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Path of Bundy, ducks, cattle, Jindal and chickens

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robertson-philDoes Governor Jindal want to travel down the Bundy path?

Bundy?  As in Cliven Bundy.



As in Jindal’s diversion to avoid messy political controversies, even from those of which he has made.  

"I know there are folks, there are Democrats and others trying to link the two issues," Jindal told "I'm not going to go down that path. I think the issue before us is the congressman's actions.", the governor replied when responding to the confusion over his urging a congressman to resign post kissing scandal while being silent over a prostitute scandal that engulfed a powerful Louisiana US Senator (Vitter). 

Which refusing to speak was ever-more confusing given his penchant for trying to create a forum. The Governor has been quick to go down any path available to him, penning columns for Politico, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today on issues of national scope whenever the opportunity avails on matters of national scope such as Robertson, Duck Dynasty, religious freedom, and federal government meddling in education and healthcare. Jindal has become a go-to national spokesperson and a Presidential candidate at a time when many Louisianians simply want him to cut his governorship tenure short so they can clean up the mess he has made with his budgetary, education, and healthcare policies. 

He was quick to comment in the media and defend hicks like Robertson of Duck Dynasty even at a time when the duckster was quacking about gays being sinners and blacks not singing the blues in the pre-civil rights era.

"Phil Robertson and his family are great citizens of the State of Louisiana," Jindal said in a written release. "The politically correct crowd is tolerant of all viewpoints, except those they disagree with. I don't agree with quite a bit of stuff I read in magazine interviews or see on TV. In fact, come to think of it, I find a good bit of it offensive. But I also acknowledge that this is a free country and everyone is entitled to express their views. In fact, I remember when TV networks believed in the First Amendment. It is a messed up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended."


Jindal, in an exclusive interview with The Foundry’s Genevieve Wood, explained why he decided to speak out in Robertson’s defense: “Whether people liked what Phil had to say or not, he had a right to say it,” Jindal said. “And I just think it’s a bad thing in our country when people aren’t willing to stand up for the right of other people to speak up, whether you like them or agree with them.”

So Jindal, who will talk on almost any subject except those that will get him in political hypocritical hot waters, is now being asked to weigh in on the similar statements made by the new right-wing hero, Clive Bundy, who doesn’t recognize the federal government, especially when he owes it a million dollars or so for his cattle grazing on federal lands.

Bundy, no longer is the anti-government hero since his view of black culture became public,  Even Uncle Remus would die laughing if it weren’t so serious.  The NY Times has quoted him to say: 

"I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro," he said. Mr. Bundy recalled driving past a public-housing project in North Las Vegas, “and in front of that government house the door was usually open and the older people and the kids — and there is always at least a half a dozen people sitting on the porch — they didn’t have nothing to do. They didn’t have nothing for their kids to do. They didn’t have nothing for their young girls to do.

"And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?" he asked. “They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom."

Kinda sounds like words spoken by Duck Robertson, the same man that the Louisiana governor praised and recently awarded as  the first recipients of the Governor's Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence, an award never given out before.

For those who forgot, Robertson said:

“I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. Not once. Where we lived was all farmers. The blacks worked for the farmers. I hoed cotton with them. I’m with the blacks, because we’re white trash. We’re going across the field.... They’re singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, ‘I tell you what: These doggone white people’—not a word!... Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.”


So, now, Jindal, who has voluntarily urged McAllister’s resignation (but not Vitter), has voluntarily defended freedom of religion and speech without likewise condemning the speech or the speaker,  has been giving unsolicited advice on all kinds of topics, yet, has suddenly become woefully silent when it comes to the new right-wing folk hero federal scofflaw, who just happened to be outed as a racist.

But others are not so silent about Jindal: 

"Remember Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson? His racist comments last December were in the same vein as Bundy's. Yet GOP leaders from Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin, Lindsey Graham, and others rushed to defend (Robertson's) comments against a liberal assault. Republicans even invited the Duck Dynasty stars as their guests to the State of the Union!," wrote DNC Communications Director Mo Elleithee.

Politicians denounce Bundy's racist remarks

I’ll just have to lump in Sarah Palin and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, both huge defenders of Mr. Robertson. Thispiece from the Wire sums it all up perfectly.

But let’s go back to the cotton picking and the slavery because that’s what was said. There’s virtually no difference between Robertson’s and Bundy’s words. Yet, the GOP is now stumbling over themselves for distance from Bundy. This horrid cockroach behavior is sad, scattering around, stumbling over each other when the lights come on. A better analogy is when you’re in a gay bar and it’s closing time. The lights come on and you realize all of a sudden that the dude you’ve been hitting on the last hour is actually butt ugly. But ya know, you gotta just own that right? If he looked good in low light, you gotta own your really really bad judgement.

That’s what the GOP needs to do frankly. They really should just own their people, even the ugly ones. I mean, which bigots do they love, which homophobes do they support, which misogynists do they embrace? Otherwise, Americans are just going to remain confused about a political party that sometimes supports the bygone days of cotton picking.

And will remain confused about party leaders who sport anti-federal government beliefs integrated with 19th century-distorted views of race and slavery--to which mainstream America would never cow.

The future leader of  party and America must not duck from condemning the moral obvious or else will be viewed as a mere chicken straddling the lonely path of silence.

Stephen Sabludowsky | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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