Sorry, I Don’t Feel An Ounce Of Sympathy For Steve Scalise




Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise

Steve Scalise represents one of my neighboring districts here in Louisiana. On Wednesday, he was shot by a gunman during baseball practice in Alexandria, VA just across the Potomac River from Washington. While he is expected to recover, he will likely deal with the pain and damage for the rest of his life. In case you’re wondering, a 7.62mm rifle round does an incredible amount of internal trauma, especially when it hits you in the way Scalise took one.

Right now, both Democrats and Republicans are pleading for more civility in politics. Paul Ryan has lamented our toxic political climate, complete with fake news and partisan violence, and said that the attack on Steve Scalise is an attack on all of us.

To all of this hand-wringing and blame for the shooting, I say give me a fucking break. Where were the calls for more unity when Gabby Giffords was shot? When all of those children were gunned down at Sandy Hook, the first thing Republicans did was warn their most fanatical followers that this event would lead to President Obama taking their guns.


The price of assault weapons skyrocketed, and trying to find .223 ammo that was affordable was about as hard as trying to get a Republican to admit climate change was real. Ted Nugent suggested killing Hillary Clinton and President Obama, and Donald Trump, a candidate Scalise supported, suggested that 2nd Amendment people could deal with Secretary Clinton was elected.

I have no sympathy for Steve Scalise. This is a man who voted against healthcare funding for 9/11 first responders, takes donations from the NRA, and is part of the GOP plan to gut Obamacare. The man who shot him had no business owning a gun of any kind, much less the assault rifle he was armed with that day. Yet Scalise has opposed any sort of gun regulations, because he cares more about the wishes of the NRA and the fanatics he represents, instead of the thousands of Americans who are killed every year by gun violence.

Steve Scalise also has a comfortable relationship with white supremacists and has described himself as “David Duke without the baggage.” He even represents the district which elected Duke to the Louisiana legislature, and addressed a Neo-Nazi convention in 2002.

The right-wing rhetoric for years was a fever dream of conspiracies that President Obama was a secret Muslim intent on installing sharia law and taking away people’s guns. Republican lawmakers, including Scalise, egged this racist and insane fever on and very few tried to call for calm and reason.

I’m obviously not condoning the actions of the man who shot Scalise, not by any stretch of the imagination, but the GOP is far and away responsible for creating the toxic political climate that led to this incident. Now the chickens of the partisan maelstrom the GOP and their media cronies have come home to roost, and only now do they want to cry foul when one of them takes a rifle round to the hip.

I hope that in between doses of morphine and surgeries, Congressman Scalise finds his humanity and decency that he buried in the swamp many years ago. Maybe this will be his “Road to Damascus” where he realizes that being an NRA stooge and a partisan hack isn’t worth it any longer. We can hope, but I’m not going to hold my breath.

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Manny Schewitz is a progressive and registered Democrat currently living in Lafayette, Louisiana. He is a co-founder of Modern Liberals and an unapologetic liberal who supports gun regulations, abortion rights, and Bernie Sanders. Manny is on Facebook, Instagram and you can follow him on Twitter as well.
  • SG

    Real talk!

  • babyjanehudson

    Best article on this shooting that I have seen, yet.

    • Edward L Phifer

      Agree. People are scared to say what they feel. This racist scum. Gets better health care than I do FOR LIFE.
      I was at work at 8AM not on a baseball field.

      • Sharon Wright Guswiler

        I thought the same thing; when they aren’t at recess they are playing baseball instead of conversing with the constituency about this mysterious healthcare bill they are “working on”. Give me a break. This shooting incident actually speaks volumes more than a shooting, all the way around.

        • Robert Moldaner

          First it was 6:30am, not 8am. Thats WHY they were there early. I also find it ironic that a person with such obvious hate in their heart needed to use a Bible reference to make their point. Hopefully, one day this writer will experience his own “Road to Damascus” moment.

    • Jim Barrow

      Which shows that you are an idiot, Jane.

  • NCGran

    Had this been a Dem Congress person would you have the same compassion for them? I believe that Karma creeps up on us all. So it pays to do things in life that do not harm others. From those in authority much is expected. I hope Steve Scalise recovers.

    • Teresa Welby

      A democrat would not have voted to put the gun in the hands of his own shooter.

      • tjs48180

        If that was the case, why didn’t the democrats remove that possibility before they lost the house, senate and white house (Obama’s first couple years). They just preach what they think you want to hear.

        • bwilderd

          Seriously? Any attempts to affect the gun addicted folks is aleays bitterly fought by the powerful lobbies. It’s all about money, and our safety be damned,

      • Jim Barrow

        Democrats are idiots. Get ready to be obliterated next year.

        • Ken

          you a comedian?

  • jimdandy1953

    It’s unfortunate that a liberal of this ignorance is allowed from behind bars. His thinking is much like that of the liberal coward attacker in VA. Our 2nd Amendment is one of the most important that we have protecting us from people (if you can call them that!) like the Clintons, Owebama and all of the other ignorant democrat liberals. Other countries think twice, three times and more before unleashing war on our soil. Only the cowards and terrorists that are allowed in the USA that are protected by liberal policy even try. One Japanese General said many years ago that “attacking the US mainland was not likely as there is a gun behind every blade of grass”. The millions of legal gunowners protect the liberals every night because criminals with illegal guns don’t know what waits behind locked doors. Thank God that now there is a gun behind every grain of sand thanks to Owebama. He was the best thing that ever happened to the firearms industry.

    • Teresa Welby

      I am a liberal, I own a gun and I am a damn good shot. I also support the 2nd amendment. But that doesn’t mean the mentally ill, men who attack women and criminals should have guns. This guy was all of those things. Thanks to republicans he had a gun, one no one but military needs. The victim voted to put this gun in his shooters own hands. So there idiot.

      • jimdandy1953

        Well Teresa, I appreciate you owning a firearm and know how to use it well or accurately as you say… More importantly, I hope you have been trained to use your firearm with utmost safety and knowledge of your surroundings. This means that the gun is really not the problem. A firearm is merely a tool. It does nothing that the handler doesn’t want it to. That said, I should remind you that the general public cannot own military weapons. The M16 is not available to the mainstream firearm buying public. Even the retired ones are not available to the public anymore. I can’t say that I honestly disagree with this policy as these are truly weapons of destruction. One would have to own a Class 3 firearms license in order to have this privilege. A decent M16 full auto weapon is valued at between $15,000 and $30,000 today and not within reach of most criminals so they steal them. You never, ever hear of a legal M16 owner committing a crime of any seriousness..
        Military firearms for combat are almost always fully automatic. The AR15 and M4’s that we are subject to buying would not be acceptable for the military as they are semi-automatic. You have to remember that WELL UNDER 1% of the firearm owners commit crimes. I doubt that more policy would stop the criminals. Where you or I could not own a military style weapon, career criminals steal from Class 3 gun shops and legal Class 3 owners. More legislation doesn’t stop the criminals. Assault Rifles (as known to Liberals) are really sporting rifles used in sanctioned events across the nation. These semi auto rifles are no more an assault weapon than your typical .22 caliber that can fire just as fast and most are available with magazines capable of many more than 10 or 20 rounds. The military 5.56mm round is nothing more than a 22 on steroids. Both projectiles are relatively the same size however the military round weighs about 15 grams more. But I digress…

        • Ah the old “5.56mm is nothing more than a .22” argument. GTFO

        • Mrs D

          So, how is it that thieves are capable of stealing these guns from these “responsible” gun owners in the first place? Do these stellar and trustworthy citizens not lock up their weapons in gun safes like actual responsible gun owners do? If a thief has such ready access, so does a child.

          • jimdandy1953

            Hello Mrs. D, to answer question – – yes, these stellar individuals actually do lock up their $25K firearms like you would that HUGE diamond ring you’re wearing. The problem is the criminal, not the firearm as you are wanting to suggest. Hopefully, you are smart enough to understand that criminals will do anything to steal something of value. Hopefully, you won’t have to experience this but most likely, you are a “closet” firearms owner and want everyone else to be disarmed except yourself.
            This is the normal libtard train of thought.
            And,,,,,,,children can’t get into locked safes. Over 99% of childrens deaths are caused by libtard criminals that leave their firearms laying around after their last drug deal and before they get their next government welfare check.
            Don’t blame the guns Mrs D, blame the system. Until we lock these criminals up and prosecute them for the criminal acts they commit, we will continue to have deaths upon more deaths. You can blame all of this on your blessed Owebama. He is the one that created this mess.

          • kupert99

            What good is a gun for self protection if is being locked up? There are many measures available that allow for immediate access to a loaded firearm and still restricting unauthorized access. I wouldn’t think you anti-gun zealots would know anthing about that.

          • Mrs D

            Probably not. But if you think you could get onto my property and past all of my dogs before we’ve unlocked our “anti-gun zealot” gun safe and pointed several weapons at you, go ahead and try. We have an early warning system that gives us all the time we need to prepare to protect ourselves – without risking the children or being accessible to thieves. It’s not rocket science, just common sense. I guess I shouldn’t think you ammosexuals would know anything about that.

        • bwilderd

          We should try. We’re not even trying.

      • Teresa Welby

        I lived with an ex NJ cop. We had a shooting range on his property. He had another ex-cop friend from Wilkes Barre PA who would come up every so often to Meshoppen Pa to Allan’s 31 acres in the woods and he would teach hand to hand combat, with a gun. When I took the course and got certified, it was me and three 20 something guys. I out shot all of them. John told me women were often better shots, but I forget why. Turns Allan was a horrible person who held a gun to my head…long story, I took care of him until he died and he was mentally ill. But he did help me learn to defend myself. I know how easy it is to convert a semi-automatic weapon to an automatic weapon. Allan had them all. He own thousands of dollars of weapons which were taken from him when I called the police on him. It was a terrible time. When he died, all his son and grandsons cared about were making sure they got the guns and everything else he had even though he had promised me the house land and a quarter of all his money and investments (turned out he had taken me out of his will because he was afraid Allen JR and the grandsons would be angry) typical greedy right wing thinking…and they never came to see him for the five weeks he was in the hospital. I did and it was after he had held me by gun point. I had to get the judges permission to be there. Amazing.

      • crich

        he was not declared mentally incompetent, and there has never been a law up for a vote about men who attack women being denied a gun. There IS already a law denying felons the right to bear arms, the republicans have not fought that and the penal system monitors that via parole laws. Your entire statement is stupid.

        • Teresa Welby

          No your entire argument is stupid. It is too late once the person is dead to deny the gun. That a gun is an extension of some men’s penises is so true it is sad.

          • drivett

            I guess Teresa is wishing she had a penis

    • Colette Williams

      So you want the mentally ill and terrorists to have guns?

      • jimdandy1953

        They already have them thanks to Owebama…

    • Joe

      It’s exactly this deluded line of thinking that keeps me up at night realizing Republicans would sooner sit and stew in their own bile than acknowledge the reality around them. It really feels like the beginning of the end of the “United” states as we know it.

      • crich

        um – the republicans are not the ones shooting up the streets, burning down businesses, protesting and beating up bystanders, etc.

    • bwilderd

      That might be the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard.

    • Randy McGuire

      Heh Jimmy. I’m Canadian. Who do I have to thank for my (far superior to your) lifetime of personal and communal safety and security? Hint: the answer isn’t a bunch of NRA wingnuts walking down the street with AR 10s slung over their shoulders.

  • Gary Richmond

    Finally ,a clear opinion of this bizarre nightmare. If this deranged shooter had hit a Democrat, Trump would have given him an ambassador post. A tour of the White House, and anything the shooter wanted. All these partisan bigots,that want guns in the hands of the mentally ill
    Got their wish today. Next they’ll be giving free shooting lessons, to improve the aim
    Of these mentally unstable GOP operatives. The Republicans now reap what they sow. It’s a bitter harvest.
    Call Monssnto, maybe they can genetically alter the bitter taste of GOP venom.

    • tjs48180

      Can you provide me with proof that they want the “mentally ill” to have guns. I would love to see your proof. Last I seen, millions of people, of all political beliefs, own guns while it is just a smattering of mentally ill that actually got one. Please share

      • bwilderd

        Let’s put it this way. They don’t appear to want them not to.

        • fpbiv375

          No, Obama had lumped Veterans that had suffered a TBI or were disabled into that law. Do some research.

      • sheilam22

        Sweetie – GOOGLE the FACT that laws were made to ALLOW the mentally ill to have guns – NOT that ya’d believe the facts

        • crich

          quote the law

        • Wylieguy

          Voilence is never an answer for any problem. Yet, the laws they make bit them in their own butt!

      • Joanne Picardi O’Brien

        Yes, they voted to allow the mentally ill to buy guns.

        • Joellen Wortham

          BS THAT’S REDICULOUS AND WE ALL KNOW BETTER BUT THE TERROR CAMP OF HAMAS ISIS ALQADA OBAMA SET UP ARE INMOST EVERY State waiting for the call of Allah to take us all down including you look it up its and obama made sure they had plenty of guns and are being raided by Trump and they found many of them they stock piled read folks read SMDH

          • zoocifer

            you are deranged

          • Joseph Turberg

            Where is your proof? You are yet another ignorant conspiracy monger. You believe and repeat whatever alt news you hear from the fringe right.

        • crich

          quote the law – by the statute

      • MichaelTheRed

        They’ve resisted efforts to allow mental health records to play i to gun eligibility. On one hand i see the point that this could be used to deny someone a firearm because he took a xanax once. On the other, you’d think people that were on anti psychotics should probably be filtered. Its a grey area that neither side wants to come to an agreement on.

        The NRA feeds its people this slippery slope narrative that u give an inch and the left will take a mile.

        • Tec Sg Beatty

          That’s because it is TRUE. No matter how strict the “gun control” laws, and what a colossal failure they have proven to be, it’s string the most popular tune on the democrat’s one-string banjo.

        • crich

          they also resisted it because if your medical records are taken and used for a gun license, they then are in the hands of the government and others and can be used for denying all sorts of other things. Further, they felt that this would set back the treatment of many who needed it because many veterans in particular would refuse to go seek help if they knew they would lose their right to bear arms. Finally, the field of psychology is NOT an exact science, and there is no black and white area that can be defined easily as to where to draw a line. How many parents, for example, have had their kids dosed up on ritalin and adderol because a doc says they are hyper – only to find out years later that it was a sensitivity to a food that caused the problem not a mental issue? Or when do you draw the line between someone depressed for a logical reason like a death in the family, that will go away over time, with someone truly in mental disease categories? THAT is why many – not just the GOP… but also the Libertarians and Independents did not agree with taking someone’s medical privacy away.

          • MichaelTheRed

            You bring up valid points, especially about veterans…a friend is ex marine and is terrified of getting help for his ptsd for that reason. But these things could be mediated by proper non partisan oriented politicians. There are certain disorders that ought to preclude people from having firearms right? And even if ur a vet, if ir ptsd is severe enough they ought to take ur guns….but the vet should have an appeal avenue to get them back because ptsd often does go away or calm to the point where gun ownership is ok

          • Mark Hatzi

            and with govt controlled medical and insurance, all your info will be in their hands, but then a liberal is one to argue the govt has no business with your DNA, and will pay to have their DNA analyzed by ancestry dot com, who sells it to them

    • Tec Sg Beatty

      This incident is just further proof that DEMOCRATS are mentally ill, and should not, under ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, be allowed to even touch a TOY gun, let alone a real one.

      • drivett

        so true it does seem to be always a Democrats that does a mass shooting when was the last time you read about a Republican that did something like this?

        • Tec Sg Beatty

          I can’t think of one instance where a Republican/conservative committed an atrocity anywhere close to this. However, DOZENS of leftists/democrats/”liberals” (you know, the ONES WHO HATE GUNS) had done such deeds.

    • Eileen Burke Miller

      Maybe that is why no one united after Gabby Giffords was shot or the Sandy Hook shooting (like the article says)…you drive a wedge with your rhetoric about gun violence when it happens most always in unprotected areas. Remember…the mentally ill shooter was a hard core democrat…just like you are.

    • Tom Cook

      It seems that the only response that democrats have for anything is criminality. This writer blames republicans for the violence. However, it certainly has not been republicans that have been rioting and destroying property over the past several months. It has been democrats and a lot of it has been paid for by George Soros, your favorite paymaster. I am really getting tired of all the fake news and other malicious lies spread by democrats. Actually the absurdity of some of the lies are turning a lot of your former supporters against democrats. So keep on digging your own political graves.

      • Bryon Wackwitz

        Sooo….republicans are angels? Lol what a load of dung. Repiblicans also go on mass shootings….in churches, office complex’s, mosques….lol.

        • Mark Hatzi

          oh, sure a kid went and murdered people in a church, but no one has shot up a mosque, or painted slurs ( oh wait, those were member of the mosque and black churches ) and threats on the buildings

    • Mark Hatzi

      so, maybe I should feel the same about gabby giffords, since she was shot by another looney tune from the left, specially since it were dems who stopped the prejudices of the mentally ill while ignoring the mental illness problem

  • Elaine Stewart-Matthew

    Let’s absolutely talk about harmful leftist rhetoric. Be sure to include quotes like these:

    GOP House candidate Robert Lowry held a campaign event at a Florida gun range in October 2009, where he fired gunshots at a silhouette that had his opponent Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz’s printed on it.

    “You know, if this Congress keeps going the way it is, people are really looking toward those Second Amendment remedies.” – Sharon Angle

    “If I could issue hunting permits, I would officially declare today opening day for liberals. The season would extend through November 2 and have no limits on how many taken as we desperately need to ‘thin’ the herd.”
    -Brad Goerhing

    “Get on Target for Victory in November. Help remove Gabrielle Giffords from office,” read an advertisement for the event called “Shoot a fully automatic M16 With Jesse Kelly.”
    “Don’t retreat, instead- RELOAD!” – Sarah Palin after circulating a map with crosshairs over lawmakers who supported the ACA

    “You know but other than me going over there with a gun and holding it to their head and maybe killing a couple of them, I don’t think they’re going to listen unless they get beat.” – John Sullivan

    “If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people — maybe there is, I don’t know.” –Donald Trump

    Also let’s also not forget Richard Burr of North Carolina having to apologize for his remark about putting a bull’s eye on Hillary Clinton.

    • Colette Williams

      Agreed

    • tjs48180

      Ok, there is a difference between words and actually doing.
      It is also knowing when someone is joking or being snarky or being serious. Seeing as no GOP supporter went out and killed Obama nor did a NRA member shoot Hillary, I am thinking republicans can tell the difference….On the other hand, I guess democrats cannot. If their masters says jump, they jump-their masters say shoot some one they do. It is a matter of intelligence levels.

      • Why is it ALWAYS a joke when a Republican says something ugly – and Democrats obviously mean every word? That’s garbage. You conservatives need to accept full responsibility for the heinous behavior of your party.

        • Tec Sg Beatty

          Maybe because some republicans have indeed made such jokes, while in reality virtually all, with VERY few exceptions, of the “mass shootings” have been done by registered democrats of those they associate with?

          • zoocifer

            The cognitive dissonance in these comments is mind numbing.

        • fpbiv375

          Dems may not mean every word, it’s that their supporters are too stupid to tell the difference.

          • zoocifer

            billionaire worshipper

        • Mark Hatzi

          actions, no rep has acted, only idiots do…

      • bwilderd

        You’re hanging your hat on them telling the difference? I’m not so sure about that. Plus, I don’t think anyone actually told this turd to shoot anybody, except maybe the NRA, not so indirectly, ironically.

      • sheilam22

        you are just a vile stupid POS rePUKElican HYPOCRITE that is too busy PROJECTING and wallowing in lies to see YERself. JUST STFU. Why would anyone waste time showing FACTS to a brain dead idiot

        • Gabbo is Coming

          Learn English, you’re in America. Stop typing like a 2 year-old having a stroke.

        • Mark Hatzi

          talking about yourself again I see

      • zoocifer

        Words have consequences Elaine. Did Hitler personally kill anyone? Does your lazy post make you feel better about yourself?

  • billindallas

    Slippery slope here folks. This sort of article is NOT helping the cause.

  • Johannes Kronenfeld

    Democrats have long divided the US with their BS that nobody can afford. Comments that I’ve read mentioned that Republicans want to gut Obamacare – guess what the way Obamacare is written it benefits only the poor because their share of the bill is so much less than somebody making 3-4 times as much and has made healthcare UNaffordable for so many and then those people get an IRS penalty for not having insurance. I also read that Scalia was the target, another BS Demo-puke lie, one man was not the target, why else would he ask if they were Republicans, the entire team that was their were the targetS.

    Democrats have amassed a witch hunt campaign of hate that the Republicans did not even come close to when Sultan Obama our Socialist Democrat in Chief was in office. NEWS FLASH – Trump won the election; Killary conceded before the final count was done; if not for major cities like LA, San Fran, Houston, Detroit, Chicago, NYC, and a others, Trump would have won in a landslide because of you broke it down via counties, the map was strongly in Trump’s favor NOT Hillary’s.

    • Joe

      Thank goodness you are able to present your thoughts in such a reasonable and intelligent manner. Your 5th grade teacher must be so proud.

      • Johannes Kronenfeld

        Unlike Democrats, Republicans can think higher than a 5th grade level. Ugh, me Democrat caveman, me want welfare for all, more government to control things that we can govern for ourselves, want to let refugees in where terrorists can intermingle, and what is that funny word you keep using – logic, and can’t think for anything past the short term.

        • Joe

          LOL thank you for proving my point.

          • Johannes Kronenfeld

            Proving your point that Democrat supports are like cavemen. Reread what I said

          • Joe

            In good conscience I cannot get into a battle of wits with an unarmed man. Have a good day.

  • If_you_ask_me

    And there is Paul Ryan saying that “An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us.” Um, where was he when 20 first graders were mowed down in Newtown? Was that not an attack on all of us? What about the movie-goers in Aurora? What about Pulse? Does he not have that “But-for-the-grace-of-God” feeling after every single mass shooting like the rest of us do? It was only a matter of time that someone in the pocket of the NRA was a victim. I’d been hoping it would be Wayne LaPierre, but if it can’t be, I’m okay with a homophobic NRA A+ rated GOP senator. I hope he has plenty of time lying in that hospital bed to have a come-to-Jesus moment.

  • Wanda Herbert Romain

    I’m from Louisiana, too… …and I feel (maybe) a 0.001 ounce of sympathy for his family. After that… …I don’t have a lot of positivity toward him. I hope he recovers–but that’s as far as it goes.

  • Johannes Kronenfeld

    Just like people failing to take out Obama is a loss? Obama lost more well paying jobs than he created that were for minimally skilled workers, thus loosing a major tax base to fund all the BS Democrats want to give their supporters YET never deliver on.

    • Fitzroy Marcus

      The economy that Obama inherited was not fake news! Well paying jobs were destroyed by the dumb policies of the GOP

      • George Nixon

        How soon they forget. Chock those good paying jobs lost up to Reagan Mr. Trickle down himself. After Bill Clinton it’s been an uphill battle to regain that status and that’s only because Obama dealt with the obstructionists.

        • NASCARDaddy

          Ronald Reagan had a net gain of nearly 16,000,000 new jobs. That puts him second only to Bill Clinton in terms of the number of new jobs created in a presidential term. And if you look at the federal employment data you see that Clinton was just riding the wave started by Reagan. A lot of people like to point to Obama’s job numbers, but again looked at in context he had a massive spike in Job growth in 2010-2011 and then a consistent trend of job losses throughout the rest of his administration. But as someone up thread said “why would anyone waste time showing FACTS…”

  • Postal Trucker

    I am not condoning what happened in Alexandria, VA, but consider this…

    In recent weeks, right-wingers in Washington D.C. have been working on a scheme to rip away access to health care for over 23 million Americans so that they can transfer an additional trillion dollars from the poor and middle class up to the already filthy-rich.

    They have also overturned laws that made it illegal to pour coal mining waste into rivers and streams that provide drinking water to countless tens of thousands of Americans.

    They have worked diligently to put the well-being of millions of American women at risk by stripping funding to women’s health clinics all over the country simply because 3% of what they do is a 100% legal medical procedure known as abortion. This has effectively closed many of these clinics making the other 97% of their services unavailable to (mostly poor) women.

    Conservative politicians in this country sold their souls in order to protect the NRA and irrational proponents of gun violence, making it possible for the severely mentally ill and even blind people to possess a firearm. Because of these kinds of irresponsible actions by conservatives, we now have more needless gun deaths in our nation than by auto crashes.

    Most recently, as a gift to Wall Street, House Republicans overturned the law known as Dodd-Frank which was put into place following the Great Republican Recession of 2008 in order to prevent the same catastrophe from happening again. If the repeal of D-F makes it through the R-controlled Senate, the homes, pensions, and life savings of millions of Americans will once again be put at risk.

    All this is but the tip of the iceberg of the damage the Republican Party has done to this country over the past five months. They have jeopardized the lives, liberties, and pursuit of happiness for hundreds of millions of Americans, all in an effort to pander to oligarchs and religious reactionaries.

    Finally, someone snapped. I’m surprised it took this long. The tables were turned and conservative Republicans in D.C. found themselves on the receiving end of an assault that threatened their lives and well-being. I doubt if they saw it as much fun when they found themselves on the receiving end of an atrocious act.

    The question now is, will conservative Republican politicians and the voters supporting them search their souls and learn from this? Will they change their attitude and behavior? Will they start considering how their irresponsible, self-serving actions affect others around them? My money says they will not. They are, after all, Republicans, and Republicans have never been able to learn from these kinds of tragedies.

  • Sharon Wright Guswiler

    No one deserves to be “shot” like this, not even Donald Trump walking down the streets of NY. But truth is truth and Steve Scalise does not represent my values and the irony of his shooting sends a message – becareful what you sow because you may also reap it!!

  • Shirley Tutt Dambrauckas

    The comments on this site are scary, and show a serious lack of understanding. So many are expressing their opinion that Scalise somehow deserved to be shot. But look at the big picture. Are we going to become a country where it is acceptable to shoot people who hold different opinions than you? At any time in our history, there have been different political opinions. Many, many elections were decided by a slim margin, leaving almost half the voters lamenting their loss. Would it be acceptable for them to pick up guns and start shooting their opponents? Do you people believe this shooting is a one-off? Based on your comments, it appears as though you condone shooting your opponents. If that is the case, would it be acceptable if you are shot at the next time your candidate wins?

  • sandflea

    Funny how Manny Schewitz likes to talk smack, but refuses to show his face. Man up, Manny, because until you do, you will not gain any respect from the hard working citizens of Louisiana.

  • Aug Dadad

    Maybe it is time to stop the kind of hate that’s been pushed by the regressives.
    Behead trump, kill republicans hate christians,
    Immature thinking (1st thing regressives did after Sandy Hook WAS to call for more gun control).
    If you love america, you can;’t hate everything about it and the rules that have made it what it is, good and bad.

    • zoocifer

      You just rationalized the murder of 20 first graders.

  • PittsburghGal53

    Neither this article, nor your vile and nasty remarks can justify this act of violence. The shooter was a Bernie supporter, a leftist just as you all are. Your hatred of this country and our political system comes thru loud & clear.

    • MichaelTheRed

      Bernie sanders never painted bullseyes on people or suggested someone should swing from a rope in the national mall. All that stuff is conservative rhetoric.

  • Jim Barrow

    The author is only helping to destroy what’s left of the Democratic party.

  • Tec Sg Beatty

    This leftist punk seems to forget that Gabby Giffords was SHOT BY A LEFTIST REGISTERED DEMOCRAT. And YES, Barack Hussein Obama was, and is, very clear regarding his wish to disarm Americans. He has a LONG history of opposing our Freedoms, especially when it comes to the Second Amendment. His record is quite clear about it.

    • MichaelTheRed

      He was registered as an independant u dipshit, look it up. He was an alex jones conspiracy nut. Hung out at infowars and places like that. He was crazy. NOBODY directly blamed palin for the shooting but they warned that with these crazy people out there you cant post wildly inappropriate propaganda like pictures of people with bullseyes out there.

      • Tec Sg Beatty

        He was a leftwing nutball democrat that shot a democrat at a democrat rally.
        Many so-called “mainstream media” outlets most certainly DID blame Sarah Palin for the actions of this looney tune.
        Am I supposed to change my well-researched, fact-based opinion on the word of an illiterate whiner that can’t even spell?

        • MichaelTheRed

          Ur opinion is obviously neither fact based or well researched. Ur simply regurgitating false narratives boiler plated for you

          • Tec Sg Beatty

            You are just as welcome to your opinion as I am to mine. If you don’t like it, too bad. Conversation terminated. I don’t expect to gain a thing by attempting to debate with someone that just likes to argue.

          • MichaelTheRed

            Its not my opinion that he was a registered independant fyi

  • Larry Miller

    Typical of those who have no respect for humanity or life. Kill babies, kill old people… kill congressmen.

    • MichaelTheRed

      Consevative policies are most closely related to awful conditions old people live in here in the u.s

      Just fyi. Republicans are the ones always raiding money meant for benefits to the elderly

      • Larry Miller

        Wow… it must hurt to be both wrong and stupid.

        • MichaelTheRed

          That was awful larry. Ill give u a pass tho, u look old. But srsly that was the worst rebuttal to a valid point ive ever heard. If u were trying to insult me u failed horribly

          • Larry Miller

            Where was your valid point. Your “facts” had no relationship to reality. You must be a regular viewer of CNN.

          • MichaelTheRed

            i dont ever watvh cnn, or cable news period. EVER

          • Larry Miller

            Well then, where do you get your “facts”? New York Slimes or Washington Compost. Remember what Abe Lincoln said about the internet. I’ll bet you are a closet PMSNBC viewer.

          • MichaelTheRed

            Larry, what does “i dont watch cable news EVER”….mean? Read the words to yourself carefully. Enunciate each individual syllable of each individual word. Then get back to me

          • Larry Miller

            Well, I read the words… but the lack of credibility of your views leads me to have my doubts about their voracity.

          • MichaelTheRed

            Why would i lie about not watching cable news?

          • Larry Miller

            Read my previous comment. Now it is possibly true if you couldn’t get the government to pay your cable bill. 😉

          • MichaelTheRed

            I still dont get it and ur still coming off with a touch of the heimers larry.

          • Larry Miller

            Sorry… I typed as slow as possible so you could catch what I was saying. I guess the mental illness called liberalism has taken it’s toll. This is why you believe the things you do. Sorry about that.

          • MichaelTheRed

            You typed as slow as possible? Ur a moron larry

  • crich

    If the liberals would stop shooting people, we would have a reduction in gun deaths by about 90%.

    • zoocifer

      Careful, your stupid is showing.

  • Eric Blankenburg

    The lunatic left, including elected Democrat officials, have been running around saying that Trump conspired with the Russians to steal the election and that the GOP fix to Obummercare will KILL MILLIONS.

    So, a leftist true believer takes this all in and decides to gun down GOP Congressmen to save the country.

    And this is somehow the Republican’s fault.

    Right.

    #lunaticleft is exactly the right way to describe you nutters.

    • MichaelTheRed

      Yes it is republicans fault in the sense that they started this. Thats not up for debate. Beforevthis election, when was the last time you heard about liberals caling for a republican to be strung up in the national mall? Go on and find that ill wait. And thsts just within the last year. When have you ever seen liberals paint bullseyes over rep politicians? Go on ill wait. When has a liberal opined that a sitting president be assassinated by the intelligence service of another country? All of what i just wrote happened on the right….ill wait for you to come up with pre 2017 examples of such behavior from the left

  • armykungfu

    Thank you for showing us just how hateful the left is.

    • MichaelTheRed

      Ur no different than the left. I watched for 8 years as one person on the right after another made the most crass jokes about obama and his wifes ethnicity, suggested they should be shot, taken out bybthe mossad, elected officials openly suggesting armed insurrection and/or stringing hillary up from a noise in the national mall etc, etc, etc.

      Now that the left is doing it its all of a sudden “hateful”. You people were warned years ago when palin painted bullseyes on 30 congressmens pictures, and one did get dually shot in the face, that the escalation in rhetoric would have consequences. You people ignored it, its just harmless talk is what u said……not so harmless now is it? But no crying about it, ur side started this. Im almost going to enjoy watching this brewing civil war. I hope you all start killing each other….maybe then the notmal rational centric people can take over this stupid country

      • armykungfu

        Only the left in America thinks that people should be segregated by race and privileges given out accordingly. Sorry, the Democrats are now and have always been the party of hateful racism.

        • MichaelTheRed

          Amy are u a mental patient?

          • armykungfu

            Truth hurts doesn’t it.

  • Mark Hatzi

    so, can I feel the same about gabby giffords, since she too was shot by another looney democrat

  • Neena Lane

    Keep it up. The more nonsensical hate and vitriol you Democrats spew, the stronger the other side gets.

  • Michelle McKee

    Karma, its not often we can see it in action.

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