Civility in the Halls of Congress
Statement by Mary E Latela, Febuary 8, 2017
We who are engaged in the future of our nation are jolted by incidents like the silencing of Senator Elizabeth Warren (D, MA) This was the hearing to meet with Jeffrey Sessions to be the next Attorney General of the United States in the Trump cabinet.
Senator Warren, whose direct and unapologetically honest view of the political aspect of our society can be surprising, was right on cue. She said she was going to read a message from Mrs. King, widow of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, and life-long activist for all citizens and the free and unencumbered practice of their rights.
The Republican Leader of the Senate, (McConnell, R) warned her in front of the assembly that she was “impugning the reputation of a member of that sainted body.” She asked for an exception, and was not granted an exception. She continued, and in the reading, the sharp, true, heart-felt words of Mrs. King rang…. Until Ms. Warren was again interrupted. Mr. McConnell decided that she might not speak, nor was she to remain in the chamber.
I do not think people in general understand that when a group of honest folks stand up for the truth, they will not be deterred by setbacks. Senator Warren emerged as victor, because she dared to speak the words of Mrs. King in the Congressional setting. Mrs. King did not object.
Do you? Why? Or Why Not?
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