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The Reality Show that’s America’s New D-Day Normal – TREMR Staff Pick & OpEdNews.com Headline

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Our News Media insists we are in a, New Normal.  To the degree we agree, we risk permanently casting ourselves as pawns of Corporatism’s political comrades.

What is normal and true:  from our Revolution through Civil War, to 1944 D-Day, Vietnam and September 11, 2001, those preserving, protecting and defending Americans and our Constitution were more often found on foreign battlefields, than home with other priorities or bone-spurs.

Despite the sacrifices of a few for Justice for All, women remain second class citizens under male laws banning even their right to make, and live with, their own life choices.

And still we’re easily distracted by unnpresidential administration news cycle stealing, while the immediate emergency crises that is an America imprisoned by the trumped – increasingly disconnects us from reasonable thought, each other and the exceptional ideal of the American Dream – the greatest victims of which still, know not what they do.

Choosing, Free Will for life is an infinitely longer commitment to humanity than choosing birth, then walking away from the reality that America’s Middle Class is as underwater financially as Middle America is literally; and American dreams are swirling uncontrollably in tornadoes destroying much of what we’ve left of an earth suffering from our lack of stewardship.

So, can we as individuals accept that for whatever time remains for earth and all life upon it, we choose to passionately pursue a life of excellence together – in reparation for time lost, talent unused and good not done?

Mass murder is neither new nor normal, whether seventy-five years ago, or in lower Manhattan, Virginia Beach, Charleston South Carolina, the Pulse or Parkland Florida – and there is nothing new, normal nor patriotic about the masses who are mesmerized by politicians, TV ads and talking heads rendering America vulnerable.

If George Will can say, making an ass out of you and me, the Senate remains in the hands of his Conservative friends, to heal our political culture, we need to replace our current president, shouldn’t all, Ask what you can do for your Country patriots align with, When They See Us, and admit, we’ve been bamboozled by an opportunistic right-wing populism reality show host – and confess, like torture at Guantanamo, Quantico’s Blackhole and railroaded Central Park Five, evidence American homage to China’s Tiananmen Square cover up.

As my Grandmama always said, the worst lies we tell are the lies we tell ourselves, and like her, Nancy Pelosi is a strong woman who, seeing the United States of America’s, Big Picture challenge coming soon to a mental state near you, speaks for a long view for our national life.

The thoughtless, self-serving and vulgar insult Mike Pence, Clarence Thomas, Bret Kavanaugh, Steven Mnuchin, Jim Jordan, Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump are to, We the People, a confirmation of their being unsuitable American leaders.  Nonetheless, the core responsibility of civilization demands we give the Devil’s tools the benefit of law – for this is the very foundation of America’s original intent.

Donald Trump was never a hard-charging, get-things-done CEO!  Like all Reality TV, The Apprentice was pretend – a bully, wrapped in a secret inheritance, inside a bigot.  To cure America’s Donald Trump infection, we must not follow his example, but rather we must defeat his malice aforethought, from the inside out.

We must psych out the craven psychopaths.  We must take away from Donald Trump what he cannot live without.

Trump’s lifeblood is screeching worshipers, chanting applauders, news cycle dominance, daily headlines, talking heads after talking heads bespeaking his nothingness as Lo and Behold: Men in arms snapping to his attention, women offering breasts and Bibles for his autographed adornment, palms strewed at his feet – total Sieg Heil adoration!

Deny him this and he will shrivel, like Dracula exposed to the dawning of a new day of freedom – though, like the Russian hacks and American money that twisted our Electoral college in his favor – what keeps our Speaker, and the wise awake at night:  prudent anticipation of the desperate acts of a cornered animal – for this character’s art is to deal out only simplistic retribution, seeking the sympathy of uncomplicated thinkers.

Yet, there are no simple answers for addictions to gun violence, sexual harassment, ICE’s child abuse or swaging the greed of Opioid makers.  Nor is Impeachment, if it leaves grounded in place, an electable Mike Pence riding the tattered coattails of misplaced sympathy.

Reckless abandonment deserting individuals to homelessness and national security to whimsy is Trump’s M. O.  So beware, when trying to reason with the unreasonable, for such incitement to violence can be contagious.

Nevertheless, the power of peaceful assembly cannot allow an unsound president, buffered by enchanted clones, to destroy both presidency and Republic – nor our true normal:  America progresses forward.

 

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Free Speech: Heritage v. Hate and Hurricane Harvey v. Trump Dysfunction – Headlined on OpEdNews.com

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Sensitivity to the trauma of people who have just lost everything in a natural disaster, remains an individual’s freedom of choice – we can care or, sell baseball caps.

We are free to be former strangers, waist deep in toxic flood water conquering chaos with anything that floats or, pretending to be police, steal what’s left behind.

How we respond to life events, be they devastation, diversity, or deportation, defines us.  We’re free to respond to violence in-kind, or with the kind of courage that bespeaks heroic civility.

We are free to freely share our humanity with all life in peril, filling the void of neglectful leadership threatening American security, or collude to hack the American Dream of every hue and persuasion of dreamers — to erect towers in tribute to self-aggrandizing babble.

We have the freedom to listen, choose to plan and take-action to save ourselves from a planet we’ve not spared human avarice, or impose selective equal opportunity, perpetuating climate injustice, with malice aforethought toward our Grid and infrastructure core.

It’s not the loud mouth bully rallying mass ovation.  It’s the willing minions, happily embracing vulgarity, scorn and domestic violence.

It’s not hard-working Middle Class Blue Collar Midwest Families.  It’s the smooth-talking excuse making masters of deception, like Christopher Ruddy, Vice President Mike Pence and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, serving up palatable bigotry, to unsuspecting palates.

The violent are free to choose labels of provocation, but reason champions peaceful assembly to resist dueling myopic reruns of cyclical attempts to isolate American Exceptionalism by drowning American diversity in self-destructive nationalism.

While Freedom of Speech does allow politicians, presidents and even Open Carry White Supremacists, protesting as full throttled foul-mouthed provocateurs of violence, permeating prevarications aided and abetted by orange marmalade – it isn’t permission to answer violence with violence.

Constitutional free speech does not condone collusion with a foreign power, violation of the Emolument Clause nor a get out of jail free card for multi-million-dollar white collar crime.

Freedom of Speech isn’t freedom to flaunt presidential pardon power, but to uphold our Constitutional Utopian dream of color blind justice – perhaps under the watchful eyes of computer nerds blocking hackers, rational voters holding the line against torch lit revivals of Jim Crow and Bill of Rights defenders embracing balance and reason in response to cue sticks sharpened into spears.

Freedom of Speech is our non-violent right to resist, to march in advocacy, to petition the government with our physical presence, elevating blind justice over blind ambition.

Regardless of craven heads craving all that glitters, Freedom of Speech is not a gold hammer and sickle for Alt-Right terrorism and Antifa violence to assassinate our First Amendment, nor is it license to abolish peaceful assembly.

The first ten Amendments to our Constitution are neither optional nor a welcome mat for Karl Rove’s Citizens United Supremes to bestow on Corporatism, unprecedented electoral power.

The Great Recession is the recurring nightmare flooding voting booths with psychological insecurity – attempting to make elections moot, by voter intimidation and manipulation – to render all government levels and branches vulnerable to moral decay and character bankruptcy.

Our freedoms have been purchased by blood, sweat, tears and taxes, most recently tasked with inspiring the resilience of those so tragically impacted by Hurricane Harvey, with the humanity of those standing in line to volunteer assistance.

Although American history is replete with love thy neighbor as thyself, steeped in the solid foundation of our immigrant heritage, from Lincoln’s 1865 assassination to Charlottesville 2017, the hate of a few has profaned America in the name of God and Country.

We are free to be Harvey heroes or nefarious high-powered saber rattlers pontificating for those who profit from deflating America’s peace of mind.

We can choose to be human chains connecting neighbors and communities, or slashers of programs and services providing our best defense when a ravaged environment, retaliates.

Free Speech allows us the privilege to lie to ourselves about Mexico reimbursing us for a trumped up wall, or, agreeing with President Ulysses S. Grant regarding James K. Polk’s invasion of Mexico, we could emulate the Samaritans of Houston – and be grateful for all who define America with, spontaneous compassion.