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Catch Lenny Giving Analysis on the Paul Ryan VP Selection (on Canadian TV)

In Video on August 11, 2012 at 8:35 pm


Lenny McAllister talks to a national audience north of the border about the selection of Congressman Paul Ryan to the GOP 2012 ticket (courtesy of CBC)


WASHINGTON, DC (AUGUST 11, 2012): Republican strategist Lenny McAllister discusses Congressman Paul Ryan’s new role as vice presidential candidate and how it might help Mitt Romney’s run to the White House in 2012.


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The McAllister Minute (August 8 – August 14, 2012)

In The McAllister Minute on August 8, 2012 at 1:01 pm

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“Should we vote for Romneyhood?  Or do we vote for a president that continues to ignore the Hood?

The president’s creation of Romneyhood, a…caricature to make the Republican nominee (out as)…a modern-day robber baron…(y)et, have President Obama’s own moves since 2009 made him a well-deserved hero to our communities?

A rising tide lifts all boats…that’s the gist of what we got from the first Black president these 4 years…(w)e heard that a rising tide lifts all boats as well from (other) presidents… The Black community was aghast with disgust with their administrations when they said it. Yet, at least we got great gains by the Black middle class under Reagan and the nation avoided a deep, ongoing recession after the terror attacks of 2001 because of those rascally Bush tax cuts last decade.

The only things rising in our communities (now)…have been unemployment rates, drop out rates, and homicide rates. It’s not what most expected when the first urban president was elected…in 2009.

President Obama has gone out of his way to openly and actively support illegal immigrants…(and) abortionists – yet STILL refuses to speak up regularly (for)…Black America…for 4 years now…”

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Do the Bad Numbers Add Up to A Lead for Obama or Romney?

In Articles on August 7, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Both President Obama and former Governor Romney have reasons to be excited about the upcoming election, yet both also have very real concerns for their campaigns, highlighted in recently released numbers.

The latest unemployment numbers say that President Obama is in trouble in November. The latest poll numbers indicate otherwise. That leads to the question: who’s in more trouble with the economic numbers and the polling information turning as it has over recent weeks?


Looking at the economic numbers that have come out over the past few weeks, one could easily conclude that President Obama is in deep trouble coming to “convention season” and the general election campaign.

GDP growth over the last quarter was weak once again. Job growth is higher than expected yet much lower than what is needed. The unemployment rate – once hoped to have stayed capped at 8% after the president’s stimulus package – now sits at 8.3%. For minorities in America, unemployment rates are in the double digits.

Yet, with all of the bad economic numbers, controversies swirling around the “Fast and Furious” debacle and other high-profile issues hammering this administration over the past 4 years, the path is clear for a Republican presidential candidate to overtake President Obama for the White House starting in January 2013.

In polls leading up to former Governor Mitt Romney’s ascension as the Republican nominee, that generic Republican presidential candidate was regularly beating Mr. Obama in the polls.

Yet, that doesn’t seem to be the case now, as evidenced in recent polls coming from several key battleground states. In contrast, surveyed voters seem to trust Mr. Romney over President Obama when it comes to turning around this economy, especially after 4 years of a lagging recovery under the 44th president.
Economic numbers indicate that Romney will have the clear advantage going into the fall. The polls show Obama with a 6-point lead despite those disappointing figures.


With this race as close as it is at this point, the anomalies that continue from trend-breaking and history-making facts and figures in 2012 only illustrate the willingness of the campaigns to push their message in order to shape public opinion…the only way to glean which candidate is in command with his message, persona, and campaign implementation as the true lead dog this fall is to listen intently to how each candidate position matches up directly with the competition.


At this point, both camps have woes that can’t be ignored or overlooked based on the latest numbers this week. For the incumbent president, the ongoing economic disappointments likely prompted President Obama to get serious about particular fringe issues for his base in 2012 – from immigration to education for Black America and gay marriage – only when pushed by ongoing bad polling figures and worse unemployment numbers since the 2010 mid-term losses Democrats endured. For the challenger, the ongoing lag in the polls prompts Governor Romney to pull together a modified strategy that hopes to do more than merely highlight the economic peril of the nation, as that does not seem to be enough to make Americans vote against President Obama and place Mr. Romney into the White House in January. For both, the numbers probably translate into the overall lack of inspiration that more Americans are feeling from either candidate and perhaps the American set of politicians at this juncture.


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Another DWB and Another Sign of a Critical Time for Black Men in America

In Articles on August 2, 2012 at 9:20 am

From “driving while Black” disparities to gaps in education, employment, and incarceration rates, Black men continue to be devalued in modern American society.

To some, it might be hard to tie together Black male millionaires and celebrities with the plight of those struggling in the worst of Chicago’s neighborhoods, yet one clear tie is increasingly relevant.


You never want to hear about it happening to any of the brothers out there. We all know how it goes.

Nice car. Nice look. Nice drive on a nice day. Suddenly, red and blue lights appearing not-so-nicely in the rear-view mirror.

At this point of time, it doesn’t seem to matter what the status or money of the driver is: if he’s Black, it’s a real-life possibility that you can still be pulled over for Driving While Black.

And while it does not make me any angrier than normal that a public friend of mine was the latest Black male celebrity to be pulled over in another apparent DWB incident, it does prompt my awareness that the trends in America for Black men – all Black men – are not good, collectively speaking.

On one end, there are well-known successes such as director Tyler Perry and BET late night host TJ Holmes getting pulled over in metro Atlanta (where both have made their homes for years). On another end, there are Black men going through stop-and-frisk measures on New York City streets. From another perspective, there are Black men seamlessly being more incorporated into the New Jim Crow system, complete with exorbitant incarceration, school dropout, and homicide rates. From all viewpoints, the message is clear in 2012: the value of life expectations, civil rights, and societal contributions – even societal involvement – of Black men is on the decline in America.

When (Driving While Black) is seen along with the other downward trends in Black America concerning Black males – from education to employment to household dynamics – it is merely a symptom of a disconcerting trend about the plight of all Black men in America, regardless of socioeconomic background.


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The Courage to Compete with Free Market Principles Leads to Change for the Better

In Speeches on August 1, 2012 at 10:02 am

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“Free-market principles understand optimizing capital, including human capital. Free-market principles understand that a just competition of an individual against one’s self strengthens that individual and makes him better. Those principles purport that a just competition between two or more individuals strengthen both the parties involved and their communities as well.

But when a culture permeates fear to compete – when future scientists are no longer pushed in urban middle schools to outpace their previous academic performances and when businesses are no longer enabled to become leaner and meaner as corporate citizens and job providers – the seeds of free-market principles have no soil to take root. To win arguments as free-market thinkers in the general assemblies and in the halls of Congress…we must take on policy issues with a focus on the rudimentary cause of our situation today.

Our belief in the benefits of competition through applying free-market principles in education and economics will bolster the languishing understanding for the need of re-inspired capitalism in today’s America as well. That system – an engine that has created the greatest amount of socioeconomic advancement in history – has been faltering without our active leadership to articulate its merits to all zip codes and neighborhoods. And it will continue to falter as long as we allow the rudimentary issue – a climate in America that inhibits competition and demonizes capitalism to the masses – to create the rules through which we impact our world politically.

We know free market principles create wealth and economic sustainability for Americans of all backgrounds when correctly understood and applied. Now, we must also address the cultural mood of this nation with our zeal for just competition. We must now apply it to the marketplace of the American mindset to robustly implement our beliefs for the sake of improving our nation. We must take advantage of this historically detrimental economy to bring our principles to new audiences and overcome all obstacles separating us from various voting blocs and challenge areas.

If we take on this challenge, we can win more elections and – more importantly – we can win back more impoverished areas and failing schools…we can win back neighborhoods plighted with violence and reclaim more Americans back into the fold as contributing citizens.

Those opportunities are there. Policy wonks, numbers-crunchers, and one-issue wonders: there are plenty of new audiences now waiting for your patriotic advocacy to change their lives for the better – even in the most unsuspecting of places.

As some of you may know, I was based in Chicago over the past 2 years due to my radio show, “Launching Chicago with Lenny McAllister.” What you may not have known is that examples of our free market principles in action sometimes come about in the bastions of liberalism.

For example, Black leaders on the south side of the Windy City…are promoting initiatives that encourage Chicago South-Siders to circulate their consumer resources around more times before the money leaves their neighborhoods. They are promoting initiatives that, by keeping this money in their communities a little longer, strengthen their purchasing power, force businesses to compete harder for market share and corporate partnerships, and make the communities more viable as equal partners in Chicago’s overall economy.

Empowerment through economic competition and thoughtfulness. Revitalization through economic Darwinism within a marketplace. Prosperity expansion through creating wealth. This may be part of the Black agenda within Chicago but it fits into the scope of the free market principles that we purport for the advancement of the American people, not just Black people.

This example is one of many that show that, simply, our principles are above race and religion. They are American. They are timeless. And, when applied – they work.

Yet, in a culture that fears competition and fails to optimize our capitalistic message and meaning, our fight is more than just with policy positions. In the American society of today where bad-mouthing of our values – values that have empowered the poor around the world like never before in history – cannot be overcome because our focus is too much on articulating bullet points within our conservative movement, not foundational flaws that are uprooting the American Way of Life, we must change our perspective on what is truly going on in America.”


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#RomneyShambles Will Be a #SoundBite Memory by #September

In Articles on August 1, 2012 at 9:30 am

People will make a big deal out of the Romney campaign trip overseas, but it won’t play a role in the presidential race by the time the general election kicks off in the fall.

The criticism over Mitt Romney’s performance overseas recently won’t mean much by the time the general election kicks into full swing.


When recycling some of the concerns that others had about British security efforts for the 2012 Summer Olympics, the former governor and current Republican presidential nominee was internationally ripped for this comments. When commenting on the state of Middle East affairs in an effort to show a strong stance with Israel, Mr. Romney was taken to task about his Jerusalem speech by both the Palestinians and Chinese alike. Even with subtle comments of praise – as was the case with Mr. Romney’s comments on the Israeli health care system – he drew questions as his remarks made some question if the compliment contradicted his own opposition to the United States’ Affordable Care Act and the individual mandate that is akin to the Israeli system.


And yet, it won’t matter in about 4 weeks.


As was the case in 2008, the American presidential race this year will focus on how Americans pull out of this ongoing economic lull – or if this has become the new reality of the 21st century. This race will come down to the debates after the convention, meaning that the newscycle-driven attention span of Americans will likely allow Mr. Romney the opportunity to escape to the GOP Convention without having to worry much about the aftermath of this trip.


Further, arguments about needing the foreign policy experience in order to fill the role of Commander-in-Chief are weakened as a result of past results. Experience was cast aside repeatedly in 2008 in both the Democratic presidential primary process as well as during the 2008 general election. Both Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden both held more foreign policy experience in the early part of 2008, while John McCain held both Washington foreign policy experience and military service in the fall that year – all to no avail at the polls. Ironically, those that may choose to make the experience argument this cycle benefited from the nation’s willingness to overlook Senator Obama’s lack of foreign policy experience as well as his truncated Washington tenure.


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