Thank you, Speaker Ryan, for your courageous support of the Democratic Sit-In for a vote on gun control bills.
I know that, as Speaker of the House, it's your job both to bring bills to the floor of the House and to "enforce the laws we already have" about proper decorum in the House. Yet you are bravely allowing Democratic Representatives to continue their sit-in, and even to record and broadcast it, in obvious violation of the rules--because you know that that's the right thing to do.
I know that you are a hostage to the NRA, and that that's a scary prospect--they've got all those guns! And I know that you could take the coward's way out and bring bills to the floor that would just be voted down by a Republican majority of your fellow-hostages. After all, when you believed that ObamaCare was a threat to the country, you were willing to bring repeal to a vote more than fifty times, even though you knew it would accomplish nothing!
You didn't blink when you knew you were in the right.
But your conscience won't allow you to bring yet another bill to the floor, forcing your fellow-hostages to do the NRA's bidding again by voting against what a majority of Americans, including your own constituents, know is right: possession of a gun is a right that should nonetheless be governed by some common sense laws, just like the laws that restrict access to abortion, voting, and Sudafed.
Your conscience also won't allow you to end the Sit-In by ordering the Sergeant at Arms to forcibly remove your colleagues from the floor. You know that it would be deeply abhorrent to have police drag Rep. John Lewis and the rest of the House Democrats out of the chamber where their constituents have sent them to speak for Americans. You know that it would be tyrannical to enforce the rules that would prevent them from using social media to spread their message.
And still, you have a gun to your head. You know that the NRA could realize what you're doing through your inaction at any second and pull the trigger. All eyes are on you. What can you do? What can any hostage do when he's not free to speak?
Keep blinking, Speaker Ryan.
We see you. House Democrats see you.
Rep. John Lewis, who faced down bigoted police to fight for Civil Rights; Rep. Tammy Duckworth, who faced fire in combat to serve her country; and dozens of other House Democrats will face down the NRA for you, and for all of us.
You're been a hostage for a long time, Speaker Ryan, and so has every member of your party. Perhaps you lost hope. Perhaps you thought you could never be rescued from the NRA. Perhaps you thought no one would ever see. But House Democrats are fighting to set you free, and all of America is watching.
We're watching because you're allowing Democrats to violate House rules to broadcast from the floor. We're watching becuase you refuse to have protesting representatives forcibly removed from the House. We're watching--the whole country is watching--because you refuse to end the Sit In by bringing a bill to the floor.
We know that if you truly believed you were in the right, you wouldn't blink. You would bring a bill, or enforce House rules. We know what message you're really sending by backing down and allowing House Democrats to continue their protest.
So thank you, again, Speaker Ryan, for your courageous support of the Democratic Sit-In.