Donald Trump said he would have charged into the Parkland high school even if he had been unarmed. I got to say, I kind of get a kick out of Trump’s self-aggrandizing digressions. It provides a bit of comic relief in the middle of the rest of his unavoidable bullshit. It’s like the guy has no self-awareness. In any case, it got me wondering about what other hero scenarios he’s played out in his head. Here are a few guesses of scenarios that have played out in that big old genius melon of his: Read More
One of the pillars of the anti gun control movement is the myth that a populace armed with guns acts as a check on the potential rise of an authoritarian regime. It is why these gun worshipers so readily believe that any new gun control measure is laying the groundwork for the government to eventually seize their guns, even though no prominent politician has ever made that claim publicly or been caught making it privately. This seems like a ludicrous presumption to those of us who are in favor of common sense gun regulations, but it makes some logical sense given their view. I mean, if there are political players with the nefarious intent to usurp power and if a bunch of Cliven Bundys do pose a threat to their ambitions, it would make perfect sense for those would-be despots to incrementally pass gun control laws with an eventual seizure in mind (all while rubbing their hands or petting a cat I imagine). Even if we don’t have those sorts of villains presently hatching schemes, a less armed population might embolden present and future Lannisters or Targaryens to maneuver for a shot at the metaphorical throne, right? Read More
Economic considerations notwithstanding, the case for providing amnesty to undocumented immigrants is usually argued along moral lines. On the pro side, the argument boils down to granting long-term, non-felon immigrant members of our society – who through no fault of their own have been impelled by economic necessity or violence to start a new life in the US – with the ability to safely rise out of the shadows. Those opposed focus on the original sin of knowingly violating immigration laws. This hard stance is sorely lacking in empathy. Who among us would not risk such a move to improve our lives and those of our families when the alternative is to wait decades to be considered for a green card? Immigrants who come seeking a better life are as morally in the wrong as those who have fled neighborhoods in Detroit and St. Louis for the same reasons. Nevertheless, perhaps you or someone you know is of the opinion that the law is the law, no excuses. Well, I believe that if we are taking an account of transgressions, some context is also necessary.
In the aftermath of Charlottesville, many Republican officials have forcefully denounced racism and Trump’s seemingly ambivalent reactions to the tragedy. But make no mistake, these are not people that truly espouse the principles of racial equality and justice. These are egoists and political zealots. Their top priorities are ones of personal gain and/or realizing their brand of utopia, even if it means circumventing democracy.
While most of the attention of the media has justifiably been focused on one particular false moral equivalence, Donald Trump blurted out another commonly used piece of faulty assessment in yesterday’s press conference. I refer to the notion that the reasons for commemorating Washington and Jefferson are on par with the reasons for commemorating the likes of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.