The authors of the U.S. Constitution had the foresight to recognize that members of Congress may at times choose to conduct themselves in such a way that they are no longer suitable to serve in the House of Representatives or the Senate. And while individual States do not have the authority to expel (or “un-elect”) a congressional representative from office, both the House and the Senate have the authority to expel a member by a two-thirds vote of the membership of the respective body who are present and voting. No member of the House or Senate has ever been expelled from office; however, the time has come to do just that.
Members of the House of Representatives now have a responsibility to exercise the “expulsion option” afforded to them by the Constitution. Republican Representative Clay Higgins is not fit to represent the people of the United States nor does he demonstrate the moral character or integrity necessary to uphold the laws of this nation as evidenced by his June 5 Facebook post.
On his professional Facebook page, Rep. Higgins declared:
“The free world… all of Christendom… is at
war with Islamic horror. Not one penny of American treasure should be granted to any nation who harbors these heathen animals. Not a single radicalized Islamic suspect should be granted any measure of quarter. Their intended entry to the American homeland should be summarily denied. Every conceivable measure should be engaged to hunt them down. Hunt them, identity them, and kill them. Kill them all. For the sake of all that is good and righteous. Kill them all.”
Rep. Higgins’ call to eradicate anyone who is an “Islamic radicalized suspect” came after the June 4 attack in London that left seven people dead and dozens others wounded, including four police officers. Rep. Higgins is calling for the murders of people who have not been charged or convicted of any crime. His declaration that people deemed to be “Islamic horror,” “heathen animals,” and an “Islamic radicalized suspect” (emphasis added) should be killed is a blatant and public call for genocide.
An elected member of Congress is calling for the American people to murder anyone they believe — based on their own prejudices and fears — to be a terrorist.
Rep. Higgins is inciting violence, and he must be held accountable for this outrageous behavior.
We study history so as to not repeat the past. And yet, this call for extrajudicial killings from political leadership is hauntingly familiar. Utilizing a recent act of violence as a catalyst for genocide is something we have seen before. A call for genocide by a democratically elected political leader is something we have seen before. Utilizing media as a vehicle to mobilize citizens to engage in acts of violence intended to wipe out an entire group of people is something we have seen before. This is precisely what occurred during the 1994 Rwandan genocide.
On April 6, 1994, Rwanda President Jouvenal Habyarimana along with the president of Burundi were assassinated when a rocket attack hit the plane they were flying in. Though the perpetrator of the crime has never been identified, on April 7, the government-controlled Radio Television Libres Des Mille Collines (RTLM) attributed the plane crash to a joint effort between the Rwandan Patriotic Front (a military operation headed by exiled Tutsis) and a contingent of United Nations soldiers. On live radio, the democratically elected political leaders launched a full-scale attack on all “Tutsi cockroach,” calling on all Hutus to kill their Tutsi neighbors. And they did. The genocide lasted 100 days. The government-sanctioned killings resulted in more than 800,000 deaths.
Using dehumanizing language, both Rep. Higgins and government officials of the Hutu-majority Rwandan government, made a plea on a media platform with a national audience for citizens to hunt down and kill the perceived enemy without ever charging any person with a crime. Americans must not tolerate this kind of hate-filled rhetoric. History has shown just how deadly the consequences can be.
Rep. Clay Higgins is not only a threat to the dignity of his office, he is a threat to the safety of this nation and the safety of American citizens. When a democratically elected politician behaves more like a terrorist than a law-abiding American citizen, he must be removed from office.
An international speaker, peace-building trainer and mediator, Robyn works with individuals, corporations and nonprofit organizations in discovering the root causes of their conflicts, so they may transform their relationships and create new and productive paths forward individually and as teams. She also works with community leaders and political and governmental leaders to develop grassroots efforts for building sustainable peace in areas of historic conflict. In this capacity, she has been featured in news outlets internationally. Follow her on social media @RobynShort and Facebook.com/DrRobynShort.