Prior to the Senate vote in which Jeff Sessions was expected to be confirmed as Attorney General, Elizabeth Warren was reading a few remarks about Sessions penned by Coretta Scott King. They pointed out that Sessions didn’t have the best record when it came to protecting the rights of his black constituents.
As is the case when this sort of thing is happening, the Senate floor was mostly empty. Senators like to talk but they aren’t particularly interested in listening.
This is a non-partisan issue.
Anyway, because she said some bad things about now former Senator Sessions, the Republicans chose to censure her. You just don’t say bad things about senators, you see. That’s the rules.
Warren, of course, has become a hero of the left and she’s fine.
The problem here is the fact the Republicans have basically served notice that they don’t give a flying fuck what the other side says and if they are tired of it, they will just force the other side to shut up. I mean, this isn’t much of a shock but frankly, all they needed to do was let her talk.
It didn’t fucking matter. Sessions was going to be AG and the words Warren was reading were already out there. It shouldn’t have been a surprise to anyone on the Senate floor.
What took place was the Republicans reminding Senate Democrats (as well as the rest of the country) that they don’t matter. When they tire of Democrats chatter, they can shut them up.
I don’t like that precedent. And neither should anyone else.
What pisses me off is the simple fact that every time someone makes a false accusation, it is that much harder for someone who is actually a victim.
Now let’s be clear – this kid was making a joke. He was not trying to get anyone in trouble. What he didn’t realize is that his joke had real world consequences. He could have cost an innocent teacher her job.
Because even if everyone reading his tweet knew that he was telling a joke, law enforcement has to act as if he wasn’t. Because what if he wasn’t?
This kid did something stupid and while his lengthy suspension may be a little bit severe, kids need to understand that what seems like an innocent joke to them can hurt people more than they could possibly imagine. Instead of standing up for him, his classmates should be standing up for the teacher who could have lost her job and gone to jail because of a joke.
And they also need to realize that he made it that much harder for someone who is actually suffering from abuse to be heard.
What is happening here is a young woman was sexually abused by her ex-boyfriend. She has been speaking out about it and calling on UNC to improve how they deal with students who have been sexually assaulted. The University has responded by telling her that her speech is “intimidating” her rapist.
Well first off, who gives a fuck if a rapist is being intimidated? Fuck him. If he didn’t want the negative publicity that comes from raping someone, he shouldn’t have done it.
I can understand that there would be some concern for this young rapist if she was calling him out by name everywhere but she isn’t. She isn’t naming him at all. She’s just pointed out that some guy was sexually abusive and the University has done dick about it. If he’s being intimidated, it is because she’s trying to make it harder for him to rape again.
Well, I can see why that would scare him. It makes perfect sense that the University would need to protect him.