Louisiana’s GOP Governor Bobby Jindal presents himself as a folksy, reasonable American success story who worked his way up from humble roots — but deep down inside, he’s as insane as everyone else in his party.
Right now, right-wingers’ hearts are all a-flutter over Jindal’s latest “smooth” move: He just gave a public endorsement to an organization that seeks to overthrow the U.S. government!
Oh, of course, the “Convention of States” website doesn’t call it that. They just want to get invoke Article V of the US Constitution to get a two-thirds majority of states — 33 states — to demand a Convention of States empowered to force amendments onto our constitution. And, if Republicans keep taking over state legislatures the way they have been, they might just get the chance to do it.
Despite all the hamstringing, tax cuts and standstills forced on our government by the GOP, Jindal still thinks it’s too overbearing.
The federal government has clearly grown far beyond the size and scope that the Founders ever envisioned. Over-spending, excessive regulatory overreach, and disdain for individual liberty all run rampant in Washington D.C.
“Luckily” for Jindal and the paranoid, freedom-loving nutcases he embraces, they’ve got options.
Luckily, the Founders gave us a mechanism to reform a runaway federal government in Article V of the Constitution. We can — and we must — scale back the monstrosity that our federal government has become. For this reason, I support the Convention of States project efforts to call an Article V convention to propose amendments to restrain the size of the federal government.
The whack-job conservative sites are so excited, they keep using words like “legal, state-led revolt” and “state-led defiance of Obama.” And, make no mistake: When conservatives talk about “freedom” they really mean freedom for the strong to prey on the week, freedom of majorities to bully minorities, and freedom for corporations to hog, poison, and destroy our shared natural resources.
Imagine allowing Republican-run states — even ones like Wyoming, which hardly any people live in — having the chance to get rid of public schools, the EPA, consumer protection, gay marriage, and the minimum wage, while reinstating slavery, child labor, and poll taxes.
Imagine living in a world with no reliable roads or public transportation, rivers so clogged with garbage and chemicals they start catching on fire again, and where companies can force you to work for pennies per day and live company-owned shanty towns where all your money goes to rent and over-priced groceries at the company store.
Welcome to Republican America.
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