If on Wednesday January 11, 2017, when the person of 2016 again demonstrated his lack of 1st-Amendment knowledge -- deserters from The Fourth Estate, instead of leaping to their feet to curry favor with a boorish pretender to The Crown -- had in protest, walked out on the Goliath du jour -- that would have been America great again.
Greatness and character are lost on those for whom Ratings is definition and heroism: I like people who weren't captured -- for few rise to the courage of an American nearly beaten to death for the dream of democracy, justice and equality.
People like John Lewis deserve more than a tinge of color-blindness in February or a January federal holiday. There are millions of Americans of every hue, territory, creed and persuasion, challenged with invisibility, who now have used our political process to grasp at a mirage hoping to be seen -- Black-ish or not.
Since the Military-Industrial Complex merged with Trickle-Down Economics, vision for millions of good, well-meaning patriotic Americans has narrowed to short-sighted absolutes:
1) What's good for my family is best for every American family.
2) No issue, not even affordable healthcare for my children in a life-threatening environment, is more important than jobs.
3) The only solution to America's problems is, something different.
In 2016 media-fed oversimplification turned America hard right, and on Friday January 20, 2017, a 140-character wall will be ensconced to hide an American president from Americans.
Because we've allowed elected officials to believe that Rules Don't Apply to them, America is at the intersection where dismay and defeat can T-bone peaceful assembly to protest foreign and domestic Corporatism.
Long before the war on women was waged by male conservative War Dogs, conservative women, insisting 20th-Century Women were the pillar of family values, indiscriminately opposed abortion, the Equal Rights Amendment and LGBT & income equality.
With the Arrival of The Lobster with no morals, elected by women with no color, America's gender parity cracks anew amidst malice aforethought, and Fences rise, like temperatures and sea levels, to wall out the mutual justice of I Have a Dream.
Through the lens of our 2016 elections, it may seem America was a perfect La La Land, but that would be one of the many half-truths our parents continually tell our children -- for American exceptionalism has rarely embraced Loving in black and white.
Shaking off the extremes of an electoral college and an unethical 115th Congress abandoning America with attempts to banish humanitarian ethics eliminates any need to re-learn past lessons in right-wing red ink, wading us through the Dead Pool of Bush/Cheney.
Let's cast off leadership incapable of intellectual curiosity, and instead emulate Americans progressively committed to carry Our Lady's torch, Come Hell or High Water.
Like a Lion, roar no more Hidden Figures calculating in Moonlight, being A Raisin in the Sun of Too Big to Jail indiscriminately controlling white & blue collars, the disadvantaged poor and working middle class, with marketed misinformation keeping consumers and stockholders blinded by financial fears and, like Nocturnal Animals, desperate to keep America in darkness.