Jindal Attempts to Otherize Obama

Bobby Jindal continues the attempts by the right wing to otherize Obama, to portray him as not a Real American, to claim he doesn’t love America and is probably on the side of the terrorists. They’ve been doing this from the moment he took office, of course.

Jindal said that while President Obama is destroying the economy with “$18 trillion of debt, Obamacare and EPA regulations,” the greatest threat to America is Obama’s push for “secularization.”

Such “secularization,” Jindal warned, will eliminate religious freedom and “without religious liberty there is no freedom of speech, there is no freedom of association, it is worse than this president is bankrupting our country financially, morally, as well as our foreign policy standing. All of that is true but it’s worse than that. He’s trying to change the idea of America.”

He lamented that “we have never before had a president this ideologically extreme, who does not believe in American exceptionalism, does not believe in the American dream that you and I were taught, does not believe in religious liberty and has effectively, for six years, done everything he could to change our culture on all three of those areas to become a new country, a new American dream, a new conception of liberty.”

This seems a particularly dangerous path to take for an immigrant, which Jindal is. It’s exactly how immigrants have long been portrayed in this country. But Jindal is a wealthy Republican big shot now, so he doesn’t care.

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  • Pierce R. Butler

    Jindal is not an immigrant.

    His parents were, but Bobby was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

  • colnago80

    Re Butler @ #1

    According to the link, neither of Jindal’s parents were citizens when he was born. Of course, this is entirely irrelevant as he was born in the US and, according to current interpretations of the 14th Amendment has birthright citizenship.

    Interestingly enough, apparently Orly Taitz is questioning Ted Cruz’s eligibility due to his being born in Canada.

  • marcus

    I think that Jindal’s inherent browness is going to be a stumbling block in his courtship of the far right. That might, in part, explain the fervency of his desire to prove he can be just as batshit non-rational as the rest of them.

  • John Pieret

    Thank goodness the Republicans have stopped being “the stupid party .”

  • raven

    Jindal is not an immigrant.

    His parents were, but Bobby was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

    Born to non US citizens. That makes him an…anchor baby!!!

    (It’s probably the only useful thing he did in his life.)

  • Thomas Everett

    On Jindal’s inherent browness,you need to see the official state portrait of him in Baton Rouge.They seemed to have lightened him up considerably.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/TabbyLavalamp Tabby Lavalamp

    As a non-American, I consider a belief in American exceptionalism to be ideologically extreme.

  • eric13

    Sometimes you really have to laugh at wingnut “logic”. They blame Obama for the national debt, despite a large portion of it resulting from the 2 wars he inherited from his predecessor. Yet when he tries to end those wars, he’s undermining foreign policy.

    The sky must be pretty in their world. I wonder what color it is?

  • llewelly

    colnago80 :

    Of course, this is entirely irrelevant as he was born in the US and, according to current interpretations of the 14th Amendment has birthright citizenship.

    Well, there are a few far right fools in the Republican party, such as Senator David Vitter, who keep trying to modify or even revoke birthright citizenship .

    I don’t think they’ll get far, but sometimes even wildly fringe positions do grow and fester within the Republican party.

    Just because they can’t get the amendment they would need, doesn’t mean they won’t try to push unconstitutional legislation, and thereby suck up resources.

    Also, it shows Jindal’s compatriots would eagerly throw him under the bus if they could.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    He’s got a point. Obama doesn’t believe it the American Dream the way Real Americans are taught it, where everything is fine and the path to improving America from its current perfection is more military, less taxes and minorities that know their place.

  • theguy

    ““we have never before had a president this ideologically extreme, who does not believe in American exceptionalism, does not believe in the American dream that you and I were taught”

    Hmm, I wonder why a black person might not believe in American exceptionalism or the American dream? There couldn’t possibly be a valid reason why neither of those have worked out for black people; no, it must mean that Obama hates America.

    “it is worse than this president is bankrupting our country financially, morally, as well as our foreign policy standing”

    Bush fighting two wars while cutting taxes, authorizing the use of torture, and pissing off the entire world apparently doesn’t count.

  • Matt G

    Does he mean the American Dream that no longer exists? I remember being taught that too! The Right might embrace Jindal because it gives them cover when we point out their racism.

  • NYC atheist

    @7 Tabby

    As an American, I consider a belief in American exceptionalism to be ideologically naive.

  • felidae

    As usual, Gov. Jinndup comes up with a 110 decibel dog whistle to the right wing nutjobs

  • marcus

    Thomas Everett @ 6 Thank you, read that. Quite amusing.

  • http://www.holytape.etsy.com holytape

    He has it assbackwards. Anyone who believes in American exceptionalism should be banned from holding office.

  • samgardner

    keep trying to modify or even revoke birthright citizenship

    Hmm, can you say what’s so terrible about this? It is a bit of an oddity that being born on US soil alone confers citizenship (or, to be more specific,a claim on citizenship). I wouldn’t really have a problem with some changes — though I think their rationale du jour of wealthy Chinese “birth tourism” is a rather foolish “concern”.

  • magistramarla

    It’s no wonder that the conservatives don’t want middle class Americans to get educated and possibly travel so that they might see with their own eyes that the whole “American exceptionalism” thing is rubbish. We’re traveling in Europe right now and we are seeing many clever money and energy saving ideas being used and accepted here.

    I spoke with a young mother in Germany who told me that her son and soon-to-be born daughter are half German. She said that she made certain that her son has both his German birth certificate and the US one so that he (and later his sister) can take advantage of the excellent German school system. This was a US military dependent.

    Says something, doesn’t it?

  • dingojack

    samgardner – actually it’s the common position (AFAIK) everywhere: one can be a citizen ‘by blood’ (ie at least one of the parents are a citizen of that country), or ‘by soil’ (ie the child is born within the country or an area controlled by that country).

    Dingo.

  • blf

    This is the sort of batshite fecking racism that makes it impossible for me to even consider voting for any republicanthug.

    I am a “natural born” USA citizen. What’s so unusual about that? I wasn’t born in the USA, or any of its territories or jurisdictions or whatevers. My birth certificate is indisputably “foreign”.

    So what is my claim to being a “natural born” USA citizen? Two things (at least): (1) My parents, both of which are indisputably “natural born” USA citizens were “temporarily aboard” at the time of my birth, which is a recognized exception leading to… And (2) The USA State Department: I have a certificate, entitled something like (the exact title, form number, etc., is awkward to check as it is kept in a safe deposit box) Certificate of Natural Born American Citizen Born Aboard. In addition to my copy, there are copies in both Washington DC and the USA embassy(? consulate?) to the country of my birth. (Plus, (3) My long-since expired USA passport issued when I was only a few months old.)

    These fecking imbecile racists would deny me citizenship. There is ABSOLUTELY NO FECKING WAY I could ever support ANY republicanthug for any office.

  • samgardner

    Blf, actually that’s what they’d allow — jus sanguinis rather than jus soli citizenship.

    Not that there aren’t a host of reasons not to vote for repubs anyway. Not to say they’re not racist, as I’m sure they are.

    Dingo–actually most countries do not offer citizenship purely on

    Place of birth. About 30 (of 200) do so.the huff post article was not really as persuasive on the topic as I would have liked.

  • eric

    Its really amazing how they focus on Obama, given his lame duck status. You’d think they’d be spending their time and effort otherizing likely 2016 candidates like Hilary by now instead. I’m wondering if this racist focus is going to get in their way pretty soon. I can imagine some bad thing happening in January 2016, the GOP candidate(s) want want to use it to attack Hilary, but they are forced to do a “thanks Obama” response instead because that’s what the base demands. Looking backwards is a strategic/campaign mistake, but they may be forced to do it because that’s what the base has been trained to expect.

    I don’t think Jindal has much of a chance of improving his political position. Like @3, I think he’s trying to be more strident than his competitors to make up for his ethnicity, but (IMO) it isn’t going to work with the GOP the way it is today. Besides which, no matter how crazy he thinks he’s being, I guarantee there’s some old white male willing to say something crazier.

  • xuuths

    Perhaps journalists should refuse to call him “Bobby”, since he has not legally changed his name. They should use his actual name: Piyush

  • dingojack

    Eric – It’s probably worse for Pyush than that — no matter what he says, if an old white guy says exactly the same thing the base are going to nod their heads and follow the white guy!

    For a member of the PoG, it’s not easy being brown (or different in any other meaningful way).

    Dingo

  • abb3w

    @-2, Bobby Jindal

    He’s trying to change the idea of America.

    Possibly. Of course, Bobby Jindal and conservatives are also trying to change the idea of America.

    Specifically, one of the fundamental ideas of America is that it should change over time; they’re trying to change that.