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Don’t denounce those who oppose Lee vote

Dennis Kuby
Wednesday February 28, 2001



I will let history decide whether Barbara Lee is a profile in courage in being the sole dissenter in Congress to approve giving war powers to the president. Right now, she is nothing but an asterisk along side Jeanette Rankin, the pacifist congresswoman from Montana who cast the lone vote against declaring war on Japan after the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor.  

Assuming that Councilwoman, Maudelle Shirek, was quoted correctly in the DailyPlanet when she characterized those who denounced Barbara Lee as part of a “lynch mob,” I think she owes us an apology or at least a retraction. It’s not the first time that Maudelle has shot from the hip and doubtless it won’t be the last. But, many of us who strongly disagree with Ms. Lee’s vote, are also card-carrying members of the ACLU and the NAACP  

Dennis Kuby