Is America Sleeping?

Whereas, John F. Kennedy’s treatise, “Why England Slept” describes the unwillingness to stop the advancement of Naziism due to England’s lack of preparedness to fight a foreign foe at that time, I almost feel like a future treatise, “Why America Slept” will be written to describe our unwillingness to stop the destruction occurring at the hands of the Trump administration due to our lack of preparedness to fight an Administration run a muck.

Kennedy warned that America should learn from England’s mistake and prepare for war just in case, hoping preparation can prevent war rather than have unpreparedness be the cause for appeasement and watching silently from the sidelines.

I am not saying that I think the Trump Administration is comparable to the Third Reich, just drawing a parallel to the inability to confront a threat out of unpreparedness to deal with the threat. Even though our Constitution does include provisions to deal with an inept and dangerous Administration, I just wonder if our unwillingness to go down those paths will end up in a nightmare while we sleep.

I wonder if America is currently asleep while isolationism and nationalism guide us in a direction we ought not go and tyranny starts to chip away at democracy?

Are we allowing cries of “Fake news” to clog the gears of a free press upholding the 1st Amendment providing the cornerstone of our Democratic experiment? Are we being serenaded to sleep by a lullaby of constant lies and alternative facts?

Are we asleep on our feet, singing anthems to a flag at sporting events, simply to drown out the cries for civil liberties fought so hard for in a not too distant past?

Are we slumbering through one gun violence tragedy after another simply to let commerce hide behind the façade of 2nd Amendment patriotism and a far too powerful gun lobby?

Are we napping while a complete and intentional sabotage of an imperfect but working Health Care System takes place because of the previous President’s name being hung on the label?

Have we hit the snooze button while foxes are put into position to guard the hen houses of Climate Control, EPA, Banking Regulations and more?

Have we grown weary to the defamation of historical allies while coddling the man-crush behavior towards known enemies of the nation as they tinker with the ruination of our government and electoral process?

It’s one thing to sleep as external forces threaten the peace and stability of our world, but quite another thing to sleep while the threat happens from within.

Just as when JFK penned “Why England Slept”, there is a large contingent who would guffaw at the thought that we are sleeping while our world as we know it is approaching the brink of destruction. I know that my suggestion that the Trump administration has the potential of causing great harm to our democracy will be easily brushed aside by his supporters and those still intoxicated with the thought of Making America Great Again. But, I, for one, find it hard to sleep without, at least, raising a red flag and doing what little I can to voice my concern.

So, I will say it before you do, I am no John F. Kennedy, but I do believe there may be some lessons still to be learned from this great American who did, indeed, help make America Great during his time at the helm. Please, let’s not let unnecessary damage be done to our democracy by an unwillingness or unpreparedness to do battle with the current Administration when and where the time calls for it. Such as now.

Wake up America! Before it is too late? Which, I hope, is not already the case.

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Angels Far Too Young

Sometimes, heaven’s angels
Are granted their wings far too young
In ways quite unexpected
That nobody thought would ever come.

When, together, we finally find the strength
To bid our last goodbyes
The sorrow and love that unifies us
Comes as a wonderful surprise.

If the feathers of an angel’s wings
Are determined by the number of tears that loved ones cry,
The wings that carry our two classmates
Will help them up to heaven fly.

Even though their souls have ascended
We will keep their spirits alive down here on earth
Every end is but a beginning
It’s up to us to give hope new birth.

There are two more angels looking down upon us
To whom we can turn to in troubled times to pray
When lost our journeys have become
And we need guidance along the way.

More Prayers to be Prayed

Rat-a-tat-tat echoes ringing through the darkening nighttime sky;
Country music revelers held in loved one’s arms, start to die;
Fifty-nine new coffins for innocent victims must be made;
Another installment for an uncontrolled amendment has been paid.

Thoughts and prayers are being offered by politicians from up on high,
Though preventing continued tragedies none of them ever dare to try;
“Guns don’t kill people”, is their oft heard battle cry;
Try telling that to all the families now living shattered lives.

Statistics in the headlines normalize a new record being made;
Though it’s not bound to be the last time, all of the people are afraid;
Until assault weapons are buried deep inside the graves,
There will be more thoughts of condolences and prayers to be prayed.