Michael Steele on shutdown: ‘We have elected a bunch of children to run our government’

Look ma, no federal government!

At some point the entire BS that is the government shutdown sinks in and we have to deal with reality: We have elected a bunch of children to run our government.

One reality that must not change about America and the free enterprise economy is that the root of America’s success has always sprung out of the hard labor of its entrepreneurs: the men and women who risk it all on a dream. Government doesn’t do that; government can’t do that. When a job is created by a small business owner they make an investment in people in a way that government can’t match. So when those same business owners have legitimate concerns about government policies that affect them, elected officials must listen in order… Continue reading

Michael Steele: Supreme Court ‘gut’ the Voting Rights Act

“The Right of Citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States by any State on account of race, color or previous condition of servitude and that the Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.”

At the dawning of the 21st Century, the words of the 15th Amendment to our Nation’s Constitution remind us of one of the most precious gifts of liberty: to freely exercise your right to vote.

And yet, even the 15th Amendment—on its face—did not guarantee that the “right of citizens of the United States” to vote would not be denied as America emerged from the fog of civil war and into the new reality that those individuals once enslaved under… Continue reading

Being Black and Republican

Alex Witt sits down with MSNBC analyst and card-carrying member of the GOP, Michael Steele. They discuss how his mother, Mae Bell, influenced his life and how she embodies the American Dream. Michael explains the challenges of being an African-American in the Republican Party and what he was thinking when he became the first African-American elected to statewide office in Maryland.

One Scandal Too Many?

It’s only been a week, but what a week it’s been. In the span of a few days three major scandals have engulfed President Barack Obama, his White House and key members of his Administration. We all remember well his promise to “change” Washington and the way it does business, but alleged cover ups of truth, targeting of political opponents and the fostering of a culture of intimidation is certainly not what Americans had in mind.

First came the sensational Benghazi congressional hearing where Mark Thompson, acting deputy assistant secretary for counterterrorism; Gregory Hicks, the former deputy of mission in Libya; and Eric Nordstrom, a former regional security officer in Libya exposed the administration’s bungling and fictional public talking points regarding the attack on the U.S. Embassy… Continue reading

2012: A Year of Highs & Lows, Fear & Hope

I don’t know about you, but that was a close one! All these weeks and months we have heard about “The Cliff”, but to get that close to it — on New Year’s Eve no less — only to find out that, heck, we can put off this whole “going over The Cliff” stuff for another 2 months. Wow, what a way to ruin a New Year.

And that’s the point. As 2012 wound its way into history, 315 million Americans found themselves standing on the precipice of a new year realizing that in many ways the so-called fiscal cliff was the least of our nation’s problems.

Think about the big triumphs and tragedies of 2012.  The London Summer Olympic Games were a great boost to America’s… Continue reading

Are We There Yet, GOP?

I am certain at some point during the past 18 months you found yourself feeling like that kid riding in the backseat of the family car on what is supposed to be the “great adventure” to “someplace special.” But the only thing you can muster after about 15 minutes is, “Are we there yet?”… Continue reading