Yesterday, the right-wing went nuts, again. This time, they were all falling over themselves to place the blame for the murder of the Dallas Police Officer directly at the feet of the President and Hillary Clinton. I know, so what else is new?
As some examples, Rep Steve King of IA tweeted a connection between the killing of police officers and the President’s remarks about Officer Crowley when he arrested Harvard professor Harvey Louis Gates, Jr. while the professor was trying to enter his own house. King tweeted:
#DallasPoliceShooting has roots in first of anti-white/cop events illuminated by Obama…Officer Crowley. There were others
I am sure you remember King’s kind comments about undocumented immigrants when he said they have thighs the size of cantaloupes because they are hauling 40 pounds of marijuana into the country taped to their legs. He is also one of the first to endorse Trump and his Berlin Styled Wall on the border.
Then there is that scholarly lady from Alaska, Sarah Palin. “Shame on our culture’s influencers who would stir contention and division that could lead to evil such as that in Dallas. Shame on politicians and pundits giving credence to thugs rioting against police officers and the rule of law in the name of ‘peaceful protests’. It is a farce. #BlackLivesMatter is a farce.”
The most awful tweet came from former Rep. Joe Walsh. The tweet was deleted, but in essence he said that President Obama and Black Lives Matter should “watch out” because “real America” was coming to get them. But, of course, he later said he didn’t mean to start any violence.
You may remember Rep. Joe Walsh. He was the Tea Party favorite who was elected to Congress while he was over $100,000 in the rears in child support payments. How’s it that for being a “real American?
All of these politicians and pundits in the right-wing conservative movement have been wailing about how “whites” in America are under attack. Taking the language used by white supremacists as the battle cry for their “conservative cause”. These snippets are just more of the same stupidity.
Those are just a snippet of the gripes from the very people who have hurled racist comments against Blacks, Latinos, Muslims and just about every group other than white male Christians. Their hate speech has hurled Donald Trump to the Republican nomination for President.
Fox News was falling all over itself as well. The major theme, at least when I could stomach a few minutes of watching it, was all about the meme that “this is not about guns”. I am going to say something here that will probably surprise my liberal friends. This is not about guns.
This is about who the fuck we allow to buy guns! Under current laws, anyone, and I mean anyone, can walk into a “gun show” and purchase any weapon they want. They are not subject to any background check, they usually don’t even have to show an ID.
I know this to be true, because I live in a state that has dozens of “gun shows” every year. Just to see what goes on there I actually went to one. I was astonished to see one man purchase six AR15 rifles. The seller did not question why so many and did not even ask to see his ID before ringing up the sale. He did say he made his money for the month.
ISIS and al Qaeda have instructions on their sites telling terrorists how easy it is to purchase guns in America. They are suggesting that they should arm up and attack civilians wherever they can. And, THAT people is what this is about. That and all of the hate speech.
Mayor Mike Rawlings yesterday at a vigil for the slain police officers said: “This is on my generation of leaders. We have led the next generation down a path of rhetoric that has pitted one another against each other.”
He ended his speech saying “The cancer of separatism is killing this body”. Think about those words for a moment. I have never heard a politician state so clearly what is wrong with our country.
Today’s leaders, mostly white conservative Republicans have used this “rhetoric of separatism” for years. Today, we have mistrust between our police and the communities they serve. We have mistrust between our politicians and the electorate. We have mistrust between ourselves.
Mayor Rawlings is correct. “The cancer of separatism is killing this body.” This “body” is our country. This “body” is our society. This “body” is us. But, it is not too late. We can find the cure for this cancer of separatism.
We won’t find it by screaming at each other. We won’t find it by hating each other. We won’t find it by blaming each other. We will only find the cure by talking with each other, by loving each other and by finding solutions to real problems.
Even in the aftermath of Dallas, conservatives still don’t get it! They still cling to their separatist hate speech. Say NO to them. Say NO to hate. Say NO to separatism. Then we can kill the cancer that is killing us!