There’ll Be No Better Angels Until We Make Ourselves Better… – OpEdNews.com Headline

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6 October 1961, two years before the Cuban Missile Crisis, President John F. Kennedy urged Americans to build Bomb/Fallout shelters.  Throughout his presidency, Donald Trump continues to align himself with those same enemies of America, soliciting their interference in our electoral process, and now, on a headline grabbing whim, facilitating Turkish violence against the Kurds – America’s staunch ally in our resistance to ISIS.  But Trump did not just desert the Kurds, he abandoned our American troops in the region.

There will be no Better Angels until we make ourselves better allies to our friends in arms – embracing a peace that’s beyond our understanding.

Yes, increasing sinister darkness has overshadowed our vision of self, intimacy and union, widening our divide with a deceit that camouflages the light of connection with, all that glitters – one camp in blind obedience to self-serving leaders, and the other in denial that any departure of Trump/Pence will, nonviolently return America to, The Land of the Free, unscathed.

There will be no Better Angels, until we make ourselves better at facing the good, bad and ugly truth that, it’s not just Trump.

Perhaps, our heroic global stand in response to Pearl Harbor to victoriously defend the world from a vile unimaginable foreign evil, our Greatest Generation, returned home believing our lives and nation could now be, if not a Shangri La, a more Justice for All, New Deal.

Perhaps such euphoria lulled us into a complacency vulnerable to imperceptible malevolent transformation from valiant to subservient chess pieces on the avarice board of corporatism’s contorting, The Marshall Plan into The Military Industrial Complex.

There will be no Better Angels, until we make ourselves better at evolving from past assumptions to clarity regarding current enemies, foreign and domestic.

What is it that feeds the fear that fuels the hate that blunts our ability to honor our, Republic if you can keep it – from an Attorney General of religious hypocrisy, silence is consent Vice President, and a conservative Republican Senate:  proud recipients of Watergate, Iran Contra and Bush/Cheney perpetual oil wars?

There will be no Better Angels, until we make ourselves better citizens, being hereby resolved to elect better servants of the people.

Fighting among ourselves, we’ve become willing tools of the real enemies of the state, trolling our three co-existing, though not co-equal, branches of government – Congress being the only branch empowered to remove presidents, judges and Supreme Court Justices from office.

When in a 2019 reality check, we remain oblivious to the lessons of…

  • Keith Bishop’s, The Republican Bond and Slop: The Wild Boar Nation
  • More than thirty states still legally allowing Conversion Therapy to be practiced on minors
  • Roe v Wade and a woman’s right to choose
  • Differing points-of-view in civil debate yielding to a time out from an all-inclusive: of, by and for the people

…we remain embroiled in domestic political, racial, religious, SCOTUS and sexual wars.

Cherry-picking both Bible and Constitution, we even make war on our need for intimate communion, shaming ourselves for desiring the healing power of mutually loving, touch.

There will be no Better Angels until we make ourselves better than Citizens United and haters of LGBTQ neighbors, allowing Conservative corporate money to decay America’s lawful institutions in the manipulative power grab of an apathetic president and his morally bankrupt allies – so hazardous to the health of our nation and planet.

There will be no Better Angels until we make ourselves better to each other than servants to financiers changing our climate:

  • Fracking and gas from pipelines and cows threaten our air
  • Exxon knew and BP & Halliburton know it’s easier to drill through the Arctic Ocean than towering rock-solid glaziers
  • Governments and scientists knew earth’s warming would raise sea levels from melting arctic ice and increasingly flood low level property in 1929, but did nothing to alter our Black Gold addictions

There will be no Better Angels, until we make ourselves better stewards of earth and better electorate for America.

Heed the call from FEC Chair, Ellen Weintraub knowing elections are not the private property of Reagan’s Conservative intellectuals who, used by Russian hackers, still believe, like billionaires, they can control Putin’s puppet president.

There will be no Better Angels, until we make ourselves better at training military and police forces, to put country before a president desperately seeking an exit strategy sans imprisonment.

Saying we love, God and Country, has never proven patriotism nor human decency.  Our Better Angels await our realization that it’s not Donald Trump, but those who electorally, financially and privately empower him.

Throughout industrial/scientific human history, threats of total annihilation:  plagues, pandemics, smallpox, syphilis, Pneumonia, Polio, 1962 Russian/Cuban Nuclear Missile Crises, HIV/Aids – we couldn’t imagine how we’d survive – until we did!

Passionately pursue a life of excellence and our Better Angels shall appear, but beware, it’s not just Trump.

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Women, Children and Climate First OpEdNews.com Headline

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Regardless what Conservative Republicans or their Mercer/Koch updates of rich Uncle Pennybags proclaim – life on earth is diminished by manufacturers, from Mustard Gas to E-Cigarettes and Opioids, America’s Greatest Generation, Baby Boomers, over consumerism – and with or without their heads buried in the concrete of Wall Street glittering sand, all who pay more attention to Social Media Likes than, the climate calamity Fossil Fuels, oil and gas producers have bequeathed our children.

Most human inhabitants of earth perceive individual survival as undeniably enhanced by, make just someone happy procreation, that leaves a better world for those who follow, perhaps thinking, then my living shall not be in vain.

However, images of Mars dancing in the heads of some at the top of the food chain, increase sales of, doomsday bunkers in New Zealand, believing, like our 45th, the grass will forever be greener in Greenland?

Albeit, revisionist descendants of America’s Gilded Age of Robber Barons and Captains of Industry’s democratizing of slavery between our Civil War and WWI, continues today in the subjugation of women, ignoring children and oppressing the, have-nots of every color, race and creed.

America’s been a nation of gentlemen, revering women and protecting children, is arguably, second only to the lies from Trump family malfeasance, the greatest dishonesty Americans have self-inflicted.

Trump did not cause Climate Change, nor the death of three billion birds since 1950, but his:

  • America First MAGA
  • Lying to coal miners
  • Caging of refugees
  • Trading off livelihood of farmers
  • Betraying NATO
  • Purchasing women for twisted, misogyny
  • Rewarding wealthiest, tax cuts
  • Allowing more insecticides that kill bees
  • Refusing to allow states to limit car emissions while sending troops to protect murderous oil suppliers
  • Disdaining human life in less fortunate countries – most recently, anti-Paul Manafort Ukrainians
  • Deserting military school children to wall out Mexico
  • Castrating Congressional oversight
  • Decapitating our Executive Branch with unconfirmed Acting heads and lackey Attorney General ignoring America’s rule of law

Pence, McConnell and Trump have proven they are the least likely to do anything about gun violence, mass shootings, female constitutional equality and Climate Change threatening our children’s future – but increasingly support the real possibility that they are a treasonous trio threat to the United States of America, they swore to, preserve, protect and defend.

Now we can continue color coding each other, thinking Trump will rationally embrace the patriotism of a peaceful transfer of presidential power, after amassing tens of thousands of worshipers who believe the Second Amendment is divine permission to stock their cellars with weapons of mass destruction – not to mention, Trump could lose by five million votes and still win in 2020 – or like Greta Thunberg practice, a child Shall Lead Them.

The failure is not in our Founders, nor just embedded in Republican Governors, State Legislators and U. S. Senators confirming, silence is consent.  It lives also, in we the over forty crowd, who’ve forgotten, it’s not what we fight against, but who we fight for that saves us all.

22 September 1862 Lincoln issued Emancipation Proclamation. 21 January 2017 unprecedented numbers joined The Women’s March.  6 November 2018 women resurrected our House of Representatives.  20 September 2019 millions merged in youth-led climate strike marches in 150 countries.

Now is a good time to distinguish ourselves from Trump’s clan deserting earth’s stewardship:

  • Brush up your Shakespeare
  • Transform earbud hearing damaging disconnect with Subliminal Brain Power waves
  • Watch more Climate Change, Political, Cultural and Historical Documentaries for game changing guidance
  • Google ancient scribes and anonymous proverbs instead of expecting answers from politicians and Snap-Chat

From my father and I watching old movies on black & white TV, I absorbed the truth of, behind every great man is a great woman.

Living with a soap opera writer and her precocious six-year-old, reinforced my faith in, always listen to the children. 

This is no Kumbaya.  This is suppressed humanity unearthed by the power of, women and children first!

The next time you hear, one person or vote, can’t make a difference, list Rosa Parks, Maya Angelou, Malala, Emma González, Cokie Roberts, Elizabeth Warren and Zero Hour Founder, Jamie Margolin.

True, it may be too late to completely reverse the already visible coming onslaught resulting from Climate Change deniers, but as twenty-something, executive producer of, The Age of Consequences said, while we can’t yet imagine what can be done to save us from Abrupt Climate Change, every potential calamity faced by humankind, was faced not knowing how we would conquer it, until we did.

America’s exceptional power isn’t found in murderous hand-held weapons, but in thought-provoking daydreams of safe environments – filled with the courage to share this heartfelt vision with all life on earth – dedicating every precious moment of time, in harmony with each other, passionately pursue a life of excellence.