Bobby Jindal’s Ideas For Rebooting the Conservative Message

Louisiana Gov Bobby JindalLouisiana Governor Bobby Jindal spoke two days ago in Charlotte NC, at the Republican National Committee winter meeting.

Jindal’s speech addressed three main points:  1)  America is not the federal government; 2) How conservatives can win the argument; and 3) How conservatives can then win elections.

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You can read Jindal’s full speech here, and view a video of it at the end of this article.

I found many excellent passages where Jindal gave his views about what’s been wrong with the conservative message, and what to do about it.  I highlight a few of those passages here:

“At present we have one party that wants to be in charge of the federal government so they can expand it, and one party that wants to be in charge of the federal government so they can get it under control.  It’s a terrible debate, it’s a debate fought entirely on our opponents’ terms.  A debate about which party can better manage the federal government is a very small and shortsighted debate.  If our vision is not bigger than that, we do not deserve to win.”

“Look at the debates that have dominated Washington in just the last few weeks:  The fiscal cliff, the debt ceiling, and Joe Biden’s gun control task force.  These are in reality sideshows in Washington that we have allowed to take center stage in our country – and as conservatives, we are falling into the sideshow trap.  All of these sideshow debates are about government…  This is a rigged game, and it is the wrong game for us to play.”

“We think if we can just unite behind a proposal to cut the deficit and debt, if we can just put together a spreadsheet and a power point and a TV ad, all will be well.  This obsession with zeroes has everyone in our party focused on what? Government.  By obsessing with zeroes on the budget spreadsheet, we send a not-so-subtle signal that the focus of our country is on the phony economy of Washington – instead of the real economy out here in Charlotte, and Shreveport, and Cheyenne.  We as Republicans have to accept that government number crunching – even conservative number crunching – is not the answer to our nation’s problems.”

“Instead of worrying about managing government, it’s time for us to address how we can lead America… We should put all of our eggs in that basket…  [W]e as conservatives must dedicate our energies and our efforts to growing America, to growing the American economy, to showing the younger generations how America can win the future.  That path does not lie in government, but in growing the middle class. If more government were the answer, our economy would be booming right now. That path has been tried.”

“If you take nothing else away from what I say today, please understand this – We must not become the party of austerity. We must become the party of growth. Of course we know that government is out of control. The public knows that too. And yet we just lost an election.”

“We do not need to change what we believe as conservatives – our principles are timeless.  But we do need to re-orient our focus to the place where conservatism thrives – in the real world beyond the Washington Beltway.  We must lay out the contrast between liberalism’s Top-Down government solutions and our Bottom-Up real world philosophy.  We believe in creating abundance, not redistributing scarcity.”

“We must focus on the empowerment of citizens making relevant and different decisions in their communities while Democrats sell factory-style government that cranks out one dumbed-down answer for the whole country.”

“Here are seven things that I believe we must change if we are to amass a following worthy of our principles, and if we are to be in position to win elections and lead America:

    1. We must stop looking backward. We have to boldly show what the future can look like with the free market policies that we believe in….
    2. We must compete for every single vote. The 47 percent and the 53 percent. And any other combination of numbers that adds up to 100 percent….
    3. We must reject identity politics. The notion that ours should be a colorblind society is the right one, and we should pursue that with vigor…The first step in getting the voters to like you is to demonstrate that you like them.
    4. We must stop being the stupid party… We had a number of Republicans damage the brand this year with offensive and bizarre comments. We’ve had enough of that.
    5. …We have to stop dumbing down our ideas and stop reducing everything to mindless slogans and tag lines for 30-second ads. We must be willing to provide details in describing our views.
    6. We must quit “big.” We are not the party of big business, big banks, big Wall Street bailouts, big corporate loopholes, or big anything. We must not be the party that simply protects the well off so they can keep their toys. We have to be the party that shows all Americans how they can thrive…
    7. We must focus on real people outside of Washington, not the lobbyists and government inside Washington. We must stop competing with Democrats for the job of “Government Manager,” and lay out ideas that can unleash the dynamic abilities of the American people…

This is a pathway forward for the Republican Party, one that honors our principles, the American people, and also, will help us win elections…  We can either go down the Government path or the American path.  The left is trying to turn the Government path into the American path.  Shame on us if we let them do that.”


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Jeff believes in the Individual's ability to excel when liberty and freedom of choice are protected. Also believes in the Community's ability to take care of the vast majority of its own issues and needs when the federal government leaves the Community's resources and sphere of control alone. State and local choice produce better results than centralized federal control.
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3 Responses to Bobby Jindal’s Ideas For Rebooting the Conservative Message

  1. stephnelson says:

    Beautiful! Exactly! (Of course liberals are already hard at work discrediting Jindal — saying he heartlessly cut aid to dying grandmothers — you know the usual empty rhetoric.) But I like how common sense he is. He speaks “middle class” instead of speaking “been in DC too long.” Hopefully that doesn’t change should he go to the DC! Because that’s exactly where I want to send him!


    • I saw all the liberal hyperventilation today when I googled “Bobby Jindal” and filtered the results to just the last 2 days. It seems to me that liberals often do that when conservatives say something particularly effective.
      – Jeff


  2. Jane says:

    This encouraged me greatly that conservatives have a new focus on positive growth. Excellent!


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