Thomas Friedman: Muslims And The NRA

There are so many reasons to admire Thomas Friedman, as I have done for decades.

So let’s review: We will turn the world upside down to track down the last Islamic State fighter in Syria — deploying B-52s, cruise missiles, F-15s, F-22s, F-35s and U-2s. We will ask our best young men and women to make the ultimate sacrifice to kill or capture every last terrorist. And how many Americans has the Islamic State killed in the Middle East? I forget. Is it 15 or 20? And our president never stops telling us that when it comes to ISIS, defeat is not an option, mercy is not on the menu, and he is so tough he even has a defense secretary nicknamed “Mad Dog.”

But when fighting the N.R.A. — the National Rifle Association, which more than any other group has prevented the imposition of common-sense gun-control laws — victory is not an option, moderation is not on the menu and the president and the G.O.P. have no mad dogs, only pussycats.

60 Reasons Why Mass Killings Continue To Happen In United States

Shame on them!

On April 17, 2013, four months after Adam Lanza walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, with a Bushmaster semi-automatic rifle and shot to death twenty schoolchildren and six adult staff members, the U.S. Senate voted on S. 150, the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013. Forty members of the Senate voted in favor of banning the importation, possession, sale, or transfer of semiautomatic assault weapons. Sixty members voted against the ban; here are their names:

  • Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.
  • Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H.
  • John Barrasso, R-Wyo.
  • Max Baucus, D-Mont.
  • Mark Begich, D-Alaska
  • Michael Bennet, D-Colo.
  • Roy Blunt, R-Mo.
  • John Boozman, R-Ark.
  • Richard M. Burr, R-N.C.
  • Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga.
  • Daniel Coats, R-Ind.
  • Tom Coburn, R-Okla.
  • Thad Cochran, R-Miss.
  • Susan Collins, R-Maine
  • Bob Corker, R-Tenn.
  • John Cornyn, R-Texas
  • Michael D. Crapo, R-Idaho
  • Ted Cruz, R-Texas
  • Joe Donnelly, D-Ind.
  • Michael B. Enzi, R-Wyo.
  • Deb Fischer, R-Neb.
  • Jeff Flake, R-Ariz.
  • Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.
  • Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa
  • Kay Hagan, D-N.C.
  • Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah
  • Martin Heinrich, D-N.M.
  • Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.
  • Dean Heller, R-Nev.
  • John Hoeven, R-N.D.
  • James M. Inhofe, R-Okla.
  • Johnny Isakson, R-Ga.
  • Mike Johanns, R-Neb.
  • Tim Johnson, D-S.D.
  • Ron Johnson, R-Wis.
  • Angus King, Ind-Maine
  • Mary L. Landrieu, D-La.
  • Mike Lee, R-Utah
  • Joe Manchin III, D-W.Va.
  • John McCain, R-Ariz.
  • Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
  • Jerry Moran, R-Kan.
  • Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska
  • Rand Paul, R-Ky.
  • Rob Portman, R-Ohio
  • Mark Pryor, D-Ark.
  • James Risch, R-Idaho
  • Pat Roberts, R-Kan.
  • Marco Rubio, R-Fla.
  • Tim Scott, R-S.C.
  • Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.
  • Richard C. Shelby, R-Ala.
  • Jon Tester, D-Mont.
  • John Thune, R-S.D.
  • Patrick J. Toomey, R-Pa.
  • Mark Udall, D-Colo.
  • Tom Udall, D-N.M.
  • David Vitter, R-La.
  • Mark Warner, D-Va.
  • Roger Wicker, R-Miss.

Why Words Matter (Lesson #4,000)

Long before Donald trump launched his bid for the presidency I was not in favor of a business person sitting in the Oval Office.  History shows that a certain skill set is required to govern from the White House and the head of a corporation does not–just based on the organizational models–have the required levels of nuance and patience which a president must command.

In Trump’s case there is also the inability to monitor how words either verbally or in writing are used.   That too has been a long-time complaint of mine on this blog as history continually shows that words matter.  The latest near disaster happened this week  when Trump casually told Fox News the United States “would have to wipe out $75 billion in debt owed by Puerto Rico to bondholders around the world.”

As one might understand Wall Street went head-over-tea kettle as Puerto Rican bonds headed into a tailspin.  It was only then the White House  had to come out and say Trump was wrong and worked to clean up yet another mess made by one not prepared to sit in the Oval Office.