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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Of Course It Was A Publicity Stunt

The Democratic Sit-In has sent Paul Ryan to his fainting couch.  He decried it as a "publicity stunt" and not a "very proud moment for democracy."

As John Cole noted, of course it was a publicity stunt.  Neither the House nor Senate will allow a vote on gun control measures that enjoy super-majority approval ratings from the American people.  If there was a referendum on gun control measures, they would pass handily.

Paul Ryan wants to make democracy proud?  Have a vote.  Get your members on the record as voting against the no-fly/no-buy bill.  Then let the voters decide is they should fire their reps for prioritizing gun industry profits over American lives.  Murphy's filibuster really only succeeded in getting people like Susan Collins and Ron Johnson on the record.  It was never going to pass.

And what's more, the no-fly/no-buy idea is a flawed one.  The no-fly list lacks due process.  In no way, shape or form is this the bill a Democratic House or Senate would wish to pass.  Instead, it's a show vote that illustrates that the GOP has zero interest in responding to the will of the American people on this or many other issues.

It is not a proud moment for democracy, you Zombie Eyed Granny Starver.  But the smear on democracy is not coming from the Democrats.

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