Bobby Jindal Said Americans Want “A Hostile Takeover” of Washington D.C.
The politician is part salesman and part actor. Like salespeople, politicians try to grab onto your emotion in order to get you to buy what they are selling. As any good salesperson knows, if that emotion is insecurity, anger, or fear, the sale is almost guaranteed. Like actors, they deliver carefully crafted dialogue to advance ideas tied those emotions. Bobby Jindal, Governor of Louisiana and a perennial presidential hopeful, has recently given a dangerous performance.
Speaking at the Faith and Freedom Coalition in Florida, Jindal seemingly hoped to cast himself as the kind of leader and hero that the GOP is looking for. “I can sense right now a rebellion brewing amongst these United States,” Jindal said according to The Associated Press, “where people are ready for a hostile takeover of Washington, D.C., to preserve the American Dream for our children and grandchildren.”
He doubled down on the fear-mongering, the “othering” of Democrats as not even ideological opposites, but as a literal danger to the country. “Are we witnessing right now the most radically, extremely liberal, ideological president of our entire lifetime right here in the United States of America, or are we witnessing the most incompetent president of the United States of America in the history of our lifetimes? You know, it is a difficult question,” Jindal continued.
Of course, because this is the “Faith” and Freedom Coalition, Jindal had to add a little pandering on top of his fear-mongering by saying that liberals waged “a silent war” on the faithful in America. Using coded language (e.g. “tolerance”) Jindal seemed be suggesting that the dark and mysterious “the left” was being intolerant of religious people in fighting for equal rights for homosexuals and against Creationism in schools.
At the center of Jindal’s speech was a pat on his own back about his executive order that seeks to block the embattled Common Core program. Yet, Jindal took it a step further saying that the “federal government has no role, no right, and no place dictating standards in our local schools….”
Other potential GOP candidates for 2016 were at the conference including Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, and Rand Paul.
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