Open For Business

Ok. I hate to say I told you so but, well, I told you so! About what? That post Newtown and its slaughter of 21 primary grade kiddies and five adults–by way of a lunatic with an automatic weapon–would not result in any new gun law legislation. I wanted to be wrong, believe me, but my instincts (based on years of observing our massively corrupted congress) told me otherwise. In my other blogs concerning the gun lobby and its members, I invoked the obvious manner in which the NRA dictates gun legislation–by making sure there is none.

However, after yesterday’s defeat of a watered down bill that simply wanted to institute basic background checks on gun purchasers at gun shows, the cynical and cold-hearted corruption of congress by the NRA’s seeming puppet-mastering has been exposed in super HD! Never mind that polls documented upwards of 90% of the public being in favor or backgrounds checks (90%!) the Senate vote wasn’t even close at 54-46 against passage. That’s 54 in favor. 46 against. In our irrational, alternate universe in which congress resides, the minority apparent rules! So, now it’s clear that the NRA runs congress when it comes to guns.
Explain to me again how our government is a democracy? What was that about a majority rule?

I’ve ranted about the phony wars of the Bushies, and its shredding of our constitution via the Patriot Act and other nefarious post-911 legislation. Not to mention the the Wall Street crooks who wrecked so many lives–but then get bailed out and no one is prosecuted. Democracy? Really? But somehow, what happened in the Senate yesterday appears to signal just how vile, venal and vicious our so-called “leaders” have become. If the evil of someone gunning down the most innocent of innocents–those 21 6 and 7 year olds who probably had no idea of what a democracy was from a Dreamsickle–couldn’t soften the hearts of enough Senators to maybe, just this once!, stick it to the NRA, and do the will of the people, then what ever will?

Ugh. And then there’s the “rank and file” gun-lovers, who I have previously called mouth-breathing, knuckle-dragging neanderthals. They live in fear and spew fear, hate and heartlessness. They’re part of that minority that rules, since their demented psycho-babble about “law abiding citizens” and how the government wants their guns is the result of the NRA exploiting their fear and then throwing money at lackey candidates who repeat the same mantra, and in our gerrymandered voter districts that minority somehow trumps the 90% who wanted change. Do the real math. How much more broken, more bought-and-paid-for can congress become regarding gun control?

So, I’m exhausted by the sad state of many things in our land of the brave and home of the free. But protecting the rights of the next undiagnosed psycho to buy an assault weapon with virtually no restrictions symbolizes the subtle charade of our living in a democracy “of the people. by the people, for the people”. We’re a country that’s open for business, and absolutely everything is for sale, including “justice”. Just ask those 46 senators who voted against the background check yesterday…

About jharrin4

mass communication/speech instructor at College of DuPage and Triton College in suburban Chicago. Army veteran of the Viet Nam era.
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