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PAGE 4 THE FLORALA NEWS- WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2014 The Florala News' editorial section is intended to provide our readers and citizens as com- plete an opportunity to express themselves with as few restrictions as possible. Profanity, direct or implied, and attacks on one's person rather than on actions or deeds are not ac- ceptable. Publication on this page in NO WAY REFLECTS AGREEMENT OR ENDORSE- MENT BY THIS NEWSPAPER. m m m m by Katherine Robertson I Alabama Policy Institute Last week, the GOP picked up seven seats in the U.S. Senate resulting in their first majority (52-46) since 2006. House Republicans expanded their majority by twelve seats, bringing their total to 246. The election results nationwide indicate the voters' desire for a new direction. Now they'll wait to see if Republicans can really offer more than the status quo under Harry Reid. The Republi- cans' agenda faces major roadblocks without the support of the White House, but there are at least three key implications of the new Senate majority that could force the Democrats' hand. Rolling back the Affordable Care Act. The GOP has known all along that without the White House or a supermajority, full repeal of Obamac- are would be impossible because of the president's veto power. However, much ado has been made about what a simple majority can do in terms of rolling back the ACA. Budget reconciliation seems to be the most promising possibility. Reconcilia- tion is a provision of the Congressional Budget Act allowing for expedited consideration of manda- tory spending and tax legislation. The Democrats used the reconciliation process to pass aspects of the ACA because it is filibuster-proof and can be passed with only 51 votes. In theory, Republicans could now use the process to undo some of those same components. The Wall Street Journal sug- gests that a reconciliation bill could repeal Med- icaid expansion, tax increases, and insurance pre- by Dr. Paul Kengor when we think of Martin Luther King Jr.'s great speeches, we don't think of Berlin. And when we think of great American speeches in Berlin, we think of John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan; we don't think of King. Yet, 50 years ago, the civil rights icon delivered historic remarks on both sides of the Berlin Wall. Unlike the Kennedy and Reagan speeches, King's appearances weren't broadcast. And he offered no triumphant phrase comparable to "tear down this wall." Perhaps that's why his Berlin trip has been almost completely overlooked by even King ad- mirers and Cold War scholars. But these remarks were dramatic, moving and deftly constructed -- at a time of high tensions between East and West Berlin and between Eastern and Western powers. Fifty years on, they deserve another look, as an example of King preaching a U.S.-style civil rights message, but one adapted to German realities and to the constraints King himself faced. On Sept. 13, 1964, King addressed 20,000 West Berliners attending an outdoor rally at Waldbiih- ne stadium. Then he crossed the border at Check- point Charlie and delivered much the same speech -- minus a few key passages -- to 2,000 people packed into East Berlin's Marienkirche. Why he was let through, without a passport no less, re- mains unclear. East German authorities may have hoped that his appearance would be helpful to them ideologi- cally. King had never been a vocal anti-commu- nist, leading some to suspect that he was soft on communism and susceptible to being exploited or duped. No doubt communist propagandists liked to ex- ploit America's dismal history of race relations. For the Soviet Union, this racism was ideal for arguing that democratic capitalism was in no way superior to communism; to the contrary, Moscow insisted, the American system was morally inferior. Ameri- ca's racist past was an incessant drumbeat in pub- lications from Pravda to (here at home) the Daffy Worker. Figures like King and Angela Davis were celebrities in the communist press. By contrast, the communist world insisted that there was no racism in the U.S.S.R. Moscow absurdly portrayed itself as a racial utopia, unlike the racial hell in its Cold War counterpart. "The African American in the United States was the oppressed figure, and this was to demonstrate the consistent evil of the West," says Alcyone Scott, one of King's translators on the Berlin trip. "They were pleased it was being exposed. That was their attitude. And that was the official position .... And when you have a civil rights movement pointing that out, they could naturally make propaganda hay out of it." And so King seemed to frame his Berlin remarks with an understanding of what he might be able to get away with and how he might be interpreted by his East German audience. He shied away from cataloguing the colossal injustices subjugating those east of the Iron Curtain. At the same time, he called out Berlin as "a symbol of the divisions of men on the face of the Earth" and repeatedly emphasized that reconciliation was God's will. He made implicit comparisons between the suffering under segregation in America and the suffering in segregated Berlin. And he laid out a model for re- sistance and reform. King began his speech by striking a bond with his German audience, noting that his parents had named him after the legendary German reform- The Florala News mium and drug subsidies--all with just a simple majority. The reconciliation measure would still be subject to a veto, but the president would be left defending his healthcare law without the sup- port of Congress and Republicans could prove to the public that they weren't just talking the talk on repeal. Blocking Executive Action on Immigration. The White House has made clear that "before the end of the year" the president will "take action to use his executive authority to fix...aspects of our broken immigration system." In other words, the president plans to grant executive amnesty to mil- lions of illegal immigrants who would otherwise be deported. Senator Sessions (R-AL) tried to preempt the possibility through a failed procedural motion on the Senate floor in September, but with a Re- publican majority he believes that any executive order of this kind could easily be blocked. In fact, the House already passed legislatioh in August that would defund the president's plan for grant- ing amnesty. As the new Majority Leader, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will now control whether this bill receives a vote in the Senate. Rejecting Radical Nominees. Judicial nomi- nations arguably have the most far-reaching im- pact of any other decision made by a president. Appointments to the federal judiciary are for life, and in the U.S. Supreme Court, one new justice can change the entire direction of the Court. Sen- ate Republicans have already been successful in er. "I am happy to bring you greetings from your Christian brothers and sisters of West Berlin," he started. "... Certainly I bring you greetings from your Christian brothers and sisters of the United States. In a real sense we are all one in Christ Jesus, for in Christ there is no East, no West, no North, no South." That introduction set the tone. The reverend had come to this church to give, first and foremost, a Christian message. It was, after all, a sermon. But there would be a political undercurrent to much of what he said. King made two allusions to the wall, built just three years earlier. "For here on either side of the wall are God's children, and no man-made bar- rier can obliterate that fact," he said at one point. And then later: "wherever reconciliation is taking place, wherever men are 'br,eaking down the divid- ing walls of hostility' which separate them from their brothers, there Christ continues to perform his ministry." Here was affirmation of the inher- ent, God-given dignity of all human beings, regard- less of whether communism denied that dignity, denied that God and denied free passage from East to West. While King made an effort to distinguish "the struggle" in the United States from "your situa- tion" in Berlin, he shifted back and forth between them in a way that made the parallels obvious. In one passage that must have had particular reso- nance among East Berliners, who were at a se- vere economic disadvantage compared with those on the other side of the wall, King acknowledged the fears among African Americans about not be- ing able to hold their own in an integrated society. "Many have not had the opportunity to get an edu- cation, which will prepare them for the 'promised land,'" he said. "Many are hungry and physically undernourished as a result of the journey. Many bear on their souls the scars of bitterness and ha- tred, seared there by the crowded slum conditions, police brutality and ... exploitation." King urged the need to overcome those fears. He talked about the potential power of grass-roots movements to instigate reform, introducing East Germans to names like Rosa Parks and places like Montgomery, Ala. He described how the American civil rights movement married the philosophy of Gandhi with the "Negro's Christian tradition,'"and he promoted "non-violence and love" as the basis for reform movements. This tactic of non-violence was probably only approach that East Ger- mans had available at the time. Scott, the translator, said of King's East German congregation: "Everybody in that place Was totally enwrapped in someone whose story they knew and who represented the shame of America and its op- pression, but who had the courage to resist and ask others, in their situations, also to resist. It was clear. It was the power of a message, and it was also couched in very clear Christian terminology." Actually, make that Judeo-Christian terminol- ogy. When King concluded his remarks, the church choir sang "Go Down, Moses," which ends with the exhortation "Let my people go!" This "incredible performance," as Scott remembered the rendition, was a capstone to King's allusions to ancient Jews leaving the "Egypt of slavery" for the "wilderness" and ultimately the "promised land." I cannot say whether King had a role in the selection of that hymn, but it was a beautifully fitting ending to a remarkable speech that somehow has slipped through the cracks of time. stopping some of the president's most extreme nominees and are positioned now to reject any lame duck attempts to pack the courts before he leaves office. Once the president nominates an in- dividual to an executive office or the judiciary, the nominee must be approved by the Senate Judicia- ry Committee. This powerful committee will now be chaired by Republican Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa. As Ranking Member of the committee, Senator Grassley has led the Republican opposi- tion to a number of the president's nominees and has been a staunch critic of Attorney General Eric Holder, whose successor will also need Senate con- firmation. The Committee can choose whether to report the nominee out to the full Senate for de- bate and a vote. Once a nominee is reported out, any senator can seek unanimous consent to vote on the nominee, as is the common practice, but it only takes one senator's objection (or hold) to delay a vote. A cloture motion would then be necessary to proceed and would require 51 votes. Assuming Republicans are united against a particular nomi- nee, there would be little Democrats could do to ensure his or her confirmation. Of course, all of these possibiliffes will come to fruiti m only with strong Republican leadership in the Senate and a united front within their ma- jority. 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