Remember when Bobby Jindal gave the rebuttal to the State of The Union Address in 2009? Yeah, me neither, it was far from memorable. So Bobby is trying to launch his presidential campaign for 2016 by taking a trip across the pond to England. Why go to England?
According to early excerpts of the address, Jindal will use the speech to bash Hillary Clinton, the likely 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, and to go after radical Islam in wake of last week's Paris terrorist attacks.
Referring to Clinton's recent comment on having empathy for the views of America's enemies, Jindal is planning to say, "Our former Secretary of State in America recently said that we need to 'show respect for our enemies' and 'empathize with their perspective and point of view.' Well, yes, understanding our enemies as a means of destroying them, I’m all for that. But empathizing with them as if perhaps we can find some common ground, I have no interest in that kind of mindless naiveté."
Brilliant, Piyush Jindal! You should go poke the hornet's nest of Islam. It's not as if there are any Muslims in your parent's country of origin, India? No, there's never been a conflict between Hindus and Muslims in the ex-British subcontinent. History is irrelevant, but GOP hate is right now and in your face. Why the animus toward Hillary besides the obvious threat she poses to the chances of a Republican White House?
She insists that treating other people like actual human beings would help with our standing with all our enemies and friends. She suggests:
"Using every possible tool and partner to advance peace and security. Leaving no one on the sidelines. Showing respect even for one's enemies. Trying to understand, in so far as psychologically possible, empathize with their perspective and point of view."
You know how Republicans want to declare war on anything and everything, so Jindal is merely parroting the views of his xenophobic, Islamophobic political party. It all boils down to one of the most highly touted political barbs the GOP throws at the Democrats: Sha'ria Law!
A few preview comments from the speech he plans to give next week in London:
"For example – Sharia law is not just different than our law, it’s not just a cultural difference, it is oppression and it is wrong.
"It subjugates women and treats them as property, and it is antithetical to valuing all of human life equally.
"It is the very definition of oppression. We must stop pretending otherwise.
"In my country, Christianity is the largest religion. And we require exactly no one to conform to it. And we do not discriminate against anyone who does not conform to it. It’s called freedom.
Yep, Sha'ria law is our biggest foe. I had no idea that Christianity never oppresses women, but they do make a woman give birth to an unwanted or unplanned baby. Don't forget the sects of Christianity that demand a woman to be obedient to her husband (Quiverfull, Mormons). Wives submit to their husbands (Colossians 3:18)• Trust the Lord with family planning (i.e., no birth control ~ Psalm 127) • Modest dress (1 Peter 3:3) Sounds a bit like Sha'ria, isn't that right, Jindal?
It's really depressing to have to 'pre-cringe' before another idiotic Republican makes a total ass of himself abroad. Eight years of Shrub 43 embarrassment was more than enough. I see a repeat of Jindal's 2009 rebuttal, except in front of a country far less tolerant of stupid asses than this country. We'll just watch the response of folks like J.K. Rowlings to see how this turns out.