You see and hear about them all the time. They have nicknames like gun nuts, weapons collectors, firearms hobbyists. The ones passionately proclaiming their willingness to kill anyone who attempts to take their guns away. The National Rifle Association claims to have 4.5 million members, and even that number is in dispute. And their desires count for more than the majority of Americans, numbered at well over 308 million in 2010. Think about it for a moment. This is a fact, one confirmed for us every time a massacre of gun violence moves the nation to even consider stronger regulation of firearms.
Let us examine the gun enthusiast for a moment. We really should, since this small contingent of the United States population is loudly and vociferously holding back the overwhelming majority’s will on the issues of regulation of firearms in this country. We know they love the some of the Constitution, but are especially fond of the Second Amendment. Continue reading →
I loved this when I first saw the video short on Upworthy.com!
It always irritates me when the talking heads stay “on message” without really saying anything at all. Three minutes of “Blah Blah, Obama failed”, and then the “face” that communicates disapproval, followed with a slight head shake while rounding out the soundbyte. It is as if they all go to a class where they learn the expressions they should have on their faces whenever President Obama’s name is mentioned, along with the talking point GOP marching orders.
Sex sells, so they say. You can see that evidenced everywhere.
Heck, I even employ a saucy little play on words with the title of my website, Live Nude Politics as a way to grab a readers attention. But, some of the imagery present day advertisers use is neither fun, pleasant, or harmless. Some commercials resemble soft core porn. You would think that only 18 year old boys have any money to buy anything, judging by the visuals that predominate quite a bit of marketing campaigns.
Another school shooting played out Friday in Connecticut. And as our nation reels from the shock and horror, we once again ask ourselves what could have prevented the deaths of 20 children and six adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Proponents of interpreting the Second Amendment quite literally as no infringement on gun access whatsoever are already on high alert against the equally passionate advocates of gun control. The debate rages once again, as does every time there is a loss of lives due to gun violence.
Our Constitution’s Second Amendment states: A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
But what does that language mean for the American of 2012? I don’t think the writers of the Constitution envisioned a world with deranged men killing American citizens in our public places and schools like shooting fish in a barrel. We know the arms they referred to were muskets, which by the time you went through the rigamarole it took to fire one, you were fairly certain of who you were firing on and why you were at them. They could not imagine the instant death that modern automatic weapons can inflict, nor predict the almost unending supply of weapons and ammunition readily available for purchase, in some cases, sight unseen, to almost anyone with the cash to spend. Continue reading →
We are all excited for the second presidential debate and in the meantime, Jon Stewart explores the Romney Tax Plan, that mythical plan which will reduce the deficit, reduce taxes, and yet magically cost no one anything Continue reading →
Unsubstantiated crazy talk is now accepted and tolerated in the media and our social interactions. You can literally pull any claim out of thin air and be believed by quite a few people. Facts haven’t mattered for quite some time. Many people behave as if the election of the President of the United States is a contact sport or a blood sport even. The debates have also illustrated a willingness to twist reality to suit your world view. Calling out a lie is “bullying“. Standing up for oneself against criticism, or demanding facts to back up assertions is considered rude. But keeping calm and trying to have a polite and rational debate is seen as weak. Even our beloved Muppets get dragged into the contentiousness over and again! So what on Earth can we do? Continue reading →
Scott Brown challenged the claim that Elizabeth Warren is part Cherokee, during last night’s Boston debate for a closely watched race for a key Massachusetts Senate seat. “As you know … Professor Warren has claimed she is a Native American, a person of color. As you can see, she is not,” Brown said in their first of four TV debates before the November 6 election. Meaning what? She isn’t dark enough to have Native ancestors? Continue reading →
Let’s not forget about Elizabeth Warren, still fighting the good fight, hoping to make a difference in the lives of her fellow citizens of Massachusetts. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is an achievement she can be proud to campaign on, especially since her grim determination kept the Big Banking lobbyists from killing it! I have posted an email with good news from the senior adviser of her campaign to claim the Senate seat currently held by Senator Scott Brown.Continue reading →