Mind-numbingly idiotic House GOP leadership not going to Selma

Mind-numbingly idiotic House GOP leadership not going to Selma

[Ed. – Has Boehner lost his mind?  IT WAS REPUBLICANS WHO HISTORICALLY SUPPORTED CIVIL RIGHTS AND EQUALITY BEFORE THE LAW FOR BLACK AMERICANS.  Note: WaPo reports a late update from Friday that majority leader Kevin McCarthy is now planning to go.  “Update, 8:15 pm:  Late Friday afternoon, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) announced he would travel to Selma to commemorate the anniversary.”]

Meeting on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, on which hundreds of black Americans were beaten for the crime of standing up to their government, Barack Obama will remember a heroic feat of rebellion, and a brutal act of repression. The president, the White House has announced, will speak personally “about what it means to stand on the spot where police beat and gassed 600 unarmed protestors,” and he will explain what the moment means to him as an African American.

And the Republican party’s current leadership will be nowhere to be seen. …

By electing to skip the proceedings — and to send a former president and a handful of congressional representatives in lieu — the Republican leadership suggests that it does not recognize what Selma represents within America’s long history of public dissent. …

If we are to put George Washington upon our plinths, and to eulogize him on our currency, we must agree to elevate Martin Luther King Jr. to the same dizzy heights. They are less famous, perhaps, but by virtue of their brave march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, John Lewis and Hosea Williams immortalized themselves into quintessential American heroes in the mold of Sam Adams and George Mason. To miss an opportunity to solemnize their daring is to blunder, disgracefully.

If all men really are created equal, the anniversary of Selma must be treated as a date every bit as important to American history as is the end of the Siege of Yorktown.

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