In Thanksgiving for Ferguson Tragedy

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PurposeMom said you get smarter the more you think for yourself, so be thankful for tragedy; Dad, when stopping at an intersection, look at the driver of the other car, not the car; when things broke down, Uncle Gino explained, it’s gone Republican on me.

Grandmamma haunts with, each of us has a definite major purpose, but timing is Divine.

Whether plopping down our money, our votes or on our sofa, we’re always falling for corporatism’s sales pitch and politicians promising Change, as if change eluded the masses, but the favored few could capture and deliver it at the bottom of a pot of gold.

Rarely conceiving, it’s we who change the direction, not the car, we who make the magic, not the stars; we who are both instruments and music not financiers conducting bottom lines of tone deaf members of congress.

Grief stricken, we believed America was changed forever on 9/11.  Then came Katrina flyover, screams of Sandy Hook children, and Christie tucking away millions of Hurricane Sandy relief, with little evidence of change.

But despite GW’s Great Recession, Boston Marathon bombers failed to keep us from crossing the finish line.

And though politicians fearful of equitable affordable healthcare for all, accepted millions of election dollars to change it, and voters went Republican on us, thankfully, they lost legal ground on Voter ID laws, Same Sex marriage and preventing Executive Orders.

As we lift ourselves up out of the ashes of attempted suicide by midterm election, change we can believe in, materializes.

Whether turkey sandwiches or moonlit belly bird filled, racing to preempt Friday hangovers before stuffing shoppers the day after taking from Indian givers; whether manhandling our way through pretend sales or being stepped over by bargain hunters, the almighty dollar keeps We the Consumers, at the top of the food chain.  Thankful yet?

Thankful for hands raised, hearts full, Immokalee farmworkers and president unshackled from frightened corporate conservatives contributing billions to obstruct America’s future?

In their rut, Conservatives beckon us downward, with manipulative TV ads, questionable prosecutors, sportsman like wife beaters and lawless law enforcement without nametags or body cameras, to assist in our national burial.

Ferguson, 2014 Midterms and mud crawling immigrant children show us the way up:  over-consumers discover non-consuming power overpowers fire consuming riots.

Something has changed:  finally a hint of national repulsion, over raped daughters and gun downed sons.

For a nation, no longer quite dipped in the economic sauce of, by and for the turkeys at the top, who, with malice aforethought based our American Dream with massive foreclosure fraud – I give thanks.

In thanksgiving for Moral Mondays, Giving Tuesdays and all those recognizing the good still outnumber the bankers, let us be grateful.

Thank migrant workers harvesting our food and Pope Francis embracing communion between evolution and Eden.

Anyone can keep the faith when there is no rape, racism, violence, police state, abduction with intent to defile, corporatism or O. K. Coral style gunning down of our youth in city parks.

If it was easy, anyone could maintain strength of character, but our measure is revealed whether we’re leaving unarmed gunshot victims in the street for hours, burning police cars or peacefully facing the root cause of our dissonance:  those who benefit most from dividing us.

The eminence of a nation is determined by the humanity of its people – not by life’s roller-coaster ride, but in how well, helping each other, we navigate the comedies and tragedies in our pursuit of solid rock on which to stand.

If we allow, tragedies Ferguson, 2014 voter ID shame and Sabrina Erdely’s Rolling Stone revelation will ignite in us the wisdom to turn ourselves around, to boycott perpetrators, rather than demonize the persecuted.

When Main Street rises above the manipulation of Madison Ave, we regain balanced and principled footing.  Then we will Occupy the high ground, and give notice to corporatism’s political puppets:  We have overcome.CIW LOGOCIW Tomatoes




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