Louisiana Governor and Republican presidential candidate Bobby Jindal took the gloves off at the “Defending the American Dream Summit” over the weekend, delivering serious blows to former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, in an otherwise positive and upbeat speech that was unifying in nature.
Before slamming both Walker and Bush, Jindal took on political correctness and the political left’s scheme of dividing Americans by race. The Louisiana governor and 2016 GOP presidential candidate called Obama the “Divider-in-Chief,” and said he is “done with the hyphenated Americans,” at the event put on by Americans for Prosperity.
“Let me say this about immigration — the left — they don’t like us to be the melting pot. America has proudly been the melting pot for years. What that means is that we tell folks, ‘If you want to come here, you should want to be an American if you come here,'” Jindal said to loud, enthusiastic applause.
“But now the left is telling us, ‘We can’t be the melting pot — that is culturally arrogant, that is xenophobic — we should be the salad bowl. We have a Divider-in-Chief who keeps trying to divide us. And I’m here to tell you something — I am done with the hyphenated Americans.”
“We’re not African-Americans, we’re not Asian-Americans, we’re not rich Americans, we’re not poor Americans, we’re all Americans, united as one,” a fired-up Bobby Jindal proclaimed to the crowd before saying that when immigrants come to America they should assimilate by learning English and our values and culture then “roll up your sleeves and get to work.”
“Immigration without assimilation is invasion,” Jindal declared, in what may have been the most powerful and best received lines from his speech.
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Jindal took a major jab at Scott Walker’s proposed Obamacare replacement, saying that it establishes a new government entitlement.
“We’ve got to repeal and replace every single word of Obamacare,” Jindal stated, saying that he has both good news and bad news on the subject.
“The good news is the plan that I’ve offered does not create a new entitlement program and it does not have the government subsidizing guaranteed universal coverage for every American. Instead, my plan focuses on the real issue, which is reducing costs in the health care system.
Here’s the bad news: Scott Walker’s plan actually does create a new entitlement program; it does guarantee universal coverage the government subsidizes for every American. One estimate this week says it would cost over a trillion dollars and he doesn’t tell us how he would pay for this plan.“
Jindal then shifted his focus to establishment-backed RINO Jeb Bush:
“You may have heard Jeb Bush saying that we’ve got to be willing to lose the primary in order to win the general election. I disagree with that — let me translate that to you. That is the establishment telling us, ‘Conservatives hide your beliefs. Hide your principles. Try to get the media — try to get the left to like you.'”
“I’m here to tell you folks that never works,” Jindal continued, issuing a sharp rebuke of the GOP establishment’s ‘go along to get along’ failed strategy. “If we do that again, we will lose again and we will deserve to lose again,” Jindal predicted.
Jindal said that Republicans should start embracing their own principles for a change and stop trying to be a “second Democratic Party.”
“Lets stop trying to be cheaper Democrats — let’s stop trying to be a liberal party. Let us stand up for freedom. Let us stand up for limited government. Let us stand up for the American dream where the aspiration is not to be dependent on goverment,” Jindal declared.
Jindal took another shot at Jeb Bush, saying that he doesn’t have a famous last name and that his dad wasn’t president, before taking a subtle jab at Donald Trump, the current frontrunner.
“I don’t have my own reality TV show, I’m not the best speaker, I’m not the best looking candidate,” Jindal joked.
The Louisiana governor touted his record of accomplishments, claiming to have cut the state budget and that there are 30,000 fewer government bureaucrats than the day he took office.
“I don’t think anybody has cut as much government spending anywhere, any time or any place,” Jindal contended.
Jindal said that if you’re looking for a candidate who will simply “manage the decline” as establishment Republicans are accustomed to, then you should vote for another candidate.
If elected, Jindal promised to enact term limits.
“We’re gonna force term limits down their throats,” he asserted.
That’s a line that is probably not going to win Jindal any friends in Washington, D.C., but earned major approval from the grassroots conservative audience.