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Empathy-Deficient Rep. Pete Sessions Finally Explodes at Constituents: “You Don’t Know How to Listen”

Republican Representative Pete Sessions has long been low in empathy. He wants to end abortion and even some forms of contraception, yet won’t allow federal employees a mere four weeks to spend with their newborn babies. Despite a history of slavery, he voted just last year to maintain displays of large Confederate flags. And despite near-constant use of the word “Freedom,” he actively supports policies of indefinite detention without trial.

Given that history, it’s not too surprising that Pete Sessions exploded at his constituents, shouting “You don’t know how to listen” to a group of residents of the district he represents who had the temerity, the gall, to disagree with him. Someone seems to have forgotten that it’s his constituents’ job to speak and his job to listen to them.

Sessions’ constituents weren’t having it. When he sided with a plan to reduce health insurance rolls by 24 million with a blunt declaration that “we’re going to repeal Obamacare,” his constituents rose to their feet to respond: “Vote Him Out.” Let’s see if that happens.

3 thoughts on “Empathy-Deficient Rep. Pete Sessions Finally Explodes at Constituents: “You Don’t Know How to Listen””

  1. Al Hopfmann says:

    Regardless of each person’s positions on abortion AFTER life begins and slavery (I hope we are all opposed to both), I think we should all realize that the “parental leave” issue is more about the freedom to make contracts between employers and employees. How much should we let the government, any government, interfere with our right to make contracts that are agreeable to both parties and are nobody else’s business?

    1. Jim Cook says:

      Al, I appreciate your eagerness to engage, but I have three takes on what you write. #1, if you’re really opposed to abortion after life begins you should be sending out rescue parties for all those spontaneous miscarriages, #2, your reading of the issue does not equal the universal state of the issue, and #3 the employer in the case of Pete Sessions’ parental-leave denial was the government itself, whose boss is us, which makes this a moral decision that fails.

    2. J Clifford says:

      Mr. Hopfmann, I don’t think most working parents “realize” that the parental leave issue is more about employer rights than about their ability to take care of their children.

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