OMG: Care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan? How can we accept such responsibility, celebrate human decency and honor individual sacrifice, when too many Christian attitudes betray Beatitudes?
Will we be made worthy to face tombstones of lives we've entombed with lies for oil wars? How can a nation regain and sustain balance in the midst of tornados, earthquakes and madmen hurling incitements to riot, rot and ruin?
How do we find peace in a world rattled by nincompoops, terrorists and media trumped by its own spin? Can we believe the most vulnerable, to fear of the future and hate over the past, could ever comprehend what is, and is not, great about America?
How does casting our pearls before a court jester performing his parody of patriotism -- an absurd mimicry of the easily manipulated by vain-glory -- honor veterans, women and minorities?
What can hateful mob-rule memorialize but desecration of the valiant?
Shall we bequeath nutritious food to the future or dishonorably ignore the gluttony motivated slaughtering on mega factory farms?
Shall we gather at the polluted rivers and wade into the fight against corporate conservatives privatizing our most powerful liquid asset?
How does our vote snatch peace from the jaws of a violence for profit NRA, a fear-mongering Military Industrial Complex and a Right is Wrong society using middle class patriots for fodder?
Are we to be narrowed by the tunnel vision of Wall Street cloning the hypnotized, fermenting on the heels of a combed over carnival barker?
Where can we find peace of heart and peace of spirit? Is there no hope for peace of mind, before resting in peace?
What answers can we expect kowtowing before the bottom line altar memorializing historic revisions?
When hearing a snake's rattle, wisdom teaches its spewed venom is poisonous to the good fight of a nation trying to follow corporate crumbs out of the fog of wars, to the coal spared mountaintop.
Victory and peace honor those who have lived the greatest love of all, to lay down one's life for the good of all -- in Revolution, Civil disunion, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.
In memorial, for one brief shining moment, look into the eyes of one who differs from you, and embrace that mind, welcome that POV, contribute your best to that life -- for that is Exceptionalism -- not using Scripture and Old Glory to demean, denigrate or diminish.
In part, because we've been sink-holed by Media forgetting its responsibility to protect the public trust, we are sinking into the mire of a Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson , seeing savage red in everything except our toilets backing up with Jim Crow.