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Thom Hartmann Names Names of Senate Republican Gun-Lobby Whores

While Congressional Democrats conduct a righteous gun control “sit-in,” and 92% of the American people long for common sense gun reform, you may wonder who exactly are the people blocking an assault weapons ban and voting to arm terrorists? Well, wonder no more. Thanks to a crusading liberal author and talk-show host, we now have the names of the Republican man-servants of the NRA.

Thom Hartmann, in an article he wrote for Op-ed News, exposes the diabolical corruption:

“It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the NRA contributed a total of more than $36 million to 50 Republican senators over the course of their careers, according to the Center for American Progress Action Fund. And there are 10 Republican senators, representing 10 percent of the votes in the Senate, who have gotten an average of $3 million apiece over the course of their careers. These include veteran lawmakers like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has brought in at least $1.3 million over his 30-year career; Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt and Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, who have each received $1.4 million over their careers; and Pat Roberts from Kansas who has gotten nearly $1.6 million over the last 20 years. Sen. John McCain tops the list, though, by raking in nearly $8 million from the NRA over his 30-year career in the Senate.

“Then there are the junior lawmakers, like Tom Cotton from Arkansas, who has only been serving in the Senate since last year and has already received $1.9 million in money from the NRA and its buddies. And in just the first two years of serving in office, Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy has brought in $2.9 million for his votes against gun regulation, while Iowa’s Joni Ernst brought in $3.1 million, Cory Gardner from Colorado has brought in $3.9 million and Thom Tillis has gotten $4.4 million.

“Considering the fact that the NRA has spent over $16 million on five freshmen senators alone, and considering the fact that half of the members of the Senate have gotten donations of some size from the gun lobby, it really shouldn’t come as any surprise that our lawmakers won’t pass popular gun control legislation.

“If we ever do want to see common-sense gun control legislation passed, we need to get money out of politics, we need to overturn Citizens United and we need to get the corrupting influence of corporate lobbyists out of our political system. Because as former President Jimmy Carter has pointed out, we’re no longer living in a democracy where US politicians listen to the will of the American people.”



Army General Calls Republican Senator and His Nitwit Friends “Mutinous”

The galling treachery committed by the 47 traitorous Republican U.S. senators who undermined the President’s anti-nuclear negotiations with Iran has now been openly condemned by all with any sense, including high-ranking U.S. military personnel. The most senior of which, Major General Paul D. Eaton, spoke out this week and called the backstabbing gang of 47 mutineers.

Jonathan Capehart wrote this in the Washington Post: “The open letter to the leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran signed by 47 senators and instigated by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) was a stunning breach of protocol. One so outrageous that my former colleagues at the New York Daily News dubbed the signers traitors. So, I turned to retired Major Gen. Paul D. Eaton for perspective. He wouldn’t say Cotton and Co. were ‘traitors.’ He had a better word. ‘While it is indeed a slap in the face of President Obama and an affront to the presidency, I’m not sure I would go that far, especially since Cotton is an Army veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. I would use the word mutinous,’ said Eaton, whose long career includes training Iraqi forces from 2003 to 2004. He is now a senior adviser to VoteVets.org. ‘I do not believe these senators were trying to sell out America. I do believe they defied the chain of command in what could be construed as an illegal act.’ Eaton certainly had stern words for Cotton.

“‘What Senator Cotton did is a gross breach of discipline, and especially as a veteran of the Army, he should know better,’ Eaton told me. ‘I have no issue with Senator Cotton, or others, voicing their opinion in opposition to any deal to halt Iran’s nuclear progress. Speaking out on these issues is clearly part of his job. But to directly engage a foreign entity, in this way, undermining the strategy and work of our diplomats and our Commander in Chief, strains the very discipline and structure that our foreign relations depend on, to succeed.’ The consequences of Cotton’s missive were plainly apparent to Eaton. ‘The breach of discipline is extremely dangerous, because undermining our diplomatic efforts, at this moment, brings us another step closer to a very costly and perilous war with Iran,’ he said.”

For historical perspective on all this, imagine if Republicans had interfered with FDR’s delicate detente with Winston Churchill prior to our entering World War II. We might all be under the rule of The Third Reich now. (Admittedly Republicans would probably be more comfortable in a fascist regime.) Or what if President Kennedy’s negotiations with Kruschev during the Cuban Missile Crisis had been undercut by treasonous Republican congressmen. We might have all have been incinerated in a nuclear holocaust.

Tom Cotton is your typical Republican flame thrower, who arose to his high public office by serving Obama meat to the wild animals of Arkansas. He somehow made it through Harvard using the government’s money; now he votes against student loans. He’s fanatically anti-gay, anti-feminist, anti-US government, and pro-NRA. He thinks he can gain more notoriety and acclaim with the extreme right by his reckless and childish stunt. It has backfired though; now the country sees him for what he is: just another homophobic, misogynistic, hypocritical narcissist pandering to angry white, middle-aged southerners.