Month: August 2016

Robin Hood – Saint – King – Trump: Headlined by OpEdNews.com Mon 8-29-16

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Akemi What GOP Has Come 250An obstructionist Congress, politicized Supreme Court and Donald Trump campaign are antithetical to Let Freedom Ring — the 2016 Republican Party, more a portrait of white supremacy than Lincoln memorial.

August 28, 1774 St. Elizabeth (Mother Seaton of Emmetsburg, Maryland) was born in New York City.  In 1963, the American Dream was embellished on the steps of Marion Anderson herstory.

On August 18, 2012 residents of Villages in Florida cheered as Paul Ryan promised to protect their Medicare by sacrificing that of their children and grandchildren.  Shall we now think beyond such short-sightedness and instead generate billions of dollars every year, with a 0.5% tax on the transactions of the wolves of Wall Street, and save an American economy barely escaping the slaughter house of representatives?

Who’s minding the store, while a destitute Fourth Estate races to Pass Go first, brandishing overdrawn Breaking News Exclusives, for a Free Media giveaway to the waffling showmanship of a Bankrupter-in-Chief wannabe, whose only currency is the dividend of the morally insolvent.

Don’t we want our children to aspire to be more like Melinda & Bill Gates and 9/11 first responders than those CEOs both breaking our system and braking our goal for a nation of equal economic opportunity?  Or shall we leave Millennials to be gouged by the likes of Epi-Pen CEO Heather Bresch, Martin Shkreli, Bernie Madoff and Jack Abermoff?

An exceptional example by which to lead our children:  support business leaders whose companies, products and policies are not a footprint on consumers, but a step forward for the common good.

It’s not just who we give our vote, but to whom we give our money.

Perhaps if the Roberts’ Court lit our path as well as the torch of our French gift, the Statue of Liberty, We the People would nurture more the example of the French High Court within us, rather than allowing our electoral system to languish in the shadow of a recession bequeathed to us by Koch heads leading institutions like Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Shell Oil, Exxon, Haliburton and Aetna.

What and how can we lead our leaders if the American, Do the Right Thing, reflects French beach bigots who share individual freedom only when it exposes their preferred attire.

Conservatives, allowing Too Big to Jail banker puppeteers, who plummeted America’s retirement bankrolls, by trading global stability for national Sequester, compounded the problem, banking on a Congress of walled-in minds that hedged Wall Street fun with Panama accounts that increase Right imbalance, while depositing Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness — and our kids’ piggy banks — into foreclosure.

If we want Freedom to be more than a part-time enterprise full of income inconsistencies slanted toward .1% of the population, we’re going to have to artfully STEM tutor our children to insure our marketplace better than we did.

Together we are America Strong enough to rekindle a freedom reigning so every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight – if we out vote those who self-righteously cap freedom of choice, at the border of their limited vision.

This is the time to help others register to vote, educate all on the supreme importance of voting and progressively occupy all voting booths.

Merely labeling anti-American negatives like, Alt-Right, Citizens United, David Duke, The John Birch Society, Klu Klux Klan late in life penitents — West Virginia Senator Robert C. Byrd and Alabama Governor George Wallace – and proclaiming it either victory or solution, is as risky as exposing oneself to E. coli & Ebola, as criminal as serving Hepatitis A strawberries in Smoothies and as negligent as Congress failing to fund Zika prevention.

This is no time to talk of Democratic landslides!

The sun sets on a nation when its people fail to shine the light forward for its children.

 

 

 

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America: Being Olympic Champions Off the Field – Headlined on OpEdNews.com Mon 8/22/16

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Akemi Women Make it Work SmallWas I struck by a Bolt of Lightning speed or did American women win as many Olympic victories as American men, and, are many of those winning females closer in hue to that of an American President or King?

Being champions of truth requires embracing:  all humans are created equal and that women have always been worthy of the gold of economic equality as well as our liberated vote of confidence for their excellence – for America comes from a better place than Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell and the Koch Bros.

Where I come from nobody knows and where I am going everything goes. The wind blows, the sea flows, but slithering down from an Abraham to a GOP walled-in small government, is not the place of champions.

Whether Portrait of Jennie or Dorian Gray, we are anchored in a universal truth:  all there is comes from a before place – Light, Sound – even the courage of a Desert Dancer.

Big Bang or Garden, metaphorically, all roads lead to and from a life emitting tree, emanating a myriad of branches beaming with endless possibilities — solidly rooted in the soil of the sum total of our origin.  Thus we are limited only by our words, thoughts and deeds.

Arguably, our greatest national self-inflicted wound — prejudicial education & income disparity and racial & gender discrimination — is the tremendous loss of the genius of the human resources of Native-Americans, African-Americans and of course, female Americans.

I’m man enough to yield to my wife’s admonition, the Olympics only come every four years, and sacrifice my movie viewing to cast a glance or two toward our big screen when Michael Phelps appears to confirm, unlike the Donald, he, like Ali, is indeed the greatest of all time.

However, in 2016 what most captivated my least sports qualified spectator experience, was the competing champions whose names I’d never heard:  Kathleen Baker, Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Allyson Felix, Lauren Hernandez, Gwen Jorgensen, Lilly King, Madison Kocian, Simone Manuel, Aly Raisman, Dana Vollmer, and my all-time favorite, Katie Ledecky — even more disturbing:  the difficulty locating these female names in the online reporting during the televised Rio games.

Of course, Out of Many, One, by its very non-Republican, all-inclusive dictum, encompasses the potential of incorporating both the  American Dream and an American nightmare — for among us survives a multi-layered spectrum evaluating and rewarding both our achievement highs and hypocritical lows.

Truth is, there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in a Love it or Leave it, Right-Wing Un-American activities overcome by over-comb cheerleaders lying to themselves, philosophy.  We are a nation that comes from someplace else — another time with another set of goals to reach, ideas to fulfil and ideals to be.

Even before our 233rd year of experimental existence, we torched both The New Deal and New Frontier and launched a new birth of, by and for Too Big to Jail, lying in wait, armed with the profits of lives lost for lies.

In truth, still bearing our wounds from team Watergate, we come from a place of Purple Hearts and Bronze Stars, and daily share the agony of Gold Star Families.

We ascend from another place; from Philadelphia & Valley Forge, through Ellis Island to San Francisco, from exceptional expansionist exile imposed on Native Americans to enslaving people of color, as young as five-year-old Omran Daqneesh.

America is also pieces of silver, Black Gold greed and treasonous Mushroom Cloud deceit, as it is the forgotten women and men who bled the lyrics of The Star Spangled Banner, who saw the glory of the coming of the Lord, Over There and who, over here, went beyond what trickles down from behind the wall trumpeting The Street of regression and recession.

We were not always proven worthy of the gold medal or even brass ring, but we are the living breathing descendants of hope, and like Malala, life’s promise, knowing not only one child, one teacher, one book and one pen, but one voice & one vote can change the world.