From JFK Cuban Missiles to Trump’s North Korea – What Works? – Headlined on

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No parent should have to bury their children, not the Kennedys, not General John Kelly; not citizens dying of Leptospirosis nor their 3.4 million fellow Americans still waiting for Mana from a demagogue — and not the families of four uniformed Americans who died in the service of our nation, arguably, because their Commander-in-Chief, tossed Chad into latest racial and religious travel ban.


Despite the rising tide of decent thinking Americans, it’s not easy to remove even the worst of presidents from office.  However, for one who personifies the answer to, where is the bottom – he is simultaneously media bait and switch master, inept POTUS and unempathetic human being — but other deplorable people wielding power indiscriminately may focus America, if not, The House.

Exposing and repelling Karl Rove, if not Clarence Thomas; Anthony Weiner & Harvey Weinstein, if not Bill Cosby & Woody Allen; Bernie Madoff & Martin Shkreli, if not Steve Bannon & Jeff Sessions; Katherine Harris & OJ Simpson, if not Pam Bondi & Rex Tillerson – we prove our values’ system still works.

When towers walling The Street house 21st century money changers denying us reliable representation from state and federal legislatures, then what works is our judgement to, trust but verify, Jurists and Generals – making a gauntlet to General John Kelly’s false characterization of Representative Frederica Wilson, and the, all hat and no cattle, snark from an ever, and wholly unjustifiable, condescending Sarah Huckabee Sanders, our patriotic duty.

Let’s not wait for a near death experience, a slap to our Consoler-in-Chief past, or another massive intelligence failure in current White House, to save affordable healthcare, Public Education, the Veterans Administration and our military from being sacrificed for those who never considered serving in uniform.

What works is insisting:  rapists, liars, bigots, religious hypocrites, fake patriots, gropers, Conservatives propelling us backwards, imposters projecting their Koch head sins on our political process, Citizens United, voters choosing the greater of two evils, domestic terrorists, non-voters and deserters of civil listening to differing points of view — this far and no farther will you come!

What works:  living with hearts and minds founded in democratic purpose, believing there is harmony to be made between barroom brawlers at raucous political rallies and church & state — if we respect the independence of each from the other, and garner a healthy inter-dependence with unity.

What doesn’t work is falling victim to a rerun of, might makes right, believing power equates privileges with the privileged — no longer shocked by bullies, but awed by vulgarity posing as though posturing is the new leadership normal, rather than an insulting facade.

What will keep America working is a people’s transformation:  thinking leaders full of curiosity and wonder, whose deeds endorse the value of quality education for everyone without financially profiting the soulless.  We need more female Millennials in Congress and State houses, respecting the experience of Baby Boomers, but learning from their mistakes.

We need the strength of character to accept personal accountability and whole-heartedly embrace reinvigorating change – realizing inclusive communion requires more than texting, Instagram and un-presidential tweets.

Connection is created by face-to-face conversations – for if we can’t meet across the table, the wisdom to elect government that reaches across the aisle, will forever elude us.

There’s only one limitation to America’s greatness:  those who deny that our moral character was compromised the very moment we replaced the art of compromise with 1960’s assassinations, 1970’s J. Edgar Hoover Hypocrisy, 1980’s redundant gossip as news and the Age of Aquarius with rudderless politics reducing patriotism to flag waving, hate speech and fear mongering isolationism.

How does Mitch McConnell’s the goal here is to win elections in November… and, keep us in the majority – work for you?

As Trump works to prove, government is the problem, his Niger, I Was Told, may be his Watergate.

America can never be first when great generals dishonor truth, and greatness can never be achieved by an imploding misogynist.

One woman spoke up, and a Hollywood titan fell.  What ill-equipped, ill-mannered president could withstand the deserved reproach of all women, and decent men?

What works:  Impeachment.



Nouns, More Important than Putin and Trumps – Headlined on

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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.