For those for whom Angela Lansbury’s 1962 Manchurian Candidate and Kirk Douglass’ 1964 Seven Days in May weren’t the euphoric and tragic bookends of an American Presidency that was the light of the world, this week’s revelations from The New York Times and Washington Post regarding the possibility of a sitting President of the United States, being an agent for an enemy of the state, must be particularly shocking. However, for Tom Brokaw’s Greatest Generation, this, Breaking News, resurrects reminders of both The Green Book and, we choose to go to the moon.
Nonetheless, as with Nixon’s resignation, now is not the time for either cheering or jeering; nor time to expend energy ridiculing those so frantic to hold onto a whitewashed history of their place in the world, that their votes have placed nation and future on the altar of a sworn foreign enemy of all earthly democracies.
It is a time to contemplate how we must channel the wisdom of Lincoln, compassion of Bobby Kennedy and judgment of RBG – in order to preserve, protect and defend America from the men who believe they, and they alone, are America’s greatness – and a political party willing to destroy America as it self-destructs.
In 2012 when U. S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was twenty-three, Paul Ryan took his seventy-eight-year-old mother to a Florida campaign event – to assure Florida residents that Medicare wouldn’t be sliced and diced until the generations after theirs. The retirees living at The Villages, seemingly forgetting their children and grandchildren, as well as those of others, applauded thunderously for the Wisconsin Republican, using his mother as a political prop.
As Americans, we tend to be in a more satisfying comfort zone when we can name a thing, label a place or categorize a person, but before we jump the smoking gun and incite a violent rush to Supreme Court judgment of an unjust administration, let’s be mindful: if we make 2019-2020 about allowing people like Dick Cheney, Sarah Huckabee-Sanders, Chuck Grassley and all who tarnish American Exceptionalism, in order to abide in the inner-circle of power, define us – we lose opportunities to deserve those who sacrifice for our collective wellbeing, safety and country – especially those who show up, without being paid.
Indeed, we are in another historical chapter, though a different leaf, where America’s Green Book needs to be carried, for the walls that have historically haunted America remain both antecedent and foundation for the hate, fears and violence of those possessed by greed, and a need to feel superior to others in order to see value in themselves.
Aesop warned, we are known by the company we keep – true also for nations and their financial institutions. So, let us forever beware: in a land mesmerized by Selfies and herded by Social Media, traitors can hide in plain sight.
For American democracy surviving and thriving in a post-Trump/Pence era, we must find within ourselves, Lincoln’s compassionate reconstruction – and be the authority legitimizing America as an ongoing diverse conversation, all-inclusive agency and kindness to all strangers – especially children seeking asylum at our borders, only to be locked in ICE cold cages.
The world is not our oyster, and every time we pry it open with violence, bigotry, Opioids, insufferable health-care costs, climate change denial and government shutdowns, we invite, me first pride to go before our nation’s perilous fall – even as, Times up for people like Donald Trump Jr, Mitch McConnell and Steve King.
As with William Wyler’s Ben-Hur, America’s challenge is to recognize true enemies of the state and not succumb to, Where there is greatness, great government or power, even great feeling or compassion, error also is great. We progress and mature by fault.
Our best defense:
- Justice for All
- Protecting all like Jayme Closs
- Acting like Lin-Manuel Miranda
- Save all children
- Encourage girls and ratify female equality
- Defend the NY Times, Washington Post and all who honor the Fourth Estate by giving us the gift of factual information
- Prevent government shutdowns from evaporating incomes – particularly those of TSAs, California Fire Fighters, Police and Federal Employees
Remember, wisdom and reason are always whispering to those willing to listen.
Arguably, more female and younger voters vote Left of Center, and to varying degrees, desire to center America on the central ideals of the Gettysburg Address, Voting Rights Act before gutted by Supreme Court and, on our most emancipated days, the Equal Rights Amendment. However, we need stop squabbling like jealous siblings, failing to comprehend the wisdom of Solomon — before we cut the baby in half.
Notwithstanding Abraham Lincoln, a Whig until Whig Party evaporated, when he adopted the newest rising political label, Republican — but in all due respect, if Teddy Roosevelt couldn’t do it, Third-Party candidates are not likely to become president, until We the Grassroots stop fighting over the soil, and replace our two-party system with a more pragmatic democratic alternative – capable of sustaining itself without our over-consumerism and financial corruption of Too Big to Jail Wall Street.
Our penchant for labelling everything from hurricanes & wars to denigrating pigmentation, lifestyle choices and economic status – separating us from a Moral Mondays’ mindset, and delivering us into the wilderness state where those who use flag and Bible as props for what they preach about church sex and state greed, drain reason.
Of course, Democrats haven’t always been the good guys, but with 2020 vision in 2018, they are the better choice, especially if female, to progress America forward — if we manage to mute, Blue Wave, and plan/think beyond Pence, as well as Trump.
Realizing impeaching Donald Trump, rolls out the Red Mapping carpet for a President Mike Pence, the real Constitutional Crisis is: those who don’t vote, those who possess too little curiosity to vote with sufficient clarity of outcome and, those dividing Democrats into Liberals and Progressives – a categorically pointless self-mutilating nose from face tantrum.
Perfection is America’s motivating dream, but ensemble invites solution.
We can save our culturally diverse heritage, or we can succumb to the infestation of, us against them.
Are we willing to make how we treat each other a disgusting contest to win, rock bottom?
Proving anyone’s character and patriotism ranks higher than a Nunes, Gowdy or Peter King is as easy as emulating Republicans Rod J. Rosenstein, Robert Mueller and Democrats Leslie Cockburn & Abigail Spanberger.
We can parrot media’s, Constitutional Crisis, or get involved in a system long overdue for correcting itself. We can save our 2020 Census from Gerrymandering, by painting America’s Red, White and Blue a rainbow enhanced by brown, black and yellow.
We can crush student loan borrowers, embrace implausible deniability of $30 million dollar check and rape our environment, or we can elect, and if need be, un-elect, candidates who void agenda of Mick Mulvaney, Citizens United and Scott Pruitt – but continuing to extremely swing our political pendulum needs to cease and desist.
Not condoning Guantanamo Waterboarding, or oiling the turnstile between minority high schools and prisons for profit is a disgracefully low bar, which by comparison, might cajole some into thinking themselves morally superior, on Facebook, but to whatever degree we behave like what we abhor, we become another Kelly Sadler comrade.
We either propagate Access Hollywood’s genitalia POTUS vulgarity or auto-reject Keith Davidson’s sexual assistance, Michael Hayden’s Gina Haspel and begin anew to embody Thurgood Marshall’s Brown v. Board of Education.
We can choose Senator Grassley’s rush to misjudgment, Mitch McConnell’s young conservative republicans’ bench lineup – even as Greenberg Traurig celebrates Comey’s departure anniversary by kicking Trump sidekick to the curb, or recommit to a Statue of Liberty approved, Land of the Free.
We can sacrifice voting privileges on the altar of billionaire financed manipulative marketing to maintain perceived privilege, status, and power or be another generation making Mothers and Fathers happy they colluded with sex.
Our actions, especially how we revere days like, Mothers’ Day, define us:
- Lovingly respecting all Mothers
- Honoring all women, especially teachers
- Rejuvenating hope in parents who’ve lost children to drive-bys, HS military recruitment, private prisons, addiction, food-poisoning, Flint water, gun-violence and lack of quality education
Such things have no more place in a Home of the Brave, than military deferments dishonestly acquired.
Our Founding Fathers did exceptionally well, but it’s up to us to keep it, knowing being a living example of the Golden Rule is the only light that diminishes tower darkness.