What Bobby Jindal Doesn’t See About The Issues That Matter To Americans
Bobby Jindal is limping along in his quest to become the Republican presidential nominee in 2016. He’s got twice the support of Carly Fiorina, but that’s only because Carly Fiorina has the support of just one percent of Republican voters in the latest poll.
Jindal is trying to get in touch with Republican voters by conducting a poll, which purports to gather input about the political issues that matter most. That poll, however, only contains the following options for voters to choose from:
ENDING COMMON CORE
SECURING OUR BORDER
GROWING THE PRIVATE SECTOR ECONOMY
PROTECTING OUR 2ND AMENDMENT RIGHTS
STOPPING RADICAL ISLAM
DEFENDING RELIGIOUS LIBERTY
REBUILDING AMERICA’S DEFENSES
PROTECTING INNOCENT LIFE
EXPANDING SCHOOL CHOICE
The limited scope of these options will astonish anyone who pays attention to politics as it has been discussed outside of extreme right wing circles. It’s shocking, for example, that Jindal only seems to acknowledge the possibility of defending one and a half amendments to the Constitution, neglecting the rest of the document. Jindal has no problem proposing the idea of using the American government to stop religious movements he doesn’t like, and then offering to defend religious liberty in the very next breath, but he doesn’t even acknowledge the constitutional problems of military tribunals, indefinite detention, torture and government surveillance against Americans.
Jindal’s vision of health care reform includes nothing more than repealing one piece of legislation. Expanding and improving medical care seems completely outside his imagination.
Jindal’s list of issues for the 2016 presidential campaign doesn’t include racism, sexism, environmental protections, economic equality, regulation of Wall Street, the influence of secret big money in politics, trade deals that send jobs overseas, protection of voting rights, or the effort to prevent new wars.
A presidential candidate who begins his campaign with such a limited scope of vision isn’t aiming to represent all Americans. He’s trying to gain power to impose his own narrow view on anyone else.
Whatever your opinion is about the issues that Jindal identifies, or the others that American voters care about, Jindal’s refusal to recognize the breadth of perspectives in our country is reason enough to withhold support for his presidential campaign.