Be Prepared

Tonight my heart aches because of the Coronavirus. Not because I have it, and not because I am one of those “at-risk individuals with an underlying condition like diabetes.” I hang my head tonight because of the shadows cast by this Administration, the ones that have lurked behind them all along.

I didn’t decide to run for President because it seemed like a fun thing to DO… I was worried that something of this magnitude could someday happen.

 

While I sincerely hope that this is not that event, it is apparent that preparedness is not the strong suit of our Commander-in-Chief. His ‘King of the Hill’ leadership style may have served him well in the world of real estate, but it’s now obvious that that management style does NOT work well as a governing philosophy… something that every American Citizen should have already known… it’s IN our Founding Documents!

 

An incoming President has 4000 jobs to fill before DAY ONE.

 

FOUR THOUSAND… advisors, secretaries, officials, specialists, doctors, scientists, nurses, historians, technicians, Cabinet Members, and Diplomats… and SO MANY more that my ADVISORS will have to inform me that I’ve forgotten them. THAT is the only way things get done! A collection of the BEST and BRIGHTEST with the VISION to see what needs to be done BEFORE a situation arises, BEFORE drastic and costly decisions must be made.

In times of crisis a true leader doesn’t make the life-saving decisions… the people he put in place before the crisis began do. They are a direct reflection of the values held by that leader… whether he be corrupt or a saint.

 

The Career Public Servants of the United States of America are NOT a burden on our pocketbooks, they are our INSURANCE POLICY against losses caused by catastrophic disasters. The bean counters, pencil-pushers, organizers and planners… LOGISTICS! How do we get the test kits to Walnut Shade, MO? How do we prepare for an escalation BEFORE it happens? Being prepared means we set up pre-determined locations with supplies… inventoried, stockpiled, and ready to GO. And all of it has to be maintained… by GOVERNMENT WORKERS.

 

It’s the DEEP STATE!

 

A forklift driver named Joe… who’s in-charge of rotating stock in our warehouses, filled with MREs and BOTTLED WATER.

 

Now, due to a CUTTING of the size of our government, many of these responsibilities are farmed out. Contracted to CORRUPT companies who are just looking to take advantage of the TAX PAYERS. Corrupt legislators… who are FIRST and foremost, corrupt POLITICIANS… rewarding their DONORS with multi-million dollar contracts, so they can secure FUNDING for their reelection.

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“Puerto Rico Power just hired 2 contractors with little experience…” Vox (10-26-2017)

 

In the LAND OF PLENTY, where it falls off the tree and ROTS on the ground… people in Puerto Rico couldn’t get WATER after a storm.

 

 

 

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“20,000 Pallets of bottled water left untouched…” CNN (09-20-2018)

 

Like that storm, experts could see from its earliest days that the potential for loss of life could be HIGH… and this Administration just continues to make it up as they go along. Changing weather maps to make it seem alright. ‘Don’t worry! He knows what he’s doing… why? Do you think he DOESN’T know what he’s doing?’  And now, his downplaying of the severity of potential disasters will cause more unnecessary loss of LIFE.

 

Even IF he did know everything, he wouldn’t be able to do it all by himself. Roosevelt didn’t take out Hitler alone… he couldn’t have. Imagine if Truman would have come into office with the goal of eliminating the DEEP STATE on his first day…

‘All of this GOVERNMENT WASTE! Going toward some covert military project… in Manhattan?! That’s gotta GO!’

 

Our LIVES are now in the hands of a President, in-office only because of LIES and DECEPTION, and elected by a MINORITY of the electorate. Our collective fate is being determined by a man who values HIS self-interest over that of everyone else.

 

When I say #EndTheElectoralCollege, I don’t simply say it to get under his skin (and it obviously DOES!), I say it as a call for STABILITY. A reinstatement of the ideals we have ALL come to cherish. Though the actions of our Presidents have been at times misguided, they have always been carried out with one goal in mind- SECURING this nation. Every action taken by Donald J. Trump as President of the United States, has served the interests of ONE MAN…

 

Now that man will be Russia’s President for the REST OF HIS LIFE, and he will continue to influence our geopolitical sphere for MANY years to come.

 

 

2016 was not the FIRST time… it certainly won’t be the LAST.

To stand SILENT and watch her FALL, makes you COMPLICIT in her demise.

We must End the Electoral College.

 

JC

 

50/50

 

That was the vote in the Virginia House of Delegates on February 21, 2019, on a proposed rule change that would have forced a vote on ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment…

… it failed.

 

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Kirk Cox, FRM Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates

A bill supported by over 80% of the people of Virginia. It would have PASSED had a vote been allowed… but it wasn’t even allowed out of committee.

 

ONE YEAR LATER, after the delegates were held accountable at the ballot box for their INACTION in the legislature, Virginia voted to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, thereby meeting the Constitutionally required threshold of 38 States.

 

 

Just last month, the United States House of Representatives voted to clear the way for final ratification by removing the original deadline, and now…

 

ONE MAN, in the United States Senate stands OPPOSED.

 

 

While it was shocking to see the Virginia Speaker of the House deny equality to more than HALF of his constituents, it was even more shocking to see the Democratic Presidential Candidates stand SILENT as it played out. FIVE WOMEN. 37 States. Only one more to go…

What a lost opportunity to educate the public… about Equality and the legislative process. About Income Inequality and Economic Disadvantage.

A lost opportunity to bring us closer to that more perfect Union.

 

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“ERA bill dies for good…” -Washington Post (02/21/2019)

 

I have NO DOUBT that if the Democratic Women running for President would have stood on the steps of the Virginia Statehouse in solidarity with the ERA activists, they would have swayed ONE MORE VOTE. With the national media bringing SUNLIGHT to the situation, we would now be standing one year CLOSER to equality.

 

Then again… we would STILL be standing right HERE, no closer than we are TODAY.

 

The Majority Leader of the United States Senate does NOT support equality.

The Majority Leader of the United States Senate stands OPPOSED to the MAJORITY of this nation.

The Senate Majority Leader is opposed to the Rule of Law, as conceived by the Founders of this nation, and will not move to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.

38 of the 50 States… 76% of this nation now DEMANDS it.

It does not matter his rationale, the PEOPLE have spoken.
Equality should be the Law of this land.

The Senate must Ratify the ERA.

 

When storms rage, you cannot simply seek SAFE HARBOR, as your ship will be smashed upon the shore. You must sail headlong into the winds and face it, with full faith in the strength of your ship & its crew… and press ONWARD. Even if that means just treading water, because the alternative

… well, the alternative is no alternative at ALL.

 

In years past, leaders have spoken of the ‘Fog of War’. In this digital era with the adversary we are engaged with, the entire WAR is FOG. There is no battle. There are no physical sides being drawn.

When we forget who we are, and what we STAND for… our enemies win. When we begin to selectively administer Justice and forget that we are ALL created equal, we FALL BACK… being pushed closer to the rocky shores of our PAST.

 

We know where we have BEEN. We must remember where we are GOING.

 

Well-trodden paths are safe and familiar, but they will only lead us to where we’ve been… back to where we are TODAY. Even in the dark of night, even in the deepest fog… we know our path is TRUE when we listen to our moral compass, as it always points us HOME.

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Screenshot (90)We cannot allow ourselves to be complacent. We must fight to hold on to what we’ve already secured. The Constitution outlines a process for RATIFYING Amendments to the Constitution, it does NOT outline a process where ONE MAN can override the overwhelming majority of the PEOPLE.

Anyone who stands opposed to the opinion of 76% of this nation, should not be referred to as Majority Leader… and this fall, the PEOPLE will show him that.

Equal. MUST. Mean. Equal… or we will lose this fight before it’s even begun.

JC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jack Charbonneau 2020: Political Revolution

It was just my initial idea… I didn’t know Bernie had that phrase actually IN his campaign title. I thought it was just his way of expressing what he was trying to do.

I’ve always anticipated that it might be necessary to change it someday if Senator Sanders requested, but so far it has not come up. In a recent interview, he actually said that his organization really isn’t so much a “revolution” as it is a “movement”…

 

Well, that’s a bit disappointing. Change doesn’t often come from Political Upsettedness.

 

Then again, how can an insider, a United States Senator, command a revolution? From within the Legislative Body that has given rise to the anger and frustration fueling calls for change. I’m reminded of the hijacking of the Tea Party movement in 2010. Any large, sustained, organized group that shows promise always seems to be infiltrated by institutional agendas, watered down by individuals who sympathize with incumbent legislators… and their DONORS.

Or, as was the case with the Occupy Wall St. movement… pass a few laws and all of a sudden, Out of SIGHT is out of MIND. ‘Can’t have all these protesters out on the streets… we’ve got ELECTIONS to FUND!’

 

I am amazed at the depth of the depravity the President expresses… in his Tweets, in his dismissal of Constitutional Norms, in his refusal to follow the Rule of Law… this cannot become the New Normal for a President. It has to change. I have NO DOUBT, it WILL change.

Cut through ALL of the rhetoric and political posturing, and get to the CORE of it… no American wants to see our Commander-in-Chief become known to the rest of the world as just a Carnival Barker, taking anyone who will listen for a RIDE.

How do we maintain PEACE with someone like THAT? How do we sustain PROSPERITY for ourselves, and foster other nations who seek the same for themselves, with a transactional leader like THIS?

Institutional, transactional legislators… did you see it?! When the call came, like good little soldiers they all fell in line. Just like the Republicans have done. The stage has now been set for an Electoral Showdown between two entrenched and established Political Titans. BILLIONS will be spent to determine a winner… and THEN the people will pick from whomever is left. Who will win…?

 

Party Politics, in a LANDSLIDE. And who will lead them… the best FUNDRAISER.

 

Revolution is born out of NEED. A hunger. Fueled by a steady course of events, witnessed by generations of individuals who have seen the decay.

Who have felt the pain. Who have LIVED it… not LEGISLATED it.

 

 

What should our government LOOK like?

What do we want our government to BE?

It should be representative of the PEOPLE from whom it receives its authority to govern. Right now, legislators do just that… Government by the DONOR. Not bad work if you can get it.

 

TWICE now, in 20 years, we have witnessed a breakdown in our Election System. We stand poised on the verge of a THIRD. This Revolution is not one led by a disgruntled old man with a chip on his shoulder, it is ELEVATED in status because of the ideals at its core. Ideals that empower THE PEOPLE, by ensuring EVERY CITIZEN is included and EVERY VOICE is heard.

 

More Participation = Better Governance

 

The current struggle between the GOP and the Democratic Party reminds me of a fight between siblings, fought with an anger and passion reserved only for FAMILY. Blinded by ego, they tear into each other screaming- “It’s MINE!”, “No, it’s MINE!”

Yes, you’re BOTH right… It’s OURS. It’s for ALL of us.

Why are you fighting? It’s for all of us to SHARE.

 

“… with Liberty and Justice for ALL.”

 

It doesn’t get much clearer than THAT! That is the pledge that I have made, and that is the cause for which I fight. When you defend the Rights of others, you defend those Rights for yourself.

Our Democracy is secure when every citizen is guaranteed access to the ballot. We ensure it is so when all candidates for office are funded by THE TAX PAYERS and not special interests.

 

This Revolution started when it was declared that ALL Mankind is created EQUAL. We must HONOR those brave men by reaffirming our commitment to their ideals, by amending the parts they got WRONG… as they so wisely knew they would.

 

ONE CITIZEN= ONE VOTE

 

We must End the Electoral College.

 

JC

Vigilance

I’ll admit it… I may not be the brightest bulb in the box, but I am smart enough to know when I am wrong… and, I want to ensure I don’t act a FOOL in the future! So I make sure I learn all I can, about what led to that mistake and why I made the decision I did…

So it won’t happen again.

 

From a policy standpoint, I did not care much for the George W. Bush Administration. But he did have ONE redeeming quality: he established task forces and inquiries to gather knowledge AFTER he made his mistakes. Not for HIS benefit, but for the benefit of future Administrations… for the benefit of ALL Americans.

Through the actions taken by past Administrations, we have studied and trained for events like the current spread of the Novel Coronavirus, and communities in every State have benefited from the resources we’ve developed. Emergency Preparedness plans, data collection and information sharing, first responder training, community outreach and education efforts… all of these tools STILL EXIST, entrusted in the hands of THE STATES.

Because that is a VITAL part of our nation’s success… because the Framers of Our Constitution knew what could come.

 

This is NOT a test, THIS is the moment we have been preparing for. The History of Humanity is plagued with challenges, and yes… this moment may try to leave its mark upon us on that scale. But this is not the time for panic. In fact, it’s not necessary… because every one of us is already PREPARED. From the moment we began our training we knew this moment would come, and if not TODAY, we know… someday it WILL. That is WHY we train.

 

Ever vigilant, because we are PREPARED.

 

Why is it that I can see it, yet the current President does NOT? Right now, EVERY American Citizen knows better how to handle the spread of Coronavirus than Donald J. Trump… why is that? It’s not the first time this has happened, and it’s not simply a lack of intelligence:

Puerto Rico. The size and scope of the devastation was apparent immediately. A massive response would be necessary to SAVE LIVES… and instead, the President politically attacked the Mayor of San Juan.

 

California. Higher temperatures and changing weather patterns have fueled some of the most devastating wildfires in the State’s history… and the President PULLS FUNDING from FEMA. Funds designated to help fight those fires. Then he suggests that its all their fault… they should have spent more money on RAKES.

 

 

The Flood of 2019. Farmland across the Midwest was inundated by flooding equal to that of the historic Flood of 1993. Stores of grain housed in silos and million dollar farm equipment, all destroyed by the rising waters…

Donald J. Trump and the GOP acted to kill a Disaster Relief Bill created to help family farmers… MULTIPLE TIMES. The man who lives in a GOLDEN PENTHOUSE could not extend a hand to the people who elected him, while their LIVELYHOOD was drowning under floodwater.

 

 

And now, in this moment, when we should be focused on TESTING every American showing symptoms and gathering more data… the President calls it “a hoax”. A Democrat strategy to take down the President.

 

Instead of a call for ALL Americans to be vigilant and informed, his ACTING Chief of Staff tells people they should turn the TV off for 24 hours.

In a few weeks, TORNADO SEASON starts here in Kansas.

 

Communities WILL be devastated, lives WILL be lost. It is inevitable… how many are lost is up to us RIGHT NOW. If we remain ignorant and TUNE OUT, we will lose MORE LIVES…

 

… needlessly.

 

There is no American who benefits from IGNORANCE or SILENCE. Every American Citizen knows this. No one working in GOOD FAITH would continue to subject themselves to the same institutional failures, over and over again, without making significant changes in their strategy.

Donald Trump knows this.

His STAFF knows this.

The career Public Servants surrounding him know this.

 

Partisan political rhetoric is a TOOL used to secure power in order to enact a particular legislative agenda. Partisan political rhetoric is NOT a legislative agenda.

 

 

What is the FIRST THING any Commander in Chief would do when facing a large scale threat posed by an eminent Natural Disaster?

 

They would declare a National Emergency.

 

This would instantly free up FUNDING for preparedness and it would inject massive amounts of money into the economy… but the President continues to downplay the possible severity of this disease, and publicly provides facts and figures about the situation that are provably FALSE.

These actions do not protect Americans. These actions do not act to reassure a volatile Stock Market. The repeated inaction and errors do not benefit Donald J. Trump this November either… that is, unless the disease remains UNCHECKED. If no one knows the extent of the threat, and the American People are caught off-guard as the disease starts to re-emerge after summer has come and gone…

IF we are not careful and don’t stay FULLY INFORMED, this fall we could see a situation similar to what they have in China RIGHT NOW.

 

How do we run our National Elections if large indoor events are PROHIBITED?

How will we know the facts and figures used to justify such an act are SOUND…

 

… would that even matter to him?

 

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Our future has not yet been written, our fate is not carved in stone. Our ACTIONS will determine our fate… and the choice is always OURS. Whatever the future may bring, we must act with knowledge, preparedness, and COMPASSION. If we are to stand the test of time, we must STAND UNITED.

 

JC