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Harry Reid & Barack Obama: Directly Responsible For The Destruction Of Gun Safety Legislation

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Gun safety legislation, for all practical purposes, appears to be dead in the U.S. Senate. First the ban on assault weapons was taken off the table, quickly followed by limitations on magazines, and just now the attempt to bring background checks to a vote was destroyed by a Republican filibuster; one that was supported by several cowardly Democrats.

There are two individuals who are directly responsible for this massive defeat of legislation that could have initiated the start of the process to bring rampant gun violence in this country under some semblance of control. Take a bow President Obama and Senator Reid. Your previous refusal to change the rules on the use of the filibuster by the GOP obstructionists, without a doubt, caused this to happen. In doing so you both have betrayed the American people and the families who lost their children to gun violence in Newtown, CT.

What these two politicians have allowed to happen is beyond comprehension. They let the despicable Republican sociopaths, the supposed minority party, once again take control of the Senate and dictate which legislation will be brought to a vote and which will not. I have no idea how individuals who call themselves leaders could so completely fail to take critical action when it was so very necessary. This colossal failure has guaranteed that one of this nation's most critical problems will continue to remain unaddressed.

Without a doubt, the responsibility for this political fiasco needs to be assigned to President Obama who should have absolutely demanded that Harry Reid and the Democratic members of the Senate change the Senate filibuster rules, that that is was critically important, so that the important business of the nation could be conducted in an effective manner. When strong leadership was urgently needed, these two pseudo-Democratic leaders were nowhere to be found.

Harry Reid and Barack Obama who had majority control of the U.S. Senate have now ceded control of that governmental body to the minority Republicans. Majority rule has been destroyed. This is a disgrace to this nation and to our democracy. Republicans in the Senate and across this country will be dancing in the streets as the filibuster worked like a charm once again. But there will be no celebrations by the majority of the American people who are totally fed up with this dysfunctional government.

And there will be nothing but great consternation and anguish in Newtown, CT and among those families who have so courageously put aside their sorrows and spent so much time trying to get this government to enact effective, rational legislation to stop the     slaughter of innocent children and many other Americans who needlessly die at the hands of those who can get their hands on guns whenever they wish.

Want to hear something absolutely astounding? After the legislation for background checks was killed, I say a headline that said, "Obama rips gun lobby." And can you believe what he also said: " "There are no coherent arguments for why we didn't do this," What? What was that that you just said? I have a very coherent argument for it: it's a direct result of the abysmal actions and behavior on the part of yourself and Mr. Reid.

The degree to which these two failed politicians have damaged the process of government, this society, its people, and this democracy is almost immeasurable. Every time this country has a chance to solve some very critical problem with logical, rational, ethical thinking and behavior, someone in this government steps in to destroy the process.

The only thing that we out here in America can do in the face of this great betrayal is to count the days that Harry Reid and Barack Obama exit this government and Washington D.C. But, unfortunately, the damage they have done will linger on for a very long time.

Today should go down in history as one of shame and disgrace.

Michael Payne

 

Michael Payne is an independent progressive activist. His writings deal with social, economic, political and foreign policy issues; and especially with the great dangers involved with the proliferation of perpetual war, the associated defense (more...)
 

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The degree to which these two failed politic... by michael payne on Wednesday, Apr 17, 2013 at 5:57:52 PM
The deceit of Obama is epic, but our government wa... by Alan MacDonald on Wednesday, Apr 17, 2013 at 7:41:22 PM
That's the way to go Alan. You have made many ... by michael payne on Wednesday, Apr 17, 2013 at 8:12:48 PM
Michael,While I share your outrage, the sheeple ar... by foggygoggles on Thursday, Apr 18, 2013 at 11:39:47 AM
You said: "how any law would have prevented any of... by michael payne on Thursday, Apr 18, 2013 at 6:29:57 PM
Michael,At the risk of sounding contentious, I fai... by foggygoggles on Friday, Apr 19, 2013 at 1:21:58 AM
I just answered these very questions in the commen... by michael payne on Friday, Apr 19, 2013 at 1:00:28 PM
Yep, the Empire and National Fascist Security Stat... by Deborah Dills on Friday, Apr 19, 2013 at 12:03:55 AM
You can let the taps begin, you can watch as Ameri... by michael payne on Friday, Apr 19, 2013 at 1:16:03 PM
While I am not ready to buy America, and love my c... by Deborah Dills on Thursday, Apr 25, 2013 at 9:15:49 PM
I believe you are missing one very big obstacle. T... by Lynn Wilson on Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 4:21:19 PM
The Bill was bad because a) it addressed the buyin... by Mark Sashine on Thursday, Apr 18, 2013 at 6:39:03 AM
What just happened is one of the most shameful... by michael payne on Thursday, Apr 18, 2013 at 9:38:43 AM
to what I said before many times: Obama is in a fr... by Mark Sashine on Thursday, Apr 18, 2013 at 9:58:59 AM
Although I voted for Obama in '08, I knew he had l... by foggygoggles on Thursday, Apr 18, 2013 at 11:52:08 AM
What has happened and is now "progressing" at incr... by Dr. Tom Baldwin on Thursday, Apr 18, 2013 at 10:45:19 AM
I can't even believe how this country and this gov... by michael payne on Thursday, Apr 18, 2013 at 11:04:54 AM
I agree with your comment Michael. I hope that er... by Dr. Tom Baldwin on Thursday, Apr 18, 2013 at 11:35:48 AM
Those "despicable Republican sociopaths, the supp... by BARB BF on Thursday, Apr 18, 2013 at 4:51:35 PM
I I will no longer support Mr. Obama because for m... by michael payne on Thursday, Apr 18, 2013 at 6:14:12 PM