By David Glenn Cox
An age of terror and bad popular music. A failed state with no explanation, head held in sorrow. They’re real sorry it happened (as always) but are certain once all the facts come out, it’s not their fault. It wasn’t their fault after the first mass shooting nor the second, so how could it be their fault now?
But Greg (Bubba) Abbott is done and will never be the Republican nominee for the Presidency now. But Bubba pleads, “That law to allow children to buy deadly weapons has been on the books for over 60 years!” Gee, if only he knew someone in state government who could have done something about that. He should write his Congressman a fiery letter and demand action! “I’m only the Governor; my hands are tied.” AS if he would have actually ever done anything.
Beto O’Rourke interrupted Bubba’s “We’re real sorry again, Press conference/Prayer vigil.” (Hopes and prayers everybody! Get your hopes and prayers right here! Three for a dollar and six for a wooden nickel.) At this point anything they might say is only insulting the public’s intelligence. A difficult task in 19th Century Texas. How dare you sit up there give us the old “Aw shucks, we’re sorry. Now how did that happen?” They know it won’t work, but it’s become obligatory at this point. We put on our dark suits and sad faces and demand solemnity and get a group portrait taken.
But Beto’s interruption of Bubba’s press conference seems a little much. Interrupting Bubba’s public stunt with his own. As Ted Cruz shouts from the stage, “this is no place for politics!” Proof, there is no God. Any God worth his salt and paying attention would have zapped Cruz right there. One sweet lightning bolt and it’s clean up on aisle five. Mrs. O’Leary preaching about fire prevention or Nixon preaching about ethics. But Bubba Abbott not to be outdone, goes him one better. This is a mental health tragedy he proclaims. “Oh, woah is me, it’s so sad, if only we had known.”
Only Bubba cut the budget for mental health care in Tehas by over $200 million dollars. Taking what we know about the state now. What would you assume about their mental health care budget before the cuts? Let’s be honest here. If he could have gotten away with-it, Bubba would have zeroed it out the budget entirely.
I’m angry, but I’m angrier at the Republicans who steeped in blood and hypocrisy would dare to get up on stage and put on a pathetic soap opera. Pretending to really give shit when we all know better than that. They all cheered for killer Kyle, so its not killing that they are against per say. They approve of murder and killing, it’s the Republican way. In the words of Mel Brooks, “We got to do something, before we lose our phony baloney jobs.”
They defend the January 6th murder’s and call them patriots. Huey Long said long ago, “the state will always collect taxes and will always be in debt. It not how much are you pay in taxes, it’s what are you getting for them? Low taxes are no bargain, if you’re living in the wild, wild, west. Now when it gets cold, don’t turn on any electric heaters or the power could go out. During any heat event, don’t charge your electric car or run the air conditioning for too long, or the power could go out.
This is their philosophy that you can do more by doing less and even more still, by doing nothing at all. Just leave everybody alone and make the workers’ pay the taxes. Protect big business and the NRA. Spout bible verses and act sincere. This is your Republican world, and mass shootings are a part that world. Like homeless people and opioid addiction, poverty and crime. If you want to end mass shootings end Republicans, there’s your first roadblock.
A President once built 200 damns across the country, it created jobs and improved the economy. The damns controlled soil erosion and floods. They made the modern cites across the Southeast possible. They made the modern American economy possible. And thanks to the electricity generated, the damns paid for themselves. Then the Republicans sold those damns to private interests. What do you need with revenue for? Our friends in the private power industry, they need revenue too.
Another President had an idea to go to the moon and spent $20 billion dollars going to the moon and creating the modern computerized world in the process. Apollo needed a guidance computer that fit in a small space and weighed less than twenty pounds. It all started right there, how much does your laptop weigh? Millions of jobs created, companies and whole new industries and career fields undreamed of a generation ago. It’s all paid for itself a thousand times over and in retrospect was virtually free.
The Republicans called them boondoggles and wasteful. “What do you need with sidewalks and storm culverts for? Walk in the street like peasants are supposed to. They’re building airfields at government expense when there are no airlines. Our friends at the railroad say that’s a real bad idea.” Republican in sheep’s clothing Joe Manchin won’t sign on to the green energy bill without support for coal. It’s only the planet earth Joe. I suppose if it doesn’t work out, we always just get another one.
Do you really think they give a shit about dead children or about staying in office? Do you think that Bubba Abbott regrets his budget decision? Because he doesn’t and they don’t. He’s not sorry he did it, only that he got caught by it. So, they put on their Kabuki makeup and perform their ceremonial traditional Republican horror dinner theater once again. Long sad faces, oh, woah is me! Such a sad, sad tragedy! Such a shame we couldn’t do anything to prevent it.
Vile, vile iterations of human beings more concerned with bank checks than background checks. The high priests of nothingness prostrating themselves in ashes and sack cloth and promising in tears to do nothing to prevent the next mass shooting.
“Republicans approve of the American farmer, but they are willing to help him go broke. They stand four-square for the American home–but not for housing. They are strong for labor–but they are stronger for restricting labor’s rights. They favor minimum wage–the smaller the minimum wage the better. They endorse educational opportunity for all–but they won’t spend money for teachers or for schools. They think modern medical care and hospitals are fine–for people who can afford them. They consider electrical power a great blessing–but only when the private power companies get their rake-off. They think American standard of living is a fine thing–so long as it doesn’t spread to all the people. And they admire of Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it.”
― Harry S. Truman
They also lament the school shootings and dead children – but not enough to try and do anything to try and stop them.