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Bobby Jindal’s speech, paragraph 11:

“There is a lesson in [Hurricane Katrina]: The strength of America is not found in our government.”

Okay, let’s pretend that it wasn’t Jindal’s party who completely fucked up the Katrina response, and take this at face value: that Jindal, as a Republican, doesn’t think that government is the best way to help people. How far into his speech will he get before completely refuting his own argument?

Turns out it’s his penultimate paragraph:

“Our troubles are real, to be sure. But don’t let anyone tell you that we cannot recover - or that America’s best days are behind her. This is the nation that cast off the scourge of slavery, overcame the Great Depression, prevailed in two world wars, won the struggle for civil rights, defeated the Soviet menace, and responded with determined courage to the attacks of September 11, 2001.”

So: cast off the scourge of slavery (through the use of the military and an unprecedented federal intervention against state power); overcame the Great Depression (through massive federal government spending and a huge increase in federal aid programs), prevailed in two world wars (through the use of the military, aided by federal control of business and strict rationing at home), won the struggle for civil rights (where the Supreme Court and federal law prevailed over state power and the wishes of the people), defeated the Soviet menace (largely through massive federal government spending), and responded with determined courage to the attacks of September 11, 2001 (through the use of the military and the creation of a massive, unprecedentedly large federal department).

How can these guys enjoy themselves with the taste of shit constantly in their mouths? I guess you get so you don’t notice it after a while.

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eatsoylentgreen
Feb. 25th, 2009 07:39 pm (UTC)
and warrantless wiretaps and military justice without justice
elizabethann8
Feb. 25th, 2009 08:05 pm (UTC)
won the struggle for civil rights (where the Supreme Court and federal law prevailed over state power and the wishes of the people)

could you clerify what you mean by "the wishes of the people"
because everyone deserves equal rights, that should be the wishes of the people !!!!!!
unsee1ie
Feb. 25th, 2009 09:33 pm (UTC)
SHOULD be, sadly, doesn't mean it is. bad thought can be prevalent in an area, and the majority can have really stupid wishes.

i assumed he meant that local governments kept segregation on the books and institutionalized racism, the FEDS had to come in to say "Your majority is wrong, settle down and you'll see."
caprinus
Feb. 25th, 2009 07:59 pm (UTC)
Matthew 15:11
archaica
Feb. 26th, 2009 02:03 pm (UTC)
Nice.
mcfnord
Feb. 25th, 2009 08:04 pm (UTC)
i saw him saying the stimulus law is unneeded. wow! in "finding their voice" the GOP is digging their deeper and deeper grave, I HOPE.
mckennl
Feb. 25th, 2009 09:02 pm (UTC)
Not too many people would want to follow Obama and give a speech but Jindal would have looked bad no matter who had spoken first. The only person who liked that response was Sarah Palin.
carbonunit
Feb. 25th, 2009 09:13 pm (UTC)
Watching your politics from a foreign shore is fascinating. Your Republican party looks like a cigar chewing sweaty armpit music mogul, trying to assemble a made-for-success rock band.

"Oh yeah, the kids like that black dude, so why don't we get, I guess not another black dude, but what about kind of light coffee coloured? Indian might be good. 'You're a better man than I am, Gunga Din!' Yeah, and they like the way Obama talks, it's like, it's almost as though he were talking on the level, or some shit I dunno. So, we make our brown guy watch a bunch of Obama tapes and see if he can do it too. Not talk on the level, God no! I mean, just the same sound, like a fucking teacher or headmaster or something, you know what I mean."
unsee1ie
Feb. 25th, 2009 09:35 pm (UTC)
TOTALLY. i was staring at the TV thinking "Could they BE any more transparent?" someone around here (LJ-land) posted their criticism on their having pasted a brown face on their tired white message, i'm sure there will be a lot of iteration on that sentiment. it's like when they threw Palin onto the pyre, since people obviously liked that Clinton dame! how fekking insincere and bizarre - they are totally afraid to be or show themselves, and must mirror any face they see across the divide.
dreamweasel
Feb. 25th, 2009 10:05 pm (UTC)
Is it too late to anoint Barney Frank a Rising Star of the Democratic Party?

I really want to see the Right attempt to dredge up their own openly gay politician with an impenetrable East Coast accent.
mckennl
Feb. 25th, 2009 10:19 pm (UTC)
hahahahahahahahahaha. It's the "openly" part they'd have trouble with.
archaica
Feb. 26th, 2009 02:03 pm (UTC)
"The Republican Party has a big tent, and a wide stance."
vivian_shaw
Feb. 25th, 2009 10:33 pm (UTC)
I have a feeling that one of the criteria for membership in the Republican Party is the ability to hold (and to be passionate about) two diametrically opposed beliefs at the same time. The entrance exam goes like this:

Q: What is your most passionately held belief?

A: That tax cuts are the way to reduce a budget deficit.

Q: But don't tax cuts remove a source of revenue from the government, thereby lessening its overall income?

A: Of course they do.

Q: So how do they raise money?

A: What are you, some kind of commie?

Q: Welcome to the Republican Party. Your complimentary blue suit and red tie are waiting for you in the War Room.
thaitea
Feb. 25th, 2009 10:38 pm (UTC)
Where's your history book? We all know the Soviet Union fell because patriotic Americans amassed at Checkpoint Charlie and whistled "Yankee Doodle Dandee" 24 hours a day for 50 years. GOVERNMENT GOT OUT OF TEH WAY OF TEH PEEPIL.
flying_blind
Feb. 25th, 2009 11:14 pm (UTC)
How can these guys enjoy themselves with the taste of shit constantly in their mouths?

That is what they enjoy! They loves the scat!
brandiweed
Feb. 26th, 2009 03:03 am (UTC)
The Katrina thing reminds me of the definition of chutzpah:
"A boy, having just been convicted of murdering his parents, begs the judge for leniency because he is an orphan."
clh22
Feb. 26th, 2009 03:51 am (UTC)
>$140 million for something called "volcano monitoring." Instead of monitoring volcanoes, what Congress should be monitoring is the eruption of spending in Washington, D.C.

OOH! BURN!
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