Time to Take Your Medicine

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—Martin Luther King, Jr.

A War on Voting Rights.

A War on Women.

A War on Reproductive Rights.

A Digital War, a Cyber War…

A War on Democracy itself. 

 

War is expensive. War destroys LIVES. War may attempt to secure access to LAND, but this is the 21st Century. Unless we’re talking about Antarctica… just about every piece of land has been spoken for, and it’s been that way for quite a while.

War is the enemy of a Civil People. War is the enemy of a Prosperous Nation.

The People of the United States do not seek war, but that should not be seen as a statement of cowardice. We will fight to secure PEACE. Whatever the cost.

Twenty years of aggression has left its mark on this Nation. We are not the same as we once were. Let us bear our SCARS… the scars that we’ve given to ourselves. Let them STAND as Our Testimony, so that others might see them and learn from our example.

A smoking gun. A mushroom cloud. Yellowcake Uranium and Mobile Processing Sites… all LIES. A fabrication. Created to justify that which they could NOT. What happens when we go to War for a LIE?

Twenty years later those leaders are NO LONGER our leaders… war is detrimental to the future of anyone who wishes to secure influence or power.

 

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https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/politics-news/donald-trump-campaign-offered-actors-803161/

Boldness, in the face of hatred and oppression will secure our future… INACTION will not. The victors will always be standing on the side of PEACE.

Defend, but do not advance. Secure, but do not attack. We know for what it is that we stand… do they? If they do not, then let there be NO DOUBT. Whatever the outcome, whatever the cost… we will stand for PEACE. We will stand in defense of those who would also stand for PEACE.

The American People will defend PEACE… because we cannot stomach the cost of WAR.

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https://www.forbes.com/sites/hanktucker/2021/08/16/the-war-in-afghanistan-cost-america-300-million-per-day-for-20-years-with-big-bills-yet-to-come/?sh=28e70f697f8d

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https://www.defense.gov/casualty.pdf

Maybe it’s time for us to take our medicine.

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War is anathema to everything this Nation desires. It doesn’t secure wealth. It doesn’t secure life. It doesn’t secure status or stature either… as we revere those who ended our wars more so, than those who started them.

We curse the war and celebrate the PEACE that follows, because everyday we continue to fight is another day stolen from our future. Another day we could be rebuilding, but instead… we continue to destroy. And we know we do not stand alone.

War breeds distrust. War breeds resentment and anger. War is the mother of Vengeance, fathered by Misery and Greed. Burdens shouldered, by those who had nothing to do with starting the endeavor… they pick up the broken pieces of what’s left, long after those who gave the orders have surrendered.

War will not solve the problems of the PAST; war only creates new problems.

May our future endeavors always be JUST, and may we never again fight a war for Vengeance… as a method that seeks to correct mistakes of the past. Instead of responding to anger with anger, let us first ask WHY

Those mistakes… those actions… they were not OURS. Our Forefathers, our predecessors… we live with their mistakes. With their guidance, may their past inform us TODAY. 

Let us HONOR their memory, by ensuring we don’t make the same mistakes.

 

-JC

 

Focus On The Problem

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After we left our tour of the White House, I ducked down the stairs to catch the train at McPherson Square. At the top of the stairwell was a musician, playing his heart out on an old beat-up six string… his case was propped open, and a stack of cash had started to pile up.

I stopped and smoked the rest of my cigarette, absorbed in the moment. Blocks away, the HEART of our Democracy… what better STAGE? What better venue than THIS… quite literally, at the Crossroads of our Nation.

I tossed some cash on the stack, gave him a smile and went on my way.

I don’t remember if it was an original tune or if it was a cover, but whatever it was he was playing… it was HIS. In that moment. On that stage. He was playing what he decided. He staked out his place and did what he does best.

To uplift. To inspire. For the sheer joy of doing it. To share something that… no matter how insignificant it may be, might make the difference in someone else’s day. To frame the moment in a different LIGHT… to bring comfort to others as they go on about their day.

The stage may be small, but the connection is REAL none the less. There, on FULL DISPLAY. Sharing a little piece of your SOUL… one person at a time.

He didn’t have to choose that stairwell. He could have played in the park or on the street corner. He could have played by the Smithsonian or the Capitol where more tourists would have had more disposable income.

But he set up shop RIGHT THERE, with less than $100 to show for his efforts… I wish I would have had more to give.

What are my intentions? What do I want to accomplish? The same thing that young man was doing on that STAGE… everything I possibly can, to inspire CHANGE in the hearts and minds of everyone I can reach.

Be it on a SOAPBOX in a subway stairwell. Be it on a street corner with a sandwich-board sign… whatever it takes. Whatever the cost, for such a Righteous cause as OURS demands no less.

We are the United States. WE decide our fate… until it is no more. Until I have nothing left to give… because we would have nothing without Her. So I continue to STAND.

Until it is done.

IF the Political Divide will not UNITE to reform our laws so that they reflect The Will of The People directly, then The People must assert their place in our Constitutional Democracy and demand the TWO PARTIES be tamed.

For the sake of our Country. For the sake of our National Security.

For the sake of our children, who will inherit whatever it is we leave behind for them… who will have the CLARITY of time to decide who was to blame and who was correct.

Our actions will be judged by the passage of TIME… memorialized appropriately.

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The American People are willing to fight and die for the LIES of elected officials… just so long as they wrap it up in something SHINY and top it off with a red, white, and blue BOW. And we know to a certain extent, that they’re ALL full of shit… they’re OUR politicians. We voted them into office. We bought their lies.

The Gulf of Tonkin. The sinking of the Maine.

Had Roosevelt listened to different advisors, he might have avoided the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Had George W. Bush listened to his IC, he might have read a BOOK on some guy named Usama while he was vacationing on his RANCH that August.

Even with PERFECT hindsight, as we can see the full TRUTH of their lies, we either ignore uncomfortable facts or we selectively forget pivotal news conferences… where a journalist threw a SHOE at the Leader of the Free World.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muntadhar_al-Zaidi

Makes ‘Let’s go Brandon’ seem kinda quaint, don’t you think.

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https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2022/01/03/liz-cheney-says-trump-unfit-office-jan-6-probe/9080887002/

What will we leave behind, when we’re gone. When TIME has done away with us. We did not choose it, but we live in interesting times. I believe Rachel Maddow was right… that old timey “blessing” is actually a curse.

But we cannot ignore it… because we cannot escape it. There is no safe harbor on this PLANET once Democracy dies. Look no farther than our HISTORY for guidance. Be it the 20th Century, A.D. Be it the 5th Century, B.C.

Let the call go forth across this Land that this is Our Time. We, The People. No ONE MAN shall rule over a FREE PEOPLE. They are but representatives of ourselves, given ascent and allowed to govern because of OUR CONSENT. Let us ensure we bestow that HONOR upon those worthy of such a title. Let us raise the bar, before we lose the ability to do so…

Because it has not yet been done.

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https://jackcharbonneau.com/2021/01/11/act-as-if-it-would-happen-again/

Because it will not BE done, if we allow things to go on without change.

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Shattering the darkness like a bolt out of the sky, in an instant we are shown what was hidden… a snapshot of our place in TIME. Burned like an image onto a silver plate. That clarity will eventually fade… until the next flash of LIGHT comes.

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Should we wait for more information… or should we ACT.

It is with humility that I ask, because I want to know. That is precisely why I ask. To better understand where I am coming from, to help inform my point of view. It’s not born of arrogance or brashness… it is with confidence that I write these words.

I have called upon this Nation to address a simple question. I believe we must find the answer, as the future of our Democracy depends on it.

‘Should the American People be allowed to elect their President by Direct Vote?’

Let us address this problem HEAD ON and solve it once and for all. Because we know we should. Because we know we can… as they could not.

MILLIONS of points of data, spread across 13 COLONIES… transmitted on HORSEBACK. To do this accurately on a Continental Scale consistently, every election, is an almost unthinkable task… in 1776.

Is our 18th Century electoral system secure enough to withstand an assault by a 21st Century Tyrannical Leader, hell-bent on taking over our Constitutional Democracy?

Our National Security is ensured when the Will of The People reigns SUPREME.

And how do we know this? What evidence do we have that can confirm this? Over 200 years of SHARED INTEREST, of UNITED PURPOSE… two centuries of COMMON GROUND.

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Anyone who stands opposed to the ideal of Equal Justice Under Law, stands opposed to the Will of the MAJORITY. “… with Liberty and Justice for ALL.” Not just for SOME or a select FEW… but for everyone. It’s what we’ve all pledged to protect and defend.

Let us waste no more TIME debating the validity of the Experiment. Let us affirm it. Let us celebrate it. Let us cling to it, as if it were our LIFEBOAT… and may the Rule of Law stand as our COMPASS, guiding us all safely back HOME.

May the Will of the MAJORITY of this Blessed Land, always prevail.

-JC

Everything in its Right Place

I lean to the LEFT on just about all of my positions… but because I lean so far left, I sometimes come out on the far side of the RIGHT. When our political divisions are charted out, there seems to be a segment of the far right that finds common ground in the messaging of Bernie Sanders; and there’s a segment of the far left that supports a “Law and Order” message, like that of Donald Trump.

Instead of a line graph, where the x and y coordinates neatly sort out our political differences… we find overlap. We are not as divided as they make us out to be.

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When I analyze my positions, I can see common ground with those who would carry the Gadsden Flag. Liberty proves Justice… while Justice merely wishes it were Liberty.

These are observations, drawn from what’s PUBLICLY AVAILABLE. I make my conclusions based upon what I know to be TRUE and then evaluate what will come NEXT… and I do this in the SUNLIGHT.

Available for everyone to see. Be they citizens of this Nation or citizens of another. Be they elected officials of this land or somewhere else… be they FRIEND or FOE.

If I’ve drawn these conclusions… what conclusions have they made? What’s their evaluation of the current state of Our Union.

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Joe Manchin is a SMART GUY; he knows there is no I in TEAM. But I’d say, it’s clear to all of us… he can definitely see the word ME in it.

This isn’t about supporting or ending the filibuster. This isn’t about a Senator taking a principled stand against the leadership of his own party.

This is about MONEY.

Joe Manchin is doing what his DONORS want him to do… and they support the ENTIRE PARTY. And LO and BEHOLD! Wouldn’t you know it… that happens to be the position of the OTHER PARTY, too.

I wonder who foots their bills?

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https://www.opensecrets.org/industries/indus.php?ind=E01

… 

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https://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/586034-will-or-should-kamala-harris-become-the-spiro-agnew-of-2022

Now, to be clear, I don’t believe this B.S. for one second… until I stop and think about it. What if that were me? What would I do if I had to be productive in such a toxic work environment, constantly looked down upon as inadequate or somehow lacking…

I would resign. I would want what’s best for my PARTY, my PRESIDENT, and my COUNTRY. Joe Manchin should consider doing the SAME concerning his status as a Democrat, and the leadership of the Democratic National Committee should demand it from him.

But I’m sure that won’t happen, just as it is within the REPUBLICAN PARTY.

Ted Cruz said he wouldn’t be a servile puppy for Donald Trump. Mitch McConnell believes Donald Trump should be held criminally responsible for his role in the events of January 6th. Lindsay Graham said he was done with Donald Trump… yet they ALL fall in line.

What does this say about the LEADERSHIP of the TWO PARTIES? One side is UNITED in their aggressive agenda of total INACTION, while the OTHER is unable to unite behind the agenda of the LEADER of their Party- THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

Joe Manchin can find ANOTHER JOB. Joe Manchin can hop on his BOAT and sail off to CANADA while our Democracy dies… and he’ll have plenty of cash-on-hand to do all that, thanks to his DONORS.

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https://www.opensecrets.org/industries/indus.php?ind=E01

HE can’t explain it to the folks back home. HE has done everything HE can do. HE can’t see himself voting for it. HE has a problem…

Over 80 million Americans voted for this agenda in 2020. 

 

Q: If this is HIS opinion, why does the Democratic Party remain SILENT? Why is he allowed to do this with no consequences from Party Leadership?

A: Because they can’t continue to “do the right thing” if they can’t get RE-ELECTED… and they need more MONEY in order to do that.

 

Their SILENCE, bought and paid for by organizations and individuals who stand to lose money if these bills pass… BILLIONS of dollars! They save BILLIONS every year by investing just TENS of MILLIONS of dollars in EVERY political campaign. Thereby assuring their influence in the legislative process… no matter who is elected.

And now, as the storm clouds darken our skies. My Fellow Americans, I ask you… what are their intentions? What should be OURS.

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We may not be able to change the DESTINATION… we may have no control over what SHAPE it will create; but we have the ability to CHOOSE what part we will play, what position we will ultimately take. Though we have not yet made that decision… and in some cases the choices haven’t even been presented… one day, that choice must be made.

It may be heavy. It may be unpleasant and even downright disturbing… but we will not be the FIRST, and we will certainly not be the LAST.

And it doesn’t even need to be that difficult, it’s being made out to be harder than it actually is. It will only require that every one of us participates… more HANDS will lighten the LOAD.

We’ve now seen with our own eyes what the problem is and where the problem lies. If we take this moment and UNITE in common cause, we can begin a Restoration of Our Democracy. To remove what is clearly rotten and make things as they should be. To ensure INTEGRITY is found behind those walls… no matter who is chosen by THE PEOPLE to reside there.

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https://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/10/upshot/harry-trumans-home-improvement.html 

Within a defined physical framework, with an impartial, finite application of the rules… the outcome of the experiment should be the SAME. Predictable. A FACT. Demonstrated consistently, time and again.

That is, unless there is an OUTSIDE INFLUENCE on the system. A tilt. A jolt. A finger on the scale, and the result appears skewed as nothing falls into place.

Because of the reliability of the experiment itself, we can SEE what has occurred. A shift to the LEFT or a shift to the RIGHT and we can see exactly what the problem is… and we know exactly how to SOLVE IT.

It’s written at the TOP of this page. 

The chaos. The division. The inaction. All of it disappears when we FOCUS on the problem. We just need to STOP, catch our breath, and start it again at the upper left-hand corner… as my high school band director would say.

All together now… as ONE

 

-JC 

 

The Doors of Perception

To be polarized… what exactly does that mean? Are we referring to the idea that we stand at odds. OPPOSED… as in magnetic polar opposites.

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This polarization suggests opposition is the heart of our problem, because we are unable to find common ground from which to govern… ‘Government is the problem’. Being representative of The People who elected them, a dysfunctional government MUST be the product of a dysfunctional electorate… ‘It’s those damn voters. They just don’t understand’.

@1:18 in the video: ”Because of the lack of gatekeepers and people who have a historical perspective… there’s a real vulnerability in the electorate.”

Instead of believing we stand in opposition, could it be that we are actually being polarized? As in photons of LIGHT, forced into a decision between TWO DOORS…

IF we are the LIGHT that illuminates that Shining City on a hill… maybe it’s time we considered what that means.

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If information must pass through a predetermined filter, we will never realize the full potential of this experiment. Legislative arteries, intentionally clogged by years of LARD and CORRUPTION… now working to ensure our National Security within a 21st Century Information Space.

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Can we see through the shadows… their shadows… and still see the LIGHT?

Let there be NO DOUBT!

It’s part of who we ARE, a light so bright it pierces the DARKEST night. Recognizable, no matter where you STAND.

 

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https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2022/01/january-6-insurrection-trump-coup-2024-election/620843/?utm_source=msn 

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Now… I may be just a simple man, but it doesn’t take an Albert Einstein to see what’s happening here. It’s the motivating factor and it’s the catalyst that allows the misinformation to GROW.

I know it. The Legislators know it. The American People know it…

Do the DONORS know it?

 

Do they understand that the short-term gains will not outweigh the devastating long-term consequences? I don’t know… we don’t know who they ARE.

They could be titans of industry or any number of wealthy individuals, all pooling millions of dollars into dark money SUPER-PACS. Facelessly. Anonymously… have they no sense of history at all?

There is no ROI once Democracy dies.

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https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/23/world/asia/apple-daily-hong-kong.html 

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Left or Right, Red or Blue. We all know what the problem is. 💰

It does not matter who you are or how much money you have, there will come a time where it’s not enough… appeasement is never an option.

But we must remember, polarized light passed through multiple filters will restore CLARITY. Our polarization unites us… we are the target of their polarization.

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Demonstrated within the first two minutes of the video

We must secure our elections from outside interference, ensure our elections reflect the Will of The People directly, and defend the right to vote for every citizen. That is how we secure our Democracy.

Corruption is inevitable, no matter what laws we create. It’s up to us to CHOOSE who should have access to the reins of power. THE PEOPLE. 

More participation equals BETTER GOVERNANCE. Always.

 

 

-JC

The Liberty to Choose

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Schrodinger proposed the thought experiment to show how absurd the idea of a state of superposition could be.

One century later, we now understand that absurdity to be part of the underlying foundation of our physical reality.

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In every instance I can think of, the SANCTITY and VALUE of a potential human LIFE isn’t belittled or devalued. It’s central to the entire situation… that potential life is the reason these decisions are so significant.

What seems to get lost in the shuffle is the loss of LIFE that comes when a woman is forced to carry an unwanted pregnancy.

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Taking away a woman’s right to choose doesn’t protect the rights of potential life, it only takes away the rights of women who are alive TODAY. The search for an arbitrary determinative length of TIME shows us… instead of listening to the facts, the goal is to restrict access by shortening the length of time as much as possible.

Disregarding the rights of the women at the heart of these situations… and the person at the heart of these situations isn’t always a WOMAN.

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www.nytimes.com/2021/11/30/opinion/abortion-texas-mississippi-rape.html

Separate is inherently unequal. That was the determination that made change necessary. Protecting EQUAL ACCESS is what the Court chose, as it should. One person’s rights should not supersede the rights of another. They should be weighed EQUALLY.

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Women are people TOO… that must be dealt with.

There is LIFE within the womb… carried by a HUMAN BEING with certain unalienable rights. They cannot be overlooked. The argument can seem somewhat civil if it’s involving consenting, legal adults… but that isn’t always the case. In many cases there’s more than ONE CHILD involved.

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Who will speak for them?

 

Which child will we protect when it’s YOUR daughter who is made to carry… something which they have no idea about how it was even created. By someone whom they TRUSTED. Who kept them in the dark. Intentionally. For MONTHS, if not YEARS.

How is it their fault? Why should they be made to suffer? Why is their pain somehow less than any other’s…

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There is no doubt as to when LIFE begins. It should be protected and cherished from the moment it starts.

The decision as to when that life will become a CHILD should be made by a woman in-consultation with her DOCTOR. And even then, women should be in control. Until a woman makes the decision to become a MOTHER, she is a person seeking medical care.

Women make the determinative observation. It’s HER BODY. HER FUTURE. HER CHOICE. Without her… there is NO LIFE.

We must empower women and girls with every tool at our disposal, to ensure they are successful in whatever they CHOOSE. 

 

-JC