Month: November 2017
Awaiting our courage to catch up to our outrage, revelation is, we are in a great uncivil war with the failures of unfettered male power being increasingly exposed, revealing that our holier than thou, international superiority complex, having always been founded on the sands of time, has been slowly washing away — even as we granted women the right to elect misogynistic, we built that, men, without granting full constitutional citizenship — and bestowed the façade of racial equality without a decent minimum wage or gender income parity.
The more our fantastical leaders of politics, finance, religion and Fourth Estate, fascinate us with hyperbole, platitudes and the hubris of sensationalism, the more we allow our American Dream to be submerged into a culture of might makes right, faking stability under an umbrella of, alternative-facts.
Suddenly a bucket of ice on our culture of, not my problem acceptance of the domestic violence of pharmaceutical opioid pushers, man-handled girls, predatorial career harassment, onslaught of male imposed assault, rape by both military and civilian family and friends — has stopped the presses.
Truth be told, such headlines have been hiding in plain sight, within the lies we’ve told ourselves. Now, summoning the honesty to pull back the veil of secrecy cloaking our averted eyes, we may find redemption.
If, despite media’s overkilling of our need to know, transforming newsworthy, into recall of over the backyard fence gossip — diminishing with each retelling the essential focus — lubricating us from outrage to numbness, there is, nonetheless, more to immorality than declassifying America’s secret sexual societies: sinners, cheaters, anti-gays in precarious fantasies and fetishes.
Still mired in sexual struggle between what constitutes our wistful national character and moral fiber, versus the reality of objectifying girls and women, while lusting for short-term gratification — our hearts and minds remain as MIA as the October 2016 exposure of Donald Trump’s 2005 bus conversation with Billy Bush.
Sex is not the most important issue in our struggle to be of good character until, pontificating a pompous public love of God and Country as shield from the discovery of our power-lust for carnal dexterity — while wallowing in sanctimonious deceit, failing to practice what we preach. Must we bequeath the lie that sex is about provocative fashion, but not, 7th Avenue enslaving the image of women, marketing it as accessories for male prowess?
From Cosby and Columbine, to Sandy Hook, if The Pulse of America is a Las Vegas massacre, then we doom ourselves believing that it’s more important to protect the life of the unborn, than honor the virtue of teenagers, safety of college co-eds and security of female staffers.
When there’s a cross between what sex we preach and teach and the sex we practice in bathroom stalls, as church and community leaders, preying with, the laying on of hands to comfort women, we’re self-crucified.
This is our story and if, of thee I sing, is to be resurrected with any credibility, we need to realign our vision with a renewal of justice and equality for all – protecting accuser with our empathetic trust, and the accused with the right to remain silent, even if not innocent, until proven guilty. The integrity of Exceptionalism lies beyond ratings craving myopic media and mob rule rush to judgement — to cleansing ourselves of the stains of Congress, casting calls, Main Street schools, churches and community centers, as well as K & Wall Street suites.
Sadly, our current uncivil struggle is reminiscent of the national chasm thrust upon Abraham Lincoln – worst still, some young Americans are now possessed with the madness of hate.
Our nation is being raped by self-inflicted domestic terrorism, and to the extent we grant permission to invade our civilian government with Generals, an AG who can’t remember anything and the normalization of neoNazis and constituents sympathizing with child-molesters — the insulting culture of second-class citizenship, is the wall behind which we hide our feminine side.
I believe when we commit to making time for reasonable Conscious Thinking, we will rediscover, it’s not just the statues, trolling congressional Pages, wide-stance men’s rooms or sharpening cue sticks with malice-aforethought, that define us.
It’s the internal struggle that makes us war with one another, believing our individual security and national stability come at the expense of others. It’s what keeps at least a third of our exceptional potential languishing in Trickle Down and Might is Right, faith.
In a time of increased finger-pointing — denial of climate, gender and sexual justice — denouncing, degrading and humiliating accusers of conduct not becoming human decency, I invite all to fill in blanks below, in private, as article comment or social media confession – for self-reflection is its own reward.
If you embrace politicizing Evangelical Christians to narrow their vote to broaden your chances for victory at their expense, you might be a __________.
If you think moral character is not the primary goal for all religions, necessity for individual and community mentors, expectation of elected officials and essential for all heads of state, captains of industry and extended family circles, you might be a __________.
If you support collusion with foreign international powers like Goldman Sachs, Wells Fargo and Soviet leftovers, you might be a__________.
If you think the most impressive species of freedom running wild is best suited on your trophy wall, you might be a __________.
If you are a Governor more interested in turning an independent Judiciary Hard Right, than protecting American women of all ages from the twisted extremes of self-entitlements, then you might be a __________.
If you think a frank admission and apology for committing a demeaning, good oi’ boys’ club, grossly unfunny, invasion of a sleeping, and therefore non-consenting colleague, makes you deserve Moore shame and congressional censure than a Prevaricator-in-Chief who brands all sixteen female accusers, liars, then you might be a press court jester holding a predator above the law, believing, the Bible told me so.
If you choose to think all Muslims kill, all Jews are frugal in the extreme, all Catholic priests molest children, or all Christians are like Roy Moore supporters, you might be a ___________.
If you avert your eyes from Puerto Rico, one million poverty stricken Alabamians, or the menace to literacy of a four Billion dollar cut to Texas Public Education – abandoning 49,000 teachers to unemployment while allowing the future of 43,000 college students to be indentured to Wall Street banks, you might be a __________.
If, after a year of mind-boggling self-absorption, we continue to, Sieg Heil a leader possessed by the Demon of Revenge, compelling him to Groundhog Day his, when somebody hits me, I hit back – while worshiping America’s weapons of mass destruction button that puts down planet inhabitants – our mainstay of faith, hope, love and humanity’s fate is embedded with lascivious men of greed, rented by Wall & K Streets, we might be a __________.
If you’re a resigned pastor from “unpresidented” Evangelical Council, endorsing and justifying the alleged sins of a Senate candidate by selectively parsing Biblical text, beware, while no religious scholar, I’ve taught the Bible as World Literature and begin each day listening to audio of Psalms, Proverbs Ecclesiastes, and the four Gospels…
Yes, Holy Scriptures reveal how God often chooses the least among us to fulfill seemingly impossible missions, but in faith, I challenge Roy Moore’s Christianity Brand:
- Exodus: Moses – delivers Jewish people from Egypt, in penance for committing murder?
- 1 Samuel: Young Shepherd David, son of Saul’s servant Jesse of Bethlehem sling shots Goliath to death; becomes King of Israel
- 2 Samuel: King David commits adultery with married Bathsheba and murders Uriahn
- Psalms: King David writes poetic songs; in so doing, perhaps, defining a real man as one who embraces truth about himself
- Four Gospels: Indeed, Moore supporters, the Virgin Mary may have been a minor, but rather than assaulting and humiliating her, Joseph, was a loving husband and step-father to her son