Yesterday saw Democrats in the House finally take a stand, by taking a seat. Initiated by civil rights icon and Representative John Lewis, Dems in the house finally had their fill of the bought out Republican NRA whores who stand for nothing but money and re-election - the will of the people be damned.
In the face of tragedy after tragedy wrought by rampant gun violence and the ease with which weapons of truly mass destruction are obtained, Republicans do nothing. Completely bought out and monetarily blackmailed by the NRA, they ignore polls of the American people which indicate nearly 90% support stronger gun laws.
Instead of paying attention to the people, they pander to the ones who are so easily panderable - the conspiracy theorists, the 2nd amendment masturbators, the "Obama is cummin' fer mah guns" crowd. They trade in fear and lies, all the while lining their pockets and re-election coffers compliments of the tools in the National Rifle Association.
Here's the reality - no one is coming for your guns. There are over 300,000,000 weapons in this country, in the hands of both the stable and seriously unstable. There is no way to retrieve them. So to keep banging that pathetic drum is disingenuous at best, blatantly ignorant at worst.
But that does not mean we cannot move forward with legislation that better controls the who and how of obtaining future weapons. We can and should honor those who have lost their lives by trying to do better, control better, who obtains them.
That we have been reduced to simply shaking our heads as classrooms of 1st graders are killed, as movie goers are mowed down, as a nightclub full of happy people are slaughtered says so much about the soul of this nation and the priorities of those we have allowed to come to power.
They offer their empty "thoughts and prayers" and we sit at our keyboards, shocked and impotent.
We, those of us who get it, see it for what it is, must finally rise up against those who serve only themselves and those who funnel them funds. We are NOT impotent. We have passion, we have intelligence, we have NUMBERS.
What John Lewis started yesterday is only the beginning. Symbolic? Sure. But also scary to the GOP, as evidenced by Speaker Paul Ryan turning off the CSPAN cameras that broadcast the goings-on in the House.
His actions speak loudly to the facts that they do not want the American people to see a revolt against them; that they do not want to be seen as the bought out whores they are; that they care not one whit about transparency because they are so easy to see right through.
His petulant actions backfired in a massive way - not surprising to anyone but him and his equally dim cohorts, as they are not exactly forward thinking, not nuanced thinkers in any way. By turning off the cameras, and denying the people the right to see what was taking place, he immediately insured we WOULD see. His actions insured that the very people from whom he wished to hide the truth, have seen every moment of it. He may control the CSPAN feed, but he does not control technology or the Periscope accounts of those Dems who immediately set to streaming the action live on their devices.
So, thank you Paul Ryan, for once again proving how completely unfit you are to hold any office. Trying to hide what goes on in the PEOPLE'S HOUSE - yes, Ryan, it belongs to US, not YOU - has finally lit the fire under the asses of all of us who care so very much for one another, and who have nothing but disdain and shame for our inactions that have led to you and your cronies ever attaining office to begin with.
Recessing the house did not work, did it? They were still there when you cretins finally crawled back in in the middle of the night. And I can tell you for damned sure, recessing until July 5th has done you zero favors either. Refusing to hold a straight up and down vote on the gun bills currently in play? We see you for what you are - cowards. Bought out, legislators-for-hire, prostitutes of the NRA.
Oh, and taking to a microphone to call the sit-in a stunt? Poor, sweet, dim witted Paul - a stunt is when a VP candidate is so desperate for good publicity that he washed already clean pots and pans in a soup kitchen for a photo op. Remember that pathetic STUNT, Paul? We do.
The people are demanding meaningful legislation. Demanding that those we have allowed the privilege of serving begin serving we, the people, not them, the lobbyists.
In the musical Hamilton, Laurens sings the words:
Rise up, when you're living on your knees
You rise up, tell your brother that he's gotta rise up
Tell your sister that she's gotta rise up.
It's time. Time to do what generations have done before us. Cast passivity aside; stop believing we can love away the hate, educate the willfully ignorant; dream a better nation into being. We must rise up. No true advances in this country have come through wishing things were different. It took people being willing to hurt, bleed, even die to pave a better way for those who will come behind us. Abolishing slavery, women getting the right to vote, desegregation, marriage equality, the continuing fight for equal rights and protections for all, and yes, now fighting for common sense gun control.
John Lewis has been in the trenches for us before - bleeding, earning a fractured skull, willingly offering his life to advance the causes of all. Yesterday, he again stood tall, rising up as he started a sit-in to finally force this issue into movement.
Lin Manuel Miranda's genius words ring even truer here:
This is not a moment, it's the movement
Where all the hungriest brothers with something to prove went.
Foes oppose us, we take an honest stand
We roll like Moses claiming our promised land.
The Representatives in that chamber, along with the growing crowds of supporters outside are taking an honest stand. And what have the Republicans done? They have given themselves even more vacation time to go run and hide in the hopes this will blow over by the time they come back July 5th.
They must be surprised come July 5th. They must walk back through crowds still amassed against them, and walk back into a chamber still occupied, still broadcasting their cowardice to the world.
We, who get what is happening, are finally ready to "take our country back." Not in that illusionist-white-people-bullshit-Leave-It-To-Beaver-Mayberry-RFD way so many GOPers crow about, but in the way that matters. We must take our country, our government back from those who have bought it, and more importantly, from those who have sold it.
Take note, Paul Ryan - your days are numbered. So enjoy that Fourth of July hot dog and beer - July 5th, like winter in Game of Thrones, is coming. And you are no match for a populace that has once again realized "we are the ones we have been waiting for" and have finally decided to RISE UP.