Death in America

Voter ID — MIA Surgeon General – Ebola Panic

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Ebola is not worthy of our national panic button, however NRA dominated Congressional Conservatives blocking the nomination of Dr. Vivek Murthy as Surgeon General is grounds for alarm over low voter turnout in 2014.  

In America, Ebola has killed one man and wounded two nurses, but if we must panic:  Alzheimer’s, brain robbing millions, is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.

Police shoot and kill more minorities than Ebola, as do drunk drivers, texting teens, domestic violence and airline crashes.Working Voters

But IF panic is our new American pastime, on November 4, vote for leaders who deactivate hyperlink between high school dropouts and privatized prisons; vote knowing it was the board of a for profit private hospital that voted No Admittance for Thomas Duncan in Rick Perry’s Texas.  See Ebola Facts Cancel Panic.

If we must panic, choose more rational targets, like the Oxidation of our brains by the greed of Pharmaceutical pill-pushing companies, that bombard reason with so much overstated and questionable advertising, we are Ebola distracted from what is really killing us:

  • Sugar & diabetes
  • A K Street ALEC judiciously handicapping the elderly, university students, minorities and our electoral system with Voter ID laws
  • Obesity & malnutrition
  • Failing to honor the physically and mentally wounded veteran with affordable healthcare, as much as we memorialize war dead with monuments
  • Filibuster, Congressional Gridlock, Government shutdown, and a 5-4 politicized Supreme Court
  • Sequestration gauging NIH budget to find cures for disease
  • Ignorance of the facts and being too lazy to research for the truth
  • All forms of discrimination, prejudice bias against those who look, think, preach, act or marry differently than we
  • Food corporations with advertising so bottom line oriented, we are addicted to the very things that kill everything, but our panic

Arguably, the above is Corporatism’s defining moment, and we define ourselves by how we allow Corporate America to transform our eating, drinking and election habits.

Thus, we get the government we

  • Fail to vote for, by leaving the choices to those who do
  • Are too issue misinformed about to cast justice for all ballots
  • Settle for because metaphoric flag waving and repeating, Americans this slogans and Family Values that clichés, are easier than committing daily acts of random Constitutional Spirit toward one another

Voting, like driving, loving, hating and panicking are choices and privileges, not rights.  Rights are what’s guaranteed us in our U. S. Constitution.

Unless We the People allow through inaction, ignorance of history’s revisionists, dangers of redistricting, or just blissfully succumbing to the redirection of misinformation, settle for being subjugated by the repetitious reelection of supremacist oriented Conservatives (addicted to corporate money & political power), then on November 4, 2014, we will honor those hungry, underpaid and often shoeless originals who fought against tyranny and for justice for all Americans, even before there was an America – by both voting and helping others, especially the elderly and college aged, to vote.

Then, truly we will be The Home of the Brave and not the panicked.

Let’s strike a ballot blow for rational thought against media hype, and defeat both political and Wall Street/Madison Ave corporate commercials that both brainwash and brain damage, before we’re brain dead.

With each vote, we can denounce the revolting revolving door from Congress to Corporatism’s rewards.  Let’s not diminish ourselves with the irrelevance of Right Direction poll questions.

Instead let’s renounce panic, let go of hype and vote ourselves, forward into fixing fixed voting machines, attending to our neglected infrastructure, sharing both affordable healthcare and voting privileges with truth and justice for all.

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Ferguson Life and Mental Health Death

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Ferguson Military PoliceIs Ferguson’s state of emergency:  militarized police brutality, government racial imbalance, street arms raised unity and looting inspired curfew, an America reminiscent of 1861, a GHW Bush prediction, “if the American people ever find out what we have done, they would chase us down the street and lynch us, or a Robin Williams cry for help?

One thing is clear, whether Colorado Open Carry, Internet mouse clicked petitions or prosecuting Governors, Americans have been awakened!

Assaulting First Amendment rights to peacefully assemble in protest, didn’t begin with policeman Darren Wilson shooting unarmed robbery suspect, Michael Brown, multiple times.

It began with

  • Attorney General John Ashcroft’s administrative degree to quarantine dissent, which then standardized designated protest areas as our new First Amendment M. O.
  • President GW Bush’s political events banning and arresting those peacefully wearing anti-Bush T-Shirts
  • Our Pentagon buying surplus war weaponry from those who profit from our being at war, and then giving the surplus munitions to police departments all over America
  • DWB – FWA – SWB – and Trayvon Martin’s crime: WWB
  • Assassinating Kennedy, King and Bobby
  • An Uniformed Oakland California thug pepper spraying sitting peaceful demonstrators
  • People being left to die in New Orleans after Katrina
  • Michael Brown’s body left in the street for hours

Indiscriminately death casts a tall shadow, so our lives are our weapons for listening, advocating, voting, learning and sharing:  the systemic stigmatizing of those deemed different is as old and prescient as

  • Salem and McCarthy witch hunts;
  • war on women history: no voting rights, being institutionalized for enjoying sex with their husbands, having three states block ERA ratification
  • Veterans dying waiting for healthcare
  • the cataclysmic void in our treatment and understanding of Depression – in 2014, deserting those with Mental Health issues, to the life of a 19th century outcast

Any death diminishes us, especially if unable to extrapolate Mental Health issues, and Ferguson, to all of America.  Either we are the prime-time stereotypes and redundant news media cutouts, or we are who we love and emulate; what we vote for and fight against – we are our brothers’ keeper or not my problem.

However death comes:  Lauren Bacall & Charles Keating, a NYC choke-hold or Ohio shot for being black, a war weary Anne Sexton, Seymour Hoffman and Robin Williams – it guts our six degrees of separation.

I worked with Charles Keating on Another World, but the closest I got to Robin Williams was his co-stars:  literally bumping into Nathan Lane in NYC one night, after his brilliance in The Producers, and chatting on the set of Lincoln with Sally Field – yet losing him feels too akin to my losing those who changed my life:  Francis Hughes, PhD, Father Gilbert Hartke and iconic actress, Mercedes McCambridge.  Mercedes & Oscar

I knew the addiction Mercedes was successfully resisting, before her son, John Lawrence Fifield, killed himself after murdering his wife and two daughters.

Her understandable withdrawal and retreat taught me:

  • Stigmatizing Mental Illness and our ignorance of Depression, Schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s are as deadly as a militarized police state.
  • Ferguson is America in miniature, from which we can learn to honestly live together as equals, or continue Supreme Court building a house divided against itself.
  • Not all battles are civil wars between Christians and non, rich and poor, white and black, but increasingly, too many are.

Revelation:  conservative top 1%, your armed biased law enforcement & private prisons — despite Koch-head billions and clichéd regurgitation of propped up puppets still not prosecuted for their 2008 Wall Street economic devastation on the world, people power re-elected a black looking chess player for President…

Consumer voting will reverse Citizens United, ravage corporatism’s bottom line and finally end our Civil War — Promise!

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