Some celebrate with Sunrise Services and Easter Egg hunts; Some tune in to tune out with reruns of The Ten Commandments and Easter Parade. Some search the heavens for falling China junk, fearing self-inflicted Trade Wars. And some, because of their skin color, are still forced to run for their lives.
Don King is partially correct about one thing. People around the world may laugh at leaders shackled to The Street, claiming greatness while casting a giant shadow of Holocaust, unending wars, national opioid and gun violence addiction — cuckolded by an unfaithful president, ignorant of international stewardship, achieving 42% poll numbers with Tweets that rally the under informed with alternative facts – but 2018 Special Elections prove, we who vote, still are the power grid of, by and for the people.
Nonetheless, Blinding 24/7 marketing hides in plain sight, jealousy, violent anger and desperation consuming those who fear change:
- Congress using Terri Schiavo as a Right to Life tool
- Taliban shooting Malala
- Dick Cheney, John Bolton
- Appointed heads of Government Agencies euthanizing them
But in the wake of our 2018 Valentine’s Day massacre, my mind relives my teenage questions, as inventive Baby Boomer creations bear witness to the next great political paradigm: Marjory Stoneman Douglas High Schoolers, 1960s students and Kent State survivors united in writing the next chapters of, FDR’s New Deal, JFK’s New Frontier and MLK’s Mountain Top.
Long before Putin tipped our electoral scales, ignoring 2.9 million more voters, America’s elections repeatedly proved Newton’s third law: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.
Why are We the People increasingly swinging our political pendulum further Right and Left, inciting extremes to ignore the core value of being centered, resulting in:
- Unending wars
- Poisonous Russian hack attacks
- China’s Xi Jinping for life
- Disengaging education from human infrastructure – children
Some fear, if every one of every creed, color and heritage gets everything they want, there won’t be enough. This tether hobbles American progress to Trickle Down nothing, love it or leave it and Too Big to Jail – undermining Middle Class Blue and White-collar dreams – making us more susceptible to the violence of U. S. Army’s JROTC and NRA funded Civilian Marksmanship School Programs.
Being managed by Fox, MSNBC and Social Media, how do we recapture the flag of renewal, post 2016 elections?
- Resist top-down manipulation crucifying thinking, to recast America as Hatfield–McCoy feud
- Cease and Desist Congressionally Chartered Schools where children are trained to fire automatic weapons
- Honor twenty-two female senators who’ve put their male counterparts on sexual harassment notice
- value educators and education with dollars and cents
- intimidate sexual harassment out of our culture
- replace corrupted election computers with honest human calculators
Can’t we agree, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness grants all, freedom to use their talents to make a difference to both family and future?
Seeking resurrection of, a Republic, if we can keep it — mingled with my 2003 questions for Mom, as she began her twelve-year journey through the maze of Alzheimer’s – Easter morning I poured coffee, loaded favorite DVD, acquiesced being body pillow for two dogs, and reminisced about music soothing the savage breast.
Then watching War Admiral, defeated by his owner’s arrogance, I relived Mom’s 2003 answer: indeed, Seabiscuit was the little horse for poor people.
Sustaining an American Dream that reflects our ever-evolving nation of hope, will sustain voting rights, affordable mental & physical healthcare, quality education and justice for all.
To be regenerated after emerging from our current swamp, we need embrace civil unity or risk America doomed to living tragically maimed.
It’s our duty to exasperate powers preferring low voter turnout, spewing dishonesty that rots Easter Eggs, for wisdom schools, despite underfunded education and devalued teachers, Boycotting, marching and voting remain our best Kingly resistance – because conservative financiers scripting the propaganda that people of color, LGBTQ and gun violence don’t matter, will fail before the power of truth:
- World peace is savior of America’s soul
- All vainglory is fleeting
- An educated child shall lead them
In the resurrection of life are memories of terrible loss, often blinding us to the sometimes, subtle inspiration to carry on. Is reason, wisdom whispering in our ear: resist those who speak lightly of war, while hailing the chief of false prophecies, oblivious to the Cause Célèbre preceding The Pieta.
Descendants of generations of Passover, once again find humanity choosing between man’s inhumanity to man and the calculations by madmen.
Again, the world is in the hands of a composition of despots, Putin, Assad, Erdoğan, Kim Jong-Un and Trump, all as dishonest and unstable as they are perilously dangerous. Senior citizens have witnessed reconstruction after man-made destruction, but the magnitude of both the insanity and efficiency of war has evolved well beyond even the Bush/Cheney Mushroom Cloud inflammation of bloodshed.
If dominion over earth is our commission, then we must resurrect the balance found in peaceful co-existence, before the pride of leaders induces the fall of nations. Our immense power is the courage of true human kindness, not the ashes into which demagogues lacking conscience, human decency, reigning without roots in the reason of deep thinking, would entomb us.
If we can but divine this reality check: the first shall be last and the last shall be first, we could escape the betrayal of, all for one and one for all, by the deception of America First.
It is in revelation that we discover the truth — most loss on earth is caused by humans who have lost sight of life’s greatest gift: the opportunity to love, to share and to prosper in peaceful ensemble — little is beyond the reach of those with the vision and desire to see and progress forward embracing world peace.
Arguably, Donald Trump has some competition for being the most self-serving, needy of praise, inept President ever to occupy the White House, but with a lust for being the idol of mesmerized idolaters, while hovering his middle finger over nuclear launch codes, he is more terrible than any Ivan or Cesar – indoctrinating a child’s White House Easter Egg Hunt with, stronger and better…than ever before rhetoric, sad.
Emma Morano was born November 29, 1899. In 2017, between Good Friday and Easter Sunday, on the 86th day of the Trump Administration, she died at the age of 117. She lived to see humankind advance from ox drawn carts to automobiles; from Kitty Hawk to the Moon. Ms. Morano survived Mussolini, two World Wars, The Korean Conflict and an attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II.
Emma Morano lived to hear of Trump’s election escalating global stress levels, threatening a new nuclear age Korean War, while seemingly diminishing both the need to hope for reversing Climate Change and imprisoning science behind the walls of Reactionary Nostalgia.
She lived to see a black looking president on TV and a TV personality – all Birther atwitter in the bewitching hours of alternative facts – lusting to bury the memory of his able predecessor.
Living eighty-four years longer than Jesus of Nazareth, Emma Morano undoubtedly knew, boisterous rattling of sabers, gesticulating war, defying The Ten Commandments, can deafen humanity to the world’s heart pounding memories of the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis – and even perhaps, short-circuit American conscientiousness to Russian connectors Paul Manafort and Carter Page.
Unlike Martha Raddatz, not all of us can bear witness to a Trump epiphany, following Assad’s horrific Siren Gas attack on his own people – Sean Spicer’s historical misinformation, notwithstanding.
Beware, perched in-between Palm and Easter Sundays, an ancient giant observes the mad moves and moods of those having no idea how to orchestrate an end, without a finale.
Indeed, it is for us, to extract from any tomb of ignorance, the discernment of the marriage between Resurrection, Revelation and the joy of discovery in the laughter of children – for what will it profit America if we bomb the s**t out of any soul only to lose the whole world?