Red Mapping

The Language of Denial: Alzheimer’s, Climate, Trump and The Bomb –

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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.

So, shall we be a gerrymandered people easily distracted by a misanthrope – or – seize the day, cease Sinclair local news takeover and be Indivisible, before we’re not here anymore?


Before the Parade Passes by Democracy

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Though no political starry-eyed novice, viewing stunning Brit cast of Parade’s End, I wondered aloud, who could lie so easily with equal measure of arrogance and hypocrisy, without a scintilla of remorse.

Reliving Hill v Thomas, watching Confirmation, I remembered the mockery of justice for all sweating out of Trey Gowdy, for senior partners behind the corporate curtain — and I asked the darkness, is winning, Left, Right and Center, the new alt-Mission.

If so, all of us, regardless of political persuasion need to pause, take a mental breath and self-impose a 24-hour moment of silence, to think — breathing out Liberal hyperbole, Right Wing falsehoods and merry-go-round media, we free both Left and Right brain.

It’s not just Trump or those who voted for him.  It’s the people who invest in the people who project their sins on We the People, believing democracy is a calculated commodity.

A national Time Out could still the nightmare and reawaken the dream of possibility thinking – including, but not limited to, pausing the current presidency’s 140-character reign.

Despite the embarrassingly awkward attempt to preempt a Trump congressional premiere, the strained, underwhelming, miss-cued, parroting duo of Thomas Perez and Keith Ellison, prompted former Palin tutor and current MSNBC contributor, Stephen Edward “Steve” Schmidt to, uncharacteristically be categorically wrong, in his assertion that the Democratic Party made a miserable Trump congressional rebuttal choice, in former Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear.

I was in the room when seventy-five-year-old Bernie Sanders asked a standing room only gathering of supporters, to prevent a Donald Trump presidency, by supporting Hillary.

The enormous Pennsylvania Convention Hall space was overflowing with a sea of supporters, from Millennials to great-grand parents, smart phones held high over our tear-stained faces – Democrats are senior wisdom, youthful virtuosity and the power of diversity.

Monday November 7, 2016, the GOP was media pronounced DOA.  At 2:00am Wednesday November 9, 2016, talking cable heads began substituting GOP demise with, The Democratic Party is leaderless and helplessly divided?  Now the collective think is:  there’s some Russian rotting in the Trump Swamp of Goldman Sachs.

America has survived wars of adversity and inconsistent trust in diversity — not always rising above conservative hesitancy failing to see and value all humanity.  So, when our hope seems a mere slither of light Red Mapped between Wall Street and GOP leaders – our majority of minorities lifts us above the extremes of extremists.

Good is Peacefully Assemble; bad is accepting the bottom line of two, tarnished by Wall Street, national political parties; ugly is the lies we tell ourselves to justify electing the worst among us.

The union between Wall Street, Congress and Red State politicians, is a marriage of convenience that is more akin to European Aristocracy before WWI, than American patriotism – and while branding democratic All for One and One for All as Communism – it is as likely to shun its own republican support.  Self-preservation of economic elites is not individualism, it’s a prejudicial selection system.

The Democratic Party is Oprah Winfrey & Elizabeth Warren, college students & the Clintons, Khizr Khan & the Reverend Dr. William J. Barber.  We are the Women’s March and Moral Mondays, realizing Freedom of Choice is Free Will.  We believe in science, preserving the planet & all life upon it and, that the promise of our Statue of Liberty is the foundation of American Exceptionalism.

So, Democratic Party leaders need cease and desist all attempts to ascertain how to win back The Rust Belt — for Democrats are The Rust Belt and our base remains:  Out of Many, One.

Democrats comprise an eclectic UNITED States of EVERYONE Party — and the sooner Centrists and Left Wingers embrace each other in this reality, the sooner America can Lift Every Voice and Sing: Happy Days are here Again!

It’s not just real Russian hacks nor fantasy Trump wiretaps – nor even heated Town Halls for GOP tap dancers.  It’s knowing Lincoln’s government of, by and for the people wasn’t a guarantee, but a gauntlet to the future of democracy.