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Is Trump, the Master of Projecting Fake News, Faking Us Out? OpEdNews.com Headline

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Are Koch political ads, House of Representatives’ cherry-picking and superfluous media distraction:  unprincipled congressional allies and misplaced loyalty in the Trump Administration, swinging us in the wind?

If not for such external influences, would we be more engaged in exposing the deception of rising white supremacist leader, Elliott Kline, who casts himself as an American patriot or concerned that an American president may have soured global stock markets?

Free to think, would we expose why, in a country that boasts of being the world’s greatest power, are our overpriced Healthcare and Pharmaceutical industries unable to survive without Opioid addictions, and children dying of Flu – or, like Pfizer, simply shrug, deciding, it’s simply not worth the cost of R&D?

Would we be hyping a Democratic counter memo as more important than the revelation that our Federal government makes billions from keeping pot illegal, while spending billions keeping illegals from becoming legal?

Would we divorce corporate climate denial, and marry stewardship with action that spares our grandchildren some of the full force fury of Mother Nature’s final defiant stand against the harassment of short-sighted greed?

Would we wash our hands of water power, or remove it from the hands of the powerful?  Would our actions acknowledge, Cape Town’s water is disappearing while Miami is slowing drowning in it?

After all the trees have been slaughtered, what wall will stand between us and evaporating Everglades, oil slicked beaches, privatized H2O and inhaling windblown polluted air?

Will Nicolle Wallace smirks and Joe, Mika and Katy Tur banter immunize us against Trump’s joke on us, or will 40% succumb to the Devin Nunes and Trey Gowdy follies?

Thinking Presidents are all-powerful, mentally balanced embellishments to the Constitution is fool-hearty.  Even Obama first failed to see the wisdom of Yellen, as stabilizing guardian to resurrect economy, post Great Recession.

Without Trump fixation, would engaging an extension of Yellen’s Wells Fargo Ban to all financial Directors and CEOs who caused and profited from our first 21st century global recession, be our civic duty, or shall we continue to invite treason to wipe its feet on us, before entering, the People’s House.

Recognizing ourselves in the courageous work of Anselm Kiefer, through the powerful lens of hindsight, can we not now, stand up to Paul Ryan’s House of ill repute, instead of being willing accessories, after the fact, in the creation of an American Achilles Heel?

We could start by emulating Rebels football player Danny Lilya, a 16-year old High School student who makes his wheelchair as invisible as he is Indivisible.

Realizing actions speak louder than words, we mustn’t diminish racial issues, with audience disruptions hurled at people who’ve historically supported, Justice for All regardless of race, religion or sexual preference, or risk channeling Joe Wilson, more than Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

We can so personify racial and gender equality, that celebrating Rosa Parks and the contribution of all people of color only during the shortest month of the year, would prove unbearable, and embarrassingly hypocritical.

To make sense of our universe, could we, like Marcus Aurelius, embrace the struggle to understand ourselves, and each other, so we are fit to lead as well as choose leaders.

To Katie Roiphe’s Thought Police response I say, #MeToo.  If we are to be heard, we must first be willing to listen.  No matter how worthy the cause or good the fight, when we deny the contribution potential of different shades of view or mental and physical hues, we sabotage that, which we insist must be heard.

Trial by Social Media is mob rule — Trial by Jury, Constitutional law.  Applying less than the law of the land, we fall victim to Conservative media distortions, GOP delusions and derisive memos of distraction, on both sides.

To the degree we are allowing Donald Trump, the master of Fake News, to make us no better than he, We the People are co-conspirators — unless from the ashes of Trump/Pence, we reignite the fire of hope, acting in accordance with mutual civility and respect.

To be the America we want to be, our resistance needs to be as unlike Trump bullying as possible.

 

 

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Despite Trump, there’s a better World A-Coming — Headlined by OpEdNews.com 5-4-17

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Most Americans, have always worked hard to get ahead, but if you weren’t as pale as Andrew Jackson, you had to run faster and slave longer to be acknowledged:  hero.

Not so for Groper-in-Chief proponent of foxy sexual harassment, walled in by conflicts of interest, threatening affordable healthcare and scientific discovery shutdown.

Whether shouting from baseball stands, religious altars, white hoods or Bully Pulpit, mocking or demeaning others is the act of cowards with horrific potential and tragic probability.

Yet, we still walk among heroes — in classrooms, hospitals and neighborhoods; in the aftermath of tornadoes, hurricanes and floods — good Samaritans clothed as strangers, saving us from the reality of erratic humans and weather extremes.

Though a nation too steeped in denial and consumed by belly-up fear, spun by spin:  hot-air, broken promises and past glories, blowing in our face like ice cycles in Spring, no divider-in-chief can wall in American heroism, if women, children, scientists, educators, activists, surgeons general, attorneys general and peaceful protesters advocate for reason, equal justice for all, renewable energy, clean air & water, free public education and a financially secure EPA – knowing true heroes rally to save — not incite to riot.

Heroes are rarely loud or torturous or self-aggrandizing; rarely thinking themselves superior or even worthy.  They are teachers & nurses, doctors & lawyers, the insightful friend — and stranger just in the nick of time.

Yet, heroes aren’t only those saving families in trapped cars, breathing life anew into infants, but are the daily bread care propelling us forward, in melodic ensemble:  there’s a better world a-coming.

Now we petition, march and campaign to renew elections with an informed electorate.  We must be risk-taking heroes for our children because their children are depending on it.

We are the descendants of depression, inheritors of progressive winds and stewards of the immigration legacies of legends.  Heroes and immigrants, come in all sizes, shapes, shades and sexes — but where there are dreamers, there are detractors; where the best & the brightest, also fear of change; where innovative ideas, old habits; where God Bless America, assassinations in the streets; where just say nofatted calf feasts for drug lords; where genius, envy; outreach, duck & cover — for every protagonist, an antagonist and every hero, a villain – where heroes seek balance, cowards create chaos.

Despite a James Comey two-step or POTUS MIA side-stepping, Not the White House Correspondences Dinner, broadcast chambers maintain empty barrels, oblivious to America’s greatness is in the kindness of strangers, mentors and Nature.

Heroism?

  • White Congressional males or Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Clara Barton, Hetty Green, Hellen Keller & her teacher Anne Sullivan, Frances Perkins, Georgia O’Keeffe, Amelia Earhart, Marion Anderson, Rosa Parks, Martha Raye, Katherine Graham, Ella Fitzgerald, Nancy Reagan, Shirley Chisholm, Maya Angelou, Audrey Hepburn, Coretta Scott King, Madeleine Albright, Hillary Clinton, Oprah, Simone Manuel, Simone Biles and Ruth Bader Ginsburg?
  • Newborn William Billy Kimmel’s doctors, nurses and scientists who develop ways to save the lives of babies and the elderly or Climate deniers

May 1884, Moses Fleetwood Walker squatted to catch baseball fans off guard.  Seven years before Tax Day was knocked out of the Ides of March, Jackie Robinson stole bases in 1947 almost as fast as a 1936 Buckeye Bullet winning four Olympic gold medals.

Yet we still need Sam Cooke and Woody Guthrie lyrics to apologize to Adam Jones – but I know, a change is gonna come, oh yes, it is.

Since, Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country, the GOP has diminished equality for non-whites, non-males, non-straights and non-documented American dreams.

Caveat Emptor:  Halliburton gulf oil deaths, Pharmaceutical price hikes and Healthcare that denies covering pre-existing conditions.

We choose who we honor as heroes:

  • Mike Flynn or Desmond Doss who earned his Medal of Honor by saving 75 wounded at Hacksaw Ridge?
  • Donald Trump or Jimmy Kimmel?

MOBs don’t fire honor and too often, America’s forgotten heroes are women.

Change that makes a better world, allows truth to set us free from the darkness of Lincoln’s betrayers and  Emerge  into the light of Heroes.