So House Republicans, from all reports, seem to be intent on letting their country go into default while keeping assault weapons is their chief concern. If for no other reason than their creationist driven ignorance of the need for government; which to Tea Party patriots means government supported by the neighbors they hate: along with liberals, progressives, objective members of the press and anyone who needs health insurance that can’t get it. And they hate everyone that does not think as little as they do. Red States, where so many Tea Partiers hang out, receive more in transfer payments than Blue States, so they only rely on government, but don’t need it or want it?
House and Senate Republicans do accept hefty government paid benefits of all sorts, including an income for obstructing the public good and for supporting assault weapons. Is this peculiar form of insanity not something that should be quarantined? What kind of insanity is it to take a “look see” at what would happen if the United States of America was forced into default by Americans? How is this not a form of Treason! Certainly causing a default would be against the internal security of “the homeland.”
What if GOP thought spread to the 51% of us who are not yet infected. It could be possible then, to absolutely ruin a country that has survived since 1776 that has exhibited more concern for the public good than any country in history in a relatively short time. Think about the potential to vote against women’s suffrage, or outlaw condoms, get rid of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid; even better – have automatic weapons in every pot, instead of the chickens FDR wanted for Americans devastated by the Great Depression – and then introduce a bill to outlaw the teaching of science and require that all Americans become creationists. What a perfect world without the East Coast Intellectuals, and the West Coast ones, or the ones now in Ohio.
Democrats have enabled this insanity as well. They could have filibustered the lack of renewing the assault weapon ban, by filibustering Bush tax cuts in exchange for the assault ban. Democrats could use the filibuster like the GOP, and block all the dumb stuff the GOP wants. Then we could have real gridlock, in lieu of virtual. And they could start impeachments against some of the great Republican Saboteurs like: McConnell, Cantor, Boehner and one of my personal favorites, Darrell Issa from Cleveland Heights. Issa is still regarded as a car thief and con man by former high school classmates. I live next door in Shaker Heights, and have been informed of this by two of his former classmates that I know.
Like Issa, Democrats could start Congressional investigations about everything (nothing) and lie about the import of the need to investigate mistakes or terrorist “cluster f—ks.” Patriots like Issa need guns to protect themselves from those of us who care about each other – or is it from their friends who are armed to the teeth?
The airwaves, the Ethernet, the tube and newspapers and news magazines still in print are ablaze with gun debates. How is it possible to debate 24/7 the self-evident truth that assault weapons, which are military weapons designed to kill as many people as possible efficiently in a short burst of time, do not belong in the hands of the public? Next Wayne LaPistoire the Great will extol the virtues of napalm, hand grenades, hand held missile launchers, and especially nerve gas to protect yourself from an aberrant government just in case King George is reincarnated. The brain dead genius calling for the celebration of Gun Day, told Rev Al that “citizens have a right to own any weapons our military has to be able to protect and defend themselves.” So paranoia is the rule, and the fact checkers are out like zombies on the prowl.
Political capital is a big question. Can a member of the House or the Senate vote for a sensible ban or bill “for the people” without spending “political capital?” Can a member of the GOP survive without the NRA or the Tea Party? America did OK before these lobbyists petitioned all their lackeys to only do their bidding, notwithstanding their income, pension and health benefits are paid for by “we the people.”
Chuck Todd is brilliant in dissecting all the political considerations and consequences of Congressional voting – but like so many in the 4th Estate, does not spend as much as 1/10th of the time vehemently dissecting on how wrong it is to not ban military weapons. Where are the Chronkites or the Murrows? Both sides are interviewed, because it is more important to be non-partisan about the truth than take a stand for truth and aggravate the liars or the ones who care nothing about the public good – only about their own good and who butters their election bread.
So the pastime is to parse the be Jesus out of banning personal WMDs, (assault weapons); and question if there are enough votes for gun control. To add gravitas, politcal pundits love to interview Congressional leaders who sympathize with what a tough vote it would be for someone in a rural district to vote for gun control. And at the same time overlook the treason of the GOP who would jeopardize America’s internal security, by critically damaging the economy when it is still badly depressed by forcing the country into default.
Does a ban on military weapons or a vote to fund a budget to pay for stuff already committed to pay for have a chance to pass? Would a vote to ban ingrained ignorance have a chance in Congress? The real question is does anything that makes sense have a chance with the current group of GOP treasonous saboteurs – obstructing and subverting the public good of their country into the ground of discontent.
When people get off a plane or boat with a critically dangerous disease they are quarantined. And treasonous saboteurs are jailed. Assuming treason is not on the table yet – why not institutionalize the GOP until they get a better grip on reality and humanity?
Institutionalize them on their own dime.