Absolutely.

It’s hard not to live your whole life focused on the three inches right in front of your nose. Your interactions with others, their interactions with you. Your plans for the future and how those plans intersect with the plans of others. In the meantime, keeping a roof over your head and food on the plate consumes most of our TIME.

Because lord knows… their ain’t a whole lotta people out there who aren’t focused on the exact same thing!

Our family. Our close friends. Our congregations. Our community… individually, we can make changes in our lives; but many times those changes just happen to us, in the course of living our lives.

What we experience shapes us, it helps define who we will be. 

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https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2021-08-04/missouri-congresswoman-eviction-moratorium-fight 

 

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https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/congress-scrambles-extend-eviction-moratorium-saturday-expiration-n1275485 

 

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Our interactions with others informs our decision making process… and those interactions can stick with us for the rest of our LIVES. 

 

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https://ag.ny.gov/sites/default/files/2021.08.03_nyag_-_investigative_report.pdf 

 

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It’s reassuring to see that the leadership of the Democratic Party has finally found the COURAGE to SPEAK OUT. It’s disheartening to see the level of EVIDENCE that’s required for them to do so. 

OPEN SECRETS. Hidden in plain sight… you wanna talk about conspiracy theories? Look no farther than our elected officials. 

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60022378-3DCF-4849-878A-84363C6ADF09https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/11/capitol-hills-sexual-harassment-problem/544946/ 

 

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How many times does this happen? Everyday. In Congress. In the boardroom. In the course of everyday events. Financial Institutions. Making lending decisions based on SEX and SKIN COLOR. Who carries more RISK. ‘… you live where?!’ 

Sorry, you don’t have the financial backing necessary to secure a loan. 

It’s because they are BEHOLDEN… they are forced to DANCE for the DOLLAR. Regulations. Oversight. Stripped away in the wake of a devastating financial crisis… for the benefit of WHOM?💰 

 

In their eyes, our elected leaders believe they are doing what’s RIGHT because they are fighting the ‘good fight’. In their minds, they can’t bring about change if they aren’t re-elected… therefore they must do what’s necessary to get re-elected. 

You put a DOLLAR in the machine and YOU get to pick the next song… how’s that for extensive knowledge of the bar. 

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That’s his “thing”, that’s his whole schtick. It doesn’t matter if there was no wrong-doing… the fact that there’s an investigation is all he needs. 

How would that declaration have played out? There was nothing illegal… that’s how our elections WORK. Legislators legislate based on MONEY and the pursuit thereof. 

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https://thehill.com/homenews/house/566479-clyburn-says-he-planned-to-stay-out-of-ohio-race-until-he-was-called-stupid 

 

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Representative Clyburn may not be stupid… but he sure thinks the American People are. That’s the BEST ANSWER he’s got, hurt feelings and THIN SKIN? 

IF ONLY they hadn’t gone and said bad things about a U.S. Representative, he might have stayed OUT of that particular election… the election that wasn’t even in his STATE. 

… right. 

He backed Nina Turner’s opponent because he didn’t want someone elected that would rock their BOAT. He wanted someone sympathetic to their cause. The status quo. Toe the LINE. Back to BRUNCH… there’s re-election campaigns to FUND. 

 

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547C0141-9BBA-4310-9789-11DA948946DE5EBB2E82-F857-4B47-9853-95A21CF653C9https://www.newsweek.com/hillary-clinton-endorsed-candidate-shontel-brown-faces-potential-ethics-probe-1613460 

 

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It’s their cause. Their agenda. Senator Bernie Sanders has an (I) at the end of his name… the only thing Democrats LOVE about Bernie Sanders caucusing with their Party is his ability to FUNDRAISE. 

 

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https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/11/14/16640082/donna-brazile-warren-bernie-sanders-democratic-primary-rigged 

 

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/jim-clyburn-changed-everything-for-joe-bidens-campaign-hes-been-a-political-force-for-a-long-time/2020/03/30/7d054e98-6d33-11ea-aa80-c2470c6b2034_story.html 

 

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https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2020/01/13/election-2020-cory-booker-drops-out-leaving-democratic-field-less-diverse/4454654002/ 

 

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THIS is our Political System laid BARE. This is how the Political Infrastructure is RUN… and none of it is ILLEGAL. 

There is no “US vs. THEM” anymore. The Political Parties are UNITED. 

They work for the people who got them elected… 

THE DONORS. 

 

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https://www.huduser.gov/portal/pdredge/pdr-edge-frm-asst-sec-061118.html 

 

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https://www.bls.gov/opub/reports/minimum-wage/2020/home.htm 

 

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The majority of us don’t have the time necessary to spend absorbing every act undertaken by Congress; and how every piece of legislation for the last two-and-a-half years that has passed the House, has gone on to die a slow death in the Senate. Mitch McConnell says the Democrats hold a SLIM majority in the House, while Republicans in the Senate hold a SIGNIFICANT minority. 

Most people seem to forget… the Republicans held THREE BRANCHES for two years, and they only got ONE major piece of legislation PASSED. But my goodness… 

 

They sure did raise a lot of MONEY. 

 

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https://www.cbpp.org/research/federal-tax/fundamentally-flawed-2017-tax-law-largely-leaves-low-and-moderate-income 

 

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https://itep.org/55-profitable-corporations-zero-corporate-tax/ 

 

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What happens if 55% of us just don’t pay our taxes? This Country… and their agendas… would no longer exist. The American Middle Class is the MAJORITY. Every BAILOUT, HANDOUT, and SAFETY NET we’ve ever established has been FULLY FUNDED by the United States TAX PAYERS. Yet large corporations and dark money interests are allowed to write our legislation. They dictate to the legislators what legislation should be passed… 

 

If only the American People could afford their own LOBBYISTS. 

 

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What happens when our elected officials break the law? When I break the law, I go to JAIL. The Wheels of Justice simply turn. Officers from TWO CITIES AWAY came and took me into custody once for an outstanding, $150 moving violation.

But when it comes to Congressmen and their decisions, well… if we start doing that, it might lead to elected officials being held ACCOUNTABLE for their actions. Could you imagine… 

 

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https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/capitol-commission-republicans-arrests-b1891650.html 

 

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This is not a game for the MAJORITY of this Country, the law is nothing to be toyed with. Yet the previous Administration could pick and choose when they would IGNORE Congress and face no consequences for their actions… 

NO CONSEQUENCES. 

 

In a land rooted firmly in PRECEDENT. 

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6A306EAD-41BF-449F-B1B8-E96DB8B4652Dhttps://constitution.congress.gov/browse/amendment-14/section-3/ 

 

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Where will that lead us in the end. 

 

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The price of our INACTION will be measured in LIVES. 

 

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No matter how much we disagree, we all still fight for the SAME THING. Liberty. Justice. The American Way. How we go about securing those promises… that’s where we disagree, and that’s where monied interests play their hand. The last thing they want is The People UNITED behind a common cause. 

The system WORKS! On that we cannot disagree! The answers to our problems already EXIST… they’re being SILENCED by monied interests. 

 

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/01/12/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-pac-dccc-dues/ 

 

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https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2021/04/16/nancy-pelosi-house-speaker-book-susan-page-power-american-history/7231734002/ 

 

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In this Country, that honor should be EARNED… not seized. Granted, at the discretion of The People. Defended in rigorous DEBATE. 

In this moment, there is no debate. Among the party, leadership has SILENCED dissent. They say, ‘Look, we get it. There’s a bunch of legislation that YOU want us to pass, and there’s a bunch of legislation that WE wanna get passed… so let’s compromise. 

We’ll pass all that legislation that WE want to pass and THEN… at the END of the session… but even if we don’t have time to get all that done… be sure to DONATE to our re-election campaign…’ 

 

Besides, who else you gonna vote for… these guys? 

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If we continue working only to avoid worst-case scenarios, we might achieve our goals… but we will never know what we might have had, if only we had dared to TRY. Raising the bar will not produce failure, failing to demand BETTER is where we fail to succeed.

This is OUR Electoral System… so long as we allow it to BE. 

Absolute power corrupts. 

-JC 

 

Author: jackcharbonneau

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

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