1884 & 2016: Private vs. Public Immorality

By Ryan S. Walters

The 2016 presidential race was shaken up recently with the leak of private audio revealing that Republican nominee Donald Trump said something vulgar 11 years ago as a private citizen in what he thought was a private setting. Trump has since apologized.

The timing of the release of the audio couldn’t have been more suspicious, coming just as more revelations divulged more Clinton corruption. Wikileaks released thousands of emails from Clinton aide John Podesta that included snippets of some of Hillary’s secret Wall Street speeches and the illegal campaign coordination with a Super PAC, while a Gucifer disclosure exposed the existence of a Clinton Foundation “pay for play” folder.

Yet the big political talk centered not on Hillary’s corruption – not even her statement in a speech to a foreign bank that she desired “open trade and open borders” throughout the Western Hemisphere – but on Trump’s verbal gaffe, with major Republican leaders cancelling campaign events, while others are calling on the presidential nominee to leave the race in favor of Mike Pence.

As a historian I can tell you we’ve seen this same song and dance before, in the 1884 presidential campaign that turned out to be one of the nastiest on record. That race, like this one, featured two Northern candidates, including a New Yorker, Governor Grover Cleveland, who faced off against James G. Blaine from Maine, a former Speaker of the House, US Senator, and Secretary of State. [Read more…]

When Fascism Came To Ole Miss

By Ryan S. Walters | @ryanswalters73

“Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech….” – First Amendment, U.S. Constitution

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” – Fourth Amendment, U.S. Constitution

There is a war on-going at Ole Miss, a war on Southern traditions, a war on freedom of speech, and now a war on the Fourth Amendment. To be truthful, what has transpired at the University of Mississippi in Oxford is a violation of the American spirit, the idea that people are born free and equal, that we are bestowed with God-given rights of life and liberty.

In Oxford, Mississippi, of all places, with its famous square and the home of William Faulkner, Jefferson’s notion of an “empire of liberty” came crashing down, as officials at Ole Miss continued their extensive offensive on tradition and history. [Read more…]

McDaniel vs. Cochran 2014: Why Charlie Mitchell Gets It Wrong

By Ryan S. Walters

Charlie Mitchell is the assistant dean, and assistant professor, of the Meek School of Journalism and New Media at12235042_1026092310787990_1474717039908903470_n Ole Miss, which means, presumably, that he knows something about a journalist’s trade, though we can’t say the same about his knowledge of politics.

In his column today, Mitchell seeks to figure out Donald Trump’s appeal. This election is about discontent, he writes, and people are unhappy. But why? Because “America has become a nation of makers and takers. They and Trump are the makers. Everyone else is a leech.” These people are angry about being “forced to pay taxes to house and feed those who can’t or won’t work.”

Trump supporters don’t see him “as a genius,” he writes. “They don’t care about his position on issues…. They don’t care what he says or who he offends. He’s not an insider, and that’s all that matters.” [Read more…]

The Hypocrisy of Delbert Hosemann

By Ryan S. Walters | @ryanswalters73

Recently, two Jackson-based Republican political operatives, Greg Brand and George Williams, entered no contest1 pleas for a misdemeanor charge concerning a printed campaign mailer distributed during the 2015 state election cycle.

Their target was Madison mayor Mary Hawkins-Butler, who was running in the primary for State Auditor. The mailer ridiculed Hawkins-Butler but was also anonymously distributed with no names or addresses listed, a violation of state law because it mentioned a specific candidate for office.

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, who oversees the state’s election laws, referred to such seemingly outrageous conduct as “destructive to the republic.” Columnist, political consultant, and establishment mouthpiece Brian Perry pushed the same narrative in a recent column, writing that “if you mention a candidate, put a disclaimer on it” because “it’s the law, and also just good manners.” [Read more…]

Political Flashback: June 3, 2014 – Chris McDaniel Defeats Thad Cochran

By Ryan S. Walters | @ryanswalters73

Today is the two-year anniversary of a truly shocking political story. On June 3, 2014, State Senator Chris McDaniel beat US Senator Thad Cochran in the Republican primary for US Senate, gaining the votes of nearly 158,000 Mississippi conservatives. [Read more…]

McDaniel: Legislation Needed to Stop Obama’s Liberal School Agenda

By Ryan S. Walters | @ryanswalters73

In recent weeks, President Obama, less than a year from leaving office, announced new policies regarding the nation’s public schools, specifically the rights of students who identify as transgender, to use the bathroom, locker rooms, and showers of their choice, meaning the gender that they identify with, not with the genitalia they happen to possess at the moment.

The policy was a reaction to a state law passed in North Carolina that specified that one must use the restroom according to the gender of one’s birth. In other words, if a person possesses male genitalia, then by law he is a male and he must use the men’s restroom, not the restroom of the gender he might believe he is in his mind. [Read more…]

Senator Chris McDaniel Statement on MS Ed. Sec. Carey Wright

From Senator Chris McDaniel:

State Superintendent Dr. Carey Wright switched positions on Obama’s transgender bathroom mandate. She the announcement Wednesday morning in a brief statement, “Pending a discussion with the Mississippi State Board of Education, I am instructing the Mississippi Department of Education to follow the lead of state leadership and take no action at this time regarding the non-regulatory guidance from the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education.”

While her reversal is welcome, her willingness to embrace the unlawful order and a liberal social agenda makes her unfit for the position she holds, especially in Mississippi.

Qualifying her statement with the phrase “at this time” is concerning. Obama’s order is NOT appropriate at any time.

She’s changed her mind, if only for a moment. But it’s time we change her position permanently.