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Boldly Marching from Trump, Putin & NRA Darkness into The Light: OpEdNews.com Headlined

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Saturday 24 March 2018 is the day #BlackLivesMatter, #WomensMarch and the #NeverAgain #MarchForOurLives, united in common cause for the greater good of all Americans — not only to advance the change President Kennedy, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Senator Robert F. Kennedy and President Barack Obama championed, but to reignite American Exceptionalism:  government of, by and for all of, We the People!

Unfortunately, after the Greatest Generation saved the world from those wishing to be our masters, too many Conservative Baby Boomers forgot why my father’s generation fought WWII.  Time and complacency whitewashed our 1950s with a perfect preamble for financial puppeteers to twist the Marshall Plan into their journey to undo President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Economic Bill of Rights and New Deal for all Americans – into the creation of an American master race.

Is it now more overhead camera shots, through snowy East Coast weather and foggy thinking — a West Coast police helicopter flyover targeting a lite up fence jumper in a hoodie — or is Trump’s White House diminishing our vision, international stature, to void empathy?

Nonetheless, snatching civic duty from the jaws of 60’s Dallas, Memphis and Los Angeles gun violence, our children have risen to the task of raising America out of the darkness of Cheney torture, NRA owned GOP and our 2016 elections.  Knocking at the door of change in Washington, DC, NYC, Miami, Boston, St Paul, Atlanta and Detroit, our pathway to unity, civility and reason is again shimmering with promise.

Reined in by special elections and American judicial system, some golf, scapegoating Pentagon with military Transgender discrimination.  Others elected to serve, elect to desert their responsibilities, before truth heard round the world, came to town from around the country.

With all due respect to all grieving parents of children lost to guns too easily accessible for violence — the change we need, comes from Millennials saving Generation Z by registering Millennials to vote – not in arming teachers, and certainly not in increasing school resource officers who handcuff and slam students to classroom floors.

If it weren’t so tragic, the unmitigated gall of anyone running for president to salvage his morally bankrupt Brand, claiming GOP and his ICE pick care about DACA would bring laughter and tears closer together than ever before.

So, after chasing Congress off The Hill, Trump out of Washington and Wayne LaPierre and Dana Loesch off camera, what’s next?

Do we demand greater transparent integrity from Facebook and all Social Media?

Do we increase the number of NRA members and GOP donors courageous enough to listen to those who inherit what Conservatives bequeath?

Do we reject religious hypocrisy, uniformed bigotry and political inaction spawned by ALEC & Koch Gerrymandering and Karl Rove GOP Red Mapping and roar, No More?!?

Will the golden silence of Emma Gonzalez seal our path forward – to save America’s life, in voting booths Tuesday 6 November 2018?

While the whole world watched, state and federal government, like NRA avarice, cowered off camera – believing, like the past, passion would evaporate before the 18th hole.

It won’t, but know this, while we cheer the speeches of students thrust by violence into #VoteThemOut, for the safety of an all-inclusive society — the demons of death for profit are not limited to the NRA, Red State Governors, Congress or the Trump Administration.

This destructive culture resides in corporate offices of American Financial Institutions and Boardrooms beyond Wall Street’s International Corporatism.  It thrives on city streets, in suburban neighborhoods and the rust belt.  It’s Putin poisons embedded in our electoral process aided and abetted by Right Wing corrupted election computers – feeding off the desperate for anything.

I’m a Baby Boomer and Veteran, who has for decades, longed for a resurrection of our 1960s spirit.  Finally, The Torch has been passed to a New Generation – again!

So, will we continue to allow those who allow arms extended by an AR-15 to silence youthful dreams, generational potential and senior fulfillment?

Or, will America if we can keep it challenge, and a Child Shall Lead Them protest marches transport us to higher voter turnout?

Because, that’s What Democracy Looks Like! 

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Is Trump, the Master of Projecting Fake News, Faking Us Out? OpEdNews.com Headline

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Are Koch political ads, House of Representatives’ cherry-picking and superfluous media distraction:  unprincipled congressional allies and misplaced loyalty in the Trump Administration, swinging us in the wind?

If not for such external influences, would we be more engaged in exposing the deception of rising white supremacist leader, Elliott Kline, who casts himself as an American patriot or concerned that an American president may have soured global stock markets?

Free to think, would we expose why, in a country that boasts of being the world’s greatest power, are our overpriced Healthcare and Pharmaceutical industries unable to survive without Opioid addictions, and children dying of Flu – or, like Pfizer, simply shrug, deciding, it’s simply not worth the cost of R&D?

Would we be hyping a Democratic counter memo as more important than the revelation that our Federal government makes billions from keeping pot illegal, while spending billions keeping illegals from becoming legal?

Would we divorce corporate climate denial, and marry stewardship with action that spares our grandchildren some of the full force fury of Mother Nature’s final defiant stand against the harassment of short-sighted greed?

Would we wash our hands of water power, or remove it from the hands of the powerful?  Would our actions acknowledge, Cape Town’s water is disappearing while Miami is slowing drowning in it?

After all the trees have been slaughtered, what wall will stand between us and evaporating Everglades, oil slicked beaches, privatized H2O and inhaling windblown polluted air?

Will Nicolle Wallace smirks and Joe, Mika and Katy Tur banter immunize us against Trump’s joke on us, or will 40% succumb to the Devin Nunes and Trey Gowdy follies?

Thinking Presidents are all-powerful, mentally balanced embellishments to the Constitution is fool-hearty.  Even Obama first failed to see the wisdom of Yellen, as stabilizing guardian to resurrect economy, post Great Recession.

Without Trump fixation, would engaging an extension of Yellen’s Wells Fargo Ban to all financial Directors and CEOs who caused and profited from our first 21st century global recession, be our civic duty, or shall we continue to invite treason to wipe its feet on us, before entering, the People’s House.

Recognizing ourselves in the courageous work of Anselm Kiefer, through the powerful lens of hindsight, can we not now, stand up to Paul Ryan’s House of ill repute, instead of being willing accessories, after the fact, in the creation of an American Achilles Heel?

We could start by emulating Rebels football player Danny Lilya, a 16-year old High School student who makes his wheelchair as invisible as he is Indivisible.

Realizing actions speak louder than words, we mustn’t diminish racial issues, with audience disruptions hurled at people who’ve historically supported, Justice for All regardless of race, religion or sexual preference, or risk channeling Joe Wilson, more than Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

We can so personify racial and gender equality, that celebrating Rosa Parks and the contribution of all people of color only during the shortest month of the year, would prove unbearable, and embarrassingly hypocritical.

To make sense of our universe, could we, like Marcus Aurelius, embrace the struggle to understand ourselves, and each other, so we are fit to lead as well as choose leaders.

To Katie Roiphe’s Thought Police response I say, #MeToo.  If we are to be heard, we must first be willing to listen.  No matter how worthy the cause or good the fight, when we deny the contribution potential of different shades of view or mental and physical hues, we sabotage that, which we insist must be heard.

Trial by Social Media is mob rule — Trial by Jury, Constitutional law.  Applying less than the law of the land, we fall victim to Conservative media distortions, GOP delusions and derisive memos of distraction, on both sides.

To the degree we are allowing Donald Trump, the master of Fake News, to make us no better than he, We the People are co-conspirators — unless from the ashes of Trump/Pence, we reignite the fire of hope, acting in accordance with mutual civility and respect.

To be the America we want to be, our resistance needs to be as unlike Trump bullying as possible.