"Like all narcissists, Donald Trump is insecure and weak, and afraid of being exposed. And that’s why he is constantly telling us how big and how rich and how great he is, and how insignificant everyone else is. We’ve all met people like Trump, and we know that only a very weak and small person needs to constantly tell us how strong and powerful he is. Donald Trump believes that he is the answer to every question."
Ok, fine, so lets say Trump stands guilty as accused. But wait a minute, isn't Bobby Jindal one of those ideological movement conservatives who is constantly reminding all of us how big and strong and manly and rich and good and right and powerful and exceptional and great America really is? A God-ordained dominion of righteous, star-spangled nonpareil, exceptionals borne astride the galloping white steed of history. Isn't he one of those? A swami of freedom trumpeting the good news despite all those weakling PC liberals (or worse yet, anyone swallowed by the darkness of the "Democrat" Party) that are always tearing America down and leading from behind women's skirts and fixing fast the chains of tyranny - who won't stand up for America and the ideal of 100% American exceptionalism.
Sure he is. He had this to say about President Obama: "The President does not believe that America is exceptional because he does not understand why America is exceptional. (Op-Ed, By Bobby Jindal and Jim Talent, Mon October 6, 2014)
And this about everyone else: “Let’s show our allies, as well as our enemies, that we mean business,” Jindal said. (Cedar Falls, Iowa, June 2015)
Jindal is surrounded by tough guys (because he's a tough guy too!) - leading tough guys (just like him!) somewhere, presumably to do tough guy stuff. Reminding readers "how strong and powerful he is."
Bobby Jindal's book cover uses this photo because Bobby Jindal's handlers and consultants know that he looks like a high school algebra teacher who couldn't beat up an egg with an egg beater.
And because he is insecure about his public image - he wants everyone to know that he's a tough guy.
A tough guy like General Douglas MacArthur returning to the Philippines.
Maybe he should change the name of his book to Leadership and Marketing.
Here's a couple of photos of Bobby with some guns (from his Facebook page) to help remind us that he is a tough gun-slinging badass and not some pointy headed gun-shy weakling who spends his time bustling about the office fretting over luncheon schedules or signing up for online classes from the Mises Academy.
And here's a photo (below) of Bobby and his wife Supriya at a target range. Or preparing to rob a bank in Okabena.
Jindal isn't alone. Scott Walker feels the need to remind everyone he owns a Harley - because, of course, tough guys own Harleys. And titled his own book Unintimidated to to make sure everyone knows that he isn't just some wussy political career bureaucrat with a bald spot and the face of a guy who looks like he just got done tangling with a bottle of peppermint schnapps and a phial of Xanax.
Some guy named Matthew Corrigan wrote a book titled Conservative Hurricane: How Jeb Bush Remade Florida. Which almost no-one has ever heard of. Does anyone really think of of Jeb! as a hurricane? Really? Maybe a tropical depression, but not a hurricane, no way. Which is why Jebs! campaign is bogged down on the trail like a jackass pulling a whorehouse through a hurricane.
Dick Cheney and Lynn Cheney, who apparently have managed to coalesce into a single unified creature, a sneering singularity of stupid if you like, wrote a book titled Exceptional: Why the World Needs a Powerful America. That may be the case in many circumstances, but - if there is one thing I think the whole world would agree upon - is that it doesn't need a powerful Dicklynn Cheney loosed upon it ever - again.
"You’ll be sorry that you messed with The U.S. of A. `Cause we`ll put a boot in your ass, It`s the American way." ~ Toby Keith, Red White and Blue
Sean Hannity, the yappy TV and radio show host, loved that line about putting a "boot in your ass." He used it for years on his radio show as an opening song clip. Because Sean Hannity is a tough guy too. And needs to constantly remind us of it lest we think he's just another impotent middle aged milksop yammering into a microphone all day long.
"The demagogue is one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots." - H.L. Mencken
A mighty howling narcissistic braggart nation, par excellence, standing at the right hand of God. Isn't that the "conservative" ideal? And isn't anyone who rejects such bombastic chauvinism denounced as a weak and powerless appeaser? A captive to the culture of victimhood cowering before manly American Exceptionalism.
Maybe Bobby Jindal should remember that Donald Trump is nothing more than an synthesis of bombastic patriotic zealotry, ambition, and demagoguery.
A self-made outsider politician who appeals to the emotional temperament of a political party base weaned on a relentless regimen of acrimonious rightwing media spew composed almost entirely of puerile appeals to fear and prejudice and ignorance. Donald Trump is simply the collective conglomerate of all that is brash and stupid and politically incorrect as a consequence. The accidental toxic leader. A conflagration made in America by 100% Conservative Americans.
Bobby Jindal's destined to fail presidential bid (assigned to the "kiddie table" debate at this point) is nothing more than so much dried up driftwood to be consumed by the conflagration. If he thinks he's going to put it out by pissing into the fire whirl he's probably wasting his precious bodily fluids. Jindal should follow General Douglas MacArthur's example following his retreat from Corregidor: announce "I came through and I shall return" and go back to Baton Rouge where he can resume pissing on school teachers and fondling his peashooter until the 2020 campaign gets underway.
By that time the country will have had enough of president Pataki's exceptionalism.