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Putin, McConnell, Trump, Mass Shootings = No USA Homeland Security

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Long before pretend tycoons, historical Fascists excelled in, divide and conquer the populace by conveniently identifying common enemies, to distract from political coercion, power lust and financial plunder - keeping all yearning to breathe free of fear vulnerable, and doomed to, What is Past is Prologue.

The Department of Justice policy regarding indicting a sitting President, while based on time honored memos from the Office of Legal Counsel, is not the law of the land. Indeed, our Constitution remains mute on whether a president can face criminal prosecution in court, and the U.S. Supreme Court has yet to address the issue definitively.

Just as an unratified Equal Rights Amendment cannot guarantee gender equality, believing an OLC memo is constitutional law, makes an ass out of you and me.

Inciting Violence is a Felony according to 18 U.S. Code §"-373, and thus, an impeachable offense.

Laws protecting education, environment, equal opportunity and peaceful coexistence cannot be changed by a president daring the 25th Amendment to Combine his and Wayne LaPierre's personal haul on the backs of taxpayers and membership fees - unless we the grassroots, allow such mockery to supplant rational thought.

Still addicted to NRA marketing tools: Donald Trump and, the only thing that stops a bad man with a gun is a good man with a gun, Wayne LaPierre absconds with millions of NRA member dues, while officials defend police who murder and ignore those who sacrifice to defend.

Most nations experience video games and mental health issues, but too often in America, we wall up our mentally ill in, private prisons for profit.

It's no longer enough to, follow the money. We must transform our Judicial system into a competent engine recapturing ill-gotten gain and channeling it from those who profit from baiting hate with fear of losing guns, into investments insuring the welfare of Veterans, teachers and the underemployed of every race, sexual choice and philosophy - revitalizing our DOJ with our commitment to, Justice for All.

We the People have inspired the world's growing desire for democracy. Perhaps it's time we take a refresher course in the courage of Puerto Rico, Hong Kong and Moscow citizens - and rise up to walk the walk of all our Rockets' Red Glare Land of the Free, talk - realizing atop the list of endangered species Trump's clan is willing to sacrifice on the altar of short-sightedness for profit, is the human species - assuring homeland insecurity for our children.

In 1886 France, awarded Americans the Statue of Liberty, in recognition of America as the lighthouse to safe harbor - reaffirming its promise when the Emma Lazarus poem was cast onto a bronze plaque and mounted inside Lady Liberty's pedestal in 1903.

Thus America, given the powerful gift to see ourselves as other see us, cannot now allow Pence Conservatism, Cuccinelli homophobia, USCIS Director Francis Cissna's Invisible Wall, Stephen Miller's immigration bias, Epstein pedophilia enablers, Pharma's Corporatism's Opioid induced addictions, Trump ineptitude and our institutional systemic greed for power embedded in the Senate and embodied in Russian Rubled, Moscow Mitch - to redefine us.

There is no preserving Homeland Security, no protecting school children and no defending first-responders when McConnell's trumped enablers avert their eyes from China's militarizing its border with Hong Kong, Kim Jong Un's nuclear target practice, with impunity, in the air space of American allies, South Korea and Japan - and Russia's attempt at creating a flying Nuclear Reactor - with Putin's inability to do so without injecting the atmosphere with nuclear radiation.

If Social Media platforms are now accepted influencers, then we the influenced need choose carefully for whom we're encouraged to vote, for our personal homeland security depends on trusting the diagnosis of the agenda of online posts.

Unless Americans are kept safe from people like Charles & David Koch, Mike Pence, William Barr, John Mercer, Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump, who enable the hate that insists, no room in the inn - without a good credit rating - no child will be safe, and no Homeland Security achievable.

Americans claiming America has always been the best and greatest, need actualize, to those much is given, much is expected.

The lies we tell ourselves, destabilize every family's homeland security.

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Americans claiming America has always been the best and greatest, need actualize, to those much is given, much is expected.

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To those who have taken much, much must be returned with capitalist interest.

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You are relying on one of the most ridiculous arguments concerning guns. Guns require a human being to load them with ammunition and a human being to cause the gun to discharge either by choice or by accident. Guns are simply the method chosen by people with mental deficiencies to commit the murder of themselves or the murder of multiple people. Any other argument is delusional and certainly is not an accurate description of gun violence. A gun owner, whether he obtained the gun legally or not is solely responsible for the so called actions of the gun. Trump does not cause violence. Only people who are predisposed to violence will perhaps take his words and interpret them as a call to violence. There are plenty of examples of Democrats calling for harm to be committed against Trump, yet the liberal base remains steadfastly silent about those statements. The NRA is in no way, shape or form responsible for so called assault rifles. They instead believe that they are what the American public wants. In other words, the market is shaping the argument. This is no different than the pro-drug market defining what is to be legally available to "we the people". Your complaints seem to be with people who are saying things you don't agree with. I may not personally again with them myself, but I will defend their right to espouse their opinions, and certainly won't criticize them for having beliefs or opinions that differ from mine. We all have the right to ignore things we don't agree with.

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Exactly. The railing against guns masks the real problem which is the degenerate military ethos of the US which has now even infected liberals!!

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Gun control begins at the Pentagon.

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Well Lois Gagnon - I certainly can't argue with that absolute truth! Thank you for reminding all of us. Yet, allow me to clarify for others who may read our exchange. I do not suggest zealous gun control. I strongly advocate for the elimination of military grade weapons in civilian hands - but mostly I oppose the easy access to high capacity magazines in military style rifles to the general public. Although, I've never been a hunter, my family and many friends are long time gun owners, and I know, civilians don't need any variation of AK-47s to hunt anything - except people. Always appreciate your comments Lois. Thank you, and peace be with you and all dear to you.

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"[D] on't need any variation of AK-47s to hunt anything - except people." Actually, they are not intended "to hunt anything" ...including people. They are intended for self-defense. You're barking up the wrong tree, Rollando. E xplosive devices are easy to make, more effective in killing more people and are the first choice among terrorist groups abroad. Is that what you want...monthly Oklahoma Cities? There is nothing that would make this repressive government and itws militarized prolic happier than abolishing ALL guns for private citizens, and that makes it ipso facto a bad thing for all of us in the larger picture. If you want to accomplish the result you are pining for, look to change the military culture that has warped our morality.

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And kindergarten.

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Indeed!

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In Giants, Peter Phillips writes that Private Military Companies in service to the Global Elite and Transnational Capitalist Class is now a $200,000,000,000 a year business, fulfilling the elites demand for protection from democracy movements, alienated work forces, residential and work place safety, assassinations and other supplemental deadly activities for public militaries that allow the pretext of deniability for violating national and international law and treaties.

Do the people not give consent to be ruled? May this consent not be removed when those to whom it has been delegated no longer even pretend to fulfill their given obligations? NO!

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Agreed Shad Williams!

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When there is a bombing,

we blame the BOMBER.

When there is a drunk driving accident,

we blame the DRIVER.

WHY, when there is a shooting,

do we blame the GUN???

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Yes Jennifer, I've heard this argument many times, and it certainly is a rational point - even when a rhetorical one. Maybe we as a nation, culture and people should consider some legal focus on the bomb makers, the alcohol makers, but for guns - I'm certain civilians can live without easy access to high capacity magazines in military style rifles - unless the intent is to commit violence against fellow human beings. Lois is correct, it should begin with our Pentagon, but it can end without our grassroots will power.

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No doubt a well intended, smoke screen that clouds the issue by side-stepping them in the fog of your argument. My family and I are gun owners. My best friends and their three sons are gun owners. In a perfect world, all would think for themselves, but in a world lacking personal peace of mind, a world increasingly in violent turmoil incited by many international leaders, a world too often determined by top down preferences - we cannot afford, nor does any gun owner need, such overwhelmingly easy access to high capacity magazines in military style rifles - period! As for your suggestion that I lack a proven record for actively defending the right for all, and their opinions to be heard, you have clearly not bothered to do your homework. Now, go in peace.

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I don't get the connection between Putin, Kim and mass shootings in the US and homeland security. As liberals we should be promoting dialog and coexistence. Not giving the warmongers more ammunition.

I agree with Lois that gun control begins at the Pentagon. It should also begin at reducing world tensions not exasperating them. What possible good could come from Putin bashing, especially since he had nothing to do with Trump being elected or mass shootings. That horse won't run anymore.

Mass shooting didn't start with Trump and getting rid of him won't stop them. Having given past presidents imperial powers was a formula just waiting for a Trump.

Other than style there is not an inch difference between Trump, Obama, Bush, Clinton, etc. Obama was pushing TPP, and Trump is pushing tariffs. Hillary was pushing for war against Russia, and Trump is pushing for war against Iran. They are all disasters for the people.

Well, that is my personal opinion.

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If you do not see the connection between international violence and American violence - guns and otherwise, there isn't much I am inclined to say to illuminate the connecting dots for you. I wish you well David William Pear.

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Nothing in my comment suggested that I don't see the "connection between international violence and American violence". Actually you are putting the cart before the horse, to stay with that analogy. It is the US that is causing the international violence, and what the US does internationally it will do at home.

Russia, North Korea, like so many other countries are the recipients of US aggression, and not enablers of US mass shootings. Why you inject them into an article on US mass shootings has no dots, except to promote more international violence; and roosting chickens.

Putin and Kim are a phony and dangerous smear to get at Trump; very regressive when there are so many legitimate progressive issues to attack him on. Trump's bullying of Iran, Venezuela, and North Korea are causing thousands of deaths. Silence on it is complicity.

The US is an extremely violent country at home and abroad. Always has been. Trump is a product of that, not the cause. Treating the symptom may feel good to some, may achieve short-term political ends, but it excuses and exacerbates the deadly disease.

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It is precisely my point that America's foreign policy, particularly since The Marshall Plan both inspired a desire for democracy and incited dictators who wish, like Trump, to defeat those who dare to attempt to breathe free.

We are in a kind of warped Circle of Life. That is the connection between international and national violence, in which individuals peopling forces for both peace and domination have grown desperate, greedy and/or impatient.

The horse and cart analogy has been less and less applicable since Nixon & Reagan, but you're right, we don't need to go international to take issue with Trump, given the GOP's GW & Cheney legacy of forever war.

But I think it's a good reminder that, indeed the world of Climate Change, Water & Food supply And Violence, is a village either in streets protesting against, or in voting booths electing the very puppeteers pulling Trump's and McConnell's strings.

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And a damn fine one.

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