• John Boehner Cried During His School Choice Speech

    If John Boehner is giving a speech on just about any topic, there’s a good chance that he’s going to start sobbing like a baby at any given moment. And that’s exactly what happened today at a rally on Capitol Hill for National School Choice Week.

    “When I got here in 1991, I wanted to help make sure every student had the same chance that I did.  Because education is the great equalizer in America – it can lift up kids who would slip through the cracks,” a tearful Boehner told the crowd. “Education ought to be the civil right of the 21st century – and you have the power to make it happen.  Believe it.  I have faith in you, and frankly, I’m counting on all of you.”

    That national Republican elected officials are leading the charge on choice in education is a good thing. That there are no prominent elected Democrats joining their counterparts in Congress is telling.

    Democrats, in the so-called party of the poor and minorities, are leaving it up to a bunch of white Republicans to shed light on an issue that disproportionately affects their core constituency?

    The truth is, there’s no shortage of liberal Democrats standing in the way of poor and minorities parents who only want their children to attend the best schools and receive the highest quality education.

    Boehner is right when he says eduction should be the civil rights struggle of our day. But what do you see being paid attention to by so-called black leaders? The amount of Oscar nominations a film has received.

    If Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson or Obama cared anything about black or brown people, like they all claim to, then they would have been standing next to Boehner and those kids at the school choice rally today.

    Boehner may not be perfect, but he’s right and committed on this issue.

    Jerome Hudson

    Managing Editor

    Jerome Hudson has written for numerous national outlets, including The Hill, National Review, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was recognized as one of Florida’s emerging stars, having been included in the list “25 Under 30: Florida’s Rising Young Political Class.” Hudson is a Savannah, Ga. native who currently resides in Florida.

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