The Words of Dissent

As we stand at the beginning of Women’s History Month and at the end of Black History Month, we find ourselves facing yet another subject that cannot be put off until tomorrow. Another example of just how high the stakes are, in this situation we find ourselves in.

Another embodiment of one of the fundamental principles, of what it is to be an American… cast aside and dismissed. Determined to be de minimis when weighed against the needs of someone else, with a blatant disregard for the rights and opinions of the MAJORITY.


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Everyday, LIVES are risked to bring us the TRUTH… even if that truth is being delivered with a Partisan Edge. Right now someone is asking questions, about something someone else doesn’t want you to know anything about, and everyday the TRUTH is closer to being revealed.

Without that truth, we don’t have accurate facts upon which to base our decisions, leaving us vulnerable in times of crisis; or leading us to make rash decisions, when all that’s necessary is patient thoughtful contemplation.

There is no thoughtful contemplation necessary when it comes to defending the Free Press. 

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There is no diplomatic strategy we can employ to rationalize or justify the SILENCING of dissent. There is no storied PAST celebrated in our history, of ignoring the murder of a United States journalist. That’s a story filled with outrage and disgust, UNITED in demands for Justice… not diplomacy. 

Show me a country who supports the SILENCING of dissent, and I’ll show you a People who are confused, oppressed, and ISOLATED… cut off and hidden from the TRUTH. 

How many corners can we BEND? How many coffee stains will we allow…

The WORDS may still exist, but everyday that document is filled with MORE HOLES. An add-on, a new policy, a justification for someone else’s inactions. Becoming more of a tedious To-do list, than it is anything one would reasonably associate with something defined as a “constitution”.

The only stories I know, of nations who rise to power by SILENCING dissent, end in terror. They end in horrors seen only in times of WAR. Appeasement is never acceptable. We’ve seen this show before… just go watch the historical NEWS REELS from WWII.

“Pity the thought! … that any American Citizen should have to pay ONE CENT MORE for a gallon of GAS, simply because we held someone accountable for their actions!”

Or is it that the United States might somehow lose credibility because we stood firm in our support for the Rule of Law…? I don’t understand. I must be missing something here. We lead by example. What precedent will this create?

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What are we trying to create? What are the ends to the daily means we live as a society? Does this decision bring us any closer to our goals? Racial Inequality. Gender Inequality. Economic Inequality… what example does this set.

These are the faces of dissent…

… to silence one is to silence them ALL. How many more voices will be silenced because of our inaction? The United States defends the rights of others to STAND UP and SPEAK OUT because it’s in our best interest to do so. It’s in the best interest of everyone to be fully informed. No matter the risk involved.

LONG LIVE THE FREE PRESS. 

-JC 

The Price of Inaction

I find myself trying to write some kind of self-help book… as if I have all the answers. As if I could solve all these problems.

Like I could change the climate in our political discourse, proposing some sort of legislative action that would convince our elected officials, that it’s in their best interest to put the needs of their VOTERS over those of monied interests… as if they would even listen to the words I would say.

Then again, maybe it is something simple, like there’s some point that needs to be addressed… some important FACT that needs to be raised. They are busy people, and the last few years have been action packed…


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Or maybe they just need to see things from a different perspective.


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I’m not sure anyone could write a self-help book that would address their needs. How does anyone allow that to happen?! At first glance, a 100 year event is difficult to prepare for, so it’s understandable if people are caught off-guard, unexpectedly…

But that’s only at first glance. 

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Accountability, for actions taken by elected officials, as well as their engagement in INACTION, is necessary. But… that’s not what I’m speaking of. Accountability has been lacking for MANY years now, it’s only a product of the situation.

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There are many people and events that we will never forget, and we seek corrective actions in their name, for the benefit of the nation as a whole and the benefit of the survivors they left behind. But that never brings BACK the people we have lost. That never fills the void after the fact, a loss no legislation could restore.

What message could I send to someone who holds their office despite their public actions? Despite the fact they are despised by their own constituents as well as their colleagues?

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It’s not Texas’s fault. It’s not the voters who’ve caused this mess. Ted Cruz isn’t to blame either, he’s a product of the situation we find ourselves in. He was CHEERED as he read “Green Eggs and Ham” from the Senate floor, just as he was when he was fighting for the people he represents… by challenging our free and fair elections.


What could I say to someone like that, that would change their mind? What legislative action could be taken that would convince him not to do that again in the future… or ANY legislator for that matter?

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https://abcnews.go.com/US/family-11-year-boy-died-texas-deep-freeze/story?id=76030082

The mother of 11-year-old Cristian Pineda filed the wrongful death lawsuit in Jefferson County District Court, alleging the utility giants “put profits over the welfare of people” by ignoring previous recommendations to winterize its power grid.


There are no bounds in our society when it comes to the expression of our thoughts, except for when those thoughts lead to violent actions against others. The actions taken by elected officials in EVERY State are in support of the people who make it possible for them to hold that office. Their actions, while in office, reflect the needs of their constituents.

Their actions would never cause harm to their constituents’ families…

or their constituents’ interests.

It’s top of mind. Their JOB depends on it.

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Who’s interests do these people represent? 
Just ask them! They’ll happily tell you… it’s no secret. 

No… I don’t have all the answers, nor would I ever claim to have them. But I do believe, I know how we can FIND THEM. The hypnotic trance of the pendulum has lulled everybody into a false sense of reality. Pointing the finger, looking for someone else to blame.

Red or Blue. Left or Right. We ALL know what the problem is.

It taints our discussions by adding weight to a politically dishonest stance. It amplifies support AND it SILENCES opposition. It can create the perception of great knowledge and ability where there is none. It can convince someone to stand in support of a cause that stands antithetical to what they believe in their soul to be true.

Legislators legislate based on MONEY and the pursuit thereof. 

 

What is the price of inaction? 

As a Nation, what lessons have we learned from inaction. We know, what we do today will determine how difficult our path will be tomorrow. Throughout our Nation’s history, there have been many more monumental undertakings engaged in than what it is we must do today. What our Founders saw simply as dutiful action, undertaken to protect the rights of our citizens… we now revere and celebrate as our Bill of Rights. 

We must not take it for granted. They took action! They made the RIGHT CALL. We must do no less than what they would have done, especially if they had been given the knowledge we now have. 

 

-JC 

 

 

… where did you STAND?

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Well good… now that THAT’S over with. I guess we can all move on.
Now that everything’s settled.
Now that everyone’s reached some kind of definitive conclusion.

Some may see things differently than others. Some may disagree completely on what is FACT and what is not. Unfortunately, no matter how you see things, I think we can all agree that there’s no good news to report from our recent PAST. But, things are looking good for our future… that’s if we are willing to learn from our mistakes.

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Because it’s on full display! Right NOW, upon the World Stage… HYPOCRISY! In the United States Senate. Evidence, if presented in any other Federal Courtroom would lead to conviction… dismissed and IGNORED by our Elected Officials.

It must be nice to have a Senator in your pocket. 

… but that sort of thing doesn’t happen in my daily life.

If I break the law, or one of my friends or a family member were to act in such a way… there’s no special consideration given to that situation. There is no Gang of Eight who will attempt to sway opinion by withholding evidence or testimony in that case… the Wheels of Justice simply turn.


… and oh, isn’t it sad. Isn’t it a shame. Another life wasted, fallen to a life of crime. Another criminal behind BARS, another perp off the street…

Who ARE these people?! Ye, GODS amongst Men? How is this even close to being Representative of our NATION, of our DAILY LIVES?

This is the Vision of Governance they wish to see.
This is Justice, in the eyes of our Elected Officials.

Who’s interests do they REPRESENT. 

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This is the road they have paved. Through their actions, by their VOTE. They have affirmed this action. This is not a conclusion to anything… it’s now complete. The Leader of the Republican Party for the foreseeable future will be Donald J. Trump. Everyone needs to understand and prepare for that.

Be it two years, be it four years. Even if it is eight years from now, eventually this question will be raised again. This is not the time to be SILENT. The defense of Democracy means we must act. If we do nothing, THIS is what it will continue to BE!

Fix the gerrymandering, secure the right to vote for ALL Americans, secure our elections from foreign interference, yes to all of it! But at the heart of it all, we’re still securing and defending the same old broken electoral system, that allows us the privilege of choosing between the candidates the DONORS have deemed acceptable.

Government by the dollar. Justice to the highest bidder.

… we all know what the problem is.

It is Self-Evident.

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The state of BEING equal… especially in status, rights, and opportunity. A symbolic expression of a FACT, that two quantities ARE EQUAL.

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The quality of being fair or impartial. The QUALITY of… the VALUE of. The value of WORTH. Ownership. Rights. 

 

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EQUALITY promotes fairness by treating EVERYONE the same, regardless of need. 

 

 

We’ve all been plodding along, believing what was written, that we are ALL created EQUAL. And everyday… we continue to question why it’s not so.

“Certainly the Constitution does not require discrimination on the basis of sex. The only issue is whether it prohibits it… it doesn’t. No one ever voted for that.”

-Justice Antonin Scalia 

… no one ever voted for that. 

 

 

In the beginning, they did not know. It had never been proven before… it had never been done. As new light was being cast upon old paradigms of thought, revelations of a new way forward were forged.

IF they proved to be superior to those that came before, it could break the cycle of enslavement humanity had endured for thousands of years. IF they proved to be wrong… it could lead to the enslavement of the entire globe.


 


They chose to believe in the fundamental laws of nature, as proved by countless minds across thousands of years. That we are ALL created EQUAL. A fact so universally profound, our Founders believed it to be SELF-EVIDENT. It is the foundation upon which our Democratic Experiment is built. A fact so basic, we now take it for granted.

If that which we believe to be FACT becomes a variable, the entire experiment falls apart… that’s why they Declared it to be so from the start.

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Our words matter… every one of us. We are united in common cause, our destinies entangled. Our fates dependent upon the actions of others. It is by choice and design that we stand today, not by chance. Some would say it was preordained, as if a gift from the divine.

If that’s the case, we must remember- it is a gift given with FREE WILL… a choice. The ability to see that which is OF divinity, and that which is NOT. It’s up to us to use these gifts we’ve been given, in the way they were intended to be used…

For ALL MANKIND. 

 


And at the heart of it all stands that universal truth… EQUALITY.

Just read the WORDS as they are written. Therein lies our ANSWER! That’s why OURS is to be celebrated! Any path we follow must bring us closer to Equal Justice Under Law for everyone. From the President to the Postmaster, from Senator to Sanitation Worker. It’s what we’ve all pledged to do.

Anyone who stands opposed to EQUALITY, stands opposed to the MAJORITY of the people of the United States of America… and we now have the DATA to back that up.


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STAND UP for the RULE OF LAW!

STAND UP for the CONSTITUTION.

-JC

A More Perfect Union

Are we willing to trade a little bit of our truth for HUMILITY? Because we ALL want to STAND for what’s RIGHT… right? Not just righteous, but factually correct.

None of us were given the sight to see what is only for the eyes of the Divine, but we were endowed with the ability to LEARN and GROW. To take in new knowledge and new information, to understand things from a new perspective… learning, through compassion and empathy.

Because we can ALL see it! There, beneath the layers of superficial bullshit, at the CORE of all of the radical conspiracy theories is an obscured TRUTH… the impact of such being lost long ago.


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For GREED? At the expense of well-meaning people wanting to do the right thing… yes, but also BECAUSE of greed. To deliberately dilute and hide uncomfortable FACTS among a bizarre collection of unrelated and easily dismissible ideas.

How do we reconcile FACT with FICTION when an observable fact becomes associated with fantasy and racially charged propaganda? It’s nothing NEW. It’s the same vile storylines that were cast upon undesirable minority populations throughout the last century.

Only now it’s SUPERCHARGED and available in the palm of your hand. 

 

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What is Our LIGHT? What is the pinnacle of OUR efforts, the vision revealed within our nation’s dream? There is a common thread woven through our collective dis-ease… and it’s either elevated or SILENCED at the discretion of MONEY.  

 

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Money should not define our legislative moral agendas.
Money should not define who is worthy of Equal Justice Under Law.

It is a slippery slope, but it’s one we must walk down if we want to make things better for generations to come.

-JC