When I began writing about a President-Elect oblivious to, one president at a time, rushing to make America 1953 again, Carrie Fisher died. After Debbie Reynolds joined her daughter, I began again, because, in addition to these tragic loses – giving up on each other, abandoning the courage of civility and the wisdom that the rising tide lifts all the boats – in 2016, we lost our faith in reason.
Greed for power over the less powerful is America’s top-down malignancy, but Trumpetts cannot produce Amerigeddon without our duplicity. However, if we seek shade in the shadows of infamy — all inherit the wind of what is past is prologue.
Anachronisms Nixon, Mitch McConnell Bush/Cheney mushroomed America’s declining health — but in 2016, the Hyenas gathered to feast.
“I want to be associated with interesting quotes,” asserted Donald Trump. Does the man who would be king, believe humanity is a three-ring circus awaiting a command performance of P. T. Barnum in Fake News Tweets?
We the People don’t need a PhD in common sense, because it’s readily available to any open mind: 2017 is neither time for silence nor physical violence; boycotting an Inauguration proclaims to the world, we will keep our Democratic Republic, with or without an Electoral College – proving we’ve lost neither our souls nor the Good Fight.
However, putting one’s faith in, the only thing that can stop a bad man with a gun, is a good man with a gun, is a dementia not excused by a lack of formal education.
Trump is not as much the problem as a reflection of our denying our problems. A Me First mind-set is not new to American politics, news media or elections. Even our Supreme Court has decreed politicized opinion as the whole truth.
Also, Trump is not the first crazy elected president. Nixon’s Madman theory, faking finger on the nuclear weapons launch button, to scare the Soviet Union into ending the Vietnam War, utilized eighteen real B-52s loaded with real nuclear bombs for a Dr. Strangelove flyover of Palin’s porch!
2016 political and moral loses are a call to action: attention must be paid, to prevent our enslavement to centers of corruption — not just congressional seats, corporate banking board rooms or K. Street suites — corruption is also in exploding airbags & phones, over-simplified breaking news and snake oil revivalists.
Follow the money remains wisdom’s reward for intelligence.
Considering the untouchable murderous increase in Capone’s Chicago — the moral defeat of fairness, tolerance, curtesy and equality by immorality and political hypocrisy – and our losses:
* Champions: Cindy Stowell, Gwen Ifill, Zaha Hadid, Mahamid Ali
*Heroes: Elie Wiesel & Shimon Peres, Janet Reno & Nancy Reagan — John Glenn
* Artists: Prince, David Bowie, George Michael, Harper Lee, Richard Adams, Jim Harrison, Michael Cimino, Robert Vaughn, Anton Yelchin, Garry Marshall, Alan Rickman, Gene Wilder, and, with Carrie Fisher, R2D2 Kenny Baker – hope is strained…
But if an American president and Japanese PM can unite in Hiroshima and Pearl Harbor, the remnants of a vile and disorderly 2016 election can defeat Koch Red Mapping, restore Republican Moderates and fuse Democrats and Progressives.
Inspired by the love of Debbie Reynolds, we discover we’re as courageous as The Rockettes, J. K. Rowling, Senator Elizabeth Warren, President Barack Obama – standing tall like Standing Rock on a foundation of solid victories:
- First woman nominated by a major political party wins popular vote by nearly three million
- Like David standing before the Goliath of dishonesty, inspired by the smallness of bigots, armed with the torch of our Lady Liberty, we are fearlessly reignited
- Like a feisty, wise and full of hope Princess Leia, we are free at last to love all of God’s children – male, female, gay, straight, transgender, black, white, Jew, Gentile, Protestant, Catholic, Muslim, Asian…
May the Force be with us: people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances – to actively question, advocate for planet & clean air and water for all life upon it — and dust off The Emoluments Clause — to resist the union of arrogance and ignorance — Amen!
At least since Presidents John Adams and Jefferson, politicians and businesses have lied us into wars, both foreign and domestic – but, slicing through reality with an AR-15-style assault rifle, brandished by a twenty-eight-year-old on a self-investigate mission aided and abetted by a President-Elect’s Social Media Tweeting supporter and his generally pedophilia obsessed father – What could possibly go wrong?
Seventy-five years ago, Europe not our problem Americans were bombed into a super power, home of the brave armored in self-appointed responsibility — the greatest generation — a global defense to protect the world from all who would dominate it, except, we ourselves.
Seventy-five years later, conservatives, holding the truth of their intentions close to their chests, retrograded America to The Right side of isolationism.
Consumed by the desire for simplicity: simple solutions to compounded personal interests, manipulated by a Military Industrial Complex misdirecting us with, Government is the Problem, we gasp for truth, mistaking affirmation for information — nearly drowning in post Bush/Cheney/Wall Street tea stained Recession – thinking, fails to kick in to stop a Koch/ALEC/GOP/Chris Jankowski Red Mapped trumped land.
Nonetheless, hope is just a Trump overreach away; unity, at the end of a shortsighted Republican tunnel and even, perhaps, 2020 civility, on the horizon – as soon as we start rethinking our own thoughts about how we think for, and beyond ourselves.
This is our opportunity to reignite collective reasoning to eliminate the fake news we’ve ingested, and with gratitude, embrace the chance to redefine ourselves progressive and thoughtful enough, to welcome back those feeling forgotten — when the realization they’ve been used by the very establishment on which they depend and abhor — reveals its maniacal dismissal of our shared economic and healthcare concerns.
Donald Trump is hardly the first misogynistic bigot we’ve elected to the presidency. Though he may be the first to openly Tweet Islamophobia as a national policy, he’s certainly not the first potential 1600 groping inhabitant to be gay about being openly homophobic. Nor is he alone in presidential inner circles of crude – and though grossly internationally inept – attention must be paid to the increase in clueless governors and members of Congress on the take.
As History, has proven, finding, or creating, an enemy to identify as the cause of all our problems, is an easy, but essential tool for the powerful to pizzagate the populous populists, into believing in their powerlessness, so they fall in line, following the loudest trumpeter of disharmony.
To the Party that long ago replaced its allegiance to Lincoln with affirmations of intolerance and inciting extremism with misinformation, I offer reason: it’s not only bigotry and hypocrisy that drive the underbelly of humanity’s faceless and infamous antagonists casting long shadows over human progress — It’s the lies we tell ourselves:
- Our success and prosperity require others to live in poverty
- People of color are destroying our white culture
- Earning a degree equates to being Liberal Elitists
- Wall Street Hedge Fund, Oil & Gas Pipeline and banking CEO’s who caused international economic collapse and our Great Recession care about Americans wearing any collar color
- Our inner-cities are not inhabited by only poor people of color
- The burden of Student Loan and Credit Card Debt is color blind and impacts our international reputation, sense of national self and confidence levels of all American tints and hues
- Unlike Flint, Government and People Power have spared the Dakota Sioux tribe and its clean water
America is neither sit-com nor reality show, so, while it’s arguably true that Trump embarrasses us all, the difference is, those who either voted for him, or not at all, gave him permission.
We need to start thinking about how we’ve been marketed to think, because in a global role where the world has taken us seriously, the highest office in the land, must be rational enough, to be taken literally.