What Do The GOP And The NRA Have In Common With Syria, Iran, and North Korea?

The American ultra-rightists in the Republican Party like to associate themselves with an unwavering patriotism that borders on psychosis. They revere the flag as if every one of the Chinese-sewn banners had wrapped pieces of the True Cross. Granted, their unctuous adoration is mostly vacant rhetoric that disguises a deeply held animosity for real liberty and justice, but it is worn as garishly as papal vestments.

This makes it all the more startling that senate Republicans have declared their opposition to a recently approved UN Arms Trade treaty that would regulate the transfer of tanks, large-caliber artillery systems, combat aircraft, warships, missiles, etc., between member nations. There were only three votes against the treaty in the UN: Syria, Iran, and North Korea. Consequently, the GOP is aligning itself with three of the most brutally oppressive regimes in the world.


The treaty has been debated for more than a decade and contains language that explicitly prohibits it from regulating any domestic transactions within any country. The whole purpose is to stem the traffic of military grade weapons to rogue nations and terrorists. So obviously Syria, Iran, and North Korea have easily discernible motivations to oppose the treaty. The question is: What reasons do senate Republicans have?

The short answer to that question is: The NRA. The National Rifle Association has come out against the treaty claiming that it will infringe on the Second Amendment rights of American citizens. They offer no evidence of how the treaty could interfere with our Constitution. They simply oppose it out of a blind distrust for any institution that seeks to put limits on the transfer of weapons. The position of the NRA, and their allies in Washington, is that any entity, person, corporation, or nation, should have free reign with regard to weapons acquisitions, and sales, including weapons of mass destruction. They believe this fervently despite assurances like this one from Secretary of State, John Kerry:

“As the United States has required from the outset of these negotiations, nothing in this treaty could ever infringe on the rights of American citizens under our domestic law or the Constitution, including the Second Amendment.”

This is perhaps one of the clearest delineations of the differences between extremists on the right and rational progressives with regard to sensible gun safety measures. Progressives favor keeping dangerous arsenals out of the hands of tyrants and terrorists, while right-wingers, serving the interests of defense contractors (even those in China), favor unencumbered free trade. And this manufactured controversy over a much-needed international treaty parallels perfectly with the domestic debate. The right has no intention of engaging in an honest debate or representing the wishes of the people, who overwhelmingly support new regulations.

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The more this sort of insanity is revealed to American voters, the more they will continue to reject the short-sighted, falsely skewed servants of the gun lobby. But the media needs to be more responsible and point out the loony alliances that are forming between mad dictators like Assad, Ahmadinejad, and Jong-Un, and our own congressional leaders like Mitch McConnell.


11 thoughts on “What Do The GOP And The NRA Have In Common With Syria, Iran, and North Korea?

  1. I’m not really sure how anyone defends the GOP and the NRA for their positions concerning this treaty. But I look forward to hearing the rationale. Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

  2. The NRA is a lobby for gun manufacturers. Simple

  3. Institutions, no matter their scope or size, are guided by principles of self-preservation. They will do all they can to secure the funds they need to stay relevant.

  4. Progressives have NO credibility on anything related to weapons – you won’t be satisfied until everyone is COLLECTIVELY disarmed (emphasis on collective). I wouldn’t trust you either – I’m sure this treaty would be used however it could be by leftists such as yourself to accomplish your goals of disarming everyone except of course the state and police – you’re so reasonable – yeah right.

    • Don’t turn around, Scott. I think there’s a black helicopter following you.

    • Steve, you need professional mental help to treat your psychotic paranoid condition. I am sure they can find the proper medication to correct the chemical imbalance you have. Good Luck, wishing you the best..

    • Well, your attempt (assuming Mark meant me and not Scott) to marginalize me and my comment just confirms your frustration that many people in this country, too many in your opinion I’m sure, just won’t get with the progressive program of trusting the state and submitting to a collective existence – too bad. Your comments bring much hope that the population is waking up from the lie that is progressivism and collectivism – and the rejection of this treaty will be a positive step forward in rejecting UN control and probable/possible infringement on our sovereign rights.
      And Mark, the committed progressive, you wouldn’t know ” real liberty” if it walked up to with neon flashing lights and bit you on the ass.

      • I did mean you, Steve. Sorry.

        Now, can you cite the part of the UN Treaty that would infringe on our sovereign rights? Or are you just regurgitating Glenn Beck’s dementia?

        • Gee, Mark is getting even more dazed and confused than usual.

          • You avoided the question, Scott. Which can only mean 2 things. You can’t find the part in the UN Treaty and you’re just regurgitating Glenn Beck’s dementia.

  5. By the way, the GOP and the NRA don’t imprison or torure or kill people that disagree with them – which is what North Korea and Syria and Iran do all the time. So your comparison is a total joke yet again.

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