Last Saturday night, a Police Sergeant in Houston, Texas, was killed when he responded to a call of domestic abuse. The officer was Sergeant Christopher Brewster, he was 32 years old, and now he is irrevocably dead. Just another statistic? There is the danger, that with more than 36,000 gun fatalities already this year, each one becomes just another statistic.
But Houston Chief of Police, Art Acevedo, has seen enough and he is angry …
“We all know in law enforcement that one of the biggest reasons that the Senate and Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn and Ted Cruz are not … getting the Violence Against Women Act reauthorized is because the NRA doesn’t like the fact that we want to take firearms out of the hands of boyfriends who abuse their girlfriends. And who killed our sergeant? A boyfriend abusing his girlfriend.”
H.R. 1585: The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, is one of more than 250 bills that have been passed by the House of Representatives and are now languishing in what has come to be known as “Mitch McConnell’s graveyard”. McConnell has called himself the “grim reaper” of progressive policies in the Senate.Some of the other bills that have not seen the light of day in the Senate …
- H.R. 1: For the People Act – aims to require states to provide an online option for voter registration and allow voters to register the same day they go to the polls. It would also require states to automatically register citizens who don’t register themselves. To protect elections from any foreign meddling, the bill mandates that states use paper ballots and that the Department of Homeland Security evaluate threats to election systems 180 days prior to an election and inform states of their conclusions. The bill includes campaign finance and ethics reform measures, including mandating presidential candidates release their tax returns.
- H.R. 5: The Equality Act – seeks to provide comprehensive anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ Americans in employment, education, federal funding, housing, public accommodations and more.
- H.R. 6: The American Dream and Promise Act – would protect young immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally as children — known as Dreamers — and establish a path to citizenship for more than 2 million immigrants without legal status.
- H.R. 8: The Bipartisan Background Checks Act – seeks to expand background check requirements on private sales, including those at gun shows, on the internet or through classified ads.
- H.R. 9: The Climate Action Now Act – would block the Trump administration from exiting the Obama-era Paris climate agreement.
- H.R. 987: The Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act – seeks to lower prescription drug prices, bolster the Affordable Care Act and protect care for those with pre-existing conditions.
- H.R. 1644: The Save the Internet Act – would reverse the Federal Communications Commission’s party-line vote in 2017 to repeal net neutrality that prohibited broadband companies from blocking, throttling or prioritizing certain websites.
These and a couple hundred more bills have run into a brick wall named Mitch McConnell as they passed from the House to the Senate. Now … as I see it, it is the job of the senators, including McConnell, to legislate. That means, we are paying them $174,000 per year … except McConnell who, as Senate Majority Leader is being paid $193,400. For. Doing. Nothing.
Chief Acevedo places Sergeant Brewster’s death firmly at the door of McConnell and others who are stubbornly and without purpose ignoring their duty. I would agree, and I would also ask how many others have died because of the inaction of the Senate? More than once, McConnell has said he will refuse to consider any legislation that does not have Trump’s support. WTF??? Trump is not the employer of the U.S. Congress!!! WE THE PEOPLE are their employers!
Now, we have an election coming up next year, and Mitch McConnell is up for re-election. We can hope that the people of Kentucky have had enough by now and will vote him out. Or …
Article I, Section 5 of the United States Constitution provides that “Each House [of Congress] may determine the Rules of its proceedings, punish its members for disorderly behavior, and, with the concurrence of two-thirds, expel a member.”
Yes, I know it’s a longshot, for most of the republicans in both chambers of Congress have drunk Trump’s poisoned Kool-Aid and are too cowardly to stray from the party line. In other words, my friends, they have set aside their oaths of office, have set aside their duty to We the People, and are intent only on pleasing the ‘man’ in the Oval Office and their big-money donors such as the NRA and fossil fuel industries. And the ‘man’ in the Oval Office has also set aside his oath of office … well, actually he never had any intention of honouring his commitment to the people of this nation … and is about to be impeached for doing so.
Folks … our government is B-R-O-K-E-N. We are on a rudderless ship that, as I have said before, is headed for a big iceberg (one of the few left). How much longer are we going to put up with this? We damn well better make some sweeping changes on November 3rd, 2020, else we WILL hit that iceberg.