Wouldn’t you think we could have just one day where I am not stomping my feet and growling like an angry leopard? Noooooo … that’s too much to ask, isn’t it? Sigh. Hold onto your hats, folks, for I’m on a tear tonight!
Still more evidence that …
The only people who matter in the current administration are those who love Trump … a distinct minority, yet a loud, obnoxious one. The evidence of this lies in the debate in the Oval Office on Monday whereby Trump’s staff convinced him to support a decision to eliminate healthcare for no less than 20 million people in this nation. As most of you know, a lawsuit filed by 18 state’s attorney-generals and 2 governors came before Texas District Court Judge Reed O’Connor last year. The judge was tasked with determining whether the ACA individual mandate that requires everyone to have health insurance was lawful. However, Judge O’Connor took it a step further and declared the entire Affordable Care Act to be unconstitutional. Appeals, of course were immediately filed. At that time, the Department of Justice, while supporting overturning the individual mandate, did not support overturning ACA in its entirety. Then came Monday.
On Monday, acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and Domestic Chief of Policy (whatever the heck that is) Joe Grogan convinced Trump that if he, via the Department of Justice, supported the complete repeal of the act through the courts, his base (a minority) would “love it”. They told him that the move would be seen as ‘fulfilling a campaign promise’ and that it would help secure his re-election next year. Thus, even though Attorney General William Barr expressed concerns about the move, it was announced later that day that the U.S. Department of Justice will support the move to have ACA declared unconstitutional and thereby sign death warrants for some 20 million people or more.Although Trump has claimed he would make republicans “the party of health care”, there is no plan on the republican side of the aisle with which to replace ACA. Just … do away with it … let poor people die … who needs ‘em anyway?
Even Mike Pence argued against the move, not because he cares a whit about we common people, but because he felt it might have political ramifications down the line. You think? Under ordinary circumstances, I would say that in making this move, Trump just signed away his re-election, but we have not had normal circumstances in this nation since 20 January 2017. This is just one more in the growing pile of signs that We the People really do not matter. The only ones who count are the bloomin’ fools who wear red caps and chant “Lock ‘er up!”
A step too far … way too far!
Last night, a friend posted this to my Facebook page …
Now, this particular friend sometimes gets a kick out of ruffling my feathers, in a good-natured way, so I thought this might be a … joke? But no, I looked into it, and steam began coming from my ears, my teeth gnashing, and lightning bolts emitted from my eyes.
The so-called constitutional carry bill would permit anyone age 21 or over, who is not disqualified by federal law due to a felony conviction or other offense from obtaining a weapon, to carry a hidden gun — without obtaining a concealed-carry permit. Currently, Ohioans can only carry a concealed weapon after obtaining a $67 permit from a county sheriff upon passing a criminal background check and completing eight hours of training by a certified instructor, including two hours of range time and live-fire training. The legislation would not be restricted to handguns — it also would allow Ohioans to conceal and carry long guns, such as rifles and shotguns (though I’m not sure how one conceals a long gun … seems it would be a might noticeable sticking out of their waistband). Ohioans already are allowed to openly carry firearms without a permit. The bill also would repeal a current requirement that concealed-carry owners notify police officers they are carrying a gun when stopped. The police are going to love this one, yes?
Do any of these fools remember Parkland in February 2018? Do they remember Las Vegas? Do they remember their own damn names? Fools. Idiots. Then, while I was still frothing at the mouth, the same friend informs me that Kentucky just passed a similar law. Back to searching … yep …
From the March 28th Cincinnati Enquirer …
“Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin just signed a law allowing residents to carry a concealed gun without a permit and the prerequisite training.”
And then … I find out that this is not a new thing, not an anomaly, but that there are sixteen … yes, SIXTEEN states where residents can carry guns with no permit, no training, and in some cases, no background checks.
Those states are Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
The law is called “Constitutional Carry” because it reflects the view that the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution does not abide restrictions on gun rights, including the right to carry or “bear” arms. This is utterly ludicrous. This is the absolute stupidest thing I have heard of!
But back to the proposed Ohio law …
At least one Ohio legislator, David Leland, had a bit of sense (hint: he’s a democrat) …
“It’s going the exact opposite direction of what most people want. If more guns make more people safer, we would be the safest country in the world. Yet, our gun violence exceeds most every other country on this planet.”
Correction, Mr. Leland … not ‘most’ every other country on the planet … EVERY other country on the planet!
Chris Dorr, director of Ohio Gun Owners, sent an email to supporters …
“We already know there will be efforts by anti-gun Democrats and Rino-Republicans to block, stop and KILL Constitutional Carry. And as we saw last General Assembly, there’s always a lily-white coward willing to cut a deal and water down these pro-gun bills.”
It appears that the only thing that is going to wake these people up is if next time it’s their own child who is killed in a school shooting, or a drive-by.
And that’s it for tonight, folks … I must stop the steam coming from my ears, brush what I haven’t gnashed away of my teeth and go to bed for another fun night of night terrors. Gee, I can’t imagine what’s causing them, can you?