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America When Wet: the 1,000 Year Flood

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The Flood of our lifetime, again. 

Hurricane Andrew; a once in 100 year storm - Super Storm Sandy; a once in 500 year storm - Hurricane Harvey; a once in 1,000 year storm. As these storms reintroduce us to the phrase "Storm Surge" the movement under the storm, so rises the American Spirit, the movement under the white noise of political anarchy.The Flood of our Lifetime Erases Personal Politics, Racism, and Division - and we once again become a melting pot accentuating the brilliance of what makes America truly great; Race, Ideology and Political Persuasion, melted into a single-minded purpose: Humanity. 

The United States of America has had many interesting weeks lately – We found some very creative ways to highlight our differences - how to hurt each other - new ways to express anger - costumes meant to instill fear - and organizations, clubs, or groups that further accentuate our differences.Depending on your source of news or private "social-media" reality, we're either at the brink of civil war, on the precipice of a race and class uprising, or simply "emboldened” to call upon that darkest, most secret, stain of racism, hate, or accusations of blame that sully's the dark recess of our heart. Or maybe.. Russia is fucking with us and using a cosmic "satellite operational chaos-anarchy (S.O.C.A.) super-ray-gun? 

Or maybe, they have another way in, we yet understand, but when we do, we will kick their ass just like we always have: together!The media has overwhelmed anyone within reach; (the way they do) largely through thoughtful presentations of tabloid style journalism; "first time in history" threats to our existence: "first time in history" political Armageddon: and "first time in history" a dozen ways to civil unrest.

Always dozen reasons and dozens of fears, each [of course] pitting us against one another so they harvesting their mutual product, ratings. America has become a tinderbox fueled by the worst versions of what freedom fundamentally provides. We spoke freely, we spoke angrily and we spoke hurtfully. We honored this first amendment, barely. We allowed each others’ civil rights, reluctantly. We pay homage to the 2nd amendment and bear our arms, but view the enemy... as one other. We allow freedom of religion, then use our prejudices and fears of [some] religions against their believers. We slander one another through the anonymity of social media, and the right to privacy dies a little more every time we dox (expose private information) someone we think deserving, to say nothing of what some fear a government (foreign or domestic) may be doing to manipulate our privacy utilizing social media platforms to divide us even more.

Not surprisingly, groups and organizations of every color and belief, ran away from [what should be] the unity provided by the Bill of Rights — and compartmentalize with others of their own kind or own belief - creating a [false] safety-in-numbers scrum - false because any section of us divided; is less than the whole; and while we war with each other, the government operates untethered.

And then it rained. And rained. And rained. And the colors ran together, politics became fuzzy, a race became: how quickly could we could get there to aid those in need. After a few bumps and bruises from 7 months of division and hate, we are reminded that when faced with natural or man made disaster, we care less about the color of a helping hand and more about the hands available to clutch. It has taken a flood of biblical proportion outside this beltway that isolates Washington D.C. from the country it leads to remind us of who we are. Without government, without media influence, we united in the blue basin of a red state that is now one - that is now without color - and a melting pot once again for a singular cause: Humanity. 

As drab as whatever color a melting pot is, in the end, it is a majestic Red, White, and Blue. These are the colors of Americans. Not brown, black, yellow, beige, red, green, or white. These are the colors that preserve and provide: The United States of America.

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