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Lives and Livelihoods: Can’t Have One Without the Other, but Who’s On First – OpEdNews.com Headline, Best of TREMR

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My Grandmamma used to say, God is always talking to us, if we’d only listen. 

What nurturing lesson could there be in witnessing, from the living side of nursing and retirement homes’ glass panes, the pain of surviving the double vision of our reflection mingled with the face of a loved one succumbing to an invisible killing machine?

What possible method could there be to viral madness choking life out of over 55,000 of our family, friends and neighbors?  Is revealing the greater love of so many different heritages, creeds and cultures, isolating from their loved ones, to lay down their lives for strangers and colleagues, justification?

Who among the gods, or demitasses thinking themselves almighty, could possibly concur with cutting off connecting contact from community cooperation, comforting comradery and conjugal cuddling?

What if COVID-19 is more than a pandemic passing out strokes to the young, stealing dreams and stamping out our faith in centuries old self-definitions, by introducing shelter-in-place hope to Conservatives financing protests against reason?

Is COVID-19’s 2020 presence highlighting the destructive equality of voter alienation and callousness of a nation dividing Senate Majority Leader?

Could COVID-19, while menacingly inclusive, clearly choosing, most often, to cull from a top-down convenience-oriented society, the blood, sweat and tears foundation of low wage-earning human infrastructure, holding aloft aloof Billionaires?

What if, like the tide, COVID-19’s ebb current erodes our superficial illusions that

  • Nursing and retirement homes
  • Corporate owned hospital supplies
  • Banker imposed recession & student loan servitude
  • Denial of annual minimum wage increases
  • Rural communities without internet access, hospitals, doctors or public transportation to healthcare facilities
  • Tremendous zip code discrepancies between school buildings and texts
  • Annual teachers’ income less than an athlete’s salary per game
  • Electoral process vulnerable to foreign manipulation without recourse
  • Judicial branch flip-flopped by Conservative revenge, denying one president’s Supreme Court appointment, in favor of another’s
  • Politicizing the last remnants of Checks and Balances
  • Disallowing witness testimony at an impeachment trial
  • Exasperating our nation’s Blue/Red State divide, by whitening out the truth that Liberal State tax dollars subsidize those living in states run by Conservative policies restricting essential healthcare of their unknowing constituents
  • Allowing a president to remain in office who, even before prescribing a shot or two of disinfectants to keep the Coronavirus down, clearly and publicly demonstrated his psychological and intellectual inability to fulfill his oath to preserve, protect and defend Americans from all enemies, foreign and domestic…

…is/are in any way normal?!?

There is nothing normal about skin color, choice of bedfellow or zip code income determining one’s place in the cruise line between birth and death by president.

There is nothing normal about enjoying dinner out, while ignoring the opportunistic gravity of our inhumane food chain, from underpaid and abused pickers, to shoulder to shoulder workers at packing plants – potentially dying by the hundreds – not just from COVID-19, but from systemic conditions on Factory Farms.

Whether Divine Will, a steward-less earth’s rebellion restoring a human-less space to wild animals or corporate greed, the truth is, America has never achieved the Healthcare, Education or Electoral Exceptionalism with which we have been so indoctrinated to believe since 1776.

Surely the Exceptionalism of, one person one vote, is a myth when failing to protect us from electing presidents, like our 45th and his pretend patriots.

Classifying hospitals staffs and Wisconsin primary voters expendable, because monied Conservative media, society and opinion manipulators believe their profit margins are more important than our lives, Make America Great Again has raised America to COVID-19’s First Place.

Legalizing Citizens United, we enabled corporate owned media, hospitals and every level of government; empowered corporate CEOs and Boards of Directors to hedge their salaries at our expense; facilitated the corrosion of American education; permitted pharma and health insurance gouging and allowed limitations on hospital emergency supply stockpiles, arguably thus underwriting Wall Street bonuses.

Choosing to ignore or be ignorant of factual information is a fool’s errand, and accepting any mirage of superiority over another, denies the wisdom of, to those much is given, much is expected in order to benefit others.

Perhaps, the real lesson of COVID-19 is how nature and environment grasped an overdue gasp of fresh air, the very moment human interpretation of stewardship, stayed home.

For the wise, COVID-19 is an unforgiving rehearsal for the effect of human over-consumerism on planet earth.  Failing to learn this lesson by not implementing emergency management planning before the next emergency needing management arrives, Climate Change may be our curtain call.

In our Land of the Free, 98-60% of us have usually, if not finally, provided the brave, in The Home of the Brave.

Truth is, there will be peace on earth again, whether it begins with us or not.


The Baseball Lies We Tell Ourselves about Congress – Headlined: OpEdNews.com & PoliticusUSA.com

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Question is, where is the true hypocrisy — the public face of antagonistic vitriol polarization or the behind closed doors secret negotiations?

Is the lie, bitter Congressional partisan, Media assisted, mob-rule manipulation, or the foul line, An Attack on One of Us is An Attack on All of Us!

Does all of us include African-Americans and first Native-American physician, Suzanne LaFlesche Picotte or is the Speaker’s umbrella, all, while shade for the congressional boys of summer – a retractable roof for women who prefer women?

Is Paul Ryan’s all of us, a ballpark paragraph 5 for children needing school food programs and seniors depending on Social Security for choosing between prescriptions or food?

Who is all of us to a political party deserting Lincoln, trending through Nixon and Tickle-Down, rounding the bases with obstructionism, and walked through the swamp by the trumped?

Is the lie we tell ourselves, that before Ted Nugent’s come to Jesus moment, the man from Nazareth, preached, hate thy neighbor with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your narrow mind words?

Are our lies, defending those believing the NRA is more a family value than safety in schools, church and workplaces?  Has the diamond’s limelight and sandy bloodshed finally enlightened Right brains – or are on camera talking points getting talking heads to second base, merely a swing and a miss at civility?

Is the Congressional play within the play, sincerity attempting to snatch a modicum of decency from decades of bi-partisan neglect?  Or, is it possible, personally feeling the burn of attempted murder, exposes wounds of past targets, ignored?

Have the Ides of Congress finally been opened to the reality show of, it’s how you play the game — closing hearts, minds and pockets to corruption — or is it just an inning of gut-wrenching embarrassment for ignoring record breaking scores of domestic violence, rape trial hung juries and strike outs on mental healthcare legislation and climate justice for the generations next at bat?

Like any decent human being, I hope Congressman Steve Scalise and Tyson Foods Lobbyist Matt Mika, win their fight to recover from gun violence, and I pray for all the personal and political families represented on that Alexandria ball field.

As an American, however, I’ve grown weary of the dishonesty of a new normal pitching, it’s more blessed to throw wide ones to Open Carry misrepresentations of our Bill of Rights.

In this era, in which anger, hate and desire for revenge are incited by the most publicly powerful and privately influential, easily accessible weapons and, failing to tag up on our humanity, we shutout our ability to think and our willingness to reason.

Arguably, more Americans are now hoping for another batter up for honor.  However, honor is not produced by incivility, gender bias, hating LGBTQ, pillage, rape, racial prejudice, religious intolerance nor presidential arrogance — especially at gun point.

If thinking outside the batter box, we cease our practice of scorching American unity with reckless rhetoric, we may yet avoid kissing our exceptional season, good-bye.

Historically, we’ve misinterpreted our Constitution, misplaced our trust, and tragically underrated American citizens who are not straight white males.  Choosing to elect managers who gnaw at our national soul, for the sole purpose of satisfying a Base hit, pitched by Homophobia, for the supremacy of bigotry — if we don’t knock that out of the park, it’s back to the minors.

However, when we quit fouling out on diversity, clean air/water and safe food, we will free ourselves from internal demons and external demagogues.

Truth is:

  • Most of what ends our days in fear, has been wrought on us by the envy, revenge and violence of older white men
  • What Nixon, Trump and James Hodgkinson have in common – age range, race and hit lists
  • Lives of congressional Conservatives shot in Alexandria Virginia, were saved by people they vote against.

Donald Trump didn’t fire the starting pistol for how negatively some play the game.  However, more than its symbol, he’s the product of those who think our historic Dorian Gray picture, is a home run.