thirty pieces of silver
Impeachment – Pence – Purdue – Drunk Drivers and Father Time – TREMR Staff Pick & OpEdNews.com Headline
Like 9/11, what we thought could never happen in America is happening again, but in 2019, administered by a pretend president and his Acting government, conniving with the foreign power determined to destroy our ability to weather Franklin’s admonishment, a Republic, if you can keep it.
Streaming Michael Cohen’s reboot channeling John Dean’s, there’s a cancer on the presidency – Impeaching for our children, we bequeath them, Mike Pence.
Few American presidents have worn sobriety as the only proof of character, while daily crashing through clearly marked humanitarian Stop Signs, putting pedal to the metal to T-Bone both America’s history and it’s potential.
Confident we won’t defeat ourselves by surrendering to the foolishness of self-inflicted vengeful violence, nor to denial of the fearfully fatigued, because Peaceful Assembly and voter registration are not weak sisters, but rather, like United We Stand, the bridge that has restored America after Revolution, Civil War, two World Wars, sixties assassinations and September 2001.
Seeing through Corporatism’s haze, the wise set aside all Trump induced chaos rattling around in the echo chamber of a Fourth Estate that has lost its way – for Media smirks, are laughing America to death.
Gun owners know Wayne Lapierre’s malleable maniacal marionette-in-chief of misinformation is, like Cheney, Pence and Putin’s Moscow Mitch, another bad man with a gun – an adversary to truth, apathetic to the human condition – profiteering off the sacred office he has careened off course.
So, answering 2020’s call, the rational rise to eject Trump Senate enablers – not with Tiki-torches, but with reasserted government of, by and for the people. Having learned from Odessa grandmother Shauna Saxton, who faced the hateful rage of a mass murderer, but unlike her president and our Congress, took immediate action, saving her family from NRA sponsored mass hysteria – we now unite!
To unscrupulous marketing of E-Cigarettes and Opioid producers, speeders whizzing by school buses with flashing red lights, drunk drivers and people who supply civilians with military styled AR weapons – We say enough!
Witnessing the difference between investigative reporting and the laziness of talking heads repeating, a liar is a liar, we are, like time, moving on.
Recognizing the characteristic opposites of the spineless intimidating NOAA cowardice, we emulate the heroism and integrity of NWS.
Voters get it: while a president may not be dumb enough to share classified information with foreign enemies, a pretend president could be treasonous enough to do so.
Flint knows it: if Bush/Cheney hadn’t launched one percent of our population into perpetual war, taxpayer money might be replacing brain destroying lead laden water pipes, causing Legionnaire’s Disease and increasing Pneumonia deaths.
Patriots know it: and reject abusing Commander-in-Chief title to divide and conquer Pentagon leadership and Congressional oversight, to profit from Air Force sleepovers at failing resorts – even if, miraculously, Religious hypocrite Pence isn’t culpable.
Visionaries know it: and refuse to join a pretend president’s race with Climate Change, at the expense of, Homeland Security.
Now, We the People embrace national choices and individual responsibilities: for a presidential riddle wrapped in an Acting government mystery, inside the enigma of his resort tweaked Military Industrial Complex – refusing to permit the undoing of his oath of office, by foreign policy for financial gain.
Rejecting public and private leaders, who profit from the oppression of a child’s future – whether female, people of color, LGBTQ or refugees, we ascend.
Teachers know it: scientists are not America’s enemy, but the stewards of earth and all life upon it. Armed once again with the conviction of, we hold these truths to be self-evident, we legally entrap impeachable producers entangled in vaporizing our future, now blowing smoke screen billions to escape their tobacco predecessors fate.
Family fun at movies, parks, concerts, schools or dog walking, have become bloodied, not just because of bad men with guns and drunk drivers, but men in corporate and government suits, too lost gathering their thirty pieces of silver, to notice their time has passed on.
Allowing extreme individual focus, we fail to see family and national unity’s time limits, because many things we believed true, never were.
Filmmaker friend Kent and I rarely got to work together, so made time for lunch every three or four months, for personal catch up and filmmaking brainstorming, he with a beer, me, ice coffee.
At our last lunch, he asked to send me a play he’d written for my director’s opinion. Then back to work, looking forward to September’s lunch.
America’s first murderer was hanged in 1630; its first drunk driver arrested 1897.
Although Conservative Republican, Texan Evangelical Christian Kent C. Williamson and, Liberal Democrat, Roman Catholic New Yorker, me, were solid friends, as with our country, the United States of America, our next lunch was never promised.
Thankfully we have the example of Peter — A man called Pope Francis I, leading by following the saintly example of love for all life upon earth, reminiscent of a universe as great as clean flowing rivers and as small as the pollinators of our dwindling food chain.
When peaceful protest is met with violence, is not our American rainbow stained tea brown with a confederacy of hypocrisy, ending not with gold but, thirty pieces of silver?
How can an under informed mob led by myopic example deliver us from the wide gate and broad road to self-destruction — when, like herded sheep, we’re hell bent on reincarnating the dust to ashes of 1431 flame throwers consuming a listening saint for winning.
Must we continually follow examples that embed McCarthyism in our DNA?
Leading by an example of denial, feigning the parting of our GOP Red Sea, don’t we risk staining our true blue American desire for all-inclusive exceptional opportunity, by phasing out Lincoln’s preserved nation with KKK Pride, Bailout Envy, Oil Wrath, Pharmaceutical Gluttony, evangelical Christian House Speaker Lust, Koch Governors’ Sloth and Wall Street Banker Greed.
When nature is last up at bat, will earth be struck out, or hit away into the bowels of the great Red dragon of a Feudal Grand Old Party?
When ignorance leads by example, are not mob-rule, fear and hate its clarion in hot pursuit of an enslaved past as prologue for abuse of reasonable thought?
Perhaps if we could but touch the hem of His garment, Revelation would be humanity’s Enlightenment. Shouldn’t wisdom transform our knowledge into a balance of the trinity of national security, individual happiness and global sustainability?
Each dawn inspires expectation, promising, with human cooperation, fulfillment through a harmonious earthy ensemble.
At the end of our days, if having lived as a Good Samaritan example, we will have earned the right of passage to the ultimate freedom: the peace that transcends our hearts and minds with mutual acceptance.
Although nothing is guaranteed, especially when those claiming to be Right, think it’s good to deny different POVs the freedom of making choices, like speech not money talks, how to die, non-repetitive media gossip, voting in elections, Ten from Moses or Ten from Madison or both or neither, giving birth or not, peaceful (as in non-violence against protestors) assembly – dare we dream income parity, sexual preferences allowed, gender self-identification, equal economic opportunity, and the freedom to petition the government for a redress of grievances concerning any of the above.
So what leads are we following for peace on earth and a piece of earth surviving Corporatism, Global Warming and human over consumerism?
We have more choices than the extremes of CIA Bay of Pigs and Tibetan Shangri-La, but not as much time to make them, as climate injustices march ever closer to abrupt loss of clean and plentiful water, food and air, with the immediacy of vanishing species.
This planet is the last remnant of a kingdom entrusted to our stewardship. So is life to be both metaphor and reality of global potential at war with individuals missing the point of our existence?
By what example shall we lead: disasters at nuclear plants, Russian planes buzzing American Ships, TV peddling talking Koch heads, mass appeal for media hype of papal handshake, new nukes for new cold war or, even if unable to avoid or reverse — leading by multiple examples of human kindness.
Let us choose to lead not by ignoring and denial, but by being the solid rock, on which all living on earth can build a life of liberty in the pursuit of happiness.
Humankind is not alone, but if we continue acting like we are, we soon will be.