To survive Trump/Pence rout of American Constitutional laws, caregivers of reason need become America’s global healing force for global peace, earth’s revival and both rejuvenation and survival of honest elections for government of, by and for the people – because Donald Trump has irrevocably proven his world view; the real art of his deal: tough people rising up against a peaceful transfer of presidential power.
Although founded in the midst of treasonous revolt turned miraculously blessed revolution, America was not built by rich and powerful property owners, but by farmers, small business owners and young adults who were the formative catalysts of our first, greatest generations.
The American Dream nightmare, however, remains confusing American one person one vote Exceptionalism, with superiority over all who don’t look like Benedict Arnold, think like Edward Rutledge or behave like John Adams.
America’s Ascension began its Descension when our founding reins of power, were usurped by conservative wealth, for whom power is the thrill of dominating the vulnerable – and the more colorful.
Since, with a sense of entitlement, Europeans in search of plunder, intruded on a massively beautiful, true land of the free, violently conquering and lasciviously infecting its indigenous natives – people who care for global life, have been increasingly ignored by invading bullies.
America’s half-told history is replete with violent, rougher behavior and oversimplified short-sighted responses to, the Golden Rule. Now, self-destructive denial is wounding those who care enough to give, and those most in need of care.
Rooted in the love of money instead of caring for humanity and planet, psychological clones of Martin Shkreli, CEOs of Tabaco industry and Great Recession causing Wall Street banks, who knew what they were doing, and did it anyway – to Conservatives and Liberals alike – now gluttonously melt our children’s future, denying Climate Change while institutionalizing Climate Injustice – for profit.
Nonetheless, America’s caregivers come in all shapes, sizes and colors – both gay and straight, Democrat and Republican – all, having accepted hands on responsibility to the suffering of others, knowing, good people must do good things for other people – because greedy bigots won’t.
But are we, who are blessed with standing on the enviable side of Dementia, addiction and physical challenges, caring for human beings to whom Conservative Republicans, Billionaires and, after birth Evangelicals are increasingly, deaf and blind, being drowned out by public and private executives seeding hate?
Most Americans know our latest version of America, trumpeting Trump/Pence, is neither renewed greatness nor our finest hour – but more akin to Andrew Jackson’s Indian Removal Act and the 2005 Republican 108th Congress protection for NRA bottom line and gun makers’ immunity.
There is a difference between remembrance of history and reverence for it, and until more of us become caregivers for earth and all life upon it, we risk being buried by those worshiping at the altar of extreme drought and flooding denial, Mistakes were Made and the Mission Accomplished lies we tell ourselves.
Wisdom is founded in listening – particularly to our first caregivers: mothers, nurses and teachers who know the life-giving value of, always, listen to the children – instead of sentencing them to crippling student loan debt, income disparity and constitutionally ensconced gender inequality.
The mantle of, The Greatest Generation, tarnished by Baby-Boomers, has been passed to new generations, but Lady Liberty’s torch, a smoldering reminder of what can happen to, one brief shining moment, when left in the bloodstained clinched fists of the apathetic and self-indulgent.
Allowing America to be defined by conservative gray-haired men who have failed to conserve trust, hope or safe environment for those who stand in the shadow of their palatial envying monuments to a failed past – cannot be the America we bequeath our children’s children.
The digitally unsavvy v. device dominated; sixties’ spiritual reboot v. hypocritical religious zealots; balanced Biden experience v. charismatic Beto shooting-star – is now taking our measure.
Earth needs America’s continuity, but unless we define victory as more than toppling Trump towering immorality, freedom’s lessons are lost to panic inciting mob rule.
Deniers breed, division in the ranks. Caregivers nurture the healing power found in the promise of older moderate Liberals united with the reflection of their hungry younger selves.
There is no more important caring gift than a bedside manner that saves all life on earth from our Trump/Pence death rattle.
Wandering in the shadow of the past, wondering if our Hancock sun is rising or setting, misses the point: like a total eclipse, the blinding beauty of nature’s power is in the eye of those who’ve learned to behold – whereas denial leaves us defenseless against time and ignorant of evolution.
Few of us recognize, a life changing event, until it consumes us. For some, it was the exceptional ideals of a We the People Constitution. For others, a head-on collision playing football, or texting while driving.
Life changes as unexpectedly as a Gettysburg Address or Ferguson shooting. For some, the rise and fall of stock prices, or cash machines investing in voting machines transforming a Voting Rights Act Main Street dream into, dreamers go home.
Institutions don’t lie, but often, the people who run them, do. Post WWII financial, political and religious institutions used communications and educational institutions to convince otherwise intelligent adults that atomic power would bomb war into a deep freeze – but the missiles of October 1962 proved, denial precedes meltdowns.
Listening to Nikki Haley read to the United Nations Security Council was like streaming reruns of decades of American students being assured Duck and Cover, would save their lives from the Atomic Bomb; that they could be educated reading texts that, all but excluded female heroes, role models of color, contributions from Hyphenated Americans – tossing truth of Thanksgiving and Native Americans, into a spiraling white squall.
Shall we continue the self-delusion that dilutes world peace, or embrace the heroics of sincere dialogue: Listening graces brain power with the potential to overcome nuclear power.
Renewing our foundations in unconditional goodwill, enables equal opportunity and injects denial with the pre-existing condition of truth: our national security is inevitably intertwined with earth and all life upon it, so…
- First, do no harm
- Speak truth about the power of our leaders and ourselves
- Emulate those who believe character is the real measure of success
- Freely give to others what we ourselves wish to receive
Not only are we the change we’ve been waiting for, but we are the climate change we fear, the atomic bombs we’ve dropped and forgot — and those in need of affordable mental and physical healthcare, we ignore.
Any effort to take back, go back or hold back, incites our unwinnable war with destiny, because, with or without our permission, time moves ever forward – leaving in its wake, with every breath we take, an invitation to surpass the past, by achieving, what’s next.
Nonetheless, regardless which path we choose, we’ll attract friends, create enemies, periodically encounter sustainable leaps forward and alternately, battle addictive life changing denials: Opioids/Alcohol, Terror Cells/Smart Phones, iPods/iPads, Social Media/Television, DC/Wall Street Koch-heads – constantly challenging our electing principle over greed.
Much of life is a casting call: bully or bullied, caregivers or not my problem, but choosing progression over evolving into the company, habits and presidents we keep, shatters the denial of malice aforethought.
Language is used for both truth and falsehood – by heroes and deceivers. Being human is the life changing responsibility to learn the difference:
- No Child Left Behind – or – Global Warming
- Political neophyte – or – morally bankrupt self-serving bigot
- Gas pipelines & offshore oil drilling – or – Solar panels
- Trump Towers laundering money – or – Wind Towers real air power
When we can, in an embryo, replace the bad gene of one parent with a good gene from the other parent, can’t we also prioritize finding a cure for Alzheimer’s, for what will it profit humankind if we gain cures for Cancers, heart decease and strokes, but lose our memory of the choice between war and peace.
Both Silence and violence are welcome mats over which narcissists enter as existential threats magnetizing voter fears to the denial of Demagogues among us.
Language, poetry or prose, oral tribal history or constitutional parchment, communicates and inspires, but only we can determine direction, interpretation or cause and effect.