Years before Steven Spielberg cast me in Lincoln, I was directing at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts – most notably, The Other Bed, a prize-winning play by Ted Hirsh, which led to a telephone friendship with Celeste Holm and directing African-American playwright and actor, Bhetty Waldron. Her Charcoal Sketches, launched my appreciation for Black History.
In a time that needs more Chloe Kim Valentines and fewer Pence petulant, Ugly American scowls, even Steve Bannon has seen Oprah’s light, Time’s up on 10,000 years of recorded history. This is coming. This is real.
Yes, the transition of power is set in motion. Men, who reek with the stench of inflicting reprehensible gender agony, will no longer rule our world. Even next generation Alt-Right, failing to hear the death nell tolling, are marching backward into oblivion – all while Kim Yo-jong, armed only with a smirked Mona Lisa smile, does a Centering Pass to South Korea, leaving Pence and Trump puckered, but nullified.
Not the Last Hurrah for hypocrisy, but a Valentine’s Card inviting government to look, talk and act — of, by and for.
The reign of domineering old men, awash with hangers-on, kissing the ring of the pretender perched on his s**t-hole throne, whitewashing racial and gender bashing, is coming to an unsavory evacuation.
Now, in ensemble let us persistently rise to harmonious example:
- Daring to share the American Dream with Dreamers
- Immortalizing Moral Mondays every day
- Celebrating African-American lives twelve months a year
- Grasping LGBTQ equality
- Supporting UNFPA global initiatives
- Dissolving Red Mapping Gerrymandering
- Morphing America into a true reflection of our immigrant predominance
- Embracing our multi-cultural rainbow
In our 2018 elections, may all Dreamers, Democrats and Due Process hold-fast to pragmatic solutions — and to each other.
Even before we invaded Native Americans, well to do gray-haired men, held tight rein on our economy, enslaved thought, maligned education and information, manipulated chaos, beat and molested women and killed people of color – all for personal gain. Now to the new low in immoral and unethical definition reflected in the haggard dishonest faces of Trump’s administration, proclaim: #TimesUp.
With constitutionally protected, Peaceful Assembly, our resistance empowers women with income parity, gender equality and healthcare, on a reconstructed Justice for All foundation.
We rise for the demise of predatory behavior, not only from Donald Trump and his minions, but all wife beaters, military, civilian and campus rapists and any employer who dares turn a deaf ear or avert supervisory eyes when bullies threaten women and men with workplace harassment or violence at home.
The strength of any nation, is aligned with the individual philosophical and psychological strength of its people – not in the denial of evolutionary truth, the oppression of diversity or the ratification suppression of full Constitutional female citizenship.
Regardless of political geography or historical heritage, the twins of fear and anger can no more defeat inevitable change than the bad seed of The Great White Fleet and Great White Hope: MAGA.
However, government compromised by corrupted private enterprise, may finally be mortally wounded on the archaic anvil of Robber Baron roots, accelerating a climate motivated race, awakening those who’ve pinned their hopes on Mars or Mar-a-Lago.
21st century American Dream amendments, don’t ask to replace Caucasians with non-whites; nor seek to fire straights to hire queers. Nor is the goal of equality and justice unleashing a sea of Dominatrix Amazons to castrate men like Rob Porter, David Sorensen and Larry Nassar – no matter how deserving.
Justice illuminates beyond political clichés, to the collective wisdom of reason expecting all to:
- Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment
- Emulate UNFPA with all-inclusive healthcare for safe motherhood, family planning, reproductive health – and gender specific issues
- Save our children from the world we’ve bequeathed them, by lighting their path, to World Peace
Because female political power is emerging, A Change is Gonna Come, has landed, and now Misogyny, Xenophobia, Bigotry and homophobia are destined to drown in their own desire for revenge.
Equality and Justice favor the wisdom of our evolving beyond the generals surrounding Hitler, thinking wrinkles and stars protected them from succumbing to demagoguery, as they profaned patriotism with treason — inviting holocaust.
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!