I abhor politics. I can’t stand the posturing, the wheedling, the dilly-dallying (God, I sound like my grandparents). I also hate arguing with people who put faith in what some douchepizzle politician has them believe…but only in order to garner votes.
The only reason why I vote (and why, perhaps, many others vote) is because I have this ever-so-slight, rainbows-and-unicorns absurd sense of hope, hope that maybe, one day, our voices will be heard, forcing our state legislators to stop focusing on ridiculous issues and Congress to work together to enact positive change for all of us. For example, I’d love to see Wall Street shenanigans halted forever (not ever going to happen due to mainstream politicians being bought), an actual universal healthcare plan crafted and approved, and costs to attend university reasonably lowered (no more focus on “needed” expenses for things like gigantic sports facilities and useless administrative expansion). There are other issues that baffle me as well, things that a number of our representatives are getting away with…
Thus, the reason why I’m writing this particular entry, especially in light of the fact that the U.S. just had the largest mass shooting in its history — a vicious hate crime — and it just so happened a mere 45 miles from where I live.
For just over 24 hours (from around 11 am yesterday to 1pm today), Democratic representatives, led by civil rights activist Rep.John Lewis, staged a sit-in on the House floor as a protest reactionary to the majority’s refusal to vote on a gun control measure before the July 4th break, one that would prohibit gun sales to suspects on the “no-fly” list.
(Seems perfectly reasonable, right? But, hey, Second Amendment, y’all).
As much as I detest politics, and I’m not a fan of politicians in general (Repubs or Dems, I don’t care), I am in awe of people who fight against those who fail to see reason. Even if they don’t succeed in their attempts, the fighters still make waves. For this, never have so many people tuned in to C-SPAN, of all things. (It’s our Public Affairs network after all. Hardly entertainment television.)
(photo courtesy of CBSnews.com)
Around 3am this morning, Speaker Paul Ryan — who, to be fair, initially tried to maintain a semblance of decorum on the House floor — first called for a vote, totally ignoring the Democrats on the floor, on a MAJOR appropriations bill ($81 billion in gov. spending…seriously), and it barreled through without debate. Then he officially called for adjournment for the break, leaving the gun control measure STILL on the voting table and the Democrat representatives infuriated. Even still, they continued on with their protest, each of them sharing their views and personal anecdotes about gun violence in the U.S. well into dawn.
Again, I am in awe of them, even if they are politicians.
In response to the Daily Prompt, Awe
*Unicorn graphic courtesy of the brilliant Twenty Pixels