Ana hit another nail on the head with this line from her excellent piece on on group of idiots destroying a formerly good country. The fact works in the US, as well as Ukraine and the Middle East.
“Arms dealers are never interested in victory, just eternal war.”
Sadly, once again, Ana writes intelligently about stupidity...
Want to become angry (angrier)? Or maybe you think Bill Kristol is a genius...
Ana continues to be one of the best writers on US politics. Too bad she has to strut her stuff in a British newspaper. Then again, that’s where more intelligent readers can be found.
A view into the abyss from outside and inside...
If you read the following statistics, you will come to the conclusion that being a child in the United States is more dangerous than being a soldier in Afghanistan or a police officer, found in the Guardian article below.
“Nearly three times more children and teens were injured by guns in 2010 than the number of US soldiers wounded in action that year in the war in Afghanistan; 82 children under five died from guns in 2010, compared to 55 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.”
I wonder if such numbers make politicians, if they knew the facts, proud of themselves for permitting such lax gun laws. I wonder if they care more about campaign contributions and votes than they do about innocent children’s lives. I wonder what arguments they would use to excuse their disregard for these--and continued growing number of--victims. I would like to see the look on the face of any politician, as he or she goes through the verbal contortions to justify such behavior and its impact on innocent lives.
The writer, the always intelligent Ana Marie Cox, sums up the problem:
“Over and over, the public's willingness (even eagerness) to tighten gun laws has been outmatched by the cowardice of politicians in mysterious thrall to the National Rifle Association.”
Sadly, citizens/residents of the United States do not live in a country with a democracy of the people, for the people, and by the people. They live/reside in a country of ruled by greed, profit, and spineless politicians. Protest is pointless: all people in a position to act are too afraid, too powerless, or too beholden to special interests.
Of course, this piece appears in the Guardian, which has limited circulation in the United States and is read, I imagine, by people who find gun legislation insane. How can one believe in a country--not at war and not in an early stage of development--that lets its children be slaughtered on a daily basis? How can one respect its leaders, or supposed “leaders”. The reasons are obvious, but no excuse is possible.
If killing of children is not bad, how about shooting innocent people. (“Man Seeking Help After North Carolina Car Crash Shot by Police “ or “NYPD shoot bystanders in Times Square” or “Indiana cop repeatedly tasers elderly Alzheimer’s patient”) Have gun, will shot. And kill. Gun ownership has taken precedent over the Constitution’s promise of the pursuit of happiness, of which staying alive and unshot is a major component. And, the Second Amendment is far more important than all other freedoms combined. What happened?
The situation is bad, but hopeless.
And, if you want so more good news to cheer you, up can continue reading Ana. Note the bit about “Poverty in America”. It must be fun being white, female, and poor, especially in the South...
Find this news channel and watch it: you will learn stuff and avoid the inanity of other US news outlets.
Although the United States no longer ranks high in education, health, and other positive virtues, citizens can bask in the knowledge that the country leads in something...
From a recent piece by Ana in the Guardian:
“Fun fact! The US, with 5% of the world's population, now owns 50 percent of all guns.”
And you wonder why I feel uncomfortable there...
Unlike the Russian variety, with one chamber loaded, this kind has only one chamber unloaded...
If anyone had anyone doubts--and only a blind, deaf fool would--it is now perfectly clear that American politicians are paid employees of special interest groups. These groups have the “best legislators” money can buy. The United States is not a democracy “of the people, by the people, for the people”; it’s a cash and carry store for paying customers.
And, more will die each day, but few care. In the special case of guns, Americans are their own worse enemies...
At least the politicians are proud of themselves...
One of the best political writers in the United States...
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.