Jerk of the Week. There are so many. But we select Sen. Susan Collins of Maine.

Posted: January 10, 2017 in Be on your guard, Fight Back, for your reflection, Uncategorized

“He’s a decent individual with a strong commitment to the rule of law. He’s a leader of integrity,” Collins said. “I think the attacks against him are not well founded and are unfair.”“He’s a decent individual with a strong commitment to the rule of law. He’s a leader of integrity,” Collins said. “I think the attacks against him are not well founded and are unfair. Quote from Susan Collins R-Maine speaking on Jeff Sessions.

Yeah yeah, yeah Sen. Collins. What is his record on LGBT rights? Where will we find ourselves after and if this man is confirmed. Who do we hold accountable is he moves against us?

Sorry Susan we will listen to our comrades in the NAACP, when On Monday, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund submitted a 32-page report to the Senate Judiciary Committee calling on the Senate to reject Sessions. “For more than 40 years in public life, Jeff Sessions has demonstrated unrelenting hostility to civil rights and racial justice,” said Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

Or to our comrades in the LGBT community: “LGBT advocates say Sessions’s record is similarly worth scrutinizing when it comes to the issues they care about. In 2009, for example, Sessions opposed a bill named after Matthew Shepard, the gay college student who was murdered in 1998. The bill extended federal hate crime protections to people victimized because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.”

and Cozying with the KKK is not our style.

Yes beware of this man:

“You know who I am,” he said. “You know what I believe in. You know that I am a man of my word and can be trusted to do what I say I will do.”…Sen. Jeff Sessions speaking at his confirmation hearing.

Simply put: Sessions cannot be trusted to protect our rights!

  • He railed against the Voting Rights Act as “intrusive.”
  • Opposed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.
  • Opposed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, and the reauthorization of the Violence against Women Act in 2013.

Sessions also has failed to provide adequate information to the Judiciary Committee for proper vetting of his record — a record that keeps getting worse and worse the more it is examined. It’s now being reported that Sessions has a long history of blocking the confirmation of Black judges!

The Senate already rejected Sessions for a federal judgeship in 1986 because he was too extreme on issues of race and civil rights. And now Republicans on the Judiciary Committee led by Chairman Chuck Grassley are trying to bury the testimony of Congressional Black Caucus members, including civil rights hero John Lewis!

According to those who knew him and worked with him in Alabama:

  • Sessions said the KKK was “okay, until he learned that they smoked marijuana.”
  • He called the NAACP “un-American” and “communist-inspired.”
  • He called a white civil rights attorney a “disgrace to his race.”
  • He repeatedly addressed a black lawyer as “boy.” ( 2)

How about LGBT issues,  (0 rating) we learn this from the Huffington Post. (3)

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), whom Trump announced as his choice for U.S. attorney general, has consistently opposed pro-LGBTQ legislation throughout his 20 years in Congress.

He voted in support of a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, against taking up a bill providing workplace discrimination protections for LGBTQ people, against repealing the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, and ― two times ― against expanding the definition of hate crimes to include attacks on people because of their sexual orientation and gender identity.

In 2014, a year after the Supreme Court struck down part of the now-defunct Defense of Marriage Act, Sessions co-sponsored a bill that would allow the state definition of marriage to supersede the federal definition.

Sessions is currently co-sponsoring the First Amendment Defense Act, an extreme measure that would allow any taxpayer-funded organization to ignore laws that conflict with its religious beliefs about marriage. It opens the door to all kinds of discrimination against LGBTQ people. A state-contracted counselor, for example, could deny services to a lesbian mom. Taxpayer-funded adoption agencies could refuse to place children with same-sex married couples. Government employees could decline to file official forms for gay couples (see: Kim Davis, who went to jail for doing this).

The Human Rights Campaign keeps an annual scorecard of how lawmakers fare on LGBTQ issues. Sessions’ score, year after year: zero.

We know dam well

Sessions is anything but moderate, an opponent of gay marriage and hate crime protections for gay and transgender people; a critic of drug sentencing reform and cannabis legalization who has said “good people don’t smoke marijuana”; a critic of the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion; a defender of waterboarding and warrantless wiretapping; and a man who was denied a federal judgeship by a Republican-controlled Senate committee in the 1980s on account of allegations of having engaged in racially charged prosecutions and language use.

(1) BND Maine Politics: http://bangordailynews.com/2017/01/10/politics/sen-susan-collins-introduces-trumps-ag-pick-jeff-sessions-in-confirmation-hearing/

(2) People for the American Way, e-mail alert 1/10/2017

(3 ) The Huffington Post article http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/jeff-sessions-lgbt-rights_us_58346cd9e4b030997bc1524f

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