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Long after Master Race and decades before Extremism and Terrorism labels , I spent every August driving around Europe, as an inquisitive history explorer.
In the little town of Hallenberg, I met an old farmer lady, who schooled me in how Germans survived WWII: most came from the destroyed cities to little countryside villages, for food. We spoke of Patron Saints and cows and chickens hidden inside on the ground floor of her little farm house.
Seventy years later, the lesson remains, Tara — perhaps our best hope to survive humankind’s planetary history of slavery, lynching, internment and concentration camps — if we can but replenish and restore that which we’ve raped.
Now, on our shared planet of weather extremes, we are engaged in a great global war between cultures, with hope for survival, our only victory — a victory made possible by recognizing the enemy:
Really Big One along the SAF
Sinking of lower Manhattan
Flooding lowlands of America’s south east regions
Climate changed mid-west
Moral decay of The Golden Rule and Statue of Liberty promise
Confused and disappearing Nature
A Constitution smeared with the excrement of denial, stupidity and prejudice.
If we continue to imprison each other with lockdown thinking, I want my Country back, we’ll forever lose the sunrise of, in the Home of the Brave, the Land of the Free is everyone’s country, and can never be conquered by those who choose to fail the lessons of Evolution, Herstory and Global Warming. It is not Free Will, but folly, not to reason why, but to deny and die.
Our salvation: victory over Corporatism & Consumerism’s concrete climate changing us into crumbling infrastructure, Food Deserts and a regurgitated KKK, McCarthyism, WWII treatment of African-Americans in uniform, Japanese-Americans confined in internment camps even as their sons wore something Trump, Cruz and Cheney would never: an American military uniform in time of war.
Truth is, few can match the service of Kareem Rashad Sultan Khan, U. S. Army Bronze Star, Purple Heart, killed in Iraq, or son of Syrian immigrant Steve Jobs, or the sacrifice of military, civilians and President who died for the 13th Amendment.
For those still mistaking superficial gossip for in depth investigative reporting or trumped by non-presidential fear mongering as The American Way — think of what we’re leaving the children:
Iraq, innocent of 9/11 attacks, invaded by freedom loving society – us
Climate Change caused by Cows, Fossil Fuels and Corporatism’s Global pollution
Perpetual Religious Cultural war with Bush/Cheney induced ISIS
A Military Industrial Complex funded by Corporatism with the blood of American citizens of every hue and background
ISIS has no monopoly on Religious Zealots. Every day, America bleeds from fearful white zealots fighting for the past and money hungry Wall Street zealots fighting to leave us behind, in the future.
Our Enemy is war, greed and, like Grenada, unjustified invasion. Our weakness is in becoming Guantanamo instead of reflecting the Gettysburg Address.
Our Middle East enemy is the self-serving deal of Shell Oil. Our environmental threat is an Exxon that knew, and for decades, threw us between them and melting glaciers.
History has proven that when We Built That CEOs convince our American lawmakers to convince those who bother to vote, to vote against themselves, we accrue ever increasing damage from Empire Building Conservative implementations of foreign leaders, policies, and domestic gun violence, all while failing to preserve the human necessities of clean water, safe food and long range consideration for planet earth and all living upon it.
If we want the Paris Climate Accord to be an all-inclusive reality — if only one window box at a time — we best start planting rooftop gardens, backyard trees and wind turbines on the plains — because there is no automatic Climate Justice in evolving Climate Change.
We need be more like San Bernardino’s Shannon Johnson, and wrap our arms around our melting rainbow pot, with I Got You and Yes We Can, before life as we know it, is Poe’s Nevermore.
As Greek-American Louie Psihoyos suggests: Startwith1Thing
Marcello Rollando is both seasoned political writer and critically acclaimed Performing Arts Director. Taking a sabbatical from his beloved NYC to work on a number of political campaigns as communications director and/or consultant in 2008, he remained in the DC area for the mid-term elections in 2010. He now lives in our nation’s capital and is currently radio news anchor and producer for Charlottesville’s Monticello Media. This is just the latest addition in a series of hats worn with distinction in his thirty year career that embraces Media, Communications, Politics, Theatre and Edutainment Education.
Owing a great deal of its inception to America’s reactions to September 11, 2001, Marcello became the voice of The Reasonable Voice LLC, serving as Head writer, Creative Director and on camera spokesman for this American organization with an international mission. The Reasonable Voice is a passionately independent and well balanced group of culturally diverse, Media, Political and Artistic Advocates whose mission is to herald, promote educate and inspire “We The People” to embrace a Renaissance of Freedom, Honesty and Rule of Law, through the power of their right to vote and to receive the highest and best education possible. The responsibility of all members of The Reasonable Voice is to convince all Americans of their limitless value & potential via Education, Informed Political Participation and the Arts.
As the primary media arm of TRV, The MBR Group is a team of artists and writers who are the multi-cultural community outreach voice of hands on Advocates/Activists/Consultants for Political Public Relations & Events as well as Media/Performing Arts Productions. The MBR group both produces and helps others to produce the highest & best quality of meaningful, timely, thought provoking and uplifting Live & On Camera Performances, as well as Political events. In 1990 the MBR Group bought New York’s Show-People in order to add a specialization in the discovery & development of new/unpublished/unknown playwrights, resulting in the production of their original/new works. Through The MBR Group, The Reasonable Voice chooses to produce, most often, projects that emphasize and provoke political involvement and encourage a hunger in American audiences for education & historical truth.
The mission of The Reasonable Voice and the community outreach work of The MBR Group have involved Marcello in many meaningful joint ventures with a wide spectrum of political and artistic organizations, even if it means performing on stage to bring focus to the mission of The Reasonable Voice. For example, although, a Director of Theatre from NYC, to Philadelphia, to Washington DC and West Palm Beach Florida, at the request of good friend and Artistic Director of Heritage Theatre Festival Bob Chapel, Marcello accepted, and performed to critical acclaim the Charles Boyer role of Victor Velasco in Neil Simon’s “Barefoot in the Park,” for the UVa Summer 2010 season.
Just prior to this rare exception to his preferred on camera career, Marcello Directed a revival of “NIXON’s NIXON” at The Hamner Theatre in Nelson County, for the Walton’s Mountain Theatre audience. In 1993 American Playwright Lanford Wilson asked Marcello to direct the play’s premiere, then titled “Nixon and Kissinger” at the Talley plays legend’s NYC Circle Rep Theater in lower Manhattan. This masterpiece script by Russell Lees was then optioned and published, in large part due to the original Wilson and Rollando collaboration, a direct consequence of The MBR Group’s mission.
As both Writer & Director, Rollando has been commissioned to transform an interactive operatic school presentation, into a Multi-media, One Woman Musical on the life of Marian Anderson, which involves much productive travel and artistic collaboration between NYC TV associates and Baltimore and DC Opera friends reigniting working relationships that were launched both in his vocal student days at The Peabody Conservatory of Music, where he was also the assistant stage director for the renowned institution’s Opera Department, and also his tenure as the Director of the Rehearsal Department of The Juilliard School’s American Opera Center.
Although as a performing talent, he prefers on camera work, his signature piece of Victor Velasco was only his most recent trek on the boards. In 2007 he agreed to take a break from teaching on camera talent in New York to winter in Washington DC, playing the combined roles of Cardinal and Bishop in Shakespeare’s Richard III at the famed Shakespeare Theatre just blocks away from the Capitol building. With the close of RICHARD III, he immediately stepped in to cover TV actor Denis Arndt at The Studio Theatre as the twisted Colombo like detective in The Pillowman.
Now, after an NBC and ABC daytime drama career that spanned the better part of three decades, Marcello spends most days consulting with and writing for political organizations, their policy makers and political candidates in the Mid-Atlantic region of the country, with no thoughts of retiring ever, his mission is to help put America back together again.
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Monday, December 7, 2015 (2 comments)
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Wednesday, November 25, 2015 (1 comments)
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Monday, November 16, 2015 (2 comments)
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Wednesday, November 11, 2015 (1 comments)
Have I told you Lately that I Love You? Are we developing Young voters the way theatres develop new audiences?
Monday, November 2, 2015 (2 comments)
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Sunday, October 18, 2015 (1 comments)
American History: Winners — Losers — Labels — Decisions – Traditions! Examining American history through our tradition of making choices and decisions by labeling each other, winners and losers.
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 (2 comments)
Damn, Bullies and Gun Violence have breached our Nation Trouble is, those who live by the sword take too many of us with them, when they choose to die.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 (3 comments)
From Pope to Putin, the answer is simple: No Labels The whirlwind visit of Francis I wasn’t to be Made in America with The People’s Pope label. He came to touch our hearts and open our minds so we see the injustice of Climate Change, war, ignorance, and yes, the shame of sexual child abuse. He came so we could see beyond America, to Global Citizenship.
Sunday, September 20, 2015 (2 comments)
The View & Nurses — Bigots & Candidates — Pope Francis & Cow Gas What’s the whole story about Climate Change and how much time do we really have?
Monday, September 14, 2015 (1 comments)
Fueling the American Dream Begins with Freedom of Choice at the Pump There is life after oil at our fingertips, if we will just open our eyes and see with our imagination — and software.
Tuesday, September 8, 2015 (1 comments)
Growing Labor Pains: Religion — Guns – Victim Mentality Understanding, like drought in California and Labor pains in Wisconsin, any state’s pain is America’s pain, and all Americans need to be solutions to our collective growing pains.
Monday, August 31, 2015 (1 comments)
New Orleans and other Forgotten History Allowing the nightmares of our past to help formulate the dreams of our future.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 (2 comments)
The Wild Wipeout Character Ride, Roars: Honor! Do you suppose somewhere in the darkness, Karl Rove is laughing at us, or crying over spilt Trump milking it?
Sunday, August 2, 2015 (1 comments)
Bigger Thomas vs. Rove Dirty Tricks & Koch Heads The thrill of the kill and Mob Rule once again prove, two wrongs do not make a right.
Monday, July 27, 2015 (7 comments)
Slow Down, I’m Conservative Still think Atticus Finch is the problem? Donald Trump the hero? Father’s teaching their sons how to be snipers, the solution?
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 (5 comments)
Domestic Violence – Corporate Terrorists – Justice Denied Fear and anger are the parents of violence; bullying its sibling; and the aura of guns, the steroids on which hate and jealousy thrive.
Thursday, July 16, 2015 (2 comments)
Cuba & Iran — Da Vinci & Finch — Rees & Omar Enjoy the fantasy of fiction. Even learn from it. But know the difference between what’s on the screen and our true reality.
Sunday, July 12, 2015 (1 comments)
Allegory: Infrastructure — Immigration — Earth II Spoken from the 1% POV “After the Ball is Over”
Sunday, June 21, 2015 (1 comments)
Dawn to Dusk – Ashes to Dust Change and transformation have always frightened some Americans, but hopefully a realization of the diversity of those who are the 99%, may help us embrace some unity of purpose.
Sunday, June 14, 2015 (1 comments)
Transforming Hope Hope is transforms us when nourished by faith in ourselves, minus hero worship.
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 (6 comments)
When Death Knocks Twice Dealing with the dealers of death, destruction and decease.
Monday, May 25, 2015 (3 comments)
Death of A Nation Death comes in many forms, especially for those who cannot look it in the eye with recognition. Memorial Day is not for those who fear truth, but for those with the courage to embrace it.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 (1 comments)
Corporate PACs Projecting Poison on Planet & People We choose either to be all the King’s Horses and all the King’s men who can’t put America back together again, OR we unite in all-inclusive solutions, beginning with believing Climate Change is here!
Sunday, May 3, 2015 (1 comments)
May Day, May Day: Dancing In the Street Asking why we believe so much in denial: racism & rape, Alzheimer’s & aging, marriage & equality
Monday, April 20, 2015 (7 comments)
The Lost Wars: Poverty, Drugs, Slavery Having the wisdom to listen especially when choosing on what to declare war, let us retire provacative rhetoric and cease or war on each other.
Sunday, April 12, 2015 (1 comments)
Bullying: Race, Religion, Rape and Police Can we all just get along enough to move forward, or must we fall back with The Right
Sunday, April 5, 2015 (2 comments)
Religion OMG! A reminder to those who believe in a great power, that in which we believe makes us servants to all the people, especially those who most need our love, and their equality.
Monday, March 30, 2015
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015 (1 comments)
The Elephant in the Coffee Shop Time to make the time to think before speaking. Conversation is the first step away from becoming a nation of herded non-thinkers in a police state.
Sunday, March 15, 2015 (1 comments)
ISIS — Iran/Netanyahu GOP — Fundamentalists – End Times Exercising our Free Will to think for ourselves and choose whether we are a nation of Fergusons or a nation of renewal.
Friday, March 13, 2015 (4 comments)
The Bridge from King to President, & Emails “Established by the State” A call for a return to maturity and professionalism in broadcast media: Prejudice, whether clothed in white hoods, red neck Frat Houses, blue uniforms, Media suits or Tea stained House of Representatives, WE hold this truth to be self-evident: There is no Exceptionalism in hate, media hyperbole, miss-representation of facts or oppression of those who do not look, act, think, speak or marry as WE.
Monday, March 2, 2015 (2 comments)
To Be Blue & Black or White & Gold is NOT the question Examining our priorities and national focus. There is more to us than some of the things on which we choose to debate.
Sunday, February 15, 2015 (2 comments)
Murderers Row: Hate, Ignorance, Lying Exposing War as product of enduring hate, ignorance and institutional dishonesty
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014 (1 comments)
Sweet Land of Liberty, Cromnibus and Torture I sing! Giving Voice to those who have been muted in an age of death by police shooting and torture by government, all sponsored by the Wizards of Wall Street who disappeared our global economy: The Too Big to Jail!
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Monday, November 3, 2014 (1 comments)
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Sunday, October 12, 2014 (1 comments)
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Sunday, October 5, 2014 (6 comments)
Dear Rachel Maddow, My one and only encounter with The Secret Service.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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Monday, September 22, 2014 (1 comments)
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Sunday, September 14, 2014
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Sunday, April 14, 2013 (3 comments)
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Thursday, May 24, 2012 (2 comments)
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Friday, April 6, 2012 (1 comments)
What We Don’t Know Hurts If we are to move forward with any semblance of the exceptional ideal of our beginning, we must realize that, at least since the end of WWII, we have been programmed by an ever-increasing powerful few. Then, we must reject their puppet strings, begin thinking again for ourselves, and resume our international leadership role in invention, education, humanity, and peace.