During a weekend trip to Washington, D.C., for the 50-year anniversary of the “I Have a Dream” speech, Gov. Bobby Jindal denounced the dream of a few GOP leaders.
The governor appeared on “Meet the Press” Sunday and addressed remarks by a couple of Republican leaders that seemed to support the impeachment of President Barack Obama. One GOP congressional member, U.S. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, of Michigan, said impeachment “would be a dream come true.”
Jindal, who chairs the Republican Governors Association and frequently criticizes the Obama administration’s policies, said politicians should drop the impeachment talk and instead debate the issues.
“I disagree with this president’s policies. Instead of talking about impeachment, let’s get out there and let’s have a legitimate debate. Let’s fight his policies. Let’s try to repeal Obamacare. Let’s try to promote school choice. Let’s fight against more government spending,” Jindal said.
The governor compared the impeachment talk with questions were raised about President George W. Bush’s election to the White House. Because of problems with election results in 2000, the U.S. Supreme Court stepped in and called the race in Bush’s favor.
“The reality is I didn’t like it when the left spent eight years trying to delegitimize President Bush, calling into question his election,” Jindal said.
The governor spoke on “Meet the Press” during an episode that commemorated the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. The now historic speech — delivered at Lincoln Memorial on Aug. 28, 1963 — advocated against racism.
With his India-born father in the audience, Jindal talked not only about national politics but about his parents’ realization of the American dream.
Jindal’s mother was pregnant with him when she and his father immigrated to the U.S. from India in the 1970s. They settled in Baton Rouge, where they raised their two sons. Jindal became governor. His brother is a lawyer.
“What’s amazing to me is (my father) had the confidence, didn’t know anybody, went to the yellow pages calling people, had the confidence he could get a job. He has an accent, not a Southern accent, he’s got an accent. What’s amazing to me, he has lived the American dream,” the governor said.
The “Meet the Press” appearance was just one segment of a busy weekend.
Jindal flew to Maryland on Saturday to attend a fundraiser for South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.
That same day, the governor sharply criticized the U.S. Department of Justice’s attempt to legally intervene in the state’s voucher program. Citing concerns about desegregation orders, the department wants a federal judge to have authority over many future vouchers that give students state dollars to attend private schools.
On Sunday, a column that the governor penned about race relations appeared on Politico, a national political news website.
Jindal opined that America’s younger generation is less concerned than its elders about the color of someone’s skin. He said significant progress has been made in the past 50 years although he raised concerns about the coarseness of today’s culture.
The governor also levied another complaint. He suggested calling people Americans rather than African-Americans, Asian-Americans or Native Americans.
“We still place far too much emphasis on our ‘separateness,’ our heritage, ethnic background, skin color, etc. We live in the age of hyphenated Americans: Asian-Americans, Italian-Americans, African-Americans, Mexican-Americans, Cuban-Americans, Indian-Americans, and Native Americans, to name just a few,” he wrote.
On Monday, Jindal was back on the road, once again supporting Haley. He, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Fla. Gov. Rick Scott attended a rally in South Carolina for Haley’s re-election campaign.