Following the Santa Fe, Texas, school shooting

Stop with the woe-is-us posts. Stop wringing your digital hands worrying about what can be done. Just … stop. And for the love of all that is good, keep your thoughts and prayers to yourself; it only invites the unhinged to reign down their self-righteousness.

Ol’ Uncle Bubba here to let y’all in on a little secret: The gun violence isn’t going to stop.

People were killing others long before you or I came to be – and they will be killing others long after you and I come to pass. … Not to be flip but it is what it is.

The right will continue to dig in its heels. The left will continue to burrow out. The only thing that is a given: The divide will be deeper.

Sorry if this offends. Actually, no – I’m not. Get your head out of your ass and realize this is life when you fail to do your civic duty at the polls more than once every four years.

Be someone’s Huckleberry and start making a damn difference. Challenge Congress. Challenge yourself. Stop waiting on “someone” to do “something.” That’s exactly how we got here. #FindMiddleGround

Outside the comfort zone

Progressive Conservative, that’s how I characterized myself in a social media reply to a friend. … And yeah, my texts blew up. Folks want to know how anyone can be a combination of such diametrically opposed groups. Well, I’m a simple man:

I believe a woman has the right to do with her body what she wishes. I do not have the right to tell anyone what they can or cannot do with their body. … That makes me Progressive.

I believe there should be stricter immigration laws. … That makes me Conservative.

I believe that if you find love with someone of the same sex that you should follow your heart. … That makes me Progressive.

I know that I’m quite happily married to my wife – a female. … That makes me Conservative.

I believe the elderly and our military should have unfettered access to health care – free, if necessary. … That makes me Progressive.

I believe you should have to pee in a cup before getting government assistance. … That makes me Conservative.

I believe some evangelicals – the likes of Franklin Graham, Jerry Falwell Jr., Tony Perkins, and Robert Jeffress (among others) – are one step behind the antichrist. … That makes me a heathen. (I believe Faith > Religion.)

I believe greed is so ingrained in the U.S. political system that the haves’ share so drastically outweighs the have-nots’ basic needs that we’ve gone off the deep end. … That makes me a bleeding heart.

I believe the Second Amendment should be left as-is. … That makes me a Conservative.

I believe stronger “gun control” restrictions should be enacted. … That makes me a parent.

I believe Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer should leave Congress. I believe Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell have been bought. In fact, I believe that’s the case for the vast majority of Congress. … Those beliefs make me an informed voter.

I believe the military is our first and the last line of defense and the men and women who serve should be treated with the utmost respect. … That makes me a Conservative.

I believe people have the right to kneel. It is not a sign of disrespect to the military. It is not a sign of disrespect to the United States. If anything, it is a shining example of the freedom of choice guaranteed by the Constitution. … I know that makes me an asshole.

I believe mainstream media – and that includes FOX News, regardless of how hard it tries to separate itself from MSNBC, CNN, etc. – is focused on serving its shareholders, not the public. … Only an idiot would believe otherwise.

(Get outside your comfort zone, read, and follow up on what the other side is saying. It makes it a lot easier to call b.s. when #fakenews is the go-to response.)

I believe Obama is seen through rose-colored glasses too often. I believe Trump is exactly who we knew he is; the faux outrage from the left has become white noise. … That makes me a realist.

Life is not cut-n-dried. Every issue is not right or wrong. There should not be a virtual fight to the death over basic human dignity, regardless of whether you support an idea or not.

At the end of the day, I’m human – and I can respect you for being the same.

Waiting for leadership

Just so we’re clear:

Trump at the NRA Convention on May 4 …

“Your Second Amendment rights are under siege, but they will never, ever be under siege as long as I’m your president.”

“Ninety-eight percent of mass public shootings have occurred in places where guns are banned, just so you understand.”

“Americans will never surrender, ever, ever, ever. We will never, never surrender.”

DJT after the Sante Fe (Texas) High School shooting on May 18 …

“This has been going on too long in our country. Too many years. Too many decades now.”

“My administration is determined to do everything in our power to protect our students, secure our schools and do everything we can to keep weapons out of the hands of those who pose a threat to themselves and to others. Everyone must work together at every level of government to keep our children safe.”

However, don’t expect much on the “keep weapons out of the hands of those who pose a threat to themselves” angle.

I eagerly await the first politician to kick a lobbyist to the curb. (I’m not holding my breath.) Who will be the first to flip the script from NRA > USA during the MAGA movement?

For the sake of children across the land, I do hope DJT follows through. Someone needs to begin leading in this country.

But I’m still not holding my breath …