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We can STEP up with The Lynx or choose National Suicide by Trump-Pence: Headline

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Revoking our curiosity to discover new truths can lay us welcome mat bare beneath the feet of ad hoc predators — smearing their gluttony on our dreams — with fractious attempts to recapture myths that long ago implemented bait and switch mind-games — flip-flopping our monsters and heroes.

Have we become doped up on an addiction to Pence Evangelical hypocrisy, drugged by visions of supreme grandeur?  Are we self-induced by hyperbole hyping our religious biases, racial prejudices, sexual hate, legendary envy of Antebellum economy secured by means of man’s inhumanity to African-Americans?

Do we fear being reconstructed by waves of common decency, replacing lynchings and homophobic murders?

Renewal requires earnest accord in daily communion, emitting courageous comradery — absent negative labeling, void of self-ridicule heaped on others, opting instead to embrace all with empathetic human connection.

Beware, our constant thoughts resulting in repetitious rants cutting actions both ways, revealing our true motives — inspiring good, bad and ugly.

Three weeks of consistent advocacy defines what we become, habitually.

What then, years aided and abetted by misinformation, the under informed, super wealthy Great Recession sponsors of a new low in conservatism – passing off corporatism as TV/Radio news?

Dazed, being high on our lowest, we may believe, after expulsion of Pence and Trumpisms, all will instantly realign our world with real and imagined

  • FDR domestic Marshall Plan
  • JFK suspending nuclear holocaust
  • King’s Dream for all of God’s Children
  • Bobby Kennedy’s America of racial equality with no poverty
  • Clinton’s economic surplus
  • Obama’s Affordable Care Act and prioritizing Asia as the vital future keystone for American foreign policy

However, greatness demands amazing grace – a transcendence in sharp contrast to Pence’s distain for LGBTQ Americans and Trump’s personal ATM presidency.

It’s witnessing all humanity in the watchfires of equality, with Exceptionalism’s electoral overtones harmonizing justice with every belief, preference, persuasion and color – elevating pursuit of happiness beyond con artist puppet strings.

If we hope to avoid, What’s Past is Prologue, once we’re free at last from Trump/Pence alternative facts altering our history, refraining from ridiculing, subjugating or ignoring others is now our civic duty.

There will be little return to laughing at our foibles, individual joie de Vie, national pride or international respect – unless during this shameful darkness of self-inflicted derision of each other, we embrace, leave no one behind.

Patriotism stops not at a hand over heart and Stars and Stripes standing, while misquoting misinterpretations of our rarely read Constitution.  It’s the daily bread of living, all for one and one for all.

True patriots try to protect the less fortunate from Capitol Hill bullies defending Wall Street villains looking down on our future, from behind smoked window stand-ins for a Wizard’s curtain.

The remnant Patriot Act glaze of opportunistic Conservatives may, for decades, dim our ensemble power view, but the Slop, of Jeff Sessions and Ryan/Adelson Republican Bond afterglow confirm habitual self-delusion:  money can fool all of the people all of the time, especially when ensconced by a Russian grip on the imbalance of a reality show president.

Even now, however, reason’s vision can shake off the dust of Republican Branding:

  • Bush/Cheney Guantanamo
  • Trump/Pence isolationist supremacy
  • Congress knowingly rubberstamping what’s unsound

Once the multitudes reject stabbed us in the back invectives, electing instead America’s Golden Rule, we will rise anew from the ashes of bullies, realizing:

  • Local activism is best when advocating globally
  • Listening beyond hearing helps even the successful and prosperous dispel feelings of loneness and loss in the silence of the crowd
  • Preventing lead poisoning from military weapons training in school cafeterias, saves children
  • Regardless of the cause, Global Warming & Climate Change are escalating loss of safe food while foreshadowing the inevitability of wars for clean water
  • Better to emulate The Lynx than Ku Klux Klan

For life after Trump/Pence — start now:

We need rescue America’s pride, because both national and earthly self-destruction happen when the moderate majority fails to pay attention to the secret motives of the moneyed minority.


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Wolf v. Trump, Press and Other Programmed Enablers – Headline

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I can’t think of any reason to respect Sarah Huckabee-Sanders or Kellyanne Conway, as both choose to program Americans with, Alternative Facts, but Sean Spicer’s calling any truth to power a, disgrace, was the funniest joke of the now infamous White House Correspondence Dinner.

The people you can fool all of the time, now award Trump a Nobel, for wishing his French hand-holding had yielded a modicum of what hand grasping North and South Korean leaders accomplished, two stepping over their uncommon common boarder – unification without our loud mouth or their missile tests.

I’m finally with Tillerson:  The Washington Press Corp spends too much time talking about unimportant distractions — how many times Trump & Macron touched awkwardly, but scarcely a vocal fry regarding Trump’s 115th rubber stamp’s silent treatment of Macron’s message to Congress.

It’s all in the marketing:  now programming puppeteers are pitching Netanyahu’s malleable honesty over Iranian nuclear lies, while ignoring those of his American comrade.

There is no honor, intelligence or patriotism in being a programmed pawn — wittingly or not – and no empathy for imperfection, nor attempts at perfection in any POV that feigns ridiculing others is higher ground.

There is overwhelming hypocrisy in NRA forbidding guns in Mike Pence event and dangerous irony in leaders so fearing the practice of our First Amendment and all-inclusive voting privileges, they can neither embrace our rainbow reality nor be a Gettysburg Address or Statue of Liberty beacon.

Within the annual migration, asking, seeking and knocking for a few crumbs from the table of abundance set by a people still thinking themselves, the world’s breadbasket, there is an opportunity to lift our eyes from programmed phones, long enough to dissolve global envy turned hate, by refusing to elect those who motivate international laughter and national tears.

Imagine, if in all future elections, we open ourselves to our dreaming child within, and instead of name-calling and negative labeling, we disembark our programmed treadmill to question:

  • Which is better for our children, the land of Lincoln or the trumped
  • Is, if it bleeds it leads myopic media informing or brainwashing
  • Who’s really dictating Red Mapping and Blue Waves & why
  • Were their mass gun murders in schools when students had Recess
  • Is Tiffany Cross’, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander and former Jeb Bush adviser Michael Steel’s defense of enablers Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan and other Trumpisms, helpful or self-destructive

We certainly need more engagement, including the courage to admit, spoken gest is not the only locale for true words; then being reasonable, save a date for mutual respect and solo reflection, knowing:

  • ICE is now USA National Police Force, programmed to delete our humanity with me first violence v. NC’S Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s election.
  • Traitors are not always as obvious as elected Republicans
  • Daniel Ellsberg and Deep Throat warned us about Trump’s stormy Russia-gate

There is little statesmanship in leaving behind a book, like Gerald Ford, after you’re dead, but some hope when politicians speak truth before they’re gone.  The greatest pain, however, is in the realization that, it’s all been a performance for the programming of the programmed.

Our polarization was programming for and by the reinvigoration of a too big to jail, Military Industrial Complex of Madison Ave, Wall Street and Pentagon titans, prioritizing financial global empire, at the expense of the health and welfare of American civilians and our children’s all-volunteer military.

As a theatre director, I didn’t find Michelle Wolf’s routine particularly funny.  Her hesitancy and breathlessness likened her performance to a Chorus Line audition.  However, feeling the fear and doing it anyway, intentionally or not, she reminded us, when we go low, as the lowest we’ve produced, we may find ourselves keeping company with hypocritical press, politicians, Evangelicals, racists, abusers, Bullies, Pedophiles and Presidents.

Nonetheless, no truer words were ever more deserved than her admonition of our news media, wallowing in their malaise of hyperbole and regurgitation accompanied by smirks — thinking themselves superior to we who facilitated their situating Donald Trump within reach of nuclear war.

Beware becoming what we’re against, while striving to recapture what we’re for.