Tue Feb 12, 2013, 11:50 PM
Plaid Adder (5,518 posts)
Watched the SOTU speech. Glad he ended with the appeal to go after gun violence.
It is depressing how very little he is really proposing, and yet how hard it will be to get even that much done.
I took the unusual step of buying <i>Rolling Stone</i> this week for the sake of their article, "The NRA vs. America." It was so discouraging it took me three tries to get through it. Briefly, what is wrong with our public policy on gun violence is what is wrong with all of American policy: it is dictated, through lobbying and the massive floods of campaign cash that go with it, by the industry owners, with no regard whatsoever to whether it is good for the American people. This fact happens to be more obvious re the NRA because what the gun industry promotes is so obviously and violently harmful to the body politic. But basically, a serious change in policy will require us to solve the problem of corporate ownership of the legislative process--a problem that has resisted most attempts to solve it so far.
But this is also good news, I guess, in that if the country remains highly motivated to deal with the issue of gun violence, then eventually that process will teach us how to cut an industry lobbying group off at the knees. And this would be information that could be usefully applied to other desperately important issues which have been stymied by industry lobbying, such as, I don't know, climate change.
Let's hope the new Congress is more effective than the old one,
The Plaid Adder
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Response to Plaid Adder (Original post)
Tue Feb 12, 2013, 11:54 PM
The Blue Flower (2,204 posts)
1. I like your analysis
Yes, shutting down the influence of the NRA will provide a very good template going forward. That is definitely the positive side to all of this. I also found the RS article extremely depressing, but well worth the read.
Response to Plaid Adder (Reply #2)
Wed Feb 13, 2013, 01:55 AM
MotorCityMan (1,125 posts)
6. I remember you too, Plaid
You always have great, incite-full posts that are worth reading.
I discovered DU during the terrible travesty of the 2000 election and have been a daily visitor ever since. Don't post much, though, just read.
I missed the SOTU due to being at work, but am glad Obama made a plea about gun violence. And you are so true; got to end the lobbying and money of politics before it happens. Molly Ivins (god rest her soul) went on about that so much, and she was so correct.