Presented without commentary.

Methinks He Doth Protest Too Much, Every Time

Rafael Cruz rants
“every time there’s a shoot-
ing” (EVERY TIME!)

every time “we
play this ridiculous thea-
ter.” Every time!

“After every 
mass shooting.” It’s as if Ted
knows but doesn’t care

that something needs to
be done after “every
mass shooting.” He says

“after every
mass shooting” because they are
always happening.

“After every
mass shooting” shouldn’t be a 
thing we ever say,

much less repeat. The
ridiculous theater is
the repetition.

The ridiculous
theater is the inaction
after mass shootings,

After. Every.
Mass. Shooting. Ridiculous
repeating pattern.

©David Siller – 2021


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