Bobby Jindal, Rhodes Scholar and Louisiana’s second term Republican Governor, is reported to have said that he senses Americans are primed and ready to rebel in a “People Power” type action against Washington D.C. He believes religious liberty is the foundation upon which the United States was built but that there is now a “silent war” being waged by President Barack Obama and other Democrats against it and other liberties. He said people in this country have a desire to preserve what is left of the “American Dream” for future generations to enjoy and they are willing to do what it takes.
His remarks of June 18 came before a group of more than 1,000 evangelical leaders who attended an annual conference hosted by the Faith and Freedom Coalition. He was critical of liberals claiming to be tolerant and respectful of diversity, yet who in reality appear to tolerate and respect only those who happen to agree with them. He also accused the left of attempting to silence any conservative opposition to their ideology. Jindal’s speech included his opposition to Common Core educational standards saying that the federal government has absolutely no right to dictate educational standards to the country’s local schools.
One of Jindal’s observations was supported recently by liberal Democrat Michael Bloomberg, former Mayor of New York City, who delivered a speech at the May 2014 commencement ceremony at Harvard University. Bloomberg called out liberal academia and Ivy League institutions in particular, for its attempt to silence conservatives. In his speech, he also described conservative faculty members as a group that is “at risk of becoming an endangered species.” In his commencement speech, Bloomberg also criticized Harvard and schools like it as “homes of intolerance.”
Jindal’s own sense of rebellion was evident last Wednesday when he issued executive orders to withdraw the state from the Common Core standards and federally subsidized tests in defiance of the Louisiana state legislature and against the federal government’s push to nationalize the country’s education system. The move is also seen as endearing himself to the Tea Party which could prove to be influential if Jindal decides to run for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. The governor cites his opposition to the Common Core educational standards as an example of federal interference with the affairs of individual states.
The Des Moines Register recently interviewed Jindal and asked him about his 2016 presidential aspirations. The Louisiana governor said it was something he was praying about and is talking about with his wife and family. The paper reported that Iowa Republicans are not quite sure who Bobby Jindal is but he and his supporters are working hard to rectify that possible shortcoming. In his interview, Bobby Jindal stated he was all for being specific, for not just printing bumper sticker slogans, but moving well beyond the sense-dulling rebellious name-calling by both sides. He said he was not a proponent of just attacking the other side, but rather for telling everyone what he believes in and stands for.
By Mark Politi
Des Moines Register