Yesterday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) actually said this:
"The way to make the senate work would be
for the Democrats not to be obstructionists."
Words fail me.
"First, all of us in law enforcement must be honest enough to acknowledge that much of our history is not pretty. At many points in American history, law enforcement enforced the status quo, a status quo that was often brutally unfair to disfavored groups."He also said that one of his proudest moments as FBI director was that, when FBI agents went to Ferguson, Missouri to investigate Michael Brown's death, they were trusted by members of the black community. The unstated, but obvious, comparison was to the mistrust that the community felt toward the local police officers and elected officials
"Much research points to the widespread existence of unconscious bias. Many people in our white-majority culture have unconscious racial biases and react differently to a white face than a black face. We all — white and black — carry various biases around with us."
"So many young men of color become part of that officer’s experience because so many minority families and communities are struggling, so many boys and young men grow up in environments lacking role models, adequate education, and decent employment. They lack all sorts of opportunities that most of us take for granted."
"We must better understand the people we serve and protect -- by trying to know, deep in our gut, what it feels like to be a law-abiding young black man walking on the street and encountering law enforcement," Comey said. "We must understand how that young man may see us. We must resist the lazy shortcuts of cynicism and approach him with respect and decency."
"But the real issue here is that Netanyahu and the Republicans are trying to tank the nuclear negotiations with Iran. Even if they had crossed all their Is and dotted their Ts they'd still be trying to stand in the way of a more peaceful world. That's the problem, not the lack of protocol. And it's a big one."Ralph
"A bad deal with Iran is forming in Munich that will endanger Israel's existence. "Therefore, I am determined to go to Washington and present Israel's position before the members of Congress and the American people."This is outrageous. What right does the leader of another country have to come into our country and be given the most public of platforms to try to scuttle the delicate negotiations that President Obama and five other nations have been conducting for over a year to contain Iran's nuclear development program.
"The unfortunate way that House leaders have unilaterally arranged this, and then heavily politicized it, has demolished the potential constructive value of this Joint Meeting. They have orchestrated a tawdry and high-handed stunt that has embarrassed not only Israel but the Congress itself. It has long been an unwritten rule and practice through the decades that when it comes to American foreign policy, we speak and act thoughtfully, with one voice when we can, with the national interests of the United States as our uppermost consideration, and with caution about the unintended consequences of unilateral actions like this. They have diminished that valuable precedent."His colleagues in congress seem to be going easy on John Boehner for his role in this. But actually it only seems that way because they are not mentioning him by name. If you read what Leahy said, "They have orchestrated a tawdry and high-handed stunt" is aimed directly at the Speaker of the House who issued the invitation.
“Humanity has been grappling with these questions throughout human history" about tension between the compassionate and murderous acts religion can inspire. “And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”Others have pointed out, in the recent days of global furor over the burning alive of a Jordanian pilot, that lynchings of black men in the South often included being burned alive -- and the Ku Klux Klan styles itself as being Christian . . . remember that?
". . . [W]e've seen professions of faith used both as an instrument of great good, but also twisted and misused in the name of evil. . . . we see faith inspiring people to lift up one another -- to feed the hungry and care for the poor, and comfort the afflicted and make peace where there is strife. . . . We see faith driving us to do right.
"But we also see faith being twisted and distorted, . . . we have seen violence and terror perpetrated by those who profess to stand up for faith, . . . stand up for Islam, but, in fact, are betraying it. We see ISIL, a brutal, vicious death cult that, in the name of religion, carries out unspeakable acts of barbarism . . . and claiming the mantle of religious authority for such actions.
"We see sectarian war in Syria, the murder of Muslims and Christians in Nigeria, religious war in the Central African Republic, a rising tide of anti-Semitism and hate crimes in Europe, so often perpetrated in the name of religion.
"So how do we, as people of faith, reconcile these realities -- the profound good, the strength, the tenacity, the compassion and love that can flow from all of our faiths, operating alongside those who seek to hijack religious for their own murderous ends?
"Humanity has been grappling with these questions throughout human history. And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ. . .
"So this is not unique to one group or one religion. There is a tendency in us, a sinful tendency that can pervert and distort our faith. In today’s world, when hate groups have their own Twitter accounts and bigotry can fester in hidden places in cyberspace, it can be even harder to counteract such intolerance. But God compels us to try."