Republican Hypocrisy category archive
The Tampa Bay Times reveals Florida Republicans’ strategy for dealing with concerns about white supremacists and about access to firearms of mass destruction: Blame everybody and everything except guns and the people who fire them.
Full story at the link.
The Portland Press-Herald’s Bill Nemitz searches for straight answers about agitators for armed assaults of assembled Americans, but encounters a veritable vacuum of veracity.
Leonard Pitts, Jr., comments on the Republican dance of distraction. An excerpt (emphasis added):
And people asking “Why?” and Republican officials trotting out explanations noteworthy mainly for their uselessness. They blame mental illness, Colin Kaepernick, Barack Obama, video games, drag queens, same-sex marriage, TV zombies, immigrants and recreational marijuana. Everything except the gun, everything except the fact that this is a country where the angry and disaffected can buy weapons of mass destruction more easily and with less regulation than you could buy a car.
Which suggests a cognitive bankruptcy that defies overstatement. Because while Kaepernick and Obama may be singularly American, this is hardly the only country where people play video games. It is not the only country where they watch zombies on television, suffer mental illness or use pot. It’s not even the only country where citizens keep and bear arms. But it is the only country where mass murder is routine. The only one.
Thom points out the hypocrisy of Republicans’ blaming “mental illness” for gun violence while making it easier for persons with mental issues to obtain guns.
Catherine Rampell comments. A snippet:
And yet —- as dual gun massacres this weekend starkly illustrate —- they refuse to offer solutions to any of the mortal threats Americans actually face.
Follow the link for examples.
Sue Carlton tells a story of Florida’s persistent practices to prevent public participation in the polity.
Charles Blow finds the lessons that Donald Trump is teaching through his behavior to be troubling (to put it mildly). Here are some of the lessons Blow sees:
He is teaching little boys that women’s bodies exist as playgrounds for privileged men and that there is no price to be paid if you are popular enough or rich enough.
He is teaching little girls that if they are ever victims of sexual assault by a popular, wealthy boy and deign to reveal it, they will likely come under withering verbal assault.
Follow the link for the rest of the curriculum.