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Dreams of Self-Government by Steve Payne

Author says: what if Bobby Jindal declared his candidacy at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in April 2010? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).

In 2012, in the Q&A session that followed a campaign speech in Texas promoting greater self-government for the States, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal wisely refused to comment on the recent appearance of Davy Crockett on the $100 dollar bill.

For the February 2011 issue, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke had selected the Whig President, rather than the earlier and badly received design which included a monstrously sized image of Benjamin Franklin and the Liberty Bell. The decision marked the full rehabilitation of Crockett's reputation since the low point of the nineteen-sixties when budding history scholars such as Jeff Long likened the defenders of the Alamo to the Nazis labelling them "ignorant trigger-pulling white trash".

Of course Jindal was attempting to dodge the delicate patriot issues which had featured in John McCain and Barack Obama's 2000 and 2008 campaigns. McCain of course had come a cropper in the South Carolina Primary by making an unguarded remark about the Confederate Flag. And Michelle Obama had spoken of how her husbands' campaign had made her feel proud of the country for the first time.

Instead of getting drawn on the patriot issue, Jindal promised a new focus on the Constitution encouraged by the Tea-Partiers, accompanied with a return to the Reagonomics of the late nineteen seventies. Because during his successful run for the White House in 1976, Ronald Reagan promised to return $90 billion in welfare expenditures and programs to the states. And in his 1980 re-election the Gipper warned that the federal government showed signs of having grown beyond the consent of the governed. Jindal had aligned his own programme to this initiative by refusing to take all of the Louisiana allocation of the 2008/2009 bail-out funds arguing instead that they would create a huge deficit and unnecessary taxes.

Author says original content has been repurposed to celebrate the author's genius various unrelated articles in the May 2010 Edition of National Review Magazine. To view guest historian's comments on this post please visit the Today in Alternate History web site.

Steve Payne, Editor of Today in Alternate History, a Daily Updating Blog of Important Events In History That Never Occurred Today. Follow us on Facebook, Myspace and Twitter.

Imagine what would be, if history had occurred a bit differently. Who says it didn't, somewhere? These fictional news items explore that possibility. Possibilities such as America becoming a Marxist superpower, aliens influencing human history in the 18th century and Teddy Roosevelt winning his 3rd term as president abound in this interesting fictional blog.


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