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Here is Exactly Why Congress Won't Act on Gun Violence, Climate Change, Impeaching Trump or Anything Else

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I'm from Dayton so I'm thinking about this today: Why hasn't Congress done anything to address our national epidemic of mass shootings, namely reviving the assault weapons ban? People -- Democrats and not a few Republicans -- ask me that all the time. I bet all left-leaning pundits get that question.

The answer is simple. But it's not something most people want to hear. It's the same answer I give to another question I get a lot: why hasn't Trump been impeached?

Congress hasn't gotten off its collective pasty lobbyist-fattened ass because the streets of every major city are not currently filled with millions of pissed-off people throwing rocks at store windows and who refuse to go home until Congress passes real gun control.

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Democratic voters want Trump impeached. They want it -- lackadaisically. They don't want him impeached so badly that millions of demonstrators are willing to fill the streets of every major city day after day, night after night, turning over police cars and setting stuff on fire, until Nancy Pelosi begins impeachment hearings.

This is a fun game! You name an issue lots of people care about. I'll explain why the political class is ignoring it.

For example: What with experts predicting imminent human extinction, 98% of Americans are worried about climate change. (Who are the 2%? Happy to die but too lazy to commit suicide?) So why isn't the U.S. government doing anything about it? Because -- yes, you've got it now -- the streets of America's major cities are not choked by millions of citizens up for breaking things and fighting back the cops 24-7 until the politicians do something to increase humanity's odds of survival.

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You may disagree with my answers on the grounds that breaking windows is mean to store-owners, that burning things generates toxic gases, that cops are scary or that it's more fun to sit home watching TV or playing video games than to run around in the streets dodging tear gas. You can rightly point out that the United States has no organized left-wing political group, much less one on the grassroots level, capable of organizing a mass street movement. You can, even more rightly, point out that we shouldn't have to take to the streets because it's Congress' goddamn job to fix the environment and get rid of our insane president and ban the sale of military-grade guns to inbred derps.

What you cannot argue is that I am wrong.

It is an irrefutable incontrovertible fact that, when the nation's cities are clogged with millions of angry Americans demanding radical change day after night after day after night, who break stuff and refuse to disperse and fight back against the cops and are willing to get beaten up and sometimes killed for their cause, and it's impossible to carry on business as usual, our worthless public officials will yield to their demands and do what's right.

Until then, mass shooters will continue to terrorize our public spaces, SUVs will belch greenhouse gases and Trump will tweet crazy racist BS. Bad things happen because good people don't force them to stop.

Wishing out loud for other people, like Congress, to do something is worse than worthless. It's damaging. You're abdicating your responsibility to act. If you trust in "leaders" whose history shows they can't be trusted, you're committing political suicide.

 

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Who would do it? At least go to the streets. There are a lot of other issues, too. Half of merica is marginalized. Barely making it. People could get 2 dollar yellow vests and, hand em out on street corners. Pass out yellow bandanas.Yellow anything To anyone and everyone. Do not mention violence. Americans still have some free speech and rights of assembly

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Ted, I will not argue that you are wrong. The reason is, you are not wrong, you are right. Until the people start doing something with major impact nothing will get done. For it to work though, great masses of people would be needed.

I am glad to see your article. People need to understand it is going to take aggressive action to get anything done. Sitting around thinking that if the right person gets elected President then everything will be just fine; ain't going to work -- Nothing of major import will change.

I have said this several times here at OpEd. Often, articles will say the people need to do this or need to do that to correct the problem the article is addressing. In comments, I have said you are right, the people need to do something. But how in hell do you get them to do this or do that?


The best idea I can come up with is for me to stand on a street corner holding up my painted sign that reads, "TIME FOR A REVOLUTION!"

I know it is a great idea. But for some reason, I just don't think it would do much good.

Maybe before any violence, it might be worth trying ed's idea of yellow anything clogging up the streets. But again, how in hell do you get that started.

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If Donald Trump were to tell his supporters to engage in the type of violence that Mr. Rall is encouraging his readers to engage in, liberals would be up in arms and would be accusing him of inciting a riot, at the very least. Of course, Rall is not going to be criticized because he is taking about things that liberals agree with. Can you say hypocrisy? Of course, if those on the right were to go off on a rampage like Rall is promoting, there is little doubt that Trump supporters wouldn't take up their own weapons of choice, and defend not only themselves but also their own property plus the property in their community. Liberals no doubt know that they are woefully out gunned in that type of conflict. Of course, engaging in the activities that Rall is promoting will almost assuredly guarantee that Trump would be re-elected and that in turn could add to the myth that Democrats vote even after they die. By all means, pass out yellow vests. Having a clearly identifiable target can ensure that enemies can be quickly disposed of. Stand on a street corner with a sign calling for a revolution can make you easily identifiable as an enemy combatant. Essentially, what Rall is calling for is another civil war in America. Should that war come to fruition, it is one that liberals are not equipped to fight or even engage in. Rall should know better than to call for violence, especially in this day and time. As we have seen just in the last few days, there are people who are willing to engage in violence, typically at the expense of liberals. His rhetoric can easily inflame the passions of certain types of people that we need to be not encouraging with our words.

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Protests don't change anything, these corrupted leaders could care less what goes on on the streets. The leaders know they will get re-elected like 98% no matter what. Of course paper ballots would make a difference but guess who is going to prevent that? My guess is people who wouldn't have a prayer in a straight up, honest election.

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