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.
Most Americans, have always worked hard to get ahead, but if you weren’t as pale as Andrew Jackson, you had to run faster and slave longer to be acknowledged: hero.
Not so for Groper-in-Chief proponent of foxy sexual harassment, walled in by conflicts of interest, threatening affordable healthcare and scientific discovery shutdown.
Whether shouting from baseball stands, religious altars, white hoods or Bully Pulpit, mocking or demeaning others is the act of cowards with horrific potential and tragic probability.
Yet, we still walk among heroes — in classrooms, hospitals and neighborhoods; in the aftermath of tornadoes, hurricanes and floods — good Samaritans clothed as strangers, saving us from the reality of erratic humans and weather extremes.
Though a nation too steeped in denial and consumed by belly-up fear, spun by spin: hot-air, broken promises and past glories, blowing in our face like ice cycles in Spring, no divider-in-chief can wall in American heroism, if women, children, scientists, educators, activists, surgeons general, attorneys general and peaceful protesters advocate for reason, equal justice for all, renewable energy, clean air & water, free public education and a financially secure EPA – knowing true heroes rally to save — not incite to riot.
Heroes are rarely loud or torturous or self-aggrandizing; rarely thinking themselves superior or even worthy. They are teachers & nurses, doctors & lawyers, the insightful friend — and stranger just in the nick of time.
Yet, heroes aren’t only those saving families in trapped cars, breathing life anew into infants, but are the daily bread care propelling us forward, in melodic ensemble: there’s a better world a-coming.
Now we petition, march and campaign to renew elections with an informed electorate. We must be risk-taking heroes for our children because their children are depending on it.
We are the descendants of depression, inheritors of progressive winds and stewards of the immigration legacies of legends. Heroes and immigrants, come in all sizes, shapes, shades and sexes — but where there are dreamers, there are detractors; where the best & the brightest, also fear of change; where innovative ideas, old habits; where God Bless America, assassinations in the streets; where just say no, fatted calf feasts for drug lords; where genius, envy; outreach, duck & cover — for every protagonist, an antagonist and every hero, a villain – where heroes seek balance, cowards create chaos.
Despite a James Comey two-step or POTUS MIA side-stepping, Not the White House Correspondences Dinner, broadcast chambers maintain empty barrels, oblivious to America’s greatness is in the kindness of strangers, mentors and Nature.
- White Congressional males or Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Clara Barton, Hetty Green, Hellen Keller & her teacher Anne Sullivan, Frances Perkins, Georgia O’Keeffe, Amelia Earhart, Marion Anderson, Rosa Parks, Martha Raye, Katherine Graham, Ella Fitzgerald, Nancy Reagan, Shirley Chisholm, Maya Angelou, Audrey Hepburn, Coretta Scott King, Madeleine Albright, Hillary Clinton, Oprah, Simone Manuel, Simone Biles and Ruth Bader Ginsburg?
- Newborn William Billy Kimmel’s doctors, nurses and scientists who develop ways to save the lives of babies and the elderly or Climate deniers
May 1884, Moses Fleetwood Walker squatted to catch baseball fans off guard. Seven years before Tax Day was knocked out of the Ides of March, Jackie Robinson stole bases in 1947 almost as fast as a 1936 Buckeye Bullet winning four Olympic gold medals.
Yet we still need Sam Cooke and Woody Guthrie lyrics to apologize to Adam Jones – but I know, a change is gonna come, oh yes, it is.
Since, Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country, the GOP has diminished equality for non-whites, non-males, non-straights and non-documented American dreams.
Caveat Emptor: Halliburton gulf oil deaths, Pharmaceutical price hikes and Healthcare that denies covering pre-existing conditions.
We choose who we honor as heroes:
- Mike Flynn or Desmond Doss who earned his Medal of Honor by saving 75 wounded at Hacksaw Ridge?
- Donald Trump or Jimmy Kimmel?
MOBs don’t fire honor and too often, America’s forgotten heroes are women.