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Jeff Sessions: Suitable Or Not For United States Attorney General?

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Is Republican Alabama Senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III suitable to be United States Attorney General?

Some say “yes,” others say “no.”

Let’s examine his record – it should speak for itself.
The legal term for that concept is “res ipsa loquitur.”

1.) Sessions said of the SCOTUS decision in Shelby County v. Holder (570 U.S.___(2013)), an Alabama-based case which gutted important parts of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, that “Shelby County has never had a history of denying voters and certainly not now,” even though Shelby County’s history of discrimination is well-documented and ongoing when in 2008 the small town of Calera in Shelby County drew a gerrymandered voting map which excluded their only Black councilman out of office.

Gerrymandering Explained, by Steven Nass - original post here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10203407721984998

Gerrymandering Explained, by Steven Nass – Each square represents a precinct. See original post here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10203407721984998

Before Calera’s local elections in 2008 the town had redrawn its city boundaries which – even though the town’s Black voting-age population had grown from 13-16% – eliminated the only majority-Black district which had been represented by Ernest Montgomery since 2004, and decreased the voting-age Black population from 71-30% by adding three overwhelmingly White subdivisions while failing to include a large surrounding predominately Black-populated neighborhood.

The United States Department of Justice objected to Calera’s actions, and notified City Officials, who defied the DOJ’s orders and held the election anyway which caused Mr. Montgomery to lose the election by two votes, of which he said “they voted against me because of the color of my skin.”

2.) When Sessions was Alabama Attorney General he supported the “separate but equal” policy ensconced in Alabama’s 1901 Constitution in Amendment 111 which to this day deprives impoverished children in Alabama of a right to public education because public support for school funding collapsed after its passage, and since the early 1990’s created enormous funding disparities in school systems statewide which remain, despite legislative attempts to remedy.

3.) Sessions voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act (Public Law 103–322).

4.) Sessions is a fierce opponent of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. 1973(a)) and called it a “piece of intrusive legislation.”

5.) Sessions voted against the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010 (Public Law No. 111–321) which ended the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) policy (10 U.S.C. § 654) which in turn would allow LGBT men & women to openly serve in our Armed Uniformed Services.

6.) Sessions voted against the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act (Public Law No. 111-84).

7.) Sessions is a co-sponsor of the so-called First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) introduced last year as H.R. 2802, and S.1598 which would legitimize and ensconce in law discrimination against LGBT citizens nationwide in a manner similar to Kim Davis, the disgraced County Clerk for Rowan County, Kentucky who refused to issue Marriage Licenses to same-sex couples following the United States Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges.

8.) Sessions voted AGAINST the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) which been introduced in every Congress since 1994 – except the 109th Congress under convicted child molester and former Republican Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert – which would “provide a comprehensive Federal prohibition of employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, including meaningful and effective remedies for any such discrimination” by employers with at least 15 employees.

9.) Sessions was an outspoken critic of the United States Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges in which the Court held that same-sex citizens are guaranteed a fundamental right to marry because they are protected by Fourteenth Amendment’s Due Process and the Equal Protection clauses.

10.) Sessions voted FOR a Constitutional Ban on Marriage Equality.

Alabama Senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III is – as the preponderance of evidence suggests – not merely an opponent of Civil Rights, but an enemy of Personal Liberty, and Freedom, if not a covert Jim Crow advocate.

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