American Civil Liberties Union calls for protest rally at Mississippi Governor’s Mansion
The scary Democrat duck first appeared on my Facebook page, and it was quickly determined the duck was a Democrat because it wanted free food and water. That was confirmed when the duck received endorsements from Sam Hall, executive editor of the Clarion-Ledger, the news staffs of the Clarion-Ledger and Mississippi Today, Bernie Sanders. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and the newest star of the radical left, socialist Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez of New York City. Less than 24 hours later, the scary Democrat duck appeared again (see bottom photo) when he wanted more handouts and free water. I quickly heard from Ricky Cole who noted the duck was a Muscovy Duck and Cole charged I was “harboring an illegal.” As Cole is a former chairman of the Mississippi Democratic Party, I was surprised Cole referred to the duck as illegal, instead of just being undocumented. On Facebook I then heard from Wayne Brown, retired Southern District Highway Commissioner. Brown is a professional engineer and suggested I build a pond for the duck. Brown kindly said he would donate his engineering services to build the pond. With those free labor services, I decided to check to see if the Mississippi Department of Transportation would provide the remainder of the funds to build a pond for the scary Democrat duck. Melinda McGraff, executive director of MDOT, said she would first have to check with Sam Hall and Geoff Pender of the Clarion-Ledger to determine if the pond would be built within 433 miles of the home of Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves in Flowood, Mississippi.
Did the scary Democrat duck vote for Thad Cochran in the 2014 Republican primary against Chris McDaniel?
Will the duck be a factor in the 2018 contest for the U.S. Senate between Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, Chris McDaniel and Mike Espy? McDaniel reportedly is claiming the duck was one of the Democrats who supported former Sen. Cochran by voting in the 2014 GOP primary. There are also reports Hyde-Smith called the White House begging for President Trump to endorse her because the scary Democrat duck could seriously impact her candidacy. Espy maintains he is not so sure our duck friend is a Democrat. Espy apparently thinks the duck resembles one of the federal prosecutors when Espy was indicted on 39 counts of accepting more than $35,000 in gifts, trips and favors. Espy was forced to resign as Secretary of Agriculture after he was appointed to that post by then President Bill Clinton.
Of course, the ACLU is undeterred and still plans to hold a protest rally outside the Governor’s Mansion in Jackson. The Clarion-Ledger and Mississippi Today promise to send 282 reporters to cover the protest. The keynote speaker is expected to be Attorney General Jim Hood who will say everything is just ducky with the scary Democrat duck.
Undocumented is illegal
A few weeks ago I visited one of my sons and his wife who live and work in New York City. On Saturday, June 30, we crossed the East River into Brooklyn to visit a museum and have lunch. We witnessed what various New York media described as thousands of protestors on the famous Brooklyn Bridge. I then looked at the Jackson Clarion.Ledger online edition to read the headline saying “hundreds” of protesters rallied outside of the Governor’s Mansion. The leftist American Civil Liberties Union, one of the organizers of the Mississippi rally, estimated the crowd at 300. I’m sure the ACLU’s crowd estimate would not be on the low side. By contrast, one Jackson TV estimated the crowd at “over 100.” Then I read the Jackson newspaper’s story by Anthony Mcdougle. The writer’s story almost sounded as if it was written by an ACLU member. Mentioned were the “cries of undocumented immigrant children.” The correct word is not undocumented. It is illegal. Actually, I doubt anyone on the left or right took joy in the separation of children from their families. Not mentioned was that before the protests on the Brooklyn Bridge and outside the Governor’s Mansion, President Trump had already issued an executive order to not separate children from their families. An ACLU official said that what was happening on our border with Mexico was “reminiscent to what happened to black people long ago.” What a bogus comparison.
Several things should be noted. It is a U.S. policy that children are separated from their parents if the parents are sent to prison for murder, tax evasion, robbing a convenience store or for committing any other felony crimes for which the parents are sent to prison. Crossing the border illegally, by law, is a criminal offense. And in all the whining we are
One of the best “Letters to the Editor” about the very controversial issue of changing the state flag appeared in Tuesday’s Clarion-Ledger and was written by Bill Harvey of Jackson. The letter was headlined, “Clarion-Ledger seems obsessed with changing the state flag.” I certainly agree with the writer on that point. While I know anyone in favor of changing the state flag or opposing the change will not be swayed by anything Harvey or I write, I would suggest you read Harvey’s letter. I very much agree with his comments. There is another point I would like to make. Because of the Clarion-Ledger’s constant advocacy in favor of a new state flag and the newspaper’s endless drum-beating on this issue, I feel it has only increased the racial divide in our state.
Another liberal jumps on board with Hosemann’s election reforms
In my most recent commentary of March 9, I questioned if Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann’s election reform legislation should be supported by conservatives if it were endorsed by the very liberal American Civil Liberties Union and left-wing MSU professor Dr. Marty Wiseman. Alice Skelton quickly responded with the following on her Facebook page: “Maybe good policies are neither Republican or Democrat. Hosemann is proving to be a good public servant to ALL MISSISSIPPIANS. Signed a proud liberal Democrat.” It should be noted Ms. Skelton is a former executive director of the Mississippi Democrat Party. I met her in Washington, D.C. many years ago through a mutual friend of both of us. She is a very nice lady but also very liberal in her political views, as she noted in her
Dr. Marty Wiseman is a longtime political professor at Mississippi State and the former director of the John Stennis Institute of Government at MSU. Wiseman has also been a personal friend for many years. Wiseman is also an ultra-liberal Democrat. Last week Wiseman Tweeted the following: “Secretary Hosemann deserves a great deal of credit for engaging in a process leading to these meaningful election reforms. The legislature deserves credit for listening and acting. Now you can register on line and you can go to the courthouse and vote early. These are good things.” The legislation proposed and supported by Secretary of State Hosemann was also endorsed by the left-wing American Civil Liberties Union. As one conservative said to me, when the ACLU and Marty Wiseman praise something it probably is time for Hosemann and Republican legislators to rethink their position.