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Ebola -- ISIL Iraq -- Virginia Board of Elections

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From zero to sixty we go, my head spinning down in Vertigo. Yes, round and round we go, and where we stop nobody knows, except the bodies left behind.

There are no absolutes in war or peace; no logic successfully transforming the passions of love and war into transparency of love for war. There are only truth and lies, the valiant and the Robber Barons, the givers and takers -- life and death.

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Both ill winds and blessed breezes blow all things to and fro, as we sally forth to back again.


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The sea flows ebbing high and low, but it seems, only God knows we don't belong in the Middle East. We belong TO it. In that no-man's land between FDR's death and Dulles/Eisenhower Cold War fertilization, Wall Street, government and Main Street deprioritized: war Time Tables.

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Murdered children, parents violently threatened for beliefs, gender, age, color, opinions or lifestyle, attract humanitarian America, but trailing along, corruption and death for profit, for devils are in the details of shadows.

Some challenges have simple solutions, but the Persian Gulf requires the nuance of adroit chess moves. We must elect those wise enough to assuage the devastating global impact of climate change, oil spills and fossil fuels, all while we resist Ebola panic, unless we're exchanging body fluids with strangers recently from West Africa.

Open Carry body fluid contests, panic ridden not my children, not my problem and apathy are far more infectious dangers to the land of opportunity and voting privileges.

Not taken in by political sugar to help the medicine of war go down, be it GW's weapons of mass destruction, Condoleezza's Mushroom Cloud or Obama's Genocide, nonetheless, innocent people are trapped on Iraqi's Mount Sinjar, and we need to help them survive Isil's desire to erase them -- with food, water and where and when their attackers make it necessary to protect innocent American and Iraqi lives -- with evil crushing air power.

Think of those who go where the problems are and make positive differences: doctors, nurses, first responders, teachers, Peace Corp, WHO, FEMA, EPA, CDC and the President's new funding for Veterans Affairs. We're either all for one and one for all, or we're warring fossils deserting the customers who built them, to headquarter in tax freedom from the poisoned air, water and earth their fossil fuels created.

Let's be aware of and advocate for those who need our voices so theirs can't be obliterated, whether Veterans in need of healthcare, undocumented Iraqi mountaintop and Texas border children, Virginians cut out of the voting process by a 2-1 Board of Elections vote inspired by Republican State Senator Mark Obenshain, volunteers, now patients Dr. Kent Brantly & Nancy Writebol and my doctor friends -- Derrick, arriving to serve in Hawaii just before two hurricanes and Rachel doing her Ebola part in Atlanta Georgia at Emory Hospital.

  • We can emulate those who sacrifice to help save, or those who deny basic human rights, including the privilege to vote, even if your ID is expired.
  • We can protect Americans around the world, or we can we can ignore them to death.
  • We can strategically respond, avoiding, as did President Kennedy during 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, boots on the ground, or we can pre-emptively strike a country that had nothing to do with 9/11.

Despite billions spent by the likes of Sheldon Adelson and the Koch brothers, we Americans still have some choices. So can we choose equality of opportunity for women and minorities, the freedom to vote without GOP repression and to be grateful for and watchful of our Chess-Player-in-Chief whose proven he knows how and when to engage, disengage and reengage.

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Marcello Rollando is both seasoned political writer and critically acclaimed Performing Arts Director. Taking a sabbatical from his beloved NYC to work on a number of political campaigns as communications director and/or consultant in 2008, he (more...)
 

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