February 2015

Profiles in Courage: 38 Dems Publicly Break With Netanyahu's War Polemic

A recent CNN poll found that four out of five Democratic voters oppose the Israeli Prime Minister's planned March 3 tirade to Congress against diplomacy. Thursday morning, twenty-three House Democrats did something about it.

Rep. Hank Johnson: It's Not Just About Bibi Dissing Our Black President

When the 1% were plotting to overthrow the Roman republic, the great democratic orator Cicero gave a series of speeches in the Roman Senate, exposing the conspiracy. These speeches came to be known as the "Catilinarians" or the "Catiline Orations," after the principal target of the speeches, Lucius Sergius Catilina. For two thousand years, these speeches have been pored over by students of Latin and rhetoric as a canonical example of Roman oratory.


One of Cicero's rhetorical techniques that made a big impression on my high school Latin class was "praeteritio," "I will pass over." The orator mentions "in passing" some really damning thing done by the accused. "Quod ego praetermitto," "which [crime] I will pass over." By such "passing over" of the crime, the speaker calls attention to the crime.

I had the opportunity to interact at some length with Georgia Rep. Hank Johnson not so long ago. I'm going to hazard a guess that at some point in his life, Rep. Hank Johnson had the opportunity to study Cicero.

Bibi 3/3 Congress speech: won't attend/called for speech to be cancelled/postponed

Update #2: It's not 100% obvious how vigorously The Hill is now updating its tally. According to Poliitico, Hank Johnson and Donna Edwards are not going to attend. So, I'll start adding things here that appear in press that aren't yet reflected in The Hill's tally.

Hank Johnson
Donna Edwards

http://www.politico.com/story/2015/02/benjamin-netanyahu-congressional-black-caucus-115103.html

Update#1: The Hill is maintaining a tally, so I've stopped updating this one.

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/232160-whip-list-dems-skipping-netanyahu-speech

====

Have publicly said that they won’t go to Bibi’s proposed March 3 speech to Congress if it is not postponed/cancelled: