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L.A. BRONCOS FAN
08-19-2017, 07:42 AM
Trump has officially, publicly, overtly aligned himself with white supremacists. And through their silence and willingness to arm bigots, the NRA stands with him.

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Members of a militia stand near a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S., August 12, 2017.

Like many Americans, I was shaken by the events that unfolded last weekend in my home state. In Charlottesville, we saw hate in its purest and most repulsive form. We saw white supremacists carrying torches and screaming. We saw Nazis and members of the KKK vowing to “...fulfill the promises of Donald Trump.” (http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/346326-david-duke-charlottesville-protests-about-fulfilling-promises) We saw dangerous men carrying assault rifles (https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/08/open-carry-laws-mean-charlottesville-could-have-been-graver/537087/) ― a despicable intimidation tactic. We saw violence and, tragically, we saw death.

We waited for Donald Trump to condemn the hatred and violence that transpired in his name. But we came up empty. When we looked to Trump for a repudiation of hatred, he gave us hatred in return. His remarks on Saturday and Tuesday were disgusting. His embrace of white nationalism and violence was bone-chilling.

But, unfortunately, we should not be surprised.

Since he began his presidential campaign, Trump has embraced the National Rifle Association’s toxic philosophy of insurrectionism ― citizens’ use of private guns to influence public policy.

The NRA prides themselves on being Trump’s greatest ally. Charlottesville is no exception.


Recent videos and statements by Wayne LaPierre and Dana Loesch have encouraged NRA members to fight back against the so-called “violent left” ― a concept Trump has amplified. Trump and the NRA have given hate groups a green light for action; so it should come as no surprise that hundreds of their supporters showed up in Charlottesville outfitted for war.

The NRA has always encouraged taking up arms against their dissenters. During the Obama years, they advocated violence against the government. Now their primary ally is the federal government. Their new solution is taking up arms against citizens ― “the resistance” ― those who don’t think like them, pray like them, or look like them. The solution has always been violence; the only thing that has changed is their target.

What makes these threats particularly scary is that the NRA’s insurrectionist philosophy has been coupled with successful legislative efforts that allow nearly every racist domestic terrorist to obtain deadly assault weapons.

The consequences of this toxic intersection became evident in Charlottesville.

As is the case with most national tragedies, the NRA has chosen not to respond to what happened. Their silence is nearly as revealing as Trump’s defense of domestic terrorism. The NRA prides themselves on being Trump’s greatest ally. Charlottesville is no exception.

As of this week, Trump has officially, publicly, overtly aligned himself with white supremacists and insurrectionists. And through their silence and willingness to arm bigots, the NRA stands with him. The NRA is a champion of insurrectionism, and by association, of white supremacy. A champion of violence. A champion of Nazis and Klansman led by their commander-in-chief. And the official provider of their weapons of war. Weapons that intimidate. Weapons that send a message. Weapons that kill. Weapons that threaten our democracy.

The domestic threat that our nation saw on Saturday has been simmering for decades. Racist fringe groups and militias have been organizing underground. They have been emboldened by the rhetoric of the NRA. Now, Trump has further legitimized these un-American traitors. As a result of the NRA’s philosophy and the hatred Trump promotes, there will be more violence. There will be more deaths.

The NRA claims to be a defender of freedom. They claim to revere the Constitution. Donald Trump took an oath to defend the nation from all enemies, foreign and domestic. He vowed to uphold the Constitution, the rule of law, and the democratic institutions that our founders enshrined in that document. This week, he broke that oath.

And the NRA said nothing.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-and-the-nra-armed-white-supremacists-and-torched_us_599729cce4b033e0fbdec39e

ShaneFalco
08-19-2017, 08:05 AM
Syrian "moderate" rebels are okay for weapons. :thumbs:

L.A. BRONCOS FAN
08-19-2017, 08:15 AM
Can't defend tRump, the NRA, white supremacists and my other coalition partners...must deflect.

FYP.

Rohirrim
08-19-2017, 10:42 AM
Syrian "moderate" rebels are okay for weapons. :thumbs:

So, after what Assad has done in the region for thirty years you think it was bad policy for the US to try and assist a revolution aimed at overthrowing him?

DenverBroncosJM
08-19-2017, 01:28 PM
So, after what Assad has done in the region for thirty years you think it was bad policy for the US to try and assist a revolution aimed at overthrowing him?

I don't disagree he needs to go..but historically this approach has back fired on us.

ShaneFalco
08-19-2017, 01:33 PM
So, after what Assad has done in the region for thirty years you think it was bad policy for the US to try and assist a revolution aimed at overthrowing him?

Why do you love being World Police?

footstepsfrom#27
08-19-2017, 03:15 PM
Rump has made it quite clear that he's the head of a domestic terrorist organization.

Rohirrim
08-19-2017, 05:02 PM
Why do you love being World Police?

I'm opposed to America acting as the world police and want to close the majority (if not all) of our foreign bases and stop sticking our noses into everybody else's problems. Having all these bases leaves us in the position of maintaining a thinly spread defense system that is also extra-Constitutional at best (IMO).

That said, there is also the reality of geopolitics that tells us that Russia and China have been, and will continue to intrude into nations all over the world to spread their influence, often against our interests. It's a fine line, isn't it? No surveillance? Or limited surveillance? No involvement? Or limited involvement? There are extremists who say, "Disband the NSA. Eliminate the CIA." etc. What do they think would happen after that? Just leave the field to our competitors and forfeit the game?

We've been watching Putin successfully interfere in elections here and in Europe for years. Do we sit back and let him? If he decides to roll into Estonia do we just go, ho hum? If Russia and Iran want to create a vice of influence (and terrorism) across the ME, hemming in our (mostly/sometimes) allies Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia between them and a hostile Egypt should we just sit on our hands? Yes, we created much of the problem by invading Iraq (and interfering in Iran and Egypt), but now what do we do?

We're like the man who fell from a tree onto a tiger's back. He ****ed up by doing that, but now what does he do?

My solution? We science the **** out of it.

W*GS
08-19-2017, 08:47 PM
I'm opposed to America acting as the world police and want to close the majority (if not all) of our foreign bases and stop sticking our noses into everybody else's problems. Having all these bases leaves us in the position of maintaining a thinly spread defense system that is also extra-Constitutional at best (IMO).

That said, there is also the reality of geopolitics that tells us that Russia and China have been, and will continue to intrude into nations all over the world to spread their influence, often against our interests. It's a fine line, isn't it? No surveillance? Or limited surveillance? No involvement? Or limited involvement? There are extremists who say, "Disband the NSA. Eliminate the CIA." etc. What do they think would happen after that? Just leave the field to our competitors and forfeit the game?

We've been watching Putin successfully interfere in elections here and in Europe for years. Do we sit back and let him? If he decides to roll into Estonia do we just go, ho hum? If Russia and Iran want to create a vice of influence (and terrorism) across the ME, hemming in our (mostly/sometimes) allies Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia between them and a hostile Egypt should we just sit on our hands? Yes, we created much of the problem by invading Iraq (and interfering in Iran and Egypt), but now what do we do?

We're like the man who fell from a tree onto a tiger's back. He ****ed up by doing that, but now what does he do?

My solution? We science the **** out of it.

That's too ****ing rational and reasonable for extremist morons such as poor wee naif LINO boy to understand or accept.