no cattle." That could well be the same as "all talk, no action."

    It's also said that "those who can do, those who can't, teach." That's probably unfair to teachers, who definitely possess skills. But, we could substitute "preach" or "pontificate" and be quite accurate.

    The Republican Party has become home to incompetents. I don't think that was always the case. Leaving public affairs to expert agents is a sensible position. The problem is people who present themselves as experts, but aren't actually capable of doing anything.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 02:49:09 PM PDT

  •  Bobby needs a grammar class (1+ / 0-)
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    What bothers me even more than the laughable misrepresentation of liberalism and even more than the faulty parallelism is the use of a colon after a verb. The fact that the 12 line passage is not a sentence at all (but rather one long subordinate clause) is nearly as vexing.  Strunk & White would be rolling over in their graves.

  •  Bobby Jindal is Evil (0+ / 0-)

    And I don't use that word lightly. He is a highly educated intelligent man who plays to the lowest common denominator in a cynical attempt to amass personal power. I had hoped after his "Something called volcano monitoring" speech went over like a lead balloon we would never have to hear from him again on the national stage. This latest foray is even more embarrassing.

  •  This isn't a "theory" (3+ / 0-)
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    There's a theory going around that the intellectual underpinnings of conservatism have so collapsed as to render the movement nothing more than a blind reflex against "whatever liberals want," or rather whatever any non-conservative American is perceived to want, as cobbled together from a long list of conservative fears and conspiracies.
    I've tried many times to objectively identify any "intellectual underpinnings" of the republican party after 1992 and as of right now the search continues.

    And that's with giving Reagan a huge benefit of the doubt, as he was the one that really initiated the death spiral that this country is still desperately trying to get out of.

    If you want to argue it totally collapsed with his arrival, I would be more than willing to agree with you.

    "Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!"

    by jkay on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 02:54:09 PM PDT

  •  Snicker all you want, but it works and it's what (4+ / 0-)
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    we face in 2014.

    i'm addressing specifically the last paragraph of the post that posits the belief that republicans are a reactionary party who's entire political agenda is not to make the country better but to oppose whatever democrats want to achieve.  in addition to hunter's list of romneycare yes/obamacare no; deficits for wars yes/deficits for people no; and the conflicting impulses to simultaneously cut and defend medicare, i'll add these reactionary political positions:
    - oppose the infrastructure bank. in the history of congress i've never heard of a politician's not wanting highways and transportation funds to increase in their districts.
    - in favor of patriot act level spying by bush, oppose it by obama
    - unprecedented use of the filibuster against administration policies
    - irresponsible use of holds on nominations and not filling government positions or judicial seats

    But even more than that.  the republicans decide their policies based upon voting patterns.  if public unions are substantial democratic voters then go after their pensions and weaken them.  don't give needed support to the postal service - they vote democratic anyway.  pursue acorn to their implosion for political advocacy as a nonprofit but fall mute before the american crossroads of the political right who can take tax deductible gifts and make outright political endorsements.  more than being against the policies of the president, the republicans target the political supporters of the president for malicious de-funding and attacks.

    their power is not used to advance the common interest.  it is monetized and sold to the highest bidder.    

    the pattern for 2014 is set.  it is to cast all of this obstruction as a good.  we will not be told that a stand against background checks for guns or that the opposition to the infrastructure bank is reasoned or principled.  instead, we will be told that obama is a tyrant and that opposition to tyranny is the noble stand of the republican congressperson and deserving of your continued support.  general opposition is about to be worked up into the noblest of endeavors - the lonely stand against the tyrant who wants to tell you where the highway should be.  or that you should have health care. for more details on this, see the NRA

    so snicker all you want.  while you are looking for logical consistency and actual policy goals from the republican party they are feeding a word salad to the populace too disinterested to think that duplicity could be more than a character flaw, it can be a winning political strategy.

  •  What a freakin' moron!! (0+ / 0-)

    In order not to believe in evolution you must either be ignorant, stupid or insane-- Richard Dawkins

    by sandav on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 02:58:43 PM PDT

  •  The Republican Party has lost grip on reality (0+ / 0-)

    and they are losing members faster than churches kicking out boy scouts.

  •  Drama Queen Much, Mr. Jindal? (2+ / 0-)
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    You whine petulantly about "the 'left' wants," and, in so doing, Mr. Jindal, reveal that you haven't the faintest clue what animates progressives. You also evidently never bothered to consider that two can play at this game.

    What the 'right' wants:

    • The government to implode (except for the military);
    • To hire the most disenfranchised people possible, as few of them as possible, and then work them to death whilst paying them nothing;
    • They believe that money is the sole measure of a person's value as a human being;
    • The earth's resources are infinite and may be plundered endlessly without consequence;
    • That we have infinite space in which to dispose of our waste;
    • Debts have to be repaid only when the opposition party is in power;
    • People of faith are a convenient voting bloc to be manipulated by willful deception;
    • Racism and bigotry are okay as long as you keep quiet about it;
    • The hopes, dreams, and human rights of women don't matter;
    • Rape does not exist;
    • Sexually explicit imagery is evil (except when we consume it behind closed doors);
    • Homosexuality is objectively evil, and everyone engaging in it chooses to do so;
    • That so-called "traditional" marriage has A) existed in its current form unaltered throughout human history, and B) is therefore the only valid option;
    • That there is no broader downside to consuming unlimited quantities of sodas or trans-fats;
    • Rich people are the only people who should be deferred to and listened to;
    • The Israelis' treatment of the Palentinians is completely reasonable and they have absolutely no cause to be pissed about it;
    • A quality education should be expensive and difficult to obtain, and kids from families of lesser means -- or from no families at all -- will just have to deal;
    • The melting ice caps, rising seas, and rising CO2 concentrations are a hoax perpetrated by Hollywood special effects studios;
    • The long-term solution to our rising energy needs is drill, baby, drill;
    • Moral standards are only valid when they issue from rich white "Christian" men;
    • Health care, like education, should be expensive and difficult to come by;
    • The IRS should be disbanded;
    • Reporters should be unquestioning stenographers for the incumbent power (unless they're Democrats);
    • Benghazi was a giant cover-up that rises above Iraq war crimes and Wall Street malfeasance;
    • Hypocrisy is a virtue;
    • And the Second Amendment -- unlike the First, Fourth, and Fifth -- is sacrosanct and may not be circumscribed in even the slightest way.

    See how that works?

  •  I must have missed that memo (0+ / 0-)

    guess I'm doing it all wrong.

    If that is the Left and the Right is just as looney then what am I?

  •  Here is one leftist minion (0+ / 0-)

    who does believe in 10 of the items he mentions. Possibly it's 11 but I'm too unsure about the context of [wants] "the government to explode" to give it formal approval.

  •  From Louisiana, sorry about this guy (2+ / 0-)
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    Kathleen Blanco shat the bed, Jindal masqueraded as an intellectual moderate, and a lot of us fell for it. He only "went full retard", as the movie quote puts it, after he safely won his final election. Prior to that, he made an effort to keep his right wing crazy on the down low. Now he has nothing to lose and is letting his freak flag fly, and no one down here can wait to get rid of him.

    We only pray that, unlike W Bush, he does not fail upwards and that his days of damage will soon be done.

    "Is there anybody listening? Is there anyone who sees what's going on? Read between the lines, criticize the words they're selling. Think for yourself, and feel the walls become sand beneath your feet." --Geoff Tate, Queensryche

    by DarthMeow504 on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 03:06:20 PM PDT

  •  Jindal is nothing but a Republican party hack (1+ / 0-)
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    who is more interested in his political career than actually serving his constituents and doing what is right for Louisiana. His constant "right-ward" lurch continues to lead the state into further depths of ignorance and poverty.

    "Onward through the fog!" - Oat Willie

    by rocksout on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 03:16:30 PM PDT

  •  Jindal is their intellectual. (0+ / 0-)

    Jindal is as smart as they got - he has to dumb down to play with the idiocracy that his party has become.  So if the party is stuck on, "whatever they're for, we're agin' it", Jindal tries to steer the idiots to his pov by telling them what "they're for".  But he makes a big mistake by starting out with the world being flat.  That's much too esoteric and complex of a statement for his crowd to be able to comprehend as either a truth or a falsehood, and as a bit of irony... whoooosh - right over their heads.

  •  And yet they are controlling the agenda. (0+ / 0-)

    An ignorant anti-science minority in controlling the agenda and the narrative. They are winning BIG in the local governments.

    We're playing defense and they are playing offense-lies, obstruction, filibuster, and all.

    Where are our leaders? Obama is swamped. And yet he is the person dropping in the polls.

    What is so unnerving about the candidacy of Sarah Palin is the degree to which she represents—and her supporters celebrate—the joyful marriage of confidence and ignorance. SAM HARRIS

    by Cpqemp on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 03:24:12 PM PDT

  •  That's why we can't have an honest debate (1+ / 0-)
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    Wingnuts have built up this giant Boogey Man in their minds, and that's all they see or hear when we try to talk to them. It's all of a piece with the crazy they believe about themselves too. Call them Type 1

    Of course, there are also those Republicans who don't believe or don't care about any of this stuff - they're the ones who just say it because A) it's what their base wants to hear, and B) they think it'll piss lefties off. Call them Type 2.

    Both of them are carbuncles on the body politic - and I don't mean the jewel kind. Type 1 is impossible to deal with; type 2 will occasionally do something that makes sense because it will get them something they want. Problem is, the Republican Party is in a demographic trap - they've fostered the type 1s for so long, they're now the tail wagging the GOP dog. This is the party of Limbaugh, Hannity, Coulter, Palin, etc. etc. This is the American Taliban. And it all goes back to Ronald Reagan.

    It's not going to end well.

    "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

    by xaxnar on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 03:25:41 PM PDT

  •  It's amazing that these GOPers actually believe (2+ / 0-)
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    this stuff. Our progressive ideas have come from the majority of the American people, not from some Birkenstock wearing, wine/cheese eating academics in ivory towers.  Health care reform, an end to perpetual war, equal rights, education, combating climate change, respect for science, sensible gun control. sensible Keynesian economics got onto the agenda of the Democratic Party because it is what the American people want.

    When Jindal belittles liberalism, he's attacking Americans.

    Our party stands for fiscal responsibility, social progressivism, investment in our future and a sane, internationalist foreign policy.

    The national GOP has no agenda other than to be against what Democrats are for and to respond to the whims of billionaires who want a Lochner era 19th century legal framework that allows corporations to run amok.

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    by khyber900 on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 03:26:00 PM PDT

    •  They believe it with all their hearts and minds. (0+ / 0-)

      Because it's all they got, sad to say.

      Closed minds beget tiny ambitions.

      "It just kills me that we put that idiot in office… twice. But I guess there has never been a shortage of idiots in politics." Helen Philpot writing about GWB, April 25, 2013

      by WSComn on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 07:57:24 AM PDT

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  •  He got me a few times. (0+ / 0-)

    The government to explode; to pay everyone; to hire everyone; they believe that money grows on trees; the earth is flat; the industrial age, factory-style government is a cool new thing; debts don’t have to be repaid; people of faith are ignorant and uneducated; unborn babies don’t matter; pornography is fine; traditional marriage is discriminatory; 32 oz. sodas are evil; red meat should be rationed; rich people are evil unless they are from Hollywood or are liberal Democrats; the Israelis are unreasonable*; trans-fat must be stopped; kids trapped in failing schools should be patient; wild weather is a new thing; moral standards are passé; government run health care is high quality; the IRS should violate our constitutional rights; reporters should be spied on; Benghazi was handled well; the Second Amendment is outdated; and the First one has some problems too.

    * By "the Israelis", I mean the current Likud government and their Christianist apoligists.

    "Unrestricted immigration is a dangerous thing -- look at what happened to the Iroquois." Garrison Keillor

    by Spider Stumbled on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 03:26:23 PM PDT

  •  Just Wait til slavery returns (0+ / 0-)

    Governess Bobby better watch his little brown ass.  When HIS party actually overthrows the Constitution they hate so much and bring slavery back to the south, guys like Bobby had better learn how to say, "Yes'm Master", real quick.  He actually belongs to a party that professes their hatred of HIM!!  What a douche.  The Klan will fix him one of these days.  They know where he lives.

  •  You can't degrade your political opponents (2+ / 0-)
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    like that and run for President. That means he's preparing for a post-governor job as another carnival barker at Fox News or the like.

    •  I dunno. (0+ / 0-)

      Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin each treated their political enemies and people who thought differently than them when open hostile contempt. I don't think being a complete monster disqualifies a Repub from running in a general election.

      Now WINNING one is another story.

      Why do I have the feeling George W. Bush joined the Stonecutters, ate a mess of ribs, and used the Constitution as a napkin?

      by Matt Z on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 04:59:26 AM PDT

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  •  You know what's more deluded than Jindal? (3+ / 0-)


    Seriously - they thought this was worth devoting space to? Charles P. Pierce has their number.

    But it's not just Politico - it's the whole establishment of media figures, people of power, etc. who are working very hard to keep their eyes closed lest they actually see what an insane clown posse the Republican Party has become.

    "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

    by xaxnar on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 03:33:01 PM PDT

  •  And if Bobby Jindal was a Democrat (4+ / 0-)
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    Here's what he might say:

    Because the right wants: The government to drown; to pay no one; to hire no one; they believe that money belongs to them; the earth is irrelevant, and flat; the older the form of government, the better, especially if it has been abolished in favor of something more progressive; failure to repay debts should be punished by jail time; scientists are liars and deceivers; unborn babies matter more than live children; sex is evil; new options and opinions are discriminatory; one ounce of marijuana is evil; food using less resources to grow is bad; anyone who disagrees with their position is evil unless they control resources or money; the Israelis are always right; food regulations must be stopped; kids trapped in failing schools should be able to leave only if they are wealthy enough; the current weather is a normal; moral standards must be what they say they are (and don't actually apply to the ruling classes); health care should be a privilege, not a right; the IRS should not exist; reporters should be told what to report; Benghazi was some sort of scandal; the Second Amendment is inviolate; First amendment rights should be proportional to your wealth.

    In short, our current system and philosophy is creating a country of a few million overlords and 300+ million serfs.

    by Laughing Vergil on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 03:34:25 PM PDT

  •  In January, Jindal said (3+ / 0-)

    a.  “We must stop being the stupid party.”
    b.  “We must stop looking backward.”
    c.  “We must stop insulting the intelligence of voters.”
    d.  All of the above

    •  That's easy (1+ / 0-)
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      D.  and Q.

      What is Q, you ask?

      Q. "Think the rubes will buy it?"

      In short, our current system and philosophy is creating a country of a few million overlords and 300+ million serfs.

      by Laughing Vergil on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 03:41:12 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  He forgot to add something to the list. (0+ / 0-)

      "We must start listening to our own advice."

      And because he forgot to do that he immediately reverted to being a stupid, backwards looking, condescending GOPper who once more started blathering bullshit.

      "It just kills me that we put that idiot in office… twice. But I guess there has never been a shortage of idiots in politics." Helen Philpot writing about GWB, April 25, 2013

      by WSComn on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 07:54:44 AM PDT

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  •  Fluoride (3+ / 0-)
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    He forget to mention the evils of adding fluoride to the water supply. That and seat belts, that ugly bit of government regulation that was going to ruin everything (or so the nation was warned about at the time.)

    Mark Twain: It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.

    by Land of Enchantment on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 03:40:21 PM PDT

    •  Or FEMA (0+ / 0-)

      That Socialist, practically Communist, branch of government that seeks to do nothing but help people in serious need.


      "It just kills me that we put that idiot in office… twice. But I guess there has never been a shortage of idiots in politics." Helen Philpot writing about GWB, April 25, 2013

      by WSComn on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 07:51:22 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Seriously. Who is Jindal (1+ / 0-)
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    pandering to and more importantly, how can he possibly be taken seriously?  Mini-bio excerpt from Wiki entry:

    Jindal studied biology and public policy at Brown University from 1988 to 1991. After receiving his M.Litt in political science from New College, Oxford, he worked in McKinsey & Company and interned for Representative Jim McCrery of Louisiana. In 1996, Governor Murphy Foster appointed Jindal Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, and in 1999 he was appointed President of the University of Louisiana System. In 2001, Jindal was appointed as the principal adviser to the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services by President George W. Bush.

    When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

    by msmacgyver on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 03:40:32 PM PDT

  •  Oh yes, baby, yes!! (0+ / 0-)

    The government to explode; to pay everyone; to hire everyone; Yes JG/ER (from MMT)

    they believe that money grows on trees; Nah, the Fed just changes numbers in Bank Account (Bankers Bank Accounts).

    the earth is flat; It appears so within one day's walking distance. Over longer distances it is apparent as round.

    the industrial age, factory-style government is a cool new thing;  Huh?

    debts don’t have to be repaid; Correct, debts fraudulently obtained do not, and Government "debt" (interest bearing accounts) never.

    people of faith are ignorant and uneducated; It is both unlucky to be superstitious, and the scientific method is pretty successful.

    unborn babies don’t matter; They do. Equally as much as born babies, who deserve food, shelter & education from all of us.

    pornography is fine; Utah, the den of leftist ideals, is the leading consumer of porn.

    traditional marriage is discriminatory; It is. It favors men's rights over women as property.

    32 oz. sodas are evil; And obesity and early death are not?

    red meat should be rationed; See 32 oz drinks.

    rich people are evil unless they are from Hollywood or are liberal Democrats; Yes, taxes should increase

    the Israelis are unreasonable; Ask the Palestinians that question

    trans-fat must be stopped; See 32 oz drinks

    kids trapped in failing schools should be patient; No, we should hire more teachers to reduce class size to 15 across all grades.

    wild weather is a new thing; continual record breaking weather is new

    moral standards are passé; No, we believe firmly in the enlightenment and the social advances of the 20th century

    government run health care is high quality; It is, look at the VA

    the IRS should violate our constitutional rights; The rich should pay more taxes.

    reporters should be spied on; No. Nor should there be such a concentration of media ownership.

    Benghazi was handled well; Libya was a stupid clusterfuck. Just like Afghanistan and Iraq.

    the Second Amendment is outdated; "Well regulated Militia" is not outdated

    and the First one has some problems too. "True, both D & R administrations are subverting it" and see "reporters should be spied upon"

  •  the Left wants what the Left needs /nt (0+ / 0-)

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013

    by annieli on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 04:49:10 PM PDT

  •  I called this on November 16, 2012 (0+ / 0-)

    Jindal's Op-Ed Calling for GOP Change Reveals Why GOP Will Never Change When Jindal made his play after the election.

  •  Mr. Jindal doesn't know which end of the Koch (0+ / 0-)

    Brothers to kiss first.  His opportunistic anti-left fantasies not withstanding, he is hopeless.

  •  what progressives want (0+ / 0-)

    The governor does not have a clue what progressives want.


  •  Not at all, Bobby (0+ / 0-)
    Because the left wants... red meat should be rationed
    Not at all Bobby.  I want you to be photographed wolfing down burgers and steaks, and those photos sent to your big supporters back home in RSS and Shiv Sena.  I'm sure that sharing your right-wing views they'd applaud this consumption of red meat...

    "You may very well think so, I could not possibly comment." ~ Francis Urquhart, pragmatic political philosopher

    by ActivistGuy on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 10:24:18 PM PDT

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