Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee to head Homeland Security?

Please, don’t let Janet go!
Your Congressional Black Caucus is hard at work as is delightfully illustrated in this slide show courtesy of National Review:


The Congressional Black Caucus has put forward nine-term Texas representative Sheila Jackson Lee as a replacement for outgoing Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano. Here’s a look at Lee’s take on important issues in recent years.


GUN CONTROL: “Don’t condemn the gangbangers, they’ve got guns that are trafficked, that are not enforced, that are straw purchased and they come into places even that have strong gun laws. Why? Because we don’t have sensible gun legislation.” (April, 2013)


FEDERAL BUDGET: “I stand here as a freed slave because this Congress came together.” — Objecting to sequester cuts. (February, 2013)


FARM BILL: “The only thing that this House will do when it votes today is defeat starving children. It will again put starving children in the abyss of the uncaring attitude of my friends who, for the first time in decades, are separating the hardline of the farm bill.” — On passage of the farm bill without funding for food stamps (July, 2013)


ABORTION: “We’re going back to the days of coat hangers. That’s what they want to do. They want to criminalize doctors. … The women of Texas are particularly victims. It’s the world. It’s the holistic approach of coming after women.” — On a law limiting sex-selective abortions (May, 2012)


ABORTION: “I think the next act will be dragging women out of patient rooms into the streets and screaming over their bodies as they get dragged out of getting access to women’s health care. That’s what I feel like is occurring today with the legislation that is on the floor.” (May, 2012)


SELF-DEFENSE LAWS: After the acquittal of George Zimmerman, Lee re-introduced the “Justice Exists for Us All Act,” which would pressure states to replace “stand your ground” laws with a “duty to retreat.” (July, 2013)


MANAGEMENT STYLE: Lee was profiled as the “Congressional Boss from Hell” by the Daily Caller in March, 2011. Among the alleged tirades to her staffers: “You don’t understand. I am a queen, and I demand to be treated like a queen!” and “What am I? A prostitute? Am I your prostitute? You can’t prostitute me.”


THE WAR ON TERROR: “I would like to have a hearing on right-wing extremists, ideologues who advocate violence and advocate, in essence, the terrorizing of certain groups. . . . My concern with the focus of the hearings that we have had is the isolation of certain groups.” — At a Congressional hearing on Muslim radicalization (July, 2011)


THE WAR ON TERROR: “I will tell you today that this breathing document is in pain.” — Holding up a copy of the Constitution at the hearing (July, 2011)


HEALTH CARE: “This is about saving lives. This is killing Americans, if we take this bill away, if we repeal this bill.” — Decrying a vote to repeal Obamacare (January, 2011)


RULES OF ORDER: Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte tussled with Lee when she refused to follow parliamentary procedure during testimony by AG Eric Holder. Said Goodlatte: “The gentlewoman’s point of order is not well taken, because there is no such rule that would require the committee to treat this like we were in a trial.” (March, 2013)


FEDERAL BUDGET: “I do not understand what I think is the maligning and maliciousness [toward] this president. Why is he different? And in my community, that is the question that we raise. In the minority community that is question that is being raised. Why is this president being treated so disrespectfully?” — Suggesting racial motives in the debt-ceiling stand-off with Congress (July, 2011)


AFFIRMATIVE ACTION: Lee complained that the official list of hurricane names maintained by the World Meteorological Organization did not include those associated with the black community. Said Lee: “All racial groups should be represented.” Her suggestions: Keisha, Jamal, and Deshawn. (April, 2006)


WE ARE THE WORLD: “Many people don’t understand the hearts of entertainers. They don’t know how big their hearts are. They don’t know how they heal the world on behalf of America.” — Eulogizing Michael Jackson. Lee proposed Congressional resolution honoring the singer. (July, 2009)


VOTING RIGHTS: Lee claimed that black people in Virginia remain “enslaved” because those who are convicted felons must apply for restoration of their voting rights. (March, 2010)


THE WAR ON WOMEN: After condemning Rush Limbaugh for his comments about Sandra Fluke, Lee was asked on camera to condemn Bill Maher for his multiple misogynistic comments about Sarah Palin. Lee ignored the request. (March, 2012)


GEO-POLITICS: “Today, we have two Vietnams, side by side, North and South, exchanging and working. We may not agree with all that North Vietnam is doing, but they are living in peace. I would look for a better human rights record for North Vietnam, but they are living side by side.” — Comparing the war in Afghanistan to Vietnam (July, 2010)


MORE GEO-POLITICS: “It kept people out, and it kept people in.” — Summarizing the history of the Berlin Wall. She also accused Republicans of offering “the old Berlin Wall, again separating the north from the south” over their insistence on a Mexican border fence. (December, 2005)


HEALTH CARE: “One might argue that education and health care fall into those provisions of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” — Finding a right to government-provided health care in the Declaration of Independence (May, 2013)


SPACE EXPLORATION: While visiting the Mars Pathfinder Mission Control Center, Lee asked whether the remote rover had taken pictures of the American flag planted by Neil Armstrong in 1969. (October, 1997)


FACE TIME: Salon.com named Lee as one of Washington’s biggest “Aisle Hogs” for her constant proximity to presidents arriving for the State of the Union address. (January, 2011)


POWER LIST: Lee ranked No. 98 on the list of 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America, a book by journalist Bernard Goldberg.: Lee claimed that black people in Virginia remain “enslaved” because those who are convicted felons must apply for restoration of their voting rights. (March, 2010)

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