- Rallying derision, igniting trade wars and deriding taking a knee in peaceful assembly
What’s worse than simmering Franklin’s if you can keep it to boil, leaving us sweltering in supremely half-baked ideas of, love thy neighbor as thyself, Golden Rule and earthly Stewardship?
- Calling in deadly uniformed force; fracturing communities with guns and Fracking; family farms planted with gaseous pipeline potential
What becomes of our greatest humanitarian causes, if at their peak of celeb, vengeance is not ours to escalate, is lost?
What erupts if in justifiable passion of righteous indignation, overdue for recompense, our mission for justice is distorted by salacious hype?
What’s the worst result for Americans steeped in programmed puritanical heritage?
- Twisting intimacy into a two-edged sword
From Frat boys to Wall Street titans — some insist sex is their birthright, not subjugated by female decline. Others so repress and demonize it, we remain shocked to find that men we’ve made powerful and popular, through our envy – forge in media & politics, Hollywood & Silicon Valley, sports & government success stories – to which our worship recycles relentless predators of all ages, colors and persuasions of females.
Since before the author of our Declaration of Independence sold his black children into slavery, while keeping their mother for pleasure, we have been an exceptional example of an imperfect nation dominated by domineering wealth, position and skin color — both victim of and villainous perpetrator for sexual repression and sexual desire.
What is worse than the inexcusable marauding behavior of men of power, including Republican and Democratic presidents – some worse than deplorable Clinton management of Monica Lewinsky?
- Allowing our sexual prejudices to refuse gay couples a piece of cake at the straight table
- Sexual biases denying adults privilege of gender preference
- Zealots for church & state union insisting all be born, while denying all Affordable Healthcare
What’s as bad as racial and gender abuse of power?
- Unprecedented presidential power grabs demeaning women, betraying allies and profaning our U. S. Constitution
What’s worse than Institutions of higher learning turning deaf and blind to vulnerable male and female athletes being molested by athletic personnel?
- Anti-oral sex crusade, electing Cheney/Wolfowitz forever oil wars – and by extension, all the deaths, physical and mental damage to thousands – And raped women serving in our American military
What denies the legitimacy of all we claim to be, is as profound as not separating church and state, while compartmentalizing our history by race and gender — And as simple as an opportunistic Craig Melvin and his quick to jump on board for the easy kill, media cheerleaders – reflecting more gotcha quicksand, than First Amendment.
Without quality education, objective media, Fourth Estate professionalism, empathetic Executives, Congressional conviction and Good Samaritan Governors, balance will remain America’s most elusive challenge – leaving We the People vacillating too easily, as we’re slipped down the slope of self-serving salivating opportunists and strident supremacists.
In the retelling of our most tragic stories of national disasters, D-Day, political assassinations, Sandy Hook, Parkland…, how do we shield them from being used as talking heads’ cannon fodder — less interested in the honorably hash-tagged than, why so many took so long to notice so much that deserved our mercy, justice and redemption?
What could be worse than the arrogant dogma of a needy, unprincipled, blustering demagogue, salaciously wailing against the winds of change in search of foreign and domestic handouts from manipulative financial demigods, preoccupied with draining the half-empty demitasse of foolishness seeking salvation in a MAGA sucker punch?
- America’s hope lying mortally wounded on the kitchen floor of the Ambassador Hotel
What’s better than mass shootings, mass incarceration and Trump’s mass trials of Immigrants in Texas?
And what would Bobby Kennedy say is our worst — fifty years later?
I’m guessing: betraying our Statue of Liberty offer of freedom with internment facilities that separate refugee children from their parents yearning to breathe free.
Arguably, one thing our Left, Right and Center still have in common: it’s never about what we’re fighting about. It’s as imbalanced as gender income parity, as punishing as the wealthiest nation’s minimum wage and as inane as a top-down economic recovery scam.
It’s the revelation of voices crying in the wilderness, tarnished by short-sighted simplistic solution seekers peopling our way forward with morally bankrupt demagogues, false profits and vengeful Goliaths vowing to crush all who dare to slingshot wisdom into our voting booth.
I recently received this comment: Just got home from the Organic Grocery. The flag out front was at half-mast. I asked the shopkeeper why. She said, “For the school shooting.” I asked, “Which one?” She said, “I forget,” checked a paper, and said “Santa Fe.”
I live in St. Mary’s County Maryland. We recently had one of those shootings right here at Great Mills High School, just weeks after one was prevented at nearby Leonardtown HS. In both those instances, children had access to their fathers’ guns. In the one case (Leonardtown) the son’s dad had a federal license to distribute guns.
As I left the store, I told the clerk they might want to fly that flag upside-down. After all, the Nation is definitely in distress.
I have loved ones whose childhood memories include drilling what to do in case of a natural disaster, like earthquakes. My childhood education was replete with, Duck and Cover, as Military Industrial Complex’s K.I.S.S. educational defense against nuclear attack on school children.
Now, as Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School students Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg memorialize for us, our gullible naivete has been horribly morphed into a case of Second Amendment fraud, protecting the bottom line of gunrunners and enabling children and adults to spare families nothing, in rapid fire transformation from potential contribution, to suffocating too much innocence and too many dreams – too soon.
On Memorial Day, as we remember those who fought, died and continue to live for, what most have forgotten: Our American Exceptionalism is our one person, one vote Democratic Republic infrastructure – should we pass along Franklin’s gauntlet, keeping it by strengthening our natural national connection to, Out of Many, One.
On 27 May 1941, Bismarck was sunk by His Majesty’s British Navy, six months and eleven days before Pearl Harbor’s Day of Infamy. Three months later, we imprisoned Japanese-American citizens in internment camps — some until 1946.
On Memorial Day 2018, let us consider remembering, and celebrating, that apart from Native Americans in uniform, whether Code Talkers or not, all others, preserving, protecting and defending us, both then and now, are descendants of immigrants, believing in the united promise of the United States of America in all its hues, persuasions, preferences and splendid diversity.
Yet, enduring an encore of holiday timed gouging by Oil Company gasoline prices, seems as normal as entertaining Russia’s electoral beneficiaries. So, it’s immensely understandable to crave any opportunity for laughter, cookouts and alcohol numbing breaks from chaotic times — shared with friends and family to forget, what myopic media pros insist is American life, A Doin’ what Comes Naturally.
Nonetheless, the lesson is, America’s dream is no destination, but a challenging journey rising to uphold this truth to be self-evident: it is our civic, as well as moral, duty to lift each other in a joint effort to share equally our Constitutional right to Freedom of Expression, whether kneeling in thanksgiving to God or in memorial of life cut down too soon.
- to embrace anew our band of brothers and sisters
- to ban distress imposed by lesser men wallowing in deferments favoring other priorities or bone spurs iniquity
- to secure the hill of harmonious ensemble, knowing when we stumble, the long line before us, will reinforce our, Land of the Free
America’s initial game plan, still enticing us on wounded knee, was for mere mortals to form a more perfect union by cherishing individualism galvanized by the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances – and no one shall ever be allowed to trump that.