Friday, June 24, 2016

I'm Very Happy Right Now

The conversation is changing.  There is stridency and there is resilience and there is moral outrage and then there is a sit in on the floor of the House of Representatives.  On the actual floor, denizens.
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This makes me very happy.  I'm no longer a voice shouting into the wind.  Social media fueled the Arab Spring and it fueled the furor over the lack of action to stem the rising tide of gun violence in America.  

#NoBillNoBreak flew over the interwebs, as supporters rallied outside the Capitol for a semi-pre-planned vigil.  Something was coming, and our side was preparing the troops in advance.  Local Survivor Leaders were traveling to Washington, D.C.  My thoughts went to the Million Moms March. I imagined a candlelit row of supporters holding pictures of loved ones gunned down by weaponry which has its place in the hands of a well-regulated militia and no where else.  

I never considered that House Democrats would pull such a stunt.  Paul Ryan can complain about fundraising during the event, but that's a Campaign Finance Reform issue I'd be happy to debate with him at a later date.  I would rather not be distracted from the message that Rep. Lewis sent, loudly and clearly.  He tweeted
We got in trouble. We got in the way. Good trouble. Necessary Trouble. By sitting-in, we were really standing up.
Rep. Mark Walker said the stunt was an insult to Woolworth's.  Sure, I'll buy that.  Following his analogy, his House of Representatives runs the lunch counter at which Christina-Taylor will never get to sit.  You go right ahead, Rep. Lewis and colleagues.  Insult them all you want.  The rest of us will be watching and remembering at the ballot box come November.

You've made my day, my week, my month.  I've wanted to feel the Bern, because I missed the passion of my anti-war days.  Seeing you on the carpet, holding hands, doing what needed to be done to draw attention to what needs to be done.... I'm smiling, big time, right now.

I'm going to like going into the 4th of July with this attitude.

4 comments:

  1. As you know, I was at the Capitol on Wednesday. Wished I had stayed longer to stand with my friends in Moms Demand Action. I was so proud of Lewis et al for finally taking a stand. Don't even get me started on Ryan. As I told him on Twitter, a political stunt is offering prayers and doing jacksh*t to stop the next shooting. That's a stunt. What these Representatives did was represent the American people. I'm so proud of them.

    NOW... we really need to get to work.

    Sending love and hugs!


    Megan xxx

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  2. Loved the pictures of the kids in gun sense gear!
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  3. I was astonished and delighted when the Dems in Congress, lead by John Lewis, stood up for gun control sense by sitting down. I hope this is the start. Go, John, Go!

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