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Be a Global Citizen:  Take the Knee – Headlined on OpEdNews.com

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The honest and true patriot is not a nationalist America First supremacist stealing taxpayer dollars for personal convenience, power or profit.  True patriotism is being the living and breathing embodiment of the best of what our National Anthem, American flag and Statue of Liberty represent.

The patriot’s finest hour and greatest expression, is the potential of, Let Freedom Ring — not just hail to the symbols, but individually sharing and collectively being the actuality of a global Golden Rule’s Good Samaritans.

Those who can’t distinguish Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan or a Wall Street purchased Russian infiltrated administration from non-violent expressions of our First Amendment Rights, are cowards mocking the Home of the Brave.

Despite the freedom afforded a thieving treasury secretary to freely express, the expression of freedom of speech must be barred from sports events, while Supremely Blessed Corporatism Puppeteers Red Map America and Gerrymander our electoral process — non-violent, silent kneeling in protest of anything in America, is guaranteed by:  to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

The Bill of Rights may be Exceptionalism created exclusively by America’s Founding Fathers, but its guarantees are not limited within American borders, despite, Weapons of Mass Destruction Bush/Cheney covertly implanting Protest Zones to fence in Free Speech.

Having a president who fails to comprehend the legal responsibilities of his oath of office to preserve, protect and defend our Constitutional freedoms – guaranteed any and everywhere in America – is as much a definition of anti-American, as Russian hacking.

Nonetheless, Freedom of Speech is not carte blanche protection for bully pulpit attacks, white supremacists, hate speech, spitting on nationalist blogger Jason Kessler, advocating vehicular murder, Tiki-torch parades proclaiming, Jews will not replace us, beating clergy with pool cues sharpened into spears — or even granting collectivism’s international money changers, a Citizens United human equivalency.

In a world of followers mesmerized by political TV ads & Fox News, Ted Cruz & Tom Price, Smart Phones & Social Media — goose-stepping for Kim Jong-un and genuflecting to Donald Trump — prioritizing human equality with Justice for All, requires the enormous courage to petition for a viable solution for survival of the planet, by turning the other cheek.

When I was a child, I resented TV sports ignoring the TV Guide schedule and pre-empting scheduled movies, as if movies were second class entertainment.  But when I became a man, Ken Burns documentaries enlightened me – indeed, there are more things in Heaven and earth than are dreamt of in an executive travel ban philosophy.

Continually inspired by DaveThe West Wing and The American President I’m an Italian-American who loves all Americans — and when it’s recognizable, weep during the National Anthem, both in appreciation for what it represents, and somewhat leery of how entrenched our school daze pledge of allegiance to the flag has indoctrinated adults with unadulterated flag-waving.

Beware, global empires, like Persian, Roman and Ottoman began erosion process when, after 250 years, the populace allowed economic imbalance, wars for wealth and expansionism, to tip imperial scales toward decline and fall.

The United States of America, in its 241st year, largely deserting united in favor of, dysfunctional — aided and abetted by K & Wall Streets, has replaced, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington with an abnormal Executive who is a colossal threat to, and forever in peace may you wave.

Is humankind willing to gather at the rivers of racism, sexism, Climate or nuclear extinction, because bully twins, Kim & Don, have wrested the global pulpit from wisdom, maturity, civility and rational behavior?

An American president denying Russian Cyber-attacks on our 2016 elections, Putin’s attacks on Morgan Freeman and Rob Reiner, video plea for a Commission to investigate same, and, in concert with corporate media and like-minded politicians — all but relegating American life in Puerto Rico, to a post-Maria footnote — is far more damaging to American Security, and symbolism than, bending a knee.

Get that SOB out of here, is repugnant to American ideals, but a bent knee, or two, for the right of the people peaceably to assemble, to snatch peace on earth from the jaws of the world’s demagogue duo, symbolizes what is best about America.


DEATH of A Nation — Headlined by OpEdNews.com Mon 5/25/15

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Vietnam WallOn Memorial Day, we remember those who made the greatest sacrifice, but seldom acknowledge those who didn’t:  returning from battlefields brain damaged or missing limbs, to families changed forever.

On Veterans Day, we wave our flags and parade in shrinking uniforms celebrating those too often forgotten into, When Johnny Comes Marching Home, to homelessness, underemployment and VA neglect.

On December 7th and September 11th, we remember sneak attacks, but ignore our use of nuclear bombs; bells ringing, we weep silently, but praise preemptive invasion into a nation with no 9/11 connection because, the world is a better place without its tyrannical leader, while failing to indict our own.

Whether, passing, loss, passed away, gone home, transference, moving on, crossed over, Assumption or Ascension, some rise above death while others crumble under the debris of denying the truth about death’s war toll on the living.

The few good wars, American Revolution, 1812, Civil War, WWII a maimed veteran can count on one remaining hand.  Still we praise leaders who systematically launch Americans off to fight for their country, while counting the rewards of sacrificing our youth, on the ensconced altar of Corporatism.

Truth Decay is at its most devastating when denied the drill of eyes wide open, to being cast as pawns in the chess games of the obscure.  Sadly, the tragically tarnished, so proud of family members dying for their country, are consistent customers and constituents of the very puppeteers who profit most from war’s dead or alive.

It’s not national pride that is the enemy, but rather those who manipulate the Constitution to misdirect the valor of proud patriots, until like a tattered Old Glory with weather faded colors, they become a forgotten symbol denied truth with each deposit of war’s perpetual blood, sweat and tears.

Most often death is not quick to diminish our memories, fracture our relationships or darken our doorstep, for death is not the instrument of destruction – that would be man’s inferno grab for power, breeding insatiable need, for more.

For the suits on The Street tugging at five sided Foggy Bottom and congressional bottom feeders, it’s the thrill of rats racing to turn race against race, against being united, against peace – all for the high risk, of risking others, they take another spin at the wheel of Too Big to Jail.

Death, like new life, comes with the tide of rigged oil spills erupting across land and sea like volcanic lava, coal ash and tornadoes reshaping life and land.

Death can be the pot of gold at the end of a Middle Class rainbow for the wealthiest We Built That.

Death is in the end of day last call, of too many Americans, ignored:

  • Medicare refusing to cover cost of hearing loss
  • Congress keeping comparatively limited funding for Alzheimer’s research at previous levels, proud they didn’t Sequester it

Is it not more honorable to honor our dead by…

  • Protecting Social Security for spousal survivors
  • Finding a cure for those living maimed by war and underfunded NIH research

If a mind is a terrible thing to waste, then aren’t the lives of veterans, firefighters, police, climate change scientists, military gays and doctors defending a woman’s right to choose?

And how about unarmed minorities dying by police, for sitting in their cars, making eye contact, playing with toy guns in the park or bicycling while black.

Death comes to America when patriotic phonies use religion to convince We the People that flag waving is enough, while in some neighborhoods, gun salutes mean mass incarcerations and unprosecuted murder of children in city parks, and on public streets — to protect the wealthy few from losing their international power over our nation.