Gun-Control & The Dangerously False Narrative Of Incrementalism


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Here’s why incremental politics doesn’t work for me: We’ve been fighting for gun control laws for decades now. Organizations like the NRA and the people they pay off keep guaranteeing that nothing changes. After this most recent horrific gun massacre here in the U.S., we talk again about maybe trying to ban certain semi-automatic weapons. Mainly the AR-15. But since we can’t find a way to make that happen, we try and at least pass a law that would keep anyone on the terrorist watch lists from being allowed to legally purchase a semi-automatic weapon.

And IF we manage to get that law passed – after YEARS of trying – we will celebrate our success. Our incremental success. We ask for so little – we aim so low – and we celebrate the smallest concession the NRA and other conservatives will give us. And people will still be able to purchase semi-automatic weapons in the U.S.

From where I stand, it seems like we’ve confused our goals with what we’ve “settled” for as being all we deserve or can attain. If you FIGHT to repeal the Second Amendment – with everything you have to give – then it’s the NRA and conservatives that will eventually have to make concessions and THEY can celebrate when we give them just a little tiny bit of what they have asked for. It is THEY who will have to settle. So much more will get done. So many more lives will be spared. Remember, the majority of Americans support this. It’s powerful moneyed organizations like the NRA and their lobbyists that have managed to completely control the direction of these issues and laws, despite public desire and outrage. That’s our current system of government in a nutshell.

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Gun-Control & The Dangerously False Narrative Of Incrementalism

IS THERE MORE TO BEING A DEMOCRAT THAN TOWING THE PARTY LINE? To Vote Or Not To Vote…


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In the continued expression of ideals, values, disappointments and frustrations being shared and vented across the internet and elsewhere surrounding America’s presidential election, I have found many voices calling again and again for unity. But not unity as a country. Unity for the party.

The problem I see with this that I don’t think is being expressed or articulated properly – or is simply falling of deaf ears – is that the two major parties that represent the presidential race no longer speak for a vast number of this country’s citizens. I’m talking millions of people.

I’ve been told by friends that if Hillary is the nominee and I don’t vote for her and instead decide to write in “Bernie,” they don’t think they could ever talk to me again, that our friendship would be over. Understand, I haven’t made up my mind yet about my vote in the general if Hillary is the choice. And yet that indecision alone is SHOCKING, unforgivable even, for many.

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IS THERE MORE TO BEING A DEMOCRAT THAN TOWING THE PARTY LINE? To Vote Or Not To Vote…

McCain Calls Obama ‘Decent’, Crowd Boos Him


After losing several high-profile Republican supporters and being criticized for running a frighteningly indecent campaign, it looks like John McCain finally started realizing that inciting anger and hatred is not “politically” correct. At a town hall meeting in Minnesota today, a man proclaimed to Mr. McCain:

“The people here in Minnesota want to see a real fight. We want a strong president to lead us through the next four years.”

McCain responded with:

“I think I got my marching orders.”

But then he uncharacteristically shifted tone to start doing some damage control:

“I am enthusiastic and encouraged by the enthusiasm and I think it’s really good. We have to fight and I will fight but we will be respectful. I admire Sen. Obama and his accomplishments and I want to be respectful.

“I dont mean that you have to lose your ferocity. I just mean you have to be respectful…

“There’s a difference between rhetoric and record… [Obama] has the most liberal voting record in the United States Senate, even more liberal than Bernie Sanders…

“I want all of you to tell your neighbors about the difference between rhetoric and record, but let’s do it respectfully.”

Later, a man in the crowd told McCain that he was “scared” by an Obama presidency. McCain replied.

“I have to tell you. Sen. Obama is a decent person and a person you don’t have to be scared of as president of the United States.” 

The crowd then “booed” and yelled “Come on, John!”

While I’m happy to see Mr. McCain stepping up here, one can’t help but feel it has more to do with bad press and less to do with what’s right. Unfortunately, McCain has placed himself in a lose/lose situation. Enact damage control now and you risk pissing off and alienating the folks you riled up and got all hot under the collar (people, I might add, calling for blood!), or you continue down this path you never should have been on in the first place and risk everything. I’d feel sorry for him if I didn’t believe this was a product of his own making and endemic to who he is.

Better that he put himself in this position now, than to place the entire country there later.

McCain Calls Obama ‘Decent’, Crowd Boos Him