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Mitch McConnell: Legislative Grim Reaper casts “a veto over Americans’ political speech.”

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Wednesday, July 22, 2020

A billboard on I-65 in Horse Cave, KY. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Term Limits, anyone?

How about a functioning Congress, instead?

Specifically, I mean to refer to the GOP-majority-led Senate under Majority Leader “Moscow” Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

Addison Mitchell McConnell has been in the Senate since 1984 – 36 years.

In his early years in the Senate, he was more pragmatic, but as the years wore on, he became increasingly intransigent, and in the last year (since April 2019) took great delight in calling himself “The Grim Reaper” of House-passed bills, meaning that he would refuse to allow any bills from the House to come to the floor of the Senate for debate.

And with over 400 bills from the House sitting on his desk, he has done precisely that.

Legislation dealing with the minimum wage, lowering the cost of prescription medicines, fighting corruption in Washington, and protecting health insurance coverage for people with preexisting conditions – and more – which have all passed the House, are gathering dust on McConnell’s desk because he refuses to allow them to be discussed.

Which is kind of ironic, because today, July 22, 2020, on the floor of the Senate, he complained about the so-called “cancel culture” and said in part that “Today’s far left is not interested in winning debates with better arguments. They prefer to shut down debate altogether. They don’t try to win the contest, they just harangue the referees to stop the game.”

That’s totally ironic, because that’s exactly what he’s doing by refusing to allow debate on over 400 bills.

Moscow Mitch even quoted author Salman Rushdie, notable for his book “The Satanic Verses” for which Ayatollah Khomeini, then Iran’s Islamic spiritual leader, issued a fatwah ordering Rushdie’s execution, because he thought the book was sacreligious toward their prophet Mohammad.

“The author Salman Rushdie, who was himself threatened with death for controversial speech, once said this: “Two things form the bedrock of any open society: freedom of expression and the rule of law. If you don’t have those things, you don’t have a free country.”

“Free expression and the rule of law. Exactly the two things we’ve seen eroded in recent months.

“Rushdie recently signed an open letter with other intellectuals, many liberals, sounding the alarm on this cultural poison.

“Editors are fired,” they wrote, “books are withdrawn… journalists are barred from writing on certain topics… professors are investigated… steadily narrow[ing] the boundaries of what can be said without the threat of reprisal.”

“You can guess what happened next. The grievance-industrial complex came after the letter itself. The authors were accused of advancing bigotry. And the cycle of nonsense started all over again.

“The United States of America needs free speech. We need free expression. And all of us, from all perspectives, need the courage to speak up and defend it.”

By preventing free discussion in the Senate of the bills already passed by the House, McConnell is doing the very thing he claims to oppose, by casting “a veto over Americans’ political speech.”

But, that’s GOP hypocrisy for you.

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