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Free Speech: Heritage v. Hate and Hurricane Harvey v. Trump Dysfunction – Headlined on OpEdNews.com

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Sensitivity to the trauma of people who have just lost everything in a natural disaster, remains an individual’s freedom of choice – we can care or, sell baseball caps.

We are free to be former strangers, waist deep in toxic flood water conquering chaos with anything that floats or, pretending to be police, steal what’s left behind.

How we respond to life events, be they devastation, diversity, or deportation, defines us.  We’re free to respond to violence in-kind, or with the kind of courage that bespeaks heroic civility.

We are free to freely share our humanity with all life in peril, filling the void of neglectful leadership threatening American security, or collude to hack the American Dream of every hue and persuasion of dreamers — to erect towers in tribute to self-aggrandizing babble.

We have the freedom to listen, choose to plan and take-action to save ourselves from a planet we’ve not spared human avarice, or impose selective equal opportunity, perpetuating climate injustice, with malice aforethought toward our Grid and infrastructure core.

It’s not the loud mouth bully rallying mass ovation.  It’s the willing minions, happily embracing vulgarity, scorn and domestic violence.

It’s not hard-working Middle Class Blue Collar Midwest Families.  It’s the smooth-talking excuse making masters of deception, like Christopher Ruddy, Vice President Mike Pence and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, serving up palatable bigotry, to unsuspecting palates.

The violent are free to choose labels of provocation, but reason champions peaceful assembly to resist dueling myopic reruns of cyclical attempts to isolate American Exceptionalism by drowning American diversity in self-destructive nationalism.

While Freedom of Speech does allow politicians, presidents and even Open Carry White Supremacists, protesting as full throttled foul-mouthed provocateurs of violence, permeating prevarications aided and abetted by orange marmalade – it isn’t permission to answer violence with violence.

Constitutional free speech does not condone collusion with a foreign power, violation of the Emolument Clause nor a get out of jail free card for multi-million-dollar white collar crime.

Freedom of Speech isn’t freedom to flaunt presidential pardon power, but to uphold our Constitutional Utopian dream of color blind justice – perhaps under the watchful eyes of computer nerds blocking hackers, rational voters holding the line against torch lit revivals of Jim Crow and Bill of Rights defenders embracing balance and reason in response to cue sticks sharpened into spears.

Freedom of Speech is our non-violent right to resist, to march in advocacy, to petition the government with our physical presence, elevating blind justice over blind ambition.

Regardless of craven heads craving all that glitters, Freedom of Speech is not a gold hammer and sickle for Alt-Right terrorism and Antifa violence to assassinate our First Amendment, nor is it license to abolish peaceful assembly.

The first ten Amendments to our Constitution are neither optional nor a welcome mat for Karl Rove’s Citizens United Supremes to bestow on Corporatism, unprecedented electoral power.

The Great Recession is the recurring nightmare flooding voting booths with psychological insecurity – attempting to make elections moot, by voter intimidation and manipulation – to render all government levels and branches vulnerable to moral decay and character bankruptcy.

Our freedoms have been purchased by blood, sweat, tears and taxes, most recently tasked with inspiring the resilience of those so tragically impacted by Hurricane Harvey, with the humanity of those standing in line to volunteer assistance.

Although American history is replete with love thy neighbor as thyself, steeped in the solid foundation of our immigrant heritage, from Lincoln’s 1865 assassination to Charlottesville 2017, the hate of a few has profaned America in the name of God and Country.

We are free to be Harvey heroes or nefarious high-powered saber rattlers pontificating for those who profit from deflating America’s peace of mind.

We can choose to be human chains connecting neighbors and communities, or slashers of programs and services providing our best defense when a ravaged environment, retaliates.

Free Speech allows us the privilege to lie to ourselves about Mexico reimbursing us for a trumped up wall, or, agreeing with President Ulysses S. Grant regarding James K. Polk’s invasion of Mexico, we could emulate the Samaritans of Houston – and be grateful for all who define America with, spontaneous compassion.

Trump’s Kakistocracy America v We the People – Headlined on OpEdNews.com

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banner-the-7th-floor-group-250-shadow-governmentThe only wall between Donald Trump and his inheriting the power to torture, detain suspects indefinitely, disregard constitutional law, convene secret courts, capitalize on his Brand and, without any military experience, command armed forces to operate beyond the reach of civilian law – is our peaceful assembly.

As in many cities, hoisted signs by West Palm Beach protest marchers connote a democracy in action range of issues – an America Bannon and Trump will never abide.

So, let’s now focus our attention on connecting the dots to the roots, causing our 21st century, Divided We Fall state

* The Military Industrial Complex is herding America through death by a thousand cuts:

* Jim Crow, Joe McCarthy, 1960’s assassinations

* LBJ’s Gulf of Tonkin lie, Nixon’s Dirty Tricks, Ford’s Pardon

* Regulation haters promoting, government as the only problem, reneging on Trickle Down promises

* Bush/Cheney’s Middle Class destroying, global shift in wealth distribution, leaving Americans struggling in Patriot Act quicksand of oil wars, Too Big to Fail, suspension of Habeas Corpus, warrantless surveillance, and Fourth Amendment violations, like Sneak and Peek

These are the poisons that have sickened America with Donald J. Trump, for nothing, not even the vilest of us, comes from nothing.

But For Comeback:

  • Resist gender, religious, racial, sexual, banking, political bigots and their corporate Demagogues
  • Resist in our purchases, boycotts, contacting elected officials, petitions, non-violent protests and, like James Madison, distrust all those in power
  • Always remember, Democrats have been proud Dixiecrats and both Yellow & Blue Dogs – but Republicans have been nothing like Lincoln’s emancipation of the union since Teddy Roosevelt Bullmoosed the Bully Pulpit

Once this civics triumvirate becomes the foundation of our collective redress of grievances, we will triumph as Lincoln intended:  government of, by and for all the people.

Then, on the shoulders of the ideals of our Founding Fathers, Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony, Suffragettes, the Greatest Generation, Marian Anderson, Elenore Roosevelt, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Bobby Kennedy and Congressman John Lewis – we march in defense of all our dreams — and all our Dreamers.

As victorious WWII veterans co-created Baby Boomers, family names like, Dulles, Rockefeller, Dupont, Hyatt, Walton, Koch, Bush, Mars and Goldman – stole the peace The Allies had won.

Those who support Trump should fear Global Economic Elites who are the birthers of the mega-wealthy 1% — and not the college educated.

The greatest enemy of the state is William E. Jenner’s Shadow-Government, that the FBI identified as, the infamous seventh floor group:  The Deep State — housed beneath the State Department building — seven floors under-ground.  Arguably this body of gold-diggers is determined to keep the entire political spectrum of American citizens, as human foot stools.  And to the degree we continue to fight among ourselves – we are their greatest allies in our demise.

Our best defense:  open hearts and minds to the salvation of different points of view — leaving alternative facts to un-presidential Tweets.  Trump is our wake-up call.

Corporatism’s 1% delights in dividing and conquering the 99% — with marketing labels, media self-blinded by ratings war and bigots exchanging their sheets for Alt-Right Breitbart/Brexit camouflage.

Our visions need envision coalition, and our marches, rallies and causes, coalesce, before peaceful assembly becomes bloody rebellion and, violence begets violence, becomes the pretext for another unconstitutional Executive Order.

While we are focused on shoving our political pendulum backward, versus forward, we miss that we’re being brainwashed by, exploitation of religious beliefs, economic fears, individual prejudices and a K.I.S.S. Fourth Estate.

Although the repulsive white-head on a festering infection, Trump is far from the first time our American Democratic Republic has been threatened by corporate greed corrupting government, false advertising, Sedition Acts or illegal bans

There are two things we need always remember:

  • Follow the Money and
  • Nothing gets an elected official’s attention more than, I am your constituent

Our victory over tyranny begins with a resounding ensemble of unity and civility.  Government, is the worst problem, only when we choose not to participate, because Freedom is not a political pin-ball, but our human right.book-john-whitehead-balltlefield-america