Wrestling Dreads, Context and Walls from Evil’s Grip before 2020 – Tremr Staff Pick & OpEdNews.com Headline
- Approximately 14,600 unaccompanied Migrant Children in American custody – at least two dying in DHS/ICE captivity
- Product dangers hidden in-plain-sight on labels
- Leadership abandoned to depravity even before UN Ambassador & Interior departures – and four Acting Cabinet members performing for a Trump deprived of all but directorial talent for apathy, bankruptcy and treason
1968 was a year of assassinations, that ended with an out of this world perspective of our humanity. Just as we lost confidence in our individual dreams of national competence, NASA’s scientists, engineers and three Apollo eight astronauts, proved America could still reach for the stars.
In 2018, arguably the year two-thirds of Americans, super-sizing their minds and hearts – now somewhat successfully, wading through institutional and personal deficits, heroically attempting to wrench Ol’ Glory from the grip of an inglorious administration – elected in Mid-Terms to unfurl Americans in the greater glory of civic responsibility restoration for: discounted differences, scorned religions, rejected LGBTQ community, relentless gender inequality and denial of climate challenges – rising above self-serving talking points – setting us free from political quick-sands.
However, 2018 remains our reignited struggle to reemerge into reasonable commonsense, committed to a national referendum to cease and desist permission for anyone, any movement or any political party eager to redact American democracy by appeasing the worst in us.
We the People persisted – Liberally cleansing our representative House of ill-repute with diversity’s many colors, creeds and preferences.
Yes, 2018 flip-flopped 1968 – from conquering the universe to choking on a Swamp Thing’s Shutdown war waged with delusions corralling closed minds, to wall in wage earners, surviving paycheck to paycheck.
Historically, older men have tripped America with twisted pontifications and tricky prevarications – but perhaps the writing on Trump’s Wall of disinformation, will finally demand self-realization from media Republican talking heads smirking at current GOP Congress, while hiding within their opportunistic mockery of Donald Trump: the Trickle-Down from Nixon to Bush/Cheney is the lineage they share with Conservatism consistently espousing, since Fred Koch and Prescott Bush – and now championed by referee bigotry and Chris Christie electoral faux analysis: because Trump chaos is not what Americans voted for in November 2016 – but what Putin’s Russians and Americans believing tea stained Facebook ads, elected.
In this holiday season, let us follow fewer Republican fruitcakes – like bad actor William Shatner’s context v. #MeToo – and beam up away from the foundation beneath the wings of hate, harassment and sexism.
Not even SJW can transport us back to change the era that allowed the author of our Declaration of Independence to sell human beings, but by Lincoln’s example, we can be ever vigilant, knowing the Ku Klux Klan lynched Michael Donald in Mobile Alabama in 1981 – and in 2017 the President of the United States referred to a murderously violent Alt-Right invasion of Jefferson’s Charlottesville as, good people on both sides.
While healing after Hate Crimes like, murder, rape and misogyny, may escape a Supreme Court confirmation charade – reclamation isn’t inaugurated by pleas favoring, context, but by demanding, content of character – and refusing to repeat any past inhumanity, as our best defense against the offense of, what is past is prologue.
In 2019, may we herald our better angels, both visible and Indivisible – patriots like Brett McGurk & Generals Mattis & Kelly, President John F. Kennedy & Al Gore, Penny Marshall & Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg – resolute in this truth: the legacy of Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, and the Republican control of all three branches of our national government is – one third of Americans who would still vote for Trump/Pence.
So, let us counter with our gifts: writing like the Pentagon Bureau Chief for Military Times Tara Copp & Maya Angelou – running for office like Abigail Spanberger, twenty-nine-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and bucking Chicago’s Democratic machine – nineteen-year-old David Krupa.
Shall we allow our 2019 journey to 2020 to be a new Awakening that is Big enough to admit to ourselves, America’s greatest mistakes were made when we yielded to programmed fear, mob rule anger and lust for power over others – instead of investing, in preserving love through music and dance, protecting all children with the drama of reason and defending peace on earth, peacefully.
Can we accept that Eric Holder was speaking metaphorically, but that a gubernatorial candidate threatening to stomp all over his opponent’s face with golf spikes, has more in common with an out-of-control beer drinking SCOTUS Justice than constituents exercising our exceptional First Amendment right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances?
Have, The Members of both houses of Congress, forgotten, all Americans are their constituents and that, all constituents lose when lives are lost on foreign battlefields, and in pools of Pulse, Vegas, Sandy Hook and Stoneman Douglas blood – especially when at the hands of unchecked gun sales and the rants of media hosts conspiring on behalf of those colluding for profit?
In 2018, will we fail to heed the division with which Trump’s hyperbole and moneyed GOP PACS infect well-meaning Conservatives and those Evangelicals who’ve temporarily misplaced their Good Samaritan within – who, as Jesus taught and Lincoln reaffirmed, practiced, malice toward none – or shall we continue to ignore both Climate Change May Day and 2016’s Wakeup Call?
When the attention of America’s entire demographic favors facts over distortion – inciting courageous reactions to political inaction – collaboration between trumped thinking and a gubernatorial candidate, wearing his Georgia Secretary of State hat, not as metaphor, but literal Jim Crow, electing voter suppression with, malice aforethought – Justice will flow like a never-ending wave.
Until then, wisdom suggests we shun choices offered by a Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse metaphor and seek to understand the 40% of us who seem willing welcome mats, tempting the demise of an all-inclusive America.
Going high when they go low, is easier when we internalize lessons of the historical plank in the eyes, and ayes, of the Democratic Party – while remaining determined not to become trumped, while attempting an Indivisible cure for America’s anti-malice toward none GOP.
Allowing false prophets to negatively impact our faith in each other, hope for our future and, Love Thy Neighbor as thyself – every woman and child threatened like a fourteen-year-old being shot at for requesting directions to his school – or lost to sexual abuse, gun violence or internment camps’ disappearing acts – or a nine-year-old falsely accused of imitating his Commander-in-Chief’s traditional groping – we entomb ourselves as collateral damage, and like ice, drift into oblivion.
As Master of Projecting his sins, moral bankruptcy, hypocrisy and crimes – exploiting contractors, tenants, and his human infrastructure for demagoguery, Donald Trump is accelerating his indiscriminate crafty white glue on male v female and Republican v Democrat, but Americans demonstrating democracy at White House doors and Congressional Halls of injustice, expose him as the desperate Last Hurrah, of a Supreme Court jester.
Because of current political upheaval, most of us are now rediscovering our higher selves – which isn’t, unprecedented. Only Social Media trolls and in-depth investigative reporting replaced by polarizing talking heads, long to imbibe us with, new normal intoxication – instead of, What is Past is Prologue, truth. Better we leave such self-deception to the great pretender, mimicking 1930’s bombastic nationalistic European leaders – while blithely following foreign money.
While we may be living through the last stand of the angry white man, most Americans bear little psychological or electoral resemblance to men, like Paul Ryan, Jason Kessler, Chuck Grassley, Mike Pence, Devin Nunes, Mitch McConnell and Brett Kavanaugh – aiding and abetting the worst among us.
Substantiating this, however, requires embracing a higher civic and humanitarian duty to all: balancing persistently resisting our worst cultural failures with inhaling the breeze of deeply empathetic union and civility toward everyone.
Is America’s Gathering Storm, whether hurricanes like Michael, a Congress blatantly scorning less wealthy constituents, locked in lock-step with an Executive Branch determined to lock-down America, reasonable cause to reconsider, Jefferson’s revision.
Villains have shadowed us forever, sometimes ravaging our vision temporarily, but America is defined by, voting Millennials and millions in peaceful assembly: the unknown in LGBTQ, Texas border and Voting While Black communities – shielding Babysitting While Black and children in their care – and saving all Americans from hate crimes, and presidential abuse of power!