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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.
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.
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!