The United States logged 306 mass shootings with at least four injuries or deaths from the start of this year to Sunday, compared to 327 mass shootings over the same period in 2021 and 256 in 2020. — Forbes
If we offer only thoughts & prayers, soon there will be a mass shooting every single day of the year in America.
Republicans have built a very effective system of ‘levees’ to stem the tide of progress & direct it… elsewhere?
Every mass shooting, every obvious lie, every poisoned waterway, every fundamental right stolen, invisible man in the sky doctrines, and every wannabe dictator cult strategy just piles the flood of progress higher & higher.
And when the levees break…
American voters are remarkably consistent about mid-term elections for Congress. It’s almost automatic — the president’s party lost seats in 37 out of the last 40.
We elect a chief executive — and first chance we get, deliberately cripple their ability to govern. And the 3 exceptions in the last 150 years? Must have been some really big changes going on…
• 1934 – Great Depression
• 1998 – Prosperity
• 2002 – 9/11 Attacks
Several really big changes are going on now, so don’t be too surprised if come November, We the People make for historic exception #4.
Mr. Biden is nobody’s favorite – the other three weren’t either.
Iran-Contra Affair was a criminal enterprise run by the President, the Sec. of Defense, the National Security Advisor, the asst. Sec. of State, the CIA, an Air force general, and some guy named Hakim, who stole U.S. military weapons, sold most of them to terrorists in Iran, and gave some of the money and arms to terrorists in Nicaragua. The CIA also imported cocaine to the U.S. from Nicaragua to help with finance.
Caspar Weinberger, Secretary of Defense: indicted, pardoned
National Security Advisor John Poindexter: jury convicted, judge overturned
Robert McFarlane, National Security Adviser: convicted, pardoned
Elliott Abrams, Assistant Secretary of State: convicted, pardoned
Alan D. Fiers, Chief of CIA’s Central American Task Force: convicted, pardoned
Clair George, Chief of Covert Ops-CIA: convicted, pardoned
Oliver North, member of the National Security Council: jury convicted, judge overturned
Duane Clarridge, CIA senior official: indicted, pardoned
Richard V. Secord, Air Force major general: plead guilty, two years probation
Albert Hakim, arms dealer : plead guilty to stealing government property, two years probation and $5,000 fine
The preamble is the heart & moral soul of our people. The rest is enumeration hoping to specify how that can be achieved.
Like the 2nd amendment, the poorly worded 9th [and much of the rest] is subject to interpretation.
One could argue that taken literally [originalist style] , the 9th Amendment enshrines the right of the people to break any law that they claim violates ‘certain un-enumerated rights’. Well & good, but it’s also a recipe for incarceration. With rare exception, the courts routinely ignore the 9th.
Whether the 2nd amendment was referring to semi-automatic arms or not is not the question. The question is: do AR-15s disrupt domestic tranquility, general welfare, liberty’s blessings, and our [children’s] common defense?
The Constitution of the United States of America is not just a guide or set of rules that we live by; it defines us as a distinct, self-governing people.
Any American that breaks with [does not adhere to] the spirit & substance of the Constitution can justly be considered:
• at best, a loyal citizen engaged in civil disobedience, seeking a court date
• at worst, a dis-loyal , stateless person. A criminal
The rules & regulations of our self-governance are, and should be, modified and adapted to the wants & needs of our society within the bounds of our Constitutional rights. The Supreme Court is the arbiter of these bounds.
For America to remain America, insuring domestic tranquility & promoting general welfare must be harmonized with securing liberty’s blessings & common defense. From the very beginning, Constitutional boundaries have changed. Enslaved citizens are specifically allowed in the Constitution of 1787. At that time, it was the compromise apparently necessary to harmonize the Constitution’s principles. Today, slavery is blatantly un-Constitutional. Things change.
There are a myriad of legal and dangerous things in America with the potential to disrupt our society – sooner or later, these things are almost always brought before a court of law and/or lawmakers. Poisons, explosives, traffic, narcotics, free speech, et al, are all subject to our Constitutional principles. Firearms are too. By well-established legal precedent [and common sense], automatic weapons [machine guns] are strictly regulated. The right to keep & bear arms is already subject to regulation. All firearms enthusiasts know that AR-15 style semiautomatic assault rifles can be converted into automatic rifles [machine guns].
I submit that no one Constitutional amendment or interpretation can logically, legally, or morally outweigh the absolute Constitutional mandates cited in the Preamble.
Governing in America demands compromise — hell, just living in America demands compromise. The respective ‘wings’ of either party do not compromise.
As Mr. Rall emphasizes above, the energized, radical faction of the republican party has successfully tapped into the psyche of white ‘christian’ angst.
The energized, radical faction of the democratic party exhibits very little influence on anything at all.
What to do? So very many millions of people who vote Democratic by necessity would love a successful progressive alternative.
If the extreme progressives cannot even make a serious dent in the Democratic party [sure, they are shunned and kept down by their ‘own’ party], then logically they would have almost no chance of effectively governing.
Obviously, Democratic party nominees are not that hard to beat, and if ya can’t manage to do even that, you are not ready for prime time.
Texas Republicans just passed a resolution that rejects the outcome of the 2020 presidential election and refers to Joe Biden as an illegitimate president, also calling for the repeal of the 1965 Voting Rights Act
It’s like these people live in some kind of parallel universe that is hate filled and conspiracy filled and have a twisted view of our democracy and Constitution. It’s almost like these people are on a psychotic, drug-induced trip.
Going forward, when [if?] the average Republican comes down off their Trump-trip, here are some facts that they might want to consider:
• All of your rights as an American citizen come from the People
• We the People, individually & collectively, will decide America’s course [mostly with our wallets]
• 36% of American adults voted for Mr. Biden
• 29% of American adults voted for Mr. Trump
• 35% of American adults did not vote for either one
• 70% of American teenagers support Black Lives Matter
• 56% of American adults support Black Lives Matter
• 61% of Americans support same-sex marriage
• 44% of Republicans support same-sex marriage
• 8+ Murders per 100,000 people states: Louisiana 16, Missouri 12, Mississippi 10, Arkansas 10, South Carolina 10, Alabama 9, Tennessee 9, Illinois 9, Maryland 9, Georgia 9, and North Carolina 8
Pew Research & Wikipedia
Yes indeed, we should all insist that this crazy talk about camps & such is morally reprehensible and socially unacceptable.
Unfortunately @Holden Awn is referring to the fantasy conspiracy theory that progressives and Democrats are plotting these things.
Consider that most of the kids in any given American rural classroom will grow up and into a ‘conservative’ mindset. Exposing & vilifying fringe whackos is a double-edged thing.
Associating ordinary conservatives & ordinary progressives with whackos furthers the destructive propaganda. More kids grow up tribal.
Trump and his ik [e.g. Green, Massie, etc.] have but one overriding message; ‘THEY hate US !’, and some progressives use the same tactics.
Too many of us are paranoid, too much rubbish about slippery slopes and the tipping point.
Our chronic American populist infection has returned with a bullet. We gotta treat the symptoms without killing the patients.