With all due respect to Tom Brokaw, saying Trump’s firing an FBI Director heading an investigation into the possibility of both election and administration corruption, is nothing like Nixon’s Saturday Night Massacre — is like saying 1950’s Korea was nothing like WWII because Truman designated it a Police Action.
Are we Isolationists or Globalists, because Trump can’t seem to get past: the specifics are quite sensitive, to serve the American people with some degree of honesty.
So, shall we applaud agency decapitation, sacrificing truth and justice on a presidential chopping block or be examples of Kennedy’s Profiles in Courage?
In May 1934, a major dust storm swept across where the buffalo roam, to engulf our Eastern states. In May 2017, a Twitter storm heavy-laden with manure for Base consumption – blindsided American Intelligence to wall in American character.
So, who is rotting the state, and why?
K or Main Street? Red State Governors v. Democratic Legislatures or the outfoxed vs. Big Picture? Is it the President’s home or the marionettes occupying it?
Are we insightful stewards or blind tourists?
Can what makes us feel safe, be safe: knowing our self-governing experiment still fires up a sense of unifying homeland security, or being victimized by Russian hacking distracting us from an inside job of white washed money blacklisting power speaking truth?
Are we pawns monopolized by the Checkers speech, feigning chess mastery or just cherry picking news cycles from a media vulnerable to its own myopic redundancy?
Who exemplifies, Strong and decisive action and, Safety & security of the American people — a ten-year-old girl stuffing the nostrils of an eight foot nine-inch alligator to survive, or a messianic Mike Pence?
Who restored the trust and confidence of the American people, Sally Yates or Sarah Huckabee Sanders?
Is it the liars who lie for, a very active President, or whiz-bang flip-flopping masquerading activity, making it impossible for Trump surrogates to stand at podium with perfect accuracy?
Is America First and Middle East trip camouflage for uniting church and state, or resurrection of the old empty wheel barrel cliché?
Are more troops, more wars, more open carry, more racial, street and domestic violence inspiring both lone and loan wolves?
Have we, not so much sold out, as allowed ourselves to be rented, by leaders who auction futures for The Big Short? Is the science of climate change all we deny, or do we too often turn up the noise to veil patriotic frauds?
From the ashes of Trumpism, can we reaffirm what is exceptional and perhaps embrace what is visionary: the ideal that there is more to life than a paycheck, more to family than those who live and look like us, more to faith than parroting white supremacy – but little more patriotic and heroic than the millions marching in demonstration for Justice for All.
Now, with American healthcare, racial, religious, gender and generational battle lines defining, The Home of the Brave, let us courageously embrace what it means to be descendants of European immigrants in a nation increasingly evolving into the land of free to be non-European looking descendants.
Andrew Sullivan theorizes, Americans voted for Donald Trump because, ‘immigrants make them desperate for a reconfirmation of their national identity.’ I pledge allegiance to the fact that America’s awesome diversity is the magnetic proof of its greatness – and with two steps forward and one back, we are becoming the polar-opposites of Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump.
Now, as truth sets us free from the core rot of Breitbart Good Ol’ Boys, we’ll see, the greatest threat to America’s greatness is, a colluding GOP.
Just as in 1938 some feared America had been overrun by Martian Aliens, in 2016, states of panic over aliens voted believing a bankruptcy king would save America from immigrants.
The only invaders we need fear are those who use our fear to divide us.
Lincoln didn’t just say, let us confidently hope that all will yet be well, he led America through its first era of, a house divided.
Now, it is for us to, add or detract!
Despite GOP hypocrisy, Wells Fargo top executive’s shell-game and Mafia family like coup at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, no one is about to stand over America singing, Oh Danny Boy – unless We the People, forgetting horrors of war, elect administrations that neither know how to count, nor the history of gas warfare or the demons of chemical weapons.
It is for us whether to empower those who neither know nor care, elevate alternative realities centered more on the art of the deal than the democracy of the humanities – or prevail as the United States of America, albeit inconsistently.
However, ignoring national lessons in international history, most recently we have damaged the infrastructure of our constitutional foundations by electing an insulated gang with limited vision, walled in by narrow ideology failing both past sacrifice and future promise.
When too many Americans turned their back on our electoral process, the fix was in for America First, white-washing our responsibilities, whether to the great barrier reef or humanity’s historic loss in wars inflicted on innocent millions by the infamous. Yes, charity begins at home, but humanity is our home.
So, placing our trust in the hands of leaders for whom sincerity is a well scripted prompter performance, is not only, the Emperor has no clothes but his friendly relative support, pickpocketing our national conscience and international memories.
When our Holy Week faith is corrupted by those who ban children begging for help, in the shadow of a despot’s scythe, we welcome moral decay — worshipping an impulsive grim reaper more politically opportunistic than product of epiphany.
We know even a WWI weapon of mass destruction can be conveniently manipulated to raise unprecedented presidential poll numbers – breeding faith in false prophets, reducing otherwise discerning adults into children blissfully gullible to a pied piper defaming humanities holy history with the sarin clouds of Reactionary Nostalgia.
Our Vital National Interests are not in nighttime streamers, but in realizing demagogues, Putin, Assad and Kim Jong-un are more transparent than the red glare of Trump’s Tomahawks.
How did Assad’s April chemical attack threaten U. S. Security? With rebels all but defeated, why would he choose such an unnecessary public display of his power over defenseless women and children? What message was Assad sending and why?
Why would a president inspire anti-NATO and anti-U.N. suspicions in America?
How could the communication conduit for president, press and public be so utterly oblivious to war crimes that devastated generations of humankind?
Why is it the Trump team can’t claim success without denigrating Obama?
Isn’t American greatness measured by how well all Americans progress forward in an ensemble of diversity and intellectual curiosity, or in insisting future greatness is reviving the past with selective memory.
Is there greatness in repetitive pre-emptive invasions, violating programs that feed hungry children, assailing security of the elderly and enabling domestic violence, while covering up Russian digital intrigue?
Is it possible, revering people like, J. Edgar Hoover, Richard Nixon, William Rehnquist, Clarence Thomas, Grover Norquist, George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz, Jack Abramoff, Bernard Madoff, Stephen K. Bannon, Jeff Sessions, Rex Tillerson, Andy Puzder and Scott Pruitt endangers us constitutionally?
Aren’t there better lessons from Douglas MacArthur than a president thinking bombing North Korea, while dining with China’s President would intimidate a world power deeply rooted in history?
On April 9, 1865 Generals Grant & Lee met at Appomattox Court House and wrote their individual versions of a peaceful end to America’s Civil War. Each then exchanged their ‘treaties,’ and with a parting handshake, Lee’s troops lay down their arms and headed home, while Grant’s troops saluted them.
Honor & war are comparatively rare bedfellows. Thankfully, however, most days, both Main and Wall Street produce Americans more like Martin Sheen & Don Siegelman than Karl Rove & Robert J. Bentley – and at least as many pilots like, Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenbergers, than presidents like, Trump.
Amidst the cheers celebrating the end of our Civil War, Lincoln was assassinated, dying Easter Sunday April 15, 1865. So why are we now settling for impulsive discord and inept historical consciousness, while the foundation of America’s greatness is in our civility, unity and reason?