The Equal Rights Amendment
Years before Steven Spielberg cast me in Lincoln, I was directing at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts – most notably, The Other Bed, a prize-winning play by Ted Hirsh, which led to a telephone friendship with Celeste Holm and directing African-American playwright and actor, Bhetty Waldron. Her Charcoal Sketches, launched my appreciation for Black History.
In a time that needs more Chloe Kim Valentines and fewer Pence petulant, Ugly American scowls, even Steve Bannon has seen Oprah’s light, Time’s up on 10,000 years of recorded history. This is coming. This is real.
Yes, the transition of power is set in motion. Men, who reek with the stench of inflicting reprehensible gender agony, will no longer rule our world. Even next generation Alt-Right, failing to hear the death nell tolling, are marching backward into oblivion – all while Kim Yo-jong, armed only with a smirked Mona Lisa smile, does a Centering Pass to South Korea, leaving Pence and Trump puckered, but nullified.
Not the Last Hurrah for hypocrisy, but a Valentine’s Card inviting government to look, talk and act — of, by and for.
The reign of domineering old men, awash with hangers-on, kissing the ring of the pretender perched on his s**t-hole throne, whitewashing racial and gender bashing, is coming to an unsavory evacuation.
Now, in ensemble let us persistently rise to harmonious example:
- Daring to share the American Dream with Dreamers
- Immortalizing Moral Mondays every day
- Celebrating African-American lives twelve months a year
- Grasping LGBTQ equality
- Supporting UNFPA global initiatives
- Dissolving Red Mapping Gerrymandering
- Morphing America into a true reflection of our immigrant predominance
- Embracing our multi-cultural rainbow
In our 2018 elections, may all Dreamers, Democrats and Due Process hold-fast to pragmatic solutions — and to each other.
Even before we invaded Native Americans, well to do gray-haired men, held tight rein on our economy, enslaved thought, maligned education and information, manipulated chaos, beat and molested women and killed people of color – all for personal gain. Now to the new low in immoral and unethical definition reflected in the haggard dishonest faces of Trump’s administration, proclaim: #TimesUp.
With constitutionally protected, Peaceful Assembly, our resistance empowers women with income parity, gender equality and healthcare, on a reconstructed Justice for All foundation.
We rise for the demise of predatory behavior, not only from Donald Trump and his minions, but all wife beaters, military, civilian and campus rapists and any employer who dares turn a deaf ear or avert supervisory eyes when bullies threaten women and men with workplace harassment or violence at home.
The strength of any nation, is aligned with the individual philosophical and psychological strength of its people – not in the denial of evolutionary truth, the oppression of diversity or the ratification suppression of full Constitutional female citizenship.
Regardless of political geography or historical heritage, the twins of fear and anger can no more defeat inevitable change than the bad seed of The Great White Fleet and Great White Hope: MAGA.
However, government compromised by corrupted private enterprise, may finally be mortally wounded on the archaic anvil of Robber Baron roots, accelerating a climate motivated race, awakening those who’ve pinned their hopes on Mars or Mar-a-Lago.
21st century American Dream amendments, don’t ask to replace Caucasians with non-whites; nor seek to fire straights to hire queers. Nor is the goal of equality and justice unleashing a sea of Dominatrix Amazons to castrate men like Rob Porter, David Sorensen and Larry Nassar – no matter how deserving.
Justice illuminates beyond political clichés, to the collective wisdom of reason expecting all to:
- Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment
- Emulate UNFPA with all-inclusive healthcare for safe motherhood, family planning, reproductive health – and gender specific issues
- Save our children from the world we’ve bequeathed them, by lighting their path, to World Peace
Because female political power is emerging, A Change is Gonna Come, has landed, and now Misogyny, Xenophobia, Bigotry and homophobia are destined to drown in their own desire for revenge.
Equality and Justice favor the wisdom of our evolving beyond the generals surrounding Hitler, thinking wrinkles and stars protected them from succumbing to demagoguery, as they profaned patriotism with treason — inviting holocaust.
After the Arab Spring, Americans claimed, 9/11 notwithstanding, it couldn’t happen here; Brexit, never in America! 2016 Election: The independently fed-up, aided and abetted by Putin, allowed a product of commercialized isolationists, branding The Monroe Doctrine as convenient totalitarian international threat — to wipe Donald Trump’s shoes on Lady Liberty’s welcome mat, enticing the underside of democracy with performances depicting the stain on his soles would, Make America Great Again.
If media action chose more investigative activism than myopic regurgitating, America might have recognized Trump’s fifth grade hyperbole illustrated an inability to discern reality from show.
The question is, do we.
When Chuck Todd introduces a news story that has been trending everywhere for over a week, not as Breaking News, but rather, you probably know, there is hope that American media may once again be The Fourth Estate, before smart phones, Social Media and failure to read beyond 140 characters, finalizes its expiration date.
However, golden April Showers from rainmaker Russians, make for mangled election flowers, choking from lost rainforest paradise — tangled in first 100 days’ action pretense and deceptive activities behind Mar-a-Logo walls.
What is America’s expiration date on giving the trumped a chance, while Arkansas races the clock with human life expectancy against drug expiration?
What is the value of Supreme unction, if self-inflated Trump’s trial balloon Gorsuch chooses GOP Southern Strategy over America’s merciful soul?
Don’t incidents of Domestic Violence increase when corporate and government leaders use bully pulpit to incite violence?
What happens when Governors, Cabinet & Congress members act against LGBT Community, Equal Rights Amendment ratification, gender income parity, minimum wage and budgets of organizations that nurture mind, body and soul, like:
- Medicaid, National Endowment of the Arts, After School Programs
- Planned Parenthood, NPR, The Affordable Care Act
- Social Security, National Endowment of the Humanities, DACA
Aren’t we going in the wrong direction, when a president doesn’t have the sense of direction to know in what direction a very powerful armada is headed?
Where is gun violence activity destined when an increase of easily available guns exceeds our financial support for research to cure Alzheimer’s disease, Autism, Schizophrenia, Cancers, Heart disease, Stroke and perhaps even, closed minds?
National decay revels in actions that encore history’s greatest shames, rather than endorse unlimited vision of scientific enlightenment, affordable healthcare and the value of funding quality public education.
Russian/Trump seeding new growth theory, risks reason’s extinction by denial. Both gardens of thinkers, and thoughtless stewards, too pre-occupied to cry out from the hacked wilderness, fail to hear, this last call: the most essential life statistic is the tally of our contributions to fellow soulmates, before inevitable expiration date.
I’m a fan rarely in disagreement with Andrew Sullivan, but if his theory suggesting Americans voted for Trump because, ‘immigrants make them desperate for a reconfirmation of their national identity’ is correct, then unless we radically change course between 2018–2020, our next historical date of note will be the expiration date of our Exceptionalism Experiment.
In April 1564 Shakespeare was born and for more than five centuries his work has enriched the soul of humankind: Art, Culture, Education, History, Music, Politics and Theatre in all their global diversity.
In April 2017, a dozen years after a five-week old proved, actions speak louder than words, by leaping from her crate, past the gloved Vet attendant, running up my arm and, perching on my shoulder, immediately purring, Soulmate, born with only three good legs, a bad liver and questionable kidney functions, unbeknownst to either of us, took our last drive together, Thursday April 20th. Staring up at me with eyes eternally grateful, having never forgotten what her life could have been on the streets, she marked me, one last time.
America still has time, if not to save itself from self-inflicted Truth Decay, then at least to delay extinction via Trump – but, only if we can distinguish the difference between self-serving activity and Justice for All – and act like it. Climate Change denial is no match for an expiration date.