Republicans, Embrace your Inner Child

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Yes, Republicans, embrace your Inner Child: Donald.  Mr. Trump speaks your inner truth, however Hitleresque and vile it sounds. Speaker of the House Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Reince Priebus and many other Republicans are in near-panic over who their cuckoo’s nest base has crowned as the Republican nominee, but not because they disagree with Trump’s hatred of immigrants, women, African Americans, Latinos, Muslims the gay community, etc., etc.  No, Trump’s attitudes perfectly reflect the decades of tireless Republican sabotaging of Democratic efforts to enable the poor, students, women, minorities and the great middleclass to advance themselves and keep from falling ever farther behind. Trump’s values mirror the Republican Party’s obsession of spoon-feeding the rich with more tax breaks, loopholes, pervasive deregulation, weakened labor laws, etc., etc. However, the problem Republicans are having with Trump is that he spews these “values” way too loudly.  He draws too much attention to the hate in their hate machine. Every Republican politician knows they’re supposed to bloviate about patriotism and the Bible, so called “clean coal”, the great climate conspiracy, the magic of trickle-down economics, and the righteousness of endless war. As much as possible for a band of rich and entitled white bigots, all that revulsion for people not like them is supposed to be kept on the down low, visible only in legislation that Americans never read and those lobbyist-drafted riders snuck into bills at 1:00 am.

Trump is like the child in Sunday church who happily shouts the same profanity his parents used the night before, and then shrieks in joy at the response.  It’s not fair to blame the child, he doesn’t know what he’s saying, but Trump certainly does.  Trump and his political success to date is a creation of the Republican Party. That party, with its propaganda network of Fox News, iHeart Radio, et al, has embraced every hate group, white supremacists, gun fanatics, misogynists, the militia movement, separatists, etc., and this collection of haters is their base, with Trump as their king.  Thankfully, they don’t represent the majority of thinking Americans, not by a long shot.

Trump reveals to the world what the Republican political machine is truly all about.  Against Ryan’s repeated pleas, he has opened the party’s kimono wide and the nation and America’s closest allies are suffering profound revulsion. Republican politicians long ago abandoned the majority of Americans in favor of national and international corporations and the wealthiest 1%, but to stay in power, they happily allied themselves with extremists who blindly vote against their own interests because they cannot resist the hatred the party spews.  To those moderate Independents and Republicans who are finally discovering the truth, we on the left welcome you.  Come to the light.

To Ryan, McConnell, Priebus, and other Republican leaders, you have a serious quandary on your hands, don’t you?  Do you embrace and support your child, Trump, perhaps the most unqualified and malevolent candidate in history, all in an effort to defeat Hillary?  You probably won’t succeed, and in doing so, you also risk losing both the House and the Senate.  Or do you turn your back on Trump and infuriate your precious “base”, the very people who nominated him?  You made this bed, and you surely deserve to sleep in it.  Meanwhile, your child, Trump, will keep being Trump.

 

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Another American Slaughter and this Complicit Republican Congress

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Sig Sauer MCX

Omar Mateen, an American citizen, used a Sig Sauer MCX semi-automatic assault weapon to murder and maim more than 100 people in the Orlando massacre. The automatic version of this weapon, known by many in the military as “the Black Mamba”, was originally developed at the request of the US Army for use by U.S. Special Operations Forces. After winning that contract, Sig Sauer then promptly being selling this highly lethal semi-automatic weapon to the general public, and what makes it so much more dangerous than even an AR-15 is that the MCX has less recoil, is much lighter, and can fire rounds more rapidly, even in semiautomatic mode. But what truly makes this weapon so lethal in a civilian environment, is that the MCX has a folding stock.  Why is this so important?

Assault weapons like the AR-15 are big guns, long rifles, that are very difficult to conceal. If you see someone carrying with an AR-15, you know it. Such a person approaching a public building is far less likely to get undetected access, because the threat will be visible to parents, teachers, the police, the general public, and that advance knowledge can give at least a few possible victims, precious seconds to flee or call for help.  However a man with a Sig Sauer MCX can fold its stock, reducing its length by a third, and then easily conceal this lightweight weapon behind his coat. A killer can pull this gun out, open the stock and begin firing in two seconds. Mateen fired 24 rounds (bullets) in 9 seconds, nearly three per second.

Mateen could have walked into a hospital, a school or a shopping mall and roamed around, with the public unaware of his intentions until he pulled out the gun, opened the stock and began firing, three rounds per second.

There is absolutely no justification for a civilian to be able to purchase an assault weapon, and most certainly not a weapon equipped with a folding or telescoping stock, the only purpose of which is too allow the gun’s concealment. Unrestricted access to shotguns with sawed-off barrels have been banned nationwide for this very reason since the 1930s.  Only a terrorist desires to conceal his weapon.

This Republican Congress and the NRA are guilty of craven disregard for the lives of innocent civilians and civil order. Terrorists, madmen, are guilty of their crimes, but this Republican congress and the NRA are truly, fully complicit in those crimes because they directly enable the killers.  Makers of these types of guns are making products with one purpose: to murder en masse.  Over and over again, Americans have demanded that their government act to protect them by passing uniform background checks, by not allowing those on the Terrorist Watch List to be prohibited from buying guns, and by banning assault weapons. And over and over again, Republican leaders in congress have ignored those pleas. Per capita, the US has nearly three times as many guns and over three times as many homicides as any other developed nation. Enough is enough. This Republican congress is enabling mayhem.  This Republican congress is enabling terrorism.  Leaders of this Republican Party should be impeached, prosecuted for repeatedly, willfully, and wantonly failing in their solemn duties to protect the domestic peace and tranquility of American society.   We must bring this ongoing slaughter to an end.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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