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I don't pity Steve Scalise. I refuse to pity him or his current condition. I know I probably should but in this instance I won't. Nor do I subscribe to this new push for 'Unity' in the wake of the latest incident of Gun Violence that is the eternal cancer on the skin of American Society and a shame on all the houses of those who are implicit in the slaughter of tens of thousands each year.
I've made my opinion clear that whilst guns are a part of American culture, the wanton slaughter of thousands unnecessarily and the unwillingness of those in power to see beyond the rhetoric of Gundamentalists within and outside the corridors of power and make real changes to the embedded gun culture to a place that sees beyond the idea of gun grabs and indeed the language of those who pipe up every time safer gun ownership is promoted as an idea.....usually after a mass shooting......take your pick.....there are mass shootings pretty much every single week.
That aside the reaction to the shooting and in particular the current medical condition of Scalise.... (someone who will no doubt recover from his injuries, and because of his excellent Government provided healthcare won't have to worry or indeed bankrupt his family to pay for his ongoing treatment. Yet when he is fully recovered will vote to take Healthcare away from at least 24 Million Americans)....and indeed this assault on democratically elected representatives sparked something of a unified response from both sides of the aisle.
All were shook by the shooting but the reaction from Paul Ryan particularly stood out. His statement that an attack on one is an attack on all, a unifying message that smacked of all the hypocrisy we have all come to know and loathe from these opportunists in elected office.
You see, when someone utters a statement that at its core essentially says ''We must stand together'' is absolutely fine. I have no issue with anyone rallying all to unite in the face of an avoidable incident had the perpetrator been seen for the danger he was and denied access to buying his weapons, If only those elected representatives of the GOP realised they could have done something, anything......but no.
'We Must Stand Together'
Seems a reasonable request whenever a group of people feel under threat from a force they have little or no control over. The idea that a certain people easily identifiable and find themselves at a serious risk from others around them and risks from those within too.
The same man that says 'we must stand together' is the same man leading a party that does not recognise the sentiment he bleats out in the name of his friend and colleague. Republicans in general have ridiculed and maligned those within the Black Lives Matter movement. Born from the continuous and seemingly neverending deaths of young black men and women at the hands of Law Enforcement Officers. In the case of those who 'stand Together' to bring voice to the victims of questionable police actions that are all too often deadly.
Despite this Paul Ryan's party have declined their need to unite for the betterment of all when it comes to those within poorer communities and within the black community. You don't see the GOP unite to stand against this slow and steady destruction of communities.
You don't see the GOP unite to stand against the regression of laws under the direction of their own Jeff Sessions, America's plantation apologist whose disgusting targeting of Black Communities to swell his own bank accounts from his investments in private prisons. Black Lives Matter unite to stand against that type of Prison Industrialisation that many Republicans either profit from or wilfully ignore for political gains and future favours.
Private prisons back Trump and could see big payoffs with new policies
ASHINGTON — Private prison companies, which stand to make big gains under President Trump’s tough new immigration orders, also have contributed big sums to pro-Trump groups, including the organization that raised a record $100 million for his inauguration last month.
GEO Group, one of the nation’s largest for-profit prison operators, donated $250,000 to support Trump’s inaugural festivities, Pablo Paez, the company’s vice president of corporate relations, told USA TODAY.
That’s on top of the $225,000 that a company subsidiary donated to a super PAC that spent some $22 million to help elect the real-estate magnate. Another prison operator, CoreCivic, gave $250,000 to support Trump’s inauguration, recently filed congressional reports show.
For-profit prison companies' hopes for significant gains under the Trump administration already are coming to fruition. On Thursday, the Justice Department rescinded an Obama administration order to phase out the use of private-prison contracts in the federal Bureau of Prisons.
Of course the evidence is there that Sessions is going after both sentencing laws and indeed the burgeoning Marijuana Laws strewn throughout the US. Sessions being the uneducated ignorant little toerag he is clearly still carries issues from watching the 1936 Anti Marijuana movie 'Reefer Madness'.
Enough for anyone to reach for the bong.
The response to the shooting at GOP representatives and the shooting of Steve Scalise has seen the Political Community make nothing more than the soundbites of the contradictions between the Soundbite and the Soul exposed by actions. Sure it is important to show defiance to that faction of society who acts out of rage and anger and those people should be condemned without hesitation, As I firmly believe and stand by the idea that a violent act only harms the argument of the perpetrator.
By all means stand together as one. However, when you are a part of a party who have neglected their duties to all in America and are currently working to deny justice and equality to those who have nothing but where profit can still be gleaned by political parties and representatives then why the hell should there be tears or thoughts or prayers for the likes of Scalise.
His party are not uniting the people but categorising those who will be easier to incarcerate through whatever means they can. Healthcare, Criminal Justice and the increasing incarceration within the most vulnerable sections of society.
(Free Clinic for the poor of Mobile, Alabama)
As soon as Scalise is well enough he'll happily go and vote to put more people from the Black Community in prison, happily vote to deny millions healthcare and assist in reinforcing the wedge between the poorest from the rest of the US.
Ryan will be there too along with his Republican colleagues to ram through the biggest assault on America's poorest......
.....and when the people realise this they too will unify.
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