Memorial Day

Memories & Memorials – Maestros & Madmen – Missives & Miracles – TREMR Staff Pick Headlined

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The truth that hurts:  America’s character decay neither began with our 2016 election, nor will end with our 2020 Census and election duo.  The truth that sets us free:  most of America’s problems have come from placing too much trust in leaders in both public and private sectors, who think, act and look like Trump/Pence.

So, this Memorial Day weekend, may our memories of mothers memorizing faces of missing children and loved ones in uniform snatched away, let us honor all who have been subjugated by men believing themselves masters of all, promising them, never again.

Haunted by what’s been sacrificed, who best reflects American Idealism:  Representative Justin Amash, Machiavellian Barr or Madman DJT?

Who suffers in the dissonance of missives tweeted to distract coal miners and manufacturing workers from broken promises, if not family farms and small businesses traded to death by a money launderer?

What’s trending with Trump/Pence administration for people of color, affordable health care and women and children?  Will a president, allowed to evade subpoenas, honor decisions of federal judges?

If Justice Anthony Kennedy, Rod Rosenstein and Robert Mueller weren’t America’s heroes, aren’t We the People all that stands between American democracy and mob rule?

Why are Americans at Trump rallies hypnotized into following, an existence unmolested by the rumbling of a soul?

How does America survive McConnell’s Judiciary take-down, Barr’s DOJ Intelligence Agencies invasion and Trump’s projecting his ignorance of Constitutional Law, particularly High Crimes, Misdemeanors and Treason onto his political enemies:  The American People?

Before December 7, 1941 most American citizens and their elected officials had little desire to enter a second world war.  So, we waited and hoped for a miracle.  However, we learned, while there is good in most people, some, only emit moral bankruptcy.

Before September 11, 2001, most American citizens and our elected officials thought oil barons and gas guzzlers more praiseworthy than Henrietta Lacks.  However, Bush/Cheney/Rice/Wolfowitz Mushroom Cloud manipulation, of both facts and Congress, denied us the hard truth, except that of young 1% volunteers marching off to war for the one percenters too big to fail, or jail – depositing all of us into the, Friends of Dick Cheney’s 2008 Recession Club – yielding madmen making derivative memories, yearning to maximize a new Iranian chapter of memorials.

In 2019, we’re left engulfed in needless trade wars because of the madness of a mischievous Juvenile-in-Chief motivated in Roosevelt Room to master intimidation of clingers on, magnetized by malfeasance.

Memories of 5th Avenue, the Halls of Congress, city Food Deserts, rural neighbors without high-speed Broadband and Americans living in Puerto Rico deserted – confirm our Land of the Free, is overshadowed by a prince of darkness.

However, while much of America’s history has been maneuvered for personal gain by older Caucasian men, there are fewer men maddened by the fear of the 2045 missive:  muffled memories will suddenly manifest with a mighty righteousness propelling all Native Americans, people of color, LGBTQ and Constitutionally locked out female Americans to lavish on any face paler than their own, bearing a penis, the same maltreatment they received from wannabe masters of greed and oppression before December 31, 2044.

But fear not, for most Americans are not petty like Trump, hypocritical as Pence, hateful as McConnell nor small as Mnuchin.  Most presidents don’t rip children from their parents.  Most VP’s don’t ignore Jefferson’s separation of Church and State wisdom.  Although admittedly, too many political clones, drunk on McConnell’s magic potion, put Party before 99% of Americans, most aren’t bigots who financially honor murderers of Native Americans over lifesavers like Harriet Tubman.

Now on this Memorial Day 2019, let us ask ourselves:  when will our short-term memory memorialize the bait and switch from Garland to Gorsuch & Kavanaugh – and adjudicate operatic mood swinger Lindsey Graham, First Chair Grassley, Super Hatch and their masterly Maestro Mitch McConnell?

Most men are neither rapists nor pedophiles, and most in public service,  put their lives on the line to save others.  Most Americans, particularly teachers, first responders and Trump maligned FBI agents and news reporters, are pro-life for all lives from Alpha to Omega.

Most Americans never stop hoping for the best life ever for their family and friends.  Most know Planned Parenthood doesn’t murder anyone, and most American administrations have rarely locked children in cages – knowing perhaps, Guantanamo and Quantico notwithstanding, most Americans abhor torture – and know an extremely stable genius wouldn’t make Trump’s Access Hollywood tape.

Most of us know, when a potentially treasonous target under suspicion, feels cornered and trapped, real patriots miraculously defend America, memorializing, Ask what you can do for your country.

What Trump Spin Forgets is: We Remember Memorial Day Every Day – Headline

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Arguably, one thing our Left, Right and Center still have in common:  it’s never about what we’re fighting about.  It’s as imbalanced as gender income parity, as punishing as the wealthiest nation’s minimum wage and as inane as a top-down economic recovery scam.

It’s the revelation of voices crying in the wilderness, tarnished by short-sighted simplistic solution seekers peopling our way forward with morally bankrupt demagogues, false profits and vengeful Goliaths vowing to crush all who dare to slingshot wisdom into our voting booth.

I recently received this comment:  Just got home from the Organic Grocery. The flag out front was at half-mast. I asked the shopkeeper why. She said, “For the school shooting.” I asked, “Which one?” She said, “I forget,” checked a paper, and said “Santa Fe.”

I live in St. Mary’s County Maryland. We recently had one of those shootings right here at Great Mills High School, just weeks after one was prevented at nearby Leonardtown HS. In both those instances, children had access to their fathers’ guns. In the one case (Leonardtown) the son’s dad had a federal license to distribute guns.

As I left the store, I told the clerk they might want to fly that flag upside-down. After all, the Nation is definitely in distress.

I have loved ones whose childhood memories include drilling what to do in case of a natural disaster, like earthquakes.  My childhood education was replete with, Duck and Cover, as Military Industrial Complex’s K.I.S.S. educational defense against nuclear attack on school children.

Now, as Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School students Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg memorialize for us, our gullible naivete has been horribly morphed into a case of Second Amendment fraud, protecting the bottom line of gunrunners and enabling children and adults to spare families nothing, in rapid fire transformation from potential contribution, to suffocating too much innocence and too many dreams – too soon.

On Memorial Day, as we remember those who fought, died and continue to live for, what most have forgotten:  Our American Exceptionalism is our one person, one vote Democratic Republic infrastructure – should we pass along Franklin’s gauntlet, keeping it by strengthening our natural national connection to, Out of Many, One.

On 27 May 1941, Bismarck was sunk by His Majesty’s British Navy, six months and eleven days before Pearl Harbor’s Day of Infamy. Three months later, we imprisoned Japanese-American citizens in internment camps — some until 1946.

On Memorial Day 2018, let us consider remembering, and celebrating, that apart from Native Americans in uniform, whether Code Talkers or not, all others, preserving, protecting and defending us, both then and now, are descendants of immigrants, believing in the united promise of the United States of America in all its hues, persuasions, preferences and splendid diversity.

Yet, enduring an encore of holiday timed gouging by Oil Company gasoline prices, seems as normal as entertaining Russia’s electoral beneficiaries.  So, it’s immensely understandable to crave any opportunity for laughter, cookouts and alcohol numbing breaks from chaotic times — shared with friends and family to forget, what myopic media pros insist is American life, A Doin’ what Comes Naturally.

Nonetheless, the lesson is, America’s dream is no destination, but a challenging journey rising to uphold this truth to be self-evident:  it is our civic, as well as moral, duty to lift each other in a joint effort to share equally our Constitutional right to Freedom of Expression, whether kneeling in thanksgiving to God or in memorial of life cut down too soon.

Our Calling:

  • to embrace anew our band of brothers and sisters
  • to ban distress imposed by lesser men wallowing in deferments favoring other priorities or bone spurs iniquity
  • to secure the hill of harmonious ensemble, knowing when we stumble, the long line before us, will reinforce our, Land of the Free

America’s initial game plan, still enticing us on wounded knee, was for mere mortals to form a more perfect union by cherishing individualism galvanized by the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances – and no one shall ever be allowed to trump that.