With all due respect to Tom Brokaw, saying Trump’s firing an FBI Director heading an investigation into the possibility of both election and administration corruption, is nothing like Nixon’s Saturday Night Massacre — is like saying 1950’s Korea was nothing like WWII because Truman designated it a Police Action.
Are we Isolationists or Globalists, because Trump can’t seem to get past: the specifics are quite sensitive, to serve the American people with some degree of honesty.
So, shall we applaud agency decapitation, sacrificing truth and justice on a presidential chopping block or be examples of Kennedy’s Profiles in Courage?
In May 1934, a major dust storm swept across where the buffalo roam, to engulf our Eastern states. In May 2017, a Twitter storm heavy-laden with manure for Base consumption – blindsided American Intelligence to wall in American character.
So, who is rotting the state, and why?
K or Main Street? Red State Governors v. Democratic Legislatures or the outfoxed vs. Big Picture? Is it the President’s home or the marionettes occupying it?
Are we insightful stewards or blind tourists?
Can what makes us feel safe, be safe: knowing our self-governing experiment still fires up a sense of unifying homeland security, or being victimized by Russian hacking distracting us from an inside job of white washed money blacklisting power speaking truth?
Are we pawns monopolized by the Checkers speech, feigning chess mastery or just cherry picking news cycles from a media vulnerable to its own myopic redundancy?
Who exemplifies, Strong and decisive action and, Safety & security of the American people — a ten-year-old girl stuffing the nostrils of an eight foot nine-inch alligator to survive, or a messianic Mike Pence?
Who restored the trust and confidence of the American people, Sally Yates or Sarah Huckabee Sanders?
Is it the liars who lie for, a very active President, or whiz-bang flip-flopping masquerading activity, making it impossible for Trump surrogates to stand at podium with perfect accuracy?
Is America First and Middle East trip camouflage for uniting church and state, or resurrection of the old empty wheel barrel cliché?
Are more troops, more wars, more open carry, more racial, street and domestic violence inspiring both lone and loan wolves?
Have we, not so much sold out, as allowed ourselves to be rented, by leaders who auction futures for The Big Short? Is the science of climate change all we deny, or do we too often turn up the noise to veil patriotic frauds?
From the ashes of Trumpism, can we reaffirm what is exceptional and perhaps embrace what is visionary: the ideal that there is more to life than a paycheck, more to family than those who live and look like us, more to faith than parroting white supremacy – but little more patriotic and heroic than the millions marching in demonstration for Justice for All.
Now, with American healthcare, racial, religious, gender and generational battle lines defining, The Home of the Brave, let us courageously embrace what it means to be descendants of European immigrants in a nation increasingly evolving into the land of free to be non-European looking descendants.
Andrew Sullivan theorizes, Americans voted for Donald Trump because, ‘immigrants make them desperate for a reconfirmation of their national identity.’ I pledge allegiance to the fact that America’s awesome diversity is the magnetic proof of its greatness – and with two steps forward and one back, we are becoming the polar-opposites of Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump.
Now, as truth sets us free from the core rot of Breitbart Good Ol’ Boys, we’ll see, the greatest threat to America’s greatness is, a colluding GOP.
Just as in 1938 some feared America had been overrun by Martian Aliens, in 2016, states of panic over aliens voted believing a bankruptcy king would save America from immigrants.
The only invaders we need fear are those who use our fear to divide us.
Lincoln didn’t just say, let us confidently hope that all will yet be well, he led America through its first era of, a house divided.
Now, it is for us to, add or detract!
Too often, since Lincoln’s Gettysburg address extended our Declaration of Independence, healing a nation with the unity of emancipation, and conservative arrogance denied progressive scientific invention to save President James Garfield –– greatness and Exceptionalism are roads not taken by Republican leadership — and, arguably, Teddy Roosevelt’s protecting the environment, while his Square Deal busted the vampires of corporate Trusts, was the last time Republicans put American progress, first.
America’s greatness is inconsistent victories, mingled with defeats. Throughout our national journey we’ve been spirited by the guidance of nasty women, bad hombres and sometimes being, just plain lucky.
So, in 2016, shall we gather at the trough of bigots, braggarts and bullies and vote to profit the unseen puppeteers of the under-informed, choosing rupture while claiming rapture?
Will we succumb to the rigged performance of a GOP ego inflated puppet, into a house divided Middle Class? deny the Food Desert less fortunate, nutrition? trade in our souls after reneging on our stewardship of earth and all life upon it? or simply group our way forward to prove we’ve still got it?
People who ignore flashing red school bus lights, cheat on their taxes, use K Street bagmen to rent politicians or dupe the gullible with phony higher education institutions — generally enable a society none of us deserve.
Honestly, hasn’t America’s better half been forced repeatedly, to endure a corporate ladder replete with the mind-set of a mythical locker-room?
Aren’t Native Americans and many people of color still expected to bear the brunt of rigid Conservatism propagated on both Wall and Main Streets – with Fracking, Voter ID laws and inadequate schools perpetuating an inequitable future?
Perhaps on Tuesday November 8, 2016 most of us will find the crumbs left behind for our return to civility and unity — for as a people, most Americans remain, Good Samaritans.
But what about the residents at The Villages who, in 2012, cheered Paul Ryan — with his mother a prop at his side — when he assured them their Social Security and Medicare would be spared, at the expense of future generations. Presumably, filled with the Me First survival instincts of a J. Bruce Ismay, The Villages’ residents overlooked — the next generations are their children and grandchildren.
After supreme 2000 infighting between U. S. and Florida Supreme Courts, wouldn’t it be imprudent in an age of: Citizens United financial stimulus, Senate refusal to confirm Merrick Garland, successful Russian hacks aided and abetted by Assange’s WikiLeaks and perhaps a naive loose lips sink ships Edward Snowden — with devices of every screen size paused over huge swaths of the United States, and pleas from a presidential nominee for international intervention in our electoral process – to further delay admitting the real possibility of a trumped rig, bankrupting democratic thought, in our American Republic?
Arguably, our greatest obstacle to greatness in 2016, is our failure to accept that Donald Trump didn’t come out of thin air. He’s simply the unvarnished malignancy that has been systemic of Conservative State and Federal leadership since Richard Nixon, Trickle Down Economics, The Tea Party and Dick Cheney’s “so.”
We live in an age of gigantic mergers, diminishing glaziers, shifting weather extremes and increasingly powerful computer technology that can snatch paperless ballots out of the heavens and toss them into the hell of low voter turnout, hyped media bias and the stuff of Koch heads misinformation snuff.
So, if we are to maintain the best that is in us, we may need to re-evaluate the fear, anger, hate and yes, ignorance that has tampered with and tempered our tempo — though not yet terminating it, with violence, malice-aforethought and the lies we tell ourselves.