The New Louisiana Purchase
LFF Commentary | May 2018

Yesterday, we celebrated the 215th anniversary of The Louisiana Purchase. This pivotal event has been described as the greatest deal in American history. Historian Henry Adams stated that the purchase was “next in historical importance (only) to the Declaration of Independence and the adoption of the Constitution. It was unparalleled in diplomacy because of Thomas Jefferson's political savvy and because it cost almost nothing.”

The price was a mere $15 million for 828,000 square miles of land, which equates to 3 cents per acre! Adjusted for inflation, the purchase price rises to a radical 60 cents an acre! In one deal, the Louisiana Purchase doubled the size of the continental United States and assisted its ascent to world power!

With fertile land and resource-rich soil, Louisiana is strategically located where most commerce flows up and down the mighty Mississippi River. Jefferson astutely observed, "There is on the globe one single spot, the possessor of which is America's natural and habitual enemy. It is New Orleans, through which the produce of three-eighths of our territory must pass to market, and from its fertility, it will ere long yield more than half of our whole produce and contain more than half our inhabitants."

Fast forward to 2018. In a legislative session rife with efforts to expand gambling throughout Louisiana, another "Louisiana Purchase" is about to transpire! However, this deal will result in a SOLD-OUT sign hanging over Louisiana.

Fortunately, Louisiana may have its own present-day Jefferson with the gavel, gravitas, and political chutzpah to curtail a modern-day property heist. Senate President John Alario, a no vote on every gaming vote so far this Session, can protect Louisiana’s best interest from his podium by telling Harrah’s Casino "no-deal - not on my watch" to the early renewal of its 30-year, no-bid/no-compete casino license. Allowing Harrah’s to secure a future monopoly to elevate resale value and then secure a buyer is a dream hand, dealt by the savviest gamblers at the State Capitol. The word's out that a Las Vegas-real estate company has an option to acquire Harrah’s — a transaction unknown to key state legislators considering the renewal.

U.S. Senator John Kennedy told The Advocate that he "talked to some legislators today and asked them to reconsider, I won’t say which ones... but I told them if we do this, there’s a real good chance we’re going to regret it. I don’t know what the rush is."

This new information raises the legitimate question whether we are getting the best deal possible for the state of Louisiana. If the Harrah's 'House' succeeds, it may well go down in history as the new Louisiana Purchase. Only this time, Louisiana will have been dealt the losing hand.

 

Control the Words, Control the Culture
PragerU | April 2018

The culture war is first and foremost a war of words - and the left is winning. The consequences can be seen everywhere: in politics, in education, in media.

What's in a word?

Why does it matter whether we call someone who breaks the law to enter the country an "illegal alien" or an "undocumented immigrant"?

What's the difference between a Christmas tree and a "holiday tree?"

After all, it's just semantics, right?

 Yes...and no. Continue reading and watch the video to find some answers!

 

Iran Lied!
AIPAC | April 2018

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu unveiled new Israeli intelligence today regarding Iran’s illicit nuclear weapons program.

In a 20-minute press conference, he drew four key conclusions:

  1. "Iran lied about never having a nuclear weapons program."
  2. "Even after the nuclear deal, Iran continued to preserve and expand its nuclear weapons know-how for future use."
  3. "Iran lied again in 2015 when it didn’t come clean to the IAEA as required by the nuclear deal."
  4. "The nuclear deal is based on Iran’s lies."

The prime minister revealed that Israel recently acquired more than half a ton of material from inside Iran’s nuclear archive, including 55,000 pages of materials and 55,000 files on 183 CDs. The incriminating documents, charts, presentations, blueprints, photos, and videos were previously kept secret from international inspectors. U.S. officials have confirmed the authenticity of these documents.

 

Less Free Speech on College Campuses
Rasmussen Reports| April 2018

Several recent cases have challenged freedom of speech on college campuses across the United States. Nearly half of Americans think college students have less freedom of speech these days, and few think professors and administrators promote the free exchange of ideas.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that twenty-one percent of American Adults believe there is more freedom of speech on U.S. college campuses today than there has been in the past. Forty-seven percent think there is less freedom of speech, while twenty-five percent believe the level of free speech is about the same.

SB364 by Senator Rick Ward will be heard in the House Education Committee tomorrow.

This bill seeks to ensure that students and faculty have the freedom to discuss any topic as long as these discussions are carried out in a way that is not unlawful and does not materially and substantially disrupt the functioning of the college or university.


Click the Take Action Button and urge the committee members to VOTE YES on SB364!

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"I talked to some legislators today and asked them to reconsider, I won't say which ones, but I told them if we do this, there's a real good chance we're going to regret it. I don't know what the rush is." —U.S. Sen. John Kennedy, R-LA. speaking to the Advocate concerning Harrah's bill.

 

Do you think today's college students have more or less freedom of speech on campus than they did in the past?

  • More.
  • Less.
  • I have no idea.
 

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