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Recapturing the Flag from NRA’s Russian-made MAGA – Headlined on OpEdNews.com

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The ancient histories of Easter and Passover are as true, moving and intertwined as our First Amendment is with Sister Jean, #MeToo and #NeverAgain.

Some celebrate with Sunrise Services and Easter Egg hunts; Some tune in to tune out with reruns of The Ten Commandments and Easter Parade.  Some search the heavens for falling China junk, fearing self-inflicted Trade Wars.  And some, because of their skin color, are still forced to run for their lives.

Don King is partially correct about one thing.  People around the world may laugh at leaders shackled to The Street, claiming greatness while casting a giant shadow of Holocaust, unending wars, national opioid and gun violence addiction — cuckolded by an unfaithful president, ignorant of international stewardship, achieving 42% poll numbers with Tweets that rally the under informed with alternative facts – but 2018 Special Elections prove, we who vote, still are the power grid of, by and for the people.

Nonetheless, Blinding 24/7 marketing hides in plain sight, jealousy, violent anger and desperation consuming those who fear change:

  • Congress using Terri Schiavo as a Right to Life tool
  • Taliban shooting Malala
  • Dick Cheney, John Bolton
  • Appointed heads of Government Agencies euthanizing them

But in the wake of our 2018 Valentine’s Day massacre, my mind relives my teenage questions, as inventive Baby Boomer creations bear witness to the next great political paradigm: Marjory Stoneman Douglas High Schoolers, 1960s students and Kent State survivors united in writing the next chapters of, FDR’s New Deal, JFK’s New Frontier and MLK’s Mountain Top.

Long before Putin tipped our electoral scales, ignoring 2.9 million more voters, America’s elections repeatedly proved Newton’s third law:  For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.

Why are We the People increasingly swinging our political pendulum further Right and Left, inciting extremes to ignore the core value of being centered, resulting in:

  • Unending wars
  • Poisonous Russian hack attacks
  • China’s Xi Jinping for life
  • Disengaging education from human infrastructure – children

Some fear, if every one of every creed, color and heritage gets everything they want, there won’t be enough.  This tether hobbles American progress to Trickle Down nothing, love it or leave it and Too Big to Jail – undermining Middle Class Blue and White-collar dreams – making us more susceptible to the violence of U. S. Army’s JROTC and NRA funded Civilian Marksmanship School Programs.

Being managed by Fox, MSNBC and Social Media, how do we recapture the flag of renewal, post 2016 elections?

  • Resist top-down manipulation crucifying thinking, to recast America as Hatfield–McCoy feud
  • Cease and Desist Congressionally Chartered Schools where children are trained to fire automatic weapons
  • Honor twenty-two female senators who’ve put their male counterparts on sexual harassment notice
  • value educators and education with dollars and cents
  • intimidate sexual harassment out of our culture
  • replace corrupted election computers with honest human calculators

Can’t we agree, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness grants all, freedom to use their talents to make a difference to both family and future?

Seeking resurrection of, a Republic, if we can keep it — mingled with my 2003 questions for Mom, as she began her twelve-year journey through the maze of Alzheimer’s – Easter morning I poured coffee, loaded favorite DVD, acquiesced being body pillow for two dogs, and reminisced about music soothing the savage breast.

Then watching War Admiral, defeated by his owner’s arrogance, I relived Mom’s 2003 answer:  indeed, Seabiscuit was the little horse for poor people.

Sustaining an American Dream that reflects our ever-evolving nation of hope, will sustain voting rights, affordable mental & physical healthcare, quality education and justice for all.

To be regenerated after emerging from our current swamp, we need embrace civil unity or risk America doomed to living tragically maimed.

It’s our duty to exasperate powers preferring low voter turnout, spewing dishonesty that rots Easter Eggs, for wisdom schools, despite underfunded education and devalued teachers, Boycotting, marching and voting remain our best Kingly resistance – because conservative financiers scripting the propaganda that people of color, LGBTQ and gun violence don’t matter, will fail before the power of truth:

  • World peace is savior of America’s soul
  • All vainglory is fleeting
  • An educated child shall lead them
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Dreaming in the Age of Women v. Trump – Headlined on OpEdNews.com

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Borrowing from his presidential immorality, Trump’s peddling fake muck, racking over Dreamers, to mislabel them felons, exposes his anti-Americanism, while unknowingly disclosing, Liberty Island embraces hope far beyond our Upper New York Bay and Jersey City shore.

Dreamers are our most recent inheritors of I Have a Dream – and like us, empowered by women marching in the twenties for voting rights; the sixties:  employment rights; eighties: Constitutional Equality/Equal rights Amendment ratification; 2018:  freedom from sexual assault.

So, who will relieve America from the burden of marriage between self-serving good ol’ boy politicians and Wall Street Citizens United:  Women — of every color, size, shape and persuasion.

Trump’s branding Democratic POV as, far more concerned with Illegal Immigrants than they are with our great Military or Safety at our dangerous Southern Border, is but derrière cover for small minds with miniscule hearts, merging forked tongue talking points with double talk fog to hide their failure to care, to govern.

A wave of female candidates, challenging male laden politics as usual, ask:  who’s against separation of church and state; what’s wrong with a woman’s right to choose; where did, I Don’t Know, go with the money raised for, and disappeared by, January 20, 2017 Inauguration?

#TimesUp and #MeToo Avengers seek:  acknowledgement of and believing all who’ve paid more dearly for sexual harassment than Stormy Daniels hush money.

Marching for income parity and gender equality, we knock down walled-up machismo, insisting, Too Big to Jail bankers and Party PAC hacks owe Middle Class budget reimbursement, including punitive charges for me first gluttony.

DACA recipients are diverse hues of America’s future.  They are our dreams dreaming horizons yet imagined — unless by our example, we teach them national security and personal safety are at the expense of people we keep in their place, with paleface determined, predestination.

Every four years, January 20th brings possibilities – as different as, The Ugly American and, ask what you can do for your country.  However, when failing our privilege to vote with empathy for all, American morality is defined by Representatives Cotton, Gowdy, Jordan and Nunes.

At 242, America, after 365 days of political lessons in misogyny, groping and money-laundering, again faces choosing truths to hold dear as self-evident:  resistance to white supremacists and their enablers, demonstrations for gender and racial equality and voting to protect our electoral system from all enemies, foreign and domestic is patriotic service.

Denying democracy’s need to replenish through the evaluation of opposing points of view, is as suicidal for our Republic, as a Trump appointee.  Therefore, limiting another’s free speech, no matter how repugnant to our values, we dishonor ourselves.  Whether far Left university students or hard Right Hillary haters, mob-mentality is a one-way ticket to national dissolution, for anger and fear, set on automatic pilot, target with impunity, our very core.

Both, global Women’s Marches and DC March for Life are manifestations of, Peaceful Assembly and Freedom of Speech.  We cannot honor one if we dishonor the other.

Women and Dreamers remind us, love for God and Country doesn’t need a wall, but rather a foundation of humane acts of kindness toward all inhabitants embellishing our Home of the Brave origin and heritage.

Recognizing what’s good for us, is the common good in common ground, imbues us with untethered courage to champion humankind’s well-being, including embracing those living in America’s five protectorates and territories – with uncommon grace.

When we are better examples, freeing the lives of military & civilian women, city girls and farm boys, from all degrees of sexual harassment — from rape and domestic violence to unwanted touching or verbal abuse – our children will illustrate the truth that lights our way forward.

If we are to preserve immigrants brought here as children, protect CHIP from being used as a GOP chess piece and defend all against racial and sexual abuse, Democrats need unite, above the fray of Big Win braggadocios cavemen, to reset both Party and nation’s table, for human decency, committed to serving only, malice toward none.

Beyond, trust but verify, beware Republicans promising to care, because women are the dreamers writing our next chapter of, The American Dream.