Free Speech

Free Speech: Heritage v. Hate and Hurricane Harvey v. Trump Dysfunction – Headlined on OpEdNews.com

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Sensitivity to the trauma of people who have just lost everything in a natural disaster, remains an individual’s freedom of choice – we can care or, sell baseball caps.

We are free to be former strangers, waist deep in toxic flood water conquering chaos with anything that floats or, pretending to be police, steal what’s left behind.

How we respond to life events, be they devastation, diversity, or deportation, defines us.  We’re free to respond to violence in-kind, or with the kind of courage that bespeaks heroic civility.

We are free to freely share our humanity with all life in peril, filling the void of neglectful leadership threatening American security, or collude to hack the American Dream of every hue and persuasion of dreamers — to erect towers in tribute to self-aggrandizing babble.

We have the freedom to listen, choose to plan and take-action to save ourselves from a planet we’ve not spared human avarice, or impose selective equal opportunity, perpetuating climate injustice, with malice aforethought toward our Grid and infrastructure core.

It’s not the loud mouth bully rallying mass ovation.  It’s the willing minions, happily embracing vulgarity, scorn and domestic violence.

It’s not hard-working Middle Class Blue Collar Midwest Families.  It’s the smooth-talking excuse making masters of deception, like Christopher Ruddy, Vice President Mike Pence and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, serving up palatable bigotry, to unsuspecting palates.

The violent are free to choose labels of provocation, but reason champions peaceful assembly to resist dueling myopic reruns of cyclical attempts to isolate American Exceptionalism by drowning American diversity in self-destructive nationalism.

While Freedom of Speech does allow politicians, presidents and even Open Carry White Supremacists, protesting as full throttled foul-mouthed provocateurs of violence, permeating prevarications aided and abetted by orange marmalade – it isn’t permission to answer violence with violence.

Constitutional free speech does not condone collusion with a foreign power, violation of the Emolument Clause nor a get out of jail free card for multi-million-dollar white collar crime.

Freedom of Speech isn’t freedom to flaunt presidential pardon power, but to uphold our Constitutional Utopian dream of color blind justice – perhaps under the watchful eyes of computer nerds blocking hackers, rational voters holding the line against torch lit revivals of Jim Crow and Bill of Rights defenders embracing balance and reason in response to cue sticks sharpened into spears.

Freedom of Speech is our non-violent right to resist, to march in advocacy, to petition the government with our physical presence, elevating blind justice over blind ambition.

Regardless of craven heads craving all that glitters, Freedom of Speech is not a gold hammer and sickle for Alt-Right terrorism and Antifa violence to assassinate our First Amendment, nor is it license to abolish peaceful assembly.

The first ten Amendments to our Constitution are neither optional nor a welcome mat for Karl Rove’s Citizens United Supremes to bestow on Corporatism, unprecedented electoral power.

The Great Recession is the recurring nightmare flooding voting booths with psychological insecurity – attempting to make elections moot, by voter intimidation and manipulation – to render all government levels and branches vulnerable to moral decay and character bankruptcy.

Our freedoms have been purchased by blood, sweat, tears and taxes, most recently tasked with inspiring the resilience of those so tragically impacted by Hurricane Harvey, with the humanity of those standing in line to volunteer assistance.

Although American history is replete with love thy neighbor as thyself, steeped in the solid foundation of our immigrant heritage, from Lincoln’s 1865 assassination to Charlottesville 2017, the hate of a few has profaned America in the name of God and Country.

We are free to be Harvey heroes or nefarious high-powered saber rattlers pontificating for those who profit from deflating America’s peace of mind.

We can choose to be human chains connecting neighbors and communities, or slashers of programs and services providing our best defense when a ravaged environment, retaliates.

Free Speech allows us the privilege to lie to ourselves about Mexico reimbursing us for a trumped up wall, or, agreeing with President Ulysses S. Grant regarding James K. Polk’s invasion of Mexico, we could emulate the Samaritans of Houston – and be grateful for all who define America with, spontaneous compassion.

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Nouns, More Important than Putin and Trumps – Headlined on OpEdNews.com

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World to the trumped:  there are more noteworthy persons, places, things, states of mind and character qualities in Heaven and on earth, than are dreamt of in the philosophy of judicial nationalists, congressional isolationists and America First white supremacists.

PERSONS:  Wednesday July 19, 2017, Walter Shaub Jr., director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, will resign.  Having fought the good fight, attempting to scale the wall of lies erected by an unethical White House – while five million families are living with Alzheimer’s and too many Americans living in fear of losing their affordable healthcare.

PLACES:  Saturday July 8, 2017, Charlottesville, Virginia – Exhumed from its shallow grave, a vastly out-numbered Ku Klux Klan raised its flags 72.1 miles north west of the Confederate capital, to defend a controversial statue of General Robert E. Lee — a West Point graduate who, in April 1861, decided to resign from the American Army, and resist it as commander of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia.

Overwhelmingly, Charlottesville citizens and elected officials responded with numerous events around the city of Jefferson’s University of Virginia – defining Community, with informed, educational and positive fun for all ages, including concerts, slide show talks and picnics.

In the end, however, peace between north and south was broken by police tear gas, and the arrest of locals protesting Free Speech that still celebrates the division of a nation — with limited Rural Internet Service and Congressionally endangered Medicaid.

THINGS:  World Trade sailing on, royally waving farewell to floundering American ship of state, groping to survive fake running it aground, into past pale prologue  —  while globe is warming to Paris Agreement to deny denial of Climate Change changing the foundation on which we stand dependent for life’s essentials:  Background Checks, containment of drug overdoses, substituting conservative tunnel vision with equality of quality education — chiseling in granite:  shut down school to prison pipeline.

States of Depravity and Delusion:  Ignoring the potential killing of America’s unique genius, for exploration, discovery and wonder, wandering the unknown, visualizing the unseen – does not excuse choosing ignorance over reason.

It is not our raison d’etre to preserve, protect and defend Party birds of a feather flocking together for three-day work-weeks behind closed doors betraying Lincoln’s vision:  of, by and for the people.

Sometimes, we’ve elected leaders, of every political persuasion, who have publicly praised and privately dialed a dictator, for purely selfish international euphoria on the grand orgasmic world stage — but must we continue sleeping with Dicks like Nixon and Cheney, by electing one so ruthlessly willing to destabilize any plausible pretense of national morality, that might still afford our sacred institutions some remnants to claim, legitimacy?

We are nouns so much more important to the universe than, the gluttony for supremacy that favors the nouns of war, hate, envy, jealousy, fear, anger, greed and violence.

Neither suicide nor restoration are solo performances, but rather the ensemble consequence of failing, attention must be paid — knowing who to applaud and what to reaffirm.  The good, bad and ugly truth is, it takes only a few to tip the scale:  correct or complicit – prophet leading those settling for pathetic, or choosing revelation over condemnation.

America’s challenging conflict isn’t really, Red v. Blue states and, less about economic, racial or sexual differences on which we’ve been media focused for 24/7 filler.  The real 21st century American Revolution, in which we find ourselves, is the conflict between right and wrong, and knowing the difference.  Hunting dirt, with foreign enemies wishing only to diminish us, is cheating on ourselves and wrong.

Collectively, we are many precious nouns, most, a cornucopia of potential gravity for  the world; each, an overflowing fountain, interrupted only when overlooking both character, and characters, that determine the qualities life craves for, and demands of, us all:  civics with civility, an all-inclusive pact and replacing undermining political PACs with informed mental clarity of purpose and vision.

Living a life that honors all, is what keeps America great – embracing, sharing and repeating, only what is true, noble, just, pure, admirable and excellent.  To be praiseworthy, we need only practice what we preach.