Duck and Cover
Beware, media fixating public on bull in a china shop gesticulating middle finger to world community, risks reelections of America’s historic beasts. Yet, while Gerrymandering and Donald Trump dispel decency, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Bear Tavern 5th graders mirror American beauty.
That our 45th isn’t a presidential fit preferred by most, is less horrific than allowing him to enter us in a race against ourselves, denigrating the educational achievements of Africans, Hattians whose courageous ancestors helped transfer us from European tyranny to our Land of the Free Exceptionalism, and Puerto Ricans who, while not William Howard Taft’s Little Brown Brothers, were nonetheless invaded into American WWI conscription.
Narrowing POVs, myopic jargon and oblivious tweets are a colossal misuse of life limited by weather extremes, Food Deserts, Flint Water and halfhearted renewable energy prep.
Nonetheless, unless we fail to vote ourselves outside the box where Conservatism and Corporatism build our future on sand, we will again be the masters of our soul — with this caveat: if we persist in wallowing in the avalanche of 21st century Republicanism, We the People could collude in a PAC with the devil, instead of being the beauty all life on earth would lovingly embrace, for a morsel of respect.
So, shaking off forever, the dust of gender inequality, income disparity, Rainforest destruction and animal slaughter for sport, let us cleanse the racist excrement smeared on our Statue of Liberty heritage, by a Jim Crow immigration ethos.
It’s not just opportunists appointed to ignore American international history, lacking any appreciation for the sacrifice of tens of thousands of female-American, LGBTQ-American, Muslim-American, African-American, Asian-American, Latino-American and Native-American citizens who preserve, protect and defend all, including Caucasians. It’s unseen brokers hedging anti-American bets.
From Estcourt Station Maine to San Diego California, Americans deserve better than a Pilate president washing his hands of American protectorates/territories. Our beauty is being both Good Samaritans and Good Stewards:
- First-responders to Domestic Terrorism
- Firefighters conquering city & forest fires
- Volunteers rebuilding Texas and Florida post Harvey and Irma – still insisting on more than a neophyte’s bread toss response to the punishing Maria aftermath in Puerto Rico – while beasts expose us to offshore drilling perils for profit
In sharp contrast, countless nurses & caregivers, teachers & social workers, parents & police, doctors & lawyers, military families — even some bankers and lobbyists, who sacrifice daily to uplift, heal and untether us from our sometimes-beastly past, revealing an enlightened harmonious future – many, bearing little resemblance to our paleface Founding Fathers’ gender or sexual persuasion.
Still America, beware corporate, religious and political magicians who pledge to turn us against each other, disappearing both our beauty and prestige, like Walmart publicly proclaiming its new $11.00 minimum wage while quietly firing employees; NOW Television CEO, Pastor Mark Burns whitewashing the darkness shaming American diplomacy and Sarah Huckabee-Sanders selling her soul for those devoid of empathy.
Believing Trump is America’s only elected beast is what fuels the imbalance between, our past good & current ugliness, harassment and the harassed and our habitual tendency to lockstep with short-term memory.
October 1962, on the brink of Nuclear War with Soviet Union, President Kennedy’s primary concern, for thirteen days: a chain of command miscalculation. January 2018, for thirty-eight minutes, Hawaii experienced a nuclear miscalculation – still believing duck and cover saves us from nuclear holocaust.
Calling out foreign hackers and domestic hucksters attempting a hoax on our reason, will vanquish foes to America’s diverse beauty and expose corporate and congressional self-aggrandizement for the treason it is.
A giving character aligns us with the integrity of all life on earth, thus preventing America’s destruction by the braggadocios and morally bankrupt. Racism, sexism and refusal to progress forward, are the beasts that threaten our epiphany, haunt our good deeds and deplete our finite existence.
Second class citizenship is a man-made infection staining places of employment from migrant workers to Wall Street suites. However, even when losing our way to disarray, disgrace and deception, a #TimesUp and #MeToo duo ushers in our ethical climate change — where women are valued, and men listen.
Once again Beauty warns, it’s not the beast without, but within, we need purge.
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.