Colluding with the 16th anniversary of America’s turn at Afghanistan, we are engaged in a great civil war to endure as a nation, through racial prejudice, sexual bigotry and Domestic Terrorism – gun violence targeting women and children now intensified by military-styled automatic weapons raining down wholesale massacre and serial mass murder on a Homefront with short-term memory.
Regardless of race, creed, heritage, age, sexual preference or political persuasion, more Americans were shot to death, in Las Vegas Sunday October 1, 2017 than have been killed in America, by radical Islamic terrorists in the last ten years.
Growing up, holidays were loud: packing uncles and aunts, drinking, smoking, shouting rifle and shotgun owners – all skilled, if not avid, hunters – insuring I mastered both M-14 & 16 in Basic Training. Uncle Gino, however, had already taught me to respect guns, because once weapon and shooter were united, each were equally responsible for the union’s conclusion.
Since 1967, more Americans have been killed by guns, than in all the wars in which America was involved since our Revolutionary War, and still…
- Conservatives: Now is not the time to discuss it
- NRA: more good men with guns
- Responsible gun owners: some background checks
- Schools: Armed police handcuffing & arresting children
- Fed-up Americans: Repeal the Second Amendment
- Media & Pollsters: Is America headed in the right direction
Arguably, beyond the illusion of handgun induced home security and the adrenaline rush accompanying killing a defenseless animal — stonewalling and ignoring the body-count in American killing fields: concerts, nightclubs, movie theaters, parking lots, churches, schools – petitions us to be The People’s Storm, beckoning the wise to expose GOP/NRA as accessories after the fact.
While Trump and guns are inexorable parts of America’s global definition, they are not the measure of heroism or liberty, but rather enablers of violent death – yet, direction of any nation is determined by the moral fiber of its citizens.
Yes, America is moving in The Right Direction:
- Uniformed shooting of unarmed men of color
- Institutionalized bigotry of DOJ against LGBTQ Americans
- Domestic and Foreign Gerrymandering of our Electoral System
The issue of controlling gun violence, is more about the 2008 Supreme Court misinterpretation of the Second Amendment and less about honoring our Bill of Rights; Less about individual liberty and more about the exhilaration some feel when armed for intimidation.
In 1775, Lexington and Concord fired up a new nation, but by 2016, far too many had forgotten the end goal of Valley Forge was, a United States of America – sans standing army.
Now, We the People need stop wringing our hands, acting like we don’t know the difference between principal and Pence patriotic pretense, and declare ourselves the calm eye centering the Storm — firing 18th century caste system thinking, because we are more than the symbols, we are constitutionally guaranteed the right, to venerate or not.
Because in desperate times, desperation cajoles common sense into nonsensical choices regarding who gets to possess, America’s Nuclear Football, we fool-hearted expected solutions from rhetorical barker, and endangered ourselves, lying to ourselves, about lairs.
Guns are not an extension of freedom, honor, nor human hands. They’re just the end of life waiting to happen.
The fault lies not in our NFL stars, but in constituents who traded Lincoln for Nixon, McConnell, Paul Ryan and government is the problem – allowing fake patriots to transform, America the Beautiful into the land of the trumped.
According to Bob Hope, NYC Mayor Jimmy Walker famously said, the voters always get what they deserve. I wasn’t the only chump in this city. It took a lot of you to elect me.
We honor, Ol’ Glory, by preserving reason, protecting human life and defending ourselves against Koch heads Red Mapping our voting machines.
Confederate Statues, Breitbart, Representative Tim Murphy, AG Jeff Sessions, Harvey Weinstein and Donald Trump are our reality check: controlling gun violence is not just about sales, recreation or politics.
Like Opioid addiction, gender equality and Trump Puerto Rico and North Korea responses – gun violence is an American value that has become a moral blood stain. The thing about guns and people is, people discriminate, but guns will kill anybody.
From Dog Whistling Birtherism to working DIA, the madness of the Donald baits us to switch from Russian Probe to Korean braggadocios fire and fury competition – but his Alt-Right support evaporated his smokescreen and now a backlash of peaceful assembly for freedom, is becoming a national movement.
On Saturday August 12, 2017, in the city of Thomas Jefferson’s University of Virginia, thirty-five Americans were injured, nineteen of them assaulted by a twenty-year-old Ohio man driving into them to preserve and protect our history of slavery, racism and second-class citizenship.
While this summer Charlottesville Virginia reaped what Donald Trump has sowed, America, and indeed human decency and potentially humankind are being raped by the perversion of patriotism by Right Wing white supremacists.
In response, an Attorney General who thinks the KKK is, OK until I found out they smoked pot, is a joke, is launching an investigation into the Paris-like vehicular murder of a thirty-two-year-old woman – the incident in support of an administration offensive to the Constitution and truth, colluding with a leader who fears saying the very thing he incites — Domestic Terrorism.
Our Founding Fathers, U. S. Constitution and we ourselves are not perfect, but choosing ongoing educational expansion on a journey of Constitutional Amendments, striving for equal opportunity, is the perfection of mutual respect.
The Ugly American truth is, historically, Conservatives have failed to accept that every person, place and thing matters — Words, Medicaid, Black Lives, Women, Medicare, Native-Americans, Mexicans, Asians, Seniors and Transgenders matter!
It matters that in 2016, we elected a small, thin-skinned excuse of a man, lacking intellectual curiosity and tolerance for differing points of view, whose Bannon/Gorka/Miller appointments excel at staining American character.
Attacking honorable Americans, like Judge Curiel, James Comey, Charlottesville’s Gold Star Khan family and LGBTQ citizens courageously serving America in uniform — what can an isolationist president, incapable of all-inclusive big picture vision amass, but white nationalists?
Since Jamestown and Plymouth Rock, white supremacy has dominated America, imposing self-serving prejudice not only on Native-Americans and people of color, but Jews, Irish Catholics, women and our ancestral immigrants processing past the Statue of Liberty, through Ellis Island, into the Land of the Free.
However, if after 241 years, under white Christian male management, we’re still electing a boy’s idea of what a real man is, perhaps what we should be resisting is our tendency to recklessly swing our electoral pendulum — Flip-Flopping between silence and violence will never penetrate the hypocrisy of Pence pretense, Jason Kessler’s Unite the Right or Trump’s Make America Great Again.
President John F. Kennedy was not only infinitely careful not to back Soviets into a Cuban corner, but was equally emphatic that, America was not going to nuclear war. Our current 1600 occupant, however, craves the evaporation of all life on the Korean peninsula, in exchange for a macho media image.
It is within our power, to deny him this power, by refusing to play the cards neo-Nazi’s deal, and instead, making it necessary for him, like Nixon, to resign.
Men like Trump, David Duke, Steve Bannon, Jason Kessler and Tom Bossert have proven power to bring out the worst and best in us – the worst, clones of themselves — the best, the rest of us: Valley Forge militia, Lincoln, women risking lives for 19th Amendment, the American Baptist Home Mission Society, nonviolent responders to violent Jim Crow era — we who defend Mexicans and Muslims from presidential prejudice.
True American patriots, as in the Civil Rights movement and the Women’s Marches, January 21, 2017, exercise peaceful assembly in civility when demonstrating. It is vital that we are ever vigilant not to become what we’re against.
Instead of responding to radical extremists in-kind, let us embrace the civic ideal of, petition the government: By the millions, stand tall in DC and regional GOP offices, admonishing Congress to, at the very least, call for the application of the 25th Amendment – or Fast Track Robert Mueller’s investigation, in expectation that Donald Trump has indeed committed Impeachable offences.
And make certain they know we’re there because Trump’s rhetoric caused the death of an American citizen – whose life was snatched away for defending equality and justice for all — paralegal Heather Heyer