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In Aftermath:  Revelation or Denial – Headlined on OpEdNews.com

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An inferiority complex GIF featuring a golf ball knock down of a Secretary of State and, an online hoax about the death of Sally Field are a menace to a society already stressed by White House tweets inspiring violence, racism, North Korea, and threats to our immigrant heritage and affordable healthcare.

Playing humane chords of global awareness on instruments of hope, captures life’s harmony for humanity’s definite major purpose.  Our exceptional mission is not to harm or ridicule, but to share a life worth living — something the dark foundation of fear, anger, jealousy and hate can’t phantom.

Abrupt Climate Change is upon us, and we deserve better than Goldman Sachs and Gary Cohn’s, only morons pay the estate tax.  We deserve the wisdom discovered in a near death experience — for anything less, is succumbing to the denial of me first isolationism – So let’s call out Scott Pruitt.

Though costumed on the Congressional set of Lincoln — Sally, as the 16th president’s wife, in the balcony, and I, fighting for Connecticut on the floor below — it wasn’t until after the Richmond premiere, that Sally saw me without my Guilfoyle wig and beard.

During the revelry before tired and wired released triumph to farewell hugs and kisses, Sally recognized my voice – sans beard and wig – just an instant before my wife, camera in hand, requested our photo.  Sally silenced my protestations with, oh be quiet, can’t you see how proud she is of you – thus our duo was forever digitally cast.

Now, with overwhelming photographic proof that Climate Change has gone too far for us to catch it, the Emergency Management Reform Act directing DHS assistance, may be too late for FEMA to deploy volunteer personnel from Federal Executive Agencies — as a Surge Capacity Force where needed.

If empire building, Guantanamo, border wall propaganda, endless wars and, at an estimated annual cost of $156. Billion – maintaining approximately 800 U. S. Military Bases around the world – weren’t prioritized over funding School Breakfast and after school programs, the EPA, NEA, saving wheat production (which plummeted by 50% in 2016 due to abrupt weather changes) — FEMA might not need to redirect North Carolina Matthew relief to Harvey & Irma aftermath.

It may be too late to save our great-grandchildren from a planet reeling from serial rapists, but at least we could improve the quality of life for the remaining quantity.

There is no profit in being intimidated by K Street supremacists or defined by Wall Street towers.  How we venerate all life, nurture the new, encourage the young, accompany the elderly and value the excellence of love thy neighbor as thyself is our remuneration.

Years before Steven Spielberg’s September 22, 1862 Richmond, I had met Sally Field’s TV co-star on a NYC loading dock for RMS Queen Elizabeth II.  Only in my recent panicked search to discover the truth about the hoax concerning Sally did I discover we both knew, and loved, Madeleine Sherwood.  Sally for years, and I, for an Atlantic crossing.

Two pacers waiting to board for Southhampton, I became convinced each time our paths crossed, Madeleine was the mother of Tennessee Williams’ no neck monsters in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

She approached, you keep smiling at me, do I know you?  No, I explained, but I know who you are.  She laughed, oh, I thought you were someone I’d worked with but didn’t recognize; it’s so embarrassing when that happens.

Two solos, now duet, crossing the pond — early morning deck walks, always on her good ear side, and her accompaniment at the QE-2’s Sadie Hawkins dance.

On 9/11/17, in my rebroadcast of The Age of Consequences, Sophie Robinson reminded, “while we can’t yet imagine what can be done to save us from Abrupt Climate Change, every potential calamity faced by humankind, was faced not knowing how we would conquer it, until we did.”

OpEdNews.com posted my revelation about The Age of Consequences, April 23, 2016, — the day Sally’s and my friend died at 93.

Now, discharge mendacity before aftermath, and cherish those who pass through our lives, not as ships in the night, but beacons of light.

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The Baseball Lies We Tell Ourselves about Congress – Headlined: OpEdNews.com & PoliticusUSA.com

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Question is, where is the true hypocrisy — the public face of antagonistic vitriol polarization or the behind closed doors secret negotiations?

Is the lie, bitter Congressional partisan, Media assisted, mob-rule manipulation, or the foul line, An Attack on One of Us is An Attack on All of Us!

Does all of us include African-Americans and first Native-American physician, Suzanne LaFlesche Picotte or is the Speaker’s umbrella, all, while shade for the congressional boys of summer – a retractable roof for women who prefer women?

Is Paul Ryan’s all of us, a ballpark paragraph 5 for children needing school food programs and seniors depending on Social Security for choosing between prescriptions or food?

Who is all of us to a political party deserting Lincoln, trending through Nixon and Tickle-Down, rounding the bases with obstructionism, and walked through the swamp by the trumped?

Is the lie we tell ourselves, that before Ted Nugent’s come to Jesus moment, the man from Nazareth, preached, hate thy neighbor with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your narrow mind words?

Are our lies, defending those believing the NRA is more a family value than safety in schools, church and workplaces?  Has the diamond’s limelight and sandy bloodshed finally enlightened Right brains – or are on camera talking points getting talking heads to second base, merely a swing and a miss at civility?

Is the Congressional play within the play, sincerity attempting to snatch a modicum of decency from decades of bi-partisan neglect?  Or, is it possible, personally feeling the burn of attempted murder, exposes wounds of past targets, ignored?

Have the Ides of Congress finally been opened to the reality show of, it’s how you play the game — closing hearts, minds and pockets to corruption — or is it just an inning of gut-wrenching embarrassment for ignoring record breaking scores of domestic violence, rape trial hung juries and strike outs on mental healthcare legislation and climate justice for the generations next at bat?

Like any decent human being, I hope Congressman Steve Scalise and Tyson Foods Lobbyist Matt Mika, win their fight to recover from gun violence, and I pray for all the personal and political families represented on that Alexandria ball field.

As an American, however, I’ve grown weary of the dishonesty of a new normal pitching, it’s more blessed to throw wide ones to Open Carry misrepresentations of our Bill of Rights.

In this era, in which anger, hate and desire for revenge are incited by the most publicly powerful and privately influential, easily accessible weapons and, failing to tag up on our humanity, we shutout our ability to think and our willingness to reason.

Arguably, more Americans are now hoping for another batter up for honor.  However, honor is not produced by incivility, gender bias, hating LGBTQ, pillage, rape, racial prejudice, religious intolerance nor presidential arrogance — especially at gun point.

If thinking outside the batter box, we cease our practice of scorching American unity with reckless rhetoric, we may yet avoid kissing our exceptional season, good-bye.

Historically, we’ve misinterpreted our Constitution, misplaced our trust, and tragically underrated American citizens who are not straight white males.  Choosing to elect managers who gnaw at our national soul, for the sole purpose of satisfying a Base hit, pitched by Homophobia, for the supremacy of bigotry — if we don’t knock that out of the park, it’s back to the minors.

However, when we quit fouling out on diversity, clean air/water and safe food, we will free ourselves from internal demons and external demagogues.

Truth is:

  • Most of what ends our days in fear, has been wrought on us by the envy, revenge and violence of older white men
  • What Nixon, Trump and James Hodgkinson have in common – age range, race and hit lists
  • Lives of congressional Conservatives shot in Alexandria Virginia, were saved by people they vote against.

Donald Trump didn’t fire the starting pistol for how negatively some play the game.  However, more than its symbol, he’s the product of those who think our historic Dorian Gray picture, is a home run.