What’s the best definition of a (in Trump’s words) “shithole country?” Maybe this: Any nation where teachers have to practice “lock down” drills with terrified children because their government won’t protect them from mass murder due to endemic gun manufacturers’ lobby corruption.
As parents in Florida bury their children murdered by the GOP/NRA/Gun Lobby, Trump and the Republicans will do NOTHING to curb the killing of children with assault weapons. It’s a mark of extreme political corruption when unaccountable cliques like the NRA/Gun Manufacturers block solutions that enjoy broad public support (even among gun owners like me) and force their selfish interests to prevail over the common good.
While mental illness exists everywhere, other countries without an NRA, gun-Lobby and Republican Party dominated by pagan Gun God worshipers do not have killing sprees comparable to America’s. And some of these countries have many gun owners and guns. They also have sensible laws.
What to say about a country that watches its children gunned down again and again and does absolutely nothing? Maybe this: They elected bought-and-paid-for Republican shills of the NRA/Gun Manufactures-Lobby again and again with the support of people who say they follow Jesus who (as far as I know) never said “Let the little children come unto me so that we may shoot them with an AR-15.”
How sick is Trump’s America? There’s even a Presidents’ Day sale on bump stocks (the device the Las Vegas shooter put on his rifles). Slide Fire Solutions, a bump stocks manufacturer, is offering 10% off with the coupon code MAGA, a salute to the campaign slogan of Trump, who promised to “Make America Great Again” (MAGA).
The NRA’s outright purchase of senators Richard Burr ($6.3 million in 2016), Marco Rubio ($3.2 million in 2016), Roy Blunt ($3 million), and Rob Portman ($2.2 million) – and Trump ($30 million in the presidential race) – is obviously corrupt.
On this fateful “President’s Day” we have no president. We have a lickspittle craven servant of the NRA and Putin who puts American safety second to Russian and Gun Lobby interests. Trump is not defending Americans against internal enemies – the gun lobby – or foreign enemies – Russia. And these two stories are oddly intertwined.
Trump used to be for gun control then following a $30 million NRA bribe and after his election he told the NRA “You came through big for me and I am going to come through for you.” After Trump’s election I’ll bet he said similar words to Vladimir Putin as well.
Another reason Putin’s pal Trump is screaming “unfair” over the FBI investigation into his Russia-deformed election is that the FBI is also investigating whether a top Russian banker with ties to the Kremlin illegally funneled money to the National Rifle Association– to help Donald Trump win the presidency. Some of that $30 million NRA Trump bribe may well be Russian money.
No one wants our political system to fail more than Vladimir Putin does and whether Putin gave the NRA money or not, that explains the proven deep relationship that Russians close to their government are cultivating with the U.S. gun lobby as part of the outreach by pro-Putin forces to the American far right.
Putin knows what white American evangelical Trump-supporters won’t admit: nothing hurts America as much as our gun lobby. As reported by McClatchy, “FBI counterintelligence investigators have focused on the activities of Alexander Torshin, the deputy governor of Russia’s central bank who is known for his close relationships with both Russian President Vladimir Putin and the NRA.” Read more here.
Why would Putin help our NRA-Gun Manufacturers Lobby to help Trump? Why would Russians be stirring up hate and paranoid delusions in the far right gun worshippers’ circles online? Simple: people who hate America wish people like the Florida killer Nikolas Cruz, well. They want lots more like him.
Nikolas Cruz faced a long string of escalating disciplinary measures throughout his academic career for insubordination, profanity, disruption, fighting and assault. Yet it was lobbying by the NRA, the Republicans in FL and Congress that made sure he (and many more disaffected white youths like him) could and can buy military-style weapons suited best to mass murder.
The GOP leadership’s “thoughts and prayers” are a sacrilege against God, a cover for cowardice made by those for whom there is no higher moral law than greed for power and money.
If you actually follow Jesus and are going to pray for anything, please pray for the just and utter biblical desolation of the entire child-sacrificing abomination called the Republican Party.
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