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Lil Bobby Jindal gives a speech

Posted on: February 17, 2014

courtesy of Tom Aswell & the blog Forward Now!

courtesy of Tom Aswell & the blog Forward Now!

My not-so-beloved governor, lil Bobby Jindal, made a “believers” pilgrimage to the Ronnie Raygun Library and gave a speech there.  Now that in and of itself is no big thing because as the former head of the Republican Governor’s Association he spent a lot of time traveling across the country.  And that fit in nicely with his pointless ambitions to become the President of the United States.  But, what struck some as hysterically funny is the fact that he chose to speak about religious liberty at the Reagan Library.  Or as Charles Pierce put it, “he went out to California yesterday to give a big speech on “religious liberty” at a library memorializing a man who famously never went to church.”.  And, as Tom Aswell of Louisiana Voice wrote:

Three words kept coming to mind as I read the text of his speech—written, by the way, on the Louisiana Governor’s Office letterhead so as to completely blur the line between church and state (wouldn’t his campaign committee letterhead have been far more appropriate?).

Those three words are: sanctimonious little twit.

As Pierce pointed out, lil Bobby is (or was) the least popular governor in the country.  That poll was taken last year and who knows, Christie may have beaten him out by now.  His last “big” idea, last year was to scrap the state income tax on both individuals and corporations and replace it with an increased and more far-reaching state sales tax.  The plan would have naturally hit the poor and middle class more severely than the upper income groups but it was when he got the idea to play around with corporate sales taxes that was when the nail was driven into the coffin.  That plan was basically D.O.A. before it was even submitted to the lege.  But I have digressed and I apologize for that.

In the text of his speech Bobby had the following to say:

These days we think this diversity of belief is tolerated under our law and Constitution. But that’s wrong. This diversity of belief is the foundation of our law and Constitution. America does not sustain and create faith. Faith created and sustains America. President John Adams, in 1798, wrote to Massachusetts militiamen to remind them that “… Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

Yeah, okay Bobby.  But as Pierce writes, Adams also said and wrote this: (bolding mine)

As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion,-as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility, of Mussulmen [Muslims],-and as the said States never entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mahometan [Mohammedan] nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.

Yep, Bobby, Mr. Adams wrote of the U.S. as having “no character of enmity” against any (gasp!) Muslims!  Did you mention that little speech Bobby?  Oh, I see you didn’t.

Lil Booby went to the Raygun library to talk about, sigh. poor little ole Hobby Lobby and how they are being picked on as a Christian enterprise…bless their hearts.

“It is a war – a silent war – against religious liberty…This war is waged in our courts and in the halls of political power. It is pursued with grim and relentless determination by a group of like-minded elites, determined to transform the country from a land sustained by faith into a land where faith is silenced, privatized and circumscribed.”

“None of this matters to the Obama administration. The argument they have advanced, successfully thus far, is that a faithful business owner cannot operate under the assumption that they can use their moral principles to guide the way their place of business spends money. According to the administration’s legal arguments, the family that owns Hobby Lobby is not protected by the First Amendment’s “free exercise” of religion clause. That’s the part of the First Amendment which states that “Congress shall make no law … prohibiting the free exercise” of religion. The Obama administration and Attorney General Eric Holder argue that because “Hobby Lobby is a for-profit, secular employer, and a secular entity by definition does not exercise religion.” A federal judge agreed: since Hobby Lobby is a “secular” corporation, they have no right to be guided by the religious beliefs of their ownership.”

No lil Bobby!!!  No, no, no!!!  The owners of Hobby Lobby can do as they damned well please for themselves!  But whether you like it or not, Hobby Lobby is not a church or religious organization.  As Pierce said:

Nobody is stopping the owners of Hobby Lobby from exercising their religion. People are arguing that the owners of Hobby Lobby don’t have the right to control the exercise of religion on behalf of their employees who might not share their religious scruples about contraception.  [Italics mine]

Lil Bobby goes on to further frighten the horses, uh scare the masses:

Many states have considered these issues in the light of the ongoing legal battle over marriage laws in the country. But that pressure is not going to stop with photographers and bakers – it’s going to be brought on churches, mosques, and synagogues, too.

Aww Booby!!  Do you realize how much you sound like the White Citizens Councils, later the Citizens Councils of America?  No church, synagogue, mosque,temple or what have you will be forced to conduct a gay marriage.  Puhleeze!

Now, we know that lil Bobby was probably wise not to mention Thomas Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptists, because he would have blown himself out of the water with that one!

Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between Church & State. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.

I think Pierce summed it up the best:

Again, “Bobby” is saying all this in a well-publicized speech — for which, I presume, he got himself a nice check — and it was a speech in which he was attempting to launch himself as a plausible candidate for president of the United States despite his obvious incompetence as a political executive.

And I’m not even going to go to the article about how lil Booby has been raiding the state Medicaid Trust Fund for the Elderly, to the point it’s about to go broke.  This was a trust fund that did have over $800 million in it.  That’s over three quarters of a billon dollars that was to be kept in trust and then the interest would be used in state programs and primarily to help pay for the elderly in nursing homes.

Tell ya what:  since folks like lil Booby make “the pilgrimage to the raygun library I’ll end this with what every true believer would love:  Reagan coming back from the dead.  It’s an old clip, but lil Booby is mentioned in it. This is an open thread.


16 Responses to "Lil Bobby Jindal gives a speech"

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Good post Fredster. I saw that he was here, giving his bs speech. I wonder if he had a big crowd? Its hard to imagine that people here would care about seeing him.

The Raygun library is very beautiful and they have interesting history exhibits & we generally go about once a year (to see the special history exhibits, not the Raygun stuff that they always have going for his cult worshippers. I get emails about their scholarship events and the special exhibits, but I never get them for their republican events like this…I wonder why!

Oh, also about the Raygun library. They built a gigantic building that cost millions to house Rayguns Air Force One. I will say, that is a cool exhibit. You get to walk through it from one end to another. On July 4th every year, they have special Revolutionary War event with all of their docents and employees dressed up in period costume. They give everyone free hot dogs and ice cream and stuff. There is also a big hunk of the Berlin Wall there. Right now they have a “spy” exhibit going. Anyway, the rich repubs must keep the $ rolling into that place.

annie@2: If you are a “true believer”, whatever that means, you must make pilgrimage to the library. I don’t know if Jindal was invited there to speak or what the particulars were, but by going there and speaking on “religious freedom” he’s trying to get his cred out there as a potential nominee for 2016. I so hope he does try to position himself for 2016 because maybe then we can get out some of the news of how he’s trashed the state the last 7 years.

I believe all of the Presidential libraries get a certain amount of federal funding but I”m sure the “faithful” contribute big bucks too.

@annie: It’s funny too that they think of Raygun as this great conservative whatever, but one thing they never mention is the fact that he raised taxes in 7 of his eight years in office.

Reagan was a serial tax raiser. As governor of California, Reagan “signed into law the largest tax increase in the history of any state up till then.” Meanwhile, state spending nearly doubled. As president, Reagan “raised taxes in seven of his eight years in office,” including four times in just two years. As former GOP Senator Alan Simpson, who called Reagan “a dear friend,” told NPR, “Ronald Reagan raised taxes 11 times in his administration — I was there.” “Reagan was never afraid to raise taxes,” said historian Douglas Brinkley, who edited Reagan’s memoir. Reagan the anti-tax zealot is “false mythology,” Brinkley said.

I know! The bullshit about Raygun is astonishing. And he certainly raised taxes on me, a single woman working 1 and 1/2 jobs to pay for school and support myself. I enjoyed the 80s becuz I was young and had lots of fun, but I sensed then that the country was going down the tubes, that the corporations were taking over and Rayguns admin was facilitating it. I hated him for what he did the to the overworked and underpaid air traffic controllers. Think of the horrific responsibility those people have. If there is any group of professionals that you want to be well trained, well rested, and well compensated, it is air traffic controllers. Btw, I knew his kids, Pattie & Ron Jr back in the 80s. Saw them at parties and such. They did not approve of his politics, at least back then. I don’t know anything about them now.

I don’t think I approve of Federal money going to Presidential Libraries. We can’t give the poor food stamps, but our taxes should go to fund these luxurious museums with a political agenda? Seems wrong. Its true that they have some nice educational programs for students (we did a lot of field trips to the Raygun when lakerwade was in a homeschool group), but they certainly weren’t free. It is expensive to go Rayguns, and all of the docents work for free, and I think they charge a lot for their republican dinners with the speakers, so its not like they don’t make any money. I say, let the rich people support their presidents libraries.

annie@6: Tell me about it! I was a fed employee when he was in office and there were a couple of years that he gave the civilian employees zero for a c.o.l.a. ! For whatever reason, he had it in his mind (?) that civilian employees were just layabout, lazy people who did nothing. I read that part of that idea came from when he was making war movies (note: Raygun did not serve in WW II) he saw civilian employees just lounging around goofing off. I think he was making those WW II things like “buy war bonds” and stuff like that. 🙄

I say, let the rich people support their presidents libraries.

You won’t get any argument from me and that goes for the Big Dawg’s library too!

We need to Prioritize our needs and maybe if we cut Defense Spending we could get decent roads or something? But I guess the Beast must be fed… I think Lil’ Bobby Jindal would feed the beast well

I think Lil’ Bobby Jindal would feed the beast well

Indeed, he is very good at doing exactly what the Koch Bros and ALEC want done.

Fuzzy, good point about defense spending. Were you the one who mentioned ghee the other day? I decided to get some and looked at Amazon for grass fed ghee and the cheapest one was $18, the same exact jar at my local whole foods is $8. I couldn’t believe that Amazon could cost more than whole foods!

annie@12: No, that was DYB.

I just saw one on amazon for $8 and change. So what is it with this stuff that makes it so special? What does it taste like Annie?

Try this link:

Yes, that was the kind I buy. The one I looked at was the same but $18. I didn’t see the one you had found becuz I clicked on Prime, for free shipping. The one on your link had $4 shipping. So I will just get it at Whole Foods.

Ghee is supposed to be healthier than butter. It is unsalted, organic butter that is cooked and the the milk solids (the white stuff) are skimmed out. So it is clarified butter. It has conjugated linolenic acid and lauric acid, which are good for you. When I was very sick about 15 yrs ago (they thought I had lupus), my naturopath put me on a plain diet and told me to use ghee instead of butter. Supposedly people that are allergic to dairy can tolerate ghee well. Its great for cooking and tastes lie a delicate butter. Here is a link:

annie@14: Do you have amazon prime? If so, is it worth the price?

Hmm..I’ll have to check this out some more. Thanks for the link!

Oh noes!! Transparentpiyjay has a cute cartoon of lil booby’s
speech at the Raygun Library.

You can right click on the picture to make it bigger.

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