Month: January 2017

Knock, Knock:  Who’s There?  Trumped Trump – Headlined on OpEdNews.com

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khan-constitution-250Emboldened by Alt-Right votes, our 45th President throws down a radical Right Wing gauntlet at the feet of democracy.  Perhaps believing in alternative facts, he assumed no one would dare challenge his alternative banning.

While a flurry of photo-opts included a refugee Ban on Libya, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, Iran, Iraq and Syria – all non-9/11 participants — coincidentally, Middle East countries with whom The Don of Bankruptcy has business ties:  Azerbaijan, UAE, Egypt, Frenemy Turkey and 9/11 contributor Saudi Arabia, were exempt from, executive abuse of power.

As evidenced by January’s Women’s March heard round the world, women, from Millennials to Seniors, united — and supported by men fearless in the face of gender equality — most Americans represent American values that demonstrate our collective aspirations, better than our elected officials.

Once again, our exceptional attempt to form a more perfect union is being challenged.  However, as in Civil War, iconic assassinations, Kent State bloodshed and sitting UC Davis student protesters being pepper sprayed – we will go high, and shall overcome. 

Nonetheless, Conservatives are serious about pushing America backwards, but deep in Liberal hearts and minds, Americans know compromise is as essential to global security, as family love is to the fabric of American progress.  We now hold these truths to be self-evident:  when people who hate government are elected by people who hate government, government becomes hateful.

When conservatives like Cheney, Mitch McConnell and Mike Pence dominate public affairs:  preaching oil wars for profit, obstructionism to the public good and denial of science, evolution and freedom of choice — what is wrought on America is the havoc and chaos of a team of bigots herded by an emperor with no concept of helming a democratic ship of state.

Once again, it is up to those who care about life before birth to unite with those who choose to live a life saving lives from, extremists more akin to authoritarians and demagoguery, than leaders of a free world.

We the People, of every color & cause; stay-at-home or home-schooled; Wall Street to Main Street – especially women of every political and sexual persuasion and every income disparity level – need unite, to never again repeat McCarthyism’s restrictions on our freedoms.

Let’s also prioritize less on organizing for Party victory, and more on how American citizens counter, when an American president becomes a global threat to human decency, mutual respect and indeed, humankind.

We don’t need to agree on everything to recognize the power of unity in the face of questioning misguided authority:

  • One B2 Stealth Bomber costs ten times more than the entire annual budget of NEA
  • Churchill or church member, when asked to cut Arts & Science budgets to fund wars, answer, what are we fighting for if not preservation of The Humanities
  • Words like, Keep the oil and maybe we will have another chance, endangers American lives here, and abroad

No political extremist is the solution for employment, fiscal responsibility, income parity, spiritual hope, peace of mind – or Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  Extremism offers only the demise of common cause, commonality and common sense.

Our current abyss didn’t begin with Bannon, Spicer, Conway or Islamophobia undoing, Love thy neighbor as thyself.  America is the product of a checkered past:

  • seeking religious freedom invaders, slaughtering those of differing beliefs
  • Plantation owners torturing human-beings for harvesting profits
  • Destroying Streetcars & electric cars for oil profit
  • Replacing slavery with Jim Crow & Gerrymandering
  • Private Prison owners profiteering from mass incarceration of non-white people
  • Birther Trump fraudulent claims of Voter Fraud
  • Ignoring two 2016 oil pipeline leaks in Canada in favor of KeystoneXL
  • Bush/Cheney oiled White House and Gulf of Mexico
  • Trump/Pence defunding to silence EPA and Planned Parenthood

Now, let us defy oligarchy, climate denial and government gag orders with peaceful protests at local offices of both Republican and Democratic members of Congress – because their desire to stay on the public payroll will open their ears to our wisdom.

Be reasonable, elect more Liberal female governors, state legislators, members of Congress, and yes — presidents.

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To Those Who Live in and are Weighted Down by the Dead Past – Headlined on OpEdNews.com

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my-white-house-smallWhat distinguishes January’s third 2017 weekend, is not a 2009 vs 2017 contest between weather and attendees, but rather:  a 2017 inauguration speech generating intentional national fracture vs. the overwhelming expression of our Freedom to peacefully assemble, heard round the world.

Who will Donald Trump betray first:  the nearly three million more Americans who stood against him on Election Day – those who living and breathing The Bill of Rights, peacefully marching in multiple American cities – or voters who believe his Charles Lindbergh hijacked, America First 1941 isolationism is the solution to their problems.

Sacrificing affordable healthcare & gender equality, tarnishing our First Amendment and rebranding America with the stench of Corporatism’s profiting from the decline of our planet — endangers the lives and sustainability of humankind — only to prove the truth of, What is Past is Prologue.

The only thing different about Donald Trump is the volume of his dishonesty, for change for America does not come from Russian comrades, but from non-violent grassroots emerging online and on the streets.

In 1944, President Roosevelt said, They have imported the propaganda technique invented by the dictators abroad… you should never use a small falsehood; always a big one, for its very fantastic nature would make it more credible – if only you keep repeating it over and over and over again.

How many times must we kick our nation’s pendulum hard right before we learn the lessons of Hoover’s Great Depression, Nixon’s great Dirty Tricks, Reagan’s great Trickle Down Economy, and Bush/Cheney’s Great Recession, to realize this is the stuff of which Trump’s make America great again was fomented?

As FDR warned in 1944, The whole purpose of Republican oratory these days seems to be to switch labels. The object is to persuade the American people that the Democratic Party was responsible for the 1929 crash and the depression, and that the Republican Party was responsible for all social progress under the New Deal…

Wall Street garbage in, GOP excrement out – but only if We the People keep repeating it over and over and over again.

There is no power on earth superior to the open mind of an American who, hearing the truth, sets free, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore.  Herein lies the truth and deception of why Democrats lost the 2016 elections:  three million fewer voters were marketed to believe, educated Liberals are elitists who had forgotten them.

Heed our 32nd president, this is not the time in which men can be forgotten as they were in the Republican catastrophe that we inherited.  Although Corporatism has been found in the pockets of both major political parties, the difference of degree between the two, is staggering – the greater of two evils has never been the better choice.

Understandably, feeling forgotten, some have confused crude behavior with decisive leadership, something different with something good — succumbing to the elixir that a team of Wall Street insiders will save us from corporate corruption.

The lesson that inspired the Women’s March, which inspired America to inspire Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Antarctica, Europe, and Australia, is:

We the People, in order to form a more perfect union, non-violently

  • Imposed term limits on President Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Drove from office President Richard M. Nixon
  • Stopped Bank of America’s random increase in fees
  • Exposed Wells Fargo duplicity in duplicate bank accounts
  • Trounced Martin Shkreli’s arrogant price hike for a lifesaving drug
  • Slapped the wrists of Epi-Pen CEO so thoroughly that CVS has issued a far less expensive generic – cutting into Mylan bottom-line for Heather Bresch
  • Reversed the unethical attempts of the 115th Congress and Virginia Congressman Bob Goodlatte to gut the Independent Ethics Agency

Sometimes the Goliaths of Wall Street clone themselves in Congress and the White House, but we are the Davidsthe true power of our Constitution – every time we choose to enforce it, by being its living testimony to the Exceptionalism of a Democratic Republic of, by and for all of the people, all of the time.