By Robert A. Vella
I never saw an American yet that didn’t understand a good slap in the mouth or a slug from a .45.
Reactions to yesterday’s abysmal political inaction on gun control in the U.S. Senate express outrage and condemnation over Republican intransigence. But, let’s not kid ourselves. This problem runs very, very deep, and those now exhibiting indignation knew exactly what would happen. More on that later. Here’s a recap:
“What we saw last night in the United States Senate is a shameful display of cowardice.” – White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest
“Enough. It’s time to demand more than thoughts and prayers from our elected officials.” – presumptive Democratic Party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton
“I’m mortified by today’s vote, but I’m not surprised by it. We learned in the months of Sandy Hook that the [National Rifle Association] has a vice-like grip on this place.” – Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.)
“The NRA won again.” – Senator Bill Nelson (D-Fla.)
Someone said once that, “you can’t fight stupid.” But in this case I think it’s more accurate to say that, “they won’t fight crazy.” How many times have you heard establishment politicians such as those quoted above politely dismiss their intransigent opposition in this way?
People of good faith can disagree.
Bullshit. People opposing common sense gun control measures are not acting in good faith. From Slate – Disagree in Good Faith?:
When we use the words in good faith to describe a difference of opinion, we do so to suggest that the belief of either party is sincerely held rather than the reflex of abiding malice.
Check out Mr. Greg Evers, a Republican candidate running for Congress in Florida. In the aftermath of the Orlando mass shooting, he has brazenly launched a contest to give away an assault weapon on the 4th of July holiday. That’s not good faith, that’s political opportunism born out of malice.
I think it’s time for some brutal honesty, don’t you?