However, if we must wear a media post-debate, winners and losers straight-jacket, may I propose, on behalf of, We the People, who care for all: civil, yet passionate, substantive debate between ten mutually respectful adults, discussing a gamut of solution options, whose policy discussion not only exposed the cowardice of Congressional Republicans swamped by Trump but also tugged at the prudent, anchor-in-place, Independents- winning the night.
Super heroes and the wealthiest among us share little in common. The most moneyed connected are those who send the best of us into foreign wars, while tampering with our elections and ignoring gun violence, racism and sexism that remains America's truest domestic terrorism.
If impossible to see ourselves heroes of our generation, then let us at least prepare a better future for the potential heroism of the next, realizing where we find the exceptionalism of a universally welcoming American Dream depends on where we look. And it isn't in the perjury of the Mushroom Cloud weapons of mass destruction inheritors.
If 2020 voters, and non, seek ballot guidance in headline hyperbole, putting America in the hands of its dividers disciples of Robert Mercer and the Koch brothers - not only the shameless brashness of Jim Jordan, Kellyanne Conway and Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas), but the silence of the self-proclaimed lambs, Mark Meadows, Lindsay Graham and Mike Pence, and the treachery of Devin Nunes and arrogance of Mitch McConnell, then:
- Homeland security will be the euphemism of racists
- Health-care, a myth
- Gender and sexual equality sacrificed
- Privacy absorbed by The Cloud, Alexa, iPods, iPads, Equifax, Student Loan Bankers, cellphones, online surveys, GPS
- All Tweets, Instagram, Snapchat, bathroom sounds, medical conversations, passionate missionary spooning - stored for marketers profiteering from collusion with Wall Street, K Street and secretly funded politically Conservative political advertising
We don't need no stinkin' Russian Johns. Fingering our climatic devices, we give it away, for free!
People like Dan Coats and Robert Mueller, who seem to those needing quick and simple sound-bites, to be hauntingly hesitant, are patriots knowing their words have rippling legal and moral consequences, and so are examples of thinking carefully before speaking.
Failing to emulate patriots like these and our Founding Fathers, renders us incapable of venturing toward the impossible vision of what should be possible, thus probably failing to achieve what is possible.
Trump has no strategy beyond the last mob chant ringing in his ears, but be assured, his fear of another dawn exposing the crushing truth that, it isn't just the words he speaks and excuses he makes, but the very life he leads that is the lie - and it's the devastating realization: Trump did not make us, nor the foundation upon which he stands. We did that, and the frequent ferocity of our national political pendulum swing, is proof of our fear of forward moving change that waits for no person, place or thing.
Mesmerized by the repetitive superficial take-aways levied by talking heads, we play a most reckless game of Roulette with the lives of children already alive in 2019.
Aided and Abetted by government climate injustice and Pharmaceutical and health insurers climate indifference - ignoring foreign children in cages as prequel to an American experience of lost habitat, stench of polluted air, nation-wide Flint-like water and deadly food that Climate Change denial bequeaths all American children.
The leaders who fail to be a shining beacon of law-abiding ethics are the direct result of those of us who fail our highest judgment call for Justice for All: verifiable elections.
The Presidents of Russia and the United States know who the purveyors of hate, white supremacy and fanaticism are, and they make pawns of them to destroy the freedom of thought a multi-cultural American society produces.
So, The Don conveniently dons himself in the cloak of bigot racism to solidify American fascists who, unable to distinguish between Socialism and Communism, slip out of their bedsheets to dance with Neo-Nazism because minus an, Out of Many One core, they see only a Blackhole future.
Laws alone are neither solution nor salvation without incorruptible lawmakers. Our Civil War and first presidential assassination did not defeat America's inner domestic struggle with racial hate, sexual prejudice and gender bias as Jim Crow and the assassinations of the sixties proved - because the pain we're seeking to cure is rooted in the fear that we are not good enough, unless proving ourselves better than those who differ from us.
The real 2020 question is, will we hold these truths to be self-evident: all are created equal.
(Article changed on August 1, 2019 at 14:15)