It seems as if every day, some PUB (Progressive Unicorn Brigade) or a professional lefty (people who say what gullible progressives want to hear to get clicks) tries to convince me that the two major political parties are much the same. Mind you, they tell me this without any sort of evidence; they apparently believe that merely stating such a thing transforms it into fact, somehow. Let me explain something; if you chastise the right wing whacks because they insist that climate change is a “hoax,” you should know that your “both parties are the same” shtick is just as ridiculous. There is nothing even remotely similar between the two parties right now, and there hasn’t been for at least a couple of decades.
We had a reminder of that yesterday in the United States Senate. In the wake of a terrible hate-inspired massacre of people who were dancing and having a great time at a night club designed as a sanctuary for gay people, the differences between the two parties were on display for all to see. The Democratic Party, led by Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut, a state that suffered the loss of 20 beautiful children just a few years ago, worked their asses off to force the Republican-led body to at least consider several measures to limit access to guns by people who pretty much all Americans agree should not have them.
The Democrats forced the issue, however, and managed to get the Republicans to schedule a vote. Some of the votes were held yesterday. As predicted, those two parties that many of you claim are so incredibly similar, voted completely differently. The bills, which would have strengthened the background check process and would have prevented those on the terrorist watch list from obtaining guns, were roundly defeated with a completely partisan vote.
In other words, whereas the Democratic Party happily fought to limit the ability of ISIL converts to get a gun and to make the screening process better – measures supported by as much as 90 percent of the American people, including a majority of actual Republicans and gun owners (Source) – the Republicans in the Senate voted them down, en masse. I mean, come on, people; the measure to ban guns from terrorists saw only TWO Republican defectors. Another vote, on a bill sponsored by Republican Susan Collins and watered down even compared to the measures voted down yesterday, is supposed to go for a vote today and will probably be defeated, as well. And no; Susan Collins was not one of the two defectors.
Is this really a difficult concept?
Democrats see a problem that affects their constituencies and they react to solve the problem. Republicans see social problems as political gold mines, which they can use to get more and more votes? The same? They’re not even on the same planet, let alone working with each other to screw us.
The Republican Party voted yesterday to sell guns to Daesh/ISIL. Please spare me the “both parties are the same” bullshit. What the hell does the Republican Party have to do before you figure out that the whole “lesser of two evils” dichotomy is a load of crap? Democrats are imperfect. Republicans are evil. This isn’t hard.