JOHN LEWIS & DEMOCRATS STAGE HISTORIC HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES SIT-IN
REPUBLICANS CITE DUE PROCESS, GUN FREE ZONES FOR NOT ALLOWING A VOTE ON GUN CONTROL
It is highly amusing to hear Republicans parse the reasons why they refuse to even bring a “No Fly-No Gun” bill to the floor of the House as Democrats are staging an historic sit-in. Is there due process for folks who don’t even know they are on the No Fly list? How do people get off it? Isn’t a secret government list against the principles of freedom and democracy?
It is exceedingly hard for me to not laugh out loud at all of this brazen fuckery. I don’t recall any of these lofty concerns being raised by Republicans for the past 15 years since the No-Fly list was created after 9-11 until Democrats actually want to pass legislation to strengthen gun controls. And it’s not as if the Democrats are asking to ban assault weapons and mega magazine cartridges, (there is simply no hope in a Republican controlled Congress). No. In this case it’s denying anyone on the “No Fly” list the right to purchase a gun. Omar Mateen’s name did appear on the list for a time, until the FBI dropped its terrorist investigation and he was removed. This is not some effort by Democrats to confiscate everyone's guns.
But what is scaring the bejeezus out of Republicans in both the House and the Senate is having their names attached to the “NAY” side of a list of Congressmen and woman voting against even the most tepid of increased gun control measures. Thus Speaker of the House, Republican Paul Ryan (R-WI), has tried every procedural trick he can muster to prevent any gun control bill from being introduced. He calls the Democrats “Sit-In” on the House floor “a publicity stunt.” He’s right of course, in the absence of anything else of substance, this is what John L. Lewis (D-GA) and fellow Democrats have resorted to. And in the public’s eye, they seem to be on the right track.
HOUSE SPEAKER RYAN ON MAINTAINING THE "DIGNITY" OF THE HOUSE WHILE IGNORING ORLANDO AND OTHER MASS SHOOTINGS.
There has been a significant and vocal uptick in public support for greater gun controls and condemnation of House and Senate NRA stooges who won’t act since the Orlando massacre. And I note the irony that it was this mass slaughter of adult gays and Latinos and not the slaughter of 20 young elementary school kids in Newtown, CT. that seems to have finally tipped the scales in the public’s mind. Frankly, other than the public just got tired of “another mass killing with an assault weapon” as body after body has piled up in morgues all across the country over the past couple of decades, I have no explanation.
But perhaps I do. The surprising and unprecedented success of Bernie Sanders’ “Democratic Socialism” Presidential campaign coupled with the equally surprising and troubling success of Donald Trump on the other side of the political chasm, might be telling us more than just “we are a deeply divided country,” increasingly vocal and hard lined standing off against each other across an unbridgeable canyon of suspicion and hate. I’m thinking that we the people are actually much more united in our hopes and complaints, about where the country should be heading than all the polls would suggest.
I will speculate that the deaths of 49 people at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando is simply the last straw, the one that broke the camel's back, let's say. How I see it is that, we – liberals, progressives, the rest of us – have been patient. We’ve remained largely uncritical and silent as Republicans introduced the 60th bill to shred Obamacare signaling much ado about nothing 60 times. We’ve remained on the sidelines as Red State after Red State passed Voter Disenfranchisement laws. We patiently watched as useless Congressional hearing after hearing over the IRS, about Benghazi, about Planned Parenthood unrolled across our televisions screens wasting our time and tax dollars. We’ve waited for decades for “we the real patriotic American people” conservatives to catch onto the blatant scam Republicans have been perpetrating on America’s working and middle classes. We stood by as you’ve slimed, demeaned and lied about one of the most intelligent, most effective, most admired Presidents in our history. We’ve been patient. We’ve been understanding. We’ve been waiting for you to catch up with us to realize that conservatives, Republicans, Tea Baggers, the Freedom Caucus, Sam Brownback and Ted Cruz (R-TX) have nothing but contempt for you, for your families, for your freedoms, for your health and well-being, for your lives.
And then you gave us Donald Trump. There could be no greater sign for the rest of us at how utterly bankrupt, how utterly contemptuous and fraudulent, at how unbelievably dismissive you are of even the most paltry of our real life concerns. It is an insult of the most egregious magnitude to us, to our intelligence, to our patriotism, to our beliefs about what America – and we as Americans – stand for and fight for. In the face of foreign and home grown terrorism, in the face of an ever widening gap between the wealthy and the rest of us, in the face of continuing assaults on our civil rights, in the face of constant obstructionism against every effort to improve our lot, constant trickery and fuckery, we’ve had it.
In the face of all of this you gave the country Donald Trump, who just yesterday in a “pivot to his Presidential campaign” dragged out every false, hair-brained, already debunked conspiracy theory ginned up by the right wing for the last twenty years against Hillary Clinton as the foundation of his quest for the Presidency of the United State of America.
Are you getting it? Can you hear us now? It’s enough. It cannot stand. Our patience, our understanding, our polite quietude and our near-limitless ability to rationalize fuckery as political gamesmanship, is at an end.
And conservatives, Republicans, Tea Baggers and right wingers, you might have just released the full fury of the rest of us, the real “We The People,” against you and your seemingly blind, deaf and dumb compatriots who are simply not paying attention to what’s really been happening in this country for so long.
Have a good day folks!