Never Again

August 14, 2022

So. . . sitting in a Boston café

I had a thought about KAFÁ:

Keep America Free Again

because I had just seen a message

about men who died long ago:

BostonPepl

To whit:

To the men of Boston

who died for their country

on land and sea in the war

which kept the union whole

destroyed slavery

and maintained the Constitution.

The grateful city

has built this monument

that their example may speak

to coming generations.

So, as mentioned in those last two lines,

their example did indeed speak

to my generation

and to me.

It reminded me of a very old song

that the slaves used to sing

which I included

in King of Soul,

my fourth novel,

to whit:

Oh, Freedom, Oh, Freedom,

Oh, Freedom over me.

And before I’ll be a slave

I’ll be buried in my grave

And go home to my Lord and be free.

So, it is known now that

the prayer of 19th-century slaves

was answered

when the men of Boston

and other men of our USA

went down south

where I come from

and put an end to slavery.

Keep America Free Again.

Never Forget.

Selah

King of Soul

Interstate Highways Upgrade

August 9, 2022

While the former president perpetuates his attempt to evade the Law . . . and while the MarALago guy continues his campaign to replace our nation’s Rule of Law with  his own mob-driven dictatorship . . .

 The President who replaced him is working with Congress to convert our national transportation network to 21st-century standards of clean technology. Joe Biden’s hope is entirely consistent with the intentions of our 34th President, when Dwight Eisenhower mustered American productivity into building our interstate highways.

This is progress.

I was a kid in the 1950’s when General Dwight D. Eisenhower, having led our Allied military victory over the nazi/fascist/hirohito dictators, was summoned by We the People to use his unprecedented leadership skills as our President.  

Congress passed the Federal Highway Act of 1956, which initiated a state-of-the art automotive pathway to carry out national automotive exports to 20-century progress levels.

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Chances are, you and your family have experienced the benefits of our Interstate Highway System. 

And now, Congress and President Biden will be taking that progressive surge of American infrastructure to the next level—21st-century standards of energy efficiency and—pardon my french—“green” technology. I put “green” in quotes because I’m a Republican, and in that party, “green” is considered a bad word. 

Be that as it may, our nation must move forward, regardless of what trumpian insurrectionists are doing to tear the Republican party and our American Republic.

Because we really are—hate to break it to ya, bubby— filling our formerly pristine atmosphere with carbon that was for billions of years entrapped in earthen soil and rock geology.

Now that we’ve been pumping carbon into air for a hundred years it is high time we start cleaning up the mess. If you’re a trumpian climate denier, just take your ball and go home; find some spilt milk to cry over.

We’ve got work to do.

Now our US infrastructure, partnered with American business,  is preparing to to take automotive transportation to the next level of nationally appropriate technology, also known as sustainability. 

Our President and Congress–leading our entire nation– can do this. In so doing, our leaders will enable Americans to prolong automotive independence into 21st-century standards of environmental interdependence.

This is a far better thing we do—far better than prolonging the former president’s destructive attempts to abscond our US.gov.

Now is the time for all good men and women to come to the aid of our country.

Glass half-Full

Browning of the Green?

August 6, 2022

Listen to Song: Deep Green

SeaTree

Deep green on the sea

deep green on the ocean

Deep green on the mountains

Through the morning mist I see

and over the wide plains

a ringing, vibrating harmony.

I hear the green

the waves of moving light and sound

muffled in their confusion

between the soldiers of the city

and the soldiers of the forest.

Old rocks are broken stones

faraway on mountains 

and on shores yet unknown.

Thundering surf, powering waves

beating hearts and minds

throbbing the rhythm of life.

Towering buildings over cracks in sidewalks

autos in exhaust fumes

buses with their signs

faces that hold relics of faraway minds

and visions that rustle

at the stirring of midnight and noon

Oak trees, like dreams

with their wide wide occupation of space and time.

TreeRoots

Like these mountains

 and like the sea

Oh where is time where is time for me

Where is is liberty

my guarantee of sovereignty?   

Oh . . . 

My father in the sky has forgotten

My mother on the earth has abandoned me

My children in the forest have abandoned me

or have I abandoned them?

Traffic consumes me

Confusion assumes me

and I rise like mist above the crowded valleys’

spatial dis-harmony

Rotting

asking for redemption having no plan

but to spin a melody out of the stars

and pray for rain to wash away our tears.

May God help us keep our 

Deep Green.

Glass half-Full

An Unfixable Problem

August 4, 2022

The problem we are having now goes much deeper than Jan6 destructions and Uvalde eruptions. It goes deeper than red v blue, more pervasive than progressives v conservatives, farther into the depths of human experience and history than the haves and the havenots.

Now we are seeing a fundamental parting of ways between two different people groups, two separate, as it were . . . tribes. 

In the original tribe, which goes back to the dawn of human experience, gender identity begins at birth and generally follows a fairly predictable path, according to the person’s family identity, cultural heritage, and of course, whatever is between their legs.

In the revisionist tribe, gender is malleable and self-determined.

In the classic tribe, gender is manifested in each man and woman, at birth.

This fundamental parting of life-identities is at the heart and soul of all other public issues, most especially those decisions about what children are taught in schools.

What children are being taught in public schools about sexual identity is the most divisive controversy in all of history.

This is a cleavage that will not be joined by governments, courts, nor sensitivity sessions, except for possibly resolving a territorial issue every now and then. 

Our very limited reconciliatory efforts will all arrive at the same choice: You go your way and We’ll go our way. But don’t mess with our kids.

Any peacemaking between these two camps can be resolved by only one grand fix: Separation, separation of territories, separation of value-systems, religions, churches. 

Most important of all is: separation of schools. Along with that scenario we’ll probably find separation of neighborhoods. We may even see separation of states, with each state establishing, by legislation, policies to govern sexual identities. 

Red and Blue may have something to with this, but those hues are not the definitive factor.

Progressives establish their cities/communities of blendable sexual identities and practices. The monkeys among them may pox themselves into quarantine quarters.

Traditionals establish their towns and suburbs of men, women, boys and girls.

Primary and Secondary schools will teach according to the prevailing worldview in each community.

And never again shall the ‘twain meet, except maybe passing by on the street, but more likely on the highway. Perhaps you’ll them by their license plates and identity decals.

The way things are going, this scenario is the probable destiny of our United States of America . . . It’s been nice knowin’ ya, nice while it lasted. We had a long run together, but 21st-century changes were just too much for the sex-traffic to bear.  

See ya ‘round. Wave as you go bi.

Glass Chimera

Boomers’ Lament

July 29, 2022

You say tomato; I say tomahto.

You say recession; I say inflation.

You say inflation; I say degradation.

Let me explain.

You say goodbye and I say hello.

Recessive inflation or Inflated recession.

I don’t know; you?

what’s if to you? what’s it tooya

this is bound to confuse ya

that’s the point

got it? 

To whit:

you say Right; I say Left.

right is right while left is bereft?

Confusion’s an Infusion of Illusion. 

Too much of either causes contusions,

of my illusions, anyway

but hey

Oh cut the crap.

Admit it. You’re a jackass; I’m a bumbling beast.

You’re kicking up a storm; I’m throwing my weight around.

Orangutangs are skeptical of changes in there cages.

So what else is new?

Meanwhile back at the ranch, the tranche

take a  chance chance ch-ance

MBS’s CDO’s, CDF’s, back in 08, it was

or was in ’29? 

number ny-an, number ny-an

leaves me bereft. You?

Pick a card any card

don’t tell me what it is

is it black or red?

red or dead?

red or blue

what’s it to you?

consider this instead

monkeys wanta rearrange the whole jungle.

whiled rightist rugbyites wanna rumble

wild lefty loopyites will likely litigate

replay of watergate?

Watergate does not bother me, said the alabama guys

even as dirty tricks undermine the amerikan mind

and pollute us who don’t give a hoot 

crowd. Loud.

Shiver me timbers said Ahab to the Starbucks but

look what happened:

AhabDead

meanwhile back at the ranch

ranch clotidian prime meridian

grenich village and the grinch

stealing xmas while kiddos slumber

dances of sugarplums in their dreams

hell i dont know what it means

sugarplum fairies in our memes?

plutonium in our mines; pluto in far-curved lines

but new yok times said god is dead

back in ’63

or was it ’64?

dealey plaza’s all I remember

when a grassy knoll took its toll

or somebody said . . .

or somebody spoke and i went into a dream

oh oh oh o

they blew his mind out in a car

took a cha-cha-cha- chance

meanwhile back at the mideast r-r-r-ranch

ahab the arab, sheik of the burning sands

conducts petrolands with his oily hands

as secretive cybers secrete streams of wet dreams

You’re all wet said the the well-connected sycophant

as the miller told his tale 

i read the news today oh boy

about a lucky man who made the grade

he blew his mind out in tirade

using Capitol as a stage

and as I watched them on the stage

my hands were clenched in fits of rage

stop the steal stop the steal

said the joker to the psychos, unreal!

sycophants stealing ‘cross the Mall

to upstage it All.

That’s all y’all.

Last one out  turn off the lights.

Glass half-Full

Because they could not stop for Death

July 26, 2022

A poem in memory of . . .

US Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick

US Capitol Police Officer Howard Liebengood 

Senior Airwoman Ashli Babbit 

Kevin Greeson 

Benjamin Philips

Roseanna Boyland

. . . with inspired appreciation for Emily Dickinson:

Although I came not here for Death

He rudely stopped for me

That trumpian trampling took my breath

and gave instead, fatality.

Busting through our Capitol doors!

But I was forced to stumble.

Through death’s unexpected door

I took my fatal tumble.

Rambling toward Rotunda

with wild trumpian intent

But suddenly was I taken under:

a fatal bending ne’er unbent.

In swooning sighs of sudden surprise

there it was unexpectedly

the infamous moment of eternal demise.

Now do I get the great grand prize?

Jan6gungls

Trundling past our Statuary hosts

the crowd swelled to its fatal fervor.

But I caught glimpse of stony post

where I would take my stand forever.

Since then . . . it’s been a year or more

‘though it seems but a day to me,

since I first caught sight of Capitol doors

Opening to Eternity.

. . . not at all what I expected!

Glass half-Full

Declaration of Intendedence

July 22, 2022

When in the Course of American events, it becomes necessary for the People to expose the lies which had compelled some of their  fellow-citizens to wage war against Our Congress, a decent respect for the opinions of mankind requires that they should expose the untruths which had compelled the rebels to riot.

We hold these truths to be historically proven, that all men and women are created equal, that they are endowed by our Constitution with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

To secure these Rights, our government of the United States was instituted, deriving just powers from the consent of the governed, —and that when any group of citizens among them becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Duty of the People and their Representatives to expose the lies and treasonous actions that have driven their fellow-citizens to destructive, murderous, riotous rebellion.

Our Rule of Law, indeed, indicates that our Government, long established, should not be destroyed for political and transient causes. 

So when a long train of rioting destroyers, pursuing a murderous, destructive end, attacks and attempts to destroy our Capitol, and to obstruct the due processes of governance therein, it is the Right of the People, and the Duty of their Congress, to expose the lies and the malicious intent that has compelled the rebels to their rebellion.

Such has been the patient, persistent and proficient investigation of our Congress, having appointed a Select Committee to investigate the causes of the January 6, 2021 insurrection.

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Now, the Select Committee, having established, through their presentation of evidence, the Lies and Rebellious intent of the Jan6 rioters, with their Insurrection having been compelled by the Lies and masterful manipulation of a Depraved Loser.

We, therefore, the People of the United States of America, virtually assembled as witnesses to the evidence brought forth by our US House of Representatives Select Committee for Jan6, do, in the Name, and by the Authority of the good people of this Nation, solemnly publish and declare, that this nation, represented in our Courts of Law by our Attorney General, do resolve to charge Donald J. Trump, 45th President of our fair nation, with the crime of Treason and Insurrection against our United States of America.

Glass half-Full

The Raving

July 16, 2022

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, over many a weird and querious clip of newsy lore—

While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, as of something rudely rapping, crudely tapping at my online door. 

“It’s just some pesky ad”, I muttered, to interrupt my American dream—

“Nothing but some cyber-scheme .”

Ah but, distinctly, I remember it was 2020’s weird November,

After each citizen, voting soul, had cast their vote into our poll.

Now, in mid- December, with dignity repairing and

our new President preparing an end to MAGA madness 

with renewing Lincolnian gladness.

Good government forevermore!

But suddenly while I looked quizzly at my phone, sitting in my pad alone,

In there slid a tweeting Raving, from the campaign days of raging.

Not the least obeisance made he; not an instant stopped or stayed he;

but in an air of some bad dream, he perched upon my tweeted screen’

Perched and bragged, and nothing more.

But now entrapping my near-napping with his pernicious yapping 

I saw the proud and arrogant bluster of the countenance he wore, 

I swore:

“We’ve heard your mouth so loud and proud, whenever there’s a crowd, 

in demeaning those who attend not your commands. . . 

and your friggin’ groping hands.

But soon you’ll be removed, so get thee on the move, and haunt no more our White House door.   

But quoth the Raving, “Evermore!”

Will be Wild, Forevermore!” 

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So, one tweet leads to another; in the winking of an Ellipse eye . . .

Jan6 day finds us suddenly again corrupt, 

as rioting MAGA mobs our Congress murderously disrupt,

I’m like: “Stop! your MAGAmob! You’re a Loser, you Raving Abuser!”

Cuz in their Jan6 rioting,  so rudely they came a-fighting,

So rudely they were insurrecting

with criminal rage our Rule of Law infecting

cuz you so incitefully  came a-tweeting,

through your MAGAs’ obsequious a-bleeting.

Now Democracy lies here bleeding! 

Breaking bad our Capitol doors, they ranted and they riled:

 Cuz quoth the Raving: Will be Wild!

Deep into their riot a-peering, long I stared at screen, and fearing,

doubting, hearing f-words ne’er uttered ‘neath our Rotunda  before.

Does now our Rule of Law lie in ruins, abhorred ?

Will our Democracy be restored?

Quoth the Raving: Nevermore! But hey. Will be Wild!

Glass Chimera

Will be Wild?

July 13, 2022

So . . .in a moment of high tension and national crisis, an outgoing President of the United States has to make a choice between two different lawyer cliques, one of which will define his legacy and confirm for posterity his destiny in the history books. 

The Groups:

1.) His official legal staff, a few highly qualified lawyers who have been advising him all along, during his 4-year term in office.

2.) A new, untested group of whacko lawyers who are dredging up, from the muck and the mire of human gullibility, a sack of pseudo-legal strategies to undermine our Constitutional Courts of Law while creeping through sub-legalian tunnels, then slithering beneath  Congress and wiggling up into the White House for another four years.

Very stable genius that he is, the president thus carves his own destiny by choosing  a wild, unprecedented path that will guarantee him a special place in the history books.

So, what does he do?

He ignores his legitimate lawyers.

Instead, he instructs his team of whacko lawyers to get ready. Then he steps aside stealthily, to summon forth, in the wee hours of December darkness, a special reserve team whom he had instructed, earlier . . . to stand back and stand by.

He releases his pet tweetie-bird to carry the message. But thank God, some of our alert lawmakers intercepted it.

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“. . . . Will be wild!”  

Webster’s dictionary defines “wild”:

 adjective.  uncivilized, unconstrained by caution or convention, completely undisciplined, very angry, irrational,  uncontrolled.

And wild it was. Only a very stable desperado could have dreamed up such a wild insurrection scheme—a cutting-edge call-to-arms that would  carve out for himself a place in history.

 Congratulations, Donald, you will go down in history, subverting our Rule of Law to the same depths of Rebel fate  as Jefferson Davis: the Loser.

Stay tuned for more News from our Select House Committee, at the 11th hour of our .gov.

Glass half-Full

From the Barrel of a Gun

July 11, 2022

In the beginning was the King and his Soldiers.

They were empowered to maintain control over the Colonists. by means of their fancy uniforms and their fancy firearms.

But the Colonists were feeling a new wind of Liberty; so they took unto themselves firearms, by which they would empower themselves to assert their fledgeling freedom and run the King’s soldiers out of America and back to their little island.

By ’n by, the Americans got it together to write a Constitution by which they would build, from the ground up, a new Republic, if they could keep. 

And they did keep it for a long time. . . just how long, remains to be seen.

But we digress.

Within the structured Law of that Constitution, the Americans had written unto themselves an Amendment, the Second, to whit: 

A well regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.

Guns

This official protection of the Right to bear arms was very effective for the Americans as they expanded their new Republic all the way across our Continent, imposing, by the force of their Guns, their high-tech industrialized hegemony over all North American natives.

And a bloody time was had by all. As time went by they made forceful use of the Firearms to subdue the native peoples and appropriate unto themselves the vast lands of the North American Continent.

       Song: Sitting Bull’s Eyes 

By ’n by, the Americans had a bloody friggin Civil War in which they killed many many thousands of themselves.

As the 20th century got cranked up, the Americans did provide massive firepower to drive the German kaiser and his soldiers back into their prussian holes.

And a few years later, the Americans did again provide massive firepower to drive the little nazi and his nazi demons back into their holes. 

By n by, the Americans did, over the course of the 20th-century manage to, sometimes make good use of their guns to settle wars that had sprung above around the world.

In some of those ventures, the Americans did ok; in others . . . not so much. 

By the time the 21st century rolled in, Americans had morphed into a very different breed from the original Patriot role model that had inspired their original impetus toward Freedom, Liberty and Justice for all, especially since our visual obsession has turned us into couch potatoes  with eyes obsessed in electronic screens that are robbing many of us of any capacity to actually think and act with responsibility, compassion, good ole common sense and liberty and justice for All.

The “Justice” for all category is one, particularly, in which we Americans have failed to maintain high standards of appropriate, consistent, lawful enforcement among our varying communities and neighborhoods.  

Sad to say, this 2nd Amendment that now enables the fascists and the  murderously compelled whackos among us to go around killing people as if they were shooting dildos at an amusement park . . . Austin, Columbine, Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech, Charleston church, Colleyville synagogue, Parkland Florida, Sacramento, NYC Subway, Uvalde, Tulsa, Philadelphia,  Highland Park . . . to name just a few,

and then there are the assassinations: Medgar Evers, President Kennedy, Dr. MLKing, Senator Bobby Kennedy, the attempt on President Reagan  and Gabby Giffords. . .

Times have changed; the world has changed; people have changed. We have lost the ability to govern ourselves. We have sacrificed our Peace and Safety on the altar of Second Amendment fantasy. 

Now is the time for all good men and women to come to the aid of our country. Take guns away from crazy people! It’s time we took that “well-regulated militia” phrase seriously.

We need a Constitutional Amendment to impose appropriate limitations on Americans and our Right to Bear Arms.

And while we are at it, we need a Constitutional Amendment to delete the Electoral College from our Constitution and replace it with the Right of every citizen to vote for the President of the United States. That damned E.C. construct came about only because our Founders were not yet confident enough–not yet smart enough– to forbid slavery, and not yet American enough to constitutionalize a government that is actually established by  the Voting of  We the People.

Glass half-Full