Jeff Sessions Hates The American Dream

 

Jeff Sessions is Trump's Nominee For Attorney General A.K.A. the most powerful lawyer in the world.

Strategy:  Opposing Sessions based on his qualifications is unlikely to work. He has experience as a U.S. Attorney and as a state attorney general. Senate Republicans are unlikely to oppose him since he generally votes with other Republican senators and is ideologically consistent with party’s views on social issues, economic approaches, and foreign policy. Even Republicans who have disagreed with Sessions on specific issues have already indicated their support. For example, Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ), who serves on the Judiciary Committee and is generally moderate on immigration issues, has announced he will support Sessions’ nomination in mid-November.

Senate Democrats may be more inclined to vote against Sessions, but they may also be willing to accept him in order to push back more strongly against cabinet appointees who oppose progressive values and are also unqualified for the position. We should be aware of the very real possibility that our opposition to Sessions may have to persist beyond the nomination process. In other words, our fight with Sessions may not ultimately be with his confirmation but with his administration as Attorney General.  

For the time being, Code Blue members should adopt a multi-part strategy to lodge their specific concerns about Sessions with the U.S. Senate.

  1. Individuals should call members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to encourage them to vigorously question Sessions regarding the following issues (especially if the individual is represented by the committee member in Congress):

    • His views on his role as the nation’s chief law enforcement officer, particularly when the law goes against his personal views (recognizing the legal rights of same sex couples to marry or of women who wish to seek an abortion).

    • His views and record on civil rights and the role of the Department of Justice in ensuring the protection of civil rights for all Americans, regardless of race, gender, sexuality, religion, or income.

    • His views and record on enforcing the protection of voting rights for all Americans.

    • His views on environmental regulation and the role of the Department of Justice in ensuring proper enforcement of environmental legislation.

    • His views and record on opposing immigration -- even legal immigration.

Individuals should also write to members of the Judiciary Committee to encourage intense scrutiny of Senator Sessions’ record on civil rights and civil liberties (while he was a U.S. Attorney and a U.S. senator). If possible, we want to convince our senators to get Sessions on the record with clear stances about how he will approach his role as the country’s top law enforcement officer.

Democratic members of the committee have already signaled their intent to use the Judiciary hearings to “ensure that the nominations process is thorough, transparent, and fair – not just a rubber stamp.”

If/when the Judiciary Committee approves Sessions’ nomination for Attorney General, individuals should call their senators (regardless of party affiliation) to encourage their senators to reject Sessions as Attorney General if he has not committed fully to the enforcement of the nation’s laws regarding civil rights, civil liberties, voting rights, and environmental protection.

How To Voice Your Opposition:

  • Call your Senators. REMEMBER: when making contact, be respectful, knowledgeable and concise. You want to persuade, not bludgeon and you do not want to waste their time. So research your position and know exactly what you want to say and/or convey before calling.

http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/

Sample script for calling

Hello, my name is:_____ _____. I am a constituent and I am calling to ask the Senator to block the nomination of _____  _____ to the position of _____  _____. My main reason for opposing this nominee is _________.

  • Contact the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to encourage them to thoroughly investigate Sessions’ record as a U.S. Attorney and a U.S. senator on issues related to civil rights, voting rights, and environmental protection.

United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary
Phone: (202) 224-5225

Find the members here (committee composition will shift with the new 2017 Congress): https://www.judiciary.senate.gov/about/members

Sample script for calling  

Hello, my name is_____ _____. I am a constituent as an American citizen and I am calling to ask the Senator to block the nomination of _____  _____ to the position of _____  _____.  My main reason for opposing this nominee is _________.

Sample  letter if writing

Dear Senator ____:

I am a constituent as an American citizen and I am writing to ask you to block the nomination of _____  _____ to the position of _____  _____. My main reason for opposing this nominee is _________.

 

If you want to send a letter to the Judiciary Committee itself, use this address:

Senator Chuck Grassley, Chairman

United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary
224 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20510-6050

 

 

Trump’s AG nominee has a record that ought to worry believers in small government and individual liberty.
— National Review