Washington Post reported that:
Darrell Issa, chairman of the House committee leading numerous investigations of the Obama administration, found a new way to silence Democratic critics who question his actions: He shut off the microphones.
The California Republican had said that Lois Lerner, a key figure in the IRS targeting of tea party groups, would testify before his House Oversight and Government Reform panel on Wednesday, but instead she refused to answer questions. After Issa forced Lerner to invoke her Fifth Amendment rights no fewer than 10 times, the committee’s top Democrat, Elijah Cummings (Md.), raised his hand to speak.
Issa looked at Cummings, ignored him, adjourned the hearing and slammed down the gavel.
“Mr. Chairman? Mr. Chairman? Mr. Chairman?” Cummings bellowed.
Issa, who was gathering his papers, turned around. “We’ve adjourned,” he said.
“Mr. Chairman, you cannot run a committee like this,” Cummings fumed. “We’re better than that as a committee. I have asked for a few minutes to ask a procedural — ”
Issa had stood up and now pressed a button in front of him that silenced Cummings’s microphone.
Once upon a time, there were no black people in Congress. Once upon a time, a black man would never raise his voice at a white man. Once upon a time, when a white man told a black man to do something, the black man would say, “Yes sir boss.” Those days are gone.
Even nowadays, many black politicians are afraid to be perceived as “the angry black man” or “the angry black woman”. Many lower their voices and moderate their speech patterns, expressions and mannerisms to appease hyper-sensitive white voters. Thank God that Rep. Elijah Cummings is not that kind of black politician.
I commend the brother for continuing to speak out. I commend the brother for standing up to that no good, witch hunting bully Rep. Darrell Issa. Rep. Cummings, your constituents and the African Americans are proud of you sir.