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Kellyanne’s Fake Constitutional Rocks

“The Second Amendment is a bedrock principle of our Constitution…”
Kellyanne Conway

Dear Kellyanne,

Thanks so much for standing in
for the apparently unavailable
and dull, predictable Constitutional lawyers,
and the U.S. historians,
and also the legal philosophers
of social justice and moral ethics
with your own fresh minority opinion
of one NRA wanna-be lobbyist.

Before I saw your latest entry
in the OutRageous JunkNews competition,
which has become more hotly contested
as of post-Trumpian patriotic late,
I had actually,
you know,
read, once or twice, what the Constitution itself
has to say
about what are its own bedrock principles.

Here are our bottom-line goals
as stated in the Preamble itself:

1. “to form a more perfect Union”
which would probably leave out most forms of investment in domestically competing violence,
fear-mongering,
and even anti-feminist anger-mongering.

2. “justice”
which does not seem to be later defined as
private and public sector arms racing
to see who can first acquire the most
or biggest
or fattest
or fastest
or longest ballistic toys.

3. “Tranquility”
with a capital T
not a capitol Trump Business As Competitively Usual
as you might spell that word,
a synonym, here, for Peace,
with a capital and capitol P,
for Please could you get over your unprincipled verbal garbage
for just one contemplative retreat,
it would do you,
and possibly those around you,
so much ecotherapeutic good.

4. “common defence”
Not spelled UnCommon Offense
amongst our otherwise Unioning selves,
so specifically,
explicitly,
clearly,
transparently excluding domestic rights to bear or bare ballistic arms,
not even talking about knives,
or sling shots,
or those really big rubber bands
that my brother used to snap me with
on the back of my own redneck patriarchal ass.

Which is why we had to have a Second Amendment
because the bedrock principles of the Constitution
explicitly exclude
what we had to include
in the Second Amendment,
because, unlike the First Amendment,
which actually is, arguably, redundant with remaining bedrock principles,
the Second Amendment most extravagantly and democratically and transparently clearly is NOT:
“promote general Welfare”
“Liberty” to the signers and us, and our “Posterity” kids too
which are the real original health care giving and receiving framework
or bedrock
for the standard democratic justice terminology of that time,
as well as our own post-millennial time
and mental space
and nation growing regenerative place,
and not so much over-investment in degenerative ballistics.

So,
if by “bedrock principle”
you mean seminal values
of the Signers’ Historically Manifest Intent,
on one side of recorded history
you have the Preamble
then the Body of the Constitution
then the First Amendment.

Then you have the
“Oops, British rights of citizens to self-defensive armaments
within domestic borders,
which,
by the way,
did not necessarily include the right to bear arms across state lines,
or even county lines,
or even outside one’s own village,
or even outside one’s own property,
but, regardless,
is hopelessly outweighed in the competition for
“Most Bedrocked Constitutional Principle
for Preserving this More Perfect Domestic Union”
by most anything on the Preambling list above.

Which,
actually, I think is good news for you.
Because if the right to shoot at each other
were a bedrock principle
rather than the responsibility to play nice,
and talk non-violently correctly as compassionately,
and cooperate with as much good-humor as bicamerally possible,
then your own enfranchised health,
happiness,
and matriotic prosperity
would be in some serious LeftBrain-RightWing fascist shit,
counter-historically speaking.

By the way,
did you happen to notice
the Constitution’s summary remarks?
just before the last Article on Ratification,
“…no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”

What is not defined is the difference,
if any,
between a religion
and idol or icon worship.

When I read bedrock justice and peace principles,
and think about them,
and grow passion about them
as explicitly documented Constitutional original historical intent,
and then I read your statement
that the Second Amendment
isn’t really an amendment at all,
it’s more of a gun-toting religious faith
in Up Yours! Better Government Through Ballistics!
it makes me have second thoughts about how far we can reasonably stretch the First Amendment,
to protect non-violent and co-responsible and informed speech
to also cover
religious allegiance to violence
and irresponsible blabber.

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My Democratic Town Committee

In my New England town
our local Democratic Party runs everything.

Some would argue these local celebrities
and self-promoting treasures
to posterity
rather over-run everything,
and surely we could find some truth
in this way of seeing,
but we are learning a spirit of generosity
invites more healthy pollinators,
honey bees
rather than swarms of angry hornets
nesting on the sidelines.

This Town Democratic Committee
decided to invest in a planning retreat
and were looking for a Permaculture Designer
to facilitate,
preferably someone local,
and not too obnoxious
and holier than thou
about ecological wisdom
raging against short-term economic realities
of elective politics.

Which is where I came in
to this local municipality
as Zero through Regional Four Zone frame.

Looking back,
it was fortunate I knew no one
of these Committee stalwarts
or we would never have arrived even as far as the initial client interview.

You see,
in Permaculture Design,
the initial screening interviews
work in both directions.

First,
the Committee’s Secretary emailed me
to ask if I would be interested
and even remotely qualified,
and, if so, how much
and could I possibly cut whatever that is
in half
and be flexible on scheduling,
especially scheduling of payments
for services rendered.

Second,
if all that goes reasonably bloodless,
the Permaculture Designer interviews the client.

So I told the Secretary,
and thereby everyone who was anyone in town,
that I had recently completed a Client interview
for the White House,
or at least started one,
thinking this might suggest qualifying experience,
but she was unimpressed,
possibly even depressed,
probably repressed
and feeling suppressed
about that particular client,
and recommended taking the White House out
of future resumes.

Anyway,
long polycultural outcomes story short,
we did get to a Client Interview
which began and largely ended their planning retreat.

As always,
I begin with what purposes they have in mind
for the property in question.
If a real estate agent
or maybe a sharky developer,
were also Permaculture Design Certified
this would be the highest and best interdependent uses question.

The multi-sectoral responses
are all about healthy nutrients.
One committee member thinks a healthier, more robust, educational system
is today’s magic button.
Another thinks a healthier employment market.
Especially a Farmer’s Market, adds another,
with a wink to subtly let me now
she and I are kindred cooperative organic spirits.

Their wish list leaves little to not wish for
except for fewer homeless and hungry people
bumming cigarettes in front of the downtown real estate office
and over in the Chamber of Commerce’s newly paved
and extremely well-lit parking lot.

We want healthy, but cheaper, water
and more robust waste disposal systems
and more energy and heat and gasoline for less cash
and of course lower taxes are healthier taxes
and vibrant police and fire and medical emergency services
and, yes, even healthier food
in the cafeterias,
again with a wink
from the same, now creepy, committee member.

I summarize
It sounds like you all agree
we need more integrated robust systems
growing health for all residents of Zones Zero through Four.

Except maybe not roosters
within town limits.

They gratefully agree
with obvious relief
as it is nearly time for Happy Hour,
which becomes something of an understatement
unless Happy Hours are, by definition,
timeless.

We never did get to the second question
about what are our unhappy waste streams.
Nor the third,
about how these might shrink
to swell more inclusive Happy Hours
for Zones Zero through Four.

But, as I recall,
I never got that far with the White House either.

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Ecological Imperative

Ecologists seem more aware
than economic and political scientists
and capital and democracy leaders of state investments,
of the remarkable multi-functionality of natural systems,
like trees,
and river valleys
and their forests
with canopies of shade
enlightened from above by sun,
glimmered by moon and starlight,
creating energy,
nutrition,
predators and prey, but also beauty,
health and pathology,
feeding and bleeding co-invested systems
of interdependent relationships.

While multi-functionality of organic systems
is a complicated array of niches,
these are not just the economist’s consumer market niches
or just producers of goods and bads through labor,
through both WinLose and WinWin Games,
but more like all of the above.

This comes to mind
because as I have earned the perspective
of multi-functioning economic and political decades,
as both consumer and producer,
I have also noticed that polarized U.S. elected officials,
especially those working in, or even near,
our infamous District of Columbia,
have reduced the citizenry
to producers of tax revenues and votes,
expecting to consume diminishing returns
of peace and justice,
to expect Business As Usual,
a drought of functionality,
dwindling absence of Constitutionally protected returns
for health
happiness
and mutually cooperative prosperity.

Ecologists
and other health v pathology students,
learn to become more aware of the reciprocal,
perhaps even contagious,
relationships between producers giving care
and consumers receiving healthy care.

I don’t see many elected folks
working and living in our public sector
burning the midnight oil
pondering together
how to become more multi-functional care-givers
and care-receivers,
which requires cooperation more
and competition for votes and tax dollars less.

As a wanna-be culture of healthy ecopolitics,
we are too capital-mesmerized
by our own recent investment histories
in unhealthy pathologies,
driven to capture what’s left of value
on the verge of a no longer merely impending
humane energy production descent,
choking on our own culture of BadNews
competing consumer markets of polarizing pathology.

If economists and political scientists
and dipolar ecopolitical practitioners
like me
and you
and our families,
and our communities,
and our States,
and our Nations,
and our anthro-centric global population
were to burn what’s left of the midnight oil
discerning together this basic functionality
of balancing consumer markets for health and happiness
and producer forces and contagious flows
for cooperative wealth thereof,
WinWin Both-And options only,
like forest systems of democratic trees,
and other living, breathing cultures of Earth’s health,
I wonder if the return on our votes and tax investments
in mutual-care receiving
may pay off more robustly,
resonantly,
cooperatively,
organically,
permaculturally,
ecologically,
not quite so pathologically
polarized WinLose competitions.

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Public Sector Predators

I have lately noticed
WinLose bottom-line business competitors
lead within for-profit rabidly accelerating circles
and are not thereby well prepared
to produce effective robust outcomes
in a more WinWin democratic public service role,
elected or appointed.

I have further noted
general decline of original democratic public servant roles,
revolutionarily replaced by a competing public predator CEO role,
pirating political powers
to better hoard aristocratic economic rewards.

This has been the stuff of history,
fall of Empires,
but also for-profit failing corporations.

It is these latter corporate failures
even beyond more nakedly protected democratic losses,
where authority of position
includes authority to continue employing others
in your jail,
or setting lowly employees free
to market themselves elsewhere,
for democratic enriching profit
or for self-serving quarterly producing profits
for absent short-term disinvested owners
and their equally self-serving managers,
Colossus Trumpians, I suppose,
rather than the old school
public servant model.

Living in a self-seeking climate of growing pathology,
where schools neither mentor nor bother to even lecture
the socially cooperative primacy of mutual service,
grace of gratitude both given and received,
for civic responsibilities growing into interdependent authorities,
nor are parents necessarily skilled leaders
of mutually cooperative WinWin
ecopolitical skill-set development.

For these reasons,
and probably far remedially more,
it seemed right and normal,
good and proper,
that the best cooperatively judicious diplomats
of and for public policies and government procedures,
whether self-governing or also other-governing,
would be those with public servant sector backgrounds,
rather than private predative sector unforgiven foregrounds,
understories of evolutionary Might Makes Right.

Yet this model of competing ruthless leadership
just now appears a Commons lowering denominator
for both public and private sectors,
for more multiculturing cooperative wisdom.

It should be no more a surprise
to a U.S. President
that Presidents do not have unmitigated autonomous powers
of information disclosure
nor of information fabrication,
of energy sharing and conserving
nor of energy hoarding for further self-investing
even further autonomously unmitigated authorities
of revenge and competing egomanias,
than surprise to a CEO
of any healthy cooperatively-managed corporation
where private sector mutual service
and mutually subsidiary authorities
are co-responsibilities of all
who breathe and think maturely,
speak and listen democratically,
with heart beats
both diastatic wealthy
and systolic healthy,
both full and empty of ego/eco-viral powers,
mutually grateful
for all who live and laugh
midway between fully is and yet not yet.

Public private servants,
consuming no more relational powers
than we can individually and collectively reproduce,
replace,
recycle.

Because we elect and normally appoint
Public Servants
based on their prior experience
as Private Predators,
wealth and power accumulating hoarders
at their capital top
bucks stop here
in this pirate place
my allies and I have bought and sold for,
I am learning
that we don’t public service get
what we do private sexist and racist and elitist pest
invest in.

Application forms
and ballots
all seek WinWin caregivers,
too often counted and selected
by WinLose bully Presidents,
wearing Chief Executive Officer hats
rather than carrying Lead Servant Mentor portfolios.

Legislators and judges
educators and parents
achieve more wholesome outcomes
by remaining students of deep ecological listening
than by becoming teachers
of Ayn Rand’s egocentric economics
for antisocial climbers.

 

 

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Social and AntiSocial Capital

Hybrids,
like a good creole stew,
are amazingly viral cooperators,
competitively so,
reacclimating tastes toward richer anticipations.

We have all heard of social capital
and natural capital,
of social democrats as antisocial plutocrats
and cooperatively-owned capitalist corporations,
including bipolar republics, perhaps.

These are all forms of regeneratively healthy intent
to further cooperatively nurturing ecopolitics,
as contrasted to degenerative antisocial trends
toward further climate and landscape reactionary pathologies,
alien-fear and patriotic anger incensed,
flavored,
darkly nurtured.

For example,
early Christians believed the death and resurrection of their loving Messiah
reincarnated within their own cooperative nurturing hybrid communities
would regeneratively inoculate them
from a jealous YHWH’s apocalyptic
post-millennial
revolutionary climate changing war
against those who killed His divine-humane hybrid.

Now, within Christian cultures some two millennia later,
saying one does not believe in following Jesus
has become equivalent to not believing in the superior power of love
over degeneration.

Such climate health denier claims have become both internally contradictory,
oxymoronic,
and self-defeating,
self-denying,
Earth-denying in a larger capital cooperative sense
of climate change as internal/external cooperative health emergence.

For example,
you might have heard:
I don’t believe that cooperative WinWin ecopolitics
could ever become more resonant and robust
than continuing WinLose militaristic capitalism.

And yet,
whether you have faith in cooperative regeneration
as more robust than competitive degeneration
does not change the evidence of evolving history,
beginning at Empty
and climate developing toward fully Interdependent,
diastatic revolutions,
flowers and their next-regenerative seeds,
their creolizing-democratizing potential,
within Earth’s moist humus,
as revolutionary eco-messianic events,
evidence of God’s radically accessible love
overpowering dehumanizing competitive de-capitating
God-killing wrath
about our own mortality,
and the daily humiliations of ego competitions largely not conclusively won,
growing mistrusts,
weeds,
dying thorns among redolent roses.

Climate change
is about both climatic degenerative trends
and climate regenerative nurturing possibilities
for politically cooperative global and individual peace
with ecojustice,
economically ecological.

Yes,
climate change is about apocalypse
and critical-crisis revolutions
within ecopolitical patriarchal
and political-economic domestic matriarchal
harmonious choices and ballots of reiterative discernment
over dis-harmonious debates and competing ballistics.

But,
saying we do not believe in this revolutionary end
to LeftBrain competitive EitherWin/OrLose dominance
is oxymoronic.
LeftBrain dominance is the capacity and odds and ends of language to speak active trust,
to admit ambivalent mistrust,
to declare unredemptively active distrusts.

LeftBrain Might-Makes-Right-And-Bright v WrongWaste
doesn’t care if you believe in its dominating history,
every time you continue feeding yourself
and your children
with your dominant right hand
your LeftBrain actions speak
your oxymoronic confusion of hybrid ecopolitical praxis.

It is as if your right hand
is not aware of what your less socially nurtured left hand
is not doing
as equivalently
as nutritiously
as capital-invested
powerfully.

Eschatology and revolutions
millennialism and global and even personal climate crises
are all about social-natural cooperative nurturing re-investment,
extending out,
democratizing,
creolizing,
healthing our Golden Capitalist MindBody Rule,
to love YHWH-Tao and MotherEarth as oneself
is to cooperatively nurture capital investments
in doing to and with Earth’s matriarchal womb
as we would have all other interdependent capital life-forms
and forces
and flows
and ecosystemic bilateral hybrid functions
bow namaste with regenerator us.

Patriarch Yang-Sun
and Matriarch Earth-Yin
co-evolved their cooperative nurturing Golden Rule,
EcoSystemic Harmonics,
long before divining humans came along
to evolve our LeftBrain capital-dominant sacred scriptures
speaking re-creation experiences oft-retold, then written,
of climate pathological degenerations
and revolutionary climate ecotherapeutic regenerators,
diastatic flowers co-mentoring post-revolutionary creolization,
democratization,
sanctification,
social nurturing capital re-investments.

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Happy Republicans on PBS

I heard a Conservative consumer satisfaction survey on PBS yesterday, regarding President Trump’s performance in that role, to date.

So far, both his proletariat and bourgeois constituencies sound like they feel not ignored, and therefore newly happy and hopeful. One Republican woman almost twitterishly volunteered what was news to my Masters in Public Administration civil service ears: “The government’s job is to create a healthy business growth climate, and cut middle class taxes.”

I, a naive former graduate student, listening too much to PhD’s, apparently, had thought the role of government was to promote the regenerative health and happiness, prosperity and security of all the people at all times. Had I received the memo that we were now just a public sector investor in the proletariat business community, my job could have been so much easier, and even less satisfying!

But, more seriously, this has been the unashamed naked  government vocational model for economic Conservatives, wearing the True Patriot Republican imprimatur, since the prior millennium–so I was shocked about the public exposure of such blatant reification of our cooperative health and safety purposes, but I knew it was probably rolling around in her head.

It does concern me that economic Conservatives who are themselves below median household and/or business-corporate income are feeling heard by President Trump during this his first week behind the desk of Executive Orders.

“Business” in plutocratically Elite WashingtonLand, is most accurately translated by Trumpian friends and extended corporate family, as short-term financial profit for owners of corporate interests with above median business income potential.

This is the same economic and political Conservative population that Marx called “bourgeois”, looking for evermore financially safe-harbored large-corporate financial-industrial-insurance-military income, and what Political Scientists would call the economic and politically empowered Elite. You and I are not they, and they are assuredly  competitive WinLose evolutionary game strategists. Elite-Bourgeois economic Conservatives are our Patriotic Predators; and we are cast as the Loser NonElite Prey, regardless of our conservation of economic health, or progression of politically multicultural wealth, proclivities.

Here, then, are some ways that this economic Conservative is feeling both ignored, and very much not heard:

Building walls to keep out Central and South America is healthy Elite military-industrial subcontractor growth.

Building resistance walls to keep public investments from flowing into NonElite Health Care planning and service delivery is  only healthy for Elite insurance-financial investment sector growth potential, at my inflamed expense.

Raising taxes only for 12 million below-median taxpayers is also healthy Elite Republican growth of Washington subcontractor and military-industrial growth, and probably at my additional expense. And, the last I knew, by anyone’s definition this is not “lowering Middle Class taxes.”

President Trump’s version of economic Conservatism intends to ignore, and in fact further prey upon, both neglect and abuse, NonElite working class below-median income people, and our busyness, listening and watching Reality Shows, and cognitive-dissonantly tuning out Trump’s Predative UnReality Show.

Next time, be more careful which ecopolitical development side you vote against. This time, unwashed proletariats who still clean our own toilets, and yet enthusiastically voted for Trump, got the royal flush you were not expecting or hoping for, or even listening to as it unfolds before our mysteriously enthusiastic, hypnotized eyes.

His political business promotion is not the inclusive economic health you want, and have a right to expect. Healthy public governance cooperatively, bicamerally, supports everybody’s healthy busyness and regenerative play.

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All About Taxes

Conservative View of taxation:
A prehensile grab
from an authoritarian patriarchal government
to steal from my short-term stockpile
of self-aggrandizing cash.

Progressive View of taxation:
A GoldenRule government-issued invitation
to cooperatively invest in our shared short-term
and long-term health and safety future.

Moses challenged Conserving-Progressive FreedomPeople
to never forget
we have escaped the bonds of patriarchal plutocratic Egyptian grabbing
from our bourgeois and formerly enslaved Chosen Egos.

We are now both Governor and Governed,
cooperatively incorporated,
economically progressing our ego-conservationing
of health and safety ecopolitical outcomes.

Conservative View of health and safety:
Good for all,
but, when push comes to economic shove,
best for me to hoard
against an Egyptian militaristic day.

Progressive View of health and safety:
Of course we are always WinWin-only cooperative geopolitical players
of and for Earth’s regenerativity.
So, we are happy to pay our taxes,
but we would be even happier if these would co-invest
in Earth’s climate health and safety,
EarthTribe’s regenerative health and safety,
as Ego’s bicameral co-empathic trust
in our GoldenRule cooperative
Exodus into our Beloved Promise Land
of eco-integrity.

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