Georgia congressman John Lewis deployed a strategy from his days as a civil rights activist and coupled it with social media to stage a dramatic sit-in Wednesday on the House floor with his fellow Democrats to force a vote on gun control.Do you get the force of connection here? We're not talking about some teenagers with no life experience but sitting Congressmen staging a "sit in" of the House of Representatives.
"Sometimes you have to do something out of the ordinary, sometimes you have to make a way out of no way," said Lewis, one of the last living icons of the civil rights movement. "There comes a time when you have to say something, when you have to make a little noise, when you have to move your feet. This is the time. Now is the time to get in the way. The time to act is now. We will be silent no more."
Lewis and roughly 40 fellow House Democrats began by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance as a couple dozen visitors in the gallery looked on and vowing "to occupy the floor of the House until there is action."
Other Democrats began chanting: "I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired!" and "No bill, no break!"
The new media is calling this historic.
What it actually is, is another sign that the threat of societal chaos is increasing. Personally I sit back and marvel that the so called smartest people in the room can't see the ramifications of their actions. This means that their are no more rules in the House of Representatives. If they succeed then that body will be thrown into chaos.
Even worse this will further coarsen the discourse, which is something I thought impossible. The Dems are risking it all in a bid to win an election issue. This action is much bigger than that. They're risking our form of govt.
Sidenote: Isn't it interesting that an institution that makes laws is suddenly unable to follow its own rules?