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17 January 2022

Our little list of past holiday pieces in the sidebar provides no little amusement to us as we prepare to enjoy the day off by observing what it's all about. Last year's piece was a doozy.

Martin Luther King Memorial. The torrent begins in a drop.

"Indeed, the nation has been saved from the Republican assault on our democratic values over the last four years and most recently on Congress itself by the very people who once enslaved it," we wrote.

Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema hadn't eaten through the wood like termites yet. But they have now.

Meanwhile Republicans have continued their assault on the infrastructure of our democracy in the states themselves, eating away at voting rights to such an extent that half the mail-in ballots in a Texas county have been rejected.

In a tweet honoring her father, Bernice King quoted him, "I think the tragedy is that we have a Congress with a Senate that has a minority of misguided senators who will use the filibuster to keep the majority of people from even voting."

It's a tragedy, indeed. It's also high-minded hypocrisy. These misguided senators had no trouble carving out an exception to the filibuster to raise the debt ceiling. Voting rights, apparently, don't rise to that level for them.

King tagged McConnell and Sinema at the end of her tweet.

Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke eloquently of the power of the vote, which he called the foundation stone for political action. "I have come to see more and more that one of the most decisive steps that the Negro can take is that little walk to the voting booth. That is an important step. We've got to gain the ballot, and through that gain, political power."

Again, we've illustrated this holiday piece with an image from the Revelations fountain honoring Dr. King in San Francisco.

The torrents you see in that photo begin in an infinite edge pool in which the water level drips over the edge to feed the falls. The torrent, in short, begins in a drop.

Justice, as Dr. King said, "rolls down like water" in torrents and "righteousness like a might stream" with it. Even, we might add, when it has been restricted to a drop.

We can think of two senators who might think about that today. And 50 others, as well.

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