The Hanging Tree, Lest We Forget
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Only standing up to vote, repulsed by
government issued free stay-out-of-jail cards to Corporatism's war criminals --
and, unforgiving of a Pentagon that, when asked where in the passageways of
Foggy Bottom did our 8.5 trillion dollars vaporize, imitates Alberto Gonzales,
I can't recall.
This slight-of-hand, well-honed even before southern enslavers thought of the enslaved as Hands, is how war and bankers left America behind.
The preamble of our hurricane, climate and political disasters is also its consequence: our human chains of red, black and female people - from European immigrant Andrew Jackson, who even before the 1838-39 Trail of Tears evicted Native Americans from the South Western slave states.
An F-word comes to mind from an old English word meaning to beat, as in strike with a blow. Before old English, f**k meant to tear open, as in plow under.
Example: Cheney's 2008, "So," was The Dick dropping the F-Bomb on two-thirds of Americans; roughly the 214 million of us who now chronically check our smart phones for distractions.
Before VP Dick's White House meeting with Wall Street bankers, arguably igniting our Great Recession, we had been gut-wrenchingly transformed at least three times:
1860-65 Civil War
Both 1960s: The Kennedy/Cuban Missile Crisis/King Civil Rights/Dreams of Bobby in the White House 60s and, the Peace/Free Love/Flower Child/Woodstock/Hippie 60s.
To leverage our current Trumped outbreak, follow the dastardly brick road of banker bonuses and political backers -- both supporters and DT's antagonists huddling in back rooms, conjuring up, Double, Double Toil And Trouble -- should a secret deal to save the moneyed Right-wing rule, fail.
When African-American friends insist, as first line of defense, it's because they're black, I echo Ragtime, Sometimes there are battles that are more than black or white. However, when a black car crash victim is shot ten times by a white police officer, who is then acquitted of manslaughter, by a North Carolina hung jury, truth is: Black Lives Matter doesn't, everywhere in America.
Just forty years before our Civil War, less affluent white men, like Bob Potter, Franklin Plummer, and future Speaker of the House, Senator and Secretary of State, Henry Clay, were granted the privilege of voting -- but only the wealthy land and human property owners could decide the extent of citizenship; no possibility for female voting until 1920; status of enslaved family descendants -- still on hold for equality.
Nonetheless, comparing every arrogant, uncivil, imbecilic American boilerplate, political caricature, to Hitler, is too Palin to be effective. Especially as American Exceptionalism has, on so many levels, oppressed too many races, just because they were off white.
Still, there is wisdom in history's repetitive warnings: In the 1930s many otherwise rational Germans, angered by how the governments of their fellow Europeans used the Treaty of Versailles to emasculate them, raised a nationalistic, racially biased salute to their blowhard.
Even after President Paul von Hindenburg raised the Bohemian corporal to German Chancellor, the silent majority didn't expect a third Reich attempt. By the time their laughter was replaced by comprehension of his maleficence racial goals, the devastating joke of war was upon them -- and six million humans deemed unworthy, by the barbaric and obnoxious political newbie, were exterminated.