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Morning Song – If You Miss Me From The Back Of The Bus

February 8, 2017

Rosa Parks was born 104 years ago this week.

62 years ago, Parks started the Montgomery Bus Boycott that, among other things, catapulted the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to global fame.

31 years ago, King’s widow, Coretta Scott King, wrote a letter—suppressed by renowned segregationist, miscegenator, and then-Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Strom Thurmond—in opposition to Jeffrey Beauregard Sessions’ nomination for a federal judgeship.

Last night, Sen. Mitch McConnell invoked an obscure, little-used and questionable Senate rule to silence Sen. Elizabeth Warren as she attempted to read Coretta Scott King’s letter into the record as the Senate was considering non-Sen. Sessions’ nomination to be the next US Attorney General.

McConnell’s Republican colleagues unanimously supported him; and McConnell later explained, “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.

If Congressional Republicans in the Trump Era keep behaving like this, then their opponents may well keep behaving like Rep. John Quincy Adams and Sen. Charles Sumner.

And millions of their fellow citizens may be inspired to keep taking actions that inspire songs like “If You Miss Me From The Back Of The Bus”.

A singing movement is a winning movement.

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