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Brownshirts in the U.S. House

July 18, 2020

We should not forget as we remember the American Civil Rights movement that, on June 22, 2016, the well of the U.S. House of Representatives was occupied by members of Congress protesting inaction on gun control legislation. Led by Cong. John Lewis (D-GA), Members of the House participated in shutting down House deliberations and violated House rules.

A dangerous precedent was set that was reminiscent of actions by totalitarian thugs in Nazi Germany, French revolutionaries in 1789 and 1791 and the “Roundheads” in Oliver Cromwell’s England of 1653.

The U.S. Constitution established two legislative branches of Congress as vehicles for representation of interests, points of view and ideas of citizens of the United States. Elections are held periodically giving voice to citizens’ concerns and those elected are granted access to the floors of the U.S. House and Senate for legislative business.

Demonstrations that shut down House deliberations should not have been tolerated and Censure or Expulsion resolutions should have been introduced immediately. Failure to do that by the GOP controlled House of Representatives led by Paul Ryan (R-WI) signaled the intellectual exhaustion of Liberal Republicans, and pointed toward Donald Trump’s  election in November, 2016.

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