For a man of only forty-three, Louisiana native Bobby Jindal has done more than most politicians in a lifetime. Following his graduation from Harvard and studying as a Rhodes Scholar, he started his career as a management consultant. He quickly became interested in working on issues involving ethics and efficient medical care and services and moved on to serve as the head of the Louisiana health system. His good work became quickly recognized and he was soon appointed as the chief advisor to the Secretary of Health and Human Services by President George W. Bush, serving as the principal expert on the provision of health services.
Proving that good men also face adversity in their efforts, he lost his first attempt to be Governor, ironically enough to Kathleen Blanco of Katrina notoriety. He quickly bounced back from disappointment to serve two terms in Congress before running again for Governor where he is now in office for his second term.
Governor Jindal has attacked ethics in politics, doing much to clean up a political system which has long been ripe for abuse while also making great strides to improve education. Choice in education has been a major success in Louisiana and the statewide health care network is now efficiently serving the populace much quicker and with results of better health for all. After his term as Governor is completed, should he not want to run for national office he would be a natural choice for Health and Human Services. No one could clean up the mess left behind by Barack Obama better than this man.
Jindal has also been a job creator, attracting high quality business to the state which heretofore would have gone elsewhere and improving Louisiana's standing significantly in the quality and number of jobs introduced.
But nowhere is Jindal excelling more than in speaking up for conservative values and what is needed in our nation today. Recently he has delivered two strong messages which some on the Left have ridiculed him for but which have clearly delineated a truth that we must face. First, the issue of radical Islamic terror which Jindal sees as a true threat to the safety and security of America and her citizens. He favors border controls, a strong military response and courageously says that perpetrators of this type of horror must be readily destroyed. He knows that you can't negotiate with true-believing tyrants.
And then, in his second delivery, he talks about his belief that Christians needs to speak out boldly and truthfully about their belief in Jesus Christ and never be afraid to spread His message. The Governor in no way is trying to force his beliefs on others, but he demands that Christians be free and unafraid of telling the world the joy of what they believe and if we truly have freedom of religion, then no government can condemn that action.
I don't know if Jindal has a strong shot at making a run for the Presidency or if he really wants to do that this year. After all, he could continue adding to his already impressive resume and still be competitive for many years to come. Perhaps, 2016 isn't a good time because of the already crowded field. But I do know this, Bobby Jindal offers the character, the strength, the energy and the experience of a first class Conservative who would undoubtedly also be a first class leader for America and that's why I put him on my short list of candidates.
Whatever Governor Jindal decides to do, I want to wish him well and godspeed, for he is truly representative of the American Spirit and the American Dream that needs to once again spring alive. Thank you, Governor Jindal, for what you to do to help us turn America around.