Why weren’t black Republicans or conservatives invited to the MLK March on Washington commemoration in DC today?

From the Washington Examiner today:

Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., the only black person serving in the United States Senate, wasn’t invited to the event commemorating the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s march on Washington, though a host of Democratic luminaries spoke on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. “Senator Scott was not invited to speak at the event,” Greg Blair, a spokesman for the South Carolina lawmaker,…

Apparently George W Bush was invited but is recovering from surgery…..aside from his invite, it appears that the invites went mostly to Democratic “luminaries”…not successful black people from all walks of life and politics.

To my knowledge a host of very notable conservatives/Republicans who are black were overlooked. Why weren’t they allowed to speak and share their experiences and insight?  I have a feeling that if they had been allowed to speak , we would have witnessed a reaction that might have proven that most of today’s message was more about validating leftist politics and victimhood than about the overcoming of injustices to blacks and the courage of Dr. MLK Jr….

A few include*:

JC Watts: In 1994, the first African-American Republican U.S. Representative from south of the Mason-Dixon line since Reconstruction. Pastor and college quarterback star at University of Oklahoma.

Condoleeza Rice – first female African-American secretary of state

Clarence Thomas – 2nd black Supreme Court judge, grew up poor in Savannah, the only black in his high school. He left priesthood seminary after MLK was killed because he “thought the church did not do enough about racism.”

Herman Cain – successful business man, Presidential candidate, radio host and was raised in “The Bluff” area of Atlanta where Dr. King lived at one time.

Mia Love – spoke at Republican convention, was mayor of Sarasota Springs, Utah and the first female Haitian-American elected official in Utah County, Utah

* most of this info came from a quick perusal at Wikipedia….not in-depth info, but enough to gather some of the high points of their accomplishments.


“That Lady Stands for Liberty!”

To honor the spirit of Rand Paul today:

“Just get up off the ground, that’s all I ask. Get up there with that lady that’s up on top of this Capitol dome, that lady that stands for liberty. Take a look at this country through her eyes if you really want to see something. And you won’t just see scenery; you’ll see the whole parade of what Man’s carved out for himself, after centuries of fighting. Fighting for something better than just jungle law, fighting so’s he can stand on his own two feet, free and decent, like he was created, no matter what his race, color, or creed. That’s what you’d see. There’s no place out there for graft, or greed, or lies, or compromise with human liberties. And, uh, if that’s what the grownups have done with this world that was given to them, then we’d better get those boys’ camps started fast and see what the kids can do. And it’s not too late, because this country is bigger than the Taylors, or you, or me, or anything else. Great principles don’t get lost once they come to light. They’re right here; you just have to see them again!”
—Jefferson Smith, played by Jimmy Stewart, in “Mr. Smith Goes To Washington”

““I will speak as long as it takes, until the alarm is sounded from coast to coast that our Constitution is important, that your rights to trial by jury are precious, that no American should be killed by a drone on American soil without first being charged with a crime, without first being found to be guilty by a court.”
– Senator Rand Paul (Kentucky), March 6, 2013, launching filibuster on the Senate floor in order to address the issue of the Obama administration’s belief that they have the power to kill non-combatant Americans in the US with drone strikes

On Paul Ryan’s speech, Sally Kohn’s Fact Checker needs Fact Checking #PaulRyanVP #RNC2012

Sally Kohn has written a factless opinion piece on FoxNews.com today supposedly outlining how Ryan deceived everyone last night.  Her whole piece is really inaccurate and full of distractions, but the Left, as I saw on Michael Grimm’s (Rep-NY 13) Facebook page today, is using this piece as some definitive rebuttal of Ryan.

I’ll take a few of them and give you the fact-checking of Sally Kohn’s lack thereof:

Kohn’s “fact“: Though Paul Ryan accused President Obama of taking $716 billion out of Medicare, the  fact  is that amount was savings in Medicare reimbursement rates (which,  incidentally, save Medicare recipients out-of-pocket costs, too) and Ryan himself embraced these savings in  his budget plan.


Obama did CUT $716 Billion from Medicare in order to fund Obamacare.
Further, the plan Ryan put forth, which is not Romney’s plan BTW, did not use those funds for a new entitlement, but rather to extend the solvency of the Medicare program.  They don’t harm Medicare but rather help to save it.  Further in Ryan’s plan, those over 55 ARE NOT affected by any of it…so the Obama campaign lie that it Ryan’s plan will cost seniors is just that….a lie.
A large portion of the cuts that Obama has made lower the amount doctors are paid under Medicare….and Obama’s own actuary admits that these cuts will make several providers “unprofitable” and likely not able to sustain their business.   This does DIRECTLY affect seniors when they can no longer get the providers they need.

Kohn’s “fact”: While Ryan blamed President Obama for the shut down of a GM plant in Janesville,  Wisconsin, the plant  was actually closed under President George W. Bush.  Ryan actually asked for federal spending to save the plant, while Romney has  criticized the auto industry bailout that President Obama ultimately enacted to  prevent other plants from closing.

MSNBC and others hyperventilated after Ryan’s speech last night with a lie that the Wisconsin GM plant closed down in 2008. Not true. That plant closed in 2009 giving Obama PLENTY of time to fulfill his campaign promise to keep it open.  Ryan was spot-on accurate in Obama’s broken promise and the lie that is still told today by Obama that GM was “saved” by him.

Kohn’s “fact”:  While Ryan tried to pin the downgrade of the United States’ credit rating on  spending under President Obama, the credit rating was actually downgraded  because Republicans threatened not to raise the debt ceiling.


The credit rating was lowered because the credit agencies didn’t see a meaningful move toward a BALANCED BUDGET.  Since the Senate has not passed a budget and Obama’s budget was defeated with NO votes in the House or Senate, the agencies have a valid concern…..and S&P does not mention anything about “raising the debt ceiling as Kohn insists.  According to S&P, the downgrade occurred because “the government budget deficit of more than 11 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), and net government debt rising to about 80 percent or more of GDP by 2013, to be high relative to other “AAA” countries…..meaningful progress towards balancing the budget would be required to move the U.S. back to a “stable” outlook” (that is a direct quote from MSNBC on Wikipedia, however MSNBC has removed the contents of their article regarding this…fancy that!)

Obama’s speech tonight: He’ll blame GOP in Congress for not taking steps on the economy, but the facts don’t lie #tcot

Obama is using his great “oratory” tonight to bring us his introduction to Porkulus II!

So when you hear Obama say tonight that “Congress”, aka “Republicans, need to focus on jobs, please remember the facts of this simple chart.

From HotAir.com:

You know how Obama repeatedly says Congress could take steps “right now” to jumpstart the economy again? Let’s amend that statement for accuracy: The Senate and the president could take steps right now to jumpstart the economy again. That is, they actually have House bills in front of them.

So that pretty much will neuter Obama’s attempts tonight to blame Republicans in Congress for no “jobs plan”.

“Compromise that’s not a solution is a waste of time.”

“Compromise that’s not a solution is a waste of time.” — Marco Rubio on the Senate Floor.

In the debt limit discussions, I keep hearing about “compromise” from Democrats and supporters of those same Democrats talk about how bad Washington is because there’s no “compromise”.

Well, Marco Rubio is right.  Compromise for its own sake is worthless. 

Besides, compromise to Democrats is “roll over and give us what we want, GOP.”  To so-called moderates, compromise means telling Republicans to get rid of their principles and make a deal.

Watch all of Rubio’s speech…it’s a good one!  And done without a teleprompter!

Make sure to watch around 6 minute mark where Rubio completely destroys the arguments of Obama, Biden and Reid on the debt ceiling.  Rubio shines a spotlight on the hypocrisy of the Socialist Three Musketeers.

And….Rubio obliterates the validity of calling smart tea party Americans “extremists” on raising the debt ceiling.  There is not a principle one that resides within Obama, Biden, Reid, Kerry and a large contingent of other Democrats on this issue and most others.

The other great quotable quote is this one:

To the Senator from Massachusetts I would say that it is impossible to negotiate with someone who doesn’t have a plan” — Marco Rubio (FL)

This response was a direct hit to the dry and ignorant protests of John Kerry….who once served in Vietnam.

Update: Now it’s law SB48: California mandates gays be added to history books while shutting out Christian group “activities” in education

UPDATE 7/15/11:  Jerry Brown has signed the bill into law.


As California goes, so goes the nation?

Well, California is far down the path of legalizing special status to gays in education curriculum based on their contributions to “contemporary society”.  Translated it means that a group that exists only because of their sexual behavior will now be included in textbooks and education in California solely because of their sexual preference.

From SB48:

Instruction in social sciences shall include the early history of California and a study of the role and contributions of….lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans…with particular emphasis on portraying the role of these groups in contemporary society.

But that’s not all.  Not only does the bill require the above special treatment in textbooks, but Christians also will receive “special treatment” with this law.

From the text of SB 48 in California:

A teacher shall not give instruction and  a school district shall not sponsor any activity that promotes a discriminatory bias on the basis of race or ethnicity, gender, religion, disability,  nationality, sexual orientation,  or because of a characteristic listed in Section 220.

The “special” treatment for Christians amounts to a suppression of their religious expression and discrimination against them for their beliefs.

California law will now mandate that education include persons of “society” and “history” based on what they do in the bedroom.

That same law, by its requirement that no “adverse” views of homosexuality be included, makes no place for Christians (and other groups and religions) that reject homosexuality as the norm.

By extension, doesn’t this law require that education ignore the roles and contributions of Christians to California and US society if they have an alternate view than does the minority LGBT lobby?

And doesn’t this bill prohibit Christian-based groups from leading or holding a school-sponsored “activity”?  If so, doesn’t that fact completely negate the bill’s requirement that there should be no bias based on religion?

In California schools we now MUST teach our kids about obscure people because they prefer homosexual sex, but that same school must reject the Bible, punish Christian groups, and discriminate against individuals who don’t embrace what they, and many others throughout history, have viewed as sexual perversion.

From Michael Reagan via ConservativeByte:

Singling out a segment of the population for specific inclusion in school studies programs on the basis of their sexual preferences elevates what — rightly or wrongly — many see as a form of sexual perversion, to a civil right.

The bill, SB 48, passed on a party-line vote, adds lesbian, gay, bisexual and so-called transgendered people as well as those with physical or mental disabilities to the list of groups that schools must include in the lessons. It also would prohibit material that reflects adversely on gays.

Currently, or at least traditionally, history studies have been about the events and people who have changed the world, not their sexual preferences.   Reagan again:

The matter of the content of school textbooks has long been a controversial subject, but until now it has never reached the point where specific parts of the population are singled out for preferential treatment, especially when the segment of the population is distinguished solely by their sexual preferences.

School textbooks should never be used to promote anybody’s political positions. They should instruct, not propagandize the publisher’s personal politics.

But, in a nutshell, that is what you get with SB48:

  • All schools in California must use materials, including textbooks, that include “the role and contributions” of homosexuals and transgenders “to the economic, political, and social development of California and the United States of America, with particular emphasis on portraying the role of these groups in contemporary society.”
  • No school in California may sponsor any activity that “promotes a discriminatory bias” against homosexuality. (This essentially bans the Boy   Scouts, traditional religious clubs, etc.)
  • No textbooks or instructional materials in California schools may “reflect adversely” on homosexuality.
  • All “alternative or charter schools” in California are hereby warned that they’d better adopt similar rules.

Here is what Geoff Kors, Equality California Executive Director, has to say about this bill:

LGBT people should not be pushed into the closet when it comes to what students learn about history. Educating youth about the contributions of LGBT Californians and our state’s rich diversity will help foster true acceptance of LGBT students and will ultimately create a safe school environment for all students.”

I don’t ever want to hear again that this isn’t about creating a special status (where there is none) to those who practice homosexuality (among other things.).

For years now, the Bible has been banned in school libraries, Christians have been discriminated against in the public square including government schools, and the history of Christianity and its followers (including the founders of our country) has been politically altered to eliminate their distinct belief in the values of the Bible.   Where is the respect for Christianity?

Christians, in the public square and government schools, have been pushed into a the closet of which Kors speaks.

Are their contributions worthy of being included solely because they are Christians?   Will well-known historic figures be labeled as Christians if they professed to be?

Or is it just important to name whether a nondescript person was homosexual or not?  Must our kids now read that the founders were white, heterosexual men but not about their belief in the values of the Bible?

If we take contemporary society (which the bill references), would Christian evangelist Billy Graham be portrayed negatively because he believes in the Bible that condemns homosexuality?  Or, if included at all, would he be fairly touted as the positive influence and leader  he has been in a “contemporary society” even though he preaches against homosexuality?

The answers are yes and no, respectively because  the intent of this bill is not “fairness” for all but about forced acceptance and indoctrination of the homosexual lifestyle.

The sacrosanct idea, of the minority, that we must all “accept” homosexuality as normal will be accomplished by producing otherwise nondescript people as historic figures simply because they are homosexual or “transgendered”.

And, similarly the Christian belief that homosexuality is wrong will be deemed an illegal belief….at least as far as the schools and education are concerned.

At what point does the California legislature similarly feel the need to so vehemently protect the religious rights of kids and parents in California?

You may think this is just another “Left Coast thing”…but I can guarantee you that the information in those textbooks will make its way all over public schools in this country.  Similarly, this very idea of raising the status of sexual alternatives above Christian beliefs, with legislation, can fall over us like a domino to many areas of the country if passed in California.  It already has with gay marriage in New York.

Remember the words of Camille Paglia, self-defined lesbian and paganist from her 1994 book, Vamps and Tramps:

“For the past decade, the situation has been out of control: responsible scholarship is impossible when rational discourse is being policed by storm troopers, in this case gay activists, who have the absolutism of all fanatics in claiming sole access to the truth.”

The meaning of Independence and Freedom from the mind of a young pioneer girl

The beloved Laura Ingalls Wilder gives a great perception of freedom and independence from earthly kings with her thoughts on Independence Day .

For Laura Ingalls Wilder, the combined reading of the Declaration of Independence and the singing of “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” sparked new thoughts about freedom as she contemplated words which were old and familiar.

(From the book “Little Town on the Prairie” by Laura Ingalls Wilder):

The crowd was scattering away then, but Laura stood stock still.  Suddenly she had a completely new thought. The Declaration and the song came together in her mind, and she thought:  God is America’s king.  She thought:  Americans won’t obey any king on earth.  Americans are free. That means they have to obey their own consciences. No king bosses Pa; he has to boss himself.      Why (she thought), when I am a little older, Pa and Ma will stop telling me what to do, and there isn’t anyone else who has a right to give me orders.  I will have to make myself be good.  Her whole mind seemed to be lighted up by that thought.  This is what it means to be free.  It means, you have to be good. ‘Our father’s God, author of liberty–‘The laws of Nature and of Nature’s God endow you with a right to life and liberty.  Then you have to keep the laws of God, for God’s law is the only thing that gives you a right to be free.

From Jennifer Courtney at Classical Conversations:

This transition for Laura is a perfect illustration of a child moving from the grammar stage (memorizing and reciting the songs and the Declaration) to the logic stage.  Her solid foundation in American history gave her a firm basis for later thinking big thoughts about the idea of freedom.  She reasons out the source of freedom and rightly draws conclusions about the both the liberties and the restrictions of handling freedom properly.

This is why it is so important for our kids to memorize and recite many of the documents, quotes, and songs of our founding.  The knowledge and memory usually leads to that inquisitive state of mind where logic takes hold.  Unfortunately, we have a generation or more who have been taught that our country is just one of many and not so exceptional.  Nothing is further from the truth.

Take time to remember with your family and friends the meaning of the Declaration made 235 years ago and what it has meant for you, your country, and the world.  Think about the logic and intelligence of our founders.  And take time to understand who is King of our country and that no man is king on earth.

–‘The laws of Nature and of Nature’s God endow you with a right to life and liberty.”

Take a lesson from a young pioneer girl who understood what it means to be American.

(H/T: Batesline)