I saw a bald eagle for the very first time when I was in Maine last weekend. I rarely use the word awesome but it was awesome: strong, self-possessed, appropriately peremptory. Because I believe birds channel energies from the other side, I asked this spirit guide of the United States to protect what was good about our country. Today, in the first rousing defeat of the Trump Oligarchy, the Ninth Circuit of Appeals unanimously refused to reinstate the Muslim Ban. The decision even name-checked Ex parte Mitsuye Endo, in which the Supreme Court ruled the U.S. government could not detain a “concededly loyal” U.S. citizen in response to the incarceration of Japanese-Americans during World War II. And as I write this, GOP town hall meetings all across the land are erupting with justified anger. Today the checks and balances of these allegedly United States worked, and I feel certain that eagle is proud. Maybe we lost so many beloveds last year so they could better serve in avian form. That Prince bird’s gonna be something else.