The greatest challenge for any patriot of any age, be they Educator or student, babysitter or caregiver for elderly, President or former felon, is the courage to insist on rational answers over war and logical solutions instead of gun play.
Right flanked by Gun Appreciation Day, and traditional pomp of Presidential Inauguration Left Bookend, our centered United States Constitution was honored on Sunday January 20, 2013, by the swearing in of our 44th President — a similar chess player to his predecessors, numbers 16, 32 and 35.
His first time at bat, being the community oriented consensus builder he is, he opted to say “I got this” to those who elected him. Then almost disappearing down Mitch & Cantor dead end Alley, believing Congressional GOP leadership would, like any true patriotic Americans, put country first and help a new young president reverse our downward plunge. Despite this misplaced trust, he asked Washington to think “change,” differently, revitalize “Out of Many, One,” and somehow Healthcare Reform became law.
The second time around, older and wiser number 44 is asking us to ‘Organize for Action,’ which I suggest we interpret in part as, leave the cheerleading sidelines and get into the game: Lead government into insisting that individuals who run our domestic conglomerate of greed for perpetual war, transform their 19th century ‘Robber Baron’ Mission statements into a more balanced reflection of America’s 21st century demographic.
It’s no longer sensible to be a nation of good/bad gunman, Red /Blue, Rural/Urban, South/North, Arizona/Immigrant, Male/Female or White/Black/Brown. If there must be a dividing line, let it define us, and distinguish “We the People” from bought and paid for Congressional leadership, politicized Supremes and the individual bankers (Not Just Banks) whose check writing erodes Congress.
It’s not hunters nor other responsible gun owners denying a child’s safety or the danger of making military style weapons available to mentally ill civilians without background checks; it’s the slippery slope myth of NRA leadership.
It’s not that Republicans, even Tea Party Republicans are bad people; It’s that most of the people they elect to Congress to lead the GOP are bad Americans.
It’s not that Obama is the second coming, any more than George Washington never lied; It’s that Bush/Cheney lies deeply wound tens of thousands still, on and off the battlefield.
It’s not just equal pay, vaginal probes or finally passing the Equal Rights Amendment; It’s our constantly subverting our focus and priorities, to what’s on K Street TV.
It’s not just religious zealots imposing their beliefs on the free will of others; It’s Governors, State Attorneys General and Legislators in places like Mississippi, Arkansas, both Dakotas, Virginia and Kentucky who refuse restoration of full citizenship to those who’ve served their time, while attempting ‘end run’ around Roe v. Wade, striking out low income famiiles who most need Planned Parenthood.
It’s not financial district granite of Wall Street institutions; It’s the individual Board Members, CEOs and CFOs of Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, CITI, JPMorgan Chase and PNC who should be fined and tried for transforming “America the Beautiful” into ‘The Home of the Foreclosed!’
It’s not just Romney’s 47%; it’s conspiratorial plotting against an elected US President, by Newt, Oklahoma’s Tom Coburn, California’s Kevin McCarthy, Arizona’s Jon Kyl, Paul Ryan, Heritage millionaire Jim DeMint, infamous Anti-PDA Cantor and Bill Maher’s Machiavellian guest Frank Luntz, which Mitch McConnell Kristollized into GOP “one term” mission statement.
Whether pro or con-job, it’s not President Obama, it’s moneyed people manipulating “We the People” against our best interest: common sense solutions for gun violence, Climate Change, Immigration — and Equality of Education, Opportunity with Justice for all.
It’s not because it’s The Reasonable Voice Mission; it’s because we’ve heard it all before, but didn’t listen.
“If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can make the world safe for diversity. For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.” – #35, 1963
Congratulations #44 — it’s your move!