Month: October 2015

American History:  Winners – Losers – Labels – Decisions – Traditions! Headlined on OpEdNews.com 10/18/15

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Why should we care who wins Presidential Debates, as if our arbitrary categories, discriminatory labels and arrogant classifications like, blue for boys and pink for girls, matter?  Or, is it, black lives matter only if others don’t?  To labels like Red and Blue States, I say, off with their heads!No Labels and me

Our best humanity is rooted in the passions of intellectual dreamers, like John & Abigail Adams, Jefferson, Dolley Madison and James Monroe.  From such come prophets who open our minds to protecting fresh air, so we can provide foundations for those who ask why not, like Frederick Douglas, Eleonore Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr, Bobby, Maya Angelou, Obama and Bernie.

Nonetheless, like the unwavering labor of nurses and administrative assistants, we need pragmatic centrists, as caregivers for our shared village of cultural diversity, like Benjamin Franklin, Thurgood Marshall, Lincoln, FDR, Alice Paul, JFK and Bill & Hillary Clinton.

Without the dreamer’s passion, the constant balancing acts of political pragmatists and, as needed, the additional seasoning of all-inclusive nuance, we and our dreams stagnate.

Soiled by Wall Street, internally damaged by tobacco lies, pharmaceutical greed and the bias of food deserts, we fall victim to the ignorance of jealousy, and without a lifeline to global education, our reason is breached, and desperation makes us vulnerable to the ramblings of anti-humane political nonsense, climate change denial and drone collateral damage.

It’s not about who wins or loses a debate.  It’s not even about choosing sides or side arms.  It’s about making rational choices that recapture and embrace our national helm with a one for all and all for one keel.  It’s about helping each other get the wind back beneath our wings.

If, just to make the point that our comfort zone feels threatened, we opt for a state of the union that is multiple Kent States, then we are accomplices after the fact challenged media and politicians.

In the life of a nation blessed with much to give, do and be, there are repeated opportunities for life determining decisions which redefine, center and realign.  Life has demanded no less from African Queens, Egyptian Pharoses, citizens of Rome or Romanoff serfs.

So auto manufacturers, bankers, candidates, CIA, civil servants, elected officials, families, oil companies, governors, Guantanamo torturers, judges, law enforcement, non-voters, NSA spies, racists, Secret Service, terrorists (ours and theirs) and bunkered drone operators, it’s your turn to heed what’s MIA from our history books.

Shall we rewrite our Constitution?  Shut off all alarms and play dead?  Elect the enlightened and crew The Ship of State ourselves, or just fill our sails with more hot air?

Either way, we’re blowing in the wind unless we fact-check:

  • Communism and Socialism are not twins
  • Exceptionalism would be not resembling Putin’s foreign policy
  • America has left behind troops after most of our military engagements
  • Democrat, Republican, Independent or Socialist, most of our Boots on the ground and the kids providing a Good Kill in our name, are the children of middle class and poor families, ordered to do the bidding of one percenters

President Obama’s decision to return troops to Iraq and leave troops in Afghanistan is upholding American traditions inherited from past administrations and current corporatism.  However, voters can revolutionize decisions by evolving to, winning without labeling.

Winners of the first Democratic Presidential debate, are the mirror image of the losers in the Republican debates:  America, thinking for ourselves, young people, women, especially seniors, immigrants, Immigration Reform, children and all Americans who daily live the civility of The Golden Rule, believing, all life on earth matters more than any drones heard round the world. GOD, Next Time by FIRE 250

 

 

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Damn, Bullies and Gun Violence have breached our Nation – Headlined by OpEdNews.com 10/6/15

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Neither gun loving Rosburg Oregon nor Mark Carman’s Video are going to stop us from getting worse before we get better.Roseburg Oregon Shooting

Robbed, abused, raped murdered or bombed, like Doctors Without Borders, most American targets know their assailants.  Whether an act of friendly fire with catastrophic results or domestic violence, most life taking bullies are our friends, dates, teachers, relatives, co-workers or fellow students.

The trumped truth is there will be car accidents as long as there are drivers, rush hour, tailgating, texting and drinking, but it would be irresponsible to shrug away speed limits and fool-hearty not to add more police protection on holiday weekends.

When qualifying with an M-16, my battalion commander observed, “great shootin’ son.”  Turning to face him, I half expected to see Uncle Gino with an approving grunt.

Long before playing cowboys and Indians transformed us into NRA disciples shooting innocents at school, play and work, I was a sharp shooter.  When my parents weren’t around, Uncle Gino, learned me how to shoot and to spect, what he called, his backupNo such thing as, target shootin’, he’d say – you fire to eliminate threat, animal or otherwise.  After grad school, I asked Uncle Gino who he thought should be allowed to own guns.  Only fellas who should have guns is us, not dem.

Before you target me as pro or con, I believe attacking any violence needs to start with a gun-free America — then compromise as needed, from perfection.

I never once saw Uncle Gino draw his handgun from its hip holster, except to clean it.  However, I did witness his knocking out a guy who slapped his wife at a party.  He wasn’t a violent man, but an extremely strong one, who didn’t need a gun to prove it.

We can be American strong without a lethal extension to our arm.  Fear, anger and a loss of trust in our institutions and faith in ourselves breeds violence of all kinds, for violence takes as many forms as it does lives.  Guns are merely a convenient, deadly, accelerant.

Gun ownership without civility and the dictates of conscious, has taken a radical shift since Dallas November 22, 1963 when faith in government began to bleed out.  With erased tapes, presidential resignation, then pardon, national trust became unhinged, especially from flag waving Watergate conservatives cannibalizing Democracy.

With the foxes on CNN and the hares on Fox hounding us with 24/7 Tally-Hoes, while refusing to hunt for real news beyond reruns of, if it bled yesterday, we can bleed it again today, we miss that the people who control our electrical power on and off switch; who remove our mountaintops; who dump Coal Ash in their employees drinking water – are the same Wall Street people who wrecked our economy and electoral process.

Could this be why the Arab Spring is backfiring; why Hawaii Democrat Tulsi Gabbard is rising above Party politics; why civil discourse has plummeted since Bush/Cheney/Wall Street induced Great Recession?  Has Main Street targeted K Street for shooting Congress into the toilet, leaving our environment yearning to breathe free?

Big Coal is still the smoking gun, but only because we still elect people who give billions to corporations who neither deserve nor need it.  While we lie to ourselves about farting cows, the NRA keeps America ambushed with O. K. Coral fantasy – all while our big screen TVs scream sports scores, stream rising temperatures and regurgitate gossip.

We murder earthlings and earth, burning coal for entertainment, unconscious of, those who live by the sword die, and take too many of us with them.

There is no such thing as Clean Coal and no easy solutions to gun violence, but until we honesty address both, violent stuff like Congressional cuts to public education, Alabama’s closing DMVs in minority communities and Americans shooting Americans will continue to be our national collateral damage, because Stuff Happens when we turn our back on any domestic violence.