Slow Down, I’m Conservative – Op Ed News Headlined 7/27/15

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Time was we could anchor our faith to our wars, as flashpoint benchmarks, spotlighting our transitions, glorified with cheering parades andDon Segelman Small flags waving in the brilliant sun, even as Death, like a Pied Piper, diminished our rainbow.

Still, since gun violence slayed nine black civilians in Charleston and five white military personnel in Chattanooga:

  • A Tea Party member, and emulating disciple of Hitler, who thought women should be silent in church (except Westboro Baptist Church membership crying out sexual slurs that would make a Kenyan President stand in ovation), shot to death two, wounding nine, in a Louisiana movie theater – in the state governed by the NRA’s #1 choice for Guns Rule, in the White House.


  • Citrus Florida Road rage: fifty-one year old white Robert Doyle in jail for shooting to death forty-four year old Hispanic Candelerio Gonzalez in front of his wife and children.

It seems Death no longer waits for us to catch up with the need for reasonable background checks or the realization that, racially, some are still in the midst of an uncivil war, employing sneak attacks and killing too fast for the media droned, to keep score.

Nor will Death compromise with, ALL Lives Matter, without our first acknowledging:  even before 1776, darker skinned lives mattered far less, to far too many – especially when even now, Windows 10’s edited TV ad, predicting a great future, features only white babies.

Still think Atticus Finch is the problem? Donald Trump the hero?  Father’s teaching their sons how to be snipers, the solution?

President Uhuru Kenyatta scoffs at Gay Rights, proclaiming human rights is really a non-issue in Kenya, while standing next to Kenya’s Favorite Son, the man John Russell Houser of Phenix City, Alabama hated most, Barack Obama.

Still can’t see our reflection in Kenyatta and Houser?

Behold the Pale Horse comes also for haters, domestic terrorists, bullies, voter ignorance, rapists, arrogant bigoted political leaders and trumped up self-promoting loud mouths.Small Karl Rove

As I know Americans involved in special opts, only recently did I manage to watch American Sniper, the biopic about Chris Kyle, coincidently in the same week I inhaled the six CDs of Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman.  Having experienced the reaction to the former and anticipation of the latter, I fear we’re not sensing their connection to our national essence – the truth about ourselves.

My Uncle Gino taught me how to shoot with deadly accuracy well before Boot Camp, but he also taught me not to succumb to the thrill of the kill.

Arguably, many American lives would have been lost without the sights and trigger finger of Chris Kyle, but if fewer adults of all nationalities, ethnicities and religious beliefs taught fewer children that guns are the solution, maybe, to more lives, more lives would matter.

Truly, all colors, shapes and life preferences matter.  All deserve more than a Johnny come lately NRA Governor’s hypocritical prayer request.  All deserve more than flag waving inspired war.

Only two opposing points of view are needed to make war a perpetual success for Conservative Corporatism, Conservative Politicians and non-partisan morticians.

Southerners are the only Americans who, our American Government admits, ever lost a war, but despite dwindling support and symbols, their war against Northern Aggression wages on.

I’m not suggesting America slow down to a conservative tempo to encourage voter ignorance to vote for Trump before The Extreme Right can catch up with our 21st century transformation, but is it not possible to appreciate what’s Gone with the Wind, while we Go Set a Watchman for those who gerrymander our electoral process or abuse their uniformed power to protect?

Perhaps then, we can spare a Mockingbird with a civil, Hey Boo.

Martin Sheen




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