The Party of “No More”

Our friend Jill at Filosofa’s Word is, like most of us, quite fed up with the continued indifference of the United States Congress toward the issues that matter to us ordinary citizens.

Many in Congress are now concerned with only one thing: Power. How to get it, how to keep it, and how to wield it as forcefully as possible.

Meanwhile, Jill suggests a few things that concern us their time would be better spent addressing, such as:

“Addressing climate change in the most aggressive way possible, which would include phasing out all fossil fuels and replacing them with renewable energy sources ASAP…

“Passing voting rights legislation prior to the November mid-term elections to ensure that every person age 18 and over has not only the right, but the wherewithal to cast his/her vote…

“Passing legislation to protect women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, and other civil rights in the wake of the Supreme Court’s ultra-dereliction of duty in their latest session and their threats of more to come going forward…

“Raising the minimum wage to a livable wage…

“Passing gun regulations that actually do something, that ban military-style weapons, that enforce strict background checks, and that incarcerate those who violate these regulations…

“Passing legislation to ensure that corporations and the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes…

“Addressing education in such a way that ensures our children are learning the facts about such things as the history of this nation, about other cultures, about life.”

All good suggestions, Jill, thank you. I think most of us who call ourselves Americans can get solidly behind every one of them.

And it’s high time we all made ourselves heard. I’m sick of these noisy fools who get all the attention; let’s show what power really looks like.

Let’s show the Party of No, as Republicans have come to be known, that we are the Party of No More.

You in?

Guns Don’t Kill People. The United States Senate Does.

It’s a grand ol’ tradition here in these United States.

School shootings.

Young, lone gunmen armed to the teeth. Innocent children, senselessly murdered. Teachers laying down their lives for their students. Grief-stricken families. Shattered communities.

“Thoughts and prayers”, a phrase as empty and meaningless by now as “Compassionate Conservatism”. (Remember that?)

And, perhaps even most disgusting, wacky conspiracy theories.

No, actually, one thing more disgusting than that: Impotent leaders hiding behind lame excuses for doing absolutely nothing to end all this.

More specifically, the United States Senate.

Would you like some examples? Check out this story by Mary Clare Jalonick of Associated Press:

A decade of congressional inaction on gun control

Pathetic. Inexcusable. Infuriating.

And, for all the dead children and their families, so…so…sad.

Cartoonist Clay Jones says it all in this gruesome image that’s hard to look at, but very much on point:

They’re committed to protecting only children who haven’t been born yet. Sorry, students.

You have no Right To Life.

Time for a Change — The Old Liberal

This is a brilliant bit of satire, and a well-deserved indictment of our sorry excuse for a United States Congress. A pathetic lot, indeed. Laugh through your grimace. Larry

Looks like the US Senate has finally agreed to throw aside partisan politics and solve some important issues. After years of mindless squabbling for partisan advantage, they have come together to deliver a victory to the American way of life. Hunger? Latest estimates claim that 17,000,000 American children go hungry every day. Nope. Gun violence? […]

Time for a Change — The Old Liberal

It’s Really Simple, You Guys

 

“Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.”

Yeah. With guns. 

Just curious, how many people do you think would have been killed this weekend in El Paso, Texas or Dayton, Ohio by bow and arrow, or machete, or knives, or anything other than guns?

How tough is this for you to get, gun lovers? Sure, people are responsible, and their actions are reprehensible, but their weapon of choice, over and over, is guns.

Or you, Congress? How many human lives is your continued impotence worth? I’d love for you all to travel to El Paso and Dayton, and explain to all the families who lost loved ones there why you can’t be more aggressive on gun control. I know that would go over really well.

I am so f*****g fed up with people making excuses. There is no excuse for this endless parade of gun victims.

Yes, GUN victims. Killed by guns.

When, when, when will that sink in?

 

Oh, and I love how He Who Shall Remain Orange denounced the shootings this weekend, saying, “Hate has no place in our country.” More hypocritical words have never been spoken.