Inauguration Day, the LJS + The Power of Nebraska Lobbyists

January 22, 2013


WASHINGTON, D.C. (exclusive) by Ivy Harper

Yesterday, on Jan. 20th, the LJS Board wrote an insightful Editorial outlining their agenda.

Wouldn’t it have made sense to follow that Nebraska-focused, impressive list of priorities with an Editorial – on Inauguration Day, Jan. 21, 2013 – with an Editorial relevant to today’s historic occasion; one that only happens every four years?

For the LJS Board to pick today of all days – a Presidential Inauguration Day – to give free p.r. to the Mueller-Robak-pushed Facebook bill seems – truth be told – odd, even suspect.

Why not an Editorial wishing Nebraska’s first [duly elected] female United States Senator well in her first weeks/days/months in America’s most august political chamber?

Why not an Editorial that captures the jaw-dropping, eye-popping, heart-stopping reality that America’s “peaceful transfer of power,” still defines this great Nation, a subject that Nebraska Rep. Adrian Smith spoke movingly about at Sunday’s Nebraska Society Inauguration Brunch held at the National Press Club’s 13th floor.

More than 240 Nebraskans, many of whom make their home in D.C., Maryland + Virginia, celebrated the Inauguration of America’s 44th President by connecting with Cornhuskers from North Platte to North Omaha, united all by our great Great Plains roots.

Scottsbluff native, Retired General Galen Jackman, kept the Cornhusker crowd captivated with a fascinating, fact-filled speech about Inauguration logistics. Several times, General Jackman mentioned his role in President Reagan’s Administration and his top Inaugural position in “Bush II’s” presidency, so it was pretty clear that the Good General is a serious Republican. Didn’t matter.

Just as Congressman Smith did, General Jackman expressed reverence and awe that America has brilliantly managed a peaceful transition of power fifty seven times since our country’s hard-fought founding.

To top it off, America puts on a three-day National Party that draws citizens from California to Connecticut, nearly half of whom didn’t vote for the politician whose fortunate hand rests on the legendary Lincoln Bible. Now, that’s a topic worthy of reflection.

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