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Shameful: Cincinnati Parades Closed to Democratic Candidates

Saturday, March 15th, 2014

Irish-Catholic Democratic Commissioner Candidate Sean Patrick Feeney denied spots in St. Patrick’s Day, Opening Day Parades

I have fond memories of marching in the Cincinnati St. Patrick’s Day Parade with the Hibernians as a child. My father was a proud member of NKY’s AOH, Fenian Division. So imagine my surprise when I found out that the parade has in recent years turned invite-only, run by a far-right Cincinnati wing of AOH.

James Feeney, Sentinel

Parades exist at the behest of government and have traditionally been supported by political entries. A smart parade organizer knows there are more candidates than elected officials in an election year and sets aside discrimination in favor of higher returns. Yet I’m beginning to see a pattern this election year in Cincinnati.

It’s one thing to immediately deny entrance to the St. Pat’s Parade, but the Findlay Market/Cincinnati Reds Opening Day Parade helped us through their application process, took our entrance donation, and some weeks later decided to call us back and kick us out of the parade. Now our preparation and investment in Reds-themed parade supplies has been put to waste.

Meanwhile, I’m sure my general election opponent will enjoy his spots in Cincinnati parades this year.

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Where have all the statesmen gone?

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

I highly recommend Outliers as required reading for all politicians. All too often they forget where they came from, how they were set on their current path, and how far-reaching seemingly small laws can become. Elected officials have a duty and responsibility to uphold the Constitution and act in the best interest of the general welfare of our Country, but all too often in today’s money-soaked electoral system these oaths are merely lip service.

History is often lost in these days of the 24-hour news cycle, but at one time these officials acted as statesmen, proposing meaningful legislative solutions to the issues facing our Nation and engaging in the act of compromise until the issues were solved. To be a statesman is to have the courage to resist the argumentum ad populum fallacy and to resist the fringe element of your own Party. A statesman has a moral compass informed by the values of Fairness, Individual Opportunity, and Broad-based Prosperity. He need not quote biblical verse to hold the moral high ground.

The lesson of the statesman has been lost in state and national politics for an entire generation. It is time for millennials, The Next Great Generation, to sweep the ballot and bring civility back to our civic process. I encourage each and every one of you to vote for hardworking Young Democrats every time you have the chance to.

March is Irish-American Heritage Month

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

President Obama reaffirmed today that March is Irish-American Heritage Month. This year St. Patrick’s Day lands on a Saturday, so be sure to come out and celebrate at the parade on March 17th!

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The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release
March 01, 2012

Presidential Proclamation — Irish-American Heritage Month, 2012


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For centuries, America and Ireland have built a proud and enduring partnership cemented by mutual values and a common history. Generations of Irish have crossed the Atlantic in pursuit of prosperity, and today nearly 40 million of their proud descendants continue to make their indelible mark on the United States of America. Their stories, as varied as our Nation’s people, humble us and inspire our children to reach for the opportunities dreamed about by our forebears.

Over hundreds of years, Irish men, women, and children left the homes of their ancestors, watching the coasts of Donegal and the cliffs of Dingle fade behind them. Boarding overcrowded ships and navigating dangerous seas, these resilient travelers looked to the horizon with hope in their hearts. Many left any valuables, land, or stability they had behind, but they came instead with the true treasures of their homeland — song and literature, humor and tradition, faith and family. And when they landed on our shores, they shared their gifts generously, adding immeasurable value to towns, cities, and communities throughout our Nation.

Today, we draw on the indomitable spirit of those Irish Americans whose strength helped build countless miles of canals and railroads; whose brogues echoed in mills, police stations, and fire halls across our country; and whose blood spilled to defend a Nation and a way of life they helped define. Defying famine, poverty, and discrimination, these sons and daughters of Erin demonstrated extraordinary strength and unshakable faith as they gave their all to help build an America worthy of the journey they and so many others have taken. During Irish-American Heritage Month, we recall their legacy of hard work and perseverance, and we carry forward that singular dedication to forging a more prosperous future for all Americans.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim March 2012 as Irish-American Heritage Month. I call upon all Americans to observe this month by celebrating the contributions of Irish Americans to our Nation.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of March, in the year of our Lord two thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-sixth.