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JUNE 28, 2016

     Supported by President Obama, Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) justified Democrats' disruption of House business last Wednesday by saying, "It is always right to do right" - dual ghetto mentality.  Applying 1960s tactics to the ongoing gun control debate, Lewis led Democrats in a noisy sit-in on the House floor, demanding a vote on gun control legislation that Republicans refuse to bring up.

     "Sometimes you have to violate a rule of law to uphold a greater law, a moral law. We have a right to stand up, to speak up, to speak out. We have a right to sit down, or to sit-in, to engage in nonviolent protest. It is always right to do right," Lewis told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Wednesday.  But Speaker Paul Ryan called the Democrats' sit-in "nothing more than a publicity stunt."  "The House cannot operate without members following the rules of the institution, so the House is recessed subject to the call of the Chair," Ryan announced shortly after the protest began.

     But ten hours later, Ryan gaveled the House to (dis)order. He continued with House business early into Thursday morning, over the chants and songs from Democrats. Around 3:15 a.m. Thursday, Ryan adjourned the House until after July 4th, but Democrats stayed on the floor.

     Lewis and his fellow Democrats looked like losing fools.
 
 

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