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Thursday, June 15, 2017

The shooter got shot to death. The good guys had health care. The news cycle moved on. You will forget.


I'm rounding on my 62nd birthday, and the older I get the less I understand.

Yesterday was a good example.

As I made breakfast I read the first stories of the shooting of Congressional Republicans practicing for their annual baseball game with Congressional Democrats.

The game is a big deal for those in the congressional club. The House has a place for it on its history site.

It has a Wikipedia page.

With the events of yesterday morning, there are lots of articles about what was, for a long time, just a bipartisan booze-up.

Now they raise a piddling sum for charities helping those many will return to defunding support for today.

Nothing will change.

These are people who get up at the crack of dawn to pretend they are baseball pros. They have uniforms and managers.

Then they go back to work, where they can't summon the will to pass anything that doesn't hurt the least well-off among us.

They can't pass a budget, or real tax reform, or health care legislation.

The GOP team manager, Congressman Joe Barton of Texas, went back to the Capitol to give interviews in his cap and uniform. He brings to his baseball coaching the insights he brought to debate over wind power in 2009:
Now, wind is God’s way of balancing heat. Wind is the way you shift heat from areas where it is hotter to areas where it is cooler. That is what wind is. 
Wouldn’t it be ironic if in the interest of global warming we mandated massive switches to energy, which is a finite resource, which slows the winds down, which causes the temperature to go up? Now, I am not saying that is going to happen, Mr. Chairman, but that is definitely something on the massive scale — I mean, it does make some sense. You stop something. You can’t transfer that heat and the heat goes up. It is just something to think about.
Congresscritters cite the event as proof they can get along across party lines, and they are right. They are as democratic as the 19th century British House of Lords. They play-act at being leaders. They argue over legislation they do not understand, written by interest groups (one of the most fascinating factoids to emerge from yesterday was that the Republican team cannot even play baseball without the help of lobbyists).

Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks seems to have refrained from asking victims, before administering first aid, "Have you led a good life?"

Then he reverted to form and spent the day giving interviews about himself and how he felt.

Nothing will change.

The lame and the halt- the majority of both parties in Congress- spent yesterday giving speeches about the need to come together and be nice.

They always do this. And because they are play-acting at being leaders, they give themselves standing ovations.

Nothing will change.

The majority whip, Steve Scalise, owes his life to two Capitol Police officers.

One is married to another woman. Both are black.

Scalise speaks at white supremacy groups' meetings and has never seen an LGBT equality bill he couldn't oppose.

Will he hobble back to work and announce a change of heart? Will he repent his vote to allow the mentally ill to buy guns?

Please. Nothing will change.

I got my ears boxed on Facebook for predicting that Republicans in Congress would call for more guns, everywhere, by day's end.

And I was right:
WASHINGTON — Shaken and angry, Republican members of Congress seized on the brazen daytime shooting of their colleagues on Wednesday to demand that existing restrictions on gun access be loosened so that people facing similar attacks are able to defend themselves.
Nothing will change.

The President postured for the cameras, reading a statement of Harding-like blather, bolted together like Lego blocks.

Then he visited the victims with his wife. She looked fabulous and was mute.

The President called in on the injured lesbian police officer Speaker Ryan called a hero, too.

Nothing will change. If they are in the same hospital, you gotta see the lot.

The President proclaimed yesterday Flag Day, but he will not declare June LGBT Pride Month. Only Democrats do that.

He will continue to let his party in Congress, and his Cabinet, run roughshod over the civil rights of minorities.

Air kisses and hugs are the rule of the day. Healing thoughts have been sent.

Thoughts and prayers have been tweeted.

Emojis have been clicked.

41 people have been murdered this year in the city where I live.

No one in Congress made a speech about any of them.

Nothing will change.

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