Written by Diana Stancy
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal became the latest Republican to enter the 2016 presidential race, announcing yesterday that he will be making a run for the White House.
Here are 12 facts to know about Jindal:
- Jindal was born with the name Piyush. As a child, though, he decided to go by Bobby after his favorite character, Bobby Brady, from “The Brady Bunch”. His name still legally remains Piyush.
- Jindal is also the first Indian-American to become governor and Louisiana’s first non-white governor since Reconstruction. His parents are originally from India and moved to the United States about four months before Jindal was born.
- After graduating from Brown University, Jindal was accepted to Harvard Medical School and Yale Law School, but chose to attend Oxford University as a Rhodes scholar.
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Written by John Biver
Here’s a quote for you:
The opposite of courage in our society is not cowardliness, it is conformity. — Rollo May
Here’s what courage sounds like:
Don’t waste your breath trying to bully me in Louisiana. It is absolutely constitutional to have religious liberty and economic freedoms. — Bobby Jindal
It’s also called leadership — you can’t have genuine leadership without courage.
What we’ve heard from most of the Republican candidates for president isn’t exactly inspirational when it comes to the issue of marriage. A few of them say they believe marriage is between one man and one woman, but that they’d also attend a “gay wedding.”
Liberalism comes as one big package: high taxes, massive government, a loss of liberty, a weak military and foreign policy, lousy schools and health care, and worst of all, cultural Marxism.… Continue Reading
Jeb drops to 5% in latest Iowa poll.
Written by Michael Warren
A new Quinnipiac poll of likely Iowa Republican presidential caucusgoers finds Wisconsin’s Scott Walker in front of the GOP pack with 21 percent support and a 9-point advantage over his closest primary opponents. That’s down from 25 percent and a 12-point lead in Quinnipiac’s February poll, but Walker remains ahead of his Republican rivals, with senators Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, all huddled together behind the Wisconsin governor. This jibes with the Real Clear Politics average of polls for the Iowa caucuses, which gives Walker a 5.5-point advantage.
Getting the biggest boost in Iowa since the February Quinnipiac poll are Rubio and Cruz, who have both declared their candidacies in the last month.… Continue Reading
Written by Maggie Gallagher
Rod Dreher is right: the rage of the powerful against Indiana for daring to pass a state RFRA without the consent of the LGBT community marks a dramatic cultural and political inflection point,as I have pointed out in National Review. For the first time, a vanilla religious liberty bill similar to those passed in 19 other states was deemed “antigay” per se, and powerful corporations rushed in to punish the people of Indiana economically for their moral views on liberty.
The report card below is not designed to grade the candidates on their overall positions on the issues, nor to suggest an endorsement. It is designed to clarify who in this moment of crisis rushed towards the corporate lions to defend a cherished American principle of religious liberty under attack.… Continue Reading
Written by J. Matt Barber
“My brothers and sisters, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. What I mean is this: One of you says, ‘I follow Paul’; another, ‘I follow Apollos’; another, ‘I follow Cephas’; still another, ‘I follow Christ.’” ~1 Corinthians 1:11-12
As Jesus warned, “If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand” (Mark 3:25). Nothing has borne out this reality in recent decades like that exasperating spectacle called the Republican presidential primary. These last few GOP horse races have been jam-packed with would-be conservative presidents who, after infighting with largely simpatico opponents, have canceled each other out, limped off to lick their wounds and left the perpetually underwhelmed GOP base to stay home and not vote for “imminently electable” establishment paragons like Presidents Dole, McCain and Romney.… Continue Reading
Written by Frank Newport
Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, the 44-year-old Canadian-born Texan who is now just in his third year as a U.S. senator, announced during a speech earlier this week at Liberty University in Virginia that he is running for his party’s nomination for president. He thus has the distinction of being the first major candidate from either party to announce an official candidacy. Cruz said in his announcement today, “I believe in the power of millions of courageous conservatives rising up to reignite the promise of America, and that is why today I am announcing that I’m running for president of the United States.”
There is little doubt that Cruz’s “first out of the gate” announcement was intended to differentiate him from the many other Republicans who are lining up to run, and to gain the news coverage that comes from being first.… Continue Reading
Written by Wallace Henley
“The theocrats are coming!” shriek some sentinels of the contemporary political battlefield every time a Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson, Rick Perry, or Bobby Jindal clear their throats.
Paul Revere, having seen the lanterns in Boston’s Christ Church bell-tower, shouted out, “The British are coming!” Today’s harbingers of theocratic threat get their signals from the towers of secularity, some latticed with ivy, others in the form of broadcasting antennae, and still more in the shape of looming skyscrapers.
As evidence that the theocratists are on the move, the guardians of secular sanctity point to preacher-politician Huckabee’s in-your-face book, God, Guns, and Grit. Or they note Ben Carson’s penchant for sermonizing. They shiver at Bobby Jindal going to a prayer meeting rather than the Iowa Freedom Summit.… Continue Reading
Written by Chad Groening
Sandy Rios, director of governmental affairs at the American Family Association, says those “three legs” are social issues, national defense, and the economy.
Several potential Republican candidates are concentrating their efforts on Christian conservatives.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal hosted a prayer rally in his home state, sponsored by the American Family Association, in which he called for a national spiritual revival.
Dr. Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, spoke this past weekend at a Houston megachurch conference billed as an effort to “restore the soul of America.”
Several potential White House hopefuls, including Carson, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz addressed social conservatives at the Freedom Summit in Iowa, which hosts the nation’s first caucuses in 2016.
Sam Rohrer, president the Pennsylvania Pastors Network and the American Pastors Network, says he is encouraged by the number of potential candidates who profess what he calls an authentic relationship with Jesus Christ.… Continue Reading
Written by Thomas Sowell
The more optimistic among us may hope that the Republicans will nominate somebody who stands for something, rather than the bland leading the bland — the kind of candidates the Republican establishment seems to prefer, even if the voters don’t.
With 2015 just getting under way, the buzz of political activity makes it seem almost as if we are already in the midst of the 2016 presidential campaign.
Among the Democrats, Hillary Clinton is honing her message to appeal to the mindset of the left wing of her party, whose support she will need in her second attempt to get the nomination as the Democrats’ presidential candidate in 2016.
The left wing’s true believers would of course prefer U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, who gives them the dogmas of the left pure and straight, uncontaminated by reality.… Continue Reading