Terry Jeffrey

It is worth noting that in this year's presidential race, neither former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, nor former Sen. Fred Thompson of Tennessee, nor Sen. John McCain of Arizona have signed the ATR no-tax-increase pledge.

During Louisiana's 2003 gubernatorial campaign, The New Orleans Times-Picayune asked the candidates in a questionnaire: "Under what circumstances, if any, do you believe an abortion should be allowed?" Jindal said: "I am 100 percent pro-life with no exceptions. I believe all life is precious."

Louisiana's Democratic Party put out a flier attacking what it described as Jindal's "extreme position" on abortion. Jindal did not back down. When he ran for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2004, he filled out a questionnaire from the Republican National Coalition for Life once again stating that he believed in protecting the lives of unborn children without exception.

Another example of Jindal's profound respect for the right to life can be seen in his defense of the Second Amendment. After federal agents took guns away from law-abiding citizens in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, he secured legislation to ensure that gun owners would not have their firearms confiscated after disasters. "You need to be able to defend yourself, your family and your property," he later explained to the Lafayette Daily Advertiser. "With the legislation that we were able to pass, if there is a national threat, you don't have to worry about them taking away your rights."

Jindal's parents immigrated to Louisiana from India when his mother was four months pregnant with him. He remains a defender of legal, but not illegal, immigration. "(W)e already know that drugs and hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants come across our borders now every year, and that is simply not acceptable," he told the publication India Abroad. "(O)ur nation cannot be serious about protecting our country from the threat of terrorism without securing our borders and preventing illegal immigration."

Conservatives may someday look back and see a providential hand in the Jindal family's timely arrival in Louisiana. Had Bobby Jindal been born in India, not Baton Rouge, he could never have satisfied the constitutional mandate that "no person except a natural born citizen" can serve in this nation's highest office.


Terry Jeffrey

Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor-in-chief of CNSNews

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