I stopped reading as soon as you made an unfounded generalization about republicans. Sorry. I think your pretty smart. But this thing isn't republican or democrat. The fight in Washington may be. But neither of these parties have had a passing relationship with their constituents in a very long time.Speaking of double speak, there's the typical republican double speak...
Being in NYS I have a lot of liberal friends. One hard-core liberal attorney (my best friend of 40 years), one trauma surgeon and one Chiropractor to be specific. Each are gun-toting libs. Thus, in upstate NY the gun thing isn't part of the liberal platform. But it is in NYC. When we consider the arguments made in these threads we must remember that opinions and viewpoints are both subjective (one's opinion based on experiences) and objective (where facts are clear and unbiased). We expect media outlets to act objectively but they don't. None of them do. And most people get their information from a media outlet. Rather than listen to what others claim to be objective I usually reserve my opinion to include subjective information; my own experiences. An that gets me into trouble. Someone says "cite your source" and my source is what I learned in grad school. So next I'm accused of acting superior because I have a great education. It's very hard to have a conversation here with all the adults.