Friday, July 8, 2016

How Much of This Can we Take America?

So asks Jonthan Capehart:

"How much of this can we take, America?"

It's a good question as we seem to be stuck in a vicious cycle.

As usual, the GOP's answer is the same: Let's not politicize this, which, of course, politicizes it.

"Republicans laced into President Barack Obama's comments in the wake of the Dallas shootings of 12 police officers and two bystanders that killed five in which he made reference to "powerful weapons" as an aggravating factor to the situation."

"Speaking to reporters earlier in Warsaw, Poland, the president called the shooting a "wrenching reminder of the sacrifices" law enforcement makes for the American people, but also remarked "that when people are armed with powerful weapons, unfortunately it makes it more deadly and more tragic, and in the days ahead we are going to have to consider those realities as well."

Ben Carson lit into Obama within the first hour of his remarks.

"Now is definitely not the time to get political," the former Republican presidential candidate and Donald Trump surrogate told "Fox & Friends" when asked about Obama's comments. "Now is the time to use logic and ask ourselves, why do we have a Constitution? Why do we have a Second Amendment? They’re always saying you don't need a high powered weapon to hunt deer. The Constitution is not about deer hunting. It's about people being able to defend themselves from an overly aggressive government or an external invasion."

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Sure doesn't take long. Meanwhile, this tactic of wrapping yourself in the Second Amendment rings even more hollow after two black men have been shot dead by police for being in possession of firearms. Even having a license didn't help them.

The NRA was also conveniently silent. Which kind of gives the game away that this is about white identity politics at bottom not simply the Second Amendment.

Then Ben Carson contradicts himself by saying this:

"Asked what he would say as president, Carson said he would ask the country to "imagine 24 or 48 hours with no police. What would your life be like?"

"Yes, there are some bad apples and, yes, we will find ways to deal with them but in no way do we indict the entire police force," Carson said.

"Addressing the killing of five officers, in addition to six more wounded, Carson noted that "there are terror cells" and "professional agitators all over our country looking for opportunities."

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How do you argue out of two sides of your mouth like this? How do you both claim that the Second Amendment is about protection against an oppressive government and at the same time laud the police and defend them against 'professional agitators?'

If you really enshrine gun rights to this extent then you should be speaking up for the two young black men recently killed by police.

If you really enshrine the safety of the police to this extent, you should be talking about making it tougher for guns to get into the wrong hands.

But the Right on guns tries to have it both ways, three ways, every way.

As for the election, both Hillary and Trump are taking time off from campaigning.

Here's Hillary:

I mourn for the officers shot while doing their sacred duty to protect peaceful protesters, for their families & all who serve with them. -H"

As far as who to vote for, I'd just urge everyone to vote for the candidate who they think will actually heal these racial and sectarian wounds and bring the country back together.

I'm not going to pretend the answer to this is not obvious in my mind.

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