An obstructionist Congress, politicized Supreme Court and Donald Trump campaign are antithetical to Let Freedom Ring — the 2016 Republican Party, more a portrait of white supremacy than Lincoln memorial.
August 28, 1774 St. Elizabeth (Mother Seaton of Emmetsburg, Maryland) was born in New York City. In 1963, the American Dream was embellished on the steps of Marion Anderson herstory.
On August 18, 2012 residents of Villages in Florida cheered as Paul Ryan promised to protect their Medicare by sacrificing that of their children and grandchildren. Shall we now think beyond such short-sightedness and instead generate billions of dollars every year, with a 0.5% tax on the transactions of the wolves of Wall Street, and save an American economy barely escaping the slaughter house of representatives?
Who’s minding the store, while a destitute Fourth Estate races to Pass Go first, brandishing overdrawn Breaking News Exclusives, for a Free Media giveaway to the waffling showmanship of a Bankrupter-in-Chief wannabe, whose only currency is the dividend of the morally insolvent.
Don’t we want our children to aspire to be more like Melinda & Bill Gates and 9/11 first responders than those CEOs both breaking our system and braking our goal for a nation of equal economic opportunity? Or shall we leave Millennials to be gouged by the likes of Epi-Pen CEO Heather Bresch, Martin Shkreli, Bernie Madoff and Jack Abermoff?
An exceptional example by which to lead our children: support business leaders whose companies, products and policies are not a footprint on consumers, but a step forward for the common good.
It’s not just who we give our vote, but to whom we give our money.
Perhaps if the Roberts’ Court lit our path as well as the torch of our French gift, the Statue of Liberty, We the People would nurture more the example of the French High Court within us, rather than allowing our electoral system to languish in the shadow of a recession bequeathed to us by Koch heads leading institutions like Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Shell Oil, Exxon, Haliburton and Aetna.
What and how can we lead our leaders if the American, Do the Right Thing, reflects French beach bigots who share individual freedom only when it exposes their preferred attire.
Conservatives, allowing Too Big to Jail banker puppeteers, who plummeted America’s retirement bankrolls, by trading global stability for national Sequester, compounded the problem, banking on a Congress of walled-in minds that hedged Wall Street fun with Panama accounts that increase Right imbalance, while depositing Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness — and our kids’ piggy banks — into foreclosure.
If we want Freedom to be more than a part-time enterprise full of income inconsistencies slanted toward .1% of the population, we’re going to have to artfully STEM tutor our children to insure our marketplace better than we did.
Together we are America Strong enough to rekindle a freedom reigning so every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight – if we out vote those who self-righteously cap freedom of choice, at the border of their limited vision.
This is the time to help others register to vote, educate all on the supreme importance of voting and progressively occupy all voting booths.
Merely labeling anti-American negatives like, Alt-Right, Citizens United, David Duke, The John Birch Society, Klu Klux Klan late in life penitents — West Virginia Senator Robert C. Byrd and Alabama Governor George Wallace – and proclaiming it either victory or solution, is as risky as exposing oneself to E. coli & Ebola, as criminal as serving Hepatitis A strawberries in Smoothies and as negligent as Congress failing to fund Zika prevention.
This is no time to talk of Democratic landslides!
The sun sets on a nation when its people fail to shine the light forward for its children.
While there’s still a lot more to life than Noam’s River Styx, we need see the reality that change, climate and otherwise, is upon us — whether we invest in the vision of sand hills, the hedge betting of turning the other cheek or the chaotic volume of weekend bar hopping from Jekyll to Hyde, to Zimmerman.
Whether our 2016 American elections or global commitment to saving the very nature that sustains us, our strength is in numbers, for only strength of character is a solo. Unity of purpose is our best hope for a future we can believe in, for nevermore will tomorrow be a distant horizon.
Life is either evolution or stagnation; a seat at the Banquet or placemat with Factory Farms assembly line pawns slaughtering herds of steroidal hormone cancerous Red or Pink Slime.
Our greatest advisories remain individual incivility, gender & racial inequality, climate & sexual injustice and our history of a penchant for, overwhelming application of a self-serving Military Industrial Complex.
Is it not now necessary to, as author John D. Rachel suggests, require signed contracts from all political candidates, or are we resigned to the breach of the Trickle-Down Peace Dividend promised with the demise of the Soviet Union? Stalin, Khrushchev, Gorbachev, Yeltsin down. Kennedy, Reagan, Clinton and our Olympic Ice Hockey team performing a drug free miracle, up!
Yet witnessing the Soviet Union divide and conquer itself, we failed to learn the lesson. So Corporate America, yearning to keep the free, goggled for whose war munitions to out produce with our weapons of mass destruction.
Our grandparents were schooled to think such wars at home and abroad were essential acts of patriotic Capitalism Defeating Communism – then, as in 1945, there you go again, world peace. President Reagan, in the name of, We the People, proclaimed a Peace Dividend for all American citizens, because we’d be saving so many tax dollars by — living in peace.
Wall Street shuddered but, shaking off the Cold War ashes from its new world order manual, it beamed at the prospect of civilization without civility, food without nutrition, and polluted water without the freedom to drink it, for free.
Middle Class employment replaced by Wall Street bonuses transformed the working class into angry government denouncing mobs, blaming everyone, save the new Koch stained Red Coats of the Republican Party.
Over time, life replaces old careers with new opportunities: cave art with museums, Riverboats with Vegas, coal with oil, oil with gas, typewriters with smart phones, gasoline with battery operated cars – elevator operators, disappeared — but trading in Exceptionalism for Imperialism and lying to ourselves about it!?!
Life erupts from liquid assets and mutually beneficial alliances. But when blind-sided by too many selfies, we fail to recognize the importance of nature to our survival — whether the cooperative work ethic of ants, the comradery and community service of bees, humming birds sharing the essence of life’s nectar, family ties that bind all mammals together: water is the asset of life and Nestle wants to own it.
Sadly, some mark their freedom by defecating on the right for others to have a room to squat or not, to urinate, but that doesn’t make America Strong, any more than kneeling at a Pinocchio altar believing food stamp slashing Speaker has any more soul than Donald Duck.
If we are to be the masters of our fate, our only hope is to vote, from Estcourt Station to San Diego: Justice for All.
Whether blue collar or Blue State; business suits or kinky boots, if we choose whining in our beer or wailing for the non-establishment pied piper d’ jour, know this, the Captains Courageous inside us, deserts those who choose to follow the soulless.