Oxymoron: A combination of contradictory or incongruous words that is made up of contradictory of incongruous elements (Merriam-Webster).
Greek in origin, the term comes from the words oxy (sharp) and moros (dull).
There are several terms that come to mine which would qualify as oxymoronic:
Jumbo shrimp, conspicuous absence, crash landing, deafening silence, found missing, only choice, peaceful conquest, pretty ugly, silent scream, unbiased opinion…well, you get the idea (and there’s no way I’m dropping happily married into the mix).
As in, “A certain jumbo shrimp governor, after a conspicuous absence, was found missing in (insert state) where he presented and unbiased opinion of himself as the only choice for a peaceful conquest of the White House in a pretty ugly speech that was met with deafening silence and a few silent screams…”
Okay, that was just too easy. But, back to the subject of oxymora.
As of Saturday (mark the date: June 21, 2014), you can add to that list anarchist Bobby Jindal.
Bobby Jindal, an anarchist?
If you hear or read what he said in Washington in a speech to the annual conference of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, yes.
In his address to more than a thousand evangelical leaders attending the three-day conference led by Christian activist Ralph Reed, Jindal accused President Barrack Obama in particular and the Democratic Party in general of waging a war against religious liberty and education and said a rebellion is in the making and America is ready for a “hostile takeover” of the nation’s capital.
You read that correctly. Jindal, growing bolder in his ever more frequent appearances everywhere but in Louisiana, called for a revolution in the streets, an action some might call treasonous were those words uttered by the likes of David Koresh, Randy Weaver or the late fire-breathing right wing evangelist Gerald L.K. Smith.
“I can sense right now a rebellion brewing amongst these United States where people are ready for a hostile takeover of Washington, D.C., to preserve the American Dream for our children and grandchildren.”
Shades of the late Tulsa, Oklahoma, evangelist Billy James Hargis of the Christian Crusade radio broadcasts of the ‘60s.
Or of everyone’s favorite contemporary elitist hate monger, Rush Limbaugh.
Jindal said there was a “silent war” (again with the oxymoron) on religious liberty being fought in the U.S.
“I am tired of the left. They say they’re for tolerance, they say they respect diversity. The reality is this: they respect everybody unless you happen to disagree with them. The left is trying to silence us and I’m tired of it. I won’t take it anymore.”
Let’s break that down, shall we?
“They say they’re for tolerance.” This from perhaps the most intolerant, most narrow-minded Louisiana governor since Huey Long.
“They say they respect diversity.” This from a governor who stacks state boards, commissions and cabinet positions with older, rich, Republican white men—with the occasional African-American or female for appearances sake.
“They respect everybody unless you happen to disagree with them.”
Wow. We could write for days on this one but instead, we will simply refer you to the growing list of those who “happen(ed) to disagree” with Jindal:
- Tommy and Melody Teague;
- William Anker;
- Cynthia Bridges;
- Mary Manuel;
- Raymond Lamonica;
- John Lombardi;
- Dr. Fred Cerise;
- Dr. Roxanne Townsend;
- Scott Kipper;
- Murphy Painter;
- Tammy McDaniel;
- Jim Champagne;
- Ann Williamson;
- Entire State Ethics Board;
- State Rep. Jim Morris;
- State Rep. Harold Richie;
- State Rep. Joe Harrison;
- State Rep. Cameron Henry
And that’s just a partial list.
“I won’t take it anymore.”
So now Jindal is the reincarnation of the Peter Finch character Howard Beale from the 1975 classic movie Network.
To that bravado, we can only add the words of the late Gov. Earl Long, responding to Plaquemines Parish boss Leander Perez’s dogged fight against desegregation: “Whatcha gonna do now? The feds have the A-bomb.”
The conference also featured most of the other potential candidates for the Republican presidential nomination for 2016 who had to endure yet another tirade by Louisiana’s symbol of tolerance, understanding and benevolence.
Jindal also asked the (supposedly rhetorical) question: “Are we witnessing right now the most radically, extremely liberal, ideological president of our entire lifetime right here in the United States of America, or are we witnessing the most incompetent president of the United States of America in the history of our lifetimes? You know, it is a difficult question,” he said. “I’ve thought long and hard about it. Here’s the only answer I’ve come up with, and I’m going to quote Secretary Clinton: ‘What difference does it make?’”
To that we can only add (once again):
Never have the words to the song One Tin Soldier been more appropriate than for Jindal and his minions:
Go ahead and hate your neighbor,
Go ahead and cheat a friend;
Do it in the name of heaven,
You can justify it in the end.