When Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) threatened* to break senate rules by releasing confidential documents to his pals in the Left-Wing Media, he announced “I am Spartacus.”
Spartacus (circa 111-71 BC) was an escaped slave who lead a major slave uprising against the Roman Empire. In modern literature, TV and movies, Spartacus has been portrayed as the “little guy” fighting for freedom from an oppressive government.
It is strange that Booker wants Americans to think of him as another Spartacus since he has spent his political career making government bigger and more oppressive. His support for the “New Green Deal” guarantees to make it impossible for low-income Americans to buy fuel to run a car, and for middle-class Americans to even buy a car. In reality, this Spartacus advocates taking freedoms away from the “little guy.”
SPARTACUS PROMOTES FALSE NARRATIVES
No Democratic campaign announcement would be complete without getting in jabs at President Trump while pushing false narratives to ill-informed Americans. Spartacus thought he was taking a moderate tone and offering a positive vision when he said:
“We are better when we help each other. I believe that we can build a country where no one is forgotten, no one is left behind; where parents can put food on the table; where there are good paying jobs with good benefits in every neighborhood; where our criminal justice system keeps us safe, instead of shuffling more children into cages and coffins; where we see the faces of our leaders on television and feel pride, not shame.”
Booker displays his ignorance of the historically low unemployment rate for all Americans, especially for minorities, due to Trump’s de-regulation and tax policies. Not wanting Americans to keep more of their own earnings, Booker voted against Trump’s Tax Cut & Jobs Act in 2017.
It is left to viewers & listeners to ponder what “cages and coffins” Booker is referring to. But, we DO know which leader causes him shame, instead of pride. The very leader who has done so much for all Americans in just two short years.
TRUMP GOT THE JOB DONE AFTER SPARTACUS FAILED
Booker had long advocated for a crime bill such as the one created by Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner: The First Step Act.** This bill, signed by President Trump just two months ago, alleviated much of the unfairness in minimum sentences for drug crimes that has so heavily impacted the black community since President Clinton signed it in the 1990s. Did Senator Booker show up for the vote?
SPARTACUS CLAIMS HE WANTS CHANGE, BUT REALLY WANTS MORE FAILED DEMOCRAT POLICIES
Booker, age 49, announced his campaign to become the Democratic nominee for president on February 1st, the beginning of Black History Month, by claiming:
“The history of our nation is defined by collective action; by interwoven destinies of slaves and abolitionists; of those born here and those who chose America as home; of those who took up arms to defend our country, and those who linked arms to challenge and change it.”
Booker failed to mention that it was the Republican Party that championed civil rights for African-Americans beginning when the party was formed in the 1850s by many Abolitionist Societies uniting. He also did not mention that he is a member of a political party that fought for over 100 years to deny blacks equal rights, and created the Ku Klu Klan to keep blacks from fully enjoying the Bill of Rights.
WHAT “COMMON PAIN” IS SPARTACUS TALKING ABOUT?
Booker pushed false narratives throughout his presidential announcement:
“I believe we can build a country where no one is forgotten, no one is left behind. . . . Together, we will channel our common pain back into our common purpose. Together, America, we will rise.”
Please, Spartacus, define the “common pain” that we need to channel. Normal Americans feel little pain these days.
Diane L. Gruber
*On Day 3 of the Kavanaugh confirmation hearing Senator Booker grabbed the spotlight in a fight over documents that Democrats had been demanding Republicans release. In particular, Booker sought the release of a memo on racial profiling, one of thousands received by the committee but labeled “Committee Confidential,” which allows senators to review but not make public.
The memo was drafted by Kavanaugh during his time in the George W. Bush White House. Booker attempted to ask Kavanaugh about it during questioning Wednesday night, but Republicans raised a point of order, saying it was unfair to Kavanaugh to be asked to comment on a document he didn’t have before him.
In response, Booker said he was making the memo public, despite the possible consequences. “I’m going to release the email about racial profiling and I understand that the penalty comes with potential ousting from the Senate,” he declared. Other Democrats quickly joined Booker, saying they too would release documents. In response, Booker joked that he was having “a Spartacus moment.”
Republicans weren’t amused. Texas Sen. John Cornyn accused Booker of “irresponsible conduct unbecoming of a senator,” and said, “Running for president is no excuse for violating the rules of the Senate.”
Later in the day, Republicans said all the documents that Democrats had requested to be released of the “Committee Confidential” designation had, in fact, already been approved to be made public before the Day Three hearing began.
** The House overwhelmingly approved the criminal justice bill on a 358-36 vote, after the Senate passed it 87-12. The decisive passage marks a win for Trump as well as his senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, who advocated for the bill in the face of some resistance.
The First Step Act would give federal judges more leeway when sentencing some drug offenders and boost prisoner rehabilitation efforts. It also would reduce life sentences for some drug offenders with three convictions, or “three strikes,” to 25 years. Another provision would allow about 2,600 federal prisoners sentenced for crack cocaine offenses before August 2010 the opportunity to petition for a reduced penalty.
It also incentivizes prisoners to participate in programs designed to reduce the risk of recidivism, with the reward being an earlier release to either home confinement or a halfway house to complete their sentence. This will not be made available to offenders who were also convicted of violent firearms offenses, sexual exploitation of children or high-level heroin and fentanyl dealing.