John Boehner missed the Selma 50th Anniversary commemoration because he was attending two fundraising events in California resort towns.
One group that was glaringly absent from Selma on Saturday was any substantial representation of racist Republicans; most notably Republican leaders in Congress.
President Obama used his speech in Selma to connect the past with the present while calling out Republican attempts to suppress the vote while urging the restoration of the Voting Rights Act.
It is not enough simply to remember Selma. The courageous men and women on the Edmund Pettus Bridge could not be deterred by brutal force. They marched forward with undaunted courage, staring death in the face. Members of Congress who lack the minimal courage required to pass legislation protecting the right to vote, have no business paying tribute to the marchers in Selma. By their inaction, their allegiance lies with the Alabama State Troopers who turned the marchers around.