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article imageOp-Ed: US Congress wimps out on gun control — What a surprise

By Paul Wallis     Apr 18, 2013 in Politics
Sydney - It's old news that Americans despise Congress. It’s not hard to see why. The much touted gun control legislation diluted itself from a ban on assault rifles to ID checks, and even that didn’t get through the Great Legislative Brothel.
The criticism is howling around the world. Sydney Morning Herald’s aptly named "Gutless Senate bows to lobby, not argument article”:
Obviously livid, Obama told a primetime TV audience that Wednesday “was a pretty shameful day for Washington”.
He accused the “gun lobby and its allies of wilfully ly[ing]” about the compromise bill negotiated by a senator from each side of politics. He charges that Republicans and some of his own Democrat colleagues had "caved to pressure" from a vocal minority that supported gun rights.
“There were no coherent arguments as to why we wouldn't do this – it came down to politics,” Obama said.
It’s a matter of opinion how much more "Congress" could possibly do to damage the image of the United States, let alone the realities, after the last decade or so. Not a lot, you’d think, but whenever there’s a crisis of conscience or a serious injury to the nation, the entire rotting organization seems to be elsewhere. Its stock in trade is mismanagement.
Obama took the time to target those who’d been criticizing the participation of Sandy Hook families in the debate, asking:
“Are they serious?” he said. “Do we really think that thousands of families whose lives have been shattered by gun violence do not have a right to weigh in?”
Well, the public has been excluded from everything else, why not this?
For those who don’t remember, there was a time when US Congress people were somebodies. Now they’re just sales staff for lobbies, really just elected lobbyists. As “representative government”, you really do have to ask what the hell they think they’re representing.
It’s not the US public. Hasn’t been for years.
It’s not the best interests of the United States. That’s more than obvious.
It’s not the pursuit of life, liberty, happiness or anything else which doesn’t have a spreadsheet and cost centre attached to it.
A legislature which doesn’t pass laws is not a legislature. A democratically elected body which effectively short-circuits democratic processes is anti-democracy.
A legislature which effective doesn’t legislate in regard to the actual and possible death and injury of its own people is nothing more or less than a sham.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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