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  •  As I said below... (2+ / 0-)
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    Words In Action, Mogolori

    I think FDB is the real guy.

    'Goodwill' between the GOP and the President is as abundant as unicorn farts - Me'

    by RichM on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 01:15:14 PM PST

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    •  I think we're witnessing a psychodrama, (0+ / 0-)

      one that concerns some really profound ambivalence on the president's part about being president.  The root of it, I imagine, has to do with personal safety and wanting to be there to walk his daughters down the aisle, one I empathize with to my core.

      Jake Tapper inelegantly asked the president a question along these lines today ("Where have you been?").  His answer, very defensive, did not address the policy question but focussed on what he did to make children's lives more secure in other ways.  What he could have said is that we in the midst of a national emergency because fully one branch of government is under direct daily threat and half of legislative branch is, as well.

      The scale to which our society is swimming in guns -- and more importantly ammunition -- should scare right down to their socks any elected policy maker who would stand in front of cameras and say they want to restrict gun purchases and reduce the ammunition supply.  Virtually no one has mentioned Gabby Giffords since Friday, other than by obliquely referring to Arizona.  That's because members of our party are at the mercy of a social epidemic that has us teetering much closer to the brink of widespread incivility than anyone in responsibility would dare speculate in public.

      Can anyone name one Republican lawmaker who has stood before the cameras and called for gun and ammo control since Friday?  There's a reason they haven't.  Since 2004 when the assault weapon ban was repealed, and especially since 2011 when Rep. Giffords was injured for life, they have noticed that Democrats could not muster a serious movement to restore the ban, either in Congress or on the stump.  That's because, justifiedly, they know the leaders of such an effort would be putting their lives at risk.  When one party feels threatened and another doesn't, the party that doesn't fee threatened accrues power, and all its trimmings.

      Now, because he is president and consoler-in-chief, Barack Obama is the de facto face of gun control.  And he knows, because he gets the threat assessments on his desk, what this really means.  As these shootings continue to metastacize across the country, he and any elected officials who would join him in trying to stop them are in physical peril.

      It would be inhuman not to feel ambivalent about this predicament.  And it's one that underscores every meaningful exercise of power in Washington right now.

      "And now we know that government by organized money is just as dangerous as government by organized mob." -- FDR

      by Mogolori on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 04:33:23 PM PST

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      •  I saw that hack Tapper's question. (1+ / 0-)
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        I wanted the president to ask in return,

        Where were you, Jake? Where was your network,
        and all of its sponsors, and your fellow corporate
        peers and contemporaries, when they editorially
        resisted any meaningful discussions or debates
        about this epidemic that has long plagued our society?

        Is it because the company that employs you
        benefited from advertising revenues from defense
        merchants? Or profits from the culture of death that
        your parent company markets as entertainment?

        And in fact, crafted and/or adopted the talking
        points that directly enabled and led to this tragedy?
        What were you doing about it when the AWB
        expired before I was even elected to the senate?

        Why did you and your network sponsors not
        ask the previous administrations where they
        were after Columbine? Or the first 911? Or Tora Bora?
        Has your employer ever accepted advertising from the NRA?

        Fortunately, the president is a far wiser man than me.
        With a much greater sense for discipline and self control.
        For which I am eminently and eternally grateful.

        Thanks for all of your efforts.

        •  I think you should send that straight to Tapper. (1+ / 0-)
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          Great crit.

          "And now we know that government by organized money is just as dangerous as government by organized mob." -- FDR

          by Mogolori on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 09:14:18 PM PST

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          •  He already knows all of this. (1+ / 0-)
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            He and Todd were there in the front looking
            somewhat dismayed at Obama's stern reply.
            This was at the end of the conference.

            I think they were and are trying to make him
            lose his temper. But it didn't work. It did make
            me very angry that they were so disingenuous.

            Thanks for all of your efforts.

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