Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee — who once famously asked where she could find photos of the American flag that Neil Armstrong planted on Mars — yesterday insisted, in stark defiance of basic facts of history, that “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.”
Of course, there has been only one Vietnam since 1975. I won't ever forget that, given that I was a 12-year-old on Guam who watched bewildered and frightened Vietnamese refugees carry their few possessions from planes on Guam following their evacuation ahead of the forces of a Communist regime that violated its agreements to end hostilities only 2 years before, and then spent the summer teaching English to my Vietnamese peers at St. John's School during our summer school program. Indeed, the latter experience is what first put me on the path to becoming a teacher.
I wonder what the Houston Vietnamese community has to say about Queen Shelia's ignorance.
On Sunday afternoon Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) was part of the panel for a legislative workshop titled “Engaging Congress: the NAACP’s Legislative Agenda to Achieve One Nation, One Dream”. Representative Jackson-Lee spoke on the tea party movement and immigration reform among other issues:
Representative Sheila Jackson Lee: ….And I thank you professor very much. I’m going to be engaging you with those very powerful numbers that you have offered on what the tea party recognizes, uh, or is recognized as. Might I add my own P.S.? All those who wore sheets a long time ago have now lifted them off and started wearing [applause], uh, clothing, uh, with a name, say, I am part of the tea party. Don’t you be fooled. [voices: "That's right.", applause] Those who used to wear sheets are now being able to walk down the aisle and speak as a patriot because you will not speak loudly about the lack of integrity of this movement. Don’t let anybody tell you that those who spit on us as we were walking to vote on a health care bill for all of America or those who said Congresswoman Jackson-Lee’s braids were too tight in her hair had anything to do with justice and equality and empowerment of the American people. Don’t let them fool you on that [applause]….
Unless she has incontrovertible evidence that the members of the Tea Party movement are, in fact, closet members of a paramilitary terrorist organization, she needs to be drummed out of Congress in disgrace.
And someone ought to remind the CongressWOMAN with the twin surnames of the Confederacy's two greatest generals exactly which party has always been historically aligned with the KKK.
No word on when this embarrassment to the state of Texas intends to file paperwork to legally change her name to CongressWOMAN Sheila Cupid Stunt.