The South Carolina House last night did the right thing, voting 94-20 in favor of removing the offensive, anachronistic symbol of racism from the grounds of the state capitol. Sadly, the Republicans in the US House of Representatives couldn’t bring themselves into the 21st Century.
“After the murder of nine black parishioners, I never thought that the U.S. House of Representatives would join those who would want to see this flag flown by passing an amendment to ensure” the flag can be displayed, she said.
The original Democratic amendments restricting display of the flag apparently caught some Republican by surprise. The amendments, introduced by Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA), were adopted by a voice vote without vocal opposition. Despite the amendments’ quick passage on Tuesday, the vote left some House Republicans outraged. Rep. Steve Palazzo (R-MS) protested the House vote on Wednesday, according to the Associated Press.
“I strongly oppose the inclusion of this amendment, which was slipped into the bill in the dead of night with no debate. Congress cannot simply re-write history and strip the Confederate flag from existence. Members of Congress from New York and California cannot wipe away 150 years of Southern history with sleight-of-hand tactics,” Palazzo said in a statement. “I will fight to ensure that this language is not included in any bill signed into law.”
The House will vote on the new GOP amendment before voting on final passage of the Interior spending bill on Thursday.
But instead of voting on the new amendment, GOP leadership pulled the bill! We need to call these asshats out for the bigots they are!
Today on the show, we were expecting to hear from Congressman Alan Grayson, who made his bid for the US Senate official today. Obviously, it was a busy morning, and that call never came in. Hopefully we’ll rectify that in the next few days. In the meantime, visit senatorwithguts.com and help elect a real progressive to the US Senate from Florida!!!!
On the show this morning, our regular get together with the always brilliant Driftglass (read his blog here, hear the Professional Left Podcast here), and our new regular guest on alternating Thursdays, Harvey J. Kaye!
I’ll be back tomorrow to wrap up the week, radio or not!