The Baseball Lies We Tell Ourselves about Congress – Headlined: OpEdNews.com & PoliticusUSA.com

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Question is, where is the true hypocrisy — the public face of antagonistic vitriol polarization or the behind closed doors secret negotiations?

Is the lie, bitter Congressional partisan, Media assisted, mob-rule manipulation, or the foul line, An Attack on One of Us is An Attack on All of Us!

Does all of us include African-Americans and first Native-American physician, Suzanne LaFlesche Picotte or is the Speaker’s umbrella, all, while shade for the congressional boys of summer – a retractable roof for women who prefer women?

Is Paul Ryan’s all of us, a ballpark paragraph 5 for children needing school food programs and seniors depending on Social Security for choosing between prescriptions or food?

Who is all of us to a political party deserting Lincoln, trending through Nixon and Tickle-Down, rounding the bases with obstructionism, and walked through the swamp by the trumped?

Is the lie we tell ourselves, that before Ted Nugent’s come to Jesus moment, the man from Nazareth, preached, hate thy neighbor with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your narrow mind words?

Are our lies, defending those believing the NRA is more a family value than safety in schools, church and workplaces?  Has the diamond’s limelight and sandy bloodshed finally enlightened Right brains – or are on camera talking points getting talking heads to second base, merely a swing and a miss at civility?

Is the Congressional play within the play, sincerity attempting to snatch a modicum of decency from decades of bi-partisan neglect?  Or, is it possible, personally feeling the burn of attempted murder, exposes wounds of past targets, ignored?

Have the Ides of Congress finally been opened to the reality show of, it’s how you play the game — closing hearts, minds and pockets to corruption — or is it just an inning of gut-wrenching embarrassment for ignoring record breaking scores of domestic violence, rape trial hung juries and strike outs on mental healthcare legislation and climate justice for the generations next at bat?

Like any decent human being, I hope Congressman Steve Scalise and Tyson Foods Lobbyist Matt Mika, win their fight to recover from gun violence, and I pray for all the personal and political families represented on that Alexandria ball field.

As an American, however, I’ve grown weary of the dishonesty of a new normal pitching, it’s more blessed to throw wide ones to Open Carry misrepresentations of our Bill of Rights.

In this era, in which anger, hate and desire for revenge are incited by the most publicly powerful and privately influential, easily accessible weapons and, failing to tag up on our humanity, we shutout our ability to think and our willingness to reason.

Arguably, more Americans are now hoping for another batter up for honor.  However, honor is not produced by incivility, gender bias, hating LGBTQ, pillage, rape, racial prejudice, religious intolerance nor presidential arrogance — especially at gun point.

If thinking outside the batter box, we cease our practice of scorching American unity with reckless rhetoric, we may yet avoid kissing our exceptional season, good-bye.

Historically, we’ve misinterpreted our Constitution, misplaced our trust, and tragically underrated American citizens who are not straight white males.  Choosing to elect managers who gnaw at our national soul, for the sole purpose of satisfying a Base hit, pitched by Homophobia, for the supremacy of bigotry — if we don’t knock that out of the park, it’s back to the minors.

However, when we quit fouling out on diversity, clean air/water and safe food, we will free ourselves from internal demons and external demagogues.

Truth is:

  • Most of what ends our days in fear, has been wrought on us by the envy, revenge and violence of older white men
  • What Nixon, Trump and James Hodgkinson have in common – age range, race and hit lists
  • Lives of congressional Conservatives shot in Alexandria Virginia, were saved by people they vote against.

Donald Trump didn’t fire the starting pistol for how negatively some play the game.  However, more than its symbol, he’s the product of those who think our historic Dorian Gray picture, is a home run.

 

Lies, Leaks, Laughter and Legal Loving – Headlined on OpEdNews.com & Featured on PoliticusUSA.com

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Descending the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D. C. taking pride in our love of God and Country, while hating people who look like fired U. S. Attorney Preet Bharara, resenting those who think like fired Acting Attorney General Sally Yates and defaming Americans who act like fired FBI Director James Comey, believing that makes America great – turn back, face Abraham, lock eyes — pledge allegiance to the rights and privileges we promise each other every time we dare utter, Land of the Free, Support our Troops and Justice for all.

What’s the Big Deal about a president firing an FBI Director over the investigation of a foreign power’s invasion of America’s electoral process?

America!

President Trump has right and might to fire We the People’s government civil servants, but minus provable justifiable cause, he taunts Section 4.

The United States Constitution insists, we are innocent until proven guilty – and that our Founding Fathers presumed, there would be more than a few presidents, impeached – reasoning, one of the greatest dangers in preserving, the Exceptional Experiment of self-government, would be investing in one man the power to be easily corrupted.

That isn’t to say, our Founding Fathers expected most presidents, after Washington, would be crooks, but rather being cognizant that training for every new president would come from their life experience, preceding election, and the challenges faced in their first year, as President.

However, despite impeachment of Andrew Johnson, for the most part, between Lincoln’s 1865 assassination and Nixon’s, under threat of impeachment, 1974 resignation, Americans, and the Congresses they elected, have largely averted eyes, hearts and minds from the task of removing presidents, even when in conflict with American laws.

Besides, catapulting the greater good for all, above protecting party political power’s financial rewards, is just too inconvenient, too time consuming and requires too much honesty, civics and adult supervision.

And when is it best to be assured of another’s loyalty?  After years of association, or when unexpectedly thrust together by voters expecting an ensemble of team players, working for the good of all of the people, all of the time?

The question is rhetorical, because the relationship between a President of the United States and members of the Department of Justice, though both within the Executive Branch of Government, is not meant to resemble, a buddy system.

Serving in the Second Continental Congress, I imagine Franklin and Jefferson were not alone in expecting America might someday, with or without foreign stimulus, elect itself a Kingfish like loudmouth, glad handing women, back slapping Justice Department personnel for a desired decision on behalf of a compromised subordinate with a story to tell.

They may have even imagined a full House of Goodlatte and Paul Ryan, loving party more than inspiring a, Home of the Brave.  Isn’t the very antithesis of a democratic republic, blessing presidential naivete with excuses for unprecedented ignorance of and disregard for our Constitution.

Nonetheless, America has survived and thrived many growing pains, even while our Exceptionalism was being stained by the shameful practice of cultivating generational prejudice and bias.

For decades America’s exceptional love has been on a great divide trajectory with both major parties morally deteriorating:

  • Conservatives like Pence, sanctimoniously claiming their faith is an inherent right to wage war on women, LGBTQ and now the non-existent American Sharia Law
  • Increasing Leakers, both revered and reviled
  • Political money changers offering the poorest of excuses, Republicans: it’s not our fault; Democrats: it’s not fair

What is love of country if not loving all its citizens?

In Nebraska, because of her short haircut, eight-year old soccer player Mili Hernandez was accused of being a boy and disqualified.  Her team responded by cutting their long hair, to resemble hers.

I love Checks and Balances, how about you?  I love impeachable tweeters, how about you?

I love fireside chats when POTUS has a clue.  I love the FBI, Obamacare, not Trump guy, how about you?

I love Electoral College, instead of mob rule…

Like, Climate Change, we cannot deny we have not always embraced all in loving kindness – America needs more supremely loving victories – I like it! How about you