Descending the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D. C. taking pride in our love of God and Country, while hating people who look like fired U. S. Attorney Preet Bharara, resenting those who think like fired Acting Attorney General Sally Yates and defaming Americans who act like fired FBI Director James Comey, believing that makes America great – turn back, face Abraham, lock eyes — pledge allegiance to the rights and privileges we promise each other every time we dare utter, Land of the Free, Support our Troops and Justice for all.
What’s the Big Deal about a president firing an FBI Director over the investigation of a foreign power’s invasion of America’s electoral process?
President Trump has right and might to fire We the People’s government civil servants, but minus provable justifiable cause, he taunts Section 4.
The United States Constitution insists, we are innocent until proven guilty – and that our Founding Fathers presumed, there would be more than a few presidents, impeached – reasoning, one of the greatest dangers in preserving, the Exceptional Experiment of self-government, would be investing in one man the power to be easily corrupted.
That isn’t to say, our Founding Fathers expected most presidents, after Washington, would be crooks, but rather being cognizant that training for every new president would come from their life experience, preceding election, and the challenges faced in their first year, as President.
However, despite impeachment of Andrew Johnson, for the most part, between Lincoln’s 1865 assassination and Nixon’s, under threat of impeachment, 1974 resignation, Americans, and the Congresses they elected, have largely averted eyes, hearts and minds from the task of removing presidents, even when in conflict with American laws.
Besides, catapulting the greater good for all, above protecting party political power’s financial rewards, is just too inconvenient, too time consuming and requires too much honesty, civics and adult supervision.
And when is it best to be assured of another’s loyalty? After years of association, or when unexpectedly thrust together by voters expecting an ensemble of team players, working for the good of all of the people, all of the time?
The question is rhetorical, because the relationship between a President of the United States and members of the Department of Justice, though both within the Executive Branch of Government, is not meant to resemble, a buddy system.
Serving in the Second Continental Congress, I imagine Franklin and Jefferson were not alone in expecting America might someday, with or without foreign stimulus, elect itself a Kingfish like loudmouth, glad handing women, back slapping Justice Department personnel for a desired decision on behalf of a compromised subordinate with a story to tell.
They may have even imagined a full House of Goodlatte and Paul Ryan, loving party more than inspiring a, Home of the Brave. Isn’t the very antithesis of a democratic republic, blessing presidential naivete with excuses for unprecedented ignorance of and disregard for our Constitution.
Nonetheless, America has survived and thrived many growing pains, even while our Exceptionalism was being stained by the shameful practice of cultivating generational prejudice and bias.
For decades America’s exceptional love has been on a great divide trajectory with both major parties morally deteriorating:
- Conservatives like Pence, sanctimoniously claiming their faith is an inherent right to wage war on women, LGBTQ and now the non-existent American Sharia Law
- Increasing Leakers, both revered and reviled
- Political money changers offering the poorest of excuses, Republicans: it’s not our fault; Democrats: it’s not fair
What is love of country if not loving all its citizens?
In Nebraska, because of her short haircut, eight-year old soccer player Mili Hernandez was accused of being a boy and disqualified. Her team responded by cutting their long hair, to resemble hers.
I love Checks and Balances, how about you? I love impeachable tweeters, how about you?
I love fireside chats when POTUS has a clue. I love the FBI, Obamacare, not Trump guy, how about you?
I love Electoral College, instead of mob rule…
With all due respect to Tom Brokaw, saying Trump’s firing an FBI Director heading an investigation into the possibility of both election and administration corruption, is nothing like Nixon’s Saturday Night Massacre — is like saying 1950’s Korea was nothing like WWII because Truman designated it a Police Action.
Are we Isolationists or Globalists, because Trump can’t seem to get past: the specifics are quite sensitive, to serve the American people with some degree of honesty.
So, shall we applaud agency decapitation, sacrificing truth and justice on a presidential chopping block or be examples of Kennedy’s Profiles in Courage?
In May 1934, a major dust storm swept across where the buffalo roam, to engulf our Eastern states. In May 2017, a Twitter storm heavy-laden with manure for Base consumption – blindsided American Intelligence to wall in American character.
So, who is rotting the state, and why?
K or Main Street? Red State Governors v. Democratic Legislatures or the outfoxed vs. Big Picture? Is it the President’s home or the marionettes occupying it?
Are we insightful stewards or blind tourists?
Can what makes us feel safe, be safe: knowing our self-governing experiment still fires up a sense of unifying homeland security, or being victimized by Russian hacking distracting us from an inside job of white washed money blacklisting power speaking truth?
Are we pawns monopolized by the Checkers speech, feigning chess mastery or just cherry picking news cycles from a media vulnerable to its own myopic redundancy?
Who exemplifies, Strong and decisive action and, Safety & security of the American people — a ten-year-old girl stuffing the nostrils of an eight foot nine-inch alligator to survive, or a messianic Mike Pence?
Who restored the trust and confidence of the American people, Sally Yates or Sarah Huckabee Sanders?
Is it the liars who lie for, a very active President, or whiz-bang flip-flopping masquerading activity, making it impossible for Trump surrogates to stand at podium with perfect accuracy?
Is America First and Middle East trip camouflage for uniting church and state, or resurrection of the old empty wheel barrel cliché?
Are more troops, more wars, more open carry, more racial, street and domestic violence inspiring both lone and loan wolves?
Have we, not so much sold out, as allowed ourselves to be rented, by leaders who auction futures for The Big Short? Is the science of climate change all we deny, or do we too often turn up the noise to veil patriotic frauds?
From the ashes of Trumpism, can we reaffirm what is exceptional and perhaps embrace what is visionary: the ideal that there is more to life than a paycheck, more to family than those who live and look like us, more to faith than parroting white supremacy – but little more patriotic and heroic than the millions marching in demonstration for Justice for All.
Now, with American healthcare, racial, religious, gender and generational battle lines defining, The Home of the Brave, let us courageously embrace what it means to be descendants of European immigrants in a nation increasingly evolving into the land of free to be non-European looking descendants.
Andrew Sullivan theorizes, Americans voted for Donald Trump because, ‘immigrants make them desperate for a reconfirmation of their national identity.’ I pledge allegiance to the fact that America’s awesome diversity is the magnetic proof of its greatness – and with two steps forward and one back, we are becoming the polar-opposites of Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump.
Now, as truth sets us free from the core rot of Breitbart Good Ol’ Boys, we’ll see, the greatest threat to America’s greatness is, a colluding GOP.
Just as in 1938 some feared America had been overrun by Martian Aliens, in 2016, states of panic over aliens voted believing a bankruptcy king would save America from immigrants.
The only invaders we need fear are those who use our fear to divide us.
Lincoln didn’t just say, let us confidently hope that all will yet be well, he led America through its first era of, a house divided.
Now, it is for us to, add or detract!