Feb 28, 2013

If “Being Civil” means shutting up, then…

Lindsey Graham had a bit of a dustup with a metropolitan police officer regarding whether our current laws for gun control wouldn’t be enough if we enforced them properly.  The officer fought back, with facts on his side and said that “paper prosecutions” wouldn’t do the job.

Diane Feinstein felt she had to interrupt and instruct everyone to “be civil.”  Had the two not been on the precipice of a fight we, the citizens of this country who pay Feinstein and Graham to work on our behalf, would never have seen that clip, never known that Graham was continuing his job as a mouthpiece for the NRA… If “being civil” means saying nothing, not getting riled about guns and their terrible place in our country’s day-to-day life, then I would like to see a lot less “civility” and a lot more direct honesty in our exchanges over such important subjects.

Lindsey Graham and Diane Feinstein work for us.  They work for that father who lost his child, “the only family” he had left.  They work for the ER doc who reminded them that people in Tuscon, Aurora, Newtown — people everywhere — know we have a serious problem with guns.  They work for that metropolitan police officer.

The people in Congress seem to have forgotten that they work for us.  They don’t work for the NRA, appearances to the contrary.  They don’t work for the other lobbyists who grease their palms.  They work for us.  At least they are supposed to work for us.

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Gloria. Circa 1955.

Gloria. Circa 2012.

Other than working for the American Red Cross in Korea for two years, Gloria Garvey has lived in Hawai`i since 1971. Her opinion and other writing has appeared in: The American Philatelist. Honolulu Weekly, The Honolulu Advertiser, The Honolulu Star Bulletin, The Star Advertiser, Hawai`i Reporter, Pacific Business News, Island Scene, The Design Management Journal.

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