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January 22, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Politics, Weekly Columns

( It is a melancholy truth that Democrats are not purveyors of truth as much as they claim. They portray themselves as the righteous warriors of truth and conviction, and they truly believe this truth to be self-evident. However, we must all ask ourselves, particularly as they take the moral high ground while launching a thousand ships of claims of racism against Sen. Jeff Sessions, if they are truly demigods of morality or puppeteers attempting to pull all of our strings. I personally think it’s the latter of two, and I draw this conclusion based on the lack of any diversity on these Democrats’ United State Senate staffs.

A frustrated and highly disappointed Democratic Senate staffer who spoke to the New York Daily News recently stated: “They are all so phony. Every time I hear any of the Democratic senators, including my own boss, talk about diversity, I cringe, because it’s all one big lie. That they’ve been allowed to enjoy this reputation as a party that values diversity, while doing next to nothing of substance to align their actions with their words, is expert-level deception.” My fellow Americans, a dirty little kept secret in the United States Senate is that our high and mighty white and black liberal senators have serious bigotry and racial issues of their own.

For example, in an unprecedented move, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker testified against Sen. Sessions during his confirmation hearing, claiming that the senator’s values weren’t in sync with issues of relevance to many minorities. However, this seemed odd to many considering Booker thanked Sessions just a year ago at the U.S Capitol for his help celebrating the 1965 “Foot Soldiers,” those who marched from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, to promote civil rights for African-Americans. So Sen. Sessions can’t be that much of a racist. Maybe Sen. Booker got amnesia and forgot that just a year ago he commended Sessions and his positions on his progress in championing race relations in our nation. It’s this level of hypocrisy that turns so many people off.

Some may find it ironic, but we shouldn’t be surprised by their deceit. There is only one African-American chief of staff in the Senate, and he works for Sen. Tim Scott, the sole Republican African-American senator – who according to many has the most diverse staff on the Senate side, and that’s out of both Democratic and Republican senators, including Corey Booker. Elizabeth Warren and Chuck Schumer also are lacking on the diversity front, but if you hear it from them, they are the standard barriers for inclusiveness. A mere glance at their staffs says otherwise.

Race has been one of America’s deepest wounds, and despite the incredible level of progress we continue to make as a society on many fronts, this is the one area that continues to plague us time after time. Jeff Sessions should be judged on his character and his ability to do his job. He is obviously experienced for the role of attorney general, and he has worked with African-American members of Congress to advocate for and sponsor bills championed by black lawmakers. And, during a time where it was unprecedented to have an African-American in a key role, Sen. Sessions hired the first African-American chief counsel for the Senate Judicial Committee. It was Sessions who walked with arms linked with Rep. John Lewis, a renowned civil rights hero, across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. When you consider these acts, it doesn’t speak of someone who is a racist, but someone who has championed diversity as a lawmaker.

I get it, talking about race is hard, and it is a conversation many African-Americans feel is long overdue, and I would agree with that – but we shouldn’t punish Sen. Sessions, who is a decent man, because of what we as a society have been unable to tackle as a whole.

Columnist; Armstrong Williams

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