With a president more interested in tax cuts for the super wealthy than throwing a lifeline to survivors of Hurricane Harvey, I can’t help but wonder, if Hurricane Irma is the angry prologue on a mission to repo the Seminole Peninsula paradise.
South Florida is more like another country than the 27th state we stole in 1830, without granting statehood until 1845. Invading the Everglades, its last frontier in the early 1900s, we challenged its very nature launching a railway from the Florida mainland to the Keys in 1935.
Low-income families now joined by Blue and White-collar workers – including DACA’s 91% employed, feel the greatest impact of hurricane strength stifling hot-air, barreling down from Breitbart’s foot-soldiers, denying the truth about America’s Civil War while wielding racist intimidation, religious bigotry and murder.
They tell us America’s Gross Domestic Product is the best way to determine the stability of our national economy because, GDP is the value of what any United States resident produces. Unlike the GOP, that makes the GDP color blind, without political prejudice, sexual misconduct, racial discrimination or religious travel bans.
Since the major expertise of our dysfunctional 45th administration is disruption, I express human value in cash flow terms to assist the trumped in grasping this truth: like the devastation of Hurricanes Katrina, Sandy, Harvey and Irma, deporting Dreamers will cost America, billions.
Scott Pruitt, it’s past Climate Change talking time with foreign policy Nikki Haley rudderless in the Sea of Japan without a Chinese clue or U.N. paddle, hoping a hack like Sessions will save America from a presidential maiden voyage.
When denial is our weapon of choice, voters, voting in the red, willingly fall on their best self-interests’ sword, allowing Corporatism injected politicians to slash to death programs and services needed for a rainy day.
Thus enabled, Conservative state governments, liberally slice and dice: Rick Scott gutted Florida’s Wetlands Agency – while his hero applies executive disorder, blood-letting Flood Protection.
They promised it could never happen in America, but our Senior Social Security, our children’s public education, our H2O — indeed, the very air we breathe are now species endangered by a MIA Commissioner for elder stability, a DeVos dumbing down education; Fracking, Coal Ash, Koch heads like Nestle quietly privatizing drinking water – all aided and abetted by the stench of democracy rotting in a McConnell and Ryan FEMA cutting Congress, providing smoke and mirror cover for banking institutions determined to decapitate our need for a post Bush/Cheney Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
The fear that America needed to be made great again was seeded in the wake of The Great Recession. In response to this Wall Street domestic violence against 99% of us, lay the foundation for demeaning global citizenship, deserting earthly stewardship and descending to where White Supremacists profane religion, tarnish patriotism and propagate Climate Injustice.
Arrogance, preached, oceans that weren’t ours protected us; that 1930’s Germany couldn’t happen in USA and Climate Change was a hoax. They evangelized and we said Amen, but then came 9/11, the invasion of Charlottesville by Bannon’s KKK Nazis and voters voting to MAGA, endorsing, it’s easier to drill through Arctic Ocean than arctic ice.
In January 1912, Henry Flagler’s Overseas railroad to Key West departed South Florida. Four months later, the ship, not even God himself could sink, RMS Titanic, plummeted with 1500 souls, in less than three hours.
Flagler’s Folly and the Keys’ islanders were devastated by the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane – many, including veterans, simply disappeared without a trace.
Despite telling themselves hurricanes don’t come to New England, in 1938 the Long Island Express killed 682 leaving devastation still visible in 1951.
The forecast: record breaking landslide for first Female president!
Election night finale: intellectual neophyte elected president.
Wandering in the shadow of the past, wondering if our Hancock sun is rising or setting, misses the point: like a total eclipse, the blinding beauty of nature’s power is in the eye of those who’ve learned to behold – whereas denial leaves us defenseless against time and ignorant of evolution.
Few of us recognize, a life changing event, until it consumes us. For some, it was the exceptional ideals of a We the People Constitution. For others, a head-on collision playing football, or texting while driving.
Life changes as unexpectedly as a Gettysburg Address or Ferguson shooting. For some, the rise and fall of stock prices, or cash machines investing in voting machines transforming a Voting Rights Act Main Street dream into, dreamers go home.
Institutions don’t lie, but often, the people who run them, do. Post WWII financial, political and religious institutions used communications and educational institutions to convince otherwise intelligent adults that atomic power would bomb war into a deep freeze – but the missiles of October 1962 proved, denial precedes meltdowns.
Listening to Nikki Haley read to the United Nations Security Council was like streaming reruns of decades of American students being assured Duck and Cover, would save their lives from the Atomic Bomb; that they could be educated reading texts that, all but excluded female heroes, role models of color, contributions from Hyphenated Americans – tossing truth of Thanksgiving and Native Americans, into a spiraling white squall.
Shall we continue the self-delusion that dilutes world peace, or embrace the heroics of sincere dialogue: Listening graces brain power with the potential to overcome nuclear power.
Renewing our foundations in unconditional goodwill, enables equal opportunity and injects denial with the pre-existing condition of truth: our national security is inevitably intertwined with earth and all life upon it, so…
- First, do no harm
- Speak truth about the power of our leaders and ourselves
- Emulate those who believe character is the real measure of success
- Freely give to others what we ourselves wish to receive
Not only are we the change we’ve been waiting for, but we are the climate change we fear, the atomic bombs we’ve dropped and forgot — and those in need of affordable mental and physical healthcare, we ignore.
Any effort to take back, go back or hold back, incites our unwinnable war with destiny, because, with or without our permission, time moves ever forward – leaving in its wake, with every breath we take, an invitation to surpass the past, by achieving, what’s next.
Nonetheless, regardless which path we choose, we’ll attract friends, create enemies, periodically encounter sustainable leaps forward and alternately, battle addictive life changing denials: Opioids/Alcohol, Terror Cells/Smart Phones, iPods/iPads, Social Media/Television, DC/Wall Street Koch-heads – constantly challenging our electing principle over greed.
Much of life is a casting call: bully or bullied, caregivers or not my problem, but choosing progression over evolving into the company, habits and presidents we keep, shatters the denial of malice aforethought.
Language is used for both truth and falsehood – by heroes and deceivers. Being human is the life changing responsibility to learn the difference:
- No Child Left Behind – or – Global Warming
- Political neophyte – or – morally bankrupt self-serving bigot
- Gas pipelines & offshore oil drilling – or – Solar panels
- Trump Towers laundering money – or – Wind Towers real air power
When we can, in an embryo, replace the bad gene of one parent with a good gene from the other parent, can’t we also prioritize finding a cure for Alzheimer’s, for what will it profit humankind if we gain cures for Cancers, heart decease and strokes, but lose our memory of the choice between war and peace.
Both Silence and violence are welcome mats over which narcissists enter as existential threats magnetizing voter fears to the denial of Demagogues among us.
Language, poetry or prose, oral tribal history or constitutional parchment, communicates and inspires, but only we can determine direction, interpretation or cause and effect.