The Congressional Sit-in is Offensive

Both Republican and Democratic Congressmen are staging a disgraceful sit-in at the capitol today. Americans should demand their Congressmen get off their butts and start legislating.

The sit-in is a tool of those without power — those for whom the system has failed. When four African American college students walked up to a whites-only lunch counter in Greensboro and sat quietly waiting for service that would never arrive the civil rights sit-in was born. These brave civil rights advocates were blazing a trail showing other African Americans who lacked political power that they could influence the powerful to make change.

Watching members of Congress sit on the floor of the most powerful political body in the world is offensive to their memory. It is an abdication of their responsibilities as legislators. If they honestly feel as though they have no power they should resign in protest — not sit on the floor doing nothing. I can’t tell you how upsetting the image of these people — the most powerful in the world — sitting on the floor doing nothing is to me. I am livid. I hope you feel the same way.

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