The Case FOR The People

I hear what they’re saying… free tuition for ALL, free healthcare for ALL, debit forgiveness… They want to give away the STORE! To please you… to please “THEM”… to please ME.

But how many times have they promised us THE MOON, then stuck US with the bill on a $400 HAMMER? Talked about being greeted as “liberators”, only to be kicked out by THEIR elected government.

Assuring us that there WAS WMD… but they must have DISPOSED of it.

All of them are clambering around to take a shot at the “Big Banks” and “Big Tech” and “reign in Wall St.” Just as they did after 2008? Statutes and regulations passed, then slowly degraded through DE-FUNDING, eroding protections, issuing fines that amount to “pocket change” when (and IF) laws are found to be broken… actions taken by elected officials BEHOLDEN to the SAME entities for THEIR re-election. It is a COLD HARD TRUTH-

MONEY DECIDES OUR ELECTIONS.

After the Speakership of Paul Ryan ended, for the FIRST TIME in 10 years The House held a hearing on GUN VIOLENCE. For 10 years, The House did NOT actively investigate solutions to PREVENT GUN DEATHS. The Dickey Amendment forbids the CDC to FUND RESEARCH into PREVENTING GUN DEATHS… while the NRA spent over $30 MILLION in the 2016 election, donating to re-elect politicians loyal to their FUNDS.

In 2009, our elected officials passed the TARP Act to “bail out” the banks. Most news outlets did not call out the fact that these institutions were INSURED… on top of the bailout, they were REIMBURSED for their losses.

… my mortgage is STILL underwater.

Donald Trump inflated the value on a $20 MILLION property to over $200 MILLION in an attempt to secure a loan to buy a FOOTBALL TEAM.

Meanwhile I couldn’t write off snow tires as a work expense for my wife, a PEDIATRIC INTENSIVE CARE NURSE who was designated a critical team member, required to show up during ANY natural disaster… guess I need a better TAX MAN.

 

In 2003, when my wife and I purchased our home, we knew the school district wasn’t the best, but we hoped we could rehabilitate our house and turn it into a profit, then move somewhere with better schools before our kids reached that age. The housing market has not returned to where it once was, and the schools have not improved.

We decided the work on our house could wait, and we enrolled our boys in a private school. It’s NOT EASY… financially speaking. But not everyone HAS that option! Many families are STUCK with whatever their elected officials provide for education. Elected officials, who are influenced by the FUNDS of wealthy groups who have earned their wealth… in PRIVATE, FOR-PROFIT EDUCATION.

History books are compiled and decided, curriculum, accountability, and standards decided by appointees… appointed by elected officials, BEHOLDEN TO FUNDRAISING.

The DONOR over the VOTER.

The people on the ballot, when it comes time for us to vote, are there because they were the BEST FUNDRAISER. At the beginning, in the primaries, in the LOCAL race for State Rep or State Atty General. MONEY decided who COULD run, and ultimately who DID run.

Look now at the Democratic Primary Debates. The idea of FUNDRAISING deciding who should have the HONOR of addressing the PEOPLE… couldn’t they have just as easily employed a polling/survey method of SOME type?

“If you want your VOICE to COUNT, you better throw in a BUCK!”

INSERT ISSUE HERE ______. IF a politician can manipulate a particular issue in such a way that it motivates DONORS to DONATE to the PARTY, then that issue will NOT BE RESOLVED. It will continue to be “on the verge ” of being “taken away” or you will be “forced to submit” to it ANY DAY NOW…

“… so you’d better throw in a BUCK!”

 

The question is… are we ready to DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT?

The system WORKS, so well in fact, the FATAL FLAWS within it have become OBVIOUS to anyone of GOOD FAITH. We must make a CHOICE.

We can either fundamentally alter our system in an attempt to legislate a solution to every possible flaw that could arise, while continuing to correct mistakes AFTER they have presented themselves…

OR

We can CHANGE the way we CHOOSE the people we elect to represent us. Ensure the VOTERS have the ultimate say in EVERY STEP of the election process…

 

From PRIMARY ELECTION to GENERAL ELECTION.

WE FUND THE CANDIDATES.

Every Federal election.

EVERY time.

 

Give EVERY candidate EQUAL ACCESS to election funding and the press, and debates will focus on solutions to issues, not stoking fear and anger… pointing fingers instead of TAKING ACTION.

Any candidate who runs on a platform like that will be CLEARLY exposed by full public scrutiny… of their message, of their policies and positions… and without the filter of DARK MONEY. FUNDS donated by people who might prefer it if… SOME people didn’t know they were donating to such a cause. Groups and individuals who DONATE to campaigns on BOTH SIDES, expecting to buy influence with whomever wins the election… because the POLITICAL PARTIES need money, too.

 

Over the course of the last 16 MONTHS of this campaign, I’ve posted 100 entries here on my website and Tweeted over 15,000 Tweets, clarifying my position on every topic, from Kavanaugh to Parkland. From disenfranchisement in Georgia to disenfranchisement in Dodge City, Kansas. I’ve attempted to be OPEN and HONEST about my positions and have encouraged folks to press me for clarification if needed and will continue to do so. Even though it could be seen as a political cop-out, ducking and dodging policy positions so as not to be tied down to ONE position over the OTHER… I question the entire PREMISE OF THE DEBATE on EVERY ISSUE being tossed around right now. The desire of every candidate to pin down EVERY position on EVERY issue seems premature…

Don’t forget, the United States Senate is where good legislation goes to DIE.

The president ALONE does NOT make the Law. Where do these Senators expect to find the bi-partisan support necessary to FUND all of these campaign promises? BILLIONS on Trump’s wall… TRILLIONS on tuition forgiveness?

What about the SYSTEMIC PROBLEMS that have created the ASTRONOMICAL COST of secondary education? And the financial institutions left unchecked to take advantage of the unsuspecting and vulnerable?

A Band-Aid won’t fix the KNIFE IN OUR BACK… and back ’round we go again, back to the attack on the MAIN financial tool middle class Americans have relied on for the last 75+ years for our social advancement- INCREASING HOME EQUITY. Homeowners can only do SO MUCH to make that happen. A large part of it relies on the UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT to do it’s part by making communities SAFER and keeping INFRASTRUCTURE up-to-date and IN GOOD REPAIR, among MANY others.

The NEXT President of The United States should NOT be the candidate who says, “I went out and listened to what ORDINARY AMERICANS have to say.” The next President of The United States should already know what’s on the mind of Ordinary Americans… because THAT’S WHO THEY ARE. Because MY SURVIVAL is tied directly to YOURS.

WE are the BALANCE upon which the entire system is judged…

What do we want our government to LOOK LIKE?

WHO should our government work FOR?

 

Is our system what we want it to BE? Remove the CORRUPTION and restore HONOR in governance… and we will discover how much MORE our system of governance can BE.

THE PEOPLE, and their UNIVERSAL ACCESS to the ballot, become the SECURITY SYSTEM protecting our Constitutional Democracy. Ensuring FAIR and EQUAL REPRESENTATION, based NOT on DOLLARS… but on EACH OTHER.

 

ONE CITIZEN= ONE VOTE

 

We MUST End The Electoral College.

 

 

JC

 

A Day of Remembrance

 

Today I had to teach my kids that our nation’s history books are created by a panel of people nominated by ELECTED OFFICIALS, who are dependent upon FUNDRAISING. That’s the ONLY REASON I could come up with… to explain WHY I was not told the story of June 19, 1865. To explain why I had never heard the phrase Juneteenth.

 

 

Today the House Judiciary took the FIRST STEPS in a process to understand what we need to do, as a NATION, to heal the wounds cause by the GOVERNMENT SANCTIONED practice of SLAVERY. An institution that has caused GENERATIONAL DAMAGE to Americans of African Descent, and has lessoned the HONOR of our Constitution.

HR 40 would establish a Presidential Commission to investigate what must be done to make amends for injustices enabled by OUR Rule of Law. To HEAL, we must first CLEAN THE WOUND. We must find the answers so we can move FORWARD TOGETHER, and solve the injustices we continue to see LIVESTREAMED by on-lookers and by-standers.

 

 

They do these things to CITIZENS of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA! TODAY… black people. TOMORROW…

STAND UP and SPEAK OUT! When you STAND UP and defend the rights of others, you defend those rights for YOURSELF. The ONLY WAY to ensure your rights is to ensure them FOR US ALL.

I believe the practice of slavery was horrifying, as do the MAJORITY of Americans. Let us find the path to UNDERSTANDING. To ACKNOWLEDGE the sins of our PAST, RESTORE JUSTICE in the hearts and minds of ALL CITIZENS, and TEACH OUR CHILDREN why we remember and WHY we must NEVER FORGET.

To establish our intention and demonstrate our RESOLVE, I believe we should establish Juneteenth as a Paid Federal Holiday, and dedicate it as a day of remembrance and a celebration of the expansion of Liberty.

… I don’t need the conclusions of a commission to determine THAT.

 

JC

 

“Eyes Open, No Fear.”

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The Great Frieze of the Liberty Memorial, sculptor Edmond Amateis.
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Liberty

“These have dared bare the torches of sacrifice and service.

Their bodies return to dust but their work liveth evermore.

Let us strive to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among

Ourselves and with all nations.”

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The Liberty Memorial, Kansas City, MO.
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The winged sphinx, Memory, faces east, hiding its face from the horrors of the European battlefields. Its partner, Future (pictured), faces west, hiding its eyes from a future yet unseen.

 

Seventy-five years ago, courage was defined on a chalk-white beachhead off the coast of France. Today, we pay tribute to the fallen, give thanks to the survivors, and remember the unimaginable that they faced THAT MORNING, seventy-five years ago.

They were called, by a higher calling. Yes, a command was given by a man, but that order was put forth by the supreme counsel that sits in judgment of us all. And those who would rise to the occasion when that order was passed down, were rewarded with the HONOR and GLORY that comes with such an act of sacrifice.

Today, we are the inheritors of their bounty.

Our WORLD remains FREE, because their CONTINENT REMAINS FREE. And we remember their BRAVERY and what they faced that morning, not to be boastful or to intimidate. We honor and remember that morning so it may never happen again… it must NEVER happen again.

 

A CLASH of technology and warfare made the FIRST WORLD WAR a testament to the fragility of the human form; as well as a showcase for the depravity and ingenuity of the human mind, to conceive so many ways to do harm.

FORGETTING THE PAST, as horrifying as it was, seemed the best way to avoid it happening again. Apathy. Lethargy, protectionism and isolationism. BLIND IGNORANCE in the face of apparent hostility…

The monument shows us HOW they failed.

The echoes of our ancestors tell us how we should proceed. THEIR failures are now OUR TREASURE. Their ignorance need not be OURS to bear… we have seen that show before, and we KNOW HOW IT ENDS:

Today, we CELEBRATE a HARD FOUGHT PEACE. May it STAND for seventy-five MORE!

 

JC

 

 

What’s on YOUR mind?

 

 

 

It’s NOT just a bunch of “crystal-grippin’ hippie nonsense”… there really does seem to be something to it!

Consider a calculator. We can understand physical relationships between ourselves, objects, and other worlds. We can PLAN. We can BUILD. We can calculate trajectory, distance, fuel consumption, and place ourselves on a heavenly body… ALL with a calculator.

A Newtonian Calculator. The calculations of Einstein, the predictions of Hubble. All can be understood. The calculations of the REAL.

 

That calculator becomes TRASH in the world of the subatomic!

 

 

In a world where answers are only right ~3/4 of the time. Where the observer can only know ONE ANSWER and not BOTH. “… but I WANT to know how fast it is AND where it’s at!” … sorry! I’d like to tell you, but I can only GUESS.

THAT world seems foreign and bizarre… but that world is ALSO the world of the REAL. Even though we don’t SEE it, it goes on within us, around us, and THROUGH us, everyday.

Because we are made OF IT, that is part of our world. A world where two objects are entangled, and the connection is felt by BOTH… no matter how far apart they are. In a world where POSSIBILITY best determines the outcome of a particular set of circumstances, no conclusion is ever strictly ONE or THE OTHER. There is no CONCRETE answer… but the odds DO favor ONE result OVER the other!

INTUITION plays a key role alongside KNOWLEDGE. Observation effects outcomes, and KNOWING THAT helps decide what outcome we will SEE…

What kind of calculator could do all THAT? What would a “quantum calculator” even LOOK LIKE?
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Within the world inside our atoms, possibility of differing charges come together… Positive charges, negative charges. Left spinning charges, right spinning charges. Coming together in multiple DIFFERING combinations, each time forming a perfectly functioning particle. Then joining together once again in a larger set of multiple combinations, creating the building blocks OUR genetic information is encoded WITHIN…

It’s in our DNA!

It is very real, and it is very powerful! It suggests BOTH ANSWERS can be correct. It is up to the OBSERVER to determine what shall BE! Right now EVERYTHING is possible, just like it will be again TOMORROW… WE are the Quantum Calculators.

 

Amazing, the BRILLIANCE and intuition found within OUR Constitution!

… well, so to speak!

 

JC

“The Case Against The President”

I’ve just posted the first installment of a new series of videos detailing the story laid out in the Special Counsel’s Report. More videos to come, detailing the evidence and the implications found within THE MUELLER REPORT.

… STAND UP for the Rule of Law!

JC

 

“The Case Against The President: Part 1, The HEART of the Matter”

 

 

A Restoration.

I did not have clarity of thought when I was a young man. As a child, my father would constantly remind me, “Children are to be SEEN, not HEARD.” He would communicate silently that I was rambling on and on and on and on… by hand gesture. Pinching his fingers and thumb together, as if they were the mouth of a sock puppet, telling me without a word to SHUT UP!

I would usually get the hint. As I try to remember how I acted in my childhood, I remember so little. I don’t remember carrying on like that, but I DO remember the annoyance with it. The problems it would cause at school. The constant drifting within my own mind, consuming HOURS of my life.

In my teenaged years, I became angry and rebellious. Once, during a heated argument with my father, he told me, “Someday you’re gonna have a kid who’s JUST like you!”

Yeah… ha ha, OLD MAN… whatever.

 

Well, you KNOW… with OLD AGE comes WISDOM, I suppose!

I’ve learned EXACTLY how I was as a child by raising my youngest son, Garrett. He is exactly like me in almost every way, and where he and I differ, he is EXACTLY like his mother. She might NOT admit it… but she can be a bit STUBBORN, too.

Shortly after Garrett was born, I sought counseling as part of my recovery and treatment for Alcoholism. During these sessions, the therapist and I discovered… I have ADHD. He referred me to a psychologist, who confirmed what we suspected.

I have been on medication now for 10 years. IF I had been given the opportunity to be diagnosed BEFORE THEN… my life would have been MUCH different! The ability to FOCUS my thoughts… more than that, the ability to control my mind, and actually make the thoughts STOP! CLARITY of the mind… CONFIDENCE comes with CLARITY, two things I could not find as a teenager.

Recognizing the symptoms I had as a child, remembering the problems it would eventually cause in MY life, I realized at an early age that Garrett would need help, as well. Being able to make that decision for him at an early stage in his development has changed his trajectory. He will not have to face the same hardships that I did…

 

… isn’t that the WHOLE IDEA? To LEARN from mistakes. To take lessons from the PAST and reinforce them, to build a STRONGER FUTURE.

 

I began caring about my mental health at age 30. Since then, the steps I have taken to live a happy and productive life have opened up possibilities I would never have been able to TRY… all within the last 10 years. We’ve been working with Garrett to ensure his mental health and well-being since he was 8… I am jealous of what he will achieve by the age of 40!

 

I have ALWAYS challenged authority. As a parent, I’ve found myself questioning the accepted social dogmas of raising a child. “When I was YOUR AGE… that’s how WE were raised, so that’s how it’s done.”

My step-mother would make me eat scrambled eggs with chopped green peppers in them. I did not like them. I was NOT given a choice. Today, as an adult, I have developed an allergy to nightshade vegetables. Was her demand really necessary? At what point should a child be treated more as an individual, with the right to decide CLEARLY, that green peppers ARE disgusting?

Should we make demands of our children, ones that we didn’t like THEN and do not like NOW, simply because they were made OF US? Consider the amount of CHANGE that has happened in the last 20 years!

I told my boys about a time I had a flat tire on a highway in central Wisconsin, and had to walk damn near 10 MILES to reach a phone! They didn’t seem to fully understand what things were like… just a FEW YEARS AGO. On the other hand, I have to keep reminding them of the POWER they hold in their hands. Every time they ask me how to spell something, I answer, “G-O-O-G-L-E”. They take it for granted… they have the ability to answer ANY QUESTION, instantly! My god… You know, back in MY DAY…

To avoid mistakes in the future, we look to lessons from our PAST. With old age DOES come WISDOM, and from wisdom we gain UNDERSTANDING… and THAT is how we find PEACE, through COMPASSION.

 

Tonight, my thoughts are with the Iranian PEOPLE. My thoughts are of PEACE, and ALL that can come FROM it. My thoughts are of INQUIRY, not condemnation. My heart aches as we are moving BACKWARD, not striving together for a BETTER FUTURE… as we have DONE, so recently in our PAST.

As tensions grow, I want to extend a message of PEACE from THE PEOPLE of The United States of America. Not from the elite. Not from the elected. My voice comes from the suburban expanses of endless cul-du-sacs and asphalt city streets. It comes from the families who’ve put the ‘RED’ in our ‘RED, WHITE, and BLUE’… and may do so WILLINGLY again someday.

The American People fight for PEACE.

We curse the war and bless the PEACE that follows. We DEMAND our leaders pursue PEACE AT ALL COST, in order to avoid losing that, which has NO PRICE. There is a disconnect now in the United States between the WILL OF THE PEOPLE and the policies being practiced. The American People are beginning to UNDERSTAND this, and we are starting to ask the questions… “WHY?”

Questioning OURSELVES. To become stronger than we were YESTERDAY… and tomorrow, stronger STILL.

“We seek PEACE. WHY is it NOT SO?”

“But THEY attacked US?! WHY…?”

The American People STILL BELIEVE that ours IS the greatest system of governance ever envisioned… AS DO I. To continue working toward that more perfect union envisioned by our Founders, we must come to terms with the fact that our government has NOT been used AS INTENDED for many YEARS. The American People must remember WHO WE ARE, and for WHAT we STAND…

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The United States of America is the HOME of the REVOLUTIONARY! We give SHELTER to those who fight FOR JUST CAUSE. We do not turn away. We do NOT close our doors. We have walked the path of war. We have fought, side-by-side to defend the land of others, and laid to rest our soldiers, side-by-side with THEIRS… with hope that it would never happen again.

Our FOUNDING FATHERS were REVOLUTIONISTS, fighting in-kind for principles and ideals not yet BORN. Seeing how society WAS all around them, watching the depravity that comes alongside corruption, knowing the consequences that come when leadership becomes SELF-ABSORBED, dripping in-excess… They STOOD UP and BRAVELY questioned, “WHY?”

They stepped beyond themselves, and asked the questions that lead to only ONE CONCLUSION- we are ALL CREATED EQUAL.

Their theoretical form of government today, is OUR reality. BORN OF imperfect men, BORN-OUT by our SHARED HISTORY. A common goal REALIZED… or rather, one that has been entrusted to US, to complete.

REVOLUTIONS often happen at the POINT OF A SWORD, through the SITE on a barrel…

 

PEACE only comes once we’ve PUT THOSE WEAPONS DOWN.

 

Wars have been fought to promote the idea of PEACE. PEACE has been SHATTERED under the guise of an avoidance of war. And EVERY TIME… we KNOW what will happen. We KNOW who will fall VICTIM, and we KNOW who will be to blame.

Who we ARE, we CANNOT change. Who we will BECOME is always OUR CHOICE! Do we wish to be DEFINED by the flaws of our PAST? Should we stand against evolution or change, simply to enshrine the PAST… chaining it to our FUTURE? Let us REMEMBER what once WAS and dedicate it, with HONOR, to a RESTORATION OF JUSTICE today. If PEACE IS WHAT WE DESIRE… we should not start a war to PROVE IT.

When we commit to the pursuit of PEACE with the SAME LEVEL of PASSION we commit to the pursuit of JUSTICE… we will SEE BOTH.

I am PROUD to live in the country that helps DEFINE the word REVOLUTION.

JC

Official Campaign Statement: Celebrating Our First Year and First Campaign Interview.

Even though May 15, 2018, is the signature date at the bottom of the political organization’s founding documents, the decision was made on February 17, 2018. In my HEART, that is the date I began this journey, regardless of the date the paperwork was filed.

As the official anniversary of the campaign approaches, I am excited to share a link to my FIRST CAMPAIGN INTERVIEW-
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2020 Election: Meet the Candidates with Paul Duddridge

 

Despite the technical issues, we had a great conversation on several topics, including the border wall, campaign finance, the Equal Rights Amendment, and ending the Electoral College. Mr. Duddridge is an avid supporter of Trump’s policies and agenda, but it was good to see that COMMON SENCE is alive and well!

No matter where our opinions fall within the political paradigm, we ALL seem to agree on ONE THING- Remove the CORRUPTION in our elections, and the system will better serve THE PEOPLE.

For more information on press availability, or clarification on any specific issues I have not yet addressed, feel free to drop me a line and I will make every effort to address your concerns. As DONATIONS start to roll in, I plan on taking this show on the road! As dates and locations become available, I will post them HERE and also on Twitter. And, as always…

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