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Reader's view: Actions by GOP leaders are a big puppet parade

A good ventriloquist needs to make the audience believe his puppet actually is thinking and speaking for himself. In the case of many state legislatures, the legislators have become the dummies for the National Rifle Association and its main fina...

A good ventriloquist needs to make the audience believe his puppet actually is thinking and speaking for himself. In the case of many state legislatures, the legislators have become the dummies for the National Rifle Association and its main financial arm, the gun manufacturers. By using the very successful GOP technique of fear (fear of losing Second Amendment rights or fear of bodily harm, hence the right to defend legislation), the NRA has convinced various states to enact incomprehensible laws. One would assume these state legislators had enough common sense to know that "reasonable fear" means one thing to a bully but an entirely different thing to a timid person and all those in between. Even though the states still have the right to prosecute, the consequences have been the deaths of innocent individuals.

It is not too difficult to check the facts when we hear the GOP puppets reiterate their standard "redistribution of wealth" or "class warfare" slogans when discussions arise over tax liabilities. Over the past 30 years the gap between the top and bottom has increased 100-fold. If there is redistribution, it is very apparent that it has been in favor of the wealthy and not vice versa.

GOP leaders are very good at getting out the puppet brigade to not only support their misguided beliefs but also to actually believe in the contradictions. How is it possible to espouse deductions to government programs for the needy and at the same time defend and/or increase subsidies for programs that place additional millions into the pockets of successful industries such as sugar, peanuts or oil?

The latest puppet parade has to do with our Constitution and the GOP misunderstanding between it and the Articles of Confederation. They need to learn the "why" in the change.

Burleigh K. Rapp

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