It says something when a comedian shows more intelligence, more compassion, and more humanity, than the men and women we elected to administer and oversee our government. Jimmy Kimmel is a comedian, not a politician. He makes his money cracking jokes, making people laugh. But on a number of occasions, he has used his platform, his voice, to send a message to our elected officials, and also to We The People. Last night was one of those occasions, when he spoke briefly, yet eloquently of yesterday’s school shooting in Texas.
“Hi. Before we get to our guests—and the jokes tonight—I want to take a moment because, as you know, we had another school shooting today. This time in Santa Fe, Texas. At least ten people were killed, ten are wounded. Mostly high school kids.
And, once again, our leaders are sending their thoughts and prayers. President Trump said he is with the people of Santa Fe in this tragic hour and will be with them forever—except for when it comes time to do something. Then he will not be with them. And neither will any of the congresspeople—or governors—who don’t ever do anything because they are fearful that it will hurt them politically. They know the truth. They know this has gone too far. But they’re too cowardly to do the right thing. They care more about the support of the NRA than they do about children.
So they sit there, with their hands in their pockets, pockets that are full of gun money, and do nothing. They just wait for the outrage to pass, because it didn’t happen to their children. There’s only one way to look at this: How would you feel and what would you do if these were your children who were killed today? The truth about our democracy is that the people don’t make laws, we vote for those who do. So… the least you can do is register to vote right now. I mean the only way we can make any meaningful impact on this epidemic is to make sure we vote for politicians who will do something.”
I give a standing ovation to this man for having more sense and being a better person than those who are sitting in the Capitol or the Oval Office today.