“Less Here Than Meets the Eye”

Charles Krauthammer was on Hannity tonight, and I agree with his take on Obama’s gun control proposals.

He said that all the items in the executive order list are “useless.”

He also said that there is “less here than meets the eye” because all the meaningful stuff requires congressional approval, and that won’t be forthcoming.

I’m way beyond discouraged, I’m totally disgusted.

Maureen Dowd Sounds More Like Peggy Noonan

Obviously, I’m very relieved that Mittens won’t put his hand on the Book of Mormon and take the oath next week, while his entitled princess bride looks on smugly.  But, mostly because of Newtown and my sense that we are not going to seize the moment to seize military weapons and ammo, I’m not as excited about the Inauguration as I thought I’d be on election night.

Maureen Dowd (“Takes One to Tango,” NYT) isn’t feeling very upbeat either:

“But the cost of W.’s misbeggoten wars and his mishandling of the economy overwhelmed Obama’s first term.  And Obama underwhelmed on traits everyone thought he’d excel at:  negotiating, selling, charming, scaring, bully-pulpiting, mobilizing, dealing with Capitol Hill and, especially, communicating.  It’s taken the White House four years to develop a coherent message:  Pay your bills.

“We’re facing default.  Again.

“We’re mired in partisan trash-talking.  Still.

“And despite the tragedy of the children riddled with bullets in Newtown, Conn., no one is expecting any consequential fixes to our absurdly lax gun laws.”

I too have felt that Obama hasn’t ‘splained often and well enough.  But the bottom line is that if you’re a GOP congressman more worried about a primary from the right than the general, Obama could be Demosthenes and it wouldn’t make a difference.

Paranoid Fringe 1, Newtown Children 0

Crazies in and out of Congress are threatening to impeach President Obama over his executive actions on guns.

Yes, those actions are very scary.

For example, he is going to nominate a director for the ATF.

He’s going to begin a conversation about mental health.

He’s going to begin a campaign to emphasize safe and responsible gun ownership.

He’s going to clarify what mental health services Medicaid must provide.

He’s going to offer additional training for active shooter situations.

Nominations and conversations and campaigns and clarifications and training, oh my!

All of the executive actions he outlined today are pretty wimpy and none of them can be interpreted as taking away anyone’s Second Amendment rights.

All the big stuff, the meaningful stuff is going to Congress, and it looks as if we may get better background checks, but we won’t get a ban on assault weapons or large ammo clips.

I can’t believe that this moment is going to slip away, but now I think it is.  And if Sandy Hook doesn’t get us to act, I have no idea what will.

It’s awful enough that those beautiful children and brave teachers died.  Even worse is that they will have died in vain.  Even worse is that the paranoid fringe is going to win.

LaPierre Has Splaining To Do

At first I was dismayed when I saw that the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre will be on Meet the Press tomorrow.  I thought why give his garbage any more of an audience?

But then I realized that it’s wonderful he’s on, so we can hear him explain how much good that armed guard did at Columbine.

The Tyranny of the Crazed 20%

“I’m still amazed, angry, shocked that Wayne LaPierre actually tossed a ‘have you no decency’ at like 80% of the country today.”

Josh Marshall, Talking Points Memo
I can’t say I’m amazed or shocked, but I am angry.
And the Tea Party types in Congress are doing the exact same thing to “like 80% of the country” when it comes to the fiscal cliff.

The Clueless Contest

It’s hard to say who is more clueless, the NRA wanting to solve our gun problem by bringing guns into our schools or the Tea Party congresspeople refusing to raise taxes even on those making $1 million or more a year.

Don’t they have any idea how  bizarre and alien they look to most of the country, how out-of-step they are?

NRA’s Solution — Cops in Every School

“The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”  Wayne La Pierre, head of the NRA, at his press conference today in response to the Newtown massacre.

Um, how about stopping that bad guy from getting the gun, so that he doesn’t ever become “a bad guy with a gun.”

Anyway, LaPierre’s solution is to have police officers in every single school in the country.

And for good measure, he blamed violent movies, video games and music videos.

So, the NRA wants more cops who will of course need more guns.  Since the NRA really represents gun manufacturers, that is a great solution to make its masters richer.

Sometimes you don’t know whether to laugh or cry, but this is really a moment to just scream at the top of your lungs.

 

 

Honor the Memory of Catherine Violet Hubbard

Catherine Violet Hubbard is being buried today in Newtown.  You’ve probably seen her picture — the little girl with bright red hair and bangs.

For those wishing to honor her memory, her parents Jennifer and Matthew have requested donations to the local animal shelter because she loved animals so much.  You can donate at http://www.theanimalcenter.org/donate.htm or by mail to The Animal Center, P. O. Box 475, Newtown, CT 06470.

I am hoping to use this blog to help generate donations from all 50 states plus some other countries.