Tuesday, 30 June 2015 13:37

Strange week: Jindal's run, same sex ruling, confederate flag uproar

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    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, ignoring all the naysayers, took the plunge last week and became a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination.
    We won’t go into a lot of detail about his decision.  Suffice it to say that the crowd at his announcement lacked political star power.  Only about four state legislators showed up

(Photo: Congressman John Fleming) 

  No one from the state’s Congressional delegation attended and neither did any of the candidates for governor, who are seeking to replace him.  Protesters did make their presence known, however.
    The top if off, the state and national media were not very kind about his entry into a crowded GOP field of declared candidates.
    Rasmussen Reports did a poll following Jindal’s announcement, surveying likely Republican voters, asking them to predict who they thought would be the Republican presidential nominee.
    The poll revealed that 28% think that Jindal is at least somewhat likely to win the nomination, while 5% believe is is very likely.  But 52% consider a Jindal nomination unlikely with 20% feeling it’s not likely at all.
    Here are the poll findings on how those surveyed feel about the chances of each candidate winning the nomination:
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush – 56%.
    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee – 48%.
    Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio – 47%.
    Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul – 47%.
    Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz – 44%.
    Retired Neurosurgeon Ben Carson – 40%
    Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry – 39%.
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal – 28%.
    Billionaire Donald Trump – 27%.
    Former PA U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum – 25%.
    Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina – 22%.
    Former New York Gov. George Pataki – 21%.
    South Carolina U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham – 17%.
    Even as the GOP presidential field continues to grow, 60% said they want all candidates to appear in their party’s upcoming televised debates, while 33% think it is better to include only those candidates who reach a certain threshold in the polls.
    The survey of 1,000 likely Republican voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports on June 24-25 and has a margin of error of +/- 3 percentage points.  Field work for Rasmussen is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research.
    An Aside – While Jindal touts his business accomplishments, a new poll by CNBC ranking states best for doing business has Louisiana at No. 46.
    Over the Jindal years, there has not been much improvement the state’s ranking.  In 2010, it was ranked 44, in 2011 it was 42, in 2012 it was 42, in 2013 it was 43, and in 2014 it was 40.
    Not much to brag about in that regard.

As the pendulum swings...
    Last week was indeed historic...and not a good one for conservatives, a.k.a the Republican Party and the Tea Party.. It was a defining week, however, for President Obama and his presidency.
    First, the U.S. Supreme Court, once again, gave its blessing to Obamacare, an issue the Republicans have obsessed over for years in trying to repeal it.  Their efforts haven’t worked and will not work in the future.
    Second, the Court approved same-sex marriage on a national basis.  The decision sent Republicans and the religious right  into a crazed stage.
    Finally, the United States seems to be coming into the 21st Century,  which  European  nations  entered  a  long time ago.
    While Republicans loved the U.S.Supreme Court when decisions went their way in 5-4 decisions, now they refuse to abide by the law of the land.  Not all Republicans, but certainly most of those in the Deep South.
    Louisiana and Mississippi, the two states that alternate being first in everything bad and last in everything good, refused to immediately abide by the court’s decision.
    Gov. Bobby Jindal and state Attorney General Buddy Caldwell, two Neanderthals of Louisiana  politics, are embarrassing the state by refusing to permit the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples. So much for their sworn duty to uphold the law.
    Jindal, of course, is desperate to find an issue to enhance his presidential campaign.  And Caldwell is up for re-election in October and, according to the  polls, appears headed for defeat.
    And Jindal, in another one of his stupid statements, even called for the abolishment of the U.S. Supreme Court, saying it would save a lot of money.
    Republican presidential candidates decried the decision on same-sex marriage, saying it will destroy  the sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman.  Never mind that the divorce rate in the United States is about 50% and even higher for those who re-marry.
    A record high of six in 10 Americans now support same-sex marriage and say that individual states should not be allowed to define marriage as only between a man and a woman.  Thirty-seven states sanctioned same-sex marriages before the Supreme Court decision.
    Left to their own, many Deep South states, which includes Louisiana, would continue to wield its bias and prejudice and live in a past century.  A majority of the Supreme Court apparently recognized that reality.
    What is disturbing is that so-called men of God were quick to say they will not obey the law and refuse to marry same-sex couples.  What is really disturbing is that some black men of God, whose race has endured incredible prejudice, said the same thing.  So much for love thy neighbor.
    As one political observer put it, “Live and let live.  Gay marriage is not a threat to marriage between a man and a woman.  The important factor is that love between two people should be a good thing.”
    “No doubt Republicans will beat the issue to death as they have done with Obamacare as they remain mired in a past century,” said one political analyst.
    UPDATE: The first same-sex marriage in Louisiana is taking place in New Orleans Monday, June 29. And the Jefferson Parish Assessor began giving licenses after Forum for Equality Louisiana put clerks of court on notice that they are violating the “fundamental constitutional right” of LGBT citizens and are subject to legal action as the Supreme Court decision gave no room for delay.

Take a deep breath
    The killing of nine people in the historic black church in Charleston, S.C. by a deranged 21-year-old white racist was a horrific crime and shocked the nation.
    Eight died on the scene at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church and one was pronounced dead at the hospital.  The shooter, Dylan Roof, was arrested and will pay for his terrible crime.
    Through it all, the city of Charleston showed unity.  There was no rioting, and blacks and whites showed solidarity.  It was indeed a moving scene.
    But there are concerns about the fallout.  Knee-jerk reactions from politicians are calling for all Rebel flags to be taken down.  And that’s not all.  They also want to eliminate history by destroying statutes and other symbols of the Confederacy.
    That is a slippery slope.  How far do you take it?  Street names, athletic team nicknames, etc.
    It brings to mind the saying: “Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.”
    As one observer wrote, “It was not the Confederate flag who killed those innocent people in the church.  It was a disturbed young man who should never have had access to a gun.  Perhaps that’s where the focus should be.”
    Before we start destroying history, as unpleasant  as it may have been – like ISIS is doing in the Middle East – perhaps it would be best to take a deep breath and let things settle down.
    Thousands of men fought and died for the Confederacy, not for slavery, but in defense of their family and homes.  It was an important part of American history, and to destroy it would be deplorable act.

Fleming to run for U.S. Senate
    Republican U.S. Rep. John Fleming of Minden, who represents the 4th Congressional District, is not being shy about his intention to run for the U.S. Senate should Sen. David Vitter be elected governor.
    Fleming, who is a medical doctor, has represented the 4th District since 2008.  He would have to give up his U.S. House seat if he runs for the U.S. Senate.
    He held a fundraiser in Shreveport Monday night, letting those invited know that the contribution they give now can be used when he runs for the U.S. Senate.
    The event was held at Ristorante Giuseppe with a price tag of $500 per couple and $1,000 for fundraiser hosts.
    Should Vitter be elected governor and the U.S. Senate seat becomes open, there will likely be several candidates vying for it.
    If Fleming runs, then it opens up his House seat, which would likely draw several candidates as well.

Lou Gehrig Burnett

Lou Gehrig Burnett is the publisher of Fax-Net, a North-Louisiana newsletter.

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