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.
If from Diapers to Diplomas, to inconsistent employment, enduring gender income disparity, before returning to diapers, we fail to recognize the odd man out between Babe Ruth, Muhammad Ali and Donald Trump, then America’s greatness will forever elude us.
So before tipping our hat, or bowing our head for the courageous who toss their hat into the ring, be certain: on and off the field, character determines who are champions.
Ruth, Ali, Trump – all three American born, nurtured on exceptional arcs of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, but
- One knocked through the door of the very wealthy, demanding more
- One, seeking freedom of religion, peace over war, uprooted Jim Crow prose with racial equality poetry, knocking down, if not out, most opposition
- One just for the fun of it, asked only to hit away
One, a good Samaritan, keeping his promises to fans, welcomed every pitch, as he did life itself, over achieving, over indulging and over celebrating, knowing every swing and a miss brought him closer to homeruns.
Depending on our generational Brand: evasion of, secession by or fascination for Christian nation, political persuasion or humanity station, one, whether ringed in by the bell or echoing, give ‘em hell, knocked down walls of racial hate and, refusing to kneel before the corporate sponsored war for profit, sacrificed the title of champion, for principle.
From one, such a gesture, if attending a 2016 GOP rally, would garner him a, look at my African-American over here. With accumulating performances of sensationalized soundbites, will we yet see through a glass darkly before coming face to face with disaster by Trump?
It is not only an Indiana Mexican who is being called out of order by one who neither knows nor cares for the human decency that is the foundation of Mount Rushmore, the pedestal holding our torch for Liberty nor the soul of our U. S. Constitution.
On and off the diamond, George Herman Ruth Jr. was a major leader in baseball for twenty-two seasons — but arguably, was at his best when visiting children in orphanages and hospitals. Legend says the Babe delivered on a hospital promise to hit a homerun for a little boy. Whether, he indicated it from home plate or not, matters little, because for millions of Americans, Babe Ruth was the homerun. Flawed to be sure, but heroic with every swing.
Even before Middle School, I chose singing, the viola and girls over sports, so The Greatest Muhammad Ali, was the first boxer I ever heard of and, significantly, the only time I ever willingly joined my family for a sports event on radio, was to hear the poetically entertaining big talker, Cassius Clay, deliver on his braggadocios promises of victory.
Building on inherited money, Donald John Trump is a Reality TV personality, who has bullied his way through real estate deals, bankruptcy and The Plaza Hotel to become the 2016 presumptive nominee of the Republican Party for President of the United States of America – by working our disunity and incivility.
To preserve our union in 2016, it is for us to be here dedicated to vote out Corporatism and its empty wheelbarrows of Koch heads in Congress and Red State Houses – to keep government of, by and for the people safe from the trumped destruction of those so disheartened they confuse a shameful false profit with a savior, when what America needs is major league Statespersons.
Reason dictates, before casting our sacred privilege, We the People ponder who among us are the heroes, who the targeted victims and who the strike out steer shoveling bull-hockey through our electoral china shop!?!