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Bobby Jindal – GOP Needs To Stop Being The Stupid Party

I’m sure by now that most everyone has heard about Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and his remarks at the Republican National Committee’s winter meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina. Before I get to the bulk of my post, let me preface it by saying I am not endorsing or disregarding Governor Jindal’s remarks. I do, however, believe they merit a discussion. To do anything less is to be naive about the condition of the Republican Party. Changes, you say? Yes, I said the changes the Republican Party needs to make. If we do not, we may as well resign our party to the trash heap of history. Let’s look at what Bobby Jindal had to say.

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(Hot Air) “We do not need to change what we believe as conservatives – our principles are timeless,” Jindal says. “But we do need to re-orient our focus to the place where conservatism thrives: in the real world beyond the Washington Beltway.” …

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“Today’s conservatism is completely wrapped up in solving the hideous mess that is the federal budget, the burgeoning deficits, the mammoth federal debt, the shortfall in our entitlement programs,” he says. “We seem to have an obsession with government bookkeeping. This is a rigged game, and it is the wrong game for us to play.” …

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“The Republican Party must become the party of growth, the party of a prosperous future that is based in our economic growth and opportunity that is based in every community in this great country and that is not based in Washington, D.C.,” Jindal says.

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Not included the quote I used above is where Jindal said “We’ve got to stop being the stupid party. It’s time for a new Republican Party that talks like adults.” Again, I say there is merit in Jindal’s words.

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JindalCan anyone say they honestly believe the GOP needs to make changes to the way it operates? I mean, seriously, after the drubbing we received last November, do we really believe we can stay on the same course we are on and expect to strengthen our numbers in the House and possibly win the Senate in 2014? Do we really believe we can continue the same path and expect to defeat whomever is the Democratic presidential candidate in 2016? If we do, then Bobby Jindal is correct; we are the stupid party.

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I have read some of the comments on the Hot Air post I linked to and I can’t help but wonder where some people’s heads are. Some are already discounting Jindal from consideration in the 2016 presidential campaign, when he hasn’t even said he will be running. All of the vitriol, just because he has the nerve to suggest we need to make some changes to our party. From reading some of the comments, you would think he was akin to Attila The Hun.

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I’m not talking about changing the conservative principles in which we believe and I do not think that is what Bobby Jindal was saying. He just things we need to change tactics and honestly, can we look at where the Republican Party is and say he is wrong? I think he is closer to the truth than many of us may want to admit.

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  • It is hard to beat the tactics of a community organizer. But we need to learn from them. We are doing well state wide and it is because of using many of the same principles. Washington remains a remote island, detached from the body politic.

    • Very hard, indeed. Possibly, we should use their own tactics against them, but the deck is stacked against us because of the media.

  • I think Jindal is absolutely right. If the GOP isn’t going to stand up for conservative principles, like the constitution, and put up conservative candidates, then they do mot represent us. Bunkerville is correct. The must use similar tactics against the Democrats. The biased MSM makes it hard, but not impossible.

    • I do think it is important to note that Jindal is not advocating we abandon our conservative principles. He pointedly said America already has one liberal party, that we didn’t need another.

  • I know you’ll disagree with me on this, Larry, but there needs to be a change in the social policy in the GOP.

    I hate to break it to any of you, but the social platforms of the GOP are becoming increasingly outdated and “old fashioned.” Right now, most Americans support legal recognition of gay marriage.

    Although the polls show that 50% of Americans consider themselves pro-life, a significant portion of those people who identify as *personally* pro-life are actually pro-choice: because although they personally would never have an abortion or advocate someone to get one, they still believe that ultimately the decision lies with the individual, not the government or anyone else.

    Jindal’s main point, however, was that there are some idiots in the party who spout off absolutely asinine things. Let’s not forget all of the “legitimate rape,” comments that have been made. I mean, even if you really believe that crap, you shouldn’t say it out loud and expect anyone to take you seriously.

    Also, the GOP defrauded the Maine primary, and changed the delegate rules at the RNC so they could hand-pick delegates who would vote their way (if the original delegates did not uphold their “pledge”).

    The party is in shambles because it’s not getting with the times. Time has shown us that not all social norms and moral beliefs are applicable to all men in all times. Some things stay the same forever, but not everything.

    As far as fiscal stuff goes, yes balancing the budget is a good thing. But you’re not going to win a lot of popularity contests if your budget includes cuts to programs that provide much-needed social services to people with disabilities. And you’re not going to win people over by making accross the board welfare cuts without providing a viable alternative to get welfare recipients self-sufficient.

    It’s not 1950 anymore.

    • Well, call me a stick in the mud, old-fashioned, or whatever, but I’m not convinced social issues are the reason Barack Obama won a second term. Yes, he carpet-bombed the airways with the lie about the war on women and it a lot of people seems to have bought that lie, but that doesn’t make it any less a lie. I do agree that the Todd Akins of the world need to watch what they say, but both parties have their share of kooks that can’t help but spout off at the mouth.

      I’m going to leave it at that, as you and I will never agree about abortion. I respect your opinion and your right to state it, even on my blog, but I will never come to the view that abortion is anything less than the murder of unborn children.

  • I agree that something has to change but I don’t think we should ignore the debt or the budget although these seem to be issues many Americans don’t understand or care about. If Jindal thinks we need to become more like the Democrats I think that is also a losing proposition; why vote Republican if they aren’t much different than the Democrats? Isn’t that why we lost in 2008 and 2012? I honestly don’t know what the answer is at this point.

  • It seems like we’ve been consistently saying this since Bush got bamboozled with tax increases in 1990.

  • Dragonconservative

    He’s right. The GOP needs to reach out to minority voters. They need to fight the Democrats and dispel the myths that the Republican party is racist.

    • For us to say the GOP doesn’t have some changes to make is to ignore the obvious. What you have mentioned is just a portion of what needs to be addressed.

  • Obviously, he is right. Things cannot keep continuing as they have been. Romney failed to articulate any reason for people to vote for him, except that Obama was a bad manager. Yet, Romney outperformed many other GOP candidates across the nation in the 2012 election, showing that the messaging problem was not just with one man, but across the board. While I am not sure what all Jindal has in mind, certainly the pro-growth message has been lost by the GOP. There are very few if any Republicans or conservatives on the national stage who are arguing for the supply-side economics that Reagan championed, even though his policies worked. Instead, all we see are Republican congressmen engaged in petty fights over the budget (i.e., should we have a 1% cut in the growth of the federal government, or a .5% cut?)–what is lacking is perspective, a grand vision for where the US should go, and a demonstration as to how this vision would positively impact people’s lives. The country needs good management, that is true. However, it also needs leadership, and the GOP is not offering any.

    • I agree with what you point out about Mitt Romney. I backed him because he was obviously a better choice than four more years of Obama, but his campaign was lacking. I think he would have been a better President than he was a candidate.

      I would be interested in hearing more details from Bobby Jindal, as I think it has potential. I do not believe he is advocating straying from our conservative principles and he made that abundantly clear. I am no political expert, but if we ignore the need for change in the GOP, we will do so at our own political peril.

  • The GOP is finished if the Party doesn’t make certain changes. Even a low-class moron should be able to recognize that fact.

    Political parties die when they are no longer relevant. Think back to the early days of our nation.

    • Very true. Changes have to be made, otherwise we will be looking for another political party.

  • I don’t know what the future holds for Jindal but he is a great guy and very Conservative… Is he *presidential*? Who knows… But I DO know this; the GOP either gets their act together and gets back to the business of representing a CONSERVATIVE America or the GOP is done for…

    • I agree with you on both accounts. I’m not sure if Bobby Jindal is presidential material, but he is right. The Republican Party has to get it’s act together or they are toast in the arena of political relevance.

  • I thought I commented on this post last night Larry, maybe I wasn’t logged in.

    I agree with Jindal that something has to change. However I don’t think we should give up focusing on the economy, debt, or deficit although it doesn’t appear as if enough Americans understand or care how dire the spending issue is. If Jindal is talking about becoming more like the Democrats than I have to disagree with him because why should we vote for one party which isn’t all that different from the other? Something has to change but I just don’t know what the best way forward is.

    • You did comment last night. Right after that, I reinstalled Disqus and the comments haven’t finished importing yet.

      I do not believe Jindal is talking about becoming more like the Democrats. I watched his entire speech last night and he made it clear that America already has one liberal party and doesn’t need another. I get the feeling he wants to change the way we approach certain issues, improving the way we portray our message, etc. I am interested in hearing more details about what he proposes.

  • Okay, I’m not going crazy then! 🙂

    I didn’t hear his speech but I am glad to hear he isn’t talking about becoming more like the Democrats and I do agree that we have a messaging problem. I’t will be interesting to hear what he has to say.

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  • Citizen Tom

    I will have to take a look at Jindal’s speech. However, I don’t think packaging the message is the problem. Democrats don’t package their message any better than we do. I think the problem is the electorate — us.
    There is an old saying: Personnel is policy. Fortunately, we have no intention of firing and replacing ourselves with a different people. Thus, we are stuck with one option, self-reformation.
    The Declaration of Independence says our rights come from God. The Socialist Democrats say government gives us our rights, and most of the electorate believes them. Therefore, when Socialist Democrat policies do not work because they cannot work (They are immoral.), the GOP does not know what to say. GOP leaders are not about to tell voters they are wrong. In addition to telling them they are wrong, they would have to explain why and have to mention God, and it is politically incorrect to mix religion with politics. Nonetheless, our Declaration of Independence clearly states God gives us our rights, not government.
    Ironically, the United State became a great nation precisely because the founders chose to carefully mix their belief in God with their politics. What our GOP leaders fear to do, we must do. We must attack the foundational principle of the Socialist Democrats with the Truth, God, not government, gives us our rights. If GOP leaders refuse to carry that message, we must replace them.

    • I happen to agree with Governor Jindal that our message needs some work. Far too often, I see us get tangled up trying to explain what we think should be done. The GOP usually ends up looking like a bunch of fools.

      Having said that, I do agree that we fail miserably at getting across the fact that our rights come from God, not the government. Much of that is the fault of we the people, which is why we are stuck with Barack Obama for another four years.

      Thanks for commenting on Political Realities.

  • Mike

    I certainly agree with the gist of what he said. One place I would start in getting the GOP house in order isw deciding what the GOP message is. Why do conservatives find it necessary to establish such a strict party line that they’re willing to eat their own? Specifically, why is the Tea Party putting up candidates to challenge existing GOP representatives? Orrin Hatch isn’t conservative enough for you? Seriously? Why not take that energy, money, and effort and put it toward something that can actually help? If the GOP can’t even manage that small thing then surely the party is doomed…and rightfully so.

    • One thing to keep in mind is how strongly the Tea Party feels/felt about fiscal issues. When they see the established members of the GOP unwilling to take even the smallest steps towards fiscal sanity, they felt it necessary to take the steps to correct that problem. I don’t necessarily agree with what I call the “cannibalization of our own”, but I can see why so many existing GOP representatives were challenged. It was perceived, rightly or wrongly, that they were not doing their jobs.

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