‘Memries, Like the Corners of My Mind, Misty Water-Colored Memries, Of the Way We Were (make that Are)’
Dammit! I Can’t Even Savor a Jets Playoff Win
A shitty day. No apologies. Don’t know better how to describe it. But the lyrics play inside my head. Beats the hell out of a bullet.
No snow. Did the morning chores. Ran the errands. Looked forward to the Jets-Colts game. Getting even for last year. Proving we’re the better team. Defeating Peyton. Revis reigns.
Who knew? By afternoon, the corners of my mind were filled with misty-colored memories. JFK, MLK, Bobby, Reagan and Brady, . . . The beat(ing) goes on. The lyrics don’t really change. Just insert a different name. Harvey Milk and George Moscone. Dennis and Kevin McCarthy. Gabrielle Giffords.
This morning it’s all talk of civility. Yeah, right. I recall the great common decency emanating from all to all following September 11. A bit further back, I remember the hushed tones following the series of assassinations of the ’60s. Each time people held doors for one another; expressed thanks for small acts of courtesy, gladly helped old ladies across the street even if they didn’t want to go there. Following each event the respect shown for others may have lasted three weeks. Perhaps a little while longer. Back to normal.
For how long, this time, will people treat one another respectfully, regardless of whatever,?
There should be an ‘over-under’ pool for the extent of the duration for all the talk about “toning down” the talk. Personally, based upon life experience, I give it a month, likely less. Limbaugh showing restraint? Beck doing away with his chalkboard calamity? Hannity calming the waters? (I know Grayson could be over the top, but he’s not even close to these guys). Palin removing her gunsights illustration and master list from her website? Puh-leeeze. It’s not like there’s any sense of balance here.
There will be no ‘over-under’ pool for talk of gun control. Oh, Carolyn McCarthy and a few others will likely seize the moment. But too many electeds are owned by the NRA to permit such chatter to persist for very long–should the topic come up at all.
Just add a new name to the list–Jared Lee Loughner to those of Lee Harvey Oswald. James Earl Ray. Sirhan Sirhan. Dan White. John Hinckley. Colin Ferguson. Whoever’s next.
Notice I have not included Mark David Chapman’s name in the list. Nor David Berkowitz. They murdered regular everyday people. Me thinks there’s no end when it comes to their likes.
Is there a commonality to the list of assassins? How many had handguns?
(a) all of the above
(b) all of the above
(c) all of the above
(d) (a), (b) and (c)
The second amendment ‘protects the right of people to bear arms’. Where’s the amendment to ‘protect people from arms’? Think 1791. Think 2011. Activist justices need not apply.
The intent of the second amendment was clearly to deter an undemocratic government from taking over, to repel an invasion, to supress insurrection, to enable people to organize a militia (we have one today, it’s called the police department). I wonder what James Madison would have thought/written if there were Glock 9mm guns with 33 round magazines available on Amazon.com in the 18th century.
Believe it or not it was a Kansas high court that declared, “the provision in question applies only to the right to bear arms as a member of the state militia, or some other military organization provided for by law.”
That ruling lasted for for more than 100 years until the 2010 Kansas court overruled that decision by adopting a state constitutional amendment providing for an individual right to keep and bear arms. Barely two months ago. November 2010. That’s why there’s no over-under on gun control. Who would wager on amending the second amendment?
The second amendment enshrines citizens with the right to bear arms, a right that for some well-known reason (hint, its initials are NRA) that is still being debated today. The question is, Does the amendment refer to individuals or a specially appointed militia?
Where’s the debate? Of course every deranged whack-o with a burr under his saddle should enjoy the right to possess a gun capable of firing 15 rounds per second. The issue does not even merit discussion. It’s a constitutional right of every American. Sarah Palin is right on target.
Just ask the Supreme Court. Just ask Gabrielle Giffords.
Let’s all hope and pray that Congresswoman Giffords recovers completely. Let’s all hope that just maybe this time senseless murder raises the American consciousness to a level that leads to a real debate. A twenty-first century debate.
Highly unlikely, you say? Well, few (other than Jets fans) predicted the Jets could beat the Colts.
So, how come this morning I am not enjoying a feeling of elation that normally would accompany a play-off victory of my favorite team?
Btw, there’s a whole bunch of good Americans who are dead today, others clinging to life, still others fortunate enough to be released from the hospital. Let’s not forget those lucky enough to be barely out of a madman’s line of fire.
Let’s just add Jared Lee Loughner’s name to the growing list. Let’s talk about those he murdered for a while in hushed, respectful tones. Then we can go back to life as usual.
Perhaps the Jets will beat the Patriots next week. Now those are really long odds.