For Which it Stands

I had the honor of touring the traveling Auschwitz Museum exhibition here in Kansas City, before it departs for Europe later this year; and I must say… it left an impression on me. While I expected to see dramatic artifacts, I didn’t expect the impact… the historical CONTEXT provided with the pieces on display.


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I am thankful I have no idea what it was like, and my children as well. For the last 76 years we’ve enjoyed PEACE. Intermittent peace, granted… but it has been long sustained. Because we’ve worked toward expanding the concept of Equal Justice Under Law and not contracting it. Because they TOLD us what it was like, with the hope that it would NEVER happen again. 

History repeats itself. Temporal echoes abound. What once was a TREND will come back in-style once again. And I was taught that the only way THIS does not happen again is by SPEAKING OUT. No one can remain SILENT, because in the end… the mob comes for us ALL

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_they_came_… 

 

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That’s how it begins- SILENCE. 

 

It doesn’t matter who you are or what your political affiliation is, when you defend the rights of OTHERS you defend those rights for YOURSELF. And when you STAND UP and SPEAK OUT, the MAJORITY stands with you. 

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Let’s assume for a moment that the “Stop the Steal” crowd was wrong, and that there was no wide-spread voter fraud in 2020. A bit of a stretch for some people I know, but… 

They have envisioned a scenario that could one day play out in our elections. A wide-spread, mass-effort to swing the count in a particular county, within a particular demographic; changing the outcome in a large enough city… thereby changing the outcome of an entire State. 

Could our current election process withstand a coordinated effort on that scale? If someone with deep enough POCKETS wanted to find out, could we stop them… would we even know before it was TOO LATE? 

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https://twitter.com/mrjlcharbonneau/status/1147997914679189504?s=21 

 

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Once upon a time our Founders wrestled with this problem, and they believed they had an answer. It required that we ALL swear an oath to an IDEAL. 

 

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We must RISE UP and defend the Will of the MAJORITY, no matter where we STAND. Our ideals transcend any political party, because the heart of our Democracy lies within that Universal Truth… that we are ALL created EQUAL. 

We must celebrate our history! No matter how RAW, no matter how painful. We must remember who we are, and for what it is we continue to STAND. Our shared collective knowledge, our Common Cause has given us the answers we seek. 

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We know what becomes of the nation who strays from the TRUTH. This Nation has stood strong against those endeavors for over 200 years… and for the last 158 years, we’ve worked to avoid succumbing to that fate ourselves

 

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In this moment we cannot afford to mince words. We must be CLEAR and we must be precise. We have seen this all before… all we have to do now is LISTEN to what they are saying. 

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“One officer told me he had never, in his entire 40 years of life, been called a ‘nigger’ to his face… and that streak ended on January 6th.” -Officer Harry Dunn


“Evil didn’t win. Hate didn’t win, and bigotry didn’t win.” -Michael Bornstein, the only child liberated from Auschwitz.

… but apparently CENSORSHIP did.🚨

 

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Selective censorship of the TRUTH unfairly empowers ONE over ANOTHER. We must remember… what we are allowed to SEE pales in comparison to what is KNOWN. 

 

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https://blogs.kent.ac.uk/change-academy/2012/04/30/change-and-the-knowledge-iceberg/# 

 

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As we make our decisions about who’s TRUTH we will believe, we must remember… there are ‘extenuating circumstances’ being elevated by monied interests, who stand to profit off of our confusion and disunity. LEFT or RIGHT. RED or BLUE… we all know what the problem is.💰 

 

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https://www.politico.com/news/2021/07/31/trump-political-groups-82-million-501958 

 

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https://twitter.com/mrjlcharbonneau/status/1146176947598372864?s=21 

 

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Let there be NO DOUBT. 

We must SPEAK OUT every time we see it. 

To be SILENT is to be COMPLICIT. 

 

Of those nations who have fallen from Grace and survived to thrive once again… INACTION was their deepest regret. A reminder, passed down to their descendants as an inheritance. Enshrined and memorialized, so their children would never forget. 

 

We must never forget. 

 

TWO ELECTION CYCLES… that’s all it takes. 

 

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1936_German_parliamentary_election_and_referendum 

 

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“I ask myself again and again, what would have happened, if in the year 1933 or 1934—there must have been a possibility—14,000 Protestant pastors and all Protestant communities in Germany had defended the truth until their deaths?” 

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As I walked through the exhibit at Union Station and followed along through all of the important DATES that led up to these events… 1914, 1918, 1920, 1922… in my mind, I couldn’t help but replace the nineteen with a twenty. It’s striking… the loss of LIFE, the global pandemic, the scapegoating and the blame. 

But their numbers KEEP GOING… 1923, 1924, 1929… Their HISTORY has been set.

 

Ours has not. 

 

If we are not vigilant, this too will be OUR history. Now is the time of their regret. We’ve witnessed the exponential speed at which a VIRUS can spread. Now is the opportunity that they never had… because their story had not yet been written. 

 

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What will we leave behind for our children? What relics will they sort through after we’ve gone… what monuments will they have to create. 

We are never that far away from walking down that path again… no matter how much TIME has passed. 

-JC 

 

Author: jackcharbonneau

Husband, father, housewife, musician, theoretical astrophysicist, (FMR) Presidential Candidate in 2020, and all-around human guy.

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