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Affirmative Action: The Fiscally-Conservative Choice and An Inconvenient Truth

In Articles on September 1, 2014 at 1:59 pm
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There’s a choice conservatives must make on Affirmative Action, one affecting the next 100 years: theoretic principles or pragmatic success

 

NEW YORK CITY/ PITTSBURGH (April 24, 2014) – (Courtesy Global Grind)

 

“Now that the dust has settled from Tuesday’s Supreme Court ruling on Affirmative Action and the University of Michigan’s admissions process – especially as it is being viewed (again) as more of a political statement from a partisan-leaning court than a legal analysis from our highest court – I feel free to speak politically about this controversial legal decision.

 

“I know that this statement (and, thus, this reality) drives many hardcore conservatives nuts. Me saying this statement will elicit more calls that I am a “RINO” (Republican In Name Only) or a “spy for the Democrats” that “race-baits”. I’m sure that this admission concerning Affirmative Action will not necessarily help my cache within Republican circles or my bottom line as a political commentator.

 

“That said, I care more about this nation and our future than I do about labels and popularity. So, therefore, here it goes…

 

“Fellow conservatives: whether you choose to admit it or not, affirmative action is the more conservative solution of the two in today’s America when choosing between an avenue for opportunity or a continuation of the economic implosion of our nation.

 

“Education is the gateway to the American Dream for the individual. Education is the weapon of choice in today’s geopolitical environment, one where wars are fought through technology, international trade, and economic pressures before the first bullet is fired. Whether it is through altruistic vision or self-serving patriotism, it is imperative that talents from all corners of our nation are discovered, embraced, and utilized immediately. With the rising costs of higher education and the increased obstacles in place due to the Great Recession, avenues of opportunity are vital to strengthen America to its peak ability at such a critical moment of history… Further, as a conservative, the choice goes past national sovereignty from a geopolitical perspective. America will not survive as a nanny-state country where a growing number of its residents are depending on government for financial support, whether that includes struggling families or businesses alike…If my conservative brethren want to reduce the cost of government and increase the role of the individual in the success of our communities as a whole (e.g., the “smaller government, bigger people” approach I have been noting) while regaining our esteem and prowess internationally, Affirmative Action cannot be hacked away at. It’s a simple choice: “pay” for the inconvenience of Affirmative Action for another 25-35 years (in the shadows of 100 years of Jim Crow policies that followed up the centuries-long institution of slavery) or risk paying for (literally) the devolving of America by way of the growth of the permanent underclass – a combination of economic, healthcare, and community realities often cemented by race.”

 

Read this article in its entirety on Global Grind.com:

http://globalgrind.com/2014/04/24/affirmative-action-the-fiscally-conservative-choice-an-inconvenient-truth-by-lenny-mcallister-blog/

 

 

LISTEN: Get Right with Lenny McAllister (December 17, 2013)

In Audio on December 17, 2013 at 1:59 pm
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What will the American court system end up saying about the NSA surveillance program when it’s all said and done? The first statement has been made by the courts this week.

WWW.LENNYMCALLISTER.COM (December 17, 2013) – PODCAST TOPIC: The blowback from the NSA fallout begins in the American court system. What it should mean for all of us.

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 (December 16, 2013)

In Audio on December 17, 2013 at 12:31 pm
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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.

 

McAllister Statement on SCOTUS Decisions from June 24-25

In Speeches on June 25, 2013 at 3:39 pm
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“…voting discrimination still exists; no one doubts that…” – Chief Justice John Roberts
“…as for holistic review, if universities cannot explicitly include race as a factor, many may ‘resort to camouflage’ to maintain their minority enrollment.” – Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg

 

CHICAGO (June 25, 2013) — Lenny McAllister, upon the release of the recent Supreme Court decisions concerning Affirmative Action and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, issued the following statement:

 

“Chief Justice John Roberts got it right with one simple yet profound statement from his majority opinion Tuesday:

 

‘…voting discrimination still exists; no one doubts that…’

 

“Coupling this admission with the reality that America is on a path of widening racial disparities and increasing social divisiveness, it is clear that we must be mindful of any law written in our current time that may threaten the progress that we have garnered through the blood, sweat, and tears of our forefathers from the recent past.

 

“Technically, the Supreme Court decisions from Monday and Tuesday concerning Affirmative Action and Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act may have been viable legally. Indeed, we do live in very different times from the volatile 1950s and 1960s, a time when children were bombed and bitten by police dogs while leaders were shot down in the streets – all during a struggle to secure the promise of the American Dream for all American citizens. Therefore, applying the standards of those times– times that ushered in the direct twilight of Jim Crow in America – without modern contextualization do not unequivocally address the challenges we face in the Era of Obama and the issues of diversity of the American 21st century.

 

“However, it would be utterly unwise in the aftermath of the rise of hate groups enrollment, suspiciously-contrived voter ID laws, and 40 years of double unemployment rates between Black Americans and White Americans for us as a nation to believe that this is the proper time to diminish the protection that historically-disadvantaged Americans need for proper equal access to the ballot box and quality education – two much-needed resources in today’s challenging times. The implications of this week’s decisions do highlight that we as a nation have made progress in regards to race relations since the 1960s and 1970s. At the same time, in light of the startling disparities in personal wealth, the de facto re-segregation of public schools, the imbalance within drop-outs and  incarceration rates, admissions of intention for some recent voter ID legislation, and the skyrocketing cost of globally-competitive education today, any thought – judicial or legislative- that purports that the day has come to sunset Affirmative Action in education or suffrage is perhaps a notion construed with a forgetfulness towards recent history, a blind eye to the developments within today’s communities, or a jaundiced view towards which citizens should have accessibility to the fullest of the American Dream.

 

“If the highest Court in the land is evolving to view the progress of the Civil Rights Movement in a 21st century context, then it is prudent that voters and legislators conscientiously react in kind. Republicans must responsibly legislate when promoting ground-breaking and potentially-controversial laws, doing so with a morality standing outside of the realm of intention that we encountered with laws such as Pennsylvania’s 2012 voter ID law.   Democrats must dutifully legislate with a sense of historical progress without cleaving to broken political models which now yield stale results for their constituents. Voters throughout the American electorate must take the Supreme Court’s recent decisions as indicators suggesting that their votes – for elected officials from Capitol Hill to local board members – now carry an additional gravitas. Therefore, we as Americans must educate, engage, and inspire ourselves and our fellow Americans towards a higher sense of civic involvement and responsibility to ensure that our nation can rebound, advance, and succeed as one big team throughout our diversity. Collectively, if any legal protections that bolster equal access to the American Dream are eroded in the courts, it is imperative that we as a citizenship outside of the courts act as the buttress sustaining equality in America without fail.

 

“May God guide us towards these goals of upholding justice and equality in America in light of these decisions and may He bless the United States of America.”

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Political commentator and community advocate Lenny McAllister is the “Working Man’s Conservative” currently working to make his hometown of Chicago and our proud nation better by working together as #OneBigTeam.

For more information, go to http://www.LennyMcAllister.com or call 773-492-0509

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Lenny McAllister Calls It Right on PA Voter ID Law Ruling

In Upcoming Appearances on September 18, 2012 at 3:32 pm

 

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — Lenny McAllister, Republican strategist and notable commentator, is responding to news of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court voter ID law ruling, nearly a week after standing with voter advocates.

McAllister stood on the steps of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court last Thursday, saying that the law was being implemented hastily and was not in the best interest of voters. Today the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that the law be vacated.

“As I said while standing with the NAACP on Thursday, I believe in voter validation. However, I believe that all voter validation efforts must protect both the citizen’s right to vote and the process of the vote simultaneously,” said McAllister.

“Pennsylvania’s law in its current form overreaches its intended goal by way of flawed legislation and implementation. I welcome future efforts that will encapsulate the need and insightful implementation of voter validation efforts moving onward,” Lenny added.

Read today’s statement by the Pennyslvania court by visiting: http://www.pacourts.us/Opinions/SupremeOpinions/SupremePostings.htm.

 

 

Does a Bush Redux in ’12 Equal Obama x 2 in the White House?

In Articles on July 31, 2012 at 9:41 am

If the Supreme Court ends up settling any portion of a tight 2012 election as we saw in 2000, does the conservative-leaning court now lean President Obama’s way?

With the recent CNN report that the Electoral College could be tied after the November election, could the Obamacare ruling show a hint to how Supreme Court intervention in November would impact who’s president in 2013?

Ironically, just a few months ago, more conservatives probably felt pretty darn good about the possibility of the 2012 presidential election coming down to the Supreme Court. With the 5-4 split between conservatives and liberals on the nation’s highest Court, there once was the feeling that if the Court had to play a role in the outcome of the national election akin to the circumstances surrounding Bush v. Gore, Republicans would have the upper hand – and, perhaps, the presidency starting in 2013.

Likely, conservatives don’t feel so confident about that now. Moreso, they are probably dutifully aware that anything resembling a close race probably looks like a forecast for a narrow Obama victory in the fall.

Thank the Affordable Care Act for that shift in sentiments.

Although the feelings of betrayal and mistrust for Chief Justice John Roberts (and, indirectly, President George W. Bush) have not been on high display as they were during the immediate aftermath of the ACA ruling earlier this summer, thoughts on how the Court could play a detrimental for Republicans in the presidential election will simmer to a slow boil as the summer finishes up. The positive impact that upholding the controversial law has had on President Obama’s re-election momentum has already been seen in some polls, with the president up by as many as 6 points despite bad jobs numbers and low GDP growth. The looming possibility of some court case being kicked up to the Supreme Court – heightened by the notion that the Electoral College could actually deadlock in an election filled with negative campaigning against Romney and dissatisfaction with the economy over the past 4 years – seems to work in President Obama’s favor at this point as both incumbent candidate and ACA victor.

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Obamacare Decision Comes from SCOTUS, Yet Obama Legacy Continues on Trial

In Articles on June 28, 2012 at 9:43 am

Regardless of how this week plays out politically for President Obama, his presidential legacy continues to tarnish in contrast to the promise of his 2008 presidential candidacy

Regardless of how all of the votes in Washington turn out for President Obama this week, his presidential legacy will likely continue to take a beating for years to come

Thursday is a big day in the presidential legacy of President Barack Obama. Everyone knows this.

Between the impending Supreme Court decision on the notorious Obamacare reform law (and its extremely-questionable individual mandate) and the historic Contempt of Congress vote concerning Attorney General Eric Holder, the Obama Administration will have plenty of rallying points to champion or spin by the end of the week. With the mixed bag of victories and loss for the administration coming as a result of the Supreme Court ruling on Arizona’s SB 1070 law earlier, President Obama and his surrogates will continue the delicate balance of stoking his base and pleading his case in order to maximize the political opportunities with each development.

Yet, as the narrative of this presidency continues to play out, the once seemingly-invincible Obama image has morphed into a fragile legacy that already bears the marks of voter disappointment, leadership shortcomings, and political overreach.

That tone and those convictions seemingly shifted with each decisive political development, a trend that might have the Obama re-election campaign scrambling in the days ahead, all while continuing to erode the promise of a shining presidential legacy. If the past is any indication, the pleas for bipartisan participation in Congress will ebb when and if Democrats have hold of power in either chamber on Capitol Hill come 2013. The president’s current ire towards the Bush-era tax rates may wane again, just as it did when he signed the extension to those tax rates into law in the lame duck session in 2010. At the same time, he prioritized those tax rates and working with minority Republicans to pass “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” over working towards passing the DREAM Act. For his staunchest supporters, the community volunteer offered little to mirror the promise of the first Black and urban president in the White House and, at times, offended this constituency, not inspired them.

 

Catch more of Lenny McAllister’s “Even if Obama Wins, His Legacy Continues to Lose” on Politic365.

Who’s Zoomin’ Who in 2012?

In The McAllister Minute on June 27, 2012 at 11:18 am

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Over the past 4 years, the Obama Administration has been losing court cases, political capital, and economic momentum, only to ask for passionate support from his key voting blocs in 2012.

Who’s fooling who here?

On the brink of a Contempt of Congress vote against Attorney General Eric Holder and the possible striking down of the individual mandate within – or possibly all of – Obamacare, we have to ask ourselves: who’s fooling who here?

Wasn’t the Obama Presidency supposed to be about a heightened advocacy for the plight of urban America? That hasn’t happened, unless you work for Planned Parenthood or for a union somewhere. Wasn’t the Obama Presidency supposed to be about getting America back to work? That hasn’t happened, unless if work on Wall Street or as a corporate executive. Wasn’t the Obama Presidency supposed to be about improving the dysfunction in Washington and the tone in politics overall? That hasn’t happened, until if you think that the heightened name-calling, partisan-fighting, and civic maliciousness fit into your definition of patriotism and decorum. Wasn’t the Obama Presidency supposed to be about putting the wind at your back, instead of a hand in your face? That hasn’t happened, until if a chilling head wind is your idea of a cool breeze.

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Politic365 McAllister’s Saturday Remix (Feb 25 2012)

In Video on February 25, 2012 at 5:17 pm

CHICAGO, IL – Politic 365 Sr. Contributor and CNN Regular Lenny McAllister discusses the explosive effects that bringing the topic of Affirmative Action into the current climate of political debate over social issues could have on the 2012 election season and beyond in America.

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