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.
I toll for Thee, Who Toil for Life on Earth, in Purple and Acid Rain – Headlined on OpEdNews.com 4/23/16
Why do corporate conservatives deny the threat of their nuclear products simmering deep in the earth? Because we increase dependency on Nestlé’s privatized water and faith in Clean Coal, Fracking and Exxon didn’t know?
Could the hyperlink connecting two dozen GOP senators cutting off hundreds of millions in contributions to the United Nations’ Green Climate Fund and billionaire hatred for Collectivism be, terror of our connecting the dots between west coast drought, Texas floods, mid-west tornadoes, radically vacillating temperatures, post Congress careers and corporate bottom-lines?
Why do Republican Senators vote against aid for Flint children drinking lead laden water, while bringing snowballs to Congress in support of Climate Change denial.
Are they really so oblivious to the clones of Three Mile Island, Flint and Baltimore? Is not the degree to which Koch heads change the earth, determining how Climate Change accelerates income disparity, social instability and catalysts for conflict?
Did you know, while Conservative fears focus on invasions of privacy, Climate influenced weather changes are changing depths for U. S. Navy in Virginia?
Why the sting between the EPA prepping for major protections for bee populations and grumpy old men, like Senator Jim Inhofe attempting to block any such bank-like bailout for bees — denying any science linking neonicotinoids to bee deaths?
Whether a ninth Supreme tips to the late Scalia or doubting Thomas, or toward Justices Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, We the People hold earth’s life, in how we live our own.
Though Too Big to Jail puppeteers have tugged their congressional puppets too far Red to avoid an apocalypse of their own making, it is not a time for suicide or withdrawal, but rather reactivated rejuvenation! Replace old white men who’ve raped earth, with women, artists and those on whose flogged backs America was built.
We are at the very pinnacle of potential and evaporation — of recapturing the essence of existence or succumbing to the Pride of human failures to see we are but one piece of the mosaic.
Risking national destruction by the wrath of religious zealots, politically succumbing to the envy of mob-rule and wallowing in selfie gluttony, we give into the sloth of social media, lusting after Likes & Followers.
Even before director Jared P. Scott’s The Age of Consequences, makes its world premiere May 1, 2016 at Hot Docs Film Festival, Executive Producer and Director of Outreach, Sophie Robinson gave us hope — insisting while we can’t yet imagine what can be done to save us from Abrupt Climate Change, every potential calamity faced by humankind, was faced not knowing how we would conquer it, until we did.
So why, even before the Atomic bomb dropped August 6, 1945, has humanity repeatedly chosen to follow the loudest, rabble-rousing, inciting to violence, angry men, like Hitler, Joe McCarthy, Boris Johnson and Donald Trump?
We now live in the Age of Consequences, the time of The Bomb, but still in denial, we dare Global Warming to accelerate Climate Change. Isn’t it smarter to preserve a more harmonious relationship with Mother Nature?
Truth is, though historically silenced, women have led humanity with reason and accountability, inspiring social awareness, social justice and social change. Perhaps before the changes made to earth by men, change the order of all life upon it, we need to kick off the dusty ideas of angry old men and face our wacked world’s woes, revitalized with the spirit of our feminine side.
Shall we not finally let go of our past mistakes and try emulating women, like, Mary Magdalene, Native American Apache priestess Lozen, Saint Hildegard von Bingen, Christina de Pizan (who influenced women like Catherine D’ Medici, Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I), Irish Pirate Chief Grace O’Malley (who negotiated a peace treaty one-on-one with Elizabeth I), Roxelana of the Ottoman Empire, Jane Austen, Harriet Tubman, Alice Paul, Anne Frank, Myah Angelou, Meryl Streep, Oprah, J. K. Rowling, Viola Davis, The United States Women’s National Soccer Team, Nancy Reagan, Huma Abedin, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Congressional candidate Jane Dittmar, Hillary Clinton and twenty-seven year old, Sophie Robinson.