The words from President Obama on Friday were to the point.
The last thing Americans should have to do, over the holidays or any day, is comfort the families of people killed by gun violence. This is not normal. We can’t let it become normal. If we truly care about this — if we’re going to offer up our thoughts and prayers again, for God knows how many times, with a truly clean conscience — then we have to do something about the easy accessibility of weapons of war on our streets to people who have no business wielding them. Period. Enough is enough.
The carnage left from a deranged angry white male with a gun at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs once again shows the necessity of getting a hold over the real evil of gun violence that has infected our society. Too many guns and too many ways for people to get a hand on them.
As the events continued into the evening and the shooter had been arrested and cuffed a light snow started to fall on that city. It was almost to say if there could be a way to wipe clean the horror of yet another gun shooting in this nation that the angels were trying. This morning as the news teams report from the scene it is clear there is no way to have enough snow from last night to cover the yellow crime tape–and surely not enough snow to cover the mighty stain of our nation’s inability to deal with gun violence in this nation.
There is little doubt that the sanity of Robert Lewis Dear is nowhere to be found. Anyone who would think attacking a Planned Parenthood clinic was in any way a positive action is not clicking on all cylinders. But that our nation allows for anyone–including a delusional bastard like Dear–to obtain a weapon and amass ammunition reflects poorly on each and every one of us.
Nothing will change in regards to our nation’s gun laws as result of Friday’s mass shooting. It will happen again and headlines in large font will dominate the front pages of newspapers to report the next horrible shooting . People will talk about. I will certainly blog about it.
But nothing will change because there are not enough Americans who care to make a difference, or if they are smart enough to understand are not able to find their way to advocate for change.
At the end of the day maybe this is just another indicator that America is indeed in decline. Because if we can not control gun violence we are certainly not going to be able to deal with other larger and more complex matters that face our country.
The bile about Planned Parenthood spun by conservative Republicans created the climate of hate that resulted in the shootings at a clinic in Colorado today. It is vital that all those who understand why women must have control of their own bodies and health care stand up and tell the three-thumbers to shut the hell up. Words have consequences and all the clap-trap from the GOP aimed at harming PP does connect with those who are not stable but have plenty of ways to get a gun. PP serves a real need in the nation and this is the time to stand up proudly for the services they provide and the people they help.
Bet this shooter will not be a refugee from another country who pulled the trigger outside a Planned Parenthood location today.
Three police officers were injured after responding to reports of an active shooter near a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs according to the Associated Press. The news service has reported that a suspect had been “contained.”
This is always a fun post to place on the blog during the Thanksgiving holiday.
Yesterday the Obama family dined from a fabulous menu. We know this news today via White House pool report by Peter Baker: “First Family Thanksgiving menu, via White House pool report by Peter Baker: “Thyme Roasted Turkey … Garlic Jus and Cranberry-Orange Relish … Honey-Baked Ham with Apricot-Mustard Glaze … Prime Rib and Creamed Horseradish … Cornbread Stuffing with Chorizo and Roasted Peppers … Oyster Stuffing … Braised Winter Greens (Collards, Kale, and Turnip Greens) … Macaroni and Cheese … Sweet Potato Gratin … Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes … Green Bean Casserole … Fresh Greens … Kale Caesar Salad …“Banana Cream Pie … Coconut Cream Pie … Pumpkin Pie … Apple Pie … Pecan Pie … Cherry Pie.”
Four pounds and 2 ounces to be precise.
The bulk of the paper are the ads, of course, that are intended to make us think we have something more important to do than celebrate Thanksgiving. After bringing the paper in from the stoop and weighing it I know my words from a week ago very much apply to how I feel today.
…it is my desire that Americans spend their holiday with family and friends instead of shopping and amassing things. Let us stop trading in home time for mall time and again build up the tradition of why Thanksgiving was established in the first place.
There is a group that should wholly abstain from celebrating the holiday, however. It consists of a handful of US state governors, congressional Republicans, and 2016 presidential candidates. These men and women all have one thing in common: An absurd, xenophobic, racially-motivated opposition to the resettlement of Syrian refugees within US borders.
Whereas the white settlers of Plymouth are valorized for fleeing England, modern Syrians are offered no such courtesy. Thanksgiving is a refugee’s narrative. The first Thanksgiving (or at least, the event we now remember as Thanksgiving) was celebrated in 1621 at the Plymouth Plantation colony in modern-day Massachusetts. It was attended by both native inhabitants and newcomers—the latter having fled England, by way of the Low Countries, due to religious persecution.
Not only is discriminating against refugees based on religion or national origin a direct affront to the Civil Rights Act, it is culturally antithetical to the notion of Thanksgiving—this most American of holidays.
Whereas the white settlers of Plymouth (some of whom maintained their own share of zany religious ideals) are valorized for fleeing England and making the arduous journey across the Atlantic, scrabbling together a livelihood from the unforgiving landscape of colonial New England, modern Syrians are offered no such courtesy. According to conservative demagogues like Republican presidential candidate and real estate tycoon Donald Trump or conservative governor Greg Abbott of Texas, they are an insidious, monolithic group, bent on manipulating American goodwill to their advantage in the war between East and West, Islam and Christendom, white and brown.
We’ve said it before but it bears repeating: Resettled refugees are among the most heavily vetted entrants to the United States. Similarly, we should not need to emphasize, once more, that these men, women, children, and families are more interested in simply surviving than spreading Islamist politics. Any opposition to the intake of 10,000 Syrian refugees that Obama has promised (a drop in a bucket, and pitiful in comparison to the efforts of France and Germany) is therefore definitively anti-American, and indisputably anti-Thanksgiving.
Those Americans who maintain that “Syrian refugee” is synonymous with “ISIL” despite all logic and facts should be thankful for one thing above all else: birthright laws. Because the only difference between a Syrian refugee and yourself is a stack of paperwork and a geographically lucky birth.