Obama’s Ed Secretary Recruits Sharpton’s Protesters

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 31, 2011 (TheRightsWriter.com) — Last weekend, Al Sharpton hoped to outshine Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally with a left-wing, racial grievance gathering of his own. Like Recovery Summer or the health care town hall meetings (which were intended to build support for ObamaCare), it fell short of the mark. But the Obama administration did everything it could — perhaps more than it could legally — to to turn people out for Fat Albert.

The Washington Examiner obtained an e-mail sent last Wednesday by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to more than 4,000 federal employees that began, “ED [Education Department] staff are invited to join Secretary Arne Duncan, the Reverend Al Sharpton, and other leaders on Saturday, Aug. 28, for the ‘Reclaim the Dream’ rally and march.”

The counter-protest was designed to cast Glenn Beck and his half-million followers as racists, while reassembling Barack Obama’s voting coalition for the 2010 midterms. Sharpton told his followers that Republicans:

[T]hink we showed up [to vote] in 2008 and that we won’t show up again. But we know how to sucker-punch, and we’re coming out again in 2010.

Minorities play a crucial role in the Democratic Party, even more so in the election of Barack Obama. The president raised eyebrows in April when he released a video calling on “young people, African-Americans, Latinos, and women who powered our victory in 2008 [to] stand together once again.” (Notice who’s missing from that list?)

Coincidentally, in June the Democratic Party launched a $50 million “Vote 2010? campaign “to see whether we can bring out voters whose only previous vote was in 2008,” according to Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman, Rep. Chris Van Hollen. He’s also trying to recruit many who never voted before. The Washington Post reports:

The party plans to embark on a massive new program this fall to register college students, including many who volunteered for Obama as high school students but were too young to vote.

It is working barbershops and beauty salons in African American communities, and organizing events around the World Cup to reach out to Latinos. Every Wednesday in California, party organizers and volunteers attend naturalization ceremonies.

Sharpton’s event was a two-fer: a hate rally against one of the administration’s most insightful critics and a pep talk to turn out potential Democratic voters.

Incredibly, a Dept. of Education employee defended Duncan’s appearance by saying, “This was a back-to-school event.”

With the memorial in proper context, Duncan’s e-mail is even less excusable. The pressure of a boss “inviting” 4,000 employees to see him speak would imply their taxpayer-funded salaries were on the line. The coercion would be greater yet in the midst of Double Dip Summer when the federal government is the only dependable employer hiring and federal employees receive vastly greater compensation than their private sector counterparts.

This is but another example of the Obama administration’s ongoing scheme to use taxpayer money to force through its far-Left agenda. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-CA, and his House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform released a 36-page report detailing Obama’s corruption and potential crimes.

This includes the August 10, 2009, conference call with National Endowment of the Arts grant recipients in which Buffy Wicks — a college radical who worked in Valerie Jarrett‘s Office of Public Engagement — told the invitees,  “We’re going to come at you with some specific ‘asks’ here.” These included creating pro-Obama artwork and getting readers to “connect” with “labor unions, progressive groups…women’s groups, you name it.” Obama enlisted “voluntary” Hollywood propaganda for his proposals through the iParticipate campaign. And it “highly recommended” states erect highway signs that tout big government and advertise politicians (including Obama). Rep. Issa finds these and other actions may be illegal.

You can read the full report here.

Taxpayers should ask why Duncan is recruiting foot soldiers for Al Sharpton, a racial demagogue who perpetuated the Tawana Brawley hoax and whipped up a violent mob outside Freddy’s Fashion Mart.

But Barack Obama ran as a different kind of black leader, a “post-racial” president who blended and transcended the nation’s ethnic identities. Why does an old fashioned huckster like Sharpton enjoy any cache in the White House at all?

The easy answer is that Obama lied. The more detailed answer is: Valerie Jarrett supports him. African-American administration staffers told the New York Times that without Jarrett’s patronage “their opinions and the often-legitimate concerns voiced by black leaders like Sharpton would have been thoroughly disregarded by the white-dominated senior staff.” (Emphasis added.)

Sharpton is on board with their plan to “fundamentally transform” America. So is the education secretary. Last month, Duncan told the National Press Club, “In all seriousness, I think schools should be open 12, 13, 14 hours a day, seven days a week, 11-12 months of the year.” Before joining the Obama administration, Duncan headed the Chicago Public School system, where he approved comprehensive sex education and a publicly funded gay high school. He also implemented the Annenberg Challenge created in part by Bill Ayers — with support from Barack Obama.

This shows the administration  takes Saul Alinsky’s maxim as its own:

From the moment the organizer enters a community he lives, dreams, eats, breathes, sleeps only one thing and that is to build the mass power base of what he calls the army. Until he has developed that mass power base, he confronts no major issues.

Obama and his ilk now recruit their army from the White House, and our tax dollars have been drafted to support their war against America.