Why do you lock the car doors when it’s parked in YOUR driveway? Why do you lock the FRONT DOOR of your home? Safety and security can be seen as one-in-the-same-
You would not want an eight-year-old to have access to a brand new sports car… both for the sake of the car, AND the eight-year-old!
To be SAFE helps us to STAY SECURE.
The meaning of these values may have been watered down in the buzz-word, focus group, kid-tested, monetized world we live in. Lady Liberty sells me car insurance in 5 second spots, and Ben Franklin can apparently set me up with some sound retirement planning. SAFETY is JOB #1… because it sells a bunch of cars, but please wait. You are a valued customer, someone will be with you shortly.
CRYSTAL CLEAN, but still somehow FILTHY…
Like the impromptu questioning of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Waiting for an elevator, she was asked about her administration’s decision to cut funding for the Special Olympics, and stood in SILENCE… when questioned.
About HER actions.
When HER BOSS was then asked about the same, he TRIUMPHANTLY proclaimed… as any NOBLE KING MIGHT DO when he feels that his SUBJECTS are unhappy… “We’re taking care of it.” Huzzah…
god save the KING of the united states of america.
IT’S DIRTY… everyone can see it just the same! Does it BREAK LAWS… THAT question is NOT being fully addressed regarding MANY ASPECTS of our current elected government officials’ actions. But EACH ONE, every time they are questioned about cutting FUNDING for education, or redirecting FUNDING from military developments to build a wall, or stealing FUNDING from FEMA to imprison refugees, their legalese and dogged determination seems to be enough to let them SLIP… dodging any real accountability for CRIMES COMMITTED… documented.
Ours is a country of LAWS, written in plain terms, so ANYONE can understand them, and if they so choose, pledge allegiance to them. Whether you are a scholar of the Law or a carpenter framing a home, you know the Law! You’re SUBJECT TO IT everyday. And ignorance of the Law is no excuse! I’ve heard stories of judges explaining that to some of my friends. Many of those friends ALREADY KNEW that BEFORE they attempted to use the bogus excuse! And they paid the price. They were served with Justice. And most of them have been better people ever since. Because our Law is fair, rehabilitation is ALWAYS the goal. Encouragement and support is ALWAYS the surest way forward.
Our system of Law has become OPPRESSIVE of the PEOPLE because JUSTICE is now served based on WEALTH… NOT guilt or innocence.
Disproportionately effected by penalties and punishment, financially unable to secure counsel to ensure a fair outcome, and many times corralled into pleading guilty to an offense to simply avoid the appearance of guilt for another crime…
The public defenders here in KCK don’t usually go OUT OF THEIR WAY to get their clients’ case dismissed when they are facing charges of possession. In fact… there’s an old saying in the customer service biz- “Turn ’em and BURN ’em”, meaning get as many customers served as quickly as possible, put the hammer down, cliché cliché…
Justice, weighed against GOLD. The balance can never be fair. At any point in our lives, we can point to a time where we were not financially secure… hell, for me- DOWN RIGHT POOR. But that time did not dictate what I am today, nor who I will BECOME in the future. It may guide my decisions for the rest of my life, but that is just human nature… and sometimes I have to burn my hand on the stove TWICE before I learn!
If you BELIEVE in the Rule of Law, if you believe in Our Constitution… STAND UP. See through the rhetoric. See through the agendas. See through the LIES. We know our system of governance is a system that only works when men and women of HONOR put the GOOD OF THE NATION above ALL ELSE. And we know what issues DIVIDE US with ease.
Don’t let them do it! NOT this time around. Every time an elected official or a candidate for office ducks back into stoking FEAR, ANGER, and DIVISION by blaming “THEM”… question it!!
– HOW DO WE SOLVE THAT ISSUE?
– WHO STANDS TO BENEFIT from that issue NOT being RESOLVED?
– WHY IS THIS PERSON SAYING THIS?
– Is the elected official or candidate for office attempting to FUNDRAISE by appealing to WEALTHY DONORS when they spout the newest “Their side sucks!” chant?
– WHO would LIKE hearing this person SAY those things… and would that group/organization/institution DONATE to a political organization LARGE AMOUNTS OF CASH?
The phrase I’ve learned since I began my campaign, that describes this mess PERFECTLY is ‘de minimis’. When dealing with a Presidential Campaign and the VAST OCEAN OF CASH, accounting errors are made. Numbers can be crunched incorrectly or funds can be collected mistakenly… or SPENT mistakenly. NOT with ill-intent, but subject to punishment just the same.
Some amounts are considered to be ‘de minimis’, or lacking in significance. Amounts SO SUPERFLUOUS that investigating criminal activity is seen, in the eyes of the Law, as unnecessary, irrelevant.
Mistakes of $10,000… of $15,000.
“… don’t worry about it! That amount of money is MINISCULE.”
A handful of mistakes over the course of a fairly successful campaign, and that amount of money, seen as ‘de minimis’ to the Law, could total MORE THAN THE VALUE OF MY HOUSE. That amount of money could change the life of ANY American Citizen I’ve ever known!
Imagine if we elected a President who saw the salary of the Office as ADVANCEMENT, understanding the TRUE VALUE of the wealth that amount of money holds. (aside: I’m sure if you asked any of them, they’d say it wasn’t enough. BUT, I bet ALL of them would say, they’d do it all over again… free of charge.)
An appreciation for an amount as de minimis as $15,000 is something I cannot forget. Nor do I ever hope to.
To be honest, I can’t remember the last time I had a portrait of Ben Franklin in my pocket- hashtag MAGA.