WHO, OR WHAT, ARE “SECOND AMENDMENT PEOPLE”?

By now, virtually anyone who can read or watch television is aware of GOP Presidential Nominee Donald J. Trump’s comments, yesterday in Wilmington, N. C.  As noted in the linked story, from The New Yorker, he said: “If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks,” while considering the horror of a Hillary Clinton Presidency.  But, he continued, “Although, the Second Amendment People—maybe there is, I don’t know.”   That article is linked, as follows: http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/why-gun-owners-should-reject-trumps-call-to-second-amendment-people?intcid=mod-latest.

“Second Amendment People” appears to be a new “dog whistle,” or code, for the fringe gun-owners who seem to believe that it is their right to own and carry arms, regardless of the time and place, or any infringement on other people’s rights of “…life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”  The danger of such comments—such assertions—is far beyond what the speaker might have meant.  And, maybe not!   The result of those words, however, is what truly matters—in the end.

Yesterday, Trump Surrogate and former NYC Mayor, Rudy Giuliani, tried to explain the comments as Trump invoking some mythical “Power of Unification,” the combined voting power of SAP.  And last night, House Speaker Paul Ryan said that it was probably “…just a joke gone bad.”  Really, I’m not making this up!   Are they really suggesting that Trump was calling for his loyalists to vote?  When in 2020?  A bad joke, just like the recent sarcasm in exhorting Putin?  Or maybe, just Donald being Donald?

Cheri Shalev, a Correspondent for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, provided some excellent perspective regarding his interpretation of the recent RNC Convention, linked as follows: http://www.haaretz.com/world-news/u-s-election-2016/1.732387.  Mr. Shalev compares the political tone of that convention with events, which actually played-out, in Israel, in 1995, in which he wrote: “…words can kill.”

Shalev cites the hateful rhetoric that was hurled at Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, in the wake of the Oslo Accords.  Mr. Shalev went on to say that there are enough people, who are inclined to violence, and cannot separate political diatribes from practical exhortations.  And after it was reported that Rabin’s assassin, Yigal Amir, acted on what he (thought he) had heard, the inciters washed their hands and denied responsibility.

The Republican Leadership—if there is, indeed, any such thing—needs to find a way out of this mess.  They have created their Monster, and only they can pull the plug on Donald Trump. T hey should rightfully not shed any tears on what they will become after 2016.  As the preponderance of rational Americans view it: the Ship pf Fools has already sailed.  But at least, clean-up your mess—for the Good of the Country!

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  1. #1 by cheekos on August 11, 2016 - 1:40 PM

    Here’s a link from Thomas Friedman’s column, about what caused Rabin’s assassination, from the NY Times.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/10/opinion/trumps-ambiguous-wink-wink-to-second-amendment-people.html?ref=international

  2. #2 by cheekos on August 12, 2016 - 6:15 PM

    If you do a computer search of “Second Amendment People”, there doesn’t appear to have ever been such a term. That is, until Donald Trump made it up it, on Tuesday in Wilmington, N.C., to spew his hatred and incite violence. The only other listings, besides his Campaign’s “explaining” it (good luck with that!), are CNN’s story about the Secret Services having discussed it with Trump’s Campaign, and Patty Davis, the daughter of President Ronald Reagan, scolding Trump for its usage–and citing his inciting violence

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