In 1941, America was attacked by a foreign power with the intent of taking over our government, brainwashing us against democracy and replacing any idea of Supreme Being, with a self-proclaimed superman.
However, united with our greatest global allies, the Greatest Generation was victorious in war and peace.
In 2016, America was attacked by a foreign power with the intent of electing its choice for our government, defaming America’s exceptional diversity with angry rhetoric, hate speech, racism, fear mongering, Muslim bans, belittling the disabled, conversion therapy and denial of environmental realities.
In the disarray of disunity reigned, apathy and claims that Free Speech was the right to succumb to a pied piper of corporatism.
Nonetheless, believing in the call of our Declaration of Independence, the evolution of our Constitution and the leadership example of our Gettysburg Address – many persisted, knowing we are most indivisible, when our Bill of Rights is free of malice aforethought — when we protect ourselves with an independent press, charged by We the People, to educate us with truth, not speculative gossip — and when we exercise our right, peaceably to assemble and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances, including, but not limited to, bullies using the bully pulpit to preach Putin talking points.
As in 1941, America again needs to trust the courageous optimism of our youth, coupled with the expertise of experience.
Millennials, looking up from devices, with a momentary glance over their shoulders, need assure Baby Boomers, we’ve got this – for now they are the seers of the gateway forward – reinvigorating our I have a Dream, into the reality of its truth setting us free from the lies we tell ourselves.
Although divisive 1860-1960 political fog rises again to choke America’s life breath, the strong can still see beyond the increasing smog – resisting, despite bearing the brunt of coal ash water, food desserts and Wall Street’s forever disappeared occupations, we will survive any attempt to blind our vision for generational renewal — inspiring all, by embracing, possibility!
We, the young at heart and open-minded lift our eyes to the skies to harness the sun, and renew life on, and of, the earth with what cannot be seen — but like freedom, is discernible by the resolve of its antagonists.
We are harvesting the very wind at our back, whisking those with eyes to see and ears to hear, into the technology of thinking ahead — before the avarice festering in the towers of all that glitters without greatness, floods both reason and land with Water Wars.
Yet, wisdom whispers, stay calm and carry on, for we see correctly who, perceive our greatness is as earthly stewards from Genesis to Revelation.
I’m not certain what we should ask of those born into 1960’s assassinations, the Vietnam War, Kent State tragedy – left behind to survive Trickle Down economics – after the lessons of The Greatest Generation were largely drowned out by, Government is the Problem.
So, I listened to the wind and the sea:
- Reread Frank Capra’s The Name Above the Title
- Remembered the enormous cultural contributions Beethoven and Billy Wilder bequeathed after they were deaf
- Unable to revisit Schindler’s List, again immersed mind, body and soul in Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan
And discovered America’s true inheritance from April 15, 1865 and April 12, 1945.
So now, I ask, what moral infrastructure have we provided Millennials as renewable platform – for, more than preserving the legacy of Baby Boomers, it is for Millennials to protect and defend the earth from repetitive rape and pillage.
Instead of Twitter tirades, we owe Millennials debt free education, equal employment opportunity, income parity and a life sustaining environment, for only the passionately compassionate successfully resist immoral Goliaths.
Before hearing Frost and Kennedy, I was too young to know how best to talent share, but with Angelou and Clinton inaugural encore, I saw the best years of our lives begin the moment trumped thinking is solar paneled.
Sharing our foresight, humanity and thanksgiving for all life on earth, we give future generations the opportunity to inherit the wind, for the best years of their lives.
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 no, fatted 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.
- 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.