Thursday, April 18, 2013

Our Brave Representatives

Around 90% of Americans favor strengthening background checks for gun purchasers. I mean, really, what sane, non-paranoid-conspiracy-blinded human being wouldn't? It's the least we can do; and the  least is exactly the most we can expect. Except that now, even that is dead in Congress, that sanctum of servile sucking-up to big spenders like the NRA; that place where the weak, the stupid, the sanctimonious and self-important, the pigheaded and dishonest have disproportionate power. In the United States of America, fear reigns. Fear of standing up for what's right, of speaking out, of taking on those who see demons lurking everywhere, who live to hate, who love to hate and to cower in it.

What finer example is there that Congress is no longer capable of, or, in most cases, even concerned about, acting in the the best interest of our citizens? Background checks. Measly, mild, non-confiscatory background checks. To keep a gun or two out of the hands of criminals, like people on the terrorist watch list, or killers, or criminally insane. Nope. Can't do it. And this is how Mitch McConnell feels about flying in the face of the American citizenry, about torpedoing legislation that would have extended to gun shows and online buying, rules already extent for purchasing guns at gun shops. No more, no less. To, you know, maybe prevent a couple of guns from falling into the wrong hands. Maybe. Have I mentioned he's an asshole?

Despite a 54 - 46 favorable vote in the Senate, because Republicans have turned the filibuster into a blunt object for the purpose of unprecedented obstruction, the motion for cloture "failed." Our democracy, such as it once might have been, is beyond redemption. Res ipsa loquitur.

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