Americans know a few things about Secretary of State John Kerry. Of course, he served in Vietnam and he loves to windsurf. Images of Kerry windsurfing surely did not help him win votes in the 2004 presidential campaign, but, at least, it established his ocean loving credentials.

 

Fast forward to his tenure as Secretary of State and we see a world in turmoil as terrorists are on the move in Iraq and we face the prospect of needing help from our sworn enemy, Iran to protect American lives. While our embassy is threatened and some personnel are being evacuated, Kerry is spending precious time with environmentalists. Yesterday, the Secretary of State addressed the State Department’s “Our Oceans” conference, which attracted delegates from 80 nations.

 

The U.S. is hosting this conference which is focused on how to protect oceans from the ravages of climate change. The problem with such an objective is that the subject of climate change is hotly disputed among scientists, with some attesting that it either does not exist or has not been caused by the activities of human beings.

 

Regardless of the controversy, liberals like John Kerry deal with climate change as a settled issue. They view climate change as a “shared responsibility” for the United States and other countries throughout the world. As part of this commitment, Kerry believes that the protection of our oceans is “a vital international security issue,” which is an immediate threat to our country. This justifies his involvement in the conference while a terrorist organization is marching through Iraq.

 

According to John Kerry, climate change is the world’s foremost problem, not poverty, famine, religious persecution, dictatorship, warfare, terrorism or human rights violations. Kerry and many other environmental activists believe that unless we act to combat climate change, we are doomed.

 

His belief is shared by President Obama, who delivered a speech on climate change last weekend to the University of California, before flying to Palm Springs for some relaxation and golf. Americans have a right to wonder why their leaders are vacationing and focusing on the environment with so many more pressing problems on the horizon.

 

Politicians are not the only ones obsessed with the issue of climate change. Networks, such as CNN, frequently air specials on the dangers of “man made” global warming, despite disastrous ratings.

 

In poll after poll, Americans rate climate change as the least of their problems. In the real world, most rational citizens worry about the poor economy here at home and the radical Islamic threat abroad; however, no one ever accused John Kerry of being rational. His liberal voting record in the U.S. Senate was second to none, according to the National Journal.

 

Americans should have realized the liberal agenda that John Kerry would bring to his position of Secretary of State. By sounding the alarm on climate change, he is being true to his beliefs, but, more significantly, he is also fulfilling the wishes of his boss, the ultimate liberal, President Barack Obama.

Starting on Thursday, New Orleans will be hosting the Republican Leadership Conference once again. This is the third RLC to be held in the Big Easy. Once again, the conference will feature some of the biggest names in the GOP.

 

Slated to speak will be a host of congressional leaders including Senators Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Mike Lee (R-UT), as well as Congresswomen Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN).

 

The main attraction, however, will be the potential 2016 presidential candidates. RLC attendees will surely be interested to hear from several speakers who may be vying for the White House. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal will kick off the event on Thursday night. On Friday, businessman and reality TV star Donald Trump and former Congressman Allen West will headline the schedule. Saturday’s line-up includes Tea Party superstar Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and 2012 presidential candidates Rick Santorum and Texas Governor Rick Perry.

 

The conference also will feature Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.  Dozens of other speakers will participate in the event, which will attract approximately 1,500 delegates from around the country.

 

The RLC will be an early test of the popularity of the potential presidential candidates. They will have a chance to test their messages on a crowd of GOP activists, who are politically savvy and very knowledgeable about the major issues of the day.

 

The RLC will also be a chance for the Republican Party to unite in anticipation of the mid-term elections. Throughout the country, there have been bitter battles between the Tea Party and mainstream wings of the party. These differences should not distract the GOP from their major objective, taking control of the Senate and holding on to their majority in the House.

 

President Obama and the Democratic Party will be pouring massive amounts of money into these races. With their media allies and the various special interests and leftist organizations providing significant support, the Democrats will be laying it all on the line this fall. If the Democrats can gain control of the House this fall, the President’s agenda will sail through Congress in his final two years. In contrast, if the Republicans can capture the Senate, the Obama agenda will be completely stalled. Needless to say, the stakes are high this fall, so the GOP leadership knows the importance of unity and motivating the type of activists who will be attending the RLC.

 

To see what is really happening with the Republican Party, be sure to catch the activities this week at the RLC at the Hilton Hotel in New Orleans.

 

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See you in the Big Easy for the 2014 Republican Leadership Conference.

“I’d thank my lucky stars to be livin’ here today.  ‘Cause the flag still stands for freedom and they can’t take that away” Lee Greenwood, “God Bless the USA

 

Yes, Lee Greenwood the flag still stands for freedom, but our politically correct educators are taking it away. Just when it seems, the disease of political correctness cannot get any worse, it does. On Thursday, a federal court sided with a northern California high school that prevented students from wearing American flag t-shirts on Cinco de Mayo.

 

The incident occurred back in 2010 when administrators at Live Oak High School in Morgan City California forced students to remove their American flag t-shirts or go home. The school officials were concerned that the shirts would incite Latino students celebrating the Mexican holiday.

 

Because of a fear of violence, the court ruled that the constitutionally protected freedom of expression of the students could be abridged. The court cited previous incidents of racial violence at the school and said administrators had the right to curtail certain freedoms to keep the peace. It is truly a sad day when liberal judges ratify the insane decisions of politically correct school systems.

 

Of course this decision shreds the First Amendment and is an affront to all patriotic Americans. As noted Kendal Jones, a mother of one of the students involved in the case, “The idea that it’s offensive to wear patriotic clothing … regardless of what day it is, is unconscionable to me.”

It is no wonder that the parents were upset and legally challenged the school. They are prepared to appeal on the way to the Supreme Court if necessary.

 

It is a crying shame that in the United States of America 2014, the symbol of our country, our flag, has become controversial and incites Latino students to commit violence. Incredibly, this is happening in the United States of America, not Mexico.

 

In our country today, we are so worried about offending minorities, that we are willing to abandon our national symbol and link it to violence in the process.

 

Our flag is not a violent symbol, it represents freedom and liberty. It is a beacon of hope to millions of oppressed people all over the world. Too many brave Americans have died protecting that flag and what it represents for it to be tarnished by politically correct educators and judges.

 

This ruling is symbolic of what is wrong with our country. In a different era of our country’s history, such a ruling would never stand. However, today, with our liberal court system, it is quite possible that it will never be overturned.

 

Instead of targeting peaceful students wearing American flag t-shirts, a better answer in a country that reveres freedom would have been to tell the offended Mexican American students that if they harmed anyone wearing a flag t-shirt, they would be disciplined and possibly arrested.

 

Instead, we now have mob rule running many of our schools, especially those with high percentages of Hispanic students. Of course millions of immigrants are attracted to American values such as free speech and freedom of religion and cherish our symbols such as the American flag. Sadly, those patriotic immigrants are being ignored while radicals in the Latino community are being recognized. These activists are now dictating to school systems what students can wear and telling them what days they are allowed to show their patriotism.

 

In reality, any day, including Cinco de Mayo, is a great time to show pride in the American flag. The fact that our school officials and judges do not realize this fact is sobering and disturbing.

 

As our values and traditions are being attacked, life is America is changing and not for the better. In fact, it will get worse, much worse before it gets any better, if it ever does.

It was a shocking spectacle at the recent Grammy awards. Clearly, the organizers of the event were more interested in sending a social message than recognizing musical talent.

 

The broadcast included a mass wedding of 34 couples, both gay and straight. This was an “in your face” promotion of a type of marriage that is forbidden in most of the country. While gay marriage is legal in 17 states, it has been approved by the voters in only three of them.

 

It is obvious that there is a massive campaign underway to accelerate the expansion of gay marriage to the other 33 states. Sunday’s ceremony, officiated by Queen Latifah, was just the latest attempt to force this agenda on the rest of America. No doubt witnessing gay couples being married on a live broadcast was an affront to the millions of viewers who believe that marriage should be reserved for one man and one woman.

 

Gay marriage was not the only controversial feature of the Grammys. Beyonce performed a hyper sexualized routine with a chair that many parents complained was highly inappropriate. However, the most egregious aspect of the Grammys was the stunning performance by Katy Perry, who wore a Knights Templar cross, danced around a broomstick in a ring of fire, dressed like a witch and appeared to summon the occult during a very strange rendition of her song, “Dark Horse.”

 

Sadly, Perry, a daughter of a Christian minister, has rejected her roots in pursuit of her rather scandalous career. By attempting to mimic a satanic ceremony on national TV, Perry reached a new low point at the Grammys.

 

Christian gospel singer Natalie Grant was so offended that she walked out of the ceremony. She tweeted “I’ve never been more honored to sing about Jesus and for Jesus.” Undoubtedly Grant’s view was shared by millions of Americans offended by the spectacle they witnessed Sunday night.

 

The 2014 edition of the Grammys is only the latest effort by celebrities in the music industry and Hollywood to attack traditional American values. This left wing cultural onslaught is supported by President Obama and the liberals who populate the Democratic Party.

 

The assault against Christians and those who reside in the “red states” is non-stop on television, music radio, movies and the Internet. The agenda includes not just gay marriage, but support for the legalization of marijuana and amnesty for illegal immigrants.

 

Confronting this agenda is a very weak group of Republicans in Congress, who have been too afraid to offer an alternative. Thus, the left wing cultural agenda is being implemented piece by piece.

 

The next big push from the President will come this year when “immigration reform” is foisted on the American people. This will include a “pathway to citizenship” for 12 million illegal immigrants who are in this country. Even Republican leaders in Congress are supporting this initiative believing that they need to pass amnesty to attract votes from Hispanic Americans.

 

From our culture to the type of fare presented on TV and the movies, it is moving downhill very fast in our country. Americans who object to this type of material are criticized as homophobic or old fashioned and are the subject of scorn from the media elite.

 

Undoubtedly, continuing down this path will eventually lead to the dissolution of the family unit and the social fabric that binds this nation. Along with the disintegration of the family, we can expect higher crime, increased drug use, and more promiscuity among our youth.

 

America has come a long way from the 1950’s of “Ozzie and Harriet” and as we can see from the Grammys on Sunday night, it has been a rather unpleasant trip.

 

The biggest endorsement in the New Orleans Mayor’s race did not come from a local leader or organization; it came from the nation’s most powerful politician, President Barack Obama. The endorsement is unusual for it is rare for a U.S. President to intervene in a New Orleans Mayor’s race.

 

While the Mayor touted the powerful endorsement, it likely was given due to national political implications. The President is helping Democrats try to maintain majority control of the U.S. Senate. The Mayor’s sister, U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, faces the voters this fall. She is very vulnerable and is the only Democrat statewide elected official. If her brother loses the Mayor’s race, it will not bode will for Senator Landrieu to retain her seat in November.

 

The President’s endorsement was met with anger by some local citizens, who organized a White House phone calling campaign to register their disapproval with the decision to intervene in the race.

 

It may have motivated a much different decision from the Orleans Parish Democratic Party Executive Committee. The local party leaders endorsed Judge Michael Bagneris, delivering a stinging rebuke to the Mayor, a staunch and loyal Democrat.

 

As a well connected African American politician with 20 years of judicial experience, Bagneris could do very well in the upcoming election. He is very close to the Morial family, one of the most powerful political dynasties in New Orleans. In fact, he served as executive counsel in the Dutch Morial administration, the city’s first African American Mayor.

 

Currently, the New Orleans electorate is about 61 percent African American, but many of the top elected positions in New Orleans are held by whites. There is a strong desire among many African Americans to elect fellow African Americans to the top positions in the city, such as Mayor of New Orleans. This sentiment may very well help Bagneris garner a majority of African American votes in the upcoming election.

 

While Mitch Landrieu has the endorsement of prominent African American pastors and the most powerful African American politician in the country, Barack Obama, there is a feeling among some voters that he has not done enough for the black community in New Orleans. Currently, only 53% of African Americans are employed in New Orleans. While the economy has improved somewhat, it is still very bleak for thousands of black citizens in New Orleans.

 

During the campaign, Bagneris has been pounding certain key issues. If elected, Bagneris pledges to eliminate Landrieu’s expensive deputy mayor system and says he will bring in new leadership for the Police Department. While the murder rate has dropped, the city’s overall crime rate is still high, there are scores of broken street lights, potholes littering the roadways, and certain areas of the city, such as the Lower Ninth Ward, which are still largely uninhabited.

 

Bagneris is also campaigning on a pledge of bringing the city together. He claims that the Mayor is divisive and has alienated many groups of people. During his term, Landrieu has upset city workers such as firefighters and groups such as taxicab drivers and board members of the Wisner Fund.

 

It is possible that these disaffected groups, along with a majority of African American voters will cast their ballot for Bagneris. In addition, one other dynamic needs to be considered, namely, the effect of Obama’s endorsement on the white vote.

 

The President is especially unpopular among white Republicans, who comprise about 27% of the white vote in New Orleans. Obama’s endorsement of Landrieu may lead many New Orleans Republicans to vote for Bagneris, rebuking the President and damaging the re-election chances of Senator Mary Landrieu in the process.

 

On Election Day, if Bagneris can attract 60 percent of the African American vote and one quarter of the white vote, he wins.

 

The Mayor’s endorsement from Barack Obama may have just given the challenger the roadmap to victory that he needed.