One of the things I love to watch is a politician’s transition from whatever they were when elected to a party zealot when they get aspirations of becoming president. Governor Bobby Jindal has been, as far as I know, liked by many self proclaimed liberty advocates. For Louisiana is seems to be not as much of a dick as the state’s other politicians but that’s not a high bar to jump over. But now he seems to want a chance at the presidency. In order to do that as a member of the Republican Party you need to provide that you’re a religious zealot, which Mr. Jindal has demonstrated a willingness to be:
But as his presidential aspirations grow, so is his desire to mix religion and politics. Speaking to a group of Christian and Jewish leaders in Iowa, Jindal averred:
“The reality is I’m here today because I genuinely, sincerely, passionately believe that America’s in desperate need of a spiritual revival,” Jindal, who is weighing a presidential bid, said during a 37-minute-long speech followed by a 20-minute question-and-answer session.
“I love to quote Winston Churchill. … ‘You can always count on the Americans to do the right thing after they’ve exhausted every alternative,’ ” Jindal said.
“That’s where we are as a country,” he continued. “We have tried everything and now it is time to turn back to God.”
As you can guess I don’t give two shits about this man. He’s a politicians, which makes him scum in my book. The reason I’m bringing this up is to discuss one of the Republican Party’s biggest shortcomings, it’s religious zealotry. You would think a party that claims to love Jesus so much would be something other than a social group for bigots, tyrants, and blood thirsty war mongers. After all, Jesus hung out with a motley crew, never involved himself with politics, and preached about loving thy neighbor and such.
Instead of focusing on the actions of the man they claim to worship they focus on very strange parts of the Bible that, when interpreted liberally, say that all of the gays need to pray away their sexual orientation, imaginary lines determine who is great and who sucks, and people with a skin tone darker than luminescent need to be bombed. More importantly these things that the Republican Party focuses on are the very things that prevent it from gaining political power for more than a few short bursts of time.
Wouldn’t you think that a political party that wants to stay relevant would try changing what hasn’t been working? I would think that. But Republicans don’t think that, which is why they’re the laughing stock of politics. Don’t get me wrong, it’s good that they haven’t been able to grab more power otherwise there probably wouldn’t be a Middle East left. But I find it amusing that one of the two political parties in this country manages to stay a big political party while also being so incredibly incompetent.