Mary Landrieu is taken to task in this recent op-ed by James Varney of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Ah, the challenges of being a Blue Senator, the only statewide elected Democrat, in what has become a very Red State. The 2014 elections loom just around the corner.
With Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., "a serious overreach by the Department of Justice" is one thing when it involves her own seat. It's quite another when it involves her party overlords.
The fact Landrieu tries to serve two masters was thrown into stark relief this month with her actions regarding Thomas Perez, the left-winger confirmed Thursday as Labor Secretary. ... On Thursday, Landrieu voted to confirm Perez's appointment, which passed the Senate on strict party lines after a narrow vote to end a filibuster by opponents.
Why might Perez be less than popular in Louisiana?
In Bossier Parish, the Department of Justice, spearheaded by Perez's platoons, took a $15,000 grant away from the sheriff's office's Young Marines program because participants there voluntarily recited a prayer that mentioned, as prayers are wont to do, "God." In deciding to strip this paltry support from a popular program, the zealous troops under Perez first sought Sheriff Julian Whittington's signature on a letter vowing to ban religion and prayer in the program. ...
In taking these firm steps to protect the nation, United States prosecutors were acting on zero complaints. Not one.
Sheriff Whittington told Perez's boys where they could stick their $15,000.
The soitgoesinShreveport blog fleshes out the story:
This issue came about, in part, because the Young Marines Program has been such a success in reforming troubled kids. Because the program was so successful, local judges began ordering troubled kids to the Young Marines Program rather than sending them to jail. Because the YM was never intended as a "diversion program," the Louisiana Law Enforcement Commission, who partially funds the program through a grant, suggested that the Sheriff's office establish a new diversion program for court-ordered juveniles.
In December 2012, the Sheriff's office submitted their grant proposal for the Young Marines funding and in response was told that the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, would not fund the program as long as God or prayer was allowed, even if that prayer was voluntary.
The offending prayer:
“From this day forward, I sincerely promise, I will set an example for all other youth to follow and I shall never do anything that would bring disgrace or dishonor upon God, my Country and its flag, my parents, myself or the Young Marines. These I will honor and respect in a manner that will reflect credit upon them and myself. Semper Fidelis."
Hoping to cover her electoral backside, Mary took a brave step and started a petition!
And, as Varney notes:
Wrapping herself in a flag that might make some of her Democratic colleagues blanch, Landrieu filed her Freedom to Pray Act on July 11.
And that's really the point of this tale. It's not so much that Mary Landrieu is a bad person, it's that she's allied with the radical clique that has hijacked the Democrat Party. They find even a mild invocation of a nondenominational Supreme Being as objectionable. I'm hard pressed to see the difference between the Young Marines' prayer and "one Nation under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance, or "In God We Trust" on our currency.
Thank God for Sheriff Whittington and may God bless his charges, the Young Marines. They deserve a relationship with a Higher Power, a power higher than a thug with a gun or the dope dealer on the corner. Higher even than Barack Obama.