See if you can detect the loaded language in this piece of agitprop disguised as news.
At first glance, it seems Republicans are verging on a blunder.
With about 90 percent of Americans favoring universal background checks for gun buyers, GOP lawmakers’ strong resistance might appear foolhardy.
But these Republicans are making a calculated and probably safe choice, for several reasons. Their districts’ all-important GOP primaries are dominated by hard-right activists. The gun lobby is far more organized and fierce than any opposing groups. And Americans’ voting habits often reward those who refuse to compromise.
“A small, passionate group of people, no matter how radical or extreme, can be more successful than a reasonable but less passionate majority,” said Dan Gross, president of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. The National Rifle Association’s grip on Congress is more myth than reality, he said, but even modest gun control advances remain difficult.
So if you support your constitutional right to bear arms, you’re radical and extreme, while those who want to disarm you are reasonable and modest. Is those hard-right meanies who refuse to compromise. Even though may Republicans are doing just that.
This dynamic has pushed the Republican Party farther right, and perhaps farther from mainstream opinion, according to election results, congressional voting patterns and party positions. Democrats, meanwhile, have largely remained the moderately liberal party that Bill Clinton helped forge two decades ago.
Moderately liberal? You cannot be serious.