Early warning signs of fascism

From the Holocaust Museum in Washington (click to enlarge):

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OK, so what inspired my latest surge of paranoia?

Sen. Elizabeth Warren has earned a rare rebuke by the Senate for quoting Coretta Scott King on the Senate floor.

The Massachusetts Democrat ran afoul of the chamber’s arcane rules by reading a three-decade-old letter from Dr. Martin Luther King’s widow that dated to Sen. Jeff Sessions’ failed judicial nomination three decades ago.

The chamber is debating the Alabama Republican’s nomination for attorney general, with Democrats dropping senatorial niceties to oppose Sessions and Republicans sticking up for him.

King wrote that when acting as a federal prosecutor, Sessions used his power to “chill the free exercise of the vote by black citizens.”

Quoting King technically put Warren in violation of Senate rules for “impugning the motives” of Sessions, though senators have said far worse stuff. And Warren was reading from a letter that was written 10 years before Sessions was even elected to the Senate.

Still, top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell invoked the rules. After a few parliamentary moves, the GOP-controlled Senate voted to back him up.

Now, Warren is forbidden from speaking again on Sessions’ nomination. A vote on Sessions is expected Wednesday evening.

That’s right Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Turtlewax) felt that the delicate sensitivities of Sen. Beauregard (R-Lynchmob) were being besmirched because another U.S. senator was reading a letter from one of the icons of the civil rights movement that explained how the Alabama dandelion used his power to suppress black voters.

Which is totally relevant to the debate on the confirmation of an attorney general, in case you didn’t notice.

I’m sorry Democrats, but this is where you’re supposed to take a stand. When Warren was silenced, every Democratic senator (and every independent, Bernie!) should have marched to the Senate chamber and stood in line to stand at the podium and read King’s entire letter. And when McConnell silenced the next senator, one should marched to the lectern immediately to read the same letter.

If that had happened, and if every Democrat (and you too, Bernie!) had been silenced, then we would have known if the Holocaust Museum’s warning sign was an abstract concept to contemplate or the new reality in the era of Hookerpiss.

By the way, this is what McConnell said:

“She had appeared to violate the rule. She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.”

And at 7:20 Eastern time Tuesday night, the Alabama pussy willow was confirmed as attorney general in a 52-47 vote.

The Senate split mostly along party lines in the vote for Sessions. Only one Democrat – West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin – crossed the aisle to support Sessions.

Time to get rid of Manchin. Since he’s going to vote Republican, he should join the Republican party.

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