The Platinum Rule we teach our kids is do unto other as they would have you do unto them.
At a place of previous employment, they wait until the position ranks in pay as the 10th percentile (as in 90% of the people in your job get paid more), and then hand out a massive raise to bring everyone in that position to the 50th percentile.
Is blaming the NRA really the simple answer? Let’s add some complexity: 66 of the last 67 shooters came from fatherless homes. 2 of the last 5 shooters (preceding the latest tragedy) had crimes that weren’t reported that would have triggered a no sale on the firearms by the background check used in the shooting. Most criminals use guns that were stolen, not guns purchased through a straw man. Frequently, when the gun is taken from a criminal, the original owner didn’t even know it had been stolen.
Yes, blaming the NRA is the simple answer. Removing the NRA won’t remove the causes that lead to violence. Look at the spike in knife violence in England. Stop shooting at a target and start working for a solution.
When one relies on only faith or only reason, the world is 2D at best. Only where faith and reason are applied together can one see in 3D. For evidence I offer the country that has lifted millions more people the world over out of poverty than any other country in the history of this world: The United State of America. This was made possible by combining the greatest strengths of reason from Athens, Rome, and London with the faith from Old Jerusalem and New Jerusalem. Wealth built and shared thanks to principles merged from reason and faith. Not saying America is perfect; She has a LONG way to go. I’m just saying that America is better than its frequent detractors (within and without) tend to ascribe to it. Which country fought a war to end slavery? Which country uplifted their defeated foes to make them economic powerhouses in the world economy?
You want to be the best? See the best? Live happier lives more full of the best in life? Try applying both reason and faith. It works for nations. It works for communities. It works for families. It works for individuals. It works.
At my house, I have one of my kids read an article from a museum webpage that explains the origins of Thanksgiving (including Sarah Josepha Hale’s role) and another kid read Lincoln’s Proclamation of Thanksgiving.
One of my favorite economists to read / watch has a great statement that fits this comic: Economists have successfully predicted 9 of the last 7 recessions.
I wish I had read this comic on the day it posted. For a quick and chuckled filled read, I highly recommend Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. It will add another layer of hilarity if you have see The Omen (Movie), but it stands alone as an amusing look at the Apocalypse.
I am not saying don’t challenge Trump’s actions. I am saying there’s no point in challenging his character. Spend your time, energy, and effort where it has a better chance of producing something meaningful.
Let me start by saying, I don’t like Trump. But people that I know that follow him keep telling me that this attitude you are expressing is missing the point. You can call him everything under the sun (and in my opinion, you’d be right), but he’s completing the tasks that make his opponents upset. How he got to this point, his business background, the person he is that made it possible for him to be POTUS, etc. all of these attacks waste your time and energy and bring smiles to the followers of Trump. Seeing his opponents upset is reward enough. I do believe your interpretation is somewhat off.
As for voting, Slate had an interesting article about how the treatment of Trump’s pick for SCOTUS is pushing an increase of conservative women to register to vote. Additional evidence that interpretation is an inexact art at best.
That woulda worked for Bugs Bunny, but not against him.