Bobby Jindal Thinks Dumbing Down America Will Make GOP Look “More” Smarter


bobby jindalLouisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, who made headlines in 2013 at the Republican National Committee’s Winter Meeting by telling attendees that Republicans “must stop being the stupid party” has an unusual way of putting theory into practice.

Jindal faces an insurmountable problem: himself. We have been witness to a long litany of Bobby mishaps, from defending racism to accusing our first black president, of all people, of waging war on civil rights, to making a fool of himself at a White House meeting, to attacking for telling the truth about his policies, to signing anti-choice legislation in a church of all places, making plain before everyone that his opposition to women’s health is sectarian.

Unable to be smarter himself, he has cooked up another scheme. Rather than make the GOP smarter, his plan seems to be to dumb down the populace instead.


As Media Matters relates,

On June 18, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported that Jindal announced plans “to try and roll back Louisiana” from the Common Core State Standards, a set of education standards adopted in 2010 by 45 states and the District of Columbia. Recent “political turbulence,” fueled by misplaced conservative media outrage, has led a few states to withdraw from Common Core.

According to the Times-Picayune, Jindal’s announcement “left the state’s public education system in confusion, with no active contract to buy standardized tests for the school year that starts in August.”

Because having no education standards is going to make kids “more smarter” in Tea Party lingo. As Pink Floyd said, “Teacher, leave those kids alone!” Or as the Tea Party would say, “leave them kids alone.”

Only the Republican Party could be dumb enough to cut education funding and then blame Common Core for the problems our students and teachers are facing. Which sort of proves Jindal’s 2013 point. It’s just a shame Jindal himself didn’t catch on.

Jindal says Common Core is a federal plot to takeover education, as though the Founding Fathers didn’t support the public funding of education.

Thomas Jefferson, in fact, predicated the modern Republican Party:

[T]he tax which will be paid for this purpose [education] is not more than the thousandth part of what will be paid to kings, priests and nobles who will rise up among us if we leave the people in ignorance.

What Jindal wants – and sorry, I just shuddered thinking about this – “Louisiana standards and a Louisiana test” to replace Common Core.

Here’s the funny thing. The Times-Picayune reports that,

The Common Core academic standards were written under the auspices of the National Governors Association, which includes Jindal, and Council of Chief State School Officers, which includes White. They lay out what students are supposed to learn each year in mathematics and English.

I know, right? Don’t even say it. Save your breath.

Not everybody in Louisiana is as dumb as Jindal, fortunately, and Media Matters goes on to report,

The Times-Picayune noted that the Louisiana legislature, the state school board, and “almost all other high-ranking state education officials” have said they want to keep Common Core. It also reported that while Jindal may be able to block the standardized test, developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), Jindal himself acknowledged he can’t unilaterally abandon Common Core.

Nevertheless, conservative media outlets, many of whom have been leading the anti-Common Core rage machine, deceptively spun Jindal’s announcement as “withdrawing” Louisiana from the standards. The Washington Times, for example, ran a headline that read, “Bobby Jindal pulls Louisiana out of Common Core.” A post at Erick Erickson’s also claimed that Jindal was “pull[ing] Louisiana out of Common Core,” while Michelle Malkin’s Twitchy posted “Jindal withdraws La. from Common Core standards.”

Oh dear. Well, there is a lot of dumb going around and let’s face it, nobody on the right – Jindal included – really paid attention to his cry that Republicans stop being the stupid party. The articles you find at PoliticusUSA daily represent only a fraction of continued Republican stupidity. Literally, these posts are a drop in the bucket.

The Republican base seems determined to believe that they are enacting the Founding Fathers’ will, but the Founding Fathers believed money spent on public education – not homeschooling or “charter schools” – was money well spent, and they well understood the consequences of being miserly, as the Jefferson quote above shows.

John Adams wrote, “[E]ducation of youth, especially of the lower class of people, are so extremely wise and useful, that, to a humane and generous mind, no expense for this purpose would be thought extravagant.”

Human and generous mind. Well, that leaves out the Tea Party and most of the Republican Party.

But it is to Benjamin Franklin Bobby Jindal ought to be listening: “An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.”

Dumb ’em down, Bobby. A Yankee agent provocateur could not do a better job preventing the South from rising again.

32 Replies to “Bobby Jindal Thinks Dumbing Down America Will Make GOP Look “More” Smarter”

  1. If you haven’t read them already, read these four books:

    Idiot America by Charles P. Pierce
    The Age Of American Unreason by Susan Jacoby
    Better Off Without Em by Chuck Thompson
    What’s The Matter With Kansas by Thomas Frank

    These books make clear the history of the American fixation with anti intellectualism, gullibility and tendency towards bizarre irrationality.

  2. The actual South that rose a hundred and fifty years ago really preferred that poor white people be left as ignorant as possible and mandated, frequently on pain of death, that slaves be kept illiterate. They knew that nothing was more inimical to rigid hierarchy than universal education. For the South to rise again, they have to reimpose the same level of gradated ignorance — and, damme, they’re trying.

  3. They will sell a lot of bumper stickers saying, My sons dumberer than your honor student. Who voted for this guy?

  4. Bobby Jindhal just can’t stop himself from being such a sterling example of the Party of Stupid. All of his legislative actions, as well as recent words, show a lack of the kind of self-awareness which would wake him up to the fact that he’s stupid himself. He and his equally misguided allies in Louisiana seem to think that they don’t have to abide by any federal standards when it comes to education or anything else. Yet, they want to continue enjoying the benefits of being part of a country whose government they always claim they detest. They definitely suffer from a severe case of cognitive dissonance. The only hope for that state is for people who haven’t been dumbed down to join forces and fight every bit of Jindhal’s reactionary agenda. The idea that anyone ever thought this bonehead was presidential material is just as scary as the thought that Sarah Palin was a good choice to be VP, not to mention president.

  5. Repost from yesterday and it needs to be read again

    Today’s Conservatives: Pioneers of our new idiocracy
    Perhaps I’m guilty of some seriously world-class naiveté, or perhaps I just don’t want to acknowledge what’s happening around me. I generally try to assume the best of people and not believe that they’re ignorant because they choose to ignore empirical reality. These days, though, I find myself having to own up to the reality that wantonly stupid and aggressively ill-informed is the new smart.
    Read More

    To be a conservative is too revel in ignorance and lets face it ,downright stupid.

  6. I am thinking after Katrina when African Americans and poor whites were displaced and the republicans made sure the majority could not return that open the door for this idiot. Not saying Louisiana politics weren’t corrupt but it was a reliable Democratic state

  7. He has finally said it; that he believes a rebellion is brewing. It is obvious he wants to lead the charge. Ironically, Louisiana is #4 in the amount of money we recieve from the Feds compared to what we give back in taxes. It’s about 3.50 to 1.00.

    Jindal is repulsed by Medicaid expansion, claiming it would eventually cost too much. Despite this, by making pregnancy terminations inaccessible, he will be adding roughly 25,000,000 per year in prenatal care, delivery and newborn care to state medicaid.

    He signed legislation making it illegal to sue the oil and
    Gas industry for damages to our coast. He refused to sign legislation to help improve our prison population problem (LA has the highest rate of incarceration in the World). He recently vetoed legislation for federal standards in LA drivers’ liscenses.

    He has gone “into the rabbit hole”. He has become oversized. That mentality breeds the mistakes that people ponder in a jail cell.

  8. Truthfully, I am kind of glad to see so many states push back on Common Core–and PAARC testing. Common Core was bought and paid for by Bill Gates(and even though it has good ideas, the funding to implement it in schools isn’t there and teachers aren’t being trained on how to deliver instruction in the best way) and the PAARC is just another high stakes test that costs $$$ run by Pearson. Yes, Jindal is misguided and outright stupid on MANY things–but whatever his reasons for putting on the brakes for CCSS and PAARC, I’m all for it. I just wish we could have something better and reasonable to replace them–something that would be used to HELP teachers teach our students better (and we could actually see the tests to learn what kids need to work on) and not be used as a punishment.

  9. If they want to stop looking like “the stupid party”, they should stop doing and saying stupid things. Every time one of them opens their mouth, they reconfirm just how stupid they and their party really are.

  10. I’ve already seen bumper stickers with “My Child will Kick Your Honor Student’s A**”. Of course, these bumper stickers tend to appear beside “Keep America for Americans” and “ObamaNation” bumper stickers.

    RWers appear to worship ignorance and wear it like a badge of honor.

  11. Yes. Unfortunately. And that’s not going to change any time soon.

    But what should matter is, what do they do when they’re elected to power to serve their constituents.

    Do they still fight to pass legislation to benefit all Americans, or do they only dance with the robber-barons who’d brung ’em?

    That’s what we should ask ourselves when we go to the polls.

  12. Mary Landrieu, Scalise, vitter – hell – every damn office holder in the state.

    King Bobby thinks he’ll get special treatment for turning our state over to the wage slavers.

  13. Note to Hrafnkell Haraldsson — When you write “The articles you find at PoliticusUSA daily represent only a fraction of continued Republican stupidity. Literally, these posts are a drop in the bucket,” you are saying that there is an actual physical bucket somewhere and that these posts are an actual physical drop of something that goes into that bucket. Come on, you’re more smarter than that!

  14. Hey Astorix, Here is an even Better thought; what better way for undermining American than for the Jihadists to implant a Mole within a key Openly corrupt state. Attach himself to the extremist religious faction and destroy America from within by using it’s Christianity against themselves? Wouldn’t that be Irony for you?

  15. Having written and co-produced the satirical short film Ivy League Exorcist: The Bobby Jindal Story, I never cease to be amazed at how such a bright person can continue to do such stupid things. One of the problems with Jindal is that he is in a party that increasingly disdains intellectualism.

  16. I have been trying to figure out how Bobby Jindal was even elected to this position. There had to be some real doozies running against him or a majority of them were suffering from hangover after the Mardi Gras. If they had a race between Jindal, Palin and Bachmann, for the most idiotic, they would end up in a tie.

  17. It begs the question, would you rather be smart or be a member of the stupid party? Apparently he has made a bad choice.

  18. Not only did Jefferson and John Adams favor public education, but according to Alexander Hamilton, public education comes under the general welfare clause of the Constitution. In Hamilton’s 1791 report to Congress on manufactures, he wrote:

    “It is, therefore, of necessity, left to the discretion of the National Legislature to pronounce upon the objects, which concern the general, welfare, and for which, under that description, an appropriation of money is requisite and proper. And there seems to be no room for a doubt, that whatever concerns the general interests of learning, of agriculture, of manufactures, and of commerce, are within the sphere of the national councils, as far as regards an application of money.”

    Notice the first item was “the general intersts of learning….”

  19. I can assure you the people of Louisiana do not think he is presidential material. Fox News has made him their poster child. He has done more to destroy Louisiana than any other governor. He has cost the state millions in his travels and court cost for his stupid ideas. We can’t wait to see his rear end as he leaves once his term is over.

  20. Jeanne, I know where you’re coming from. I live in TX, which says it all. Our Oops! gov. will be leaving office and the GOP contender Greg Abbott (Att. Gen.) is even worse. Both men have costs us millions while building their own wealth. I just hope we can get Wendy Davis elected. Also Abbott wants to get rid of Common Core as well. I honestly didn’t think we could get anyone dumber than GW, but Perry makes him look like a genious!

  21. Jingle,jangle Jindal with his smarmy smirk is as dumb as they come. Why educate when we want to keep them dumb and ignorant so they can believe whatever we say. They use religion and stupidity to rule. Just look at the line up of them. None look worthy of the office or the money they take from us. When they speak they make less sense than 2 year olds do. After his disastrous response to Obamas State of the Union address he should never have been re-elected. He looked like he pranced into a ballroom setting and never recovered. Sad group of folks in charge.

  22. and you have to add all the racist jerks in the south whose only real education is hatred from the churches that are the same ones that justified slavery and segregation.

    Jindal like many repubs especially in the south want a bunch of lap dogs to follow them to disaster for all of us

    their goal is a xtian theocracy. this was clear in DC when the supreme court trashed doma and prop 8

    the evangelical leader – his tone was simple – we’ll get even

    BTW met half a dozen of them, If your catholic, Jewish Quaker etc your obviously not real xtians and going to the hellfires

    Then they pump up the control pincers with nut just life after death vs hell fire but the BS of the end times

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