By Joseph Ballin 10/3/2017 4:20 AM EST
The Republican Party, which formally was a parliamentary center-right wing party, has long ceased to function as a reality based political party. The current “Republican” Party that exists in the US is called the Democratic Party. As Chomsky pointed out in 2010, the GOP has moved so far to the right that they need to mobilize sections on America that wasn’t formally political before like evangelicals, conspiracy nuts, anti-vaxers, gun nuts, etc.
By right wing I don’t mean “conservative” or “libertarian” in the Americanized understanding of these terms. The Republican Party is a corporatist anti-life party. Anything that is good for their donors they support. Anything that causes death and suffering of innocent people they support. That’s why they support police, the military industrial complex, prisons, ICE, cutting healthcare, Puerto Rico relief, CHIP, oil, etc.
The reason they love guns is because their donors give them millions of dollars to shill for more guns. It is as simple as that. There could be 1,000,000 Americans killed by guns tomorrow and the Republicans won’t do anything about it. We have long ceased to exist as a functioning democracy when SCOTUS in 2008 delivered the Heller decision, giving a “right” to own a fire arm and when we allowed dozens of innocent kids to die in Sandy Hook.
The chickens you could say are coming home to roast. In the past, Americans genocided Native Americans at the barrel of a gun. In the present, the US is sending millions of guns and bullets around the world to various evil fascist regimes to persecute innocent people. “The tyranny Athens imposed on others, it finally imposed on itself.” – Chris Hedges. Now the tyranny is coming back to America.
If I had it my way, I would take all the guns in the US, melt them all down, and make a statue for peace, but I’m sure the alt-right would protest to tear it down of course. We can’t do anything about guns, but we will take away your healthcare so you die from the gun wounds. I wonder how much money it will cost to take care of the 500 survivors of Las Vegas. I’m sure the Republicans will go back to trying to repeal Obamacare and ensure all those people die. Again it is a party of death, not life.
The NRA’s bullshit propaganda runs hollow when you realize that those 22,000 people all probably had guns, and none of them “became a good guy with a gun.” This isn’t Die Hard, you cannot go around acting like Rambo shooting people you “suspect” of being the shooter. If all 22,000 people at the concert took out their guns and fired at the Mandalay hotel, we won’t be calling this a massacre, we would be calling this a genocide.
Trump isn’t just our only problem, he’s just the pure fucking evil of the Republican Party manifesting itself in it’s true form. In the same way Hitler was the manifestation of Germany’s rage for the Treaty of Versailles, the Trump voter is the finale columniation of 40 years of a slow moving coup by far right wing ideologies who have been going on a full blown propaganda brainwashing campaign, carried out by forces such as Fox News, right wing hate radio, Brietbart, and other reactionary forces.
Edit: I put 200,000 attended the Route 91 Harvest concert, it’s actually 22,000, but the point remains.