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Heroes, Demons and Hellfire – Trump and Kim Jong-un – Headlined on OpEdNews.com

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Suppose heroic global grownups, take seriously the balance of power now in the hands of White House and North Korea?

What if Iran-Contra saint had blessed Donald Trump’s invocation to advocate the art of the nuclear deal between the Soviet Union and Government is the Problem creator?

Imagine a self-serving Congress, dominated by men terrified of a shady dealing vengeful dictator of an Obstruction of Justice email, hellbent on launching a missile attack on congressional healthcare, erected a firewall of invested investigations to cure ALS, Alzheimer’s and Medicaid for America’s human bookends:  children and Seniors.

Maybe Frank Capra’s DC existed periodically, but World Wars and a Cold War produced a New World Order with a Foggy Bottom evacuating with abnormal frequency, a Military Industrial Complex.

So who wouldn’t be concerned about an ‘unpresidented,’ president sipping ‘covfefe’ atop the throne of our Democratic Republic – evidently 30% of us!

After 1917 and WWI Mustard gas, a call for morality, even in war, began its long journey on the, we can’t beat God giving, road to glory.  A hundred years later, however, Good Samaritans are out gunned and every hero, demon challenged — nonetheless, we persist.

Even in the age of, Swamp Thing, we have heroes:  Senators Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski; Congresswoman Maxine Waters — Sally Yates, Marilyn Nance, J.K. Rowling and Ida B. Wells.

However, knowledge is still Intel:  In July 1950 of The Unknown War, American soldiers killed hundreds of Korean civilians near a village called No Gun Ri — and throughout Truman’s Police Action, over two million North Korean civilians were killed – thus, as the Treaty of Versailles created Hitler, we created Kim Jong-Un.

Arguably, we hold these truths to be self-evident:  a nation’s Moral Code is only as strong as its people’s weakest link…

  • Alt-Right, hellfire bent on spinning Obama global view off our world stage
  • Those insisting America is for only white Christian men, honor flags that dishonor our Constitution, while genuflecting America before statues of anti-America Americans – savoring memories of the inhumane owning and defiling of fellow human beings
  • Denying ratification of Equal Rights Amendment; twirling Elizbeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and Alice Paul like trinkets on display, then laid to rest in gender inequality
  • Diminishing LGBTQ while they preserve, protect and defend, non-existent full citizenship, income parity, voting and pursuit of loving happiness privileges
  • In a land where prisons are for profit, from classrooms to cells is too great a student debt – and banning former felons from voting booths, an American defining moment

Yet, for a century, life at war with itself has tried to bestow this wisdom upon us:  there is little sustainable profit in the business of anger and oppression, but where there is individual fear and envy, anger and oppression cannot be silenced – merely inconsistently, contained

Whether Wall, K or Main Street; rich or poor, rural, suburbs or inner city, gay, straight or undecided — Americans, citizens and non, have been herded to the pinnacle of, Trump ordered brutality Bluff – and staring back at us across the abyss, are Kim Jung-un clones, toeing the line for suicide by dictate.

Vision blurred by pride and miss-placed loyalty, each side has forgotten, world history is replete with shortsighted leaders threatening all life on earth — each side shadowed by real and imagined demons, risk being thrust into the void, to control a planet we’ve rendered, out of control.

Imagine our moral call is the last call to save us from a hell fire inflicted by demands for, unchartered waters, while denying the warnings of melting icebergs and rising oceans.

In 2017 America, who can we expect to make the moral call, American Mayors or Trumpcare?

Timing is Divine and often, auspiciously, makes heroes, even saints, out of mere mortals…

PS:  Rest in the peace of God which passes all understanding, Sam Shepard.

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Simple Truth:  No Simple Solutions – Headlined on Op-EdNews.com Mon 12/21/15

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Climate Melting AwayThe last Democratic Debate was an outspoken, raucous triumvirate of speaking truth to the power and mistakes of a team of rivals, that pin-balled almost every issue on the minds of both the brave and the fear mongered.

Republican bluster and derision was replaced by Democratic passion and decisiveness, and even conservatives were the beneficiaries of clear thinking, mutually respectful civil discourse (until O’Malley’s age faux pas), though letting go of Cold War thinking is a worthy gauntlet to throw down on history’s fields of dishonor.

Although tremendously moved by the Senator’s burning passion, I miss the pragmatism component.  Even Obama publically admitted he had to accept contributions from those too big to fail everything, except American poor, unemployed, underemployed, Middle Class, and even gated community inhabitants, who think themselves safe from that tiny, luxurious, elitist, economic minority, using us as K. Street footstools.

BTW passionate undecided twenty somethings, sex discrimination is NOT outlawed in the U.S. Constitution, and, if you’re looking for promised perfection with quick and easy solutions, just ask the diminished Right to diminish student loans.

If you’ve been too posed or paused by selfies and if it bleeds it leads TV Media to know the difference, December’s Democratic Debate was a class act, and a truer reflection of what American character was, before the Military Industrial Complex became the troth at which International oil/war/pharmaceutical corporations dip for dripping profits.

Although Lincoln may have come closest, politicians, like Wall Street CEOs and seemingly too big to jail banksters have never been saints – not George Washington, not the Roosevelts Teddy & Franklin, nor the Kennedy brothers, and certainly not the anti-American shrubs, Prescott, George H. W. and #43 GWB.

So when will we learn to just say no to those who:

  • appeal to our lowest and basest inhumanity
  • can only spout repetitive vague catchy phrases, slogans and platitudes
  • practice: repeat a lie loudly, long enough, and it becomes the truth
  • embrace foreign leaders who kill dissenters
  • have peaceful protestors forcibly removed from campaign rallies
  • pit Americans against each other
  • incite violence
  • poison our water, food, neighborhoods, Golden Rule
  • defame the promise of Lady Liberty
  • deny Justice and Equality for all

Listen, Trickle Down Reagan was no more saint than Obama, the second coming.  Let’s stop expecting angels in the White House and start replacing the demons in the Supreme Court, Congress and GOP held state legislatures.

We recapture our national character by immolating heroic behavior of First Responders, Goodwill, Employment Agencies, Social Workers, Counselors for Bully targets and victims of Domestic Violence, Rape and mass murder.

I’m impressed by the accomplishments of First Lady, Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and I agree with Senator Sanders, but we’re not a one issue nation with a pocketful of simple answers.  We are both House Divided and leader in a shrinking village ever more violent, against the very life of the planet and all life upon it.

And to all Obama haters, yes I prefer Presidents who must be dragged into war kicking and screaming – the Constitutional Lawyer cool, a plus — and I’m happy bigotry and corporatism have wasted billions fighting an idea of hope that few can courageously embrace in time of peril.

Anyone can believe when times are without challenge, but America’s true courage and character were exemplified by Charleston families and friends left behind by American gun violence.

Yet while President Obama pinpricks ISIS to increasing effect, we’re risking becoming world police, forever imprinted with Good Kill and Imperialism.

2015-16 is the hour for rational voters to elect prudent leaders to address towering 21st century global issues:  Climate Change, Global Justice and The Trans-Pacific Partnership, a secretive trade agreement being negotiated by special interest lobbyists and corporate lawyers around the world.

For unions, it’s like a global Scott Walker Koch head Christmas wish list come true; for America, the final nail in the coffin of our often touted Exceptionalism.

Both Climate Change and TPP are WWIII — the former declared by 99% over-consumerism and the latter, the yellow brick road, gold plated by the secret tribunals of multi-national corporations — American in name only.

In 2016 we have the freedom to recapture our essence, or in fear and denial, continue to look the other way.