The greatest characteristic of any
patriot, be they actor, babysitter, caregiver of the elderly, Teacher, President
or whatever, is the willingness to insist on rational answers and logical
solutions for survival and prosperity of society and nation, without war.
Right, flanked by Gun Appreciation Day, and on the Left, the traditional pomp of Presidential Inauguration, the Constitution of the United States will be honored on Sunday January 20, 2013, by the swearing in of our 44th President -- a new kind of President, like the chess masters who preceded him, numbers 16, 32 and 35.
Unfortunately, his first time around, being the community oriented consensus builder he is, he opted to say "I got this" to those who elected him, believing Congressional GOP leadership would, like any true patriotic Americans, put country first and help a new young president reverse our downward plunge -- he followed hope into Boehner alley.
Asking Washington to think "change," well differently, and revitalize "Out of Many, One," somehow Healthcare Reform became law.
The second time around, older and wiser number 44 is asking us to 'Organize for Action,' which I suggest we interpret in part as, leave the cheer-leading sidelines and get into the game.
Lead government into insisting that individuals who run our domestic conglomerate of greed for perpetual war and foreclosure, embrace different priorities and goals: transforming their 19th century 'Robber Baron' Mission statements into a more realistic reflection of our new 21st century demographic.
It's no longer sensible or profitable to be a nation of Red /Blue, Rural/Urban, South/North, Arizona/Immigrant, Male/Female or White/Black/Brown. If there must be a dividing line, let it define us, and distinguish "We the People" from bought and paid for Congressional leadership, politicized Supremes and the individual bankers (not just banks) who corrupt with checks, against balance.
It's not hunters nor other responsible gun owners denying a child's safety or the danger of making military style weapons available to mentally ill civilians without background checks; it's the slippery slope myth of NRA leadership.
It's not that Republicans, even Tea Party Republicans are bad people; It's that most of the people they elect to Congress to lead the GOP are bad Americans.
It's not that Obama is the second coming, any more than George Washington never lied; It's that Bush/Cheney lies deeply wound tens of thousands still, on and off the battlefield.
It's not just equal pay, vaginal probes or finally passing the Equal Rights Amendment; It's our constantly subverting our focus and priorities, to what's on Congressional K Street Lobbyists' sponsored television.
It's not just religious zealots imposing their beliefs on the free will of others; It's Governors, State Attorneys General and Legislators in places like Mississippi, Arkansas, both Dakotas, Virginia and Kentucky that refuse restoration of full citizenship to those who've served their time, while attempting 'end run' around Roe v. Wade, scoring against low income Americans, who most need Planned Parenthood.
It's not financial district granite of Wall Street institutions; It's the individual Board Members, CEOs and CFOs of Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, CITI, JPMorgan Chase and PNC that should be fined and tried for transforming "America the Beautiful" into 'The Home of the Foreclosed!'
It's not just Romney's 47%; it's conspiratorial plotting against an elected US President, by Newt, Oklahoma's Tom Coburn, California's Kevin McCarthy, Arizona's Joh Kyl, Paul Ryan, Heritage millionaire Jim DeMint, infamous Anti-PDA Cantor and Bill Maher's Machiavellian guest Frank Luntz, which Mitch McConnell Kristollized into GOP "one term" mission statement.
Whether pro or con-job, it's not President Obama, it's the moneyed, manipulating the masses against their best interest: common sense solutions for gun violence, Climate Change and Immigration.
It's not because it's The Reasonable Voice Mission; it's because we've heard it all before, but didn't listen.