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READ: Lenny McAllister’s Statement from Philadephia, PA on Voter Validation

In Speeches on September 13, 2012 at 8:24 am

A cutting-edge Republican that connects with the emerging America, Lenny McAllister speaks out on controversial issues such as the proactive need for voter validation measures.

OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT:

I believe in civil rights. I do not always agree with the NAACP’s direction on the political front. In fact, more often than not, we respectfully disagree. Yet, there are times when a critical concurrence should take place.

On cautioning Americans on laws that potentially inhibit the votes of hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians in its current implementation, we concur on the side of those at risk, many of whom are African-Americans or disadvantaged citizens that desperately need to deepen their engagement with both political parties and the political process overall.

Voter validation efforts must uphold the attribute of empowerment that comes whenever a citizen exercises his Constitutional right to vote. Those efforts must also bolster the parameters of appropriate participation in the greatest democracy in the world so that our republican form of government – from decorum during debate to valor in protecting the right to vote – is done in a manner that honors the Republicans and Democrats that fought and died to ensure American suffrage for our fellow citizens. Both our forefathers and future generations of Americans are counting on us to get it right today.

These legislative maneuvers – pursued, in theory, to optimize the value of America’s collective voting effort – cannot, in turn, truncate the nation’s diverse electoral voice and inhibit our ability to celebrate freedom across racial, socioeconomic, and geographical differences. Pennsylvania’s recent Voter ID law – passed in March and under appellate scrutiny ever since – may not be the best way to approach voting vulnerabilities with its current form, pace, and rollout. Not with a $5 million rush as we approach November. Not with the perception that it’s an “us vs. them” situation between Republicans and Black Americans that does not reflect civic partnership. Not with statements from Republican leaders that suggest that this law is key in guaranteeing a victory in 2012.

Let me be clear: there is a need for us to implement a proactive, intelligent, and empowering model to address voting in a 21st century America that faces the challenges of transient populations, questions of naturalization and residency, and mistrust across the sharp partisan divide. I believe in voter validation. I believe that a majority of Americans across political perspectives – conservatives like me on through – also believe in voter validation. However, I also believe that successful, non-discriminatory, and citizen-centric validation efforts are best implemented methodically and without the over-reach of jeopardizing the votes of hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians. The efforts must be in the full spirit of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, placed into law with the overwhelming support of Republican congressmen and renewed by the pens of Republican presidents Reagan and Bush.

While the intent of voter validation may be legitimate and well-intended, new validation laws must ensure that the thousands already legally within the voting system are embraced, even as we work to eradicate suffrage vulnerabilities. When we work in a potentially-rushed fashion in response to hundreds of cases of voter fraud at the risk of disenfranchising thousands of voters – many of whom are African-American and in need of more responsive government in contrast to what they currently get as constituents – it is advisable for us to take a step of contemplation for the sake of the best solution for the future. We cannot allow the need for tempered, methodical voter validation laws to morph into a movement for implementing voter suppression tools for the sake of winning specific elections – whether that notion is perceived or otherwise.

Both Democrats and Republicans must be honest: voter validation is bigger than President Obama, Governor Romney, and the 2012 election. This is bigger than the notions of racist Republicans and demagoguing Democrats. American democracy is bigger than American politics. Yet, this issue is primarily wrapped in the partisan labels of today, not the potential consequences for tomorrow.

Today, African-Americans face high unemployment, harsh economic conditions, poor education choices, and tragic healthcare disparities. It is critical that these Pennsylvanians – from North Philly to Pittsburgh Penn Hills –are capable of engaging both political parties effectively with discourse each legislative session and at the ballot box every November. Any tone from either side of the partisan divide that manipulates the most vulnerable of Americans away from this does a disservice to my native Pennsylvania, regardless of if you believe voter ID laws are necessary or if you believe voter suppression laws are on the rise. I caution my Democratic friends against actively demonizing all members of a political party over a reasoned, yet currently flawed legislative solution. I caution my fellow Republicans against taking back America by taking away legitimate access to ballot boxes – while throwing away legitimate opportunities to form new partnerships with voters in sore need of new political leadership. No partisan monopoly on civil rights struggles can exist in modern day America if we are to rebound moving forward as united states.

It is my hope that those reviewing the law today will hold paramount in their thinking – the ramifications for the disadvantaged for years to come, not just the fates of the political combatants for the elections this fall.

Thank you, God Bless you all, and God Bless America.

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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Republicans: A Historial Friend of Black America, A Needed Ally in Today’s Diverse America

In Speeches on July 31, 2012 at 9:54 am

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But as we know from the story of Joseph in the Old Testament and the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. –you can attack the Dreamer, but you cannot destroy the Dream.

Such was the case of the Republican vision for America after Lincoln.

For the next one hundred years, Republicans stood against those that sought to destroy both dreamers and their dreams. They fought in the annuals of governments and with the conscience of our nation to advance equality for all Americans. In fact, the diversity we enjoy today stems from the adversity they overcame.

A Republican-led Congress passed the 13th Amendment to outlaw slavery. Republicans passed a Civil Rights Act in 1866 recognizing blacks as U.S. citizens. Republicans continued their march for equality, proposing the 14th Amendment, which became part of the Constitution in 1868.

Republicans also led the fight for women’s rights. Women’s suffragists Susan B. Anthony and NAACP co-founders Ida B. Wells and Mary Terrell all displayed loyalty to the Republican Party due to our historic commitment to equality.

Senator Aaron Sargent, a Republican from California, wrote the women’s suffrage amendment. Unfortunately, it was delayed from being passed into law for 40 years. It took a time when Republicans had control of both houses of Congress before women’s voting rights could be secured by law.

The age of women’s suffrage brought about a new era of women’s representation in government. The first woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives was Republican Jeannette Rankin of Montana. The first woman mayor in America, Republican Bertha Landes, was elected in 1926.

More generations of women civic leaders came afterwards, from Governors Jodi Rell of Connecticut and Jan Brewer of Arizona to US Senators Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Kay Bailey Hutchinson of Texas.

Of course, I would be remiss if I did not mention former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the second consecutive African-American Republican to serve as secretary of state this decade.

Secretaries of State Rice and Powell do not represent all of the African-American Republican political leaders that we share in our common history. In fact, every African-American member of Congress until 1935 was a Republican.

Among these Republican pioneers was South Carolina’s Joseph Rainey, the first Black member of the House of Representatives. Republican Hiram Revels of Mississippi entered the Halls of Congress with Rainey as the first Black United States Senator. In 1872, Republican Pinckney Pinchback of Louisiana became the nation’s first African-American Governor, an accomplishment only matched by the Democrats over 100 years later.

From Republican Congressmen Oscar Stanton de Priest of Illinois and JC Watts of Oklahoma to Senator Edward Brooke of Massachusetts, we have stood proudly for diversity: in government as African-Americans and as Republicans in modern-day Black America.

For 100 years, Republicans stood up for what was right even when it was wrongly opposed.

Starting in 1875, Republicans enacted laws to expand federally-protected rights to include equal access to all public accommodations. The Supreme Court struck down their efforts eight years later, only to have these efforts resurface as a critical foundation for the 1964 Civil Rights Act down the road.

America remembered that you can attack the Dreamer, but you cannot destroy the Dream.

It is important for Republicans to say that we are sorry for not engaging minorities appropriately, but it is more important for Republicans to show that we are sorry through initiating efforts that display our willingness to partner with Black America.  As well, it is important for Black America to hear these apologies from the Republican Party, but it is more important for Black America to remove the typecasting and other barriers that prevent us from continuing the historical partnership that brought America so much progress. I come…extending the hand of the GOP for a new era of partnership. I hope that it is time that we join hands and join forces and together, we continue building The Dream. For as a people, we must debate political and social solutions with open minds, loving hearts, and common goals, goals that further the promise of The Dream.”

 

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Lenny McAllister at Rally for Common Sense 2012

In Speeches, Video on June 10, 2012 at 10:22 pm

Lenny McAllister delivering his remarks at the Rally for Common Sense in Missouri (photo courtesy of RebootCongress.blogspot.com)

HOLTS SUMMIT, MO (May 19, 2012) – Politic365 Senior Contributor Lenny McAllister speaks at the Rally for Common Sense 2012 event in Holts Summit, Missouri as part of an event that included former presidential candidates Herman Cain and Alan Keyes. Lenny’s 17-minute address (seen in high-resolution by clicking the picture above or clicking HERE) stood out among one that encouraged the audience to take conservative principles to “those that need it the most…those that need US the most”, straying away from typical conservative talking points. Lenny’s eloquence, class, and candor made him a favorite of the 1500 ticket holders for the event as an example of 21st century conservatism expanding to new audiences with new solutions and partnerships in tow.

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Lenny McAllister Speech in Bainbridge, GA

In Speeches, Video on June 10, 2012 at 10:06 pm

Keynote speaker Lenny McAllister addressing the crowd gathered in the town courtyard and the nearby streets of downtown Bainbridge, GA for a Tea Party event.

BAINBRIDGE, GA (April 2010) – Lenny McAllister was the keynote speaker at the Bainbridge Tea Party Rally on Thursday, April 15, 2010.

In the 22 minute video of his speech (found by clicking the picture above or clicking HERE), it was quite clear why he is in such demand.

Lenny is a political commentator who regularly appears on CNN while appearing on BET, Fox News and other venues from 2008 to the present. He is a nationally syndicated writer and is the author of Diary of a Mad Black PYC (Proud Young Conservative), released in July 2009 and available on Amazon.com.

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Lenny McAllister April 2012 Tea Party Speech

In Speeches on April 17, 2012 at 5:26 pm

PEORIA, IL (April 17, 2012) – Conservative commentator, author and activist Lenny McAllister (Politic365.com, LMGILIVE.com, CNN Regular) appearing in downstate Illinois for a 2012 rally. McAllister uses the opportunity to further shape the focus and intent of grassroots activists heading towards November 2012 and beyond. (Speech clips set to the music of Eminem’s ” ‘Till I Collapse”)

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Lenny McAllister 2010 Tea Party Anniversary Speech

In Speeches, Video on February 8, 2010 at 6:11 pm

ATLANTA, GA (February 2010) – Politic365 Senior Contributor Lenny McAllister speaks at a tea party anniversary rally. Lenny McAllister’s strong conservative voice informs and inspires across the country, both on traditional media and a popular web presence. During this 2010 Tea Party anniversary celebration he eloquently addressed the thoughts and ideas shared by so many of us across America at this historic crossroads in our nation.

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