I awoke this morning to news that a man took a gun to a baseball diamond and began shooting people.
But this was not your ordinary every day American spree shooting. This was not a white supremacist shooting up a black church or mosque. This wasn’t some moron shooting innocent people in a movie theater or a homophobe targeting young people in a nightclub.
This shooter was a liberal.
And to make matters more complex, he was not shooting innocent people.
He was shooting Republican Congressmen while shouting about healthcare.
While my knee-jerk reaction is to renounce this incident and while my heart certainly goes out to the brave police officers who risked their lives to subdue the shooter, I really have trouble feeling bad for the GOP Congressman, Steve Scalise, who is recovering nicely while receiving the best healthcare that our tax dollars can buy.
You see, Mr. Scalise and his colleagues believe that they deserve to have their gun shot wounds treated and that you and I should foot the bill. But when it comes to our healthcare, they feel radically different on the matter.
In addition to his hypocrisy on healthcare, Scalise and his Republican comrades have repeatedly passed bills that allow guns to fall into the hands of the mentally ill, while simultaneously cutting funding to help those suffering from mental illness.
These bills cause real pain and suffering in the lives of real Americans. These bills cause the deaths of innocent people on a daily basis, not to mention that the continual outpouring of NRA propaganda, spewed forth by these so-called representatives, results in gun violence routinely directed at our nation’s most vulnerable citizens.
These Republicans are big on thoughts and prayers, but don’t seem to care about passing meaningful gun control legislation or protecting the rights of those gunshot victims to receive the same level of healthcare that Mr Scalise received today as he was carted off the field.
With all due respect Mr. Republican, your thoughts and prayers did nothing to help the victims of the Pulse Nightclub massacre in Orlando.
Your thoughts and prayers did nothing for Dylann Roof’s victims, who only wanted to participate in a peaceful Sunday morning church service.
Your thoughts and prayers did nothing for the little babies murdered at Sandy Hook.
Your thoughts and prayers are useless to us.
In fact, to be completely blunt about it, you can shove your thoughts and prayers right up your ass.
What Americans need are sensible gun control laws and Universal Healthcare. You instead choose to spew rhetoric designed to confuse The People while lining your pockets with our tax dollars and NRA lobbyist money.
So forgive me if I do not feel sorry for you, Mr. Scalise. I know, as a liberal, I am supposed to be above it all. But I have watched you and your cohorts dismantle my country and directly contribute to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent people and I have grown numb.
And now, The People have become so desperate, so disenfranchised, that ordinary citizens are finally desperate enough to begin taking desperate measures.
When we were suffering all you offered were thoughts and prayers, so that’s all I have for you in return.
We have been the victims of your inhumane policies for far too long.
All of our sympathy and good will has been used up burying our own friends and family.
We have none left over for our oppressors.
I am reminded of the immortal words of great Americans John F. Kennedy and Thomas Jefferson.
Kennedy said “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”
While Jefferson said “When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.”
And we have been living under tyranny in this country for far too long.
When we watch our loved ones die by the hands of the very people who were sworn to protect us, there WILL BE RESENTMENT. While I stop short of condoning the actions of the gunman, I believe that many Americans are feeling the same desperation that he felt when he woke up this morning and decided to head out to the baseball diamond.
They are feeling scared and desperate.
Violence is certainly not the answer, but let us never forget that it is an option to be used when ALL OTHER options have been exhausted. We do not condone violence. We stand for peaceful, political revolution and we believe in exhausting all peaceful means to attain that revolution. But let us not forget that our founding fathers spoke of our DUTY to take up arms against a tyrannical government.
When you take away healthcare that WE PAID FOR WITH OUR TAX DOLLARS and innocent people die, that is tyranny.
When you pass gun laws that allow the mentally ill to purchase firearms to terrorize their fellow citizens, that is tyranny.
When you continue to take millions from corporate lobbyists and lie to the very people that you are sworn to protect, that is tyranny.
Your ivory towers can only protect you for so long.
Your town halls should be an ample reminder that the citizens are fed up and on the verge of revolt.
You cannot run.
You cannot hide.
You’re going to have to do something radical if you want to quell the insurrection that is brewing in this country.
You’re going to have to actually represent your constituents for a change.
You’re going to have to actually do your fucking job.