Congressional Medal of Honor
Most Americans, have always worked hard to get ahead, but if you weren’t as pale as Andrew Jackson, you had to run faster and slave longer to be acknowledged: hero.
Not so for Groper-in-Chief proponent of foxy sexual harassment, walled in by conflicts of interest, threatening affordable healthcare and scientific discovery shutdown.
Whether shouting from baseball stands, religious altars, white hoods or Bully Pulpit, mocking or demeaning others is the act of cowards with horrific potential and tragic probability.
Yet, we still walk among heroes — in classrooms, hospitals and neighborhoods; in the aftermath of tornadoes, hurricanes and floods — good Samaritans clothed as strangers, saving us from the reality of erratic humans and weather extremes.
Though a nation too steeped in denial and consumed by belly-up fear, spun by spin: hot-air, broken promises and past glories, blowing in our face like ice cycles in Spring, no divider-in-chief can wall in American heroism, if women, children, scientists, educators, activists, surgeons general, attorneys general and peaceful protesters advocate for reason, equal justice for all, renewable energy, clean air & water, free public education and a financially secure EPA – knowing true heroes rally to save — not incite to riot.
Heroes are rarely loud or torturous or self-aggrandizing; rarely thinking themselves superior or even worthy. They are teachers & nurses, doctors & lawyers, the insightful friend — and stranger just in the nick of time.
Yet, heroes aren’t only those saving families in trapped cars, breathing life anew into infants, but are the daily bread care propelling us forward, in melodic ensemble: there’s a better world a-coming.
Now we petition, march and campaign to renew elections with an informed electorate. We must be risk-taking heroes for our children because their children are depending on it.
We are the descendants of depression, inheritors of progressive winds and stewards of the immigration legacies of legends. Heroes and immigrants, come in all sizes, shapes, shades and sexes — but where there are dreamers, there are detractors; where the best & the brightest, also fear of change; where innovative ideas, old habits; where God Bless America, assassinations in the streets; where just say no, fatted calf feasts for drug lords; where genius, envy; outreach, duck & cover — for every protagonist, an antagonist and every hero, a villain – where heroes seek balance, cowards create chaos.
Despite a James Comey two-step or POTUS MIA side-stepping, Not the White House Correspondences Dinner, broadcast chambers maintain empty barrels, oblivious to America’s greatness is in the kindness of strangers, mentors and Nature.
- White Congressional males or Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Clara Barton, Hetty Green, Hellen Keller & her teacher Anne Sullivan, Frances Perkins, Georgia O’Keeffe, Amelia Earhart, Marion Anderson, Rosa Parks, Martha Raye, Katherine Graham, Ella Fitzgerald, Nancy Reagan, Shirley Chisholm, Maya Angelou, Audrey Hepburn, Coretta Scott King, Madeleine Albright, Hillary Clinton, Oprah, Simone Manuel, Simone Biles and Ruth Bader Ginsburg?
- Newborn William Billy Kimmel’s doctors, nurses and scientists who develop ways to save the lives of babies and the elderly or Climate deniers
May 1884, Moses Fleetwood Walker squatted to catch baseball fans off guard. Seven years before Tax Day was knocked out of the Ides of March, Jackie Robinson stole bases in 1947 almost as fast as a 1936 Buckeye Bullet winning four Olympic gold medals.
Yet we still need Sam Cooke and Woody Guthrie lyrics to apologize to Adam Jones – but I know, a change is gonna come, oh yes, it is.
Since, Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country, the GOP has diminished equality for non-whites, non-males, non-straights and non-documented American dreams.
Caveat Emptor: Halliburton gulf oil deaths, Pharmaceutical price hikes and Healthcare that denies covering pre-existing conditions.
We choose who we honor as heroes:
- Mike Flynn or Desmond Doss who earned his Medal of Honor by saving 75 wounded at Hacksaw Ridge?
- Donald Trump or Jimmy Kimmel?
MOBs don’t fire honor and too often, America’s forgotten heroes are women.
On March 18th, the trumpet sounded roll call for twenty-four. Standing in solidarity three represented three wars and all those who, though passed over, rose above and beyond the call of duty – a trinity of self-sacrifice, honoring the proclaimed Exceptionalism, of a many hued nation.
After decades of not being included in indivisible with justice for all, we lost many before a presidential handshake and partial national embrace – having taken the high road, three accepted the Congressional Medal of Honor. Shoulder to shoulder, despite religion, race and heritage, twenty-four, finally recognized by most of their nation, for their courageous service to an entire nation.
America, still two steps forward with one war down, but one step backward with judges unable to agree equality of marriage is Justice for All, online advocates and offline activists of every POV push, pull and tug at us in the American shuffle to embody the Declaration of Independence, personify the Gettysburg Address and chisel in our soul, I Have a Dream, national character.
To those who give and give through decades of wait, be patient, we salute you, for you are the reason the good fight must go on, despite fewer distinctions between the good, the bad and the ugly. You make the rest of us the point of your mission, ever forward — to keep on keeping on.
What’s the point, can’t be imagined if we don’t recognize the uberwelt Wall Street green that is the blinding blizzard aiding and abetting the transition of black & white hats into gray. The point is, recognizing the few who carry on, on behalf of the many, for what was parchment captured, but in the wake of Citizens United, is increasingly morally elusive: justice equals indifference to differences.
The point is, we don’t have to tolerate GM ignitions, Toyota accelerations, harmful side affecting numbers juggled statins, murderous Halliburton/BP barons or drinking water intentionally pumped full of Coal Ash – pushed on us by corporate wheeler dealers and their political cronies. We can join in the good fight, for, rather than against, each other, and tax the 1% who created, and still profit from America’s economic demise.
First, recognize the tomfoolery of a Paul Ryan poverty definition, the intentional upward boom of Trickle Down, the Bush/Cheney shell-game shifting redefinition and redistribution of The Poor, The Middle Class and The Right reasons for war, and news media using flight tragedy like a teaser ad for a mystery thriller.
We need voters electing government that repairs, not blocks, falling bridges; that chooses carefully construction sites with less potential for sinkholes and mudslides.
The point is, the equal opportunity for Corporatism’s Conservative 47% with Progressives’ Liberal 47% is in embracing the middle 6% in recognition of a seemingly forgotten second half: Divided We Fall.
Second, also recognize domestic battlefield heroes, running the race against corporate dominated government and those opposed to common sense solutions for the common good, and honor them with imitation before our final roll call.
The point: it’s time to reject accepting the lesser of two evils!
Now, with eyes, hearts and minds open, recognize our own Putins, and insist on a budget that makes all better off.
The point: We honor ourselves by replacing persons and programs that don’t work for Justice for All.