It’s fascinating to see the corporate media of the “left” sharing impassioned speeches from youth about the need for gun reform. Very odd. The same liberal media mocked young people the last time they found their voices by supporting Bernie Sanders. Youth were told that “they didn’t know how things worked” and were called “radical” and “pie-in-the sky.” Youth concerns were whisked under the rug as the Dems waved goodbye to younger voter issues tackling student debt, single payer, a living minimum wage and addressing climate change. I guess Dems think that by siding with these kids, they can seem more progressive. And I do mean seem.
The narrative they would like us to follow is this:
Democrats are “good” and support these earnest young people.
The GOP is “bad” and is bought by the NRA.
While I don’t question that the GOP is bought by the NRA, are Democrats truly the savior of who will rescue these kids from senseless gun violence with hard-hitting new laws?
The DCCC, which works to elect Dems to the House, sent out this message to candidates after the Las Vegas shooting. As many friends of mine who are Democrats have been posting, the time for thoughts and prayers is over. The time for action is now. Let’s see what tough actions the DCCC has plans for:
The Hill: “HuffPost on Tuesday had reported that the DCCC, which supports Democrats running in the House, told lawmakers not to “politicize” the mass shooting in Las Vegas in October that left nearly 60 dead and hundreds more injured. According to the report, the DCCC urged lawmakers to offer “THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS” rather than discuss gun policy in the days immediately following the shooting.
The Huffington Post report came on the heels of a report by The Intercept, which claimed the DCCC urged members against supporting single-payer health-care proposals ahead of the 2018 midterm election.”
In other words, the Democratic party machine is planning a weak national message on guns and healthcare. So maybe Dems win in a “blue wave” and take back in Congress. If they aren’t willing to take a stand on issues which have the majority of their supporters’ support, then what will they take a stand on?
Dems message is clear: vote us in, we are not the party of guns or of Trump–although we don’t take strong stands on issues which are galvanizing the nation. And while we’re not progressive at all, at least we’re not Trump.
Justice Democrats: “It’s becoming evident that the DCCC — and the billionaire donors and revolving door consultants that make up the Democratic Party’s establishment — believe Democrats can only take back Congress running on a watered-down message,” the Justice Democrats said in a statement.”
I agree with the students that our political system is broken. But establishment Democrats are half of that broken system. Are Republicans worse on guns? Of course! Then tell me why Democratic party operatives are downplaying gun reform while simultaneously airing touching speeches of kids whose school was just shot up?
After each shooting, are we going to keep sharing those same videos on how Japan and Australia nipped their mass shootings in the bud? Or are we going to find/create a party determined to stop massacres with more effective tools than thoughts and prayers? Expect nothing from a party which won’t take a strong stand.