“Supreme Court says Voting Rights Act of 1965 is no longer relevant!”

When DNC reports evidence to the FBI, of Bugging in their DC office, is our 2016 presidential election being rigged by Trump, invaded by Russians, Watergated by a politicized FBI – or is it simply the natural fallout voted for by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr leading a 5-4 supreme fantasy that the Voting Rights Act of 1965 has out lived its balance of power of, by and for the people.

No matter the Early Voting, the over polled or the media trumped, our 2016 election season is too close to call anything but, a killing season for our pillars of civility and unity.  This justifies the fear of our Founding Fathers that their exceptional idea couldn’t survive without a collegiate prophylactic to protect the masses who just can’t handle the truth, from the extremism of mobs ruled by despots, demagogues and those seeking revitalized TV careers.

Nonetheless, regardless of our political leanings, if protest voters allow Trumpland to secure a White House beachhead in what was for one brief shining moment, The Land of the Free, and non-voters fail to comprehend, not voting, is a resounding vote, we will have allowed arrogance and apathy to parent, and bequeath to our children, the worst of neo-cons.

It’s better for Americans when our elections are motivated by facts grounded in truth, rather than an imagined past that was never our national path to glory.  2016 isn’t about Clinton vs. Trump, or even Right Wing extremism gasping to breathe life back into Grover Norquist’s desire to drown our Gettysburg Address in his narrow ring around the tub.

America’s greatness comes from its faith in all Americans — there but for the grace of God and the Thanksgiving generosity of Native Americans, we couldn’t overcome the human flaw of derisive division – without letting freedom ring.  We can either re-learn how to listen to each other to be stronger together, or choose to ignore America to death.

Like the Revolutionary & Civil Wars, Our Revolution is not about one person, not even one as honorable as Senator Bernie Sanders.  The revolutionary lesson from both Sanders and Trump is not Jefferson’s, but that both the far Left and Right want to drain the swamp of our financially compromised grid-locked Washington and voter intimidation State governments.

The difference is, Sanders supporters, realizing Congress is only the go-between Hydra for the underworld of Wall Street overlords, don’t want to throw the baby out with the bathwater.

At least since November 22, 1963, our natural national evolution has been racing with the Conservative reaction to it — and now it’s closing the gap, but some of us just can’t imagine the rainbow.

As nation and people, we are at a cultural, political and gender equality crossroads.  Either we progress forward with all-inclusive solutions, or simultaneously, take hard Left and Right turns, refusing to watch each other’s six.  However, there is no reversing, for the great inner peace we seek isn’t behind us.

Everyone makes some bad choices in life, but few as bad as resisting inevitable change, GOP Congressional obstructionism and Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr who, ignoring Citizens United, insisted that we have nothing to fear in our electoral process.  Yet, allegedly, some FBI agents have decided we are a nation of people who talk the patriotic talk, without walking the constitutional walk, they’ve sworn to preserve, protect and defend.

Exceptionalism is, American elections are to be left in the hands, hearts and minds of We the People, of every hue, colorful language, political bias, and sexual drinking end of the day partner – not Koch Red Mapping, hacking by Trump’s Russian buddies or FBI llegalscreating an America for which hypocrisy is a given.

The question for each of us Tuesday November 8, 2016 is, are we voting to save some portion of an American Dream in tatters from domestic terrorists or to relegate America to an underground railroad, stealing away from itself?

In The Good Ol’ Days Before Hillary’s Email

The terrorists against Democracy’s Liberty and Justice for All, aren’t ignoring the writing on the wall, they’ve just been quietly switching walls:  from coal ash mountain topping to falling oil prices – Fracking water to cracking gas pipelines – Ramrodding Dakota protestors to Corporate Private Prison collaborations – the ALEC cheese stands alone – almost.

Perhaps numbed by Law & Order Nixon, War on Drugs Reagan, Tough on Crime Bush Sr, Three Strikes & You’re Out Clinton – we’ve evolved to the lawlessness and disorder of political rallies inciting violence against, differences of opinion.

Truth is, we’re in a time warped by Jim Crow reruns!  Super Predators, don’t dwell in a trumped Ghetto, but are Money Changers bankrupting our future, while undecided pendulums reactively swing, rather than voting for choice.

Wells Fargo, militarized police, wars on women, Native Americans and LGBTQ are individual choices.  No one has to be a Conservative Woman for a misogynistic president.  We can choose to shine our Rockets’ Red Glare to save the abused spouse, raped neighbor, kidnapped child and The Missing Missing.

Conservatives simultaneously running from & with an ALEC, transitionally choosing to minimalize expenses incurred, rooming and boarding up minorities, and taking its show on the road with GPS monitoring anklets.

So, believing Corporate Media deflecting hasn’t infected Social Media anonymity, we get bought and sold, unaware we’ve been flogged into isolationism.  If Baby-Boomers embrace Generation X texting to Millennials on Instagram, we might Hold the Line November 8, 2016.

Just imagine Baby-Boomers and Millennials centered by Generation X!  What couldn’t we do to end the herding of our better selves, by Alt-Right Trolls self-perpetuating a distorted nightmare of our American Dream with do-over paleface extremes?

Whether United We Stand or Stronger Together, America is at its greatest when Americans stand together for community – committed to neighborhoods of every color and a multi-cultural world determined to save the earth and all life upon it.

The better choice:  showing up decisively for harmony dissolving derision, knowing, there is no security, independence nor greatness in divorcing The Good Fight, reneging on the promise of Lady Liberty or pretending our individual lives are the only life experience for all of We the People.  We don’t have to submit to the inheritance from those who tarnish the very ideal of Exceptionalism – being special, not superior.

Our real power on earth is gathering together for peace and harmony, regardless of skin color, heritage, gender, sexual preference or political persuasion.  However, truth can dissipate in the creation of discriminatory labels that taint all of us with lies of convenience, told by the few, but once accepted, redefining the core of too many.

Painful truth:  our Constitution allows slavery in the form of mass incarceration, gender inequality and the income disparity of prison labor on the public tab benefitting private enterprise.

Unlike 1930’s Europe, we needn’t goose step behind the loudest and latest voices.  We have the power to make candidates follow our lead, for what the elected crave, even more than Supremes guaranteeing, Citizens United — is our vote.

Imagine escaping bottom line marketing labels, Factory Farms and Lee Atwater’s campaign code words cueing conservatives for Nixon & Reagan racial discrimination, Clinton’s Swat police forces, Bush/Cheney Black Sites, and Guantanamo torturing our souls into GOP’s birther Tea Party bigots, and their Don.

Russian hackers, computer technology and greed are not waiting — only transitioning, while we’re still arguing over emails and which came first, trumped conservative chickens or the egg laid by the FBI.

We can make prisons, to go, with Jerry Watson’s American Bail Coalition and Block the Vote with Paul Weyrich — going Right back to the Good Ol’ Days of Donald Trump – or we can vote:  Out of Many, One.

The truth that sets us free, stings:  Not all of us want equality and justice for all, but Lincoln’s new birth of freedom affirms, voting of, by and for all the people, is both individual privilege and national responsibility – if we can keep it.

Nasty Woman – Bad Hombres – Gettysburg

Too often, since Lincoln’s Gettysburg address extended our Declaration of Independence, healing a nation with the unity of emancipation, and conservative arrogance denied progressive scientific invention to save President James Garfield –greatness and Exceptionalism are roads not taken by Republican leadership — and, arguably, Teddy Roosevelt’s protecting the environment, while his Square Deal busted the vampires of corporate Trusts, was the last time Republicans put American progress, first.

America’s greatness is inconsistent victories, mingled with defeats.  Throughout our national journey we’ve been spirited by the guidance of nasty women, bad hombres and sometimes being, just plain lucky.

So, in 2016, shall we gather at the trough of bigots, braggarts and bullies and vote to profit the unseen puppeteers of the under-informed, choosing rupture while claiming rapture?

Will we succumb to the rigged performance of a GOP ego inflated puppet, into a house divided Middle Class?  deny the Food Desert less fortunate, nutrition?  trade in our souls after reneging on our stewardship of earth and all life upon it?  or simply group our way forward to prove we’ve still got it?

People who ignore flashing red school bus lights, cheat on their taxes, use K Street bagmen to rent politicians or dupe the gullible with phony higher education institutions — generally enable a society none of us deserve.

Honestly, hasn’t America’s better half been forced repeatedly, to endure a corporate ladder replete with the mind-set of a mythical locker-room?

Aren’t Native Americans and many people of color still expected to bear the brunt of rigid Conservatism propagated on both Wall and Main Streets – with Fracking, Voter ID laws and inadequate schools perpetuating an inequitable future?

Perhaps on Tuesday November 8, 2016 most of us will find the crumbs left behind for our return to civility and unity — for as a people, most Americans remain, Good Samaritans.

But what about the residents at The Villages who, in 2012, cheered Paul Ryan — with his mother a prop at his side — when he assured them their Social Security and Medicare would be spared, at the expense of future generations.  Presumably, filled with the Me First survival instincts of a J. Bruce Ismay, The Villages’ residents overlooked — the next generations are their children and grandchildren.

After 2000 infighting between U. S. and Florida Supreme Courts, wouldn’t it be imprudent in an age of:  Citizens United financial stimulus, Senate refusal to confirm Merrick Garland, successful Russian hacks aided and abetted by Assange’s WikiLeaks and perhaps a naive loose lips sink ships Edward Snowden — with devices of every screen size paused over huge swaths of the United States, and pleas from a presidential nominee for international intervention in our electoral process – to further delay admitting the real possibility of a trumped rig, bankrupting democratic thought, in our American Republic?

Arguably, our greatest obstacle to greatness in 2016, is our failure to accept that Donald Trump didn’t come out of thin air.  He’s simply the unvarnished malignancy that has been systemic of Conservative State and Federal leadership since Richard Nixon, Trickle Down Economics, The Tea Party and Dick Cheney’s “so.”

We live in an age of gigantic mergers, diminishing glaziers, shifting weather extremes and increasingly powerful computer technology that can snatch paperless ballots out of the heavens and toss them into the hell of low voter turnout, hyped media bias and the stuff of Koch heads misinformation snuff.

So, if we are to maintain the best that is in us, we may need to re-evaluate the fear, anger, hate and yes, ignorance that has tampered with and tempered our tempo — though not yet terminating it, with violence, malice-aforethought and the lies we tell ourselves.

 

 

Choices: Trump – Johnson – Stein – Clinton

Perhaps Saturday Night Live returns just in time to remind us, you really can fool all of the people some of the time, and some of the people all of the time – and just like that, 2016 elections aren’t funny anymore.

Soulmate, my aging cat, born on the streets, with a bad liver, a bad leg and now kidney issues, reminds me, like a Sons of Bill lyric, for some of the people some of the time, existence has been, dragging your life across the sands of time – from Food Desert to College Loan Debt — whether individual or nation, from dinner wine to morning after joe, The Twilight looks a whole lot like the Dawn.

It’s not how little Trump, Stumpf, Romney and Koch brothers pay in taxes.  It’s the lawmakers we elected allowing this systemic imbalance to increase and multiply in all areas of American life.

Let’s reassert, we hold these truths to be self-evident, and reconnect to an all-inclusive oasis, where no matter how many, he speaks his mind, excuses, or clueless about Aleppo and foreign leaders or even sincerity regarding democracy – most still gravitate to the center of reason.

Casting our precious privilege in a way that enables the election of a dangerous thin-skinned angry old snake oil salesman, neither preserves, protects nor defends democracy or the American Democratic Republic.  Such a hard right turn, turns us back to a Supreme Court failing to embrace, counting all American votes as the constitutional way forward.

In the wake of Bush v. Gore, America has been Shock and Awed into

  • Preemptive strikes against a country that had nothing to do with 9/11
  • Perpetual war creating ISIS (Al Qaeda on steroids)
  • Global financial instability
  • Worst national unemployment since The Great Depression
  • The Great Recession

2016 gives us an opportunity to help America think again by voting to prevent fears, frustration and anger from transferring our belief in each other, to faith in GOP hypocrisy, Gary Johnson ignorance and a Machiavellian Trump.

Only rarely in America has it been acceptable, to give belligerency, misogyny and bigotry a free pass, but now that Trump is no longer a reality sideshow, but mob pleasing improvisation staged as semi-scripted nominee of the ultra-Conservative Right Wing, that rarity has exposed its fangs once again.

As an ardent Sanders supporter, I understand crushed dreamers and frustrated activists, but joining the deserting non-voters or giving into hopelessness that denies America mature, rational pragmatic voting booth judgement gives neo-cons the legitimacy they crave.

As citizens, it is up to us to vote to imprint the U. S. Supreme Court and impact the U. S. Congress.  Hold the feet of Democrats to the fire, insisting on, an Attorney General Bernie Sanders, an Elizabeth Warren heading SEC, a Supreme Court Justice Barack Obama, a Treasury Secretary Melinda Gates — all while keeping James Comey as FBI Director to keep the next President Clinton on the straight and narrow.

We and the world we live in, deserve candidates who can name, and work with, other world leaders – not a Trump nor a Libertarian Party insisting that all must lift themselves up by their bootstraps, ignoring, some have neither boots nor homes.

It is for us rather, to help protect all of the people all of the time from the bullies of the world, whether on Main or Wall Street; in Congress or uniform; Olympian doctors or a candidate’s Russian hacker hero.

Remember, We’re all going to die no matter what the plastic surgeon told you, so let us focus our collective attention, energy, money and votes on eradicating all forms of bullying:  Sexual Harassment, Spousal & Child Abuse, Bigotry, sexual & gender oppression, income disparity, military & campus rape, remembering…

America is the choices we make:  Choose saving us from Alzheimer’s Disease and Climate Change – or live, trying.

 

The Demigods of Power and Might: Militarism & Media — Religion & Racism

“We used to be able to hang ‘em and nobody bothered,” I heard a neighbor say to the mailman when I was in elementary school, but until I, like Rod Steiger, saw Sidney Poitier slap Larry Gates, In the Heat of the Night, I didn’t really understand:  This is the essence of America’s struggle to live, “We hold these truths to be self-evident…”

Yes, strengths and weaknesses abound over the gamut of our flip-flopping politics – both good and bad reaching across the aisle — violence & hypocrisy, risks & failures Left, Right and Center.  However, those who believe in whitewashed history books dearth of truth, are as godless as they claim to be Godly — wrapped in the flagstone of myth.

More fragmentized than American mosaic, our extreme political and social bookends have become this Democratic Republic’s albatross, bending its back on the backs of forgotten or ignored history — The Right has become extremely wrong.

Now our Ship of State seems mired in the muck of military rape, corporate owned media, religious hypocrisy and racists’ hate, anchoring The Land of the Free in the port of revisionist history, walled in by vain glory of trumped up greatness, crying out like a voice in the wilderness for the young to save the old from the rigidity of past sins against charity begins with love thy neighbor as thyself.

Independence & Independents, Liberals & Moderates, advocates and activists, undecided Baby-Boomers and sulking Millennials – there is no longer a fork in the road – there is only forward to progressive renewal or back the way we came.  Although, getting centered is a goal worthy of the common good, there is no more in-between.

In 2016, being deplorable both comes from and raises fears that America’s heart has beat too hard for too long.

The new reality:  with an open mind, it’s easier to see our leaders of industry & unions, private enterprise and all levels of government are merely the boat – and when we vote against repeating the gender bias and racial discrimination of our past, We The People are the power of the wind — and the ocean on which all sail.

Regardless of national heritage, political hope, gender claim, income race for equality, whether LBGTQ or not, if we desert the system, and Democrats, this is what will become ensconced as authentic American:  belittling the disabled, faith in bigotry, hate transparency and permanent second-class citizenship for people of color, girls and women – echoing the blatant hypocrisy of the Voting Rights gutting Chief Roberts decrying, Brown vs. Board of Education at the opening of the Smithsonian’s new African-American museum.

A trumped nation will resound in main-stream ensemble like thisIt is for us The Right People, tea stained or red tied, to lead us not into the temptation of loving our neighbor as ourselves, but rather deliver us from the evil of Black Lives Matter, as we, the too conservative to see forward, Free Will ourselves to the promised land of blessed assurances that white might is our right.  Praise the Lord, pass the trumpet that finally silences, Lift Every Voice and Sing, so we are washed whiter than snow, free from the blood of any color.

Whether dreaming forward or looping our rear-view mirror, what we do between day-break and dusk is the only difference we make.

There are millions of Americans of every political, racial, sexual and spiritual hue, wealthy and not, who are descent, loving and giving human beings, but unlike Henrietta Lacks, Sarah Gray, Sam Cooke and Sons of Bill – Donald Trump, and the GOP that Birthered him, are not among them.

But still I Believe!  Civil society and national unity save us from a trumped fate.

‘What the Hell do we have to lose?’

What do we have to lose from a landslide of Second Amendment salutes shooting down First Amendment rights, by rebuffing the embellishment of You’re a Grand Ol’ Flag’s Red, White and Blue, with shades of brown, black and yellow — Liberty and justice for all means, freedom is not limited to those of us resembling Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell and a wannabe Birther-in-Chief.

Merely speaking one’s superman mind to twits with tasteless tweets, can’t transpose trending truth:  government is the problem transformed United We Stand into Capitol Hill dung heap.  When a people feel bullied, left behind, forgotten, deprived of the means to provide for themselves, hopelessness can express itself in a multitude of violent ways.

Surviving our Great Recession, by creating our great economic divide, we shouldn’t be shocked that, Shock and Awe, has been the light upon our pathway to a Divided We Fall potential.

Even the .1% are searching for an out-of-this-world exit from what they’ve created:  an electorate triad of the enraged, the repulsed and worst of all, the undecided.  Our elections have not always been a choice of the lesser of two evils, but what justification is there for choosing, by default or acclamation, the worst of two evils?

We’re taught, before crossing the street, if we don’t look both Left and Right, we could lose our life.  As adults, not choosing forward over reversal, we could lose our nation.

Truthfully, progression is better than regression, Constitutional gender equality beats income disparity and Marijuana can heal while opioids kill — so what the hell do you have to lose

There is no greatness in Misogyny, Xenophobia, Islamophobia or Homophobia — and The Trail of Tears, Anti-Catholic, Antisemitism, No Irish Need Apply, Japanese Internment, racial segregation and Jim Crow gerrymandering remain historical antagonists to our greatness. — and those who elect to re-inject these nightmares into our American Dream, are not only deplorable, but delusional.

Which is worse, a bout of email pneumonia or being trumped into that which decays from within?  Hate is a boomerang with tentacles embedded by the embittered, blinded by nefarious nationalistic nonsense, aided and abetted by a media so hungry for notoriety, it’s easily nonplused into free press for the treasonous.

What do we have to lose:  Talent, Wisdom, Culture, Courage and our Humanity!

  • Orry-Kelly, lives lost at The Pulse, Carte Blanche Theatre and all forced to hide sexual identity & preference
  • Jesse Owens, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Emmy-nominated music artist T. O.N.E -z
  • Journalist Jorge Ramos
  • Hawaii Congressman Mark Takai & Senator Daniel Ken Inouye
  • Standing Rock
  • Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women — Cecile Richards, Senator Elizabeth Warren and Cassidy McMillan

What do we have to lose:  Our open minds exploring the exceptionalism of truth and character!

Couldn’t America use more circumspect conscious thinking, like where do Saddam Hussein, Osama bin Laden, Middle East oil wars, Birthers, ISIS, Ukraine, Syria and Putin intersect?  Main or Wall Street?  Snowden & Assange or GOP’s 41, 43 and Trump?

Arguably, for the 185 years between July 1776 and January 1961, our white forefathers — immigrants all – of European descent, determined the destiny of America in part, by determining the destiny of all Americans who didn’t look like them.

Change, however, was inevitable and evolution, like revolution, chronic pain, but Revelation celebrates humankind’s potential transcendence, not its end.

In time, both good and evil will come to an end, for not even a nation’s oldest white oak can last forever, if decaying from within.

Nonetheless, there is one core value on which we can all agree:  To know what we have to lose, each of us needs to explore what’s at the heart of our individual, national and global struggle – before we vote.

 

 

Robin Hood – Saint – King – Trump

An obstructionist Congress, politicized Supreme Court and Donald Trump campaign are antithetical to Let Freedom Ring — the 2016 Republican Party, more a portrait of white supremacy than Lincoln memorial.

August 28, 1774 St. Elizabeth (Mother Seaton of Emmetsburg, Maryland) was born in New York City.  In 1963, the American Dream was embellished on the steps of Marion Anderson herstory.

On August 18, 2012 residents of Villages in Florida cheered as Paul Ryan promised to protect their Medicare by sacrificing that of their children and grandchildren.  Shall we now think beyond such short-sightedness and instead generate billions of dollars every year, with a 0.5% tax on the transactions of the wolves of Wall Street, and save an American economy barely escaping the slaughter house of representatives?

Who’s minding the store, while a destitute Fourth Estate races to Pass Go first, brandishing overdrawn Breaking News Exclusives, for a Free Media giveaway to the waffling showmanship of a Bankrupter-in-Chief wannabe, whose only currency is the dividend of the morally insolvent.

Don’t we want our children to aspire to be more like Melinda & Bill Gates and 9/11 first responders than those CEOs both breaking our system and braking our goal for a nation of equal economic opportunity?  Or shall we leave Millennials to be gouged by the likes of Epi-Pen CEO Heather Bresch, Martin Shkreli, Bernie Madoff and Jack Abermoff?

An exceptional example by which to lead our children:  support business leaders whose companies, products and policies are not a footprint on consumers, but a step forward for the common good.

It’s not just who we give our vote, but to whom we give our money.

Perhaps if the Roberts’ Court lit our path as well as the torch of our French gift, the Statue of Liberty, We the People would nurture more the example of the French High Court within us, rather than allowing our electoral system to languish in the shadow of a recession bequeathed to us by Koch heads leading institutions like Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Shell Oil, Exxon, Haliburton and Aetna.

What and how can we lead our leaders if the American, Do the Right Thing, reflects French beach bigots who share individual freedom only when it exposes their preferred attire?

Conservatives, allowing Too Big to Jail banker puppeteers, who plummeted America’s retirement bankrolls, by trading global stability for national Sequester, compounded the problem, banking on a Congress of walled-in minds that hedged Wall Street fun with Panama accounts that increase Right imbalance, while depositing Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness — and our kids’ piggy banks — into foreclosure.

If we want Freedom to be more than a part-time enterprise full of income inconsistencies slanted toward .1% of the population, we’re going to have to artfully STEM tutor our children to insure our marketplace better than we did.

Together we are America Strong enough to rekindle a freedom reigning so every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight – if we out vote those who self-righteously cap freedom of choice, at the border of their limited vision.

This is the time to help others register to vote, educate all on the supreme importance of voting and progressively occupy all voting booths.

Merely labeling anti-American negatives like, Alt-Right, Citizens United, David Duke, The John Birch Society, Klu Klux Klan late in life penitents — West Virginia Senator Robert C. Byrd and Alabama Governor George Wallace – and proclaiming it either victory or solution, is as risky as exposing oneself to E. coli & Ebola, as criminal as serving Hepatitis A strawberries in Smoothies and as negligent as Congress failing to fund Zika prevention.

This is no time to talk of Democratic landslides!

The sun sets on a nation when its people fail to shine the light forward for its children.