Where honor already exists, tragedy ultimately reveals humanity’s heroic character, but just as the Devil jovially tap danced prematurely around the flames of an iconic thorn in his side, so too, do the devils among us revive the spirit of the debunked jig by an earlier narcissistic Führer.
Those ill-prepared for the truth of human decency remain deluded by the scent of a mesmerizing foxtrot refrain, denying history, science and children. Those hypnotized by Putin possessed pied piper, risk losing children to the flames of a world changing environment. Swooning, they tango with anti-Americanism, chanting: completely exonerated, no collusion, no obstruction.
Nonetheless, whether a long walk home across Manhattan’s bridges, a North Korean fleeing to freedom with five bullets in him or thousands praying along the River Seine and the Pont des Arts – faith, hope and love are life’s resilience, in true national emergencies.
Like many Americans, as I watched Notre Dame in flames, memories of 9/11 first responders – including Coast Guard led volunteer civilian boaters – rushing toward disaster to save who and what they could, matched the flow of my tears.
Watching the 850-year-old life of Notre Dame hang in the balance, like crane held statues being removed to save life surrounding the majestic cathedral, flashes of an America simmering in a pot of denial coming to a Climate Change boil too late to save our children, sparked an after-burn from my youth, for burning history and I have met before.
I was one of the students who defied firefighter admonitions and ran into a burning Peabody Conservatory of Music – saving treasured art, history, sheet music and what furniture we could carry.
Now, having witnessed many of life’s tragic and comedic creations, I welcome the impatience of youth, for it is their job to be so, lest the rest of us fail to be better than our 115th Congress.
While the inexperienced can learn from maturity the difference between digital connectivity and communication that nurtures communion, intelligence is not the sole property of university degrees or moneyed family position – and the young teach us, wisdom does not emit from gray-haired white men nor, Made in America, alone.
Throughout American history, American history has been made by both young and old, rich and poor and men and women, so why don’t we know about the young, or the names of the poor? Why is the possibility of a gay president still so shocking, or the election of a thirty-seven-year-old Muslim Congresswoman who dares to think, and incites all to do the same?
If Trump can inspire a weaponized male supporter to shoot up a pizza parlor looking for child trafficking, why can’t reasonable people elect a twenty-nine-year-old former Bronx bartender capable of reaching deep into America’s FDR soul to save our planet A?
Young women like twenty-nine-year-old Katie Bouman attacked for proving Einstein’s theory of General Relativity and forty-six-year-old Taraji P. Henson in Hidden Figures have always existed – like Sybil Ludington who rode twice as far as Paul Revere to warn the colonists at Danbury, Connecticut, the British are Coming – but men of all colors chose to prequel Chuck Grassley.
Clearly, America burns with national emergencies in road rage, neglected infrastructure, overpriced health insurance – and the Trump Family’s trading American sovereignty for a second Gilded Age. Time we douse this incendiary regime whose first priority, is burning bridges to affordable health-care, safe environment, national security and children.
When some convince vengeful leaders who incite violence they are above the law, the fire in our belly needs to rekindle our burning desire for open-minds regarding America’s 2016 Russian infected elections, Alexa’s in-home spy system, Candance Owens’ robust Southern Strategy deceit – not to mention, Globalization that has existed since wealthy Republican household names manipulated the 1948 Marshall Plan for their bottom line.
If our personal data must be a bargain chip for Facebook, let’s at least put Zuckerberg on notice that we know his heart is in trading us for profit, like other Internet duplicity threatening children with measles, ICE and the trumped.
America’s fear, bigotry, hate, racism, sexism and immigrant banning devils are as devastating to our humanity as the loss of Notre Dame would have been to our souls. Can we not now admit, to be what we claim, we need to refuse to allow William Barr to torch our Constitution before his serial arrogance reduces America to ashes.
May we consider: Life is not a movie, America not a reality show and the FBI neither tainted nor in tatters. The GOP, however, is, off the rails – because we, aided and abetted by media redundancy, are entering our third year of being mesmerized by a court jester whose greatest lifetime achievement reward has been using other people’s money to gut possibilities, rape potential and escape prison.
Can’t we admit: There are more immigrants like Father Edward J. Flanagan than patriotism in, Make America Great Again; more Americans like Pope Francis I, than the moral decay of gun violence, Roy Moore and Cardinal Bernard Law.
Is it possible: There are more Transgender Americans in the line of fire, saving lives on American streets and foreign soil — asking not what their country can do for them — than there are phony holy-rollers molesting our children, political opportunists creating more turbulence than policy, and WWII enemy caricatures trying to claim our Gone with the Wind ante-bellum heritage as weapon against those, to whom less has been given, but more sacrifice expected?
Isn’t it probable: Our expectations are too low when invested in the cable TV obsessed and world-view of an ambassador’s failing in basic conceptual understanding of both Mission and reality of the U. N. FYI: via the General Assembly, The United Nations is more than a triad of buildings on, but not of, American soil — it is the global union of sovereign states – arguably the greatest modern peace initiative of humankind.
Don’t we know: Allowing the ill-chosen to prove America is a recurring nightmare of duality locked in animated battles between right and wrong, with good and bad angels robocalling our brain regarding resurrecting our dividing wall, to enable a renewed rise in struggles for supremacy, obscuring this universal truth – all humans are dreamers, dreaming about, what’s next. However, when nurtured on what is trustworthy, we fulfil the dream of an America which, having chosen the road less travelled by, courageously lives out its creed – albeit, an unknown tug of war venture between sharp reactionary swings, left and right.
So, what are The Right Questions: Why aren’t Congressional Republicans flinching at Flynn poopooing the Logan Act of 1799? Is it because they are too pre-occupied with robbing the poor to give to the rich, or guaranteeing their post congressional employment after embedding rising Pharmaceutical wealth from Opioid epidemic, as a family value? Has government of, by and for We the People become a nasty Norquist ring around the toilet bowl?
In 2017, American voters of every color, reaffirmed the Biblical reality of putting ourselves first — the first shall be last and the last first — to insure Justice for all. Now, as the new homeland for Meghan Markle questions the wisdom of sharing classified information with Trump’s America, tis the season to question ourselves – can we recapture our national character and renew our international credibility: Can we Keep it?
Truth and Consequences: Koch brothers, members of Congress, nor any president need high polling data, media exposure or millions of Americans to diminish our U. S. Constitution and our Democratic Republic – yet even Wall Street CEOs, surprisingly more honest than Gary Cohn, sat on their hands regarding any Trickle-Down promises.
Can we do the math: In America, there are more good Republicans, Democrats, Independents; more honorable Muslims, Jews, Christians; more loving LGBTQ citizens than there are members of Congress living off the silver pieces of Rove’s Red Mapping, ALEC corroded government or Koch Census motivated Gerrymandering preventing nonpartisan Redistricting for a truly representative America.
Has our Oasis been a mirage: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all, of every hue and persuasion are created equal in opportunity and promise – unless fear of losing when others gain, swamps our Star Spangled Banner in the Slop of The Republican Bond.
So, what’s next: Ultimate victory over foreign hacks, generals and domestic quacks requires the union of courageous thinking, evaporating the inevitable self-inflicted terror spawned by our falling for false prophets promising simplicity over substance.
How can we keep our Democratic Republic: fire those trying to dismantle it!