We Called It
In a posting on this blog back on April 16, 2014, I predicted the demise of the Republican Party before the middle of this century. From that party's confusion in Congress in its efforts to choose new leadership now that a fed-up John Boehner has resigned as Speaker, it looks like that will happen much sooner. We are
Boehner fed up with his right wing
witnessing the beginning of the G.O.P.'s death throes. Only state legislature-controlled gerrymandering keeps it in power in the House of Representatives and that will be changing far sooner than I predicted. The American public can take only so much of this nonsense. Here is my posting from 2 1/2 years ago.
Taken together, these factors spell disaster for the Republican Party. It may not happen this year, nor for another ten or twenty years, but sooner or later the Republican voter base will shrink to the point where it will not even be sufficient to control State Legislatures (which enable them to "gerrymander" Congressional districts), state houses, Congress itself and of course the ability to elect a President. It's simply a matter of demographics.
This is the last stand of the anti-spending, anti-gun control, anti-health care reform, anti-business regulation, anti-environment, anti-women’s rights Republican Party, otherwise devoted to preserving the wealth of the wealthiest of Americans. The G.O.P. is certain to sink into the sunset along with the Whigs and Know-Nothings before mid-century UNLESS its position on social issues changes radically.
A Far, Far, Far Right-Wing Columnist Speaks Out
The Gun Violence Pledge and Some "Links"
Once again, here is the copy of my Gun Violence Pledge which was included in last week's posting. As I then said, I have sent it to my Congressman and others who will be seeking public office at the highest levels in 2016. It has since appeared in local newspapers here in Florida. If you agree, please reproduce it (copy and paste and print) and send it to your Senate, Congressional and Presidential aspirants! There are far more of "us" than the mere five million members of the NRA. Don't let them outshout us. Let YOUR voices be heard. Copy, sign and send out this pledge!! Please do it today! Now! Don't put it off.
- Support of gun control legislation.
- Opposition to the National Rifle Association, and similar organizations such as those advocating "open carry," in every way possible.
- Support of national candidates who will appoint and confirm Supreme Court Justices who will properly interpret the Second Amendment in the manner its writers intended, which was to apply to state militia personnel, and not to the individual, personal right to keep and bear arms.
- Working toward changing the language of the Second Amendment so that it reads: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms when serving in the Militia shall not be infringed.” This is the language suggested by retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens in a recent book he has written. The proposed change only involves the addition of five words.
For those interested in learning more about organizations advocating gun control, the following sources are available to you. We appreciate the assistance of Rachel Mintz in compiling the following information.
It can be useful to reach out to these organizations because many of them are in the trenches, so to speak, with lawmakers and aware of policy changes and upcoming bills. Many have direct access to lawmakers. They can also help people like us figure out who our local lawmakers are and provide scripts when calling or emailing.