I confess to a chillingly unfamiliar, if welcome, shiver of sentiment a few weeks back, standing in sight of San Diego's County historic Administration Center on the waterfront, a gorgeous 1938 Works Progress Administration complex bearing the unshy motto, "The noblest motive is the public good." So, blame FDR for this week's post, my public open letter cum critical evaluation of the rhetorical offerings of my pathetic congressman, above with — yes, of course, naturally — the flag.
Road rage and divorce, and the next thing you know, Columbine or Sandy Hook. And,no, there is nothing we or anybody can do about it except invoke even more God and "confront the difficult problems" above. So, no, nothing about actual public policy; about gun violence as a safety or public health issue, economic or regulatory problem; about the success of a murderous industry or the power of the gun manufacturers and their stooges, the National Rifle Association, or the good work of the Brady Campaign; none of that. Or of Gabby Giffords, his House colleague.