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This recent exchange started with this picture on Facebook:
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Mr. Blunt and Cranky re-posted it on his personal Facebook page, and the following exchange ensued:

(Name Removed) Since when has anyone ever asked for a background check to vote, buy a home, get a driver’s license, etc.? Is it too much to prove you are who you say you are to exercise your right to vote by showing a valid Photo ID? I don’t think so, and that’s a far cry from a background check.

To which the B & C response was: “Actually, when you register to vote, they do quite a bit of checking behind the scenes, to make sure you’re legally able to vote, aren’t voting in more than one place, and so on. Getting a  driver’s license in our state includes a check of your criminal record. And anyone who has ever bought a home knows that you have to give them a whole helluva lot more information to get a loan than you ever have to if you want to buy a gun. So I’d say these are not persuasive analogies.”

The reply? Silence.

And that’s a pretty representative example of what happens when wingnut talking points are countered immediately with facts. The wingnuts either shout you down, or shut up and go talk to somebody else. Another example:

(Name removed) As some have pointed out, when is the last time a criminal or those wanting to participate in a criminal act going to apply for a background check let alone a background mental health check?

(B & C) You’d be surprised –  the FBI intercepts quite a few. And making everyone get a background check restricts the overall gun supply for crooks and crazies, making it harder and more expensive for them to buy guns. Plus, the current system is unfair to licensed gun dealers: if you go to a gun show, they get undercut by the shadow sellers; because the legit dealers have to run background checks, and the shady characters and individuals don’t.

(Name Removed)  The FBI may intercept quite  few, however, the criminal then turns around and acquires them by another means. All the FBI did is delay the process and the crime. The outcome is still the same. Don’t you think? Thanks for the honest discourse.

(B & C) If we make it harder for crooks to buy guns, that’s a win. Most of the “other means” cost more and add risk. Right now, all a criminal or adjudicated individual has to do is walk into a gun show with cash. He or she walks out with a gun. That’s too easy. Making it harder to get the gun in the first place changes the outcome.

Again, silence ensued. Loverly.

The lesson for us all? Don’t just ignore wingnut talking points. Counter them, debate them, respond with facts. Whether or not they are persuaded, they will at least shut up. And that, friends, is a win in and of itself.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

Mr. Blunt and Cranky is, as has been said before, not only an independent, but one who believes that President Washington was right in saying that political parties are not beneficial to our country. Of course,he knows that not all parties have been equally detrimental to our nation, and has come to the conclusion that the modern “Republican” party is one of the worst we have had to deal with thus far. And the more control over the government they get, the more obvious this becomes. (Refer to the B & C post of 12/14/12 for an example. Go ahead, take some time, read that puppy, this post will be waiting when you return.)

(Welcome back.) The underlying reasons are twofold: firstly, the Repubs are governed by a rigid ideology that says that government of all sorts at all times is BadBadBad, OhYesSoVeryBadIndeed. Secondly, they do not rely on facts when making decisions: instead, they insist on denying the evidence and sticking to their “principled” stances, even when those stances are proven to be built on lies or unproven assumptions:

After two score innocent 6-and-7-year old children were slaughtered by a loon who stole his mother’s assault weapons, the GOP’s position against any and all restrictions on any sort of firearms is unchanged. They are not only dancing on the strings that are being pulled by the NRA (which has given them many millions of dollars and expects a return on that investment), but are spouting off with misleading statistics and out-and-out lies. This while legally-purchased military-style weapons are being used to slaughter the innocent. But the Elephants stand unbudging.

After the same school shooting, many in the GOP blamed these horrific deaths on those damned pesky liberals having “kicked God out of our schools”. Basically saying that man is so powerful, we can tell God where He can and cannot be. Alternate explanation: He is so hacked off at us, He’ll stand there and gloat at the deaths of these poor children, saying “neener neener neener” to us. The fact that this is nonsense does not budge the Elephants.

On Global Climate Change, the “Republicans” refuse to believe the 98% of qualified experts who state clearly that we are heating this globe up to an unhealthy degree: preferring to listen to the corporations that bribe them and the Bible that does not hold down a second job as a science textbook, the Elephants stand with nary a thought of budging.

When it comes to deficits, spending and taxes, the ‘Phants (you guessed ‘er, Chester) again stand unbudging, in spite of the fact that there are no, none, zip, nada, nary a  single study proving them right, and a whole raft of studies proving them wrong.

So, if we have a whole party who do not believe in facts and evidence, we should not be expecting them to behave like rational, reasonable, practical public servants. They aren’t. Period. They used to be, but have grown increasingly more disconnected from reality over the past few decades. And when they get control of a government body or branch, they make an absolute mess of things.

The solution: don’t give them a majority. Not anywhere, at any time. Not in Congress, not in a state legislature, not on a school board, not on the board of a city dump. Every time they get the idea in their pointed little heads that they have a mandate from God or the electorate, they’ll act on their delusional notions and ignore the facts and their constituents. So don’t give them that idea.

Put another way: it is time for some “tough love” to be used on today’s GOP. Bricks upside their heads. Rub their noses in their messes. Give them a time-out. Pick your analogy. Only if they repeatedly get spanked at the polls will the light dawn on them, and only then will they grow up and become the responsible party that they once were. And we need grownups in government.

To misquote one of this writer’s favorite movie songs: “How do you solve a problem like Elephants?” Get them out of power and into the minority, where they can learn some hard, fact-based, real lessons. Until we do that, they’ll keep f***ing up, and we can no longer afford to indulge them. Too many people are dying, too much money is being squandered, and too many problems are going unsolved; all because too many Elephants are refusing to budge. And when they do move, they’re trampling, trumpeting and generally “going rogue”. Until they understand that they need to change, they’ll keep on doing what they’re doing.

Mr. B & C