Wandering in the shadow of the past, wondering if our Hancock sun is rising or setting, misses the point: like a total eclipse, the blinding beauty of nature’s power is in the eye of those who’ve learned to behold – whereas denial leaves us defenseless against time and ignorant of evolution.
Few of us recognize, a life changing event, until it consumes us. For some, it was the exceptional ideals of a We the People Constitution. For others, a head-on collision playing football, or texting while driving.
Life changes as unexpectedly as a Gettysburg Address or Ferguson shooting. For some, the rise and fall of stock prices, or cash machines investing in voting machines transforming a Voting Rights Act Main Street dream into, dreamers go home.
Institutions don’t lie, but often, the people who run them, do. Post WWII financial, political and religious institutions used communications and educational institutions to convince otherwise intelligent adults that atomic power would bomb war into a deep freeze – but the missiles of October 1962 proved, denial precedes meltdowns.
Listening to Nikki Haley read to the United Nations Security Council was like streaming reruns of decades of American students being assured Duck and Cover, would save their lives from the Atomic Bomb; that they could be educated reading texts that, all but excluded female heroes, role models of color, contributions from Hyphenated Americans – tossing truth of Thanksgiving and Native Americans, into a spiraling white squall.
Shall we continue the self-delusion that dilutes world peace, or embrace the heroics of sincere dialogue: Listening graces brain power with the potential to overcome nuclear power.
Renewing our foundations in unconditional goodwill, enables equal opportunity and injects denial with the pre-existing condition of truth: our national security is inevitably intertwined with earth and all life upon it, so…
- First, do no harm
- Speak truth about the power of our leaders and ourselves
- Emulate those who believe character is the real measure of success
- Freely give to others what we ourselves wish to receive
Not only are we the change we’ve been waiting for, but we are the climate change we fear, the atomic bombs we’ve dropped and forgot — and those in need of affordable mental and physical healthcare, we ignore.
Any effort to take back, go back or hold back, incites our unwinnable war with destiny, because, with or without our permission, time moves ever forward – leaving in its wake, with every breath we take, an invitation to surpass the past, by achieving, what’s next.
Nonetheless, regardless which path we choose, we’ll attract friends, create enemies, periodically encounter sustainable leaps forward and alternately, battle addictive life changing denials: Opioids/Alcohol, Terror Cells/Smart Phones, iPods/iPads, Social Media/Television, DC/Wall Street Koch-heads – constantly challenging our electing principle over greed.
Much of life is a casting call: bully or bullied, caregivers or not my problem, but choosing progression over evolving into the company, habits and presidents we keep, shatters the denial of malice aforethought.
Language is used for both truth and falsehood – by heroes and deceivers. Being human is the life changing responsibility to learn the difference:
- No Child Left Behind – or – Global Warming
- Political neophyte – or – morally bankrupt self-serving bigot
- Gas pipelines & offshore oil drilling – or – Solar panels
- Trump Towers laundering money – or – Wind Towers real air power
When we can, in an embryo, replace the bad gene of one parent with a good gene from the other parent, can’t we also prioritize finding a cure for Alzheimer’s, for what will it profit humankind if we gain cures for Cancers, heart decease and strokes, but lose our memory of the choice between war and peace.
Both Silence and violence are welcome mats over which narcissists enter as existential threats magnetizing voter fears to the denial of Demagogues among us.
Language, poetry or prose, oral tribal history or constitutional parchment, communicates and inspires, but only we can determine direction, interpretation or cause and effect.
Celebrating American Independence or Free Passes for Trump? Headlined on OpEdNews.com & PoliticusUSA Feature
Unlike the carelessness of the thoughtless abuse of constitutionally guaranteed, Free Speech, there have been shining moments of Exceptionalism. However, it only takes a few Members ignoring to death, the future of seniors — willing those under 40, demise by Opioid addiction, second class education, crushing debt, self-doubt induced suicide and a planet in the throes of being overwhelmed.
It only takes a few short-sighted, self-serving, knee jerk choices to seek and destroy a nation – for every secret thought & spoken word; each decision & vote cast; full-throated cover ups — whether choosing weapons of vile, despicable behavior or willingly playing games with team of Grovels – we are settling for the summit of the worst in ourselves.
Even as a congressional few ignore foreign disregard for our national sovereignty, trumpet puppets are, State by State, instituting institutional theft of personal data, voting information – a colossal invasion of millions of Americans.
A helter-skelter nation needs to embrace unity to reestablish its Gettysburg Address vision of civic responsibility. However, it will likely be governors and Secretaries of Red States, who will profane Lincoln’s example, by relinquishing unmitigated exposure of its citizens’ privacy.
To reaffirm our Independence, it is for us, on July 4, 2017, to recapture the essence of The Golden Rule, for it is never too late for the Exceptionalism of self-rule, mutual respect and living lives that practice what we preach.
For our Independence, let us proclaim, there is no last time for war when it is declared endless; no last time for violence when we’re married to it, acquitting both mass murder in public places, while good men with guns shoot good men of color; no last time for Arlington ball-field, when Little Rock shots ring out in echo of a Bronx Hospital.
When the proudly despicable violate the honor of the highest office in the land, clearly The Home of the Brave is being run by the cowardly. Regardless of Party, all Americans are being mocked with a smirk having no more depth than 140 characters.
Yet, this is not a nationwide choice, nor a national great divide. It’s the sum of people who can be fooled most of the time by the few repetitiously casting a bait and switch, and gossip dominating investigative reporting with hyperbole, seeking ratings.
Nonetheless, like heroic first responders, it is on us, to get out in front of stampeding mob rule, with sheer numbers, votes and boycotts proving we mean business, to the business of Koch heads owning politicians and government at every level.
The challenge is not too many fires to put out, but too little Independence thinking, to resist false prophets and puppets of industry currently occupying too many State Houses, Legislatures and our current three branches of federal government.
If the super poor will always be with us, it is not because the bible told me so, but rather, since ushering in the second Gilded Age in 1980, the super-rich have perpetuated it so.
America survived Valley Forge, Lincoln/JFK/MLK/RFK assassinations and The Red Scare because of dreamers & the young at heart, farmers & lawyers, students & educators, preachers and sinners – and again, America needs human decency to overcome the small minded and hateful – especially elected leaders who are the greatest dangers to our national security and international integrity.
Like Paul Revere, women road to warn of invasion and The Greatest Generation included females, African-Americans, Latino and LGBTQ.
However, where there are narrow-minded men, there are abused women & minorities; where easy access to guns, mass shootings; and when We the People act like kittens chasing a laser of a Fourth Estate led around by a Pinocchio nosed President, we are accessories after the fact.
Yes, Donald Trump’s behavior is not presidential, but more importantly, his conduct is unbecoming a Commander-in-Chief, and absolutely, an unacceptable example for fathers, husbands and children.
So, we can choose to be responsible for continually giving free passes to someone intellectually, psychologically and mentally unfit to be President, or like 1776 American wannabees, pick up the gauntlet of reason and be Indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for All.