While President Obama was publicly celebrating the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech last week, his administration took action behind the scenes in Louisiana that was a complete rejection of King’s dream.
The Justice Department has challenged our state in court for having the temerity to start a scholarship program that frees low-income minority children from failing schools. In other words, Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder would rip children out of their schools and handcuff them to the failing schools they previously attended. And, in the ultimate irony, they are using desegregation orders set up to prevent discrimination against minority children to try to do it.
Editorial Boards behind Jindal
The Jindal's press office issued the following claiming that editorial boards around the country are supporting him versus Obama administration lawsuit:
This morning, the National Review editorial board came out in strong opposition to the Department of Justice suit challenging equal opportunity of education in Louisiana
This editorial adds to the long series of columns and editorials from across the country and ideological spectrum over the past week that have questioned the motives of the Department of Justice. See a summary below of the multiple editorial boards and columnists who have written on the irony and unfairness of the Department of Justice suit challenging equal opportunity of education in Louisiana.
What They Are Saying:
The Washington Post Called The Obama Administration Suit “Bewildering, If Not Downright Perverse.” (Editorial, “Justice Department bids to trap poor, black children in ineffective schools,” Washington Post, 9/1/13)
• The Washington Post: “Louisiana Parents Are Clamoring For The Choice Afforded By This Program . . . The Federal Government Should Get Out Of The Way.” (Editorial, “Justice Department bids to trap poor, black children in ineffective schools,” Washington Post, 9/1/13)
The National Review Editorial Board Said: “It Is Unclear To Us What Legitimate End Is Served By Ensuring That The Worst Schools Have A Sufficient Number Of Black Students.” (Editorial, “Obama vs. Education,” National Review, 9/4/13)
The National Review’s John Fund Referred To The DOJ Suit As “Bean-Counting Madness.” (John Fund, “MLK’s Dream Deferred,” National Review, 8/25/13)
• John Fund: “We Have A President More Interested In The Agenda Of Teachers’ Unions Than In Helping Inner-City Kids Escape Failing Schools.” (John Fund, “MLK’s Dream Deferred,” National Review, 8/25/13)
A Wall Street Journal Editorial Touched On The Backwards Nature Of The Suit That “Justice [DOJ] Is More Worried About The Complexion Of The Schools' Student Body Than Their Manifest Failure To Educate.” (Editorial, “Holder vs. Martin Luther King Jr.,” Wall Street Journal, 8/27/13)
Sam Hanna Of The Ouachita Citizen Said The DOJ’s Position Can Be Best Summed Up As, “Desegregation Before Education.” (Sam Hanna, “Desegregation before education,” Ouachita Citizen, 8/27/13)
The Chicago Tribune’s Dennis Byrne: “Only Blind Ideologues Like Those Working For Obama And Holder Are Unable To See The Irony Of Denying Minorities An Opportunity Because Racial Head Counts Must Come First.” (Dennis Byrne, “Byrne: Dashing dream of better schools in Louisiana,” Chicago Tribune, 9/2/13)
• Dennis Byrne: The DOJ Suit Is Attempting To “Squelch A Lifetime Opportunity For Minority Children.” (Dennis Byrne, “Byrne: Dashing dream of better schools in Louisiana,” Chicago Tribune, 9/2/13)
The National Review’s Jonathan Strong Said The Lawsuit Represents A Central Irony: “It Assails On The Basis Of Racial Discrimination A Program That Helps Young Black Students (Who Are Roughly 90 Percent Of The Voucher Recipients) Escape Failing Schools.” (Jonathan Strong, “The Feds’ Assault on School Choice,” National Review, 9/3/13)
The American Spectator’s Marta Mossburg Says, “Through The Lawsuit The DOJ Is Saying That It Cares About Power, Not About Children.” (Marta Mossburg, “The Department of Injustice,” American Spectator, 8/30/13)
• Marta Mossburg: “Enforcing Desegregation Solely For The Cause Of Desegregation Is An Inversion Of Rev. King’s Dream That Ensures Some Of The Poorest And Most Vulnerable Children In Louisiana Stay That Way.” (Marta Mossburg, “The Department of Injustice,” American Spectator, 8/30/13)
The National Republican Senatorial Committee has listed this political site against Louisiana's US Senator Mary Landrieu
Landrieu Still Silent Over Real Estate Kick Backs
Washington, D.C. - The National Republican Senatorial Committee today launched a new website LandrieuForSale.com to chronicle the developing real estate scandal engulfing Senator Mary Landrieu. The embattled Democrat has remained silent for more than a week as news that the most powerful Washington lobbyists with business before Landrieu have potentially funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars through her husband, Frank Snellings for real estate deals. he new website emphasizes the expanding web of murky relationships between Landrieu's husband Frank Snellings and a group of Washington lobbyists that includes Tony Podesta, raising significant ethical questions.
Maness against Syria war
Republican candidates around the country have latched onto the Syria issue as a way to attack the administration and the incumbent establishment of their own party at the same time. Press releases are flying in every state, making it very scary for any sitting member of Congress to stand with Obama on this issue.
Retired Air Force Colonel Rob Maness is running for Senate in Louisiana. He attacked both his primary opponent and sitting Democrat Senator Mary Landrieu in a recent press release which was typical of what many candidates are saying:
“The United States does not have a vital national interest in Syria, and our allies in the region are not in imminent danger. While the civilian death toll in the Syrian civil war is disturbing, the lives of our sons and daughters serving in United States military should not be risked in a mission that lacks full justification.”
And the social media says:
Bob Mann.."So, I've been elected to the Louisiana Political Hall of Fame."
Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump7m
.@GOP must stay focused on defunding ObamaCare and the impending budget battle. Don’t let Syria rule the agenda.
Clarus poll reviews, by Ron Faucheux:
OBAMA APPROVAL: CLARUS AVERAGE 46%
(same as yesterday; same as a week ago)
INTERVENTION IN SYRIA*
(among U.S. adults)
"Would you favor or oppose the U.S. conducting military airstrikes against Syria in response to reports that the Syrian government used chemical weapons?"
Don't know (Vol.) 23%
Washington Post/ABC News poll:
"The United States says it has determined that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons in the civil war there. Given this, do you support or oppose the United States launching missile strikes against the Syrian government?"
• All 36%/59%
• Democrats 42%/54%
• Republicans 43%/55%
• Independents 30%/66%
"What if other countries such as Great Britain and France participated - in that case do you support or oppose the United States and its allies launching missile strikes against the Syrian government?"
"Do you support or oppose the United States and its allies supplying weapons to the Syrian rebels?"
EFFECTS OF AIRSTRIKES IN SYRIA**
(among U.S. adults)
"Do you think U.S. airstrikes in Syria ______ or not?"
(% = Yes, likely)
• Are likely to create a backlash against the U.S. and its allies in the region 75%
• Are likely to lead to a long-term U.S. military commitment there 61%
• Are likely to be effective in discouraging the use of chemical weapons 33%
U.N. RESOLUTION: SYRIA**
(among U.S. adults)
"Should the U.S. first get a United Nations resolution to use force before taking military action against Syria or don’t you think the U.S. needs to do this?"
Should first get a UN resolution 59%
Does not need to do this 28%
NEW YORK CITY: 2013 MAYOR***
(among likely NYC Democratic primary voters)
Bill de Blasio 43%
Bill Thompson 20%
Christine Quinn 18%
Anthony Weiner 7%
John Liu 4%
Sal Albanese 1%
COMMENT: This new survey shows de Blasio running away with it, getting almost as many votes as the next three candidates combined. If de Blasio can maintain this momentum, he may be able to cross the 40% line to win next week's primary outright. It should be noted that this poll, conducted by Qunnipiac (Aug. 28-Sept. 1), shows the same candidate order as the poll we reported yesterday from amNewYork/News 12 (Aug. 22-27), but in today's poll, deBlasio has a much wider lead over the field.