LGBT member of Congress speaks to local leaders in South Florida
Krysten Sinema is in her third term in office, representing Arizona’s District 9 in the US Congress, and is the deputy Whip for the Democratic Party in the House of Representatives. Outspoken and unconventional, the bisexual, spontaneous, and attractive Congresswoman is the co-chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus. Her liberal take on government follows along strictly Constitutional lines. It therefore comes as no surprise that her advice to the LGBT community in South Florida is not to hysterically attack the new president, including all the current name-calling that, while based on wit, is counterproductive at its core. Not that she wants to give the man too much of a break.
While hardly a fan of the newly elected president, Sinema sat down at the W Hotel Fort Lauderdale with community leaders including activists Irwin Drucker and Michael Emanuel Rajner, plus Vita Nova founder Leo Armbrust, realtor Michael Hack-Davis, and Wilton Manors’ Mayor Gary Resnick to warn that it is democracy itself which needs protection under the new president, and, with it, the constitution of the Unites States.
“It’s a crazy time,” Sinema told us. “Our president does not believe in democracy; he believes in himself. And if you believe in democracy, you recognize that there are three branches of government. And each of them provides the check and the balances on the other. While the president is issuing multiple executive orders every day, the legislative branch is essentially broken. We hear silence from Congress. The Republicans are afraid to speak out, and the Democrats always think everything is going to turn out okay. And the judicial branch is under attack.”
For Krysten Sinema, the ascension of #45 from candidate to dictator was not the surprise it was to many, and she was vocal about his chances of winning to her Arizona constituency as early as the start of last year’s run for the presidency.
“Just think about it,” Congresswoman Sinema said. “There was Hilary with her binders and pantsuits going around lecturing us, essentially telling us to eat our peas. There was going to be no dessert. She told us that we had got to buckle down and do the hard work.”
By comparison, there was the other candidate, who told us to come on. We’ve got strippers and cocaine.”
While he might not have meant it literally, or maybe he did, the message to the middle of the country was clear. Hillary was a prude. All work…and no results. He was locker room talk, and was giving the middle finger to government right at the time that much of America was feeling neglected, by overlooked by Washington, and disengaged from it. So, of course, he was going to get their votes. The question now is what to do given the reality we face.
For Sinema, our mission as LGBT voters is clear. “We must protect the constitution,” she says, for it will not protect itself. It is clearly under siege by the executive branch.
“The president is busy right now firing anyone, in all the various departments, who might stand up to him, and replacing them with people who are going to give him a clear shot to do what he wants.
“There is a lot of fear in Congress right now,” Sinema says. “And I can say that because I am the most bipartisan representative in Congress right now. I speak to everyone; and I see the fear.”
It is business as usual for the president, who does business through threats and intimidation. “All he has to do is get rid of people within his agencies who stand up for the law, and he can literally do anything—or try to.”
Our shield against tyranny is the Constitution, which, as we’ve seen, is under fire. It is imperative that we all remain vocal, and refuse any compromise which would impugn its integrity. At risk is nothing less than the America that we know.
Richard Hack is an award-winning writer of 27 books and mini-series. He appears regularly on television criticizing bias in American news.