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America by the Numbers, Hues and Ballots – Best of TREMR, Headline

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2020’s economic woes, friends separated, and lessons unlearned, beckon us before drowning in thanksgiving for Black Friday, to reflect on who we’ve lost, what we’ve gained and the wisdom to recognize the difference.

Donald Trump’s election was not a Russian caused fluke. It was Republican Gerrymandering, Georgia’s Brian Kemp, and Conservative Caucasian males’ hatred for the female lesser of two evils.

It was an overreaction to an oral in the Oval flashback justification of American youth maimed and dying in Cheney/Wolfowitz forever oil wars. 

It was Hoover’s faith in privatization relegating government to a corporate line item, though losing to FDR New Deal, becoming the smoldering infrastructure of Corporatism:  selling out America from within.

It was failing to follow the money of Nixon’s Watergate to, Government is the problem impregnating Reagan’s fantasy, Welfare Queen.

It was allowing one embittered vengeful paleface Kentucky curmudgeon, cloaked in demagoguery to urinate on America’s, Checks and Balances.

While in 2020 it was young black men, understandably waiting weary for what their grandparents’ Democratic Party failed to deliver, and those Latinos taken in by marketing in-your-face Trumpism, concealing the secret’s in the sauce ingredients:  stir-fried McCarthyism and Mussolini’s thumbs down.

2016 was less foreign hackers in our electoral process and more domestic Jim Crow reincarnation:  closing darker hued polling places, tampering with voting machines, straining the ignored.  Nonetheless we persisted.

Unlike, 2016, 2018 was a course correction, and 2020, a putting away of childish things – not, however, if we delude ourselves into believing America’s ill-gotten swamp gains is a one-man bog.

It is our insistence on habitually basking in the simplicity of simple answers to the complexities of United We Stand.

It’s our post moment of courage, mesmerized by media herd mentality,  convinced by Fourth Estate descendants, to ignore hyperbole proving we could fit the Grand Canyon in the abyss separating real news reporting, from conjecturing talking heads gossiping about a current event or two, to the detriment of information that educates all, on all else.

Greater factual information providers have no Cronkite follower than this, that a standup news reporter wannabe network anchor, lay down his, Breaking News misleading leads, for the education of, just the facts ma’am, leaving showbiz to talented actors, rather than a reality show host hoisted up, by the laziness of repetition, masquerading as news worthy.

2016, 2018, 2020 reveal:  it was us.

Prioritizing beyond mass appeal, what we count and ignore defines us:

  • Glazed over by TV’s stagnant electoral votes, 123,000 new COVID-19 cases hardly noted  
  • 9.83M American COVID cases due in part to super spreaders, not wearing masks
  • 237K COVID deaths due in part to unpresidential criminal negligence
  • 545 refugee asylum seeking families dissected by our 45th president
  • 37,085—37,878 Veterans experiencing homelessness
  • 20 Veterans committing suicide, every day

Proving the only poll that counts, both Democrat and Republican candidates won more votes than their predecessors, which says more about We the Divided than either candidate.

Continuing to succumb to Red States v. Blue States manipulation yields self-victimizing.  Victory, strength and wisdom come from unity of purpose, thinking for ourselves – but for and about all others.

If only we didn’t need to label everything, especially as the .1% of the top 1% goose us with that cattle prod every time we swipe a credit card.  Because we out-number those whose existence depends on dividing us:  pitting Right against Left is the means to end our balanced core values.

It is not radical when both Republican and Democratic Governors defy Trump to protect the integrity of our vote counting process.  What’s radical is allowing corporate factory farms to decimate family farms.

It’s not radical to want affordable healthcare for everyone, everywhere, but denying millions this common good is radically anti-American.

Radicalism isn’t Left or Right, but people centered on the falsehood that another’s good, diminishes their opportunities.

Believing in protecting the planet isn’t radical, but Biblical

Embracing Black Lives Matter, LGBTQ Rights and Gender Equality, is evidence of, Love thy Neighbor as thyself – not QAnon.

Corporate air polluters and Nestle’s attempt to privatize ownership of water is what’s radically inhumane, not society’s working together to guarantee all have clean drinking and bathing water, safe from coal ash and oil spills.

Healthcare pros and caregivers are radical Good Samaritans, but not wearing masks, recklessly irresponsible.

To survive transition and pandemic, best we choose peace over conspiracy and unity over violence, and for individual protection, familiarize ourselves with Public Services’ reality check:  Public Schools, Post Office, Fire Departments, not defunded Police Departments but supplementing them with mental health professionals, united for the collective Public Good is Socialism.

It’s our right to worship a sore loser, but voting is a privilege.

Better we count like,  89-year-old veteran and share in post voting tears of 104-year-old, patriots.

Post Trump’s COVID-19 Deaths, What’s Next for We the Left Behind – Headline

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To understand America’s 2020 Trump infestation, we’ll need to gulp down more than a few mugs of, the truth hurts, to help the long overdue medicine of humble pie go down, before We the People become just another one of  Trump’s many bankruptcies.

With 8.65 Million COVID-19 cases obliterating our short-term memory of more mass shootings than there were days in 2019 (without much presidential empathy expressed); with more than 54 million Americans voting before Election Day, in the midst of a reinvigorated coronavirus surge,   while a sitting VP cavalierly ignores his potential for spreading a deadly pandemic as tranquillizingly as his religious hypocrisy – was the fly the mollified undecided?

The silver lining for all, Love it or Leave It Americans committed to a raison d’etre that can fit on a red baseball cap, can beat their anti-Pride chests while simmering pandemic threatened blood transfusions to keep alive historic Government subsidizing traditions:

  • Human slavery – the immoral economic infrastructure south of the Mason-Dixon line, now reinforcing food insecurity through minimum wage
  • Factory Farms – while responsible for nearly 91% of the destruction of the Amazon, and unlike family farms, producing animal products that are hazardous to our health
  • Caged Refugees – In the past year, our ICE-cold government leaders have illegally held in custody enough migrant infants, toddlers, kids, and teens to overflow the typical NFL stadium: 69,550 – and now cannot reconnect 545 of them with their families

Here’s the hurry up and catch up while the muted obnoxious political commercial is on TV, version:  first – we need cloak our cluelessness to why Conservative Republicans worshiping at the altar of the 1% send other people’s children to war as much as possible, even as Trump tax cuts are another giftwrapped ATM machine for Corporatism – in a sort of, Waiting for Superman cape to set us free at last on the wings of, nothing but the truth of, The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism – because, what we don’t know about (and why) our American History could easily transform America’s Main Street into a Wall Street induced Food Desert and Climate imposed homelessness.

It is not the first time America has been sharply divided over issues, nor terrified that our uncivil emotions could again drown the nation in brother against brother rivers of blood:  1776 American progressives vs. the British Crown and Americans loyal to it; 4/1861—4/1865 Civil War to preserve the union or, a peculiar institution.  Or our 1876 Centennial election, while sparing us another Civil War, essentially nullified Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, leaving former slaves vulnerable to former slave owners

It is, however, the first time our division has been systematically directed with the divisiveness of foreign comrades, derision of senate puppets and manic delusions of a sitting President of the United States of America. 

Life is about making choices, of which, Freedom of Choice, and Free Will to reign over anyone who doesn’t look, think or vote as you, are two roads most travelled by.  Yet we have other choices to make, and do so, with every malice afore thought, kind gesture and life-determining action of every day.

Therefore, if we choose be something beyond cloning a trumped America seemingly determined to lead we, the other two-thirds, into an entanglement of, the arrogance of ignorance:  sharing in a virus dissipating throughout maskless masses, intent upon culling by COVID, we might just give Millennials a hair’s breadth of clean air chance to transform the life and earth, respectively Baby Boomers and Generation X’s Cold War wars, bequeath them – to, by example of Social Distancing, spare Generations Y1 & 2 – dealing Gen Z the dream hand of, natural causes, instead of nature’s Climate Change revenge.  Then Millennials can cross the barroom knowing they snatched the victory of research time from the jaws of food shortages and homelessness.

But when your best response to a global pandemic is attacking America’s First Amendment, ramming through Supreme Court nominees assuming the politicizing of the highest judicial check on your imbalance; then apathetically walking away from Americans scarred by loss of livelihood, peace of mind and human life, then you are indeed, the nightmare hauntingly gnawing away at the very soul of our American Dream – choosing to ignore the prediction of almost a quarter of a million deaths before 20 January 2021.

The question is, can a house divided against itself survive four more years of a Criminal-in-Chief?