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Gun Inaction Must Have Consequences

Category: Donald Trump
Posted: 02/16/18 07:49

by Dave Mindeman

The dialogue is familiar. The arguments the same. The results predictable.

Guns in America is a serious and deadly problem. This type of problem only exists here. It only occurs here. It only succeeds here.

The NRA is perceived to be protecting the individual right to bear arms. That is a falsehood. The NRA is a lobby arm for gun manufacturers. They do not care about hunters, sportsmen, recreational gun users. They ONLY care about selling guns and the right to sell guns with the least amount of difficulty.

I have heard Republicans rail against the use of labor dues as political weapons. But their own equivalent is the NRA - which uses dues from its members to essentially buy votes in Congress....and hold them hostage.

Nobody wants to eliminate the Second Amendment. The Amendment, itself, is not the problem. The problem is the constant war against any restriction of gun sales of even the smallest nature by the NRA. Even the restrictions that have been there in the past have been targeted for removal by this gun lobby.

I'm sick of it. I have blogged about guns and the need for changes for several years. And, predictably, gun trolls are on watch to make sure I am properly chastised for thinking such evil thoughts.

Funny, how gun advocates make argument after argument about why unrestricted gun sales are so vital - yet, very seldom do I EVER hear them talk about the victims of these shootings as worthy of comment.

Guns over people. That is the road we travel. People die and the chorus of gun protection is immediate and swift.

Thoughts and prayers. The phrase has been uttered so often that it is now meaningless. There is a gun sold for every prayer uttered. And somewhere another person dies at the hand of a gun for every sympathetic thought.

I fully realize that there is not one answer to this. Mental health is essential to the conversation - buy why do we not fully fund this?

Counselors in the schools would seem to be a necessary help. But counseling is the last thing that gets funded and our schools often go without because of more budget cuts.

Programs about bullying should be on the list. But Christian groups fight it as if it makes them a target - without considering the victims.

But guns laws. That is the toughest nut to crack. It has become a type of sacred order for the Republican Party. You must be anti-abortion and pro-gun to get anywhere in the Party of Lincoln. It is an absolute. Guns and fetuses get equal protection - almost as if they are the same.

And it would seem that the only solution that has any hope of making inroads into this issue is for Republicans to pay a political price. Obviously, they cannot be persuaded, because that would cost them contributions. And worse, they could be a target for a primary challenge.

Yes, Republicans are too far gone. They have sold out to the gun lobby. And there is no purchase price big enough to get them back - because the NRA would just match it anyway.

No, people like Jason Lewis, Erik Paulsen, and Tom Emmer must face defeat. Tim Walz and Collin Peterson must be held accountable for their NRA money as well. This problem will NEVER go away until the NRA is challenged head on.

The National Rifle Association protects evil. That is what I have come to believe. The membership is not evil, but they have been duped into being complicit.

There must be consequences on this issue this November.
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They Are Absent

Category: Donald Trump
Posted: 02/13/18 15:43

by Dave Mindeman

The constant parade of lies and coverups in this administration are too numerous to mention anymore.

It's not just the Russia situation. This Rob Porter unforced error would unhinge any other administration. John Kelly, Sarah Sanders, and Trump himself are all lying about what transpired with Porter's clearance and FBI investigation. I mean it is absolutely clear everything they say is a lie. The timeline...the ignoring of the FBI recommendations...the protection of his position...and most importantly, the dismissal of the underlying credible accusation - spousal abuse.

Trump is more concerned about his staffer than he is about his staffer's victims. And I guess we can figure out why that is - because Trump himself sympathizes with the Porter situation, because he has been there himself. And is guilty of exactly the same thing. So, he is used to the need to lie and cover up. Women should know their place and when they do not, excuses must be made and lies must be told.

It should give all women pause to see how this administration portrays its attitude toward women. Kelly obviously sees a diminished role for females. Trump always sides with the men. Kelly Anne Conway plays her mercenary role at the expense of women. As does Sarah Huckabee Sanders. We saw Scaramucci more concerned about make-up than policy. We see Hope Hicks treated as a sex object. We see Melania often desperately seeking the protective shell of Trump Tower and obviously seeks to avoid any limelight. Even Ivanka - the "strong" woman in the White House is relegated to secondary roles on policy and decisions - and her voice disappears when women's issues come to the fore.

The Republican Party is an enabler of all this. They defer to the White House on handling the most obvious scandal. Their oversight role only applies to Democratic issues. They are ostriches in the sand when it comes to any of the multiple scandals involving the White House.

And the irony is not lost, that a party that was up in arms at the very notion that Secretary Clinton may have, possibly, mishandled classified information - while they ignore Trump's multiple cases of failed background checks and interim clearances, all handling the most sensitive data - and treating it with improper protocol.

Where is the Republican Party? The "law and order" party? The Party that professes to protect the Constitution?

In a few words - They Are Absent.
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Trump: Hiding Sick Behavior Behind Due Process

Category: Donald Trump
Posted: 02/10/18 11:24

by Dave Mindeman

Here is another of Donald Trump's tweets:

Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation. Some are true and some are false. Some are old and some are new. There is no recovery for someone falsely accused - life and career are gone. Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?

Apparently a reference to the staffers that resigned over domestic abuse allegations.

It is almost comical to see this President's concerns about due process. It would seem that due process ONLY applies to men. All a man has to do is deny the accusations and that should be enough.

His pattern has always been to put women in their secondary place. Domestic abuse is in the eye of the beholder. Sexual harassment is "locker room talk".

These particular women have pictures. Police reports. Restraining orders. And specific instances that they corroborated with friends and neighbors.

And yet, Trump is concerned about how the "guys" are treated here.

It is obvious that Trump has a need for that male sympathy, because he understands that male behavior pattern all too well. And that is because when he hears these cases, he knows it is like looking in a mirror. His own treatment of women is right there in all the abuse stories. In all the sexual harassment stories.

Women do not really count in Trump world. Of course, he "loves women". Nobody "loves women more than him". But that love only manifests itself when women keep their place. Stay in line. Don't threaten the men around them.

It is a sick pattern of behavior and hiding it behind "due process" is even sicker.
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