Jimmy Kimmel Speaks …

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.

 

42 thoughts on “Jimmy Kimmel Speaks …

  1. You’ll notice on this he does not demand guns be taken away. He is simply asking for the political class to ‘do something’ which covers a wide area of options with plenty of room for everyone to get together and work out something to stop these killings.
    One small facet of this tragedy being the one student who said she knew this would happen at her school, not for any specific reason she just felt it would happen.

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  2. Dear Jill,

    Jimmy Kimmel speaks on behalf of all of us. He calls out our President and the GOP in the US Congress for their inaction because of fear of the power of the NRA. These cowards have blood on their hands.
    They would rather keep their jobs and do nothing while children pay with their lives.

    And it is this same president who wants to win the Nobel Peace Prize. There needs to be a movie with the names and faces of all the children who have been killed in school mass shootings with accreditation given to the NRA and the US Congressional members whose souls have been bought and sold for 30 pieces of silver. There needs to be a movie where the president promises action but after dinner wit NRA officials, does nothing.

    They don’t speak for the vast majority of Americans. Thanks goodness for decent peoples like Jimmy Kimmel.

    In FL. David Hogg is calling for a boycott of a very popular supermarket (Publix) where I spend a bloody fortune. It turns out the company has donated $670,000 to a republican, Adam Putnam who is running to be the next governor and who is a strong supporter of the NRA. Publix PR team is saying that the donation has nothing to do with being supportive of the NRA. When I reach these folks this coming Monday, I will do my best to set them straight. I feel an Italian hissy fit coming over me.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • I fully agree with you .. he speaks for all of us who care about people more than lining our own pockets or enhancing our own power. They are cowards … any member of Congress who is too afraid of repercussions from the NRA to speak against assault weapons is responsible for this tragic loss of young lives.

      As for Donnie and his Nobel Peace Prize … if he is awarded one, then they need never award another, for it will have lost its meaning, will be naught but a farce. I think (hope) the Nobel Committee has more integrity than that.

      You go girl!!! I wish I could be there to see that Italian hissy fit!!! Give ’em hell!!! Be sure to let me know how it goes!

      Hugs!!!

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    • Yes … I hadn’t really thought about it until now, but … could be. I’m sure that eventually, if he hits hard enough in just the right place, he will become a target. Look at Colin Kaepernick. I admire him, though, for not being afraid of using his public persona to make a statement.

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  3. Thank-you so much for the inclusion of this Jimmy Kimmel video. I am a non-TV person and would otherwise have missed this moving piece. I went from tears to barely controlled rage listening to and watching the defense of the 2nd. Amendment…that needs drastic amending, yesterday! How many more young lives need to be sacrificed at the alter of greed before the right “something” is done?

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    • You are most welcome! I don’t watch television either … nothing on it interests me and who has the time to waste? But this clip came my way via the internet … I think it was in an email from one of the news sites I subscribe to. Like you, I was in tears, but also shaking with rage when i saw Trump, Cruz et al promising to defend the 2nd Amendment … even if it costs the lives of OUR children!!! Something must give soon.

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  4. Jill, this well done. Thanks for sharing it. As he implies, the only tangible way to make change is to show that blindly supporting the NRA is no longer a winning proposition. These cowards are too focused on keeping their jobs than doing their jobs. We need to change that paradigm. Keith

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    • Thanks Keith! Yes, I am impressed when people like Kimmel, Kaepernick and others use their public platform to try to get a message across. You are right … far too many of our elected officials are cowards … they bow to the wishes of the gun lobby and forget to whom they owe their jobs, their loyalty. We definitely need to make some changes!

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        • I have always respected and admired McCain, though I frequently disagreed with his policies. Thanks for the reminder … his book comes out this Tuesday … I just went to Amazon and pre-ordered it for my Kindle. We need more like him, but I don’t see any on the horizon with his sense of honour and integrity.

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  5. … because it didn’t happen to their children.

    Unfortunately, most members of Congress are old fogies whose children are all grown. And, sorry to say, but I doubt they would be fazed even if it were one of their grandchildren because $$$$ talks! And for some people, it speaks MUCH louder than anything else in this life.

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    • I have thought the exact same thing … even if it were one of their own, they wouldn’t care very much. Look at what they are doing to the environment! If they cared about their grandchildren, wouldn’t they want to implement protections to ensure that their future generations had breathable air, potable water and could grow food to eat? Nope, their mentality is “live for today, and to hell with tomorrow”. I don’t know whether I am more mad or sad … some combination of both, I think.

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    • Nope … that much is obvious in the legislation they have proposed and passed in the past year. They are there for power + money. I hope we vote them out and get some fresh blood in Congress in November!

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  6. Good speech! Quote: “/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.” /On the second part, the trick is, first of all, to find someone political who is willing to “do something” and then to know exactly what that “doing something” actually entails. I mean, there is “doing” and there is “doing.” DT and his thugs are, after all, “doing something” when it’s the opposite of what common sense would dictate. On the first part, long ago I decided that “voting” went way beyond “registering to vote” and meant that I, as a member of a democracy, was always in the running and always elected! So I quit “voting” for others I knew I could not and would never, trust, and chose myself every time as the proper and most trustworthty representative of my democracy. I only need one vote and for about forty years now, I’ve been elected and in power, i.e., self empowered to act responsibly as a (small d) democrat. That is no different than being a truly spiritual person while openly despising all organized religions. Come to think of it, I think Jesus walked there…

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    • ‘Tis true that there are none who will govern with 100% integrity. But, I do believe there are some who care enough about the “greater good”, to use a cliche, that they will try to implement change for the better, such as banning assault weapons. Those people are not in Congress today, obviously. And yes, we must all govern ourselves, and for that, one vote is sufficient, but by ourselves, we cannot make laws that apply to the rest of the nation/world. So, ultimately we must choose those who do have that power. I figure if I don’t vote, then I lost what little voice I have. I know … probably a lost cause, but it’s one of those things that … one just has to try.

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  7. I agree with you completely. Thank goodness for comedians like Kimmel, Myers and Colbert. How sad, like you say, that our elected leaders will do absolutely nothing about this. These shootings will continue to increase in both severity and frequency. I see no end in sight to this. Very sad.

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