Jindal's Speech Wasn't Only Bad, It Was Full of Sh*t

Surprise, surprise.

Pardon Me, Mr. Governor, But I Do Believe Your Pants Are on Fire*

Tuesday night, during his deservedly much-maligned (even at Fox!) rebuttal to President Barack Obama's address, Louisiana Gov. Bobby "Kenneth from 30 Rock" Jindal told a doggone adorable tale about a grizzled sheriff, a plucky politician and their crusade against a terrible monster named Bureaucracy:

During Katrina, I visited Sheriff Harry Lee, a Democrat and a good friend of mine. When I walked into his makeshift office, I'd never seen him so angry. He was yelling into the phone: "Well, I'm the sheriff--and if you don't like it, you can come and arrest me!"

I asked him: "Sheriff, what's got you so mad?" He told me that he had put out a call for volunteers to come with their boats to rescue people who were trapped on their rooftops by the floodwaters. The boats were all lined up ready to go, when some bureaucrat showed up and told them they couldn't go out on the water unless they had proof of insurance and registration.

I told him, "Sheriff, that's ridiculous!" And before I knew it, he was yelling into the phone: "Congressman Jindal is here, and he says you can come and arrest him, too!" Harry just told the boaters to ignore the bureaucrats and start rescuing people.

Awwwww. I just love stories that make me proud to be an American by showing how the American SpiritTM of Real AmericansTM can triumph over evil like the American government and all its rules and regulations designed to ensure that people drown!

Too bad it looks to be a big stinking pile of horseshit.

Melissa McEwan writes and edits the blog Shakespeare's Sister.