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The Difference between Activity, Action and Expiration Dates: Trump – Headlined on

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After the Arab Spring, Americans claimed, 9/11 notwithstanding, it couldn’t happen here; Brexit, never in America!  2016 Election:  The independently fed-up, aided and abetted by Putin, allowed a product of commercialized isolationists, branding The Monroe Doctrine as convenient totalitarian international threat — to wipe Donald Trump’s shoes on Lady Liberty’s welcome mat, enticing the underside of democracy with performances depicting the stain on his soles would, Make America Great Again.

If media action chose more investigative activism than myopic regurgitating, America might have recognized Trump’s fifth grade hyperbole illustrated an inability to discern reality from show.

The question is, do we.

When Chuck Todd introduces a news story that has been trending everywhere for over a week, not as Breaking News, but rather, you probably know, there is hope that American media may once again be The Fourth Estate, before smart phones, Social Media and failure to read beyond 140 characters, finalizes its expiration date.

However, golden April Showers from rainmaker Russians, make for mangled election flowers, choking from lost rainforest paradise — tangled in first 100 days’ action pretense and deceptive activities behind Mar-a-Logo walls.

What is America’s expiration date on giving the trumped a chance, while Arkansas races the clock with human life expectancy against drug expiration?

What is the value of Supreme unction, if self-inflated Trump’s trial balloon Gorsuch chooses GOP Southern Strategy over America’s merciful soul?

Don’t incidents of Domestic Violence increase when corporate and government leaders use bully pulpit to incite violence?

What happens when Governors, Cabinet & Congress members act against LGBT Community, Equal Rights Amendment ratification, gender income parity, minimum wage and budgets of organizations that nurture mind, body and soul, like:

  • Medicaid, National Endowment of the Arts, After School Programs
  • Planned Parenthood, NPR, The Affordable Care Act
  • Social Security, National Endowment of the Humanities, DACA

Aren’t we going in the wrong direction, when a president doesn’t have the sense of direction to know in what direction a very powerful armada is headed?

Where is gun violence activity destined when an increase of easily available guns exceeds our financial support for research to cure Alzheimer’s disease, Autism, Schizophrenia, Cancers, Heart disease, Stroke and perhaps even, closed minds?

National decay revels in actions that encore history’s greatest shames, rather than endorse unlimited vision of scientific enlightenment, affordable healthcare and the value of funding quality public education.

Russian/Trump seeding new growth theory, risks reason’s extinction by denial.  Both gardens of thinkers, and thoughtless stewards, too pre-occupied to cry out from the hacked wilderness, fail to hear, this last call: the most essential life statistic is the tally of our contributions to fellow soulmates, before inevitable expiration date.

I’m a fan rarely in disagreement with Andrew Sullivan, but if his theory suggesting Americans voted for Trump because, ‘immigrants make them desperate for a reconfirmation of their national identity’ is correct, then unless we radically change course between 2018–2020, our next historical date of note will be the expiration date of our Exceptionalism Experiment.

In April 1564 Shakespeare was born and for more than five centuries his work has enriched the soul of humankind:  Art, Culture, Education, History, Music, Politics and Theatre in all their global diversity.

In April 2017, a dozen years after a five-week old proved, actions speak louder than words, by leaping from her crate, past the gloved Vet attendant, running up my arm and, perching on my shoulder, immediately purring, Soulmate, born with only three good legs, a bad liver and questionable kidney functions, unbeknownst to either of us, took our last drive together, Thursday April 20th.  Staring up at me with eyes eternally grateful, having never forgotten what her life could have been on the streets, she marked me, one last time.

America still has time, if not to save itself from self-inflicted Truth Decay, then at least to delay extinction via Trump – but, only if we can distinguish the difference between self-serving activity and Justice for All – and act like it.  Climate Change denial is no match for an expiration date.

Soulmate taught me, it’s not roots, but how we flower.

Not Just Trump  

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capital-at-nightObviously, nationalism, populism and authoritarianism didn’t start with America and certainly not with our shallow thinking 45th president, who refused even to be present in the Situation Room to observe his costly Sunday 29 January 2017 counterterrorism attack in Yemen.

Nor did number 45 invent Jim Crow, the Axis of Evil, Bigotry, Racism, Bullying, Too Big to Fail Wall Street Bankers or even Corporatism —  but he plays them exceptionally well – even doing a chicken-hawk fly bye-bye over the White House Correspondence Dinner, as he maneuvers to slice and dice any promise of healthcare, in post Obama era – even to his base support:  those failing to see, America is only first when embracing the welfare of all – including awareness of the rippling effects of Flint Water Crisis and price increases on food we import from Mexico.

Long before 2016, negative sums, like Prescott Bush & Fred Koch, John Foster & Allen Dulles, Charles & David Koch and both Stephens Miller & Bannon — men who chose to reign over humankind, without human decency — needed three things:

  • a cause celeb, like revenge for being devalued in The Treaty of Versailles
  • an enemy, like Liberal press gagged out of Spicer’s inner gaggle: Snowden’s Guardian, Politico, CNN, BuzzFeed, BBC, LA Times, Daily Mail, The Gray Lady
  • our turning our lower cheeks.

Some occupying the home of the brave are more courageous than extremists at either extreme:  Time, AP, NBC, CBS, ABC and Fox boycotted the secluded huddled minions to de-free, chanting to the demi-demographic choir.

Neither man nor nation thrives as an island, entire of itself.  Even Robber Baron Bannon, whose very appearance evidences the ill effects of waging racial and religious wars while ignoring, like vengeance, omnipotence is better left to powers higher than Senior Advisors, constituent fearing congressional conservatives and political party leaders.

The generous spirit of democracy is the Exceptionalism of America’s greatness – not America First, nor even Made in America.  

The only thing we have to fear is, the fear itself that intimidates voters of color, limits flow of the whole truth to the entire electorate, denies clean water & air, nutritious food & affordable healthcare and the scientific freedom and historical facts of our Bill of Rights – within a free public education system, that opens minds and rewards inquisitive individuality, in structurally sound schools.

Without a consistent infrastructure of Founding Fathers and Gettysburg Address foundation, the deaths of Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy, laid America bare to a shadow government thrilled by the elixir of diminishing returns on the union, in the United States of America.

Beware the still waters running mostly silent, deeply propped up to be the last man standing, for any faith nailed hard Right can be devastatingly wrong for constitutional freedoms.  Christianity delivered into preying hands, denies room in the end for needy refugees seeking shelter from Putin’s first favorite president.  A penchant for a Gentleman’s Agreement thrives on our averting our eyes when number two white-washes the vice of #45’s hateful rants.

Nonetheless, if our pursuit of happiness becomes a chorus of small hands and ridiculous nicknames — during a plethora of leaking alternative facts regarding fake news, the occupiers of 1600, failing to hear the banned, whisper all glory is fleeting, will wall themselves in, and us out. 

Now remember, what united Americans have accomplished for right, despite The Right:

  • Freedom from tyranny
  • Including The Bill of Rights in our Constitution
  • Preserving the United States of America
  • Emancipation of Slaves
  • Industrial Revolution
  • Voting Rights for Women
  • An integrated Public Education System
  • Historic Arts & Sciences
  • Space Travel
  • Affordable Healthcare
  • Resistance to terrorism’s hate both foreign and domestic

America has never been perfect nor we in total agreement, but we remain exceptional enough to insure number forty-five is the last hurrah storming against equality, before the calm, of diversity and justice for all, shakes off the dust of bigotry and ignorance from our hearts and minds.

It’s not just Trump.