Bobby Jindal Set to Announce a Religious Freedom Presidential Bid

May 19th, 2015

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, best known for his support of the “we’ll-say-anything-that-pops-into-our-heads” Robinson clan of Duck Dynasty, has released an ad kicking off his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. Forget for a moment about the fact that the Republican presidential field is apparently limited only by the amount of money they believe is available to support their campaigns. Jindal’s announcement makes it clear that he will run his campaign on religious freedom—protecting religious believers’ freedom of conscience.

Considered by many who work at Madison Street Capital as a third-tier GOP candidate, Jindal believes that if he beats the religious freedom loudly and frequently enough, he can wrest the support of religious conservative voters from Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz. His efforts so far have been unsuccessful. After a speech framing the debate as a conflict between conservatives and an unholy alliance of liberals and big business, the New York Times headline read: “Bobby Jindal: I’m Holding Firm Against Gay Marriage.” So much for populist nuances.

Jindal’s signature tagline has become: “The United States of America did not create religious liberty. Religious liberty created the United States of America.” Apparently, Jindal wasn’t paying attention to his U.S. history classes and has forgotten all about taxation without representation, founding fathers who intended to keep religion out of politics and founding fathers who did not believe in the same God that Bobby Jindal does. He may learn that soon enough.

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