Colluding with the 16th anniversary of America’s turn at Afghanistan, we are engaged in a great civil war to endure as a nation, through racial prejudice, sexual bigotry and Domestic Terrorism – gun violence targeting women and children now intensified by military-styled automatic weapons raining down wholesale massacre and serial mass murder on a Homefront with short-term memory.
Regardless of race, creed, heritage, age, sexual preference or political persuasion, more Americans were shot to death, in Las Vegas Sunday October 1, 2017 than have been killed in America, by radical Islamic terrorists in the last ten years.
Growing up, holidays were loud: packing uncles and aunts, drinking, smoking, shouting rifle and shotgun owners – all skilled, if not avid, hunters – insuring I mastered both M-14 & 16 in Basic Training. Uncle Gino, however, had already taught me to respect guns, because once weapon and shooter were united, each were equally responsible for the union’s conclusion.
Since 1967, more Americans have been killed by guns, than in all the wars in which America was involved since our Revolutionary War, and still…
- Conservatives: Now is not the time to discuss it
- NRA: more good men with guns
- Responsible gun owners: some background checks
- Schools: Armed police handcuffing & arresting children
- Fed-up Americans: Repeal the Second Amendment
- Media & Pollsters: Is America headed in the right direction
Arguably, beyond the illusion of handgun induced home security and the adrenaline rush accompanying killing a defenseless animal — stonewalling and ignoring the body-count in American killing fields: concerts, nightclubs, movie theaters, parking lots, churches, schools – petitions us to be The People’s Storm, beckoning the wise to expose GOP/NRA as accessories after the fact.
While Trump and guns are inexorable parts of America’s global definition, they are not the measure of heroism or liberty, but rather enablers of violent death – yet, direction of any nation is determined by the moral fiber of its citizens.
Yes, America is moving in The Right Direction:
- Uniformed shooting of unarmed men of color
- Institutionalized bigotry of DOJ against LGBTQ Americans
- Domestic and Foreign Gerrymandering of our Electoral System
The issue of controlling gun violence, is more about the 2008 Supreme Court misinterpretation of the Second Amendment and less about honoring our Bill of Rights; Less about individual liberty and more about the exhilaration some feel when armed for intimidation.
In 1775, Lexington and Concord fired up a new nation, but by 2016, far too many had forgotten the end goal of Valley Forge was, a United States of America – sans standing army.
Now, We the People need stop wringing our hands, acting like we don’t know the difference between principal and Pence patriotic pretense, and declare ourselves the calm eye centering the Storm — firing 18th century caste system thinking, because we are more than the symbols, we are constitutionally guaranteed the right, to venerate or not.
Because in desperate times, desperation cajoles common sense into nonsensical choices regarding who gets to possess, America’s Nuclear Football, we fool-hearted expected solutions from rhetorical barker, and endangered ourselves, lying to ourselves, about lairs.
Guns are not an extension of freedom, honor, nor human hands. They’re just the end of life waiting to happen.
The fault lies not in our NFL stars, but in constituents who traded Lincoln for Nixon, McConnell, Paul Ryan and government is the problem – allowing fake patriots to transform, America the Beautiful into the land of the trumped.
According to Bob Hope, NYC Mayor Jimmy Walker famously said, the voters always get what they deserve. I wasn’t the only chump in this city. It took a lot of you to elect me.
We honor, Ol’ Glory, by preserving reason, protecting human life and defending ourselves against Koch heads Red Mapping our voting machines.
Confederate Statues, Breitbart, Representative Tim Murphy, AG Jeff Sessions, Harvey Weinstein and Donald Trump are our reality check: controlling gun violence is not just about sales, recreation or politics.
Like Opioid addiction, gender equality and Trump Puerto Rico and North Korea responses – gun violence is an American value that has become a moral blood stain. The thing about guns and people is, people discriminate, but guns will kill anybody.
With a president more interested in tax cuts for the super wealthy than throwing a lifeline to survivors of Hurricane Harvey, I can’t help but wonder, if Hurricane Irma is the angry prologue on a mission to repo the Seminole Peninsula paradise.
South Florida is more like another country than the 27th state we stole in 1830, without granting statehood until 1845. Invading the Everglades, its last frontier in the early 1900s, we challenged its very nature launching a railway from the Florida mainland to the Keys in 1935.
Low-income families now joined by Blue and White-collar workers – including DACA’s 91% employed, feel the greatest impact of hurricane strength stifling hot-air, barreling down from Breitbart’s foot-soldiers, denying the truth about America’s Civil War while wielding racist intimidation, religious bigotry and murder.
They tell us America’s Gross Domestic Product is the best way to determine the stability of our national economy because, GDP is the value of what any United States resident produces. Unlike the GOP, that makes the GDP color blind, without political prejudice, sexual misconduct, racial discrimination or religious travel bans.
Since the major expertise of our dysfunctional 45th administration is disruption, I express human value in cash flow terms to assist the trumped in grasping this truth: like the devastation of Hurricanes Katrina, Sandy, Harvey and Irma, deporting Dreamers will cost America, billions.
Scott Pruitt, it’s past Climate Change talking time with foreign policy Nikki Haley rudderless in the Sea of Japan without a Chinese clue or U.N. paddle, hoping a hack like Sessions will save America from a presidential maiden voyage.
When denial is our weapon of choice, voters, voting in the red, willingly fall on their best self-interests’ sword, allowing Corporatism injected politicians to slash to death programs and services needed for a rainy day.
Thus enabled, Conservative state governments, liberally slice and dice: Rick Scott gutted Florida’s Wetlands Agency – while his hero applies executive disorder, blood-letting Flood Protection.
They promised it could never happen in America, but our Senior Social Security, our children’s public education, our H2O — indeed, the very air we breathe are now species endangered by a MIA Commissioner for elder stability, a DeVos dumbing down education; Fracking, Coal Ash, Koch heads like Nestle quietly privatizing drinking water – all aided and abetted by the stench of democracy rotting in a McConnell and Ryan FEMA cutting Congress, providing smoke and mirror cover for banking institutions determined to decapitate our need for a post Bush/Cheney Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
The fear that America needed to be made great again was seeded in the wake of The Great Recession. In response to this Wall Street domestic violence against 99% of us, lay the foundation for demeaning global citizenship, deserting earthly stewardship and descending to where White Supremacists profane religion, tarnish patriotism and propagate Climate Injustice.
Arrogance, preached, oceans that weren’t ours protected us; that 1930’s Germany couldn’t happen in USA and Climate Change was a hoax. They evangelized and we said Amen, but then came 9/11, the invasion of Charlottesville by Bannon’s KKK Nazis and voters voting to MAGA, endorsing, it’s easier to drill through Arctic Ocean than arctic ice.
In January 1912, Henry Flagler’s Overseas railroad to Key West departed South Florida. Four months later, the ship, not even God himself could sink, RMS Titanic, plummeted with 1500 souls, in less than three hours.
Flagler’s Folly and the Keys’ islanders were devastated by the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane – many, including veterans, simply disappeared without a trace.
Despite telling themselves hurricanes don’t come to New England, in 1938 the Long Island Express killed 682 leaving devastation still visible in 1951.
The forecast: record breaking landslide for first Female president!
Election night finale: intellectual neophyte elected president.