From Molly Pitcher to Molly Bloom – Clara Barton to Obamacare – Marian Anderson & Elenore Roosevelt to #BlackLivesMatter and #MeToo, it’s #TimesUp – because our K & Wall Street ruling class are being served: this far, and no farther!
From apostles of twin abusers (National Restaurant Association and National Rifle Association), and Congressional Republicans over employing national security shield — deserting and disenfranchising our American Dream, 2018 is scattering Nassar chauvinists and trumped supremacists!
Following in the shadow of Truman’s Korean police action; Eisenhower’s Vietnam War enabling; Kennedy’s Camelot Cold War racing past Cuban missiles to the moon — LBJ & Nixon lies downgraded The Greatest Generation to cannon fodder, targeting anti-war protestors as an, Executive Privilege.
From Eisenhower/Nixon’s Dulles brothers v. Dean Acheson to Trump/Pence v. Sally Yeats, Preet Bharara and Robert Mueller – our, High Confidence: we now overcome.
After 242 years, grossly underpaid teachers, are emulating their students who grasp the civic duty to protect intellectual curiosity’s potential to reason, from disintegrating schools & text books, bullying and gun violence.
Yet, as we memorialize what we’ve lost from Columbine to Parkland, we’re missing who’s sacrificed, by enabling trigger happiness: military marksmanship training in school cafeterias — guaranteeing a dusting of lead poisoning with an afterglow of brain damage.
What is Past being Prologue, is replete with men like Joe McCarthy, William Rehnquist, Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell and Mike Pence who, for power sake, cloister, clothed in deceit, closeted by faith in hypocrisy. Trusting in, and embellishing generational Domino Theory, they diminish us from Lincoln into maniacal Nixon paranoia and Trump’s suffocating thinking for ourselves.
Yet, by First Lady examples, Jackie Kennedy, Lady Bird Johnson, Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush and Hillary Clinton we learn, while all men are created equal, persistent women give us enlightened clarity — infusing equality and justice together – as we renew Exceptionalism with, a child shall lead them.
Our primary national anchor preventing American progress, remains older men like Charles & David Koch, Foster Friess, Rudy Giuliani, and Chuck Grassley who, as trumped demagogues, continue to embroil America further into the crippling backslide of men who believe, they alone created the United States of America. Trusting in the lost ways of a white male dominated society, such leaders, both manipulated by and manipulating fear, choose alternative facts over history’s lessons:
- Our anti-everything 1950s, tragically wounded our Out of Many, One, but despite devastating 1960’s assassinations, we began again before truly grasping how challenging the journey forward would be
- Now in a Herstory state, Change grants all colors, POVs and sexual persuasions, freedom to rise
- Neither first, above or greater than anyone, we learn actual communication heals, better than virtual pretense or Twitter offense
We are marching, not to the vainglory of self-righteous pied pipers waving Old Glory while profaning Bible but striving toward Lincoln’s understanding: we are stronger together!
We march into Governorships, The House & Senate – not just in a Blue Wave, but with a wave of forward thinking humanity, individually and collectively insisting proudly, we’re moving on.
We’ve evolved old unreasonable Domino Theory into: One victory for all, begets more cleaning house victories for Americans, until America is a Home of the Brave, fearing not a Land of the Free welcoming all who welcome freedom.
Now, which America, post Trump/Pence:
- 180-degree reversal of global view, 12 September 2001
- Prioritizing separation of church and state over walling out freedom seekers
- Never Again denying anyone life, liberty or the pursuit of happiness
From Huntley/Brinkley & Cronkite, to four 1963 days & nights of non-stop murder coverage, America now needs citizen leaders and news professionals to resurrect from the ashes of Watergate our Fourth Estate soul — because Americans deserve more information than conditioning and more education than ignorance.
To abridge being self-hypnotized by waves of opinionated affirmation, we need select communion over Snapchats – and cure our human condition with empathetic connection over Opioid, cell phone and gun addictions.
Boosting voting rather than Facebook, adjusting political priorities and raising inter-personal expectations, we rise above successions of TV/radio hosts and repetitive opinionated panels, confusing conjecture and gossip, for, the first rough draft of history.
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.