Don’t Look Now, Congress But You Are Being Watched
Hello, Congress. Just checking to see if you’ve been listening to the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High. They’re younger than you. They’re a helluva lot smarter. And most have never known a life without fear in their midst. So now, they have a tough message for you. Get your butts in gear and stop this madness. You people in power who push your political agendas on TV with scripted lies. You who raise your own salaries and spend more time campaigning than working. You who entertain the lobbyists and gleefully accept their blood money. Your careers are short-lived. A new Congress is at your heels. Fresh voices eager to restore humanity and humility are humming. America is watching you. Closely.
How long did you think you could get away with murder?
You know the Parkland story, and the horrible unthinkable stories of past school shootings that took the lives of babies. You know the stats, the “shooter’s” name(s), the victims, the heroes. And yet you did nothing. You sanctioned the murder of innocent children. You allowed them to be hunted. Now a few hundred thousand people intend to make the issue of gun control stick until they get hard results. The old and tired mantra of “too soon to talk about it” is gone. The Never Again movement, initiated and orchestrated by students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida now resonates across the globe. These are kids who just want to “feel safe” when they go to school. These are the youngest of the Millennials. The new voices. The fearless and undaunted. People like David Hogg, Cameron Kasky, Lorenzo Prado, Delaney Tarr, Florence Yared, Jaclyn Corin and thousands more. Hundreds of thousands. The new voters of America.
Actually, what took you so long to get here, is not really the main issue. The issue is what happens next? What will you do now? Who will be brave enough to stand with these young adults (who can fight for our country but cannot buy a beer) and take action so that “Never Again” has real meaning? In your world, the question is, who wants to keep his job?
Also see stories by John Cassidy and Troy Patterson in the New Yorker.
Our Congress is bought and paid for
Our democracy has been hacked. At least 90 percent or more of you–our politicians–are bought and paid for. You are in the pockets of lobbyists and maybe the news media can’t say it, lest they lose advertisers, but I don’t take ads, so bingo! I get to exercise my First Amendment rights. “Lobbyist” is synonymous with bribery. They give you money. You vote for their interests. What else can you call it? The whole idea of lobbying needs to change.
“We’ve had enough of thoughts and prayers…To every lawmaker out there: No longer can you take money from the NRA. No longer can you fly under the radar doing whatever it is that you want to do … We are coming after every single one of you and demanding that you take action.”- Delaney Tarr
Hear Delaney’s statement at https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/21/us/neveragain-parkland-shooting-rallies-quotes-trnd/index.html
The misinformed and uneducated–those who #45 so dearly loves– are certain the government wants to take their guns, so they don’t want ANY form of legislation that could put their precious firearms out of reach. Most gun collectors are responsible. The few who are fanatic and stockpile assault weapons, simply because they can, are a clear and present danger to the majority. It’s a cruel world. People feel a need to own and keep weapons for self defense. The second amendment protects that “right.” But the majority do not want easy access to killing machines, assault rifles, weapons of war. The right to bear arms was originally intended to allow the colonials to defend themselves against the British. There were no ARs during the Revolutionary War; the British are our allies; and the only British invasion I am aware of is musical and hardly threatening.
The so-called “experts” say “we” have to do more
For years, I have listened to pundits and lawmakers insist that the most effective way to make changes in gun laws is to write and call you–our Congressional leaders. Only the American people can persuade Congress to change the laws, they say. It is our fault if we cannot get Congress to listen to reason. The people have to express their outrage, they say. The American people need to write and protest.
PU-LEEZE! We are doing all that and more. Not until the issue hits you at home, will we see change. And as these very outspoken and eloquent “teens” are hammering home, the ONLY way to get that change is to vote out the old guard. That would be most of you. Most of these young men and women will be able to vote in the 2018 mid-terms and all of them in 2020. Watch your backs!
Check Out Your Track Records
Take a look at these charts below compiled by NPR and then visit the NPR site to read the meat of the story.
This is where you re-discover how you voted on bills from the Brady Bill in 1993 after Ronald Reagan was shot, to the Assault Weapons Ban (1994) to the Feinstein Amendment in 2016 that never became a law. Don’t tell me you weren’t there then. You’re here now. The full article also lists all Senators, state by state.
Now get out there and make a difference. Our children deserve better than what we have handed over. Don’t make them do this alone.
As always, your comments are welcome.