The honest and true patriot is not a nationalist America First supremacist stealing taxpayer dollars for personal convenience, power or profit. True patriotism is being the living and breathing embodiment of the best of what our National Anthem, American flag and Statue of Liberty represent.
The patriot’s finest hour and greatest expression, is the potential of, Let Freedom Ring — not just hail to the symbols, but individually sharing and collectively being the actuality of a global Golden Rule’s Good Samaritans.
Those who can’t distinguish Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan or a Wall Street purchased Russian infiltrated administration from non-violent expressions of our First Amendment Rights, are cowards mocking the Home of the Brave.
Despite the freedom afforded a thieving treasury secretary to freely express, the expression of freedom of speech must be barred from sports events, while Supremely Blessed Corporatism Puppeteers Red Map America and Gerrymander our electoral process — non-violent, silent kneeling in protest of anything in America, is guaranteed by: to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
The Bill of Rights may be Exceptionalism created exclusively by America’s Founding Fathers, but its guarantees are not limited within American borders, despite, Weapons of Mass Destruction Bush/Cheney covertly implanting Protest Zones to fence in Free Speech.
Having a president who fails to comprehend the legal responsibilities of his oath of office to preserve, protect and defend our Constitutional freedoms – guaranteed any and everywhere in America – is as much a definition of anti-American, as Russian hacking.
Nonetheless, Freedom of Speech is not carte blanche protection for bully pulpit attacks, white supremacists, hate speech, spitting on nationalist blogger Jason Kessler, advocating vehicular murder, Tiki-torch parades proclaiming, Jews will not replace us, beating clergy with pool cues sharpened into spears — or even granting collectivism’s international money changers, a Citizens United human equivalency.
In a world of followers mesmerized by political TV ads & Fox News, Ted Cruz & Tom Price, Smart Phones & Social Media — goose-stepping for Kim Jong-un and genuflecting to Donald Trump — prioritizing human equality with Justice for All, requires the enormous courage to petition for a viable solution for survival of the planet, by turning the other cheek.
When I was a child, I resented TV sports ignoring the TV Guide schedule and pre-empting scheduled movies, as if movies were second class entertainment. But when I became a man, Ken Burns documentaries enlightened me – indeed, there are more things in Heaven and earth than are dreamt of in an executive travel ban philosophy.
Continually inspired by Dave, The West Wing and The American President I’m an Italian-American who loves all Americans — and when it’s recognizable, weep during the National Anthem, both in appreciation for what it represents, and somewhat leery of how entrenched our school daze pledge of allegiance to the flag has indoctrinated adults with unadulterated flag-waving.
Beware, global empires, like Persian, Roman and Ottoman began erosion process when, after 250 years, the populace allowed economic imbalance, wars for wealth and expansionism, to tip imperial scales toward decline and fall.
The United States of America, in its 241st year, largely deserting united in favor of, dysfunctional — aided and abetted by K & Wall Streets, has replaced, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington with an abnormal Executive who is a colossal threat to, and forever in peace may you wave.
Is humankind willing to gather at the rivers of racism, sexism, Climate or nuclear extinction, because bully twins, Kim & Don, have wrested the global pulpit from wisdom, maturity, civility and rational behavior?
An American president denying Russian Cyber-attacks on our 2016 elections, Putin’s attacks on Morgan Freeman and Rob Reiner, video plea for a Commission to investigate same, and, in concert with corporate media and like-minded politicians — all but relegating American life in Puerto Rico, to a post-Maria footnote — is far more damaging to American Security, and symbolism than, bending a knee.
Get that SOB out of here, is repugnant to American ideals, but a bent knee, or two, for the right of the people peaceably to assemble, to snatch peace on earth from the jaws of the world’s demagogue duo, symbolizes what is best about America.
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!