Shortly after his election, Donald Trump starting appointing people who were openly hostile to the majority of Americans who voted against him. At the same time, he started backing down from campaign promises on walls and repeals. It is increasingly unclear what he will do next.
Republicans have told Americans to be vigilant. This website will do that and I'm hoping someone out there is interested in taking it over, because all I've got is this transcript of a Jeff Sessions speech where he, himself, clearly doesn't believe a word of it.
BTW, the WTF extension on this URL (i.e. TLD) expresses nicely the reaction of most Americans. Work Towards Fairness!
On February 28, 2016, Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama endorsed Donald Trump for president. The previous Wednesday, he honored all the marchers ("foot soldiers") of the Selma-Montgomery marches (and my late father-in-law would have been there) and their fight for voting rights.
Senator Sessions was a Senate cosponsor with Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J. for bestowing a Congressional Gold Medal on the foot soldiers in the Selma-Montgomery marches in March 1965.
The 70-minute ceremony is at:
Senator Sessions speaks at 22:00. His life's work and his visible discomfort gives all the commentary necessary to evaluate the sincerity of his words. The invocation at 7:30 gives emphasis to the commentary.
Here are his prepared remarks for the Capitol ceremony on Wednesday, February, 24, 2016.
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Distinguished leaders, uh, thank you, Senators, Congressman Sewell, for your fabulous work and leadership and energy you brought to our delegation uh, uh, a son—a daughter—of Selma indeed. And Corey Booker is, uh, one of our most able members of the Senate and one of the best people of the Senate.
I was born [applause] –thank you. I was born in Selma, a teenager at the time of this march, growing up 35 miles south, a little town of Camden, attending all-white segregated schools. As a child and a teenager, I saw evidence of discrimination virtually every day. I think even the youth of our time were aware of the historic events that were beginning to unfold in Selma, but maybe, probably not fully understanding the significance of it.
Um, certainly I feel like I should have stepped forward more and been a leader and a more positive force, uh, in the great events that were incurring. But make no mistake, this march was not an easy thing. It challenged more than a century of, of injustice and discrimination. It was touch and go. Lives were at risk. There was great opposition from a large majority of the White community and there was, among those opponents, violent killers—and kill they did. Around and related to the march, Jimmie Lee Jackson, Reverend Reeb, Viola Liuzzo, Jonathan Daniels were murdered. The first peaceful march was stopped violently by the state troopers. Seeing that film, I always see Albert Turner, Sr. in the front with his white hat going down when the troopers attacked. Yet, this time it was going to be different. Next, there was Turnaround Sunday, but no turning back.
The final march—an assertion of clear Constitutional rights of assembly, petition, speech—was rightly protected by Judge Johnson's famous order and the foot soldiers moved out to Montgomery with a message to America and the world. The murders during that time were despicable and proof of the courage of the foot soldiers who knew for an absolute fact their lives were at risk. But they were going to change history and they moved forward boldly. The foot soldiers gave of themselves for a great cause: justice and equality—American ideals clearly not then being realized. They did so with courage and fidelity, being part of perhaps the most significant event in civil rights history. You indeed changed the world.
So, I want to give special thanks to those who walked for displaying your commitment and courage. And you did it in the spirit—let me say—of Jesus. It was in that spirit that you overcame and overcame in a way that altered not just the opposition of those in the, uh, the actions of those in, uh, opposition, but you changed the hearts of millions of people—a truly monumental achievement, truly worthy of this prestigious honor, the Congressional Gold Medal.
More needs to be done. We need to join closer hands, but it was indeed a monumental event. So, I extend my thanks for each of you for your service to humanity, for your heroic action that made Selma, Alabama, America and, yes, the world a better place. Thank you so much.
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