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Phenomenal Woman....Meet Senator Elizabeth Warren

Gladys louise Tyler

Posted on July 18, 2017 00:09

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"Now you understand. Just why my head's not bowed." They demanded that she stop...not repeat the words of Coretta Scott King, and yet she persisted.

Senator Elizabeth Warren @SenWarren

#neverthelessshepersisted

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Senator Elizabeth Warren is the senior senator from Massachusetts.  Formerly a professor of law, she has taught most recently at Harvard Law School.  Before starting her political career she was among the most cited authorities in the field of commercial law.  And still she finds herself being condescended to by the men in Congress, specifically Senator Mitch McConnell.

The most glaring case took place when Warren spoke out against the then-nominee for attorney general, Jeff Sessions.  Illustrating why she believed Sessions was not fit to serve as attorney general, Warren chose to read a damning letter from the widow of Martin Luther King, Jr., the formidable Coretta Scott King, asking Congress to block Sessions’ 1986 nomination to become a federal judge.  In the letter Mrs. King states, “I believe his confirmation would have a devastating effect on not only the judicial system in Alabama, but also on the progress we have made toward fulfilling my husband’s dream.” 

When Warren repeated Mrs. King’s words on the Senate floor, she received a warning from the presiding officer that she was violating Rule 19 of the Senate.  Rule 19 of the Senate states:

“No Senator in debate shall, directly or indirectly, by any form of words impute to another Senator or to other Senators any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming a Senator.”

Warren responded that Mrs. King’s words should not be considered a “violation." She was then allowed to continue after agreeing to be wary of the rule.  A few minutes later Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell interrupted her.  McConnell stated, “She had impugned the motives and conduct of our colleague from Alabama….I call the Senator to order under the provisions of Rule 19.” 

Warren responded, “I am surprised that the words of Coretta Scott King are not suitable for debate in the United States Senate.  I ask leave of the Senate to continue my remarks.”

The presiding officer asked if there were any objections from the Senate.  McConnell said there were. Warren was then asked to take her seat.

Warren then took to Twitter.  Among her other remarks, she voiced, “Tonight Senate Majority leader McConnell silenced Mrs. King’s voice on the Senate floor---and millions are afraid and appalled by what’s happening in our country.”

In an excerpt from Cosmopolitan, Warren has also stated: “Fighting for the world we live in, the world we believe in, isn’t always easy.  We won’t win every battle.  But persistence requires a ferocious optimism.  It requires a willingness to put yourself on the line.  And when we fight---as an army---filled with hope and fierce determination---we make a difference…every single time.”

And still she persisted, should be the rallying cry of every one of us.  Every single time.

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/48985/phenomenal-woman

Gladys louise Tyler

Posted on July 18, 2017 00:09

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