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For Whom the Bell Tolls, the Day After Las Vegas – Headlined on OpEdNews.com

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Whether propagating the self-deception of a reality show society or willfully picking up the gauntlet with which gun violence has targeted reason, let freedom ring in favor of our right to agree to disagree without NRA tools of mass destruction; rethink In God We Trust fear and faith on the backs of our green, our tired and our poor – failing to see our fragile life-line to, there but for the grace:  Sandy Hook, again.

A near death experience can magnify our enlightenment or regurgitate casting our sandlot against people who look too tanned for comfort with lifestyle choices unbecoming our inclusion, or swing away like guardians putting themselves in harm’s way for those striking out at bat, but still rounding their gerrymandered bases.

We could snatch from the bowels of the lies we tell ourselves about gender equality, a more creative, and collaborative boost to minimum wage, teacher salaries and American ingenuity – committing ourselves to a real America First focused revival that reinvigorates construction and manufacturing careers.

Whatever our heritage, homage or hue, ultimately, we are the solution to moral bankruptcy, political perjury, Conservative prejudice, human extinction and the atmosphere we’ve created in the name of prosperity astride a foundation of poverty.

The American Dream is not sleep walking through nightmares of knocking down the doors of those who trusted our now frigid, Statue of Liberty promises, with ICE picked madness, oppression and death by automatic sniper fire camouflaged as Constitutional.

We can choose to be passionate in our compassion, or ruthless in our rallies.

Tis the season for Catastrophic change:  Twitter & Facebook admitting, like Bank of America and Wells Fargo, they are American in name only, domestic terrorism in Las Vegas, and, the ship sinking the united in the United States, ignoring brown people left behind by Hurricane Maria and swamp thing’s fake news.

Sometimes all it takes to be good neighbors, is replacing the power of 140 characters with the art of silence – meditating, perhaps, on what would be our response to being labeled, card-carrying members of, The Axis of Evil – or the land of the hacked.

We can stand up for Standing Rock, stand with San Juan’s Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz and stand tall for Justice by bending a knee and exposing the soulless promoting tax reform as miracle for the Middle Class and, not good for me.

Thoughts and Prayers language can be the veil giving cover to both puppeteers and puppets, masking our massive self-deluding addiction to Opioids and guns — bequeathing children, streets littered with plastic, Styrofoam and dreams of violence.

Maybe hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, drought, and raging forest fires are unavoidable cycles, but our breaking treaties with Native-Americans, internment of Japanese-Americans, shooting unarmed people resembling Henrietta Lacks and being too war intensive:  invading Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq – is more eclipse.

We can ignore Dulles brothers’ legacy to Koch brothers, and languish in a shroud of mystery and conspiracy theories while assassination truth is denied by a president who, at 71, needed help to discover the political cover of, optics as hurricane response excuse – but Las Vegas reminds us, the next moment has never been promised.

We can live life with grace, generosity and gratitude – or clone ourselves a politically motivated 21st century Nero, fiddlin’ away our Exceptionalism.

Indeed, everything has its season, and time yields to life changing events, but if we fail to, seize the day from irrational leaders, Boomlets, like Millennials before them, will only inherit the winds of perpetual war and domestic violence, before abrupt climate change can educate Global Warming deniers.

Believing thumbed digital phrases while walking is conversing, we are self-disconnecting from human communication.  Losing the art of listening to our inner voice of reason, we divorce humane communion.  Until we exude tolerance for those with whom we disagree, we risk, acts of pure evil, and deny ourselves all-inclusive vision.

Shooters, Isolationists, Originalists, Fascists and Supremacists prevail only when we desert the potential of a loving human chain of diversity, waiting for permission to share – because little produced by humankind is ever at its best when unilateral, first launched or white-washed.

 

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HERos — Headlined on OpEdNews.com Mon 2/22/16

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Atticus Finch Harper LeeHarper Lee, like Boo, almost always out of sight, but rarely out of mind, put human faces on our strengths and weaknesses, but only fleetingly altered them.  Nonetheless, she remains, my HERo.

Amidst the crescendo of election nomination campaigning accelerating like earth’s temperature, with un-statesman like personal attacks and hoarse rants surmounted only by passionate desperation — I long for the poetry of justice and the prose of unbiased civility, waiting teary eyed for the past due recognition of all of America’s Harper Lees – the half who were denied the vote, land ownership and, in divorce, a credit card in their own name.

So hello young lovers whoever you are:  Maybe we should give former Secretary of State Madeline Albright a break for her hellish reference, as her journey through unjust gender imbalance, exceeds your years of student loan debt.

Despite the lives of Molly Pitcher & Margaret Corbin, Los Angeles’s property owner and philanthropist Biddy Bridget Mason, Congresswomen Jeannette Rankin & Tammy Duckworth, Suffragettes Alice Paul, Anna Julia Cooper, Ida B. Wells-Barnett — and of course, Amelia Earhart, Susan B. Anthony, Eleanor Roosevelt, Marian Anderson, Rosa Parks, Maya Angelou and Harper Lee – women still occupy too few pages in American history books – however many have writ large, casting a giant shadow of protective courage, sacrifice and patriotism to shade the Millennial path to prosperous equity.

Women like Abigail Adams, Air Force Lt Col Margaret K. Hamberger, Army SPC Jessica Y. Sarandrea, Master Chief Petty Officer Jackey Smith, Admiral Michelle Howard, Army Sergeant Latianna Wilson, first female Silver Star for combat heroism recipient, Leigh Ann Hester, Army CPL Jessica Ann Ellis, Rachel Maddow, Senator Elizabeth Warren, most decorated Army Col Ruby Grace Bradley and Anita Hill have paved our path to the ballot box with, blood, sweat and tears.  

America’s female half has always contributed tremendously to the development, independence, security and survival of our American nation — standing their ground beside, or instead of, men – living the American experience of gut wrenching gender, as well as economic, disparity.

I’ve seen the movie and listened to the audio book of To Kill a Mockingbird, many times – but now, it’s too soon, too sad, too tragic to bear so much honesty crying out from the wilderness of our political, geographical, racial, and historical charades.

Without Google, or Apple, aiding and abetting, how many of us can identify a photograph of current female members of Congress or mayors policing the police, or challenging lead water supplying Governors?  Do we know how many women serve on the now eight-member Supreme Court? Can we spell their names?  Pick them out of a lineup?

Can we even yet discern female points of light nationally, globally, even galactically, with pen, sword and vision; serving in home kitchens, as House Reps, committed to country on and off the battlefield — in the Senate, municipalities, State Houses, Courts, carpools, PTAs and Family rooms?

Gay or straight, Liberal or Conservative, rich or poor, of every belief, faith and tradition, from every tribe, community and skin color, the lives of women have taught us the truth of duty, honor and family — yet still they are denied Constitutional equality.

In this presidential election year of extremes, I dare to hope all will discover within them, the courage of women, and protect the privilege of voting from reactionary anger, fearful frustration, national fog of war, and the male tendency toward oversimplified Open Carry solutions to our global challenges.

Even before religion was resurrected as a tool of Conservative politicians to rewrite history and compromise science, women of all faiths, social-economic levels and political, racial and sexual persuasions were ignored, cast as second class citizens, even abused.

Maya Angelou RememberedIn honor of our HERos who have honored us, let’s now live, act and vote to honor our better half.Akemi Women Make it Work Small