“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.