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I'm disgusted by what the party of my choice has become. I thought it was the party of fiscal responsibility and liberty, but it's become the party of needless wars, spending while cutting revenue, and invading people's personal lives. This blog is my attempt to expose what's wrong, and occasionally what's right, with today's GOP.
What happened to the Republican Party that I joined? The party where conservative presidential candidate Barry Goldwater felt women should have the right to control their own destiny? The party where President Ronald Reagan said a poor person showing up in the emergency room deserved needed treatment regardless of ability to pay? What happened to the Republican Party that felt government should not overregulate people until (as we say in Oklahoma) “you have walked a mile in their moccasins”?
The Kansas Republican said he was disturbed by his party’s obstructionist behavior on Capitol Hill. “It seems almost unreal that we can’t get together on a budget or legislation,” he said.
Asked whether he would be welcomed by the Republican Party today, Dole said, “I doubt it. Reagan wouldn’t have made it, certainly Nixon wouldn’t have made it, because he had ideas. We might have made it, but I doubt it.”
Dole said his party needs stronger leadership. “Somebody has to stand up and say, ‘We’re not going to do this,’” he said.
Many “reality-based” Republicans have been saying this, but we aren’t being heard over the caterwauling of the far right.
Yesterday, the senate voted on a cloture motion to proceed to debate on Senate Bill 649, otherwise known as “The Safe Communities and Schools Act of 2013.” This required 60 votes to pass. It wasn’t to pass a bill. It was just to proceed to the normal legislative process of debating and adding amendments to a proposed bill.
And the far-right freaked out over it.
— Fed Up Republican (@FedUpGOPer)
If you want to see some of the freak-out, just look at the responses to Sen. Coburn’s vote. This one from a Texas Railroad Commission Chairman (yes, a state government employee) is both hilarious and pathetic:
It’s obvious to me that these people crying “treason!” obviously don’t understand that there’s still many, many more votes to come on this bill. Do they not want anyone in Congress to even speak the words “gun control” let alone have an open debate where we know how the various Senators/Representatives stand on the issues?
These people need to a) understand how Congress works, and b) relax and see how this bill proceeds. I’m quite sure this bill will never make it out of the Senate in it’s current form, if at all. Even if it does get through the Senate, it will not pass the GOP-controlled House. So let’s hear the Senators bluster for and against this bill. Let’s see what amendments they offer. It should be great theater.
As for the bill itself, it is trying to expand the background check system to all sales by a licensed dealer, be they in their shop, at a gun show, or on the internet. The current background check laws only apply to sales in a gun shop, not at gun shows or over the internet. This bill does NOT cover private sales at all, meaning you can still buy/sell from another individual. It has it’s imperfections (as all bills do), and Sen. Coburn points this out:
The Manchin-Toomey proposal, unfortunately, trades a workable way to improve access the NICS database for a system that is not workable and will be extremely difficult to pass Congress and become law.
I’ll leave you with this tweet from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), which matches my feelings on this subject:
I welcome a debate on gun control. The American people deserve to see where their elected representatives stand on the Second Amendment.— Lindsey Graham (@GrahamBlog)
I’ll just never stop finding it funny listening to Rush Limbaugh lament the loss of traditional marriage as he sits next to his 4th wife— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) March 29, 2013
After hearing that North Dakota’s Governor signed bills that make the state the most restrictive on abortion, I was reminded of this rant by George Carlin:
Why? Why? Why? Why? Why is it that most of the people who are against abortion are people you wouldn’t want to fuck in the first place? Boy these conservatives are really something aren’t they? they’re all in favour of the unborn. They will do anything for the unborn but once you’re born you’re on your own. Pro-life conservatives are obsessed with the fetus from conception to nine months. After that they don’t want to know about you. They don’t want to hear from you. No nothing. No neonatal care, no daycare, no head start, no school lunch, no food stamps, no welfare, no nothing. If you’re pre-born you’re fine. If you’re preschool you’re fucked.
Emphasis mine. Crude, but true.
“After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn’t do it.”
If you really want to make headway against the rampant violence in society, you have to start by recognizing that the real problem is not the fact members of our society can get guns, but rather that our society has a depraved obsession with massacring children.
And no, I’m not talking about just the Sandy Hook tragedy. According to FBI statistics, in 2011,approximately 565 young people under the age of 18 where murdered with firearms, 119 of them children ages 12 or younger. Thats roughly Sandy Hook, six times over, every year. It’s frankly depressing that it’s not until twenty white school-kids are shot does anyone care about this problem.
It’s equally depressing to see that, as soon as there actually is some public motivation to care about this issue, the politicians totally ignore the complex social issues that cause this obsession with violence and wanton disregard for human life… and proceed to demonize a single class of firearms as “too scary for ordinary citizens to own.”
The solution here is not to throw some half-baked politically-inspired restrictions on guns.
The solution is to fix the epidemic of violence in society.
This is why I advocate harsher punishment for those who commit crimes with guns, not taking away guns from responsible owners.
In gun lore it’s known as the Revolt at Cincinnati. On May 21, 1977, and into the morning of May 22, a rump caucus of gun rights radicals took over the annual meeting of the National Rifle Association.
Every story needs perspective, and this casts perspective on Wayne LaPierre’s stance.