Month: August 2017
From Dog Whistling Birtherism to working DIA, the madness of the Donald baits us to switch from Russian Probe to Korean braggadocios fire and fury competition – but his Alt-Right support evaporated his smokescreen and now a backlash of peaceful assembly for freedom, is becoming a national movement.
On Saturday August 12, 2017, in the city of Thomas Jefferson’s University of Virginia, thirty-five Americans were injured, nineteen of them assaulted by a twenty-year-old Ohio man driving into them to preserve and protect our history of slavery, racism and second-class citizenship.
While this summer Charlottesville Virginia reaped what Donald Trump has sowed, America, and indeed human decency and potentially humankind are being raped by the perversion of patriotism by Right Wing white supremacists.
In response, an Attorney General who thinks the KKK is, OK until I found out they smoked pot, is a joke, is launching an investigation into the Paris-like vehicular murder of a thirty-two-year-old woman – the incident in support of an administration offensive to the Constitution and truth, colluding with a leader who fears saying the very thing he incites — Domestic Terrorism.
Our Founding Fathers, U. S. Constitution and we ourselves are not perfect, but choosing ongoing educational expansion on a journey of Constitutional Amendments, striving for equal opportunity, is the perfection of mutual respect.
The Ugly American truth is, historically, Conservatives have failed to accept that every person, place and thing matters — Words, Medicaid, Black Lives, Women, Medicare, Native-Americans, Mexicans, Asians, Seniors and Transgenders matter!
It matters that in 2016, we elected a small, thin-skinned excuse of a man, lacking intellectual curiosity and tolerance for differing points of view, whose Bannon/Gorka/Miller appointments excel at staining American character.
Attacking honorable Americans, like Judge Curiel, James Comey, Charlottesville’s Gold Star Khan family and LGBTQ citizens courageously serving America in uniform — what can an isolationist president, incapable of all-inclusive big picture vision amass, but white nationalists?
Since Jamestown and Plymouth Rock, white supremacy has dominated America, imposing self-serving prejudice not only on Native-Americans and people of color, but Jews, Irish Catholics, women and our ancestral immigrants processing past the Statue of Liberty, through Ellis Island, into the Land of the Free.
However, if after 241 years, under white Christian male management, we’re still electing a boy’s idea of what a real man is, perhaps what we should be resisting is our tendency to recklessly swing our electoral pendulum — Flip-Flopping between silence and violence will never penetrate the hypocrisy of Pence pretense, Jason Kessler’s Unite the Right or Trump’s Make America Great Again.
President John F. Kennedy was not only infinitely careful not to back Soviets into a Cuban corner, but was equally emphatic that, America was not going to nuclear war. Our current 1600 occupant, however, craves the evaporation of all life on the Korean peninsula, in exchange for a macho media image.
It is within our power, to deny him this power, by refusing to play the cards neo-Nazi’s deal, and instead, making it necessary for him, like Nixon, to resign.
Men like Trump, David Duke, Steve Bannon, Jason Kessler and Tom Bossert have proven power to bring out the worst and best in us – the worst, clones of themselves — the best, the rest of us: Valley Forge militia, Lincoln, women risking lives for 19th Amendment, the American Baptist Home Mission Society, nonviolent responders to violent Jim Crow era — we who defend Mexicans and Muslims from presidential prejudice.
True American patriots, as in the Civil Rights movement and the Women’s Marches, January 21, 2017, exercise peaceful assembly in civility when demonstrating. It is vital that we are ever vigilant not to become what we’re against.
Instead of responding to radical extremists in-kind, let us embrace the civic ideal of, petition the government: By the millions, stand tall in DC and regional GOP offices, admonishing Congress to, at the very least, call for the application of the 25th Amendment – or Fast Track Robert Mueller’s investigation, in expectation that Donald Trump has indeed committed Impeachable offences.
And make certain they know we’re there because Trump’s rhetoric caused the death of an American citizen – whose life was snatched away for defending equality and justice for all — paralegal Heather Heyer
Wandering in the shadow of the past, wondering if our Hancock sun is rising or setting, misses the point: like a total eclipse, the blinding beauty of nature’s power is in the eye of those who’ve learned to behold – whereas denial leaves us defenseless against time and ignorant of evolution.
Few of us recognize, a life changing event, until it consumes us. For some, it was the exceptional ideals of a We the People Constitution. For others, a head-on collision playing football, or texting while driving.
Life changes as unexpectedly as a Gettysburg Address or Ferguson shooting. For some, the rise and fall of stock prices, or cash machines investing in voting machines transforming a Voting Rights Act Main Street dream into, dreamers go home.
Institutions don’t lie, but often, the people who run them, do. Post WWII financial, political and religious institutions used communications and educational institutions to convince otherwise intelligent adults that atomic power would bomb war into a deep freeze – but the missiles of October 1962 proved, denial precedes meltdowns.
Listening to Nikki Haley read to the United Nations Security Council was like streaming reruns of decades of American students being assured Duck and Cover, would save their lives from the Atomic Bomb; that they could be educated reading texts that, all but excluded female heroes, role models of color, contributions from Hyphenated Americans – tossing truth of Thanksgiving and Native Americans, into a spiraling white squall.
Shall we continue the self-delusion that dilutes world peace, or embrace the heroics of sincere dialogue: Listening graces brain power with the potential to overcome nuclear power.
Renewing our foundations in unconditional goodwill, enables equal opportunity and injects denial with the pre-existing condition of truth: our national security is inevitably intertwined with earth and all life upon it, so…
- First, do no harm
- Speak truth about the power of our leaders and ourselves
- Emulate those who believe character is the real measure of success
- Freely give to others what we ourselves wish to receive
Not only are we the change we’ve been waiting for, but we are the climate change we fear, the atomic bombs we’ve dropped and forgot — and those in need of affordable mental and physical healthcare, we ignore.
Any effort to take back, go back or hold back, incites our unwinnable war with destiny, because, with or without our permission, time moves ever forward – leaving in its wake, with every breath we take, an invitation to surpass the past, by achieving, what’s next.
Nonetheless, regardless which path we choose, we’ll attract friends, create enemies, periodically encounter sustainable leaps forward and alternately, battle addictive life changing denials: Opioids/Alcohol, Terror Cells/Smart Phones, iPods/iPads, Social Media/Television, DC/Wall Street Koch-heads – constantly challenging our electing principle over greed.
Much of life is a casting call: bully or bullied, caregivers or not my problem, but choosing progression over evolving into the company, habits and presidents we keep, shatters the denial of malice aforethought.
Language is used for both truth and falsehood – by heroes and deceivers. Being human is the life changing responsibility to learn the difference:
- No Child Left Behind – or – Global Warming
- Political neophyte – or – morally bankrupt self-serving bigot
- Gas pipelines & offshore oil drilling – or – Solar panels
- Trump Towers laundering money – or – Wind Towers real air power
When we can, in an embryo, replace the bad gene of one parent with a good gene from the other parent, can’t we also prioritize finding a cure for Alzheimer’s, for what will it profit humankind if we gain cures for Cancers, heart decease and strokes, but lose our memory of the choice between war and peace.
Both Silence and violence are welcome mats over which narcissists enter as existential threats magnetizing voter fears to the denial of Demagogues among us.
Language, poetry or prose, oral tribal history or constitutional parchment, communicates and inspires, but only we can determine direction, interpretation or cause and effect.