Can we accept that Eric Holder was speaking metaphorically, but that a gubernatorial candidate threatening to stomp all over his opponent’s face with golf spikes, has more in common with an out-of-control beer drinking SCOTUS Justice than constituents exercising our exceptional First Amendment right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances?
Have, The Members of both houses of Congress, forgotten, all Americans are their constituents and that, all constituents lose when lives are lost on foreign battlefields, and in pools of Pulse, Vegas, Sandy Hook and Stoneman Douglas blood – especially when at the hands of unchecked gun sales and the rants of media hosts conspiring on behalf of those colluding for profit?
In 2018, will we fail to heed the division with which Trump’s hyperbole and moneyed GOP PACS infect well-meaning Conservatives and those Evangelicals who’ve temporarily misplaced their Good Samaritan within – who, as Jesus taught and Lincoln reaffirmed, practiced, malice toward none – or shall we continue to ignore both Climate Change May Day and 2016’s Wakeup Call?
When the attention of America’s entire demographic favors facts over distortion – inciting courageous reactions to political inaction – collaboration between trumped thinking and a gubernatorial candidate, wearing his Georgia Secretary of State hat, not as metaphor, but literal Jim Crow, electing voter suppression with, malice aforethought – Justice will flow like a never-ending wave.
Until then, wisdom suggests we shun choices offered by a Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse metaphor and seek to understand the 40% of us who seem willing welcome mats, tempting the demise of an all-inclusive America.
Going high when they go low, is easier when we internalize lessons of the historical plank in the eyes, and ayes, of the Democratic Party – while remaining determined not to become trumped, while attempting an Indivisible cure for America’s anti-malice toward none GOP.
Allowing false prophets to negatively impact our faith in each other, hope for our future and, Love Thy Neighbor as thyself – every woman and child threatened like a fourteen-year-old being shot at for requesting directions to his school – or lost to sexual abuse, gun violence or internment camps’ disappearing acts – or a nine-year-old falsely accused of imitating his Commander-in-Chief’s traditional groping – we entomb ourselves as collateral damage, and like ice, drift into oblivion.
As Master of Projecting his sins, moral bankruptcy, hypocrisy and crimes – exploiting contractors, tenants, and his human infrastructure for demagoguery, Donald Trump is accelerating his indiscriminate crafty white glue on male v female and Republican v Democrat, but Americans demonstrating democracy at White House doors and Congressional Halls of injustice, expose him as the desperate Last Hurrah, of a Supreme Court jester.
Because of current political upheaval, most of us are now rediscovering our higher selves – which isn’t, unprecedented. Only Social Media trolls and in-depth investigative reporting replaced by polarizing talking heads, long to imbibe us with, new normal intoxication – instead of, What is Past is Prologue, truth. Better we leave such self-deception to the great pretender, mimicking 1930’s bombastic nationalistic European leaders – while blithely following foreign money.
While we may be living through the last stand of the angry white man, most Americans bear little psychological or electoral resemblance to men, like Paul Ryan, Jason Kessler, Chuck Grassley, Mike Pence, Devin Nunes, Mitch McConnell and Brett Kavanaugh – aiding and abetting the worst among us.
Substantiating this, however, requires embracing a higher civic and humanitarian duty to all: balancing persistently resisting our worst cultural failures with inhaling the breeze of deeply empathetic union and civility toward everyone.
Is America’s Gathering Storm, whether hurricanes like Michael, a Congress blatantly scorning less wealthy constituents, locked in lock-step with an Executive Branch determined to lock-down America, reasonable cause to reconsider, Jefferson’s revision.
Villains have shadowed us forever, sometimes ravaging our vision temporarily, but America is defined by, voting Millennials and millions in peaceful assembly: the unknown in LGBTQ, Texas border and Voting While Black communities – shielding Babysitting While Black and children in their care – and saving all Americans from hate crimes, and presidential abuse of power!
I’m not into obits that spare the rod at the cost of truth. Senator John McCain could be petty and rage in a fit of temper, but while lesser men, had other priorities or claimed bone spurs for deferments, John McCain – who wasn’t a war hero for being captured – but a true patriotic example for all who aspire to live heroic lives – serving and staying in Vietnam until his fellow POWs were released. Then, returning home, he was a, serving America hero, throughout his life.
As husband, father, Navy Fighter Pilot and Politician, John McCain, a frequent ally on both sides of the aisle, optimized, whether thumbs up or down, all of our States were his responsibility – even when Americans failed to follow his example to preserve, protect and defend every life on American soil.
McCain knew from Alaska’s front porch view of Russia, to hurricane hammered Hawaii, to forgotten Native Americans and geographically detached Puerto Rican Americans – true patriots, like real heroes, don’t use ICE to destroy families and disappear children.
During his eighty-one years:
- President Lyndon B. Johnson unnecessarily made Eisenhower’s and Kennedy’s Vietnam worse
- With Kent State, failure to keep Vietnam promise and Watergate cover-up, President Richard M. Nixon devastated America’s faith in government
- In 1968, America lost Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Then Bobby. Then in the streets of Chicago, a defensive Mayor Richard J. Daley released offensive police to commit assault and battery against anti-war American citizens – violence which, in the heat of three nights, lured America onto the road to Trump’s erosion of our First Amendment.
Only a united people can survive the uber wealthy Republican 50-year plan to herd us, no matter our political POV, into feudalistic surfs over consuming for Corporatism’s profit.
Our current wounds and troubled waters didn’t start with Trump’s flood of lies, though his lack of knowledge and respect for American law, coupled with a complete disregard for human decency, probably convinces his morally destitute ego that he alone is master of our un-Americanism.
Nonetheless, America’s current troubling waves are less about Trump and more about how Americans progress our nation forward embodying our ideals of life, liberty and the pursuit of justice for all, finally internalizing:
- Immigration Reform means practicing what our Statue of Liberty preaches
- Children must be saved from gun violence and all pedophiles whether priests or preachers, politicians or teachers, college coaches or athletic doctors
- Justice for All means ALL – including LGBTQ, those taking a knee and refugees seeking asylum
However, as long as some Americans vote for a Supreme Court that betrays our historical Separation of Church and State, our desire for gender equality and our, one person, one vote Exceptionalism – America will be trumped by greed twisting Constitutional interpretations into profit margins.
When Americans choose to ignore Emoluments Clause violations, limitations of the 25th Amendment – laughing off live confessions of grabbing intimate female areas, unpresidential disrespect for heroes like John McCain, while inflaming division with Tweets of misinformation – America will be run by a cowardly Congress, politized SCOTUS and an unindicted co-conspirator POTUS, increasingly cornered – and dangerously vengeful.
The loss of anyone is as heartbreaking for family and friends, as losing the vision, humor and soul of a nation, is crippling. Nonetheless we need rediscover our hero within to non-violently vanquish the opportunists inciting a house divided against itself.
Americans’ faith in our collective heroism, individual integrity and personal strength of character has been relentlessly attacked by tsunamis of hateful self-delusion, fearful self-doubt and ravenous death: Anthony Bourdain, Steve Ditko, Milos Forman, Stephen Hawking, Tab Hunter, Margot Kidder, Robin Leach, Philip Roth, Kate Spade, Tom Wolfe, Craig Zadan – and now Aretha Franklin, Neil Simon and John McCain.
In nineteen months, Trump confirmed it is easier to destroy America’s protective institutions than it is for a Christ-like Pope to save a Roman institution from itself.
Throughout his life, Senator John McCain made it abundantly clear, he served an America that was for all of its people – including rivals.
Rejecting misinformation and denial bestirs America’s heroic bridge to victory over troubling threats: Climate Change, gun violence, Alzheimer’s, abused children – decisively admitting, our future is on us.