World to the trumped: there are more noteworthy persons, places, things, states of mind and character qualities in Heaven and on earth, than are dreamt of in the philosophy of judicial nationalists, congressional isolationists and America First white supremacists.
PERSONS: Wednesday July 19, 2017, Walter Shaub Jr., director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, will resign. Having fought the good fight, attempting to scale the wall of lies erected by an unethical White House – while five million families are living with Alzheimer’s and too many Americans living in fear of losing their affordable healthcare.
PLACES: Saturday July 8, 2017, Charlottesville, Virginia – Exhumed from its shallow grave, a vastly out-numbered Ku Klux Klan raised its flags 72.1 miles north west of the Confederate capital, to defend a controversial statue of General Robert E. Lee — a West Point graduate who, in April 1861, decided to resign from the American Army, and resist it as commander of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia.
Overwhelmingly, Charlottesville citizens and elected officials responded with numerous events around the city of Jefferson’s University of Virginia – defining Community, with informed, educational and positive fun for all ages, including concerts, slide show talks and picnics.
In the end, however, peace between north and south was broken by police tear gas, and the arrest of locals protesting Free Speech that still celebrates the division of a nation — with limited Rural Internet Service and Congressionally endangered Medicaid.
THINGS: World Trade sailing on, royally waving farewell to floundering American ship of state, groping to survive fake running it aground, into past pale prologue — while globe is warming to Paris Agreement to deny denial of Climate Change changing the foundation on which we stand dependent for life’s essentials: Background Checks, containment of drug overdoses, substituting conservative tunnel vision with equality of quality education — chiseling in granite: shut down school to prison pipeline.
States of Depravity and Delusion: Ignoring the potential killing of America’s unique genius, for exploration, discovery and wonder, wandering the unknown, visualizing the unseen – does not excuse choosing ignorance over reason.
It is not our raison d’etre to preserve, protect and defend Party birds of a feather flocking together for three-day work-weeks behind closed doors betraying Lincoln’s vision: of, by and for the people.
Sometimes, we’ve elected leaders, of every political persuasion, who have publicly praised and privately dialed a dictator, for purely selfish international euphoria on the grand orgasmic world stage — but must we continue sleeping with Dicks like Nixon and Cheney, by electing one so ruthlessly willing to destabilize any plausible pretense of national morality, that might still afford our sacred institutions some remnants to claim, legitimacy?
We are nouns so much more important to the universe than, the gluttony for supremacy that favors the nouns of war, hate, envy, jealousy, fear, anger, greed and violence.
Neither suicide nor restoration are solo performances, but rather the ensemble consequence of failing, attention must be paid — knowing who to applaud and what to reaffirm. The good, bad and ugly truth is, it takes only a few to tip the scale: correct or complicit – prophet leading those settling for pathetic, or choosing revelation over condemnation.
America’s challenging conflict isn’t really, Red v. Blue states and, less about economic, racial or sexual differences on which we’ve been media focused for 24/7 filler. The real 21st century American Revolution, in which we find ourselves, is the conflict between right and wrong, and knowing the difference. Hunting dirt, with foreign enemies wishing only to diminish us, is cheating on ourselves and wrong.
Collectively, we are many precious nouns, most, a cornucopia of potential gravity for the world; each, an overflowing fountain, interrupted only when overlooking both character, and characters, that determine the qualities life craves for, and demands of, us all: civics with civility, an all-inclusive pact and replacing undermining political PACs with informed mental clarity of purpose and vision.
Living a life that honors all, is what keeps America great – embracing, sharing and repeating, only what is true, noble, just, pure, admirable and excellent. To be praiseworthy, we need only practice what we preach.
Descending the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D. C. taking pride in our love of God and Country, while hating people who look like fired U. S. Attorney Preet Bharara, resenting those who think like fired Acting Attorney General Sally Yates and defaming Americans who act like fired FBI Director James Comey, believing that makes America great – turn back, face Abraham, lock eyes — pledge allegiance to the rights and privileges we promise each other every time we dare utter, Land of the Free, Support our Troops and Justice for all.
What’s the Big Deal about a president firing an FBI Director over the investigation of a foreign power’s invasion of America’s electoral process?
President Trump has right and might to fire We the People’s government civil servants, but minus provable justifiable cause, he taunts Section 4.
The United States Constitution insists, we are innocent until proven guilty – and that our Founding Fathers presumed, there would be more than a few presidents, impeached – reasoning, one of the greatest dangers in preserving, the Exceptional Experiment of self-government, would be investing in one man the power to be easily corrupted.
That isn’t to say, our Founding Fathers expected most presidents, after Washington, would be crooks, but rather being cognizant that training for every new president would come from their life experience, preceding election, and the challenges faced in their first year, as President.
However, despite impeachment of Andrew Johnson, for the most part, between Lincoln’s 1865 assassination and Nixon’s, under threat of impeachment, 1974 resignation, Americans, and the Congresses they elected, have largely averted eyes, hearts and minds from the task of removing presidents, even when in conflict with American laws.
Besides, catapulting the greater good for all, above protecting party political power’s financial rewards, is just too inconvenient, too time consuming and requires too much honesty, civics and adult supervision.
And when is it best to be assured of another’s loyalty? After years of association, or when unexpectedly thrust together by voters expecting an ensemble of team players, working for the good of all of the people, all of the time?
The question is rhetorical, because the relationship between a President of the United States and members of the Department of Justice, though both within the Executive Branch of Government, is not meant to resemble, a buddy system.
Serving in the Second Continental Congress, I imagine Franklin and Jefferson were not alone in expecting America might someday, with or without foreign stimulus, elect itself a Kingfish like loudmouth, glad handing women, back slapping Justice Department personnel for a desired decision on behalf of a compromised subordinate with a story to tell.
They may have even imagined a full House of Goodlatte and Paul Ryan, loving party more than inspiring a, Home of the Brave. Isn’t the very antithesis of a democratic republic, blessing presidential naivete with excuses for unprecedented ignorance of and disregard for our Constitution.
Nonetheless, America has survived and thrived many growing pains, even while our Exceptionalism was being stained by the shameful practice of cultivating generational prejudice and bias.
For decades America’s exceptional love has been on a great divide trajectory with both major parties morally deteriorating:
- Conservatives like Pence, sanctimoniously claiming their faith is an inherent right to wage war on women, LGBTQ and now the non-existent American Sharia Law
- Increasing Leakers, both revered and reviled
- Political money changers offering the poorest of excuses, Republicans: it’s not our fault; Democrats: it’s not fair
What is love of country if not loving all its citizens?
In Nebraska, because of her short haircut, eight-year old soccer player Mili Hernandez was accused of being a boy and disqualified. Her team responded by cutting their long hair, to resemble hers.
I love Checks and Balances, how about you? I love impeachable tweeters, how about you?
I love fireside chats when POTUS has a clue. I love the FBI, Obamacare, not Trump guy, how about you?
I love Electoral College, instead of mob rule…