Wednesday, June 22, 2005

A message from John Cornyn

One of my dear fellow Democrats received an email from John Cornyn concerning his position on this lynching bill. I will post it (with permission) in its entirety. Emphasis was added by me.

Dear XXXXXXXXX:

Thank you for contacting me about the horror of lynching. I share your concern and appreciate having the benefit of your comments.

The era of widespread lynching in our nation’s history is deplorable. We must ensure that such crimes are never again allowed to occur. There are different ways to acknowledge those times when Americans have failed to achieve the goals we have set for ourselves. I believe we should learn from the past, and look forward with courage.

As you may know, Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu introduced a resolution (S.Res. 39) expressing the sympathy and regret of the Senate to the descendants of victims of these horrible crimes. Victims were deprived of their dignity, constitutional rights, and ultimately their lives. The Senate came together on June 13, 2005, and unanimously approved S.Res. 39. I supported this resolution, and I am pleased that the Senate acted so that such crimes will never again occur.

I appreciate the opportunity to represent the interests of Texans in the United States Senate. Thank you for taking the time to contact me.


Sincerely,

JOHN CORNYN
United States Senator

I want to clear up a few things. When Cornyn says "The Senate," what the reader may not know is that only a few Senators (6, I believe) actually came together to pass this bill. The bill indeed passed "unanimously," 6 to 0.

The bill was passed under a special set of rules to avoid the usual roll call vote, where the ayes and nays are officially recorded by each Senator. Though the passage of the bill is already decided, Senators can STILL sign on as co-sponsor, as a sign of unanimous agreement. I believe there are still 11 Senators that need to sign on as co-sponsor, Cornyn included.

I really cannot understand why he has not done so yet, the language of this email suggests that he "supported this resolution." He needs to do more. I, as a regular citizen, can be described as having "supported this resolution." John Cornyn, as my elected Senator can do more than simply "support."

He can, nay, must sign this bill as co-sponsor.

Give him a call or send him an email. We must make it clear that Texas stands firmly against the practice of lynching, and we are deeply sorry for this shameful chapter in American History.
-Synthesis

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