Names Matter: New GOP Head of Committee on Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights Is Actually Kinda Meh on the Civil and Human Rights Part

Names Matter: New GOP Head of Committee on Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights Is Actually Kinda Meh on the Civil and Human Rights Part

With no formal announcement, the new Majority GOP has decided to remove the words "civil rights and human rights" from what was formerly known as the Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights in order to focus on what chair U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) calls their "sacred responsibility" to  serve as "a watchdog against unconstitutional overreach" by a Kenyan Marxist Obama administration that has treated the Constitution "as an afterthought," which is obviously a way bigger problem than all that so-called "civil rights" stuff about people other than white men that we've already taken care of thank you very much. Along with protecting "the Constitution," Cornyn - who gets more money from lobbyist bundlers like the Koch Brothers than anyone in Congress - also wants to  see more guns, oil, war, help for businesses and border restrictions, repeal affordable health care, and protect "fundamental, unbreakable Texas values" like "the institution of marriage and the sanctity and dignity of human life."

The change of the committee's name to one simply defending the Constitution, while not officially announced, troubled civil rights advocates who thought it might just reveal a certain lack of interest in issues affecting black and brown men, women and children and other minorities. Nancy Zirkin of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, called the decision "a poor start." She noted, "This, after all, is a subcommittee with jurisdiction over the implementation and enforcement of many of our most important civil rights laws...We only hope that this troubling name change doesn’t foretell a heedless retreat on civil and human rights.” In other words, it could be a long two years.

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