Maybe we don’t still need a Lincoln, but waving the Constitution while wrapped in Old Glory, without becoming the embodiment of his and the words of Jefferson, FDR, JFK, King or even a well-meaning Obama on a good day, breeds a pretend America.
As a people, we do tend to celebrate the ridiculous more often than we emulate the sublime. It’s all in the marketing, and still our uniting divider: injustice under Corporatism’s conservative political windup inaction toy politicians, afraid and angry over what brown and black might do to old Red, White and Blue.
We laud and applaud the superficial and largely Americanized, for maximum patriotic effect, ARGO, but beyond a nod to the immense power of Daniel Day-Lewis, and Production Design, ignore Spielberg’s Lincoln.
Rooted by Gravity, we nonetheless kneel at the altar of tortured history in 12 Years a Slave, turning away from current reality: inequality of opportunity and freedom to vote for all Americans is the anti-American perennial embedding its Roots in the police state of Fruitvale Station.
Too many of us voice anger when, where and at what we’re directed. Being herded by the bullies of greed, instilling fears that others will get, or take, what we’ve got, we hate who we are and settle for less than we could be.
Coal Ash water or any environmental pollution is not just the result of companies producing and releasing toxic chemicals and oil into our water. Nor just the responsibility of the CDC, EPA or solely the fault of other corporate bullied politicians.
It’s a collective Schultz, I see nothing, casting our ballot pearls before political swine continually slurping at the corporate troth. Every time we care more about keeping a job that kills American children that we vote for the losers and winners of CPAC Saturday Central, WE are the problem.
For more than a decade the people of General Motors knew they were making cars that killed people. Yet federal safety people passed them on to our highway system, with corporate owned media people enraptured by preaching rapture for profit people, green flushed people driving to re-elect people who thrive on how well their greed breeds the fear and anger vote of We the People.
And still we play pet Dino jumping for a bone from Wall Street Flintstones, ignoring that our greatest dinosaurs of hate, economic inequality, sexism and Jim Crow laws are alive and well, ensconced in Congress by mental fossils re-enacting a revised past.
Repressing any American for differing beliefs, preferences or appearance, depresses America’s potential. So why do we elect the seceded from rational thought mental states of Rick Scott, Mike Pence, Rick Snyder, Pat McCrory, John Kasich, Rick Perry, Scott Walker and Ted Cruz.
Insisting ours is the only way, generations steeped in deaf, dumb and blind to the best future for all, re-elect our past. Why do we continue to deny that united reasonable voices can build a bridge even Chris Christie can’t block?
Championing America’s almighty iron-fist — our Military Industrial Complex — instead of dialogue, debate and reason, Republicans empower KGB Putin, demean Obamacare and cut food stamps and unemployment benefits.
Why do they do that?
Believing in he-man propaganda, we elect K Street puppets. Then working for their puppeteers, we sacrifice our political, mental, financial and physical health on the altar of bully pollution.
Electing those whose beliefs are manufactured to manipulate our vote, while selling us toxic waste is why Life’s Bully Bosses think tomorrow is promised them, to dodo that voodoo that they do so well.
So, before clocks spring forward again, what are WE going to do about why we did it?
When two or three are gathered in true patriotic unity, even State House Legislators listen. Women matter and it’s time for America to benefit from, not repress, female power. Truth is, women of any color are more in danger of being beaten, raped or murdered by someone they know in the military, neighborhood and living rooms during a Super Bowl game.
However, when two or three are gathered in union for equal opportunity for all regardless of gender, even the Virginia General Assembly, if only behind closed Privileges and Elections committee doors, recognizes Attention Must Be Paid.
On Thursday February 20, I interviewed Patrick MacDonnell and Thomas Bunting, Legislators of Tomorrow, thirteen instrumental in getting HB-206 (for University/College Student awareness of Mental Health Services) passed in the Virginia House of Delegates.
Two days prior, it was Andrea Miller, a most active advocate for the Constitutional equality of all Americans, serving as Deputy Field Director for PDA and Co-State Coordinator for PDA Virginia, and since 2008, a leader with the ERA Three State Strategy for both Virginia and the nation.
Virginia Delegate Mark Cole (804) 698-1088 (Chair of Privileges and Elections Committee, empowered to call up or down vote with no discussion at the committee level) believes it’s illegal for Va GA to vote for constitutional equality for women, even after the Virginia Senate did.
To educate non-attorney Cole and honor our Mothers’ sacrifices, nudge Virginia’s House Speaker, William Howell (804) 698-1028 in an equality for all legislative direction.
We must educate ourselves about those, once elected, who vote against us. Surveys suggest an estimated 25% of misinformed Americans believe the sun revolves around the earth, though the opposite is true. Millions believe the earth was created in the same space of time as six of our twenty-four hour days, but not all fossils are found in Congress.
On Friday February 21st, many informed voters stood their ground for equality and by their numbers, educated Virginia Legislators to keep the ERA alive, at least for now.
Most Americans regardless of gender, age or political party believe, in The Land of the Free women are equal to men, and enjoy all the benefits in pay, medical treatment and personal choices, that men are guaranteed in the United States Constitution – but three Supreme Court Justices, say no penis, no way little girl, not for you, nor your grandmother’s sisters.
Whether mental depression or economic recession, failing to recognize our reflection in propped up regimes, domestic & foreign, we’re blinded to the imperialism of a denied minimum wage and the equality of justice and opportunity guaranteed all, except women.
37% of Americans believe melting polar glaziers and extreme shifts in weather disprove climate change and most believe Jim Crow is a thing in our black and white TV past, but thirty Governors and State Legislations are imposing fifty-five new voting restrictions on those who are most likely to vote for change and equality, including for our constitutionally unprotected citizens: women.
Let’s get the low down on the House of Cards being dealt by Governors at the bottom of the deck: Ohio cutting early voting days; LGBT awaiting service from Arizona Brewer; North Carolina Pat McCrory swimming in coal pool, while West Virginia says, drink water at your own risk and no Kansas Medicaid expansion.
When two or three are gathered behind closed doors, maybe powerful men ruled by Koch, make war on SJ78, failing to understand basic premise: equality for women equals Justice for All.
From creation to 2014 Valentine’s Day, how do we love the Thee of you and me? Is it recognizing our contribution to our fate; the metal in warm Sochi ski medals; defeat by feet of East Coast snow; lack of immediate solutions or inability against latest pollutions?
From conquering red skins to red coats, how now do we conquer ourselves? By judicial review stocking the new private stockades, owned by those who banked on bank stocks, stocking up with stock option trades? Are we victorious with a Gettysburg Address or continuing us against them, when long lines fail to prevail, closing election polling places for the majority of the minorities?
From forgiveness of Valentine lovers to celestial guidance and unresponsive government, how do we stand our ground so merged in herds by Comcast, Time Warner, Media Corporatism and Cruz style politics?
Lacking belief in the standards in poor’s, is 1% mental madness desperately marketing black and brown into ravenous customers, while denying them the vote for their success? How do we choose between being snowed in by snow job or venturing onto the meadow, only to be snuffed out at the ballot box?
From a hand up, to the blessings of an equal opportunity to gain, who then, for the stacked deck we’re dealt, can we blame? Smoked windows of granite buildings, extended limos, gated communities or puppeteers of smoke screen shame?
Can we take equality by taking stock of the gifts we’ve already got, or do we need more sunshine on the possibilities of purpose driven humankind? Rediscovering golden rules on roads so less travelled they’re overgrown with our forgotten promise, shall we greedily grab the first bite or recapture the magic of a one for all, all for one, good fight?
From hope to miracles, we unblock virtual and material bridges, and manufacture best, when equalizing foundations for full economic opportunity, if we honesty employ, and raise minimum wage with true political diversity.
From the power from which all sons and daughters come, is it not still true, to those that much is given, much is expected? To each his own, but all are given talents at birth, pre-selected — some ten, some five, but at least one, in all invested.
Now what are we to do with what we can do? Pulling together or pushing apart, the sun will melt the snow if not the heart, but only free will in national combo, can propel us into today, before another inequitable tomorrow.
From what’s been forgotten to what we’ve learned, is it Forgiveness from the 99%, Guidance from higher mental States, Helping taxes from 1%, Blessings from unity, Gifts from giving, Miracles for those grasping opportunities in changing, Health from chemical free water and food without pesticides and pharmaceuticals and Money, not love transformed into evil, but proof of life’s greatest achievement: a playing field that’s level.
Shall we use our given talents to give back for humanity’s common good or relive days of, let them eat leftover scraps from board room tables, renewing equation of women as chattel and minorities, property, whenever able?
From such suits of mass destruction, can we defend a modicum of distinction, or emulating, as requested, the super wealthy, shall we too declare independence for ourselves by enslaving those whose daily labors, build 99% of 1% dreams in Wall Street cells?
Can we not at least agree, in Happy Valentine decree, the world will be a lonely hearts club for all, when oil slicks witness the last tree fall. Leaving no safe fish nor fowl, clean water or Middle Class worker bees to deal — money alas, is no substitute for a meal.
What I know about sports, I learned watching movies, but what I know about fair play and equality, I learned watching my parents. Although movies Based on a true story, have evolved closer to reality since William Bendix played Babe Ruth, the brain damage of inequality requires more than A Hail Mary Pass at equal economic opportunity and Justice for All to tackle an Equal Rights Amendment fumbled by a deadline for ratification.
What I know about a New Jersey Legislature or a Virginia General Assembly is, you’re either for the people stuck on the bridge or against those seeking Constitutional equality, and only those gridlocked in our historical inequality, fear the dignity discovered in debate between equals.
What I know about The Virginia General Assembly and the Equal Rights Amendment is, non-attorney Delegate Mark L. Cole, claims the Va GA cannot legally consider the Equal Rights Amendment, after the Virginia Senate passed it with the support of several attorneys including Senators Henry Marsh and Creigh Deeds.
What I know about Tuesday February 11, 2014 is, it’s the day for men to get in touch with their equal feminine side. Crossover Day is the last day for each house of the Virginia Legislature to act on its own legislation, excluding revenue bills and Budget Bills. So it’s the perfect day to call (804) 698-1088 or email Delegate Mark L. Cole DelMCole@house.virginia.gov and tell him to lead Virginia by an example for what you want America to be: the greatest generation who fought WWII to save and value the culture of all people, or the America granting only white people the privilege of singing America the Beautiful in soft drink commercials.
What I know about theatre and politics is, while they often co-mingle, auditions offer equal opportunity for a role, while politics still tips the land of opportunity in favor of men making more money than women for doing the same job.
What I know is, The Equal Rights Amendment is an economic equality debt we failed to pay our grandmothers and their grandmothers, that is now due to our mothers, wives and daughters.
What I know about those who’ve claimed to be a superior race is, sooner or later history grinds them down into humility, even sometimes producing an all-inclusive pearl of acceptance in their place.
What I know about The Hill and Amendments is, the failure of a McConnell and Boehner 113th Congress to pass SJ Res15 and HJ Res 43 to remove the deadline for ERA ratification, so smells of a plague on both your Houses, that in 2014 voters just might elect a new Congress that will work together for the equality of all Americans, because…
…What I know about The Golden Rule and America is, until income reflects equality of opportunity regardless of gender, race, age, party affiliation or sexual persuasion, we haven’t earned the gold medal for brother/sister equality, nor are we American in our skin.
What we should all know about West Virginia water and Corporatism is, the air we breathe, and all our drinking & washing water are connected to all the air and water on earth — and it is your pregnant wife, children and grandmothers who are first sacrificed on the altar of coal, oil, CEO bonuses, corporate greed and government corruption.
What I know about you and the women in your life is, whether by corporations, EPA, NSA; in Military, University, Peace Corp; or with an inequitable salary check, men raping women isn’t about sex. It’s about power, control and intimidation and informed women who now know how much they matter, are not going to take it anymore.
The loss of unity in the state of our union is not a sudden loss, but rather, a methodical and meticulous undoing of more than just the equality of economic opportunity. To divide and conquer, division must come from both above and within.
Some states of the union struggle with voting rights and women’s equality; some bridges and same sex marriages; some how to spend a surplus during a Koch high manufactured recession.
With the state of our students, too often damned by oppressive bank tuition loans, or funneled through the tunnel from classrooms to private prisons, or blocked by crumbling, collapsing or vengefully closed bridges, is not the surplus solution staring us in the face of every child and neighborhood façade?
We can horde surplus for a few or spread it evenly like fertilizer, growing the dignity that blossoms with having a job, creating customers and bridging the gap between assembly line and ownership cash flow.
Isn’t the state of any union, how well citizens research information, discover truth and spell well enough to add it all up for themselves? Isn’t it Democracy that creates what benefits the most, while Corporatism chokes and stifles the most?
When Feds pick up the tab for expanded Medicaid, but state GOP says, thanks but no thinks, is the health of 400,000 Virginians being creatively infected by their state officials?
With a Billionaire’s Nazi definition of the 99%, is now the time to be nice to the super wealthy so they will be trickle down nice to us? Doesn’t Uncle Sugar Huckabee sour grapes create repressive state for both Conservative and Liberal libidos?
When a state defines Free Will as, the choice is up to you whether you drink in West Virginia, at your own risk, should we believe coal is clean and its mining by-products safe for human consumption?
Isn’t the real deal of Jimmy Stewart’s going to Washington in 1939, that Halliburton BP Oil Spill, Wolfowitz War, and Bush/Cheney pact with Wall Street devils, were not the original salvo hurled at the American economy, but rather an embellishment that encouraged Too Big to Fail Banks, to fail Republicans, Democrats Independents and Libertarians alike?
Though it took generations to evolve from declaring freedom to the freedom of a moon walk, Corporatism replaced our New Deal with a raw deal in only the time it took our states of mind to turn against each other.
If being a twenty-five year old American citizen, with or without a high school diploma is all you need to join the ruling class, isn’t it understandable that some members of Congress can’t tell the difference between a male Clinton and a female one? What else then has a running Rand an inability to distinguish? Unemployment Benefits? Food Stamps? Arithmetic?
If in the 21st century we’re giving more prescription drugs to our children, and with fast food diets, obesity induced diabetes to ourselves and passing on a brain damaging sport, why ignore a cheaper, just as addictive national pastime: heroin use, doubling since 2007?
Misplaced priorities produce sudden loss, only after misinformation and distraction produce neglect and ignorance. So until we elevate the Exceptionalism of artistic achievements, Equal Economic Opportunity, Voting Rights and the ability of high school students to read, write and spell well enough for life, to the celebratory awareness level of a FB anniversary or Super Bowl score, how can we expect the country to be headed in anything but, the Right direction?
You people refuse to understand packin’ us. We’re the victims thrown under your Harvard bus. Going through beer and the motions, most drowning in tea, staying high on hate’s repetitive notions; telling it like it isn’t, like Gary Southern hiding in plain sight from Northern slogans, we need arms extension to complete our cold dead hands.
Matters not, urban blight concrete hard beneath our feet, or people and elk alike succumbing to plight of West Virginia Forest cheat. We are bankrupted victims needing to bust out of smoked filled rooms in roach motels, or treading backwater to heroic sin, finding those our guns tell us have done us in.
Tell it to the children, of our sisters and brothers, just another twisted chapter blowing in a Connecticut wind like streaming education prejudiced by if only, when.
Our vision blurred by big screen TV news or tiny screen devices, we seek final solutions in a Navy Yard crisis. Tell it to the Koch heads who pretend patriotic friendship from within, plying us with The Street’s drug din, or sheep dung scented moonshine promising no government is best for our kin.
In lock step with millions blind and deaf to a world all a swirl, both squinting and wide-eyed at smart phone Ed, or stooped over half eaten pizza bread; so militia drugged in our head, feeling deserted until someone ends up dead.
Tell it to nine year old Christina Taylor or twenty-two year old Jaren Loughner, united in a Tucson parking spot, by an NRA absent of shame yet overflowing in commitment to gun shops selling a lot. Gun in hand, whether Wall Street traders or street gang baiters blurred by hunting pot luck, we take the mall shot.
Some have bully power to close big bridges, others, money for clichéd politicians paving public office connection toward exempt private tax collection. Knocking at left behind doors to be sure, are greedy hogs and corporate whores, pushing gun power into our right hand, promising salvation in hunting humans like the Klan.
Tell it to the families from Columbia back to Columbine, LaPierre and other swine assure no background checks at gun shows, is just fine. Until once again, “Gun!” rings out in our head and ears, not TV but the sum of all our fears.
Now living by the gun, the slaying done, those needing to comfort their powerlessness with powerful arms at their fingertips, we holster for replay of sharpshooting media quips, with nothing new to say. Divided we descend ever further below, contributing to corporate profits for those in the shadow.
Tell it to the carrying crowd so sanctimoniously Second Amendment proud, hawks defiantly gnawing parents and teachers of the dead, heads now resting in public shroud.
Tell it to Aurora movie goers, texting or not, guns are not the only solution we’ve got. But as long as guns are the marketed accessory of choice, backwoods myths, education void and computerized devices are our only voice.
Accessibility to weapons busy dealers sell and too little accountability for masculinity marketing puppeteers as well, makes easy access for us all to be shot to hell.
With an average of one school shooting from university to Sandy Hook age every other day, not counting malls and theatres by the way; may be what blows us all away.
Tell it to the NRA smiling over increased sales of gun supplies, making their Happy New Year over our dead eyes.
Tell it to Moms demanding action armed only with dreams of what might have been and tearful foreshadowing passion.
Tell it to them with boycotts at Wall Street towers. Tell it to government with rings of parents and teachers encircling corporate propped powers.
Telling truth is simple: guns don’t kill people; but people with guns do.