6 October 1961, two years before the Cuban Missile Crisis, President John F. Kennedy urged Americans to build Bomb/Fallout shelters. Throughout his presidency, Donald Trump continues to align himself with those same enemies of America, soliciting their interference in our electoral process, and now, on a headline grabbing whim, facilitating Turkish violence against the Kurds – America’s staunch ally in our resistance to ISIS. But Trump did not just desert the Kurds, he abandoned our American troops in the region.
There will be no Better Angels until we make ourselves better allies to our friends in arms – embracing a peace that’s beyond our understanding.
Yes, increasing sinister darkness has overshadowed our vision of self, intimacy and union, widening our divide with a deceit that camouflages the light of connection with, all that glitters – one camp in blind obedience to self-serving leaders, and the other in denial that any departure of Trump/Pence will, nonviolently return America to, The Land of the Free, unscathed.
There will be no Better Angels, until we make ourselves better at facing the good, bad and ugly truth that, it’s not just Trump.
Perhaps, our heroic global stand in response to Pearl Harbor to victoriously defend the world from a vile unimaginable foreign evil, our Greatest Generation, returned home believing our lives and nation could now be, if not a Shangri La, a more Justice for All, New Deal.
Perhaps such euphoria lulled us into a complacency vulnerable to imperceptible malevolent transformation from valiant to subservient chess pieces on the avarice board of corporatism’s contorting, The Marshall Plan into The Military Industrial Complex.
There will be no Better Angels, until we make ourselves better at evolving from past assumptions to clarity regarding current enemies, foreign and domestic.
What is it that feeds the fear that fuels the hate that blunts our ability to honor our, Republic if you can keep it – from an Attorney General of religious hypocrisy, silence is consent Vice President, and a conservative Republican Senate: proud recipients of Watergate, Iran Contra and Bush/Cheney perpetual oil wars?
There will be no Better Angels, until we make ourselves better citizens, being hereby resolved to elect better servants of the people.
Fighting among ourselves, we’ve become willing tools of the real enemies of the state, trolling our three co-existing, though not co-equal, branches of government – Congress being the only branch empowered to remove presidents, judges and Supreme Court Justices from office.
When in a 2019 reality check, we remain oblivious to the lessons of…
- Keith Bishop’s, The Republican Bond and Slop: The Wild Boar Nation
- More than thirty states still legally allowing Conversion Therapy to be practiced on minors
- Roe v Wade and a woman’s right to choose
- Differing points-of-view in civil debate yielding to a time out from an all-inclusive: of, by and for the people
…we remain embroiled in domestic political, racial, religious, SCOTUS and sexual wars.
Cherry-picking both Bible and Constitution, we even make war on our need for intimate communion, shaming ourselves for desiring the healing power of mutually loving, touch.
There will be no Better Angels until we make ourselves better than Citizens United and haters of LGBTQ neighbors, allowing Conservative corporate money to decay America’s lawful institutions in the manipulative power grab of an apathetic president and his morally bankrupt allies – so hazardous to the health of our nation and planet.
There will be no Better Angels until we make ourselves better to each other than servants to financiers changing our climate:
- Fracking and gas from pipelines and cows threaten our air
- Exxon knew and BP & Halliburton know it’s easier to drill through the Arctic Ocean than towering rock-solid glaziers
- Governments and scientists knew earth’s warming would raise sea levels from melting arctic ice and increasingly flood low level property in 1929, but did nothing to alter our Black Gold addictions
There will be no Better Angels, until we make ourselves better stewards of earth and better electorate for America.
Heed the call from FEC Chair, Ellen Weintraub knowing elections are not the private property of Reagan’s Conservative intellectuals who, used by Russian hackers, still believe, like billionaires, they can control Putin’s puppet president.
There will be no Better Angels, until we make ourselves better at training military and police forces, to put country before a president desperately seeking an exit strategy sans imprisonment.
Saying we love, God and Country, has never proven patriotism nor human decency. Our Better Angels await our realization that it’s not Donald Trump, but those who electorally, financially and privately empower him.
Throughout industrial/scientific human history, threats of total annihilation: plagues, pandemics, smallpox, syphilis, Pneumonia, Polio, 1962 Russian/Cuban Nuclear Missile Crises, HIV/Aids – we couldn’t imagine how we’d survive – until we did!
Passionately pursue a life of excellence and our Better Angels shall appear, but beware, it’s not just Trump.
Fueling the American Dream Begins with Freedom of Choice at the Pump – Headlined by OpEdNews.com 9/14/15
Congrats to Queen Elizabeth and prayers for those escaping Syrian war surviving persecution of Hungarian government, failing to imagine resources spent on mass transit trains would transport refugee masses out of Hungary, faster than camps and barbed wire fences.
The Victorian Age convinced most, there were monumental eras, man-made institutions, sustainable benchmarks and developing technologies that would, if not protect our empires, then at least our borders, resources and civilizations from erosion.
We assumed the permanence of coal, glaziers, Rain Forests, seasons, predictable weather patterns, electricity, sound currencies, loyalty between business and customers, incorruptible governments, national security, basic human decency, honesty, Character, Professionalism, WTC towers, air conditioning, computers, smart phones, personal privacy, freedom, plentiful, safe and clean food, water, air – and an endless flow of Fracking-Free oil – all while allowing infrastructure supporting our over consumerism habit, to decay, like truth at the pump.
Somewhere between Supreme Court shattering Standard Oil and favoring Citizens United, we became willing welcome mats for oil men hooking us on their Hookah refineries. Oil in our carpets, furniture, plastics; our sweatshop produced clothing and pricy Pharmaceutical meds.
Oil lubricates High Tea societies, the poor, Middle Class and Middle East alike. It is the underground stream overflowing Russian and European resurrection dreams, and fueling China’s race from second place to a smogged finish line.
Mesmerized by all that glitters, we believe lower gasoline prices come from oil gods suddenly empathetic to our environmental goals, instead of the manipulated calm before the storm, aimed at impeding the pursuit of alternative green energy. Few wonder why most American military entrenchments are positioned near corporate owned oil fields, at an annual tax burden of, half a trillion dollars – corporate welfare, most foul.
Arguably, GM, Firestone Tire, Standard Oil, Federal Engineering, Phillips Petroleum, and Mack Trucks bought and destroyed electric mass transportation trolley cars, as prelude to Eisenhower confusing interstate roadways with mass transportation. Either way, America got run off the rails and, oil slicked, Jack and Jill went up the hill guzzling gas.
International oil pumps ignited by WWII demand, became economic extortion weapons for mass American consumption, when in 1960, OPEC was founded by countries that America continues to fight for and against.
What if, China’s falling yuan stocks us like students haunted by banker’s loans? What if black gold reserves disappear before Corporatism monopolizes renewable alternatives? Can oil reserves last until we’re renewable, or tap out, leaving our children perpetually bloodied for oil stains? What will satisfy the next generation’s Chinese car craze, created in our image?
Hillary’s campaign, Serena’s loss and 9/11 have taught us, nothing can be taken for granted. There is no certainly on a melting iceberg, in a diminishing Rain Forest or a flaming Giant Sequoia. The only alternative to embracing renewable energy is a snowball in Congress and the corporate pawn hailing it as proof against Global Warming.
So what do we do?
- Realize Americans dying for Halliburton is not a sustainable solution
- Individually transform our piece of America to renewable green energy
- Drive in a way that ends our Oil Age
- Politically oppose oil company fuel monopoly
- Make solar panels a construction requirement
- Demand a choice between gasoline and bio fuels
- Immolate China immolating us by immolating Brazil
- Check to see if we have a Flex Fuel car
- Petition Congress for alternative fuel distribution and demand the Open Fuel Standard Act be passed and delivered to President Obama to sign into law
Oil men like Bush/Cheney, oil companies like Shell and Exxon, auto companies like GM and their Wall Street bankers are the people who are corporations – and they are destroying the fabric of America; cities like Detroit, social assistance like Planned Parenthood, public education and the self-confidence of hard working Americans.
Even Henry Ford’s assembly line produced cars capable of running on either gasoline or alcohol. Then came oilman John D. Rockefeller’s 18th Amendment to the Constitution.
It’s time America left behind the oil industry leaving us behind, because their bottom line is the priority that denies us the freedom to choose Flex Fuel cars. When we stop buying gas guzzlers and start buying electric cars, prices will decline, the environment may get a second wind and we will be enriched by choice. Our transportation, society, economy and freedom hang in the imbalance of Citizens United electing Kim Davis, and reason looming just out of reach, but still at our fingertips, if we update the software in our cars.