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Showing posts with label Jeff Sessions. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jeff Sessions. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The Daily GOP Ignominious: Sessions Stands Tall As A Southern Senator

   ...and also promoted illegal labor sites and driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants.

Jeff Sessions has done it again. He cannot dispense his past of bigotry and racism, or he does not wish to keep it in a closet.  Yesterday morning, Monday March 18, Session released a press statement regarding President Obama's nomination of Tomas Perez for the open Secretary of Labor cabinet position. There is so much in a name!

He may not have written the statement as I am sure most senators do not wordsmith and keyboard press releases.  We assume, as a minimum,  Sessions approved the release

Allow a few words before I move to the actual press release. The release is posted below if you cannot wait for comment. If you decide to read the statement before a few words of explanation and opine, read it very carefully and watch for certain words and word phrases.

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I have questions. 

How many avowed racist have we seen who actually turn their hateful and racist ways to the positive?  Jeff Sessions has a documented past of overt racism and he appears to have hardened in his views vs. modifying his views for sake of fairness and country. Former Senator  Robert Byrd, (D) West Virginia, may have been one such person and he was an "on the fence" liberal.   Senator Byrd was a lifelong politician.  While former Governor George Wallace, (D) Alabama, professed to move to a life change away from racism and segregation.  It took a bullet to his spine and the desire to pursue his political ambitions for words of change to come from is mouth.  As I think in terms of people who may have gone through the journey from racist to a more worldly and inclusive mind, I think of Malcolm X.  Most racist never change their mindset and ways, and they actually pass their mental and social deficiencies throughout their families and associates. They are like cancers.  America these days, has far too many willing to host the disease.

As I read headlines this morning,  I had hoped to avoid stories with race as an underlying issue. After last week's CPAC event and the racist who felt "blacks" were well-off in slavery, to Chris Christe's use of the word "boy" last week was a seven day period of manifest racism.  The poli/social Right is moving our psyches ever so closely to realizing these people want a life that should have become extinct in the 1960s.  They want to regress to a life of the first half of the 20th Century.  And, far to many on the Right actually reach back to a time when slave ships landed with human chattel for sell, sexual abuse and southern agricultural productivity.  They seem to long for a time when the First People Natives in North America were first 'locked" in reservations after over 100 million died via genocide from Manifest Destiny" and blood lust. 

There is no doubt the majority of the nation's conservatives ignore the fact that immigration has taken place over the entirety of this nation's Constitutional existence and beyond. Acceptance and understanding of the huge numbers of people headed north from Mexico for jobs and a better life is simply "a bridge too far." Immigration from Central America has a dynamic that is separated from immigration of Germans, United Kingdom, Italy; the immigration from south of the border brings color to the dynamic. 

No, I was not spared the evil and wretchedness of conservatives and right-wing officials who openly practice racism.  Even more sad, they represent districts where it is obvious people either do not care about their biases or the majority of constituents are same; I assume more of the latter. 

I now move to a US Senator who has been the subject of  many screeds keyboarded by me.  The Senator is from the very state that has the SCOTUS reviewing the 1965 Voting Right Act Section V. I reintroduce Senator Jefferson Beauregard "JeffSessions III.

As I read the Senate Press Release shades of Jim Crow and all things bigoted rushed into my gray matter.  There is a difference in the press release (this time). Session's victim is a Latino.  The press release below  for those who decide to read-on  before viewing the release has six instances of the phrase "illegal" joined with "immigrant" or "worker". 

In 2009 MSNBC ran a segment about the mind, psyche and social failings of Senator Jeff  Sessions. 

Rachel Maddow, MSNBC (Linked)  WIKI on Sessions

Failed nomination to the district court 

In 1986, Reagan nominated Sessions to be a judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama. Sessions was actively backed by Alabama Senator Jeremiah Denton, a Republican. A substantial majority of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary, which rates nominees to the federal bench, rated Sessions "qualified," with a minority voting that Sessions was "not qualified."[6] 
At Sessions' confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee, four Department of Justice lawyers who had worked with Sessions testified that he had made several racist statements. One of those lawyers, J. Gerald Hebert, testified that Sessions had referred to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) as "un-American" and "Communist-inspired" because they "forced civil rights down the throats of people."[7] 
Thomas Figures, a black Assistant U.S. Attorney, testified that Sessions said he thought the Klan was "OK until I found out they smoked pot."[8] Figures also testified that on one occasion, when the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division sent the office instructions to investigate a case that Sessions had tried to close, Figures and Sessions "had a very spirited discussion regarding how the Hodge case should then be handled; in the course of that argument, Mr. Sessions threw the file on a table, and remarked, 'I wish I could decline on all of them,'" by which Figures said Sessions meant civil rights cases generally. After becoming Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee, Sessions was asked in an interview about his civil rights record as a U.S Attorney. He denied that he had not sufficiently pursued civil rights cases, saying that "when I was [a U.S. Attorney], I signed 10 pleadings attacking segregation or the remnants of segregation, where we as part of the Department of Justice, we sought desegregation remedies."[9] 

Figures also said that Sessions had called him "boy." He also testified that "Mr. Sessions admonished me to 'be careful what you say to white folks.'"[10]
A shortened reiteration insert added to WIKI (from above video)

Sessions responded to the testimony by denying the allegations, saying his remarks were taken out of context or meant in jest, and also stating that groups could be considered un-American when "they involve themselves in un-American positions" in foreign policy. Sessions said during testimony that he considered the Klan to be "a force for hatred and bigotry." In regards to the marijuana quote, Sessions said the comment was a joke but apologized.[11]
In response to a question from Joe Biden on whether he had called the NAACP and other civil rights organizations "un-American", Sessions replied "I'm often loose with my tongue. I may have said something about the NAACP being un-American or Communist, but I meant no harm by it."[6] 

On June 5, 1986, the Committee voted 10–8 against recommending the nomination to the Senate floor, with Republican Senators Charles Mathias of Maryland and Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania voting with the Democrats. It then split 9–9 on a vote to send Sessions' nomination to the Senate floor with no recommendation, with Specter again voting with the Democrats. The pivotal votes against Sessions came from Democratic Senator Howell Heflin of Alabama. Although Heflin had previously backed Sessions, he began to oppose Sessions after hearing testimony, concluding that there were "reasonable doubts" over Sessions' ability to be "fair and impartial." The nomination was withdrawn on July 31, 1986. 
Sessions became only the second nominee to the federal judiciary in 48 years whose nomination was killed by the Senate Judiciary Committee.[11]
A GOP that claims to want to do things differently. Sessions Press Release
Press Shop - News Releases
From time to time my office distributes press releases and written statements on state and national issues, debate in the Senate, and legislation that I am working on. For your convenience, I post these documents on my site for your review.

Sessions Comments On Nomination of Thomas Perez To Head Labor Department
Monday, March 18, 2013
WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), a senior member of the Senate Judiciary committee, commented today on President Obama’s nomination of Thomas Perez to serve as the Secretary of Labor: 
"This is an unfortunate and needlessly divisive nomination. The top priority of the Secretary of Labor should be to create jobs and higher wages for American workers. But Mr. Perez has aggressively sought ways to allow the hiring of more illegal workers. Mr. Perez has also had a controversial tenure at the Department of Justice where he has demonstrated a fundamentally political approach to the law.

His views on illegal immigration are far outside the mainstream. Mr. Perez previously served as the President of the Board of Casa de Maryland, a fringe advocacy group that has instructed illegal immigrants on how to escape detection, and also promoted illegal labor sites and driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants. As a councilman in 2003, Mr. Perez advocated for allowing illegal immigrants to be able to use foreign identification, known as matricula cards, in place of a valid U.S.-issued ID to work and receive public services. By nominating Mr. Perez to this important post, the President has placed his drive to promote his flawed immigration policies over the needs of the millions of unemployed Americans. We need a Secretary of Labor who fights to create jobs for American workers, not one that undermines legal work requirements. It is plain that if the policies of Mr. Perez were to be enacted, jobs for Americans would be harder to come by and wages lower. He is the wrong man for this job."
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