Remember Sunday April 14th marked four months since America was weakened by massacre — then Boston bombs exploded Marathon finish, wounding 176 and killing three, including an eight year old boy there with his Mom to see his Dad run.
Remember members of Congress confess, with a mouse click online petitions are discarded as weak, but like the strength of butterfly wings, ‘one person face-to-face in their office, is one thousand votes.’
Remember more than pleasing NRA or congressional leadership, or dictates from Wall Street dictators; more than what constituents think best; doing what’s right for the country, or preserving, protecting and defending the equality and justice of all Americans, the number one agenda of any member of Congress, regardless of Party is: to get re-elected.
Remember, to save other mothers and fathers from the sin of slaughter, Newtown parents bear the cross of their children’s death to a Hill faraway, so all see in their post Sandy Hook faces, the reflection of a corrupted Constitutional interpretation for blood and guts profit.
Remember our ‘Free Will” frees us to define “Land of the Free” as freedom to look the other way while in neighborhood streets, movie theatres, parking lots and schools, Americans of all ages are gun downed with military style super-sized multi-magazine assault weapons, or find the courage to go to ‘The Hill’ for a face-to-face that reminds Congress the civilized response to Cain is, the Second Amendment is not a license to kill.
Every parent, teacher or friend of someone whose life ended violently, deserves the freedom to be angry and left alone to grieve, or to carpool to State capitals and Congress and make leaders look into our national mirror at the reflection of their impotency in the face of corporate profit, immorality, greed, lies and violence.
We are not born courageous, brave or without fear, but life sometimes thrusts crushing challenges on us to rise or fall before. There is little fearlessness, only “feeling the fear and doing it anyway,” like “Mayors against illegal guns” and Connecticut’s “massacre control.”
While “Mission Accomplished” profanes our national acclaim as “The Home of the Brave,” when we accept our national emergency as no more economic than it is educational and moral, solutions will reveal themselves.
For this we need not be brave by choice, but open to being courageous out of necessity, for then the seemingly powerless become the mirrors in which the powerful see their Dorian Gray reflections.
It is the week the weak win: There are gun reform events planned in thirteen states; in a week, a Senate gun reform vote; a Congress which didn’t read ‘The Patriot’s Act before voting, this week previews “The Dream is Now” documentary as prep for immigration vote: the times, ‘they are a changing.’ The last time thirteen pieces of our puzzle agreed on anything, America was born.
Often those who appear weak are simply oppressed by those who need to feel strong. “Women and children first,” is a most honorable goal for any American business, elected official or NRA Lobbyist.
Courage is professing, ‘gun violence is a public health crisis;’ And rallying for ERA ratification in Richmond, Virginia on Saturday April 27th; And Labor Secretary Francis Perkins mothering Social Security to pave Medicare, Medicaid way to The Affordable Care Act; And running toward explosions in Boston, NYC or Washington, DC.
Like the peaceful repose of beautiful butterflies, the lives of Sandy Hook and America have been disrupted by an ill wind. Next week a weak Senate gets to change the direction of the wind.
This is the week for the weak to be like the parents of Sandy Hook, the people of Boston and first responders everywhere. While flapping butterfly wings still outnumber flying bullets and shrapnel, let us embrace the dreams and goals, as well as grief of parents like those of Dylan Hockley and Martin Richard, as the light uponour pathway.