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LISTEN: Get Right with Lenny McAllister (February 10, 2014)

In Audio on February 10, 2014 at 2:17 pm
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Why Hillary Clinton is more entertainer – and distraction – than politician in 2014…and why that isn’t a good thing for our collective outlook in 2014.

WWW.LENNYMCALLISTER.COM (February 10, 2014) – PODCAST TOPIC:The 2014 distraction that is Hillary for President 2016 – all while the jobs outlook today continues to tank with no end in sight.

Former WVON radio host, former congressional candidate, and nationally-respected political activist Lenny McAllister hosts today’s podcast of “Get Right with Lenny McAllister”.

 

Catch this version of Get Right with Lenny McAllister by clicking the hyperlink or the picture above. 

 

LISTEN: Get Right with Lenny McAllister (February 7, 2014)

In Audio on February 10, 2014 at 12:16 pm
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“Disappointment Friday” doesn’t disappoint as it lives up to its moniker yet again with the latest jobs report.

WWW.LENNYMCALLISTER.COM (February 7, 2014) – PODCAST TOPIC:“Disappointment Friday” doesn’t disappoint – will you disappoint future generations as a result?

 

Former WVON radio host, former congressional candidate, and nationally-respected political activist Lenny McAllister hosts today’s podcast of “Get Right with Lenny McAllister”.

 

Catch this version of Get Right with Lenny McAllister by clicking the hyperlink or the picture above. 

 

LISTEN: Get Right with Lenny McAllister (February 4, 2014)

In Audio on February 5, 2014 at 3:20 pm
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CLICK PICTURE FOR PODCAST: Who do you believe on Obamacare and American workers over the coming years: the Congressional Budget Office or the folks that brought you “if you like your plan, you can keep your plan”?

WWW.LENNYMCALLISTER.COM (February 4, 2014) PODCAST TOPIC: …And the other shoe drops concerning Obamacare and the outlook for the economy…

 

Former WVON radio host, former congressional candidate, and nationally-respected political activist Lenny McAllister hosts today’s podcast of “Get Right with Lenny McAllister”.

 

Catch this version of Get Right with Lenny McAllisterby clicking the hyperlink or the picture above. 

 

A Pen, A Phone, and a Dangerous Tone

In Articles on February 3, 2014 at 4:24 pm
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President Obama’s willingness to bypass Congress in 2014 should be more of our focus than Tuesday’s State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON, DC / PITTSBURGH  (January 30, 2014) 

Don’t get too caught up in the 2014 address from President Obama this week.

Don’t mind too much the pomp-and-circumstance that came with the prime-time event.

The most important – and attention-worthy – things to watch in 2014 will not be the president’s State of the Union Address, the reactions by key congressional members, the spin by activists and pundits, and the poll numbers coming out over the coming days about his speech.

The most vital things demanding your attention are President Obama’s pen and his phone – as well as the tone he is trying to set with his remarks about them.

Granted, President Obama will not be the first president to attempt to circumvent the constitutionally-driven balance between the executive and legislative branches of our federal government. However, despite the comparatively-low number of executive orders issued by President Obama to date, the collective impact of Mr. Obama’s executive maneuvers since 2009 should prompt all Americans to take notice whenever this president threatens to “get things done” by way of sidestepping Congress and the American way of lawmaking.

This executive’s willingness to skirt the normal order of American government to pass initiatives through executive “prerogative” – often times with harmful effects – means that his tone concerning using “his pen and his phone” should be more disconcerting than any tone taken Tuesday night during the State of the Union Address.

President Obama’s “the pen is mightier than Congress and the Constitution” retort to the White House failures of 2013 may sound bold for the sake of the American people. However, just a glance at some of the moves of executive “prerogative” since 2009 provides insight into what 2014 may have in store should President Obama look to follow through on this:

diverting millions of taxpayer dollars to provide abortion-related services overseas in January 2009, only to cut funding for the DC Voucher Program for disadvantaged Americans in his only backyard just months later;

crafting a non-binding, 11th-hour executive order in 2010 to convince the Bart Stupak Bunch to come on-board to pass the Affordable Care Act in a fully-partisan fashion, the last of several intra-Democratic Party deals forged to prompt legislative cooperation;

advancing an immigration policy that circumvented American immigration laws on the books, which worked to embolden wavering Latino voters to support the president as his re-election weakened during a tough 2012 campaign; and

re-writing his own landmark (and namesake) legislation outside the rule of law through a series of politically-motivated moves that act as an ongoing self-repeal of Obamacare by the White House, including select delays set past the 2014 elections and permanent exemptions for key constituents of Democratic leaders.

America’s regular complicity in Mr. Obama’s pattern of flirting with the wrong side of presidential temperance and constitutional reverence has more to do with the currently-tarnished Republican brand and the American Idol style of pop politics we encounter nationally than it does any set of tangible successes for the American people. Instead, the president has taken advantage of the Akin-ness of the GOP and the 9% approval woes of Congress in attempts to justify going the path of law-making alone at this point. Yet, so far during his tenure in the White House, these results have been only politically-driven, not universally altruistic. President Obama’s order to reverse the “Mexico City Policy” pleased his Planned Parenthood constituency, all while he later began his years-long attack on school choice for poor African-American students, even as he wishes to proclaim himself as the “education president”. His last-minute order to sway Stupak’s group of Democrats holding out on Obamacare only gave us a woefully-crippled healthcare reform law, its terrible roll-out, and rising premiums for many. His 2012 order helped provide a 70%-30% advantage for the president in the November 2012 election, yet we arrive in 2014 without long-term solutions for immigration despite Democrats’ control of Washington from 2009-2011. The White House’s on-going self-repeal and retreat from previous claims about Obamacare (namely, “…if you like your plan, you can keep your plan…”) only signify that this administration is fixated on pushing political agendas Chicago-style more than it is concerned about fixing problems for everyday Americans that are not card-carrying Democrats or their fervent supporters.

Presidents use the veto, the bully pulpit, and their presidential poise to guide laws into being by massaging the process and wooing political enemies into allies. Politicians threaten to circumvent the process through unilateral decisions that abscond accountability. President Obama’s new-found public tone concerning his “pen and his phone” are only an extension of his presidential actions over the past five years, leaving the tone of the State of the Union Address Tuesday as nothing more than political window dressing. If the perspective of the Oval Office continues to be one that seeks to skip past congressional cooperation and even Obama’s own landmark legislation, it is incumbent upon Americans to set our sights on supporting legislators and activists that will restore constitutional balance and order, not allowing even more power to reside simply in a pen and a phone.

Lenny McAllister is a political commentator featured on various local, national and international outlets including PCNC, CNN, and Sun News Network. He is the host of “The McAllister Minute” which appears weekly on “The Bev Smith Show” and the American Urban Radio Network. The Pittsburgh-based pundit is the former host of of Launching Chicago With Lenny McAllister on WVON The Talk of Chicago 1690 AM. He is a former congressional candidate. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

 

The GOP Needs Return of Radical Republicans to Win War on Poverty

In Articles on January 21, 2014 at 7:08 pm
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“We Radical Republicans of today must understand that our conservatism must impact more than a 401K plan, a marriage hall, and a uterus…”

NEW YORK CITY / PITTSBURGH  (MLK DAY -2014) –  “If we Republicans are to help America win the War on Poverty in the 21st century, it may be wise to look back to those that fought for change in the 19th century.

The Republican Party needs a strong dose of the spirit of our Radical Republicans past in order to lead millions of Americans out of the depths of this recession and the clutches of generational poverty. Just as the Civil War forever broke a social more within America that found the stench of slavery tolerable in any regard, the Great Recession has prompted a permanent elevation of civic standards, political leadership, and legislative vision that is prudent for fulfilling the essence of MLK’s dream.

Republican proposals such as the ones given by Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) on the Senate floor must go further than providing access to lower taxes or school choice vouchers. Although financial investment in impoverished communities is necessary, it will take more than the similar ideas we have heard from Republicans and Democrats recently.

We Radical Republicans of today must understand that our conservatism must impact more than a 401K plan, a marriage hall, and a uterus. Today’s call to to fulfill a dream on this Day of Service must entail aligning our principles with a courage to bring about society-improving change in ways that are consistent with our party’s history while perhaps outside of our current comfort zone.”
Read more of Lenny McAllister’s “The GOP Needs Return of Radical Republicans to Win War on Poverty”, published by Global Grind for MLK Day, by clicking the picture or the hyperlinks attached.

 

 

WATCH: McAllister Sits in on WQED’s Long-Standing “4802” Panel

In Video on January 21, 2014 at 6:59 pm

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PITTSBURGH  (January 17, 2014) – (Courtesy WQED) WQED’s studio at 4802 Fifth Avenue in Oakland is the central point for a live and lively conversation about the events making up the news of the week. Host Chris Moore is joined by regular panelists Lynn Cullen, Valerie McDonald Roberts, Bill Green and Heather Heidelbaugh.

In this week’s edition, Republican strategist and Pittsburgh native Lenny McAllister (regular on “4802: Final Fridays” starting January 31) fills in for Allegheny County Councilwoman Heather Heidelbaugh.

Catch these clips from “4802” by clicking the hyperlink or the picture above. You can catch the full episode from the long-standing WQED series by clicking HERE

LISTEN: Get Right with Lenny McAllister (January 17, 2014)

In Audio on January 21, 2014 at 6:23 pm
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The political media is fighting like it’s 2016…already…Benghazi vs. BridgeGate

WWW.LENNYMCALLISTER.COM (January 17, 2014) PODCAST TOPIC: In the media, it’s BridgeGate vs. Benghazi – controversies enraging both sides of the aisle…for different political reasons.

 

Former WVON radio host, former congressional candidate, and nationally-respected political activist Lenny McAllister hosts today’s podcast of “Get Right with Lenny McAllister”.

 

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LISTEN: Get Right with Lenny McAllister (January 10, 2014)

In Audio on January 10, 2014 at 1:02 pm
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December 2013 employment numbers come out…and no one is happy with what they show…

WWW.LENNYMCALLISTER.COM (January 10, 2014) – PODCAST TOPIC: December 2013 employment numbers come out…and the Obama economy numbers drop out along with American workers from the labor force.

 Former WVON radio host, former congressional candidate, and nationally-respected political activist Lenny McAllister hosts today’s podcast of “Get Right with Lenny McAllister”.

 

Catch this version of “Get Right with Lenny McAllister”by”Get Right with Lenny McAllister” clicking the hyperlink or the picture above. Also catch “The McAllister Minute”  on the American Urban Radio Network, where “The McAllister Minute” commentary is aired on over 400 stations throughout the AURN network.

LISTEN: Martin Talks with Corey Ealons, Lenny McAllister To Hand out Year-End “Tell Me Awards” (NPR) (December 31, 2013)

In Audio on January 6, 2014 at 12:02 pm
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Who had the best vocal performances in the world of politics and civics? Listen into this special edition of “Tell Me More” on National Public Radio (New Year’s Eve, 2013)

WASHINGTON, DC / PITTSBURGH  (December 31, 2013) – (Courtesy National Public Radio) Every year is filled with political missteps, blunders, and gaffes – and 2013 was no exception. Host Michel Martin sits down with former Obama administration adviser Corey Ealons and conservative commentator Lenny McAllister to hand out this year’s ‘Tell Me Awards’ for the best and worst political performances of the year.

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LISTEN: Get Right with Lenny McAllister (December 16, 2013)

In Audio on December 17, 2013 at 12:31 pm
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Will “marriage equality” now include polygamy?

WWW.LENNYMCALLISTER.COM (December 16, 2013) – PODCAST TOPIC: Now that same-sex marriage is redefining legal marriage in America, is polygamy next?

Former WVON radio host, former congressional candidate, and nationally-respected political activist Lenny McAllister hosts today’s podcast of “Get Right with Lenny McAllister”.

Catch this version of Get Right with Lenny McAllister by clicking the hyperlink or the picture above. Also catch “The McAllister Minute”  on the American Urban Radio Network, where “The McAllister Minute” commentary is aired on over 400 stations throughout the AURN network.