Month: September 2013

America, are we OK?!?

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Despite failing bees, flagellant Congress, fraudulent banks and flailing pay check to pay check, each new dawn gives our mental sun opportunity to burn off the fog of yesterday, and clothed our vision with the promise, it’s going to be OK.

Then, we lift every voice for all with the courage to listen, and for all to see, guide the way to that place where all is peace; that place where we’re all OK.

So let us rejoice and be glad, prosperous, successful, loving, giving and forgiving in it – rising above Wall Street puppeteers, keeping government more than an IOU source and embracing affordable healthcare for everyone.  Wouldn’t that be OK?!?

Then out of the ashes of The Great Recession, we are recharged and renewed, making every relationship, communication, location and person more like those helping strangers in the mudslinging aftermath of Colorado floods.  Now that’s what American OK looks like.

Even without annual Rockets’ Red Glare, or torn and tattered wind whipped Ol’ Glory neglected by homeowners proudly displaying it for all to see, I think of you often America, but since 2000 see you all too little, and that’s not okay.

Pompously not okay is mentioning treatment for mental illness only in the immediate bloody aftermath of another easily mass murder made manifest, again, by a too accessible assault war weapon.

Most mentally ill Americans are not a danger to society and most who are dangerous to society are not mentally ill, just weapons manufacturers, marketers, purveyors, lobbyists and givers & takers of political bribes, packing our streets with more than enough to keep Bambi off the meadow and cull Jumbo for circus torture.  Is this okay for you?

Failing to recall Congress on the take or protest talk-show gloss over of Navy Yard, Sandy Hook, Columbine – No, wait, wait don’t tell me:  ‘the shooter could have just as easily pulled a Timothy McVeigh Oklahoma bombing, so don’t blame guns.’  This there, there condescension is as okay as a Ted Cruz brain wave meandering unobstructed from ear to ear in Rand Paul.  America, OK is sailing past us on a ship steered by Congressional incompetence.

With assassinations repeating so often in educational, employment and recreational locations, media now has an okay play-by-play formula to ring from each tragedy, every premature unverified death toll, every camera willing neighbor, co-worker or responding agency spokesperson, every droning politician flattening out sensitivity to the inhumanity of humankind – and those who prescribe business as usual, are anything but OK.

Professing Constitutional patriotism while denying women ratification of ERA and ignoring historical context of Second Amendment militia as predecessor of our National Guard, to twist the possible British counter attack concerns of our Founding Fathers, into the right to bear arms in Starbucks, is insultingly not okay.

In remembrance, we honor 9/11 victims, let’s also remember both foreign and domestic villains who dishonored them, by manipulating our devastating grief into an incredibly not okay Iraq War for oil profit, with immense expenditure of life, limb and dollars.

Fearing the unknown so much we shut down government to spite the governed believing those who need a hand up (which post Bush/Cheney, now includes millions of what was The Middle Class), replacing we are our brother’s keeper with, I’ve got to protect what’s mine, because the more my fellow citizens get, the less there is for me, is twisted Conservative programming — but for corporations programming us, it’s okay.

What’s most OK about being Americans is our Good Samaritan soul; a giving, caring national mindset that reaches out to strangers and family alike.

America, which okay, is OK for us?

Labeling America: Exceptional in Peace

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As Americans we, and our oversimplifying, dramatizing flavor of the week myopic media, love labels and labeling (hurricanes, wars, people), indiscriminately discriminating and lumping together villains, victims and valiant.

Just because an opportunist pounces on an off-hand cavalier accidentally diplomatic State remark, and puts on his shirt to save it in the Middle East, philosophically aggrandizing the enemy of my enemy is my friend, labeling Putin savor or demon is as pointless as canonizing a President whose unwarranted invasion of Granada motivated a massacre in Lebanon.

Labels distort perception and infect the brain’s power to discern, just as marketing reduces “We the People” to seeing only what the top 20% of Americans who own 89% of American wealth/income, want us to see, while 95% of recent economic recovery gains trickle up to the top 1%.

1962 Cuban Missile Crisis:  Kennedy never intended invading Cuba until Russian missiles were put there.  So Russian missiles go back to Khrushchev and it’s easy for Kennedy to promise not to invade Cuba with military force.  Now Chess-Player-in-Chief Obama, is recycling historical wisdom.

From Russia with Sarin:  Gorbachev and Yeltsin understood American Presidents (even before Drone proficient Obama) are clothed in immense power, and unlike GW Bush, some are even familiar with its proper use.  However, whether looking deep into the darkness of Putin’s eyes for cold war residue or diplomatic solutions, he’s right…

Those who label themselves Exceptional, and laud their Exceptionalism worldwide for 237 years, while establishing Roman Empire-like military bases internationally, and supporting tyrannical despots who violate the human rights of their citizens, risk attacks from both foreign extremists, who fear their sense of historical self, threatened by a technological Caesar with deep war chest pockets and broader border expectations; and by domestic fundamentalists who willingly sacrifice their citizens with government shut down, ironically to make the world safe for Democracy.

In our post 9/11 era of stand your ground, youthful loss of life, limb and brain damage caused by unnecessary wars, domestic gun violence and ownership abusing our Bill of Rights and the loss of the very things that could make us exceptional – improved public education system, Human Rights that include equal opportunity for all Americans, Constitutional equality for women, equal voting rights for all and elections free from corporate financial influence — our national grief was used to market us into over consumers distrustful of each other, hurling labels, to create a house divided, more easily managed by labeling, and corporate marketing.

Wounded severely by 9/11, we and our international reputation have been tarnished by those whose Rush is addiction to ratings, political grandstanding and crazy pills.

Yet our human spirit forced recall of unreasonable Bank of America fees, Pink Slime pause and in 2012, re-election of a presidential centrist with his own version of walk softly and carry a big stick:  a consensus builder with a facility for Drones.

Since FDR’s 1945 death, Fossil Fuel corporate interests were freed to influence most nations to ignore effects of climate change and for two years G-20 leaders, including Americans, have failed the people of Syria.  Still there are always alternatives to war as a first choice.

So can we stop with the labels and listen for the lessons:  reverse Bush/Cheney Legacy, redefine Exceptionalism and prioritize focus on why California fires, Colorado floods, more mental illness, Super Sandy, FISA court anger at NSA surveillance, and “It’s not my problem.”

Without labels, For Whom the Bell Tolls, on 9/11 and every day honors the individually valiant and restores an exceptionally peaceful United States of America.

If America is grownup, let’s put away childish things like labels justifying war, and earn the exceptional mantel, of Peace.