The Frustrated Body Politic Gets Some Encouragement

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buschWelcome news was seen today that the idea of having a Congress that does the work of the people is not a completely lost or antiquated idea. A high profile loss for the NRA should encourage all of us who believe that the Senate should be swayed by the will of the people, not the will of special interest lobbyist groups such as the NRA.

What really threatens our Liberty?

I hope there continues to be a growing realization about today’s NRA. When they position themselves as a bullying lobbyist group that opposes such needed and wanted bipartisan legislation, crafted by the moderates of both parties, they do two things: 1) they move themselves into the disconnectedness and irrelevancy of all extremism, and 2) in my humble opinion come dangerously close to subverting our liberty as American citizens by leveraging fear and money to sway our legislature away from what is blatantly an overwhelming desire of the American people. This is where I fear our liberty is at stake… not in having to pass a background check to buy a gun, but in our ability to elect people to a Congress that will reflect the will of the American people.

As for me, I will continue to stand with Gabrielle Giffords and all who believe in a “government of the people, by the people, for the people” not perishing from the earth, even in the face of powerful lobbying like the NRA and the weapons industry. The following quote just doesn’t get old….

“Mark my words: if we cannot make our communities safer with the Congress we have now, we will use every means available to make sure we have a different Congress, one that puts communities’ interests ahead of the gun lobby’s. To do nothing while others are in danger is not the American way.”
~ Gabrielle Giffords
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/18/opinion/a-senate-in-the-gun-lobbys-grip.html?_r=1

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