Month: April 2019
Where honor already exists, tragedy ultimately reveals humanity’s heroic character, but just as the Devil jovially tap danced prematurely around the flames of an iconic thorn in his side, so too, do the devils among us revive the spirit of the debunked jig by an earlier narcissistic Führer.
Those ill-prepared for the truth of human decency remain deluded by the scent of a mesmerizing foxtrot refrain, denying history, science and children. Those hypnotized by Putin possessed pied piper, risk losing children to the flames of a world changing environment. Swooning, they tango with anti-Americanism, chanting: completely exonerated, no collusion, no obstruction.
Nonetheless, whether a long walk home across Manhattan’s bridges, a North Korean fleeing to freedom with five bullets in him or thousands praying along the River Seine and the Pont des Arts – faith, hope and love are life’s resilience, in true national emergencies.
Like many Americans, as I watched Notre Dame in flames, memories of 9/11 first responders – including Coast Guard led volunteer civilian boaters – rushing toward disaster to save who and what they could, matched the flow of my tears.
Watching the 850-year-old life of Notre Dame hang in the balance, like crane held statues being removed to save life surrounding the majestic cathedral, flashes of an America simmering in a pot of denial coming to a Climate Change boil too late to save our children, sparked an after-burn from my youth, for burning history and I have met before.
I was one of the students who defied firefighter admonitions and ran into a burning Peabody Conservatory of Music – saving treasured art, history, sheet music and what furniture we could carry.
Now, having witnessed many of life’s tragic and comedic creations, I welcome the impatience of youth, for it is their job to be so, lest the rest of us fail to be better than our 115th Congress.
While the inexperienced can learn from maturity the difference between digital connectivity and communication that nurtures communion, intelligence is not the sole property of university degrees or moneyed family position – and the young teach us, wisdom does not emit from gray-haired white men nor, Made in America, alone.
Throughout American history, American history has been made by both young and old, rich and poor and men and women, so why don’t we know about the young, or the names of the poor? Why is the possibility of a gay president still so shocking, or the election of a thirty-seven-year-old Muslim Congresswoman who dares to think, and incites all to do the same?
If Trump can inspire a weaponized male supporter to shoot up a pizza parlor looking for child trafficking, why can’t reasonable people elect a twenty-nine-year-old former Bronx bartender capable of reaching deep into America’s FDR soul to save our planet A?
Young women like twenty-nine-year-old Katie Bouman attacked for proving Einstein’s theory of General Relativity and forty-six-year-old Taraji P. Henson in Hidden Figures have always existed – like Sybil Ludington who rode twice as far as Paul Revere to warn the colonists at Danbury, Connecticut, the British are Coming – but men of all colors chose to prequel Chuck Grassley.
Clearly, America burns with national emergencies in road rage, neglected infrastructure, overpriced health insurance – and the Trump Family’s trading American sovereignty for a second Gilded Age. Time we douse this incendiary regime whose first priority, is burning bridges to affordable health-care, safe environment, national security and children.
When some convince vengeful leaders who incite violence they are above the law, the fire in our belly needs to rekindle our burning desire for open-minds regarding America’s 2016 Russian infected elections, Alexa’s in-home spy system, Candance Owens’ robust Southern Strategy deceit – not to mention, Globalization that has existed since wealthy Republican household names manipulated the 1948 Marshall Plan for their bottom line.
If our personal data must be a bargain chip for Facebook, let’s at least put Zuckerberg on notice that we know his heart is in trading us for profit, like other Internet duplicity threatening children with measles, ICE and the trumped.
America’s fear, bigotry, hate, racism, sexism and immigrant banning devils are as devastating to our humanity as the loss of Notre Dame would have been to our souls. Can we not now admit, to be what we claim, we need to refuse to allow William Barr to torch our Constitution before his serial arrogance reduces America to ashes.
Our new colorful 116th House, with its female twist of fate, reflects the wisdom of voters refusing to throw America’s pearls before swine willing to flagrantly discard human decency – including to those from any of the, 3 Mexican Countries – but Americans need to get serious, because Trump, and his administration are less joke and more dangerous threat to our nation, our planet and our children.
Cure: 2020 Election and a new, New Deal, that snatches, love thy neighbor as thyself, from the jaws of this inhumanity to humankind.
Usually, live and let live has nurtured our ability to learn, adapt and indeed transform ourselves and the lives of others. However, that which has always dwelt among us, albeit in the deep darkness of fear that breeds envy and hate, has been exposed by a new kind of, dawn’s early light, that blinds many to our increasing polluted water, weather extremes and a level of insensitivity to nature’s food chain, that is suicidal.
Nonetheless, that so many are listening to a twenty-nine-year old female Freshman Congresswoman from New York, who isn’t afraid of either scientific truth or saying, Socialism, bespeaks as much about American potential as it does hers – and confirms our everlasting trust in the ingenuity and genius of every hue, politics and true vision we hold as self-evident.
Sadly, however, our ward, Earth, is in disarray and disrepair – stressed in part by the lies we tell ourselves, for the real con is that with which we trump our curiosity, creativity and compassion.
It isn’t so much that, the inmates have taken over the asylum, but that America’s promise to be a, home of the brave asylum for the huddled masses yearning to breathe free, has been conned out of Lincoln’s some of the people you can fool all of the time.
American presidents who were great statesmen can be counted on one hand; good ones on two; and despite GOP canonization of Reagan, perfect ones, zip.
Nonetheless, on Election Day, presidents are what both voting, and non-voting, Americans hope for or fear most – which brings us back down to an earth going down at the hands of confidence artists dealing out so many still-born pledges, good people are being turned into clones dismantling the very thing they seemingly crave most – America’s prestige.
As for impeaching our Stonewalling-In-Chief, careful what you wish for, because the apathy of the devil we know, is better than the devil waiting in the wings believing he is the foreplay before Second Coming ecstasy.
If neither stymied nor delayed, rippling climate effects will rob quality of life from deniers, Corporatism’s defenders, Coal Ash providers, and praying grandmothers alike – because unlike Republican Senators, earth’s changing climate will indiscriminately embrace everyone, regardless of bank balances or sexual and political proclivities.
Perhaps it’s time to, passionately pursue a life of excellence, reigning in the reins that diminished life on earth, and as advisors, mentor and nurture those who now must stop stubborn gray-haired men who continually Mitch McConnell the renewal of the American spirit that has now, against all GOP obstruction, produced an energized forward-looking generation.
In future elections, let’s rekindle that famous Franklin Delano Roosevelt smile that shepherded America’s, Greatest Generation through Depression and world war, and being brave in a Land of the Free win Russian-free elections.
When we courageously grasp the torch passed to a new generation by a president who, arguably, saved humanity and earth, we become the next human chapter of Profiles in Courage – compassionately driven to save the world, for all of God’s Children.
By simply accepting responsibility for not living our Gettysburg Address, fulfilling our Statue of Liberty promise and failing to do the one thing the universe asked of us: to look after the earth as good stewards – we can elect to replace our current morally bankrupt, bullying White House cheat and his team of national security risks.
Self-preservation and the power of faith in education will yield wisdom that will touch the world, even if the greed of Wall Street lobbyists and conservative fears impede our saving the earth.
If we fail to listen to our collective reason-based conscience, now reawakened by, The Green New Deal resolution inspired by Virginia and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, it will become increasingly difficult to find enough clean water to throw at, buried in the sand faces.
Denying health insurance and pharmaceutical companies are pulling their trumped Congress puppet strings, Americans cannot heal – but when ignorance defeats earth’s health-care, humankind cannot survive.
In our Age of Consequences, that so many are focused on a renewed Roosevelt-like vision, perhaps we will discover the power in, always listen to the children, knowing they are our American Dream’s best way home.