Democrats Sit In, Act Up

Led by one who knows how — Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) — House Democrats, frustrated by the GOP’s refusal to allow votes on gun bills, staged a sit-in on the chamber floor.

NYT: House Democrats’ Gun-Control Sit-In Turns Into Chaotic Showdown With Republicans

House Democrats shout Paul Ryan down as he tries to stop sit-in


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49 thoughts on “Democrats Sit In, Act Up”

  1. The Democrats are doing the will of the people. The Republicans are doing the will of their donors.

    Paul Ryan looks like he got publicly neutered. Wonder what backroom hell he will foist upon the Democrats in revenge.

  2. sjwny, looks like he took back his ball (s) and went home.

    from wapo:

    Republicans voted early Thursday morning to adjourn the House until after the July 4th recess in an attempt to quash a dramatic, 16-hour sit-in by their Democratic colleagues seeking a vote on gun control measures in the wake of the Orlando massacre.

    House Democrats, led by civil rights hero Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), were still giving speeches even after the adjournment vote, but activity seemed to winding down just after 3 a.m. on Thursday morning. About 25 members remained on the House floor, wrapped in blankets, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) joined them.

    Lewis and other leaders of the protest vowed to continue their movement in one form or another when Congress returns on July 5.

  3. patd,

    The Democrats used social media brilliantly overnight. Think cell phones, tablets will be banned from the House Floor anytime soon 😉 ? Dissemination of truth is a tyrant’s foe, the People’s friend. And optics speak louder than words.

  4. At the very least they should stop the ban on research….but then they would think any results invalid…..

    what’s a poor old republic gonna do……


  5. Ha!  Sturge – That’s a perfect pic.

    Woo hoo for social media!  (This is why China and others fear and block.)

    Ryan, through his spokesmodel, referred to the sit-in as a  “stunt.”   That’s a slap in the the face to every person who has lost someone to gun violence.

    But the Repugz had a similar “stunt” (if that’s what Ryan wants to call it) when they wanted to drill-baby-drill.  Priorities.

  6. An oops…. That was in no way directed at or related to Ms Blue’s comment…


  7. Bernie supporters are prepping to do something similar to push for changes to our corrupt political system, as well as addressing other issues in the platform.  Just as the NRA and big oil own the GOP, so do other corporate giants own Dems.

    Woo hoo for John Lewis.  Looks like Pelosi is still there.

    Another woo hoo for social media, today.   Fun and fun-ctional.

  8. from rawstory – Colbert cheers Dems for #NoBillNoBreak: They’re fighting for something 90 percent of Americans want

    Stephen Colbert was one of the only late-night hosts to talk about what is an ongoing protest in the U.S. Congress. At 11:30 am Wednesday, Republican House leadership shut off the cameras to fellow House members who took over the floor. Despite the GOP recess and Republicans adjourning until after the July 4 holiday, Democrats continue to hold the floor.


  9. blueINdallas,

    Are you talking about Sanders’ supporters taking action at the Convention? Just curious about the word on the street.


    Congressman John Lewis and Congresswoman Katherine Clark talk with Rachel Maddow about the genesis of the idea to stage a sit-in protest on the House floor to demand a vote on gun legislation, and where they see the action taking them.

  11. Sturgeone,

    I’d say woof! but Meow seems more appropriate to the cover.

    Well done.

  12. from boston globe:

    Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts was seen hauling boxes and bags of treats from Dunkin’ Donuts down the halls of the US Capitol to help fuel the House Democrats’ sit-in, which has been taking place since late Wednesday morning.


    “Massachusetts knows: America — and #NoBillNoBreak — runs on @DunkinDonuts,” Warren tweeted with a photo on Wednesday night.

    Upon entering the room, Warren reportedly announced she brought snacks, and received cheers and applause.


    The company has undeniable Boston roots: the first Dunkin’ Donuts was founded in Quincy around 1950, and its headquarters are currently located in Canton.

  13. from mediaite:

    At a press conference held Tuesday afternoon by a bipartisan coalition of senators urging new legislation that would prevent people on the no-fly list from buying guns, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) urged his “friends in the NRA” to remember that “every right has boundaries.”

    “I own a AR-15. If you’re on this list, it doesn’t bother me one bit that you can’t buy one right away,” Graham said. “Here’s what I’m willing to say to the people of South Carolina: We’re at war. And I don’t know how to really protect our nation without changing the way we do business in a fashion that makes sense.”

    Though it was far from a panacea against radical Islamic terrorism, he said the proposal was a “step in the right direction” to preventing homeland attacks.
    “To my friends at the NRA,” Graham said, “I understand your concern about denying somebody the right to buy a gun. That’s a constitutional right. But every right — whether speech or buying a weapon or any other constitutional right — has boundaries on it.”

  14. From Wapo:

    The Supreme Court handed President Obama a significant legal defeat on Thursday, refusing to revive his stalled plan to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation and give them the right to work legally in this country.
    The court’s liberals and conservatives deadlocked, which leaves in place a lower court’s decision that the president exceeded his powers in issuing the directive.


  15. Doughnuts?   If yer serious about this sitting-in business, take a few canned hams, a block of cheese, and some bread…….


    Man cannot live by bread alone—he must have peanut butter.

    —-Bro. Dave Gardiner

  16. pogo, bummer big time, but isn’t there still local prosecutorial discretion to keep a focus on the really bad cases?  limited staff and funds have to be considered.

  17. El Po of Go……the most miserable time I ever recall in this life was being taken by the Parental Units to the Presbyterian Church Sunday School early fifties pre-A/C, probably somewhere around Homewood, while they went to the service…….

    it scorched me.

  18. I hadn’t yet discovered the secret to enduring that type of situation, which is to just keep mindlessly repeating to yourself the mantra:

    It’ll be over soon–it’ll be over soon….

    until it’s over


  19. Just finished grinding coffee for the next six weeks or so. The kitchen smells _so_ good

  20. Senor Sturg,  I know that church well.  it is 3 blocks down Oxmoor Road from the little house  my sis used to live in. Them pre a/c summers in Bama are consistent with Jesse Winchester’s “angry oven heat” description about Mi’ssippi. To me it was just summer.

  21. Aw, the Dems are finally (as I think they referred to it) leaving the well.

    Ryan directly (not through his spokesmodel this time) called it a stunt.  I hope every friend and parent from Sany Hook, Orlando, etc., writes to tell him that civil disobedience to fight a powerful gun lobby is not “the people’s business.”  It’s big business.

    SJ – Yes, civil disobedience at the convention is what I have heard.  We’ll see what actually happens.

  22. I’m certainly not predicting anything bad will happen, I just don’t know how many people will be at the convention (or outside), nor how they plan to protest.


  23. This looks like a good book by Thomas Frank.

    Listen, Liberal: Or, Whatever Happened to the  Party of the People?


  24. There is usually a “Protestor Pen” which with any luck can contain the Bernie contingent.

  25. Driving past the Tower of London always gave me the creeps; let’s put a rush on that Brexit tally

  26. Led Zeppelin won.  Jury said Jimmy Page didn’t steal the opening riff to Stairway to Heaven.  Yay

  27. Here’s a link to the LATimes article on the Stairway verdict.  In the interest of full disclosure, I love both Spirit and Zeppelin.

  28. Pogo

    He’s a Super delegate, they have to let him out to cast the vote he dislikes unless he is going to waive it on general principles.



  29. Bernie hates Superdelegates…  but he is one.  That makes him the ultimate of ultimate hypocrites….   putz!

  30. No comparison between sit in and what pouting sanders supporters intend to do.

  31. RR, you somehow think that being a super delegate and hating superdelegates is inconsistent? You think that that may be somehow hypocritical? What the hell girl, don’t you get out?

  32. Jamie, do they put an invisible fence collar on him when they let him out of the pen?

    OSH, please tell me that no one is making that comparison.  … please…

  33. Bernie just said on Colbert in response to a whether he’s going to endorse Hillary, “I don’t have to do that. My supporters are smart enough to know we don’t want to elect a bigot [trump] president of the United States. ”


  34. pogo- lol, scary eh?     now, he doesn’t even have to?   what a small man.

  35. Bad weather probably killed Remain.
    “Breaking news: David Cameron will resign as prime minister following UK vote to leave EU.”

    Michael Wilkinson, Political Correspondent

    24 June 2016 • 8:45am

    Britain votes to leave the European Union
    David Cameron resigns as Prime Minister
    Who will be our next Prime Minister?
    What happens now Brexit is a reality
    Pound crashes to 1985 low as sterling falls below $1.35
    EU referendum full results and live maps

    David Cameron has resigned as Prime Minister after Britain voted to leave the European Union.

    With the Leave campaign securing 52 per cent of the vote, Mr Cameron addressed the nation in an emotional speech outside 10 Downing Street to announce that he would be stepping down.

    While England voted overwhelmingly for Brexit, Scotland and Northern Ireland backed Remain. Statements are expected to be made by Sinn Fein and the SNP later today calling for a breakaway from the Union. London backed Remain but the turnout was lower than expected because of bad weather.

    Meanwhile on the market, the FTSE 250 index has plunged a whopping 11.7pc. The index of so-called mid-cap companies had dropped an astonishing 2,017 points to 15,309 in the first few minutes of trading. TEXT—FROM LONDON DAILY TELEGRAPH BREAKING NEWS

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