Month: February 2017

Not Just Trump  

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capital-at-nightObviously, nationalism, populism and authoritarianism didn’t start with America and certainly not with our shallow thinking 45th president, who refused even to be present in the Situation Room to observe his costly Sunday 29 January 2017 counterterrorism attack in Yemen.

Nor did number 45 invent Jim Crow, the Axis of Evil, Bigotry, Racism, Bullying, Too Big to Fail Wall Street Bankers or even Corporatism —  but he plays them exceptionally well – even doing a chicken-hawk fly bye-bye over the White House Correspondence Dinner, as he maneuvers to slice and dice any promise of healthcare, in post Obama era – even to his base support:  those failing to see, America is only first when embracing the welfare of all – including awareness of the rippling effects of Flint Water Crisis and price increases on food we import from Mexico.

Long before 2016, negative sums, like Prescott Bush & Fred Koch, John Foster & Allen Dulles, Charles & David Koch and both Stephens Miller & Bannon — men who chose to reign over humankind, without human decency — needed three things:

  • a cause celeb, like revenge for being devalued in The Treaty of Versailles
  • an enemy, like Liberal press gagged out of Spicer’s inner gaggle: Snowden’s Guardian, Politico, CNN, BuzzFeed, BBC, LA Times, Daily Mail, The Gray Lady
  • our turning our lower cheeks.

Some occupying the home of the brave are more courageous than extremists at either extreme:  Time, AP, NBC, CBS, ABC and Fox boycotted the secluded huddled minions to de-free, chanting to the demi-demographic choir.

Neither man nor nation thrives as an island, entire of itself.  Even Robber Baron Bannon, whose very appearance evidences the ill effects of waging racial and religious wars while ignoring, like vengeance, omnipotence is better left to powers higher than Senior Advisors, constituent fearing congressional conservatives and political party leaders.

The generous spirit of democracy is the Exceptionalism of America’s greatness – not America First, nor even Made in America.  

The only thing we have to fear is, the fear itself that intimidates voters of color, limits flow of the whole truth to the entire electorate, denies clean water & air, nutritious food & affordable healthcare and the scientific freedom and historical facts of our Bill of Rights – within a free public education system, that opens minds and rewards inquisitive individuality, in structurally sound schools.

Without a consistent infrastructure of Founding Fathers and Gettysburg Address foundation, the deaths of Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy, laid America bare to a shadow government thrilled by the elixir of diminishing returns on the union, in the United States of America.

Beware the still waters running mostly silent, deeply propped up to be the last man standing, for any faith nailed hard Right can be devastatingly wrong for constitutional freedoms.  Christianity delivered into preying hands, denies room in the end for needy refugees seeking shelter from Putin’s first favorite president.  A penchant for a Gentleman’s Agreement thrives on our averting our eyes when number two white-washes the vice of #45’s hateful rants.

Nonetheless, if our pursuit of happiness becomes a chorus of small hands and ridiculous nicknames — during a plethora of leaking alternative facts regarding fake news, the occupiers of 1600, failing to hear the banned, whisper all glory is fleeting, will wall themselves in, and us out. 

Now remember, what united Americans have accomplished for right, despite The Right:

  • Freedom from tyranny
  • Including The Bill of Rights in our Constitution
  • Preserving the United States of America
  • Emancipation of Slaves
  • Industrial Revolution
  • Voting Rights for Women
  • An integrated Public Education System
  • Historic Arts & Sciences
  • Space Travel
  • Affordable Healthcare
  • Resistance to terrorism’s hate both foreign and domestic

America has never been perfect nor we in total agreement, but we remain exceptional enough to insure number forty-five is the last hurrah storming against equality, before the calm, of diversity and justice for all, shakes off the dust of bigotry and ignorance from our hearts and minds.

It’s not just Trump.

What I love about Donald J. Trump – Headlined on 2/21/17

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akemi-uva-george-washington-250No matter what we think about America’s 45th POTUS; No matter his promises or our expectations for coal, steel and manufacturing jobs flooding back into America before our Climate Denial floats Key-a-Lago out to sea; No matter alternative-facts by Conway & Spicer applause signs flailing us into the valley of the shadow of death – I fear no evil from a callous Donald, as must as I do, the indifference of the trumped.

Regardless how often caught on camera Congress and K & Main streets have mouthed, Just give him a chance; No matter how many peaceful marches in union with unity are being ignored by those who revel in the rebellion of low information; Notwithstanding how fast we’re going with the flow of the lowest of the low – Donald Trump is blatantly transparent in his distractions, ably assisted by, though not the enemy of the American people, headlined grabbing Media self-committed to repetitive parroting.

What I love about Donald Trump is, how he unabashedly builds on the baseless reality denial, of his base.  Evidently having no shame in uttering utterly unscrupulous claims that outdo any groper’s pleas for pleasure the night before his ship sails away.

There is something masterfully twisted about the Don’s reality show profile of a non-coherent worldview – including ever-present gesticulations clawing at the throat of Make America Great Again, scratching out the eyes of America First, with his destruction of reason, his abandonment of Intelligence – while proclaiming, Whites Only patriotism.

Historically, both Conservatives and Liberals incorporate fringes, willing to sacrifice our future for a chance to solidify their version of, The American Dream, which allows Trump’s conduct unbecoming a Commander-in-Chief, but disallows any excuse for the 60—70% more rational Americans, to trounce on this self-evident truth:  We can Never Go Back to Before. 

I tolerate our Bill of Rights tolerating he who slipped off his rocker descending a tower escalator, being elected by longings for yesteryear (even if it’s a coal ash shower) – I tolerate those fearing the unknown so much they miss the brass ring offering new ways for a new, New Deal; I even tolerate those unwilling to grasp an untried foothold in our recovering transformation from The Great, Too Big to Fail, Recession to technological progression.

I’m patient because, perhaps too many of us, too desperate for anything too normal, were too easily distracted by tea stained birthers, too obstructionist to stomach anything orchestrated by a Hawaiian president – who was better at ending war than Nixon, better at waging war than Cheney and better at negotiating global climate change effort and peaceful coexistence — with countries having two centuries of reasons to mistrust us.

To the degree, Trump reminds the world (and We the People) of, The Ugly American, I thank him for inspiring Liberal reform, for a more perfect union to realign its humanity — from grassroots to the halls of racial and gender injustice toward all who immigrated onto native lands of Native Americans.

Why do I appreciate such a vile, despicable dissembler?  Every time Trump reviles any nation, berates any profession, vilifies any ethnicity, or wipes his bare Bannon on our First Amendment Rights – America glimpses this bit of perspective:  Trump is the product of our ignored civic responsibilities, because being oblivious to the obvious is not blissful, but haunting…

  • ICE using National Security to persecute immigrants
  • The Espionage Act fronting for our Shadow Government
  • The Patriot Act’s anti-American actions: FBI domestic invasions – preserving NSA surveillance – protecting CIA Black Sitesdefending Drones for Empire

Let’s regain our Good Samaritan spirit, reclaim our Out of Many One motto and rejoin our better angels in flight – instead of fright – agreeing to disagree without being deplorable, and to refrain from hero worshiping the demagogue du Jour.

Empowered by the courage of Gettysburg Address principles, armed with Peacefully Assemble in defense of a tattered Statue of Liberty promise, we can resist The Program and the authentic enemy of the people to preserve the United States Constitution from a rogue like Trump.