Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, speaking on Fox News, insisted that evil wasn't a blank check for more government:That would be the same Bobby Jindal who expressed a somewhat different view of government's ability to eradicate evil in a couple of tweets last month:
I’m a Christian, my faith teaches me there’s evil and sin in the world and no powerful government can eradicate that. I’m not saying government needs to give up -- this president has the government doing too many things, but it’s not going to eradicate evil....
(3/5) Let’s be clear; evil and Radical Islam are at fault for the rise of ISIS, and people like Pres. Obama & Hillary Clinton exacerbate it.— Gov. Bobby Jindal (@BobbyJindal) May 27, 2015
(4/5) The next President must have the discipline and strength to wipe ISIS off the face of the earth.— Gov. Bobby Jindal (@BobbyJindal) May 27, 2015
That would also be the same Jindal who, in an op-ed last year, declared that ISIS's real name is literally "EVIL," and who said that the appropriate response to this EVIL was a massive show of military might:
My blood is still boiling over the recent murder by beheading of an American citizen at the hands of the terrorist group ISIL, or ISIS, or whatever these murderous fools call themselves. Their real name is EVIL.Jindal also said this in a speech earlier this year:
... The president said that when people harm Americans, “we do what’s necessary to see that justice is done and we act against ISIL, standing alongside others.” What? Here’s an idea -- How about we offer these people death instead of justice?
... We should hunt and kill the people who did this completely, regardless of who stands with us.
The president also said the people of Iraq, “must continue coming together to expel these terrorists from their community.” Um, no. They do not need to be expelled. They need to be eliminated.
“We don’t need a war on international poverty, we need a war on the evil that is radical Islamic terrorism,” Jindal said. “These individuals are going to go straight to hell, exactly where they belong.”And wrote this in his 2010 book Leadership and Crisis:
... the Obama administration continues to cling to the "poverty causes terrorism" theory because it supports the social work approach to national security that it favors.Got it? When a white American exercising his Second Amendment right to own a gun murders nine people in cold blood, that's evil -- but because it's evil, government can't do anything about it. But when evil is Muslim, shockingly, the government has just the solution, which is all-out war.
If the Obama administration were to admit that Islamic terrorists are not motivated by poverty but rather by an evil ideology, that would require a paradigm shift in the way it approaches terrorism. They'd have to admit the existence of evil, name the enemy, and acknowledge that military power rather than more anti-poverty programs must be the central means to fight and win.