Month: April 2018
From Molly Pitcher to Molly Bloom – Clara Barton to Obamacare – Marian Anderson & Elenore Roosevelt to #BlackLivesMatter and #MeToo, it’s #TimesUp – because our K & Wall Street ruling class are being served: this far, and no farther!
From apostles of twin abusers (National Restaurant Association and National Rifle Association), and Congressional Republicans over employing national security shield — deserting and disenfranchising our American Dream, 2018 is scattering Nassar chauvinists and trumped supremacists!
Following in the shadow of Truman’s Korean police action; Eisenhower’s Vietnam War enabling; Kennedy’s Camelot Cold War racing past Cuban missiles to the moon — LBJ & Nixon lies downgraded The Greatest Generation to cannon fodder, targeting anti-war protestors as an, Executive Privilege.
From Eisenhower/Nixon’s Dulles brothers v. Dean Acheson to Trump/Pence v. Sally Yeats, Preet Bharara and Robert Mueller – our, High Confidence: we now overcome.
After 242 years, grossly underpaid teachers, are emulating their students who grasp the civic duty to protect intellectual curiosity’s potential to reason, from disintegrating schools & text books, bullying and gun violence.
Yet, as we memorialize what we’ve lost from Columbine to Parkland, we’re missing who’s sacrificed, by enabling trigger happiness: military marksmanship training in school cafeterias — guaranteeing a dusting of lead poisoning with an afterglow of brain damage.
What is Past being Prologue, is replete with men like Joe McCarthy, William Rehnquist, Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell and Mike Pence who, for power sake, cloister, clothed in deceit, closeted by faith in hypocrisy. Trusting in, and embellishing generational Domino Theory, they diminish us from Lincoln into maniacal Nixon paranoia and Trump’s suffocating thinking for ourselves.
Yet, by First Lady examples, Jackie Kennedy, Lady Bird Johnson, Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush and Hillary Clinton we learn, while all men are created equal, persistent women give us enlightened clarity — infusing equality and justice together – as we renew Exceptionalism with, a child shall lead them.
Our primary national anchor preventing American progress, remains older men like Charles & David Koch, Foster Friess, Rudy Giuliani, and Chuck Grassley who, as trumped demagogues, continue to embroil America further into the crippling backslide of men who believe, they alone created the United States of America. Trusting in the lost ways of a white male dominated society, such leaders, both manipulated by and manipulating fear, choose alternative facts over history’s lessons:
- Our anti-everything 1950s, tragically wounded our Out of Many, One, but despite devastating 1960’s assassinations, we began again before truly grasping how challenging the journey forward would be
- Now in a Herstory state, Change grants all colors, POVs and sexual persuasions, freedom to rise
- Neither first, above or greater than anyone, we learn actual communication heals, better than virtual pretense or Twitter offense
We are marching, not to the vainglory of self-righteous pied pipers waving Old Glory while profaning Bible but striving toward Lincoln’s understanding: we are stronger together!
We march into Governorships, The House & Senate – not just in a Blue Wave, but with a wave of forward thinking humanity, individually and collectively insisting proudly, we’re moving on.
We’ve evolved old unreasonable Domino Theory into: One victory for all, begets more cleaning house victories for Americans, until America is a Home of the Brave, fearing not a Land of the Free welcoming all who welcome freedom.
Now, which America, post Trump/Pence:
- 180-degree reversal of global view, 12 September 2001
- Prioritizing separation of church and state over walling out freedom seekers
- Never Again denying anyone life, liberty or the pursuit of happiness
From Huntley/Brinkley & Cronkite, to four 1963 days & nights of non-stop murder coverage, America now needs citizen leaders and news professionals to resurrect from the ashes of Watergate our Fourth Estate soul — because Americans deserve more information than conditioning and more education than ignorance.
To abridge being self-hypnotized by waves of opinionated affirmation, we need select communion over Snapchats – and cure our human condition with empathetic connection over Opioid, cell phone and gun addictions.
Boosting voting rather than Facebook, adjusting political priorities and raising inter-personal expectations, we rise above successions of TV/radio hosts and repetitive opinionated panels, confusing conjecture and gossip, for, the first rough draft of history.
Is Paul Ryan running for president, or avoiding a Mueller impeachment gauntlet at the feet of his tax breaks for super wealthy?
Is it too radical to wonder if a deadly tragic Trump Tower fire was an attempt to destroy evidence?
Regardless, isn’t questioning our choices and ourselves more cathartic than obsessing over the urinating preferences of a sex addict’s undercover obsessions to compensate for lacking, beyond the next crotch coverup?
Are there not renewed and diverse American dreams beckoning us to come true, and emulate our better angels, like #MeToo and #NeverAgain?
Why do we elect to wallow with repeat offenders in stormy weather, showering us with gold without glitter, rather than aligning with humankind’s natural Good Samaritan impulse to embrace The Golden Rule, rekindled by, Boston Strong?
How did we become self-deceived by the self-serving, manipulating non-reasoning targets as pawns, to impede, We the People with hypocritically disfigured politics?
Does, Spring Forward program our being accomplices before and after the fact welcome mats, for conservative congressional nuptials co-mingling with untethered Too Big to Jail corporatism?
April gave us Jefferson, Hitler, death and taxes, but it was August that delivered a Census, now endanger of being taken with duress, and harassed by a rook projecting tall tales on the tattered remnants of rational thought.
April killed our bloody Civil War, but cauterized Exceptionalism with the stain of assassination indoctrination – while ignoring revolutionary women making Midnight Ride — inspiring Pony Express, Richmond’s capitulation and, #EqualMeansEqual!
The shot heard round the world, was an April clarion call, more patriotic than Colorado’s national guard answering Rockefeller Mining, a la Kent State, to arms, to Ludlow Massacre miners, women and children.
April gave world peace: NATO; Evolution: Clarence Darrow; America: Dorothea Dix, Washington — presidential and enslaved, a sacrificed King, then slaughtered national conscience on a hotel kitchen floor.
What divides and defines is vision, reason and willingness to listen – so does occupying opposite Tennessee River sides, banking on no surprises, before equality prize.
Preceding, tweeting chief, did April embrace Jackie Robinson, Sandra Day O’Connor’s Chief Justice brevity and Boss Tweed equally? No.
We can choose to be an Alexander Graham Bell seeking to save President James Garfield, or a blissful doctor’s dirty hands clinging to, this is how we’ve always done it.
Change isn’t just white supremacists using a Lee statue to conceal distain for Black Lives Matter at Starbucks. Change is the lifeline connecting us with reform from within — and the lifeblood for thriving after the 115th Congress, we elected.
Since our 1776 battles between revolutionaries and loyalists to the Crown, conservatives have resisted the evolution of an exceptional constitution, preferring instead to ensconce the demagogues of Jim Crow, McCarthyism and Pence/Trump.
We cannot see our way forward, if we insist on blinding ourselves to, why: Trickle Down tricks, the Dunkirk of Chappaquiddick and ALEC prevarications of Koch-head politicians.
What lessons can we learn from gropers of treason: sometimes we must hit bottom before we can see our lit pathway above.
The wisdom we need to progress forward hasn’t changed since barefooted farm boys fought in the snow of Valley Forge while John Adams (MA), Benjamin Franklin (PA) and Caesar Rodney (DE) Liberals argued – as Jefferson compromised — with their 18th century, Lou Dobbs and Sean Hannity.
When an annual march of migrant workers asking for a chance, by peacefully seeking employment, causes Brigadier General elation for the opportunity to renege on America’s Statue of Liberty promise – perhaps it’s time to protect student privacy from those who practice: the only good reaction to non-violence, is a gun reaction.
But we can’t wait for perfect to launch anew, for perfection will forever elude. Recognizing our youth, in our youth, let’s begin with what’s immediately at hand: remembering, the most patriotic expression of exceptional peaceful assembly is, preserving, protecting and defending, for everyone, the privilege to vote.