Skip to comments.Bobby Jindal - GOP Needs To Stop Being The Stupid Party
Posted on 01/25/2013 4:57:01 AM PST by LD Jackson
I'm sure by now that most everyone has heard about Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and his remarks at the Republican National Committee's winter meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina. Before I get to the bulk of my post, let me preface it by saying I am not endorsing or disregarding Governor Jindal's remarks. I do, however, believe they merit a discussion. To do anything less is to be naive about the condition of the Republican Party. Changes, you say? Yes, I said the changes the Republican Party needs to make. If we do not, we may as well resign our party to the trash heap of history. Let's look at what Bobby Jindal had to say.
(Hot Air) We do not need to change what we believe as conservatives our principles are timeless, Jindal says. But we do need to re-orient our focus to the place where conservatism thrives: in the real world beyond the Washington Beltway.Not included the quote I used above is where Jindal said "We've got to stop being the stupid party. It's time for a new Republican Party that talks like adults." Again, I say there is merit in Jindal's words.
Todays conservatism is completely wrapped up in solving the hideous mess that is the federal budget, the burgeoning deficits, the mammoth federal debt, the shortfall in our entitlement programs, he says. We seem to have an obsession with government bookkeeping. This is a rigged game, and it is the wrong game for us to play.
The Republican Party must become the party of growth, the party of a prosperous future that is based in our economic growth and opportunity that is based in every community in this great country and that is not based in Washington, D.C., Jindal says.
Can anyone say they honestly believe the GOP needs to make changes to the way it operates? I mean, seriously, after the drubbing we received last November, do we really believe we can stay on the same course we are on and expect to strengthen our numbers in the House and possibly win the Senate in 2014? Do we really believe we can continue the same path and expect to defeat whomever is the Democratic presidential candidate in 2016? If we do, then Bobby Jindal is correct; we are the stupid party.
I have read some of the comments on the Hot Air post I linked to and I can't help but wonder where some people's heads are. Some are already discounting Jindal from consideration in the 2016 presidential campaign, when he hasn't even said he will be running. All of the vitriol, just because he has the nerve to suggest we need to make some changes to our party. From reading some of the comments, you would think he was akin to Attila The Hun.
I'm not talking about changing the conservative principles in which we believe and I do not think that is what Bobby Jindal was saying. He just things we need to change tactics and honestly, can we look at where the Republican Party is and say he is wrong? I think he is closer to the truth than many of us may want to admit.
I love what he says about the real world and that government bookkeeping is a rigged game. I resent his straw arguments about “stupid” and wonder who he means by that. Often, Jindal has himself been stupid.
Lots of folks have been stupid in their lives. It's the ones who remain stupid that are in the most trouble. The first step in solving a problem is to admit you have one.
Both parties are STUPID as far as I am concerned. There are no representatives in either house that votes for their constituents, they vote party line on every issue, as directed by the party czars.....
The GOP needs to stop being the Gutless Coward Party. Start practicing conservative principles, and among them, publicly recognize Barry's gang of thugs and the Demonicrat party as lying, murderous traitors to the United States of America. One of the (likely long-term) goals then will be to bring these traitors and their co-conspirators to justice by trial and jury convictions.
I couldn’t agree more. If we continue hiding our heads in the sand, we will never get out of the desert.
Well thank you Mr. Beck - but you totally 100% without a doubt missed my point. Jindal has never admitted HIS problem, and is projecting it onto mysterious unnamed “stupid Republicans.” Jindal has stepped into it on immigration, Jindal stepped into it in the Gulf, cornering Obama on two occasions then letting him off the hook. Jindal, and his inner Chris Christie streak, emerges at all the wrong times. Jindal is one of the sick ones, and he has not figured it out yet.
Yes, but listening to those whose head is in the sand is not the right thing to do, even if they say a few cogent words from time to time.
Jindal ought to practice what he preaches!
I disagree,strongly. There are a lot of very good people in the House, and a handful in the Senate. We are no where near a majority, though. The powerful do their best to silence or remove the good ones, though. We saw a purge of several very good people through redistricting last year because they actually spoke out in committees and didn't 'hold the party line.' I cringe when people make the blanket statement 'throw them all out'. There are many good, principled people out there. Not enough, but we are a hell of a lot better off than we were a few years ago.
The “stupid” are the ones who nominated Romney, doing the same old, same old which had already shown that it didn’t work,
I think he’s right; people’s eyes are glazing over because we’re just going on about the numbers now and not challenging the whole premise of Obama’s statist vision.
We’re already acting as if that’s inevitable (which is why a statist like Romney got the nomination) and it’s just a matter of figuring out how to pay for it. But in reality, a lot of Americans don’t like the statist idea, deep down inside, and if we offered them an alternative vision, we’d get support.
What good is it to elect Republicans who think like Democrats?
Electing Republicans like John McCain, Lyndsey Graham, Kirk,and others is the same as electing Democrats.
Many of these Obama ass kissers who call themselves Republicans get to stay in office because they deliver the pork to their states.
Pork is what gets incumbents re-elected.Not their party affiliation.
People like pork ,feed them pork and they would return Musselini to office. That is what is killing America.
Republicans who have been around a long time living off opf taxpayers and feeding them pork to stay there. That is the first thing learned in the halls of the Capitol;.
Well folks the pork is running out. When we go bankrupt there will be no pork.
I like Bobby Jindahl. I understand what he means. But not only do we need to be the party of growth and ideas, we need a good housecleaning from within. Those that continually pick the candidates (The “It’s his turn mentality”), to the exclusion of all others, those that ‘tut-tut’ over the Tea Party citizens and the sniping and general takedown of people like Sarah Palin need to be rooted out.
If you don’t think the gop is stupid, maybe he meant you.
The man is a minority and lives in a party that lets racist democrats call his party racist every day, and the gop response is to beg for forgiveness.
The gop is not only stupid, it is astoundingly stupid.
1. Piyush Amrit Bobby Jindal
born June 10, 1971 in Baton Rouge, LA (Meets the Jus Soli Requirement)
Amar Jindal born in India, naturalized Dec. 4, 1986
Raj Jindal born in India, naturalized Sept 21, 1976.
Parents were NOT US Citizens at the time of his birth (Does NOT meet the Jus Sanguinis Requirement)
Bobby Jindal is NOT a NATURAL BORN CITIZEN.
Bobby's status is the same as that of Barry Soetoro, aka Barack Hussein Obama, who is NOT a Natural Born Citizen.
2. Don't assume Shahanshah Obama will allow another election.
An essential problem with what he says is that it is old style thinking. From the Great Depression to today, our economy has been based on deficit spending, as a *strategy*.
The two ways used to *manage* this deficit spending are, on one side, “increasing growth and productivity”, and on the other side, the Keynesian “increasing government spending and inflation.”
However, what was not known when this economic adventure began was that eventually, the debt would destroy it all.
But both sides seem to be obsessively locked into using either one or the other type of management they know; but the real solution lies outside of that. To a great extent they cannot even *imagine* going outside of that paradigm, or that there can even *be* something outside that paradigm.
Far in the background, though, there has been another voice, ignored by the two, that at least sees that the situation is heading to collapse, that our fiat currency based economy is falling apart.
But their failing is being stuck in a non-evolving economic concept, that somehow our economy and currency could again be backed by gold. Fundamentally correct, sort of, but there is just not enough gold in the world to even support the economy of one major country, much less the entire world.
What could work is instead starting with gold, but expanding to other physical resources as well. Iron and steel, aluminum, lumber and paper, etc. It is pretty easy to figure out what, because they already have substantial commodities markets.
Importantly, when initially stabilizing the economy, the emphasis would have to be on non-renewable resources, before it could grow into renewable resources. But at no time could it be allowed to expand into virtual or subjective resources, or we would be back to economic disaster.
Currency would have to be limited to just that physically backed and exchangeable for these resources. Margin would be forbidden as well as futures and derivatives.
All credit, government and private, would have to be backed with 110% collateral, using the old saying, “You cannot have credit unless you do not need it.” And such collateral cannot be speculative or subjective, either, and if its value dropped below its collateral support level, it would have to be reinforced with additional collateral or the credit would be called.
This is pretty strict stuff, with little or no money left over for gaming, reckless investment, or largess. But it is also extremely stable.
Something that will be like a breath of fresh air when the deficit economies of the world collapse.
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