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Since the Republican invention of the southern strategy in 1968, the conservatives ran political campaigns and then governed based on four principles:  fear, hate, ignorance, and greed.  Those four principles guide all the conservative media and gin up those who listen to it, and guide the invention of new laws, allow corporate welfare, and influence who is imprisoned and who is not.  These four marketing principles have seeped into the very being of far too many.  And, now, the conservatives have no way to turn it back.  No way to turn it off.  And, I have to assume that they don’t want to do so, because it has worked so well for them…but, certainly, not for the rest of us.

 Those are also the four principles guiding the purchase and use of guns in this country.  Fear and hate of people of color and fear of government and the use of ignorance in the promotion of fear and hate…that’s the foundation for buying guns as well as the modus operandi for conservatives in all that they do.  And, then add greed, the baseline for capitalism as we know it… profit for the gun industry and money for the NRA and the politicians who support the entire concept.  The second amendment is just window dressing to allow the four marketing strategies of conservatives to continue in order to sell guns and anything else that they want to use to prosper by.  More below.

Guns are the world’s second most profitable product, after “illegal” drugs as the first.  The National Rifle Association is a marketing ploy for gun makers.  They have to have someone touting the second amendment in order to have cover to sell guns … any kind of guns…in order to make money.  We all know that watching a commercial to purchase guns to kill all those people of color or to defend yourself against the government that is going to do you in just won’t fly.  So…bring in the second amendment and the NRA and wave the flag and under that cover sell lots and lots of guns.

The conservatives fall in line … obtaining money from the NRA for their own campaigns and political jobs.  Promoting fear and hate of minorities and government is the staple of conservative propaganda and fits right in with the purchase of guns…one has to protect one’s self from those inner city dark-skinned people and from that government that is going to take you away to …who-knows where and then do who-knows what with you.  

So … the guns become plentiful and the gun lobby is happy and the conservatives are eager to take the money and run.  And the democrats fall in line for some money and votes for themselves as well.

And, then, all this craziness touches someone who no longer has a grip on reality.  And the guns are easy to obtain because the guns are everywhere because of fear and hate and ignorance and greed.  And, the result is…death, destruction, and harm beyond comprehension.  We punish the innocent for our own lack of fortitude and will to place the world back into reality and not let it reside within some imagined, selfishly-designed, marketing ploy.

I am so tired of guns and I am so tired of the strategies that put guns in the hands of whoever wants them.  I know guns.  My father used one to put a bullet through his head.  Hunters used guns to fill my horse with buckshot, to shoot cows, to zing bullets past my head while I walked through the woods on our farm.  I know guns.  

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  •  Sounds to me (1+ / 0-)
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    VClib

    you know a few gun owners more than you actually know guns, and not very good gun owners, either.

    I'm sorry for your loss.

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    by Noddy on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 08:04:30 AM PST

  •  They are really good at lying & fear mongering (1+ / 0-)
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  •  A coupla points.. (2+ / 0-)
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    Greatwyrm, psyched

    In the main, I agree with your thesis.  Allow me to expand on some points.

    1) Fear, hate, ignorance, AND PATRIOTISM - these are the themes used to sell both conservative political ideas and the products of the gun industry.  Also the themes used to promote Fox News.

    2) Greed is the driver - the reason why conservative politicians, the gun industry, and a TV network are willing to sow fear, hate, ignorance among our populace, and misuse patriotism.  The goal of this dark undertaking is to make more money for themselves.

    3) Sowing fear, hate, and ignorance among the populace is necessary to prevent the 99% from coming together to fight the stranglehold the 1% has on our nation's wealth and governance.  As long as the 99% fear and hate each other, they will never muster the energy needed to take on the true cause of their lost wealth and freedom: those 1% and their hold on political and economic power.

    4) Rather than having a government by, for and of the people, we now have a government by, for and of the moneyed interests.  This form of government accounts for our lost jobs, our loss of affordable healthcare, our failing schools, our crumbling infrastructure, and yes, our deadly gun laws.  The people cannot get back their government of, by and for the people while being feed a daily media diet of fear, hate, and ignorance.

    These are complex and difficult topics.  Thank you for being willing to write about them.

    "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

    by Hugh Jim Bissell on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 09:15:05 AM PST

    •  Thank you (0+ / 0-)

      I appreciate your thoughts and comment.  You are very correct about patriotism being the fourth marketing ploy and then greed being the driver.  I don't know that you will see my thank you.  I am trying to sell my house and I had to leave for showings for about 5 hours and I missed your comment.  I hope you see my response to you.

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