On Thursday, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R), who said Republicans could not be the “stupid party,” announced the formation of a policy group to advance positive conservative ideas.
Jindal will be the the honorary chairman of America Next, a group that will focus on winning the war of ideas instead of focusing solely on elections.
“Conservatives have failed to articulate and sell a national policy agenda to the country, a vision of what conservative policies can accomplish when put into practice,” Jindal writes in the group’s mission statement. “We’ve detailed the awful things the Obama Administration has done, all the failings of the left, and we’ve pledged to undo as much of that as we can.”
He also noted that America Next will help conservatives “demonstrate that we have the courage of our convictions by going on offense in the war of ideas.”
Jindal wrote that there is a “great sense in this country that the leftwing Obama experiment has been a failure” and a “rebellion is brewing outside the Washington beltway.”
“If we believe in the principles we espouse, then we should have no fear of putting them into practice, and we should have no fear of articulating for the American people exactly what a conservative policy agenda will do,” Jindal wrote. “We’ve said what we are against. But shame on us if we don’t put pen to paper and begin selling the American public on a new policy direction for this country.”
Jindal also said that “there will be no change in our country or in Washington, without building, championing, and selling the ideas that can unleash great opportunities for an American future,” and emphasized that his group try to win the “war of ideas.”
“I believe America is a forever young country, and that we can usher in a new era of growth, of freedom, of unprecedented success and greatness. Freedom is never an old idea,” he wrote. “However, I also believe that if we don’t develop and enact a new policy agenda in Washington very soon, our country will decline. I believe the hour is late.”