TEAMMATES

1. It’s Tuesday, June 21, 2016.

2. It’s summer. The days are long. The weather is warm. It’s the best.

But my glass-half-empty side reminds me that, starting tomorrow, the days get shorter. The darkness is coming back. So savor the light, the 5:15 am sunrises and bright spots in the sky after 9 pm (Or even 10 in some places). Alas, they go away.

3. I’m afraid I knew the Senate would choke on the idea of even a micromeasure of gun control. Proposals that would have required background checks on all sales and prevented sales to anyone on a no-fly list died in the votes sought by their Democratic sponsors.

But here’s what I think: It’s better to have these votes than to sit and wring hands every time there’s a horrific massacre. “Thoughts and prayers” has become a punchline. Democrats should keep voting – put the idiots on the other side on record as being in favor of mass murder.

It’s should be a badge of honor that you’ve voted three times, five times, 10 times, as many times as it takes to get sensibility in our gun laws. Make the bastards at the National Rifle Association spend themselves into insolvency.

The tendency after these votes fail is to slink away and shrug. Don’t do it. Because, and it gives me incredible sadness to say it, there’s another shooting incident days away. There always is, and always will be as long as this country does nothing about this sickness.

4. “Remain” has taken the lead over “Leave” in polls ahead of Thursday’s vote on whether the U.K. should leave the European Union.

That might be because of the determined effort of Remain supporters.

I follow J.K. Rowling on Twitter and her passion on the Brexit vote rivals Harry Potter’s determination against Lord Voldemort.

Today, soccer star David Beckham weighed in on why Britain should stay. “We live in a vibrant and connected world where together as a people we are strong,” the world’s best-known soccer star said on Instagram. “For our children and their children we should be facing the problems of the world together and not alone.”

And who’s on the other side? Some cranky politicians who sound like the disagreeable man on the train in “A Hard Day’s Night.” And a guy who gave his name in court as “Britain First, Death to Traitors” when charged with killing lawmaker Jo Cox last week in Birstall.

You might be angry about certain things going on in the U.K. But when you see that the others on your side are crabs and murderers, you might have a second thought: If those dregs on my side, am I on the right side?

We’ll find out in two days whether this reassessment of who’s on your side leads to sanity in Britain and support for Remain.

5. This same sort of reassessment might happen in the U.S. presidential campaign.

White supremacists, anti-Semitic scum, gun violence worshippers and other lowlifes have shown their sympathies to Trump in this campaign.

Now, I understand that there are few people who are persuadable at this point – one new poll says only 22% of voters believe they could change their mind.

But, if you’re backing Trump, you might at some point check who’s with you on this.

It’s not pretty. Anyone who’s a lock to get a big thumbs-down at the pearly gates. No one who appreciates a summer sunrise, Lebron James’ shot block in the NBA Finals or a good potato knish.

That day of consideration is still 4-1/2 months away, and there are Americans so filled with bile that these people actually look OK to them.

But eventually, people who say they want to make America great again will have to decide if folks who’ve done everything they can to betray the country will be their teammates. Like their counterparts in Britain, they might have second thoughts.

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