CHARLOTTE — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal stands out among the Republican Party’s up-and-comers. As president of the Republican Governors Association and a frequent speaker for the GOP, he’s one of a new generation of reform-minded, young Republican leaders — among them, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, and Govs. Chris Christie of New Jersey, Nikki Haley of South Carolina and Susana Martinez of New Mexico. Many observers consider Jindal, 41, potential presidential material. He is a blunt talker who pushes big change for government and his party.
Comments: I like Gov. Jindal and hope he does well. I just hope he has gotten over his stage fright that happened at his 2009 SOTU response.
I don´t like some of the things has said recently. I´m not a fan of people who are so quick to publicly condescend towards Republicans. I think that was big part of Romney´s lack of appeal. The problems in this country continue to be the fault of Democrats, not Republicans.
I´m also skeptical of newspapers trying to be kingmakers. Few, if any publications that I knew of supported Reagan. He was an effective leader none the less.
I will continue to watch carefully to look for good conservative leadership. I think I´ll know it when I see it. In the mean time, we all need to be careful of publications like this one that seem to elevate Jindal just because he scolded Republicans.
He is a social conservative. One stance -- he wants the Federal Government to control which marriages in which states are declared "legitimate". The GOP should nominate him for the Presidency if they really want the US to remain a Socialist nation.
" His executive experience began at 24 when he was appointed to run Louisiana’s Department of Health and Hospitals, an unwieldy bureaucracy."
Now what was Barry doing at 24 , again ? Obama´s sketchy ethnic background was ( and still is ) given the Manti Te´o treatment by the media. They will dissect and besmirch and cast aspersions on Jindal´s background, no doubt implying that he´s Muslim.
He is not natural born. When his parents came here from India, his mother was pregnant with Bobby. Bobby was born here, but his parents were not citizens yet. Same thing with Rubio. Parents were not citizens yet. Obama has to be exposed for being an illegal president or we will have more like him in our future. Jindal and Rubio are at least on America´s side; Obama is not.
There´s lots of football left between now and 2016, and not to put too fine a point on it, but Jindahl is still just flexing his muscle in Division III. He has yet to take his first NFL hit. We´ll see if he gets up the first time he gets his bell rung. Talk to me about him then.
#5, if the Federal government created an act that imposed recognition of same sex marriage rights on the states, would you still oppose it on principled constitutional conservative grounds? If the answer is "no," then the disagreement with Jindal is about preferred outcomes, not first principles. If you believe, as I do, that the Constitution does not empower the Federal government to decide who can get married, then you are looking to the states to debate and legislate the issue. However, proponents of same sex marriage are pursuing their goals by suing their fellow citizens. This turns a political and social question into a legal decision whereby one state judiciary can create a right that previously did not exist and then leverage the Constitution´s full faith and credit clause to nationalize recognition of that right. Jindal´s position is that the power to create rights (e.g. marriage) carries with it the power to destroy rights (e.g. the 2nd Amendment) and the judiciary does not, and should not, have that power.
Men of good faith can debate the issue of same sex marriage. Jindal´s support of the Defense of Marriage Act was couched in terms of opposing judicial activism at the state level. I´m still waiting to find a proponent of same sex marriage who also opposes judicial activism in support of that goal.
No, #22, your interpretation does not close the matter. There are many credible, informed, legal and constitutional scholars who believe otherwise.This is from the Cornell University Law School: Some debate exists as to the meaning of this phrase. Consensus exists that anyone born on U.S. soil is a "natural born Citizen." One may also be a "natural born Citizen" if, despite a birth on foreign soil, U.S. citizenship immediately passes from the person´s parents.
The vast majority of the country would revolt and never stand for it if a person born in the US was not allowed to run for President. Congress and the courts won´t touch it with a 10 foot pole and most legal scholars agree natural-born means born in the USA OR born of citizen parents if born outside the physical boundaries of the country. To the tiny group who is still fighting the ´both parents must be citizens´ fight, give it up. It´s over.
I remember having such high hopes for him....until he joined the dem bash wagon attacking Pres. Bush after katrina. I swear, you could not tell any difference between what the dems were saying about Pres. Bush and what jindal was saying.....they read from the same script. After that, I didn´t have much regard for him. If he is doing a good job in LA, let him stay there and finish the reformation....don´t let him near the dc crowd again, he can´t keep his head straight.
#23, No.s 22 and 15 are not offering their own interpretations but Vattel´s.
Those attempting to redefine this term have yet to explain the difference between citizen (qualification for Representatives and Senators) and natural born citizen (qualification for President) as presented in the Constitution. They are clearly two seperate terms. It should also be noted that the phrase ´...a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution...´ seems also to indicate two different types of citizenship.
Words mean something and the consensus of scholars and experts does not change their meaning.
Dunno if anyone will see this, but I must address errors.
#23: I neither make nor offer an "interpretation." My #22 is correct. Post #29 is correct. I [and #29] correctly accept that the Constitution sets the qualification for President.Period. Further, an actual "interpretation" [read: opinion] of some judge, some law school, or some political party did not and does not set the qualifications. That´s clear beyond obviousness.
The only way to have "room" for the subjective opinion quoted in #23 is if we assume the Constitutional Convention was comprised of morons who didn´t understand that they used "natural born citizen" just one time for one office only and used "citizen" elsewhere but did not mean to indicate a difference. But it´s beyond clear that they understood the meaning of "natural born citizen" and used it specifically to impose that well-understood meaning.
I won´t dig into de Vattel yet again [I´ve posted on "The Law of Nations," the deliberations, and the relevant Federalist Paper again and again, and still some people who never even heard of de Vattel ´til they read my post argue with me]. Been there over and over. Thanks.
In trying to assess the the killing of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman, two seemingly conflicted truths emerge for me. The first is that based on the case presented by the state, and based on Florida law, George Zimmerman should not have been convicted of second degree murder or manslaughter. The second is that the killing of Trayvon Martin is a profound injustice. In examining the first conclusion, I think it´s important to take a very hard look at the qualifications allowed for aggressors by Florida´s self-defense statute: Use of force by aggressor.
Sometimes when you’re writing part of a column you keep getting close to the meaning of what you want to say but you don’t quite get there, the full formulation of the idea eludes you. Then two days later, relaxing in conversation with friends, the thought comes to you whole, and you think: That’s what I meant to say. That’s what I was trying to get. This week I had one of those moments.
In one of the toughest defeats of President Obama´s political career, the Senate this week sank a piece of gun control legislation that the White House had been laboring over for months. As the post-mortems of the loss begin, some have questioned if gun control got bogged down with the president´s ongoing struggle to effectively operate the levers of power in Washington. Culprits for the bill´s demise are plenty — from gutless Senate moderates, to inflexible pro-gun conservatives, to a brazen gun lobby that waged an aggressive, and sometimes misleading, campaign to defeat the legislation.
I remember it so clearly — a memory you can only remember so clearly when it is from sadness. You can’t let it go. I was sitting in the mud by the rear passenger side tire of my old Acura cradling my one year old in the steady, driving rain. I was sobbing doing my best not to fall apart in front of my little girl. But the tears ran. My throat hurt as I tried to suppress the guttural cries I wanted to cry there in the mud.
Pat Toomey obviously isn´t flummoxed by basic arithmetic. The Republican Pennsylvania senator is proving that as he and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., attempt to modestly modify requirements for criminal background checks on gun purchases. The two senators, both gun-rights advocates, are pushing legislation that would require such checks for all gun show and Internet sales. Toomey is being labeled a Judas in conservative circles for backing what is being described incorrectly as a gun control bill. It is not.
Kermit Gosnell, a Pennsylvania abortion doctor, is on trial for a lurid series of lurid crimes at his clinic. I can´t bring myself to describe them, so I´ll let Kirsten Powers do it. Infant beheadings. Severed baby feet in jars. A child screaming after it was delivered alive during an abortion procedure. Haven´t heard about these sickening accusations? It´s not your fault. Since the murder trial of Pennsylvania abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell began March 18, there has been precious little coverage of the case that should be on every news show and front page.
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, famous as the jurist who kept silent on the bench for seven years, has a lot to say. Thomas, on the court since 1991, visited Duquesne University on Tuesday afternoon and talked freely with law school Dean Ken Gormley and 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Thomas Hardiman (snip) Thomas, 64, known as one of the court´s most conservative justices, surprised some when he spoke of his sentiments as a young lawyer who voted for Hubert Humphrey and George McGovern
Five centuries before Christ, Sun Tzu wrote “The Art of War,” which teaches enduring principles of combat: Position troops so the enemy must face the sun. If an enemy leaves a door open, rush through. If outnumbered, retreat. The book by the ancient Chinese general and military strategist is well-known among those in the military and in the business world. Its underlying theme was the axiom, “All warfare is based on deception.” It is through this lens that Americans and others must view the situation with young North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
President Obama has built a reputation for going around the traditional White House press corps in favor of so-called soft media, taking his message to “The View”, ESPN and friendly local radio, among other general-entertainment outlets. Who can forget these hard-hitting questions Obama was asked by a New Mexico radio station last August: “What’s your favorite song to work out to?” “If you had a superpower, what would it be?” But senior Obama adviser Dan Pfeiffer scoffed at the suggestion that the White House is deliberately avoiding tough questions.
During the Great Depression, some 1.3 million Americans—epitomized by the Joad family in John Steinbeck´s "The Grapes of Wrath"—flocked to California from the heartland. To keep out the so-called Okies, the state enacted a law barring indigent migrants (the law was later declared unconstitutional). Los Angeles even set up a border patrol on the city limits. Soon the state may need to build a fence to keep latter-day Joads from leaving. Over the past two decades, a net 3.4 million people have moved out of California for other states.
Shia LaBeouf abruptly exited his Broadway debut, “Orphans,” following apparent disagreements with his hot-tempered co-star Alec Baldwin that made them “incompatible.” Producers announced that LaBeouf parted ways with the show after just a week of rehearsals due to “creative differences,” even though the play’s scheduled to begin previews March 19. But last night LaBeouf, 26, posted e-mail exchanges on Twitter revealing divisions between him and bombastic Baldwin.
Wisconsin is known for many things, such as our friendly disposition, impeccable beer and cheeses and, of course, our Green Bay Packers. Since I´ve taken office, we´ve gained national recognition for the proven results of our fiscal and economic reforms. We took a principled stand, confronted our shortcomings and transformed them into real solutions. We´re turning things around and heading in the right direction. Unfortunately, the national outlook isn´t as bright. With growing debt and deficit without a clear solution, the problems we face as a nation are daunting.
Mark Levin, who hosts one of America´s top radio talk shows and is considered by supporters to be the people´s pundit on the Constitution, is rallying his 8.5 million-strong audience to demand an historic convention of state governments to halt the "oppressive power" of the federal government. The author of two New York Times bestsellers on the threats to the Constitution, Levin hopes his latest, "The Liberty Amendments," out mid-August, will spark the state lawmakers to tap a rarely used Constitutional provision to institute measures that would brake President Obama´s use of executive orders, bar thousand-page laws and
The former commander of special operations in Northern Africa told a closed-door briefing today that he was largely detached from events the night of the Benghazi attack as he was traveling at the time. The testimony of Col. George H. Bristol, USMC, Former Commander, Joint Special Operations Task Force-Trans Sahara, Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command Africa, had been eagerly anticipated by members of Congress. Originally, lawmakers had been told by the Defense Department that he had retired — the actual date is Aug. 1, an “administrative error” according to the Pentagon — and that they didn’t have
FORNEY, Texas - George Zimmerman, the former Florida neighborhood watch leader cleared of all charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, was pulled over for speeding in North Texas on Sunday, CBS DFW reports. According to the station, Zimmerman was armed when officers pulled him over on Highway 80 in Forney, east of Dallas. (Snip) The officer reportedly did not recognize Zimmerman, who was driving a Honda pickup. Zimmerman told the officer he was armed and was then told to put the weapon in his glove compartment, according to the station.
Arizona Sen. John McCain was the Republican Party´s 2008 presidential nominee and he still wants the keys to the Oval Office. But he is beginning to sound more like a fan of likely 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. "She´s a rock star," he said in a newly released interview. "She has, maybe not glamour, but certainly the aura of someone widely regarded throughout the world," he added in a reference to her work as secretary of State. McCain, reportedly trying to win back his reputation as a GOP maverick, was asked by the New Republic
President Obama has been rolling up his sleeves campaigning across the country delivering a surreal stump speech message supposedly aimed at the middle class: big government works, Obamacare is manna from heaven, the wave of recent scandals are “phony” figments of the imagination, and all economic problems are the fault of the Republicans. Conveniently, he leaves out the bankruptcy of Detroit, a city run by his own party for more than half a century. His message is so stale and unconvincing, that even The New York Times and Washington Post have noticed. Both papers, usually loyal to Obama, remarked that
Serial sexter Anthony Weiner’s wife partly blamed herself last year when her horndog husband confessed to her that he was at it again. Friends and family told People magazine that Huma Abedin was kicking herself at the time for bailing out of couples counseling and focusing more on their newborn baby boy. But, thanks to a new round of joint therapy that continues even now, the couple was able to put the relapse behind them. “They really became a unit, and she feels much closer to Anthony now,” a relative told the magazine. That’s a long way from how Abedin
Gotta figure her lead would be even bigger without Joe Miller in the field here. Her nomination for the taking? Alaska should be a top tier pick up opportunity for Senate Republicans next year…but their top choice of a candidate is Sarah Palin. 36% of GOP primary voters in the state say they’d like Palin to be their standard bearer against Mark Begich to 26% for Mead Treadwell, 15% for Dan Sullivan, and 12% for Joe Miller.
Embattled Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner and an attorney in the Federal Election Commission’s general counsel’s office appear to have twice colluded to influence the record before the FEC’s vote in the case of a conservative non-profit organization, according to e-mails unearthed by the House Ways and Means Committee and obtained exclusively by National Review Online. The correspondence suggests the discrimination of conservative groups extended beyond the IRS and into the FEC, where an attorney from the agency’s enforcement division in at least one case sought and received tax information about the status of a conservative group,
Sen. John McCain — a Democrat? There was confusion Wednesday after the Arizona Republican mistakenly strolled into President Obama’s meeting with Senate Democrats at the Capitol. The room full of Democrats — who happened to be meeting in the same room where the Senate GOP usually holds their weekly policy luncheons — erupted in applause and laughter as the former Republican presidential candidate made his entrance. As McCain, 76, walked out of the Dem-filled space, reporters pressed him as to why he stepped foot in the room.
In preparation for the release of Oscar-bait film The Butler, Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, and director Lee Daniels (Precious) sat down with Parade magazine. The film chronicles a butler (Whitaker) who works in the White House through seven administrations. Winfrey plays the butler’s wife. In the interview, Winfrey explained her sadness that so few Americans know about the history of the civil rights movement: “They don’t know diddly-squat. Diddly-squat.” She then said of the historic use of the n-word, “I always think of the millions of people who heard that as their last
If we learned anything about Barack Obama in his first term it is that when he starts repeating the same idea over and over, what´s on his mind is something else. The first term´s over-and-over subject was "the wealthiest 1%." Past some point, people wondered why he kept beating these half-dead horses. After the election, we knew. It was to propagandize the targeted voting base that would provide his 4% popular-vote margin of victory—very young voters and minorities. They believed. He won. The second-term over-and-over, elevated in his summer speech tour, is the shafting of the middle class. But
In her first speech since taking over the Environmental Protection Agency, Gina McCarthy came out swinging Tuesday and promised to ramp up the aggressive climate change agenda laid out by President Obama.(snip)“Can we stop talking about environmental regulations killing jobs? Please, at least for today,” she said during remarks at Harvard Law School. “We need to cut carbon pollution to grow jobs. We need to cut carbon pollution to strengthen the economy. Let’s talk about it positively. Let’s approach this as an opportunity of a lifetime. There are too many lifetimes at stake.”