A New Day

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“The Executive Power shall be vested in a President…

He shall hold his Office as follows:”

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https://jackcharbonneau.com/2018/04/30/how-should-the-constitutional-amendment-read/

Sec 1.2 shall be UNDONE…” Why? Because this is what we aim to CHANGE. “Each State shall appoint… a Number of Electors…” The Electors are the people who elect our President, not The People. We VOTE to choose who our Electors will be. They decide who will be our President.

At one time it was believed this was for our National Security, but the Supreme Court has ruled that is not the case. Electors may only vote for the candidate the VOTERS decide… so the question becomes:

Why do we still have Electors if they are unable to vote their conscience?

They are now an unnecessary, redundant step in the process…
It’s time we created a replacement for this antiquated electoral system.

Sec 1.3 shall be UNDONE and written as follows…” This is the section that describes the process by which the Electors will choose our President. IF we choose to undo the Electoral College, this section of our Constitution becomes a BLANK SLATE. How do we choose our President? More to the POINT… how do we choose our Presidential Candidates?

That is currently UNDEFINED.

What should our Government LOOK like? What do we want our Government to BE? Should MONEY decide who is allowed to seek The Office as it currently does, or should IDEAS rule the day…

In an OPEN and HONEST debate, the best ideas always rise to the TOP.

We must re-envision the contest we call our Presidential Election, from the Primary to the General. We have the power to make it exactly as it should be…

A Battle Royale of the MINDS.

We, The People, create the platform and supply the resources necessary to elevate the candidates… not the other way around. We’ve created this Office for OUR BENEFIT. Let us fully define what it is we want this “Application Process” to be, for every candidate.

Sec 1.3 Each of the Several States shall select, by ballot of eligible voters… an eligible candidate for President.

Fifty Presidential Candidates. As our Nation grows, more candidates will be added. Candidates as diverse as each and every State, representing their State’s interests and presenting solutions born of their life experience. Selected as the best candidate to represent their State, and chosen via a State-run Primary Election in which EVERY United States Citizen residing in that State is eligible to VOTE.

Every Citizen 16 years of age and older.

This should not be a goal to be realized in the future. This must be the base-line, our starting point. Every Citizen. Every Election. This is what we are fighting to secure. If someone suggests we must disenfranchise a certain set of the electorate for any reason, we must fight TOOTH and NAIL to preserve their Right…

As if I were losing my Right to VOTE.

More participation equals BETTER GOVERNANCE, and when you defend the Rights of others… you defend those Rights for yourself.

The balance between States’ Rights and Federal Authority must always be considered. We benefit greatly from the individual States running an election free from undue Federal burdens. Under the umbrella of the Federal Government, the State Governments provide a secondary line of defense against BAD ACTORS attempting to subvert our elections.

Therefore, we should seek to build on this strength and include it as a vital piece of our new system. If we think of it in terms of a Government Contract seeking production of a product… the Federal Government will create the specifications of the desired product and demand that it be produced in strict adherence to a specific set of conditions.

Statewide Primary Elections will produce ONE candidate from each State. Each individual will have been fully vetted by every citizen within their State BEFORE they step on to the National Stage, where they will be scrutinized once again by every citizen in the country in our Federal Primary Elections.

Every citizen. Every election. Multiple ballots, ensuring The People are fully informed at every step of the process. Placing our National Security in the hands of The People. DIRECTLY.

No middleman. No partisan filters. No select group of elects. No elite nobles to stand guard and “protect” what they deem worthy of protecting.

OPEN, HONEST, and TRANSPARENT. We are the balance upon which the entire EXPERIMENT is judged! Whomever stands victorious at the end of this process will have done so with the full backing of the MAJORITY of this Nation.

Let there be NO DOUBT!

And that is how we will ensure January 6, 2021, will NEVER happen again.

I believe in the 1st Amendment. Being a musician, I value having the ability to utilize EVERY tool in my toolbox when I create something new.

When I was younger, I would write in the form of Shakespearean Sonnets. The limiting structure and rhyme scheme forces the mind to streamline its thoughts, weeding out any unnecessary WORDS and getting straight to the POINT.

Within these constraints it’s possible to create perfection… every word, necessary to convey a feeling or an image… I think that’s why I find Twitter so fascinating. Always attempting to compose perfection.

I see WORDS as if they were COLORS… what image am I trying to PAINT in the minds of whomever will HEAR them?

No words should be taboo. No thoughts should be outcast. How can we find what’s ACCEPTABLE, if we are not allowed to LEARN what is not.

Banning thoughts and words is like banning the color RED… how can we create the images necessary to learn what evil looks like if we banish all the colors of the NIGHT? Without proper context, how will we recognize the beauty that comes from the return of the LIGHT?

HATE SPEECH is a different story. Hate speech that incites anger and motivates people to violence has NO PLACE in our society. Everyone should have the right to express their opinions, except for when those opinions advocate for violence or cause harm to others.

We cannot censor our way out of our problems. Misinformation must be addressed HEAD-ON. Like a fungus in a dark, wet room… it will spread if it’s ignored.

As individuals, we make decisions about what we believe to be TRUE based on all of the information we’ve gathered throughout our lives. Based on that limited perspective, we will eventually be in-error. We will make the wrong decisions based on limited data or a lack of up-to-date information.

But as the years pass, our cumulative knowledge grows… as does our accuracy.

As a Nation, we have over 200 YEARS of accumulated knowledge. As an Institution, our Union has erred. Today, those errors are OUR TREASURE. Because we can LEARN from our mistakes.

No idea should be seen as so outrageous that it cannot stand as a guardrail for our PUBLIC DEBATES. ‘This is the third rail… This is what we will not tolerate…’ Because we can SEE it. We can describe it. We can point to it when it’s on FULL DISPLAY.

And if it must continue to be so, that some people will only learn things the hard way, and they will continue to cling to ideas that are WRONG; then we must LISTEN to what they are saying. It is their RIGHT to be WRONG… and it is our DUTY to show them why they are so.

And it’s the DUTY of the United States Government to ensure all of this happens SAFELY.

Our Government takes in information from many sources throughout the World. As they consume new information, they deem some intel as “SECRET” or “CLASSIFIED”, in order to gain a strategic advantage against our adversaries or to protect our National Interests.

And even then, some of that classified information makes its way out into the public. Intrepid reporters engaged in old-fashioned, shoe-leather journalism, regularly beat our intelligence gathering communities to the story, essentially doing their job for them.

It is in the interest of Our Government to evaluate the veracity of new information on a daily basis and make an overall determination as to what is FACT and what is FICTION. I believe it is in the interest of every United States Citizen to know what the opinion of our Federal Government is on any information they see fit to evaluate.

Not to censor or to stifle dissenting opinions, but to share more broadly what their official opinion is. Like the labels Twitter attached to the former President’s Tweets in the final days of his tenure, or the information box YouTube attaches to videos that deal with disputed facts and fringe subjects… like fake moon landings or JFK conspiracy theories.

The integrity and security of Our Intellectual Debates shall be overseen by the Secret Service, with full Congressional oversight and direction.

As a unified entity, our Government must make conclusions as to the veracity of available information. It should be done so in a CLEAR and PRECISE way so that everyone knows exactly what their opinion is, and we can take that into consideration when determining what is TRUTH in our everyday lives.

I believe this task should fall on the shoulders of the United States Secret Service… but there are many, MANY corrective steps that must be taken before that HONOR can be bestowed upon them.

I believe they are deserving of the chance to make amends… because we entrust them with protecting one of our most sacred institutions. We NEED them to function properly.

Let us rededicate our efforts to ensuring it is so.

-JC

They Knew and They Didn’t Tell You

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https://www.politico.com/news/2021/09/30/manchin-proposed-15t-topline-number-to-schumer-this-summer-514803

A sincere intention to be OPEN and HONEST, regardless of the outcome… for what purpose? For who’s benefit? At the detriment of whom? What are the ends that will justify the collaboration… why even collaborate at all.

Must we re-invent the wheel every time we go for a DRIVE? Must we study the manuscripts of Da Vinci every time we FLY out to the coast?

Why must the exact same unnecessary Congressional DRAMA, play out every September over the subject of our National Debt Ceiling? It scares the hell out of the markets. It scares the hell out of our International Partners, and it scares the hell out of the American Middle Class… because WE are the ones who stand to lose it ALL if the bottom drops out.

I’m not going to patronize you by saying ‘This isn’t how our Congress WORKS’… because it is. DIRTY, through and thru. They’ve shown themselves. Clearly. This is the extent they will go to for their constituency…

THE DONORS.


That’s why Senator Manchin said debate on the $3.5 trillion spending package shouldn’t start until OCTOBER… because that’s the end of the QUARTER.

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Have to file those FUNDRAISING NUMBERS with the FEC. Keep it on the level…

Don’t want to piss-off the MONEY.

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What do you think those kayakers were saying?

‘Hey, Senator… thank you for funding Social Security 20 YEARS from now!’
‘Hey, Senator… thank you for preventing a hypothetical inflationary disaster!’

‘Hey, Senator… thank you for standing OPPOSED to the agenda the PEOPLE of the Great State of West Virginia overwhelmingly SUPPORT!’

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https://www.wvgazettemail.com/news/politics/poll-shows-wv-voters-support-using-tax-hikes-on-rich-corporations-to-help-pay-for/article_0df66787-202a-5b5e-8eb9-f20e0cd622da.html

I mean… who could be angry when you’re on a BOAT.
Especially when you can WRITE IT OFF as a business expense.

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What is carried out in the shadows? Drug deals go down in the shadows. Murders happen veiled in shadows. Assaults and bribery. Money laundering and racketeering…

Not Justice. Not Legislating.

No institution charged with upholding Justice should be doing so through any method associated with SHADOWS. No Legislative Body in a Constitutional Democracy, should support double-dealing in the SHADOWS… especially when it’s being done to their OWN TEAM.

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/us-policy/2021/06/25/gop-spending-biden-infrastructure/

I’m not sure what’s worse… the TRUTH or the SPIN. Watching the Progressive Caucus on all the news shows, talking about how they’ve made progress because conversations have now finally started.

They were never going to BUDGE. Leadership knew it.
Yet they let it all play out… for what. 

They engaged in BAD FAITH for the benefit of THEIR party… THEIR agenda. It’s one thing to engage in BAD FAITH for the benefit of the VOTERS… but this series of unfortunate events is NOT what we want.

How would Mitch McConnell have handled this? Imagine if Mitch McConnell were the Champion of Women’s Rights or the Leader fighting to secure our Democracy…

This would have all been wrapped up in NINE MONTHS.

As a TEAM, they created a PLAN. Bickered and negotiated from $6 trillion all the way DOWN to $3.5 trillion… ALONE. With no support from Republicans. It was CAMPAIGNED ON! We know what’s in the bill. We voted to SUPPORT this agenda in 2020.

It’s necessary. It’s fiscally sound, as it will strengthen infrastructure… and IT’S PAID FOR. But it’s not about the BILL. It’s not about the SPENDING.

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https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/27/us/politics/sinema-fund-raiser-social-climate-bill.html

They campaigned on it and the VOTERS supported it. Therefore, it would be detrimental to their POLITICAL FUTURE to stand OPPOSED to what the VOTERS want. There is no logical rationale for their position. Unless…

Are they planning to retire from politics? Are they planning to CHANGE PARTIES next election cycle? How do they expect to get RE-ELECTED if they stand OPPOSED to the Will of their constituents?

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https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/27/us/politics/sinema-fund-raiser-social-climate-bill.html

Oh, right. They are working for their constituents…
The people who got them elected.

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https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/arizona/2021/09/30/sen-kyrsten-sinema-budget-bill-concerns-white-house-schumer/5931577001/

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We have now struggled through a pandemic and a financial crisis… and if you’re OLD like me… you’ve probably seen this all before. All the SAME players in Washington. All the SAME ideas. All the same bullshit.

The pendulum swings and the politicians LIE. They dance for the DOLLAR, repealing protections enacted during the previous Congress, because the DONORS believe the PEOPLE have forgotten and opinions have moved on.

The People have not forgotten… nor will we. In fact, our resolve only GROWS. Our Intestinal Fortitude has strengthened. For a YEAR we sat isolated, together. Alone with nothing but TIME… and we WATCHED.

Their priorities… not OURS.

Bailouts. Corporate handouts. The Military. The Airline Industry. The Auto Industry. Insurance Companies. Healthcare Companies. Big Pharma. The Agriculture Industry. Meat Processing Plants… ‘No worries! The government is ON IT! Here, TAKE MY MONEY!

But… 

When it comes to Grandma and Grandpa or American families with CHILDREN… well, ‘We’ll need to see some PROOF that you are actually DESERVING of the pittance we might give you…

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https://www.politico.com/news/2021/10/01/medicare-benefits-hill-democrats-514946

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They’re attempting to reframe the entire debate. It’s those “radicals”. The “activists”. The extremists in the party that want to make life better for ALL Americans…

The MAJORITY of the Democratic Party.

A handful of Party Elites have highjacked the process. Aided and abetted by the LEADERSHIP. They knew in JUNE and said NOTHING.

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… be sure to lean in and be all creepy-like when she asks you that question, sir…

Of course Joe Biden is smiling. Everything is working out exactly as he planned. Instead of fully funding these projects, we’ll spend just enough MONEY to make the DONORS happy, while everyone ELSE gets SCREWED…

… but that sounds about RIGHT now, doesn’t it.

#EndTheHastertRule 

-JC