The House of Cards
I want to get all my cards out on the table. I didn’t like Jeff Sessions…especially in the past. He was the most conservative senator in the Senate from 1997-2017. Back when I was in college and graduate school, America was finally addressing racism. George Wallace was the epitome of white racism. Wallace, as governor of Alabama, attempted to bar blacks from attending the University of Alabama.
Having said that, I am intrigued how that racist lineage of other Alabamans like George Wallace and Roy Moore morph into Sessions. He follows in lockstep even though he doesn’t act publicly obnoxious like his racist forbearer.
Sessions has a bit more polished racist feelings. However, in 1986, the Senate committee refused to approve his nomination to a federal judgeship due to his racism. For example, Sessions said, “I thought those guys (the Ku Klux Klan) were OK until I learned they smoked pot.”
A perfect example of this form of happy racism can be seen on SNL.
Nonetheless, Sessions was approved to become the head of the Department of Justice in the Trump administration even though he was not approved in the Senate for a US judgeship due to racism issues. It seems like an ethical and logical disconnect that Sessions was denied a judgeship but approved as the head of the Justice Department. Nonetheless, that is one of the horns of Sessions’ dilemma.
The other horn of Sessions’ dilemma was his recusing himself of the Russian probe. This is another ethical and a logical disconnect. However, there are two levels of this other dilemma. The first is that Sessions lied under oath to the Senate about not meeting with the Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak. Lying under oath to the Senate is blatantly unethical and wrong. So, Sessions is a racist and liar.
However, Sessions recused himself from the Russian probe involved in the 2016 election. Why? Sessions viewed it as ethically the correct thing to do. So, discriminating against blacks and lying to the Senate were wrong, but he was able to see that his recusal was the ethically correct thing to do.
The bottom line is that Trump appointed a fellow traveler when it comes to having issues with blacks, immigration, Muslims, etc. Nonetheless, Trump’s handpicked head of the Justice Department’s recusal allowed for the Mueller probe to go ahead, which resulted in further inquiries related to Stormy Daniels and Trump’s fixer, Michael Cohen.
Trump’s house of cards is about to come crashing down due to a racial bigot who was honest enough to recuse himself from the investigation of the Russian meddling in the presidential election in 2016.
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