No, it's not "too early" to talk politics after the Jacksonville mass shooting. It's too late. The time to talk about mass shootings is before they happen.
When a young woman was tragically killed recently, the far right began screaming holy Hell for immigration reform. Three people (at least) were shot dead yesterday -- yet there is nothing but silence from the far right on gun reform. Sick hypocrites.
(I should note that I don't use the young woman's name for the reason that the family has asked that she not be a political chip for the far right over immigration. Not because "liberals can't bear to mention her name." Mind you, no one foolishly making that charge ever brings up the name of the dead in the Jacksonville mass shooting -- or pretty much any mass shooting.)
Little known fact -- if you post something critical about guns on social media after yet another mass murder, and criticize the gun manufacturer corporate-owned NRA terrorist fringe group, you'll get a LOT of tweet replies from people who seem not to like you very much and call you extremely bad names. Really!! It's true.
By the way, to be fair, and just so no one accuses me about jumping on a mass shooting because it's too soon and not time yet, I want to say I'm saddened by the mass shooting at Virginia Tech in 2007 and think enough time has passed to discuss what can be done so it doesn't happen again. Hopefully the NRA agrees.
But as that aside, as long as we're talking sick hypocrites, "Fox News" actually had to disable User Comments on its YouTube videos Sunday after viewers "ruthlessly smeared" John McCain. Some comments were labeling him a traitor and hoping he burned in Hell. Imagine if it was Democratic user posting the comments. There'd be that same "holy Hell" of faux-outrage. But -- it's not Democrats smearing this war hero who spent 5-1/2 years tortured in a POW camp and wouldn't leave without his men, it's from Republicans. About their former party standard bearer. You can read about it here.
Ladies and Gents -- and his fellow GOP senators and congressmen who enable this -- meet your Republican Party.
Just one more box to check off. As I keep saying, this is no longer about Trump. We know who he is. This is about the Republican Party. The cruel, thoughtless, hypocritical violent base, many of them racist, or worse white supremacists, acting as assets to Russia, and the elected officials who enable them.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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