So one of the cops on the scene of the Uvalde school massacre told Anderson Cooper that the cops chose not to enter the classroom when the shooter was in there because “they didn’t want to get shot at and get killed.” So the fox–the shooter–was guarding the henhouse while law enforcement cowered outside actively not doing their jobs. You see, the fox was shooting at the cops with weapons even the cops apparently didn’t have so the cops retreated, busying themselves handcuffing, pepper spraying and tasing the parents who wanted to go inside and save their kids from oblivion, then blamed the parents for resisting them for their inability to enter the building and kill the shooter (one mother actually did break away from the cops and did indeed dash inside, saving her two daughters from certain death!). These are the “armed good guys” that the Republicans–apparently just about all Republicans–claim are the solution to the mass murders that are rife in this country. The problem is the guys not the guns is their favorite catch slogan.
What absolute bullshit! What an abnegation and dereliction of duty! What ignorance! Allowing the the foxes to guard the henhouse and kill as many hens, aka innocent children, as possible while the cowards cower outside arresting panicky parents. Please Uvelde parents, please, sue the pants off these cops right up to the governor of Texas who so righteously praised them. And after you sue them, fire their asses, and hire some competent people for their police force. There are competent cops out there, believe me.
This whole miserable episode is representative of how sick this society has become. It started with Reagan and the GOP cancer has spread from him. I know about cancer. I’m recovering from stage four. It takes strong medicine to stop its spread. It took courage and wisdom for my oncologist to prescribe that medicine. She was a petite Chinese American woman who used words like “hit it hard” and R-CHOP. Strong action to knock out the poison.
Now we are needing just as strong political medicine to subdue this poison that has invaded our system of government. The Republican Party will not enter the henhouse to rid it of foxes, and that must change to allow civil rights to flourish. Of course, they’ve learned to use dog-whistle words like socialism and liberals and communists and immigrants and Mexicans and Moslems to scare a sufficient number of citizens, mostly white citizens, to go along with their cowardice, to hang back and let the foxes of opposition and obstruction create the Party of No, making it impossible to realize the principles of the Declaration of Independence that set our country apart from all others in the world at that time and even now. They took the Constitution and Bill of Rights and cherrypicked them to irrelevance much like Southern Baptist ministers do the Bible.
And we do have the right medicine to stop this poison. In our democracy, it’s called voting. One citizen of proper age: One vote. But like my Chinese American oncologist, we need our voters to have wisdom and courage. We need them to stop and consider the power of that vote and what that vote could potentially produce. Unfortunately, that wisdom and courage is absent in a large percentage of those voters.
These days, all you have to do is examine the voting records in your State Houses and in the U.S. House and Senate. What has each party, each candidate, proposed and accomplished for We, the People? From what I see, Republicans mainly obstruct whatever Democrats propose. This is not what our Founders wanted in a well functioning democracy. There can be disagreements, certainly, but there must also be common goals towards the commonwealth. When all is said and done, it’s the needs of citizens that take precedent, not the careers of politicians. Not sure what I mean? Imagine the car salesman who seems more concerned with his own bottom line than your needs around a car. I walk away from such salesmen and go to an agency that asks me about my needs in buying a car.
Reporters these days don’t ask enough relevant questions. I understand Gen Z and Millennial workers are quite burnt out. Some major ones I have are as follows:
* AK 47 assault rifles cost anywhere from 600 to 1600 bucks. Ammunition is about 38 cents per round. The killer in Uvalde had two such rifles and fired some 1600 rounds during his assault on the kids and their teachers. My question, which reporters so far haven’t asked: Where did an 18 year old boy, unemployed and in his last year of high school get the money to buy all that weaponry and bullets to pull off a mission that was able to repel an army of police for over an hour? And if he didn’t have the money, who bought this weaponry for him? Who taught him how to shoot it? Where did he learn to shoot it? This is not plug and play machinery. It kills innocent people as we have just seen.
* Where was the arsenal bought from? Did the boy buy it himself? Did he use cash or credit? If credit, how did he get a credit card?
* Did the arsenal belong to a relative? His grandmother? His grandfather? His mother? A friend? If so, did they give it to him? Did he take the guns from an unlocked box? How did an 18 year old get such an arsenal?
OK, I have more questions not asked by reporters who seem more like infants being spoon-fed instead of adult consumers, but that’s enough for now.
Finally, let me say that my heart is sore over these most recent mass killings in Buffalo and Uvalde. Unlike Trump’s cruel and misrepresented characterizations of Hispanics in 2016 and Blacks in 2020, the Hispanic Americans in Uvalde are hard working, family-loving, honest citizens just living their lives as any of us. The Black folks of Buffalo are the same: good, caring people, mothers, fathers, grandmothers, grandfathers, students living daily lives and doing harm to no one. They deserved better. They deserved better. I wish the families and friends of the victims my deepest sympathy and to somehow heal and continue forth in living their lives with some semblance of peace of mind.