At least a dozen people shot dead in the Colorado slaughter, and the RepubliCorp Party remains eerily silent on the issue of gun violence in America.
Worse yet, most Republican lawmakers continue to kowtow to the National Rifle Associationâ€™s greedy screed of guns for all and all for guns.
Even worser (which ought to be deemed a genuine word given this grisly context), many armchair vigilantes on the Far Right grouse that the abattoir in Aurora couldâ€™ve been avoided if only the audience had been scattered with gun-totinâ€™ good olâ€™ boys whoâ€™da brung down that crazy sumbitch with their own god-fearinâ€™ firearms. Apparently terms like â€œinnocent bystandersâ€ and â€œcollateral damageâ€ are foreign to these â€œSecond Amendmentâ€ whack-doodles. Too many syllables, most likely.
The gun-rights gang is the self-same gaggle of Tea Party pseudo-patriot know-nothings who constantly vote against their own best interests, idolize the rich, and despise the poor. Even though they themselves are often one paycheck, government/military pension deposit, or Social Security check away from joining the hated â€œpoor.â€
Why the lust for violence? Why the hatred of misfortune?
Because 21st century Republicans, like 20th century National Socialists, are the Party of Fear. In danger of being outnumbered by the combined demographic of African-Americans, Latinos, Asian-Americans, and (gasp!) non-Christians, old white guys (and the good olâ€™ gals who worship them) fearfully rally behind a Confederacy of Anglo-Saxon Idiocy, listening to and watching only the bombastic propaganda and outright lies of right-wing talk radio and Fox â€œNews.â€
And angrily casting ballots for cowardly draft-dodging chicken-hawks who ran away when their country called them to serve but eagerly wrap themselves in the American flag when it comes time to send other peopleâ€™s children to war. After all, these Republican chicken-hawks have to serve their true masters. Like oil companies, drug companies, insurance companies.
And the National Rifle Association.
As far as the RepubliCorp Party is concerned, the more guns the merrier. Keep us angry, afraid, and armed to the teeth. And, oh by the way, keep Those Other People from voting.
Remember that next time you cast a ballot.
Or go to a movie.
(Originally published at examiner.com)