Jesse Owens

Despite Trump, there’s a better World A-Coming — Headlined by OpEdNews.com 5-4-17

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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 nofatted 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.

Heroism?

  • 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.

Change that makes a better world, allows truth to set us free from the darkness of Lincoln’s betrayers and  Emerge  into the light of Heroes.

 

Echoes of Truth despite Reflections of Wild Boars

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Miro driving smallEvery time I allow my ever ready for adventure ChiPoo to escape the confines of home, her first action as she races into the outside world, is to release an impressive, ear piercing announcement of her taking the field, at breakneck speed right to the edge of her outer boundary — no electric fence nor wall is necessary to maintain her power over the lay-of-the-land, for it is her presumed, raison d’être.

Regardless of race, creed, gender or talent, Oscar like awards are subjectively dealt out over lifetimes.  Though, admittedly, more often, it’s Hearts with a ravenous Queen of Spades, than a winning hand from MSNBC for Melissa Harris-Perry.

The deck, too stacked in Wall Street board rooms by bankers producing sequels to, The Big Short too small to prevail, they stuff 99% of humanity into, the envelope please in the out-sourcing Room.

Until the Oscars of life are awarded to those who run the race like Jesse Owens, the ever increasing global danger is our failure to imagine beyond the hyperbole of self-serving politicians — some with ambitions as destructive as an Olympically defeated master race dictator like Karl Rove’s puppeteer.

Most often life isn’t an Oscar winning film, especially when we choose choices like Cruz’s Garden of Eden, and the lowest hanging fruits of justice:  senators refusing to consider replacing a deceased Supreme Court Justice who preached once its original ink dried, the Constitution died.

Despite our Founding Father’s lack of crystal ball expertise and inability to anticipate a Bridge of Spies between the FBI, Apple and Hillary, Franklin nonetheless suggested the possibility that, those who give up their liberty for more security neither deserve liberty nor security.

Unlike The Martian, there is no bringing us home to greatness, unless we are a nation forever progressing forward.  On Oscar Sunday, decisions, limited only by lack of diversity, are announced amidst tears, laughter, applause, speeches, regret and the politics of blackout boycott.

On Super Tuesday, decisions, limited only by the will of the people to demand greater value for their vote, will be announced amidst jeers & cheers, speeches of concession and for those herded and huddled by PACs for regression, the politics of hate.

In 2016, We the People are contesting via a personification of our built-up resentment, a coronation and a Mad Max escapee from the arrogance asylum.  So which will it be for us January 20, 2017…

  • Revenge on the We Built That gang
  • Decades old recipient of constant onslaught from every side, now potentially FBI investigated, dynasty, next
  • Huffing and puffing bore salivating over under-minding our exceptional law of the land:  The Golden Rule

This election, though not a feel good movie, is based on the truth and lies we tell ourselves, when the lights are low – produced by Corporatism, directed by partisans and starring those who vote and those who avoid the Spotlight, of civic responsibility.

Nevertheless, The Revenant self within is beckoned by the peace that comes from surviving the American saga – now recognizing right from wrong, justice and injustice, equality and discrimination, economic opportunity and income disparity.  Can’t we see the dishonesty in those who shout volumes of vagueness, provoking violence among those most vulnerable to the fear and frustration that accompanies, feeling being passed over, forgotten or ignored?

To the degree we are mesmerized by the least our political system has to offer, we echo 1930’s Germany, in 2016 politics behind the politics of a ratings crazed Media, rented lobbyists bribing career politicians and ranting Demagogues.

Miro Say What SmallUntil we stop fearing progress, oil slicked money changers will remain the greatest terror threat to our environment, rainbow and melting pot.