A New Year

We, The People, look down into the well. We STAND and cheer the battles being waged upon the Coliseum floor. The debt ceiling. The filibuster. The legislative VICTORIES and the congressional DEFEATS.

Though engaged in by representative gladiators, the ULTIMATE decision comes from on HIGH… from here, in the gallery.

We, The People, shall decide. Up or down. Left or right. YEA or NAY… the CHOICE is always ours.

You can call me crazy, but I still believe in our Rule of Law. Imperfect as it might be… Defective. Two-tiered. Flawed… it remains Rigid. Predictable. Consistent… and it can always be CHANGED. That part alone might be its ONE redeeming quality… the ability to learn from past mistakes.

I’m not quite sure what I should be doing in this moment… I’m fairly new in the world of politics. Three election cycles, a drop in the bucket for some. But these last three cycles?! I tell you what… it feels as if I’ve gained the amount of knowledge, one once would have acquired over the course of an entire DECADE.

The simple act of engagement. One can’t help but learn something new. Curse the phrase ‘May you live in interesting times.

I don’t know what’s required of me… or what’s expected. With limited exposure, I’ve had limited data; which makes it harder to interpret the signals of others… but I have no problem sticking my FOOT in my mouth from time to time, in order to break the ICE.

That might be my ONE redeeming quality… sometimes I have no filter. I have no problem being blunt.

I might not know what other people want, but I do know what I want. And I know, in order for that to come to pass… I must share it. I cannot do this alone.

Right now, I live in a world of illusion. I can see the precipice upon which we STAND, but I can also see the BRIDGE that will guide us safely to the other side. A bridge, that has yet to be built.

There is no need for such a bridge if there is no divide, if we can find safe passage without it… but right now, I don’t see another way around.

The damage has been done. LIVES have been lost.
If we do not act, the result will be the SAME… MORE LIVES will be lost.

Our INACTION will be seen by those who study our Nation’s history. Just as clearly as we can look BACK, and see where THEY failed to act.

https://jackcharbonneau.com/2021/08/02/for-which-it-stands/ 

The inflation. The scapegoating. The INACTION and the consequences… right there! For all to see.

Now is the time of THEIR discontent.

‘If ONLY we had known!’
‘If ONLY we had acted!’

What good is our Written History if we choose to ignore it?
What good comes from our SILENCE…

What would they say… if they were still here to be asked.

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t driven by a strong urge to win, so I won’t patronize you with that. But at this moment, I’m more driven by an urge to TRY. To be heard. To test the waters and see if this ship is actually sound… so sayeth some guy from the Great State of Kansas.

The one thing I fear in this moment is not being heard. I might fail. I might succeed. But that is for The People to decide… not for me. My job is to do all I can to spread the word.

The information firehose. The media. The Congress. The existential threat… at some point, either we choose to ignore it or we choose to believe it. Once you believe it… what comes next.

That’s where I’m at. Where do we go from HERE…
I am ready to walk down that path.

I believe in the idea so strongly that I’m ready NOW, to jump back into the ring once again. Headlong, just as I did in 2018. A vision and a goal… Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!

But my wife has already told me, going it alone is a non-starter.
This time… I feel I must agree.

At some point in July, 2019, when it became apparent that my Presidential Campaign wouldn’t be able to expand beyond a certain threshold, I was faced with a choice. Either give in or keep trying, even knowing I couldn’t succeed.

It’s like the idea of a pinhole camera. The LIGHT may be limited… but the image still shines quite succinctly.

I’ve spent my time in the hole, and I’ve used my time wisely. I’ve made my mistakes and I’ve made my miscalculations… all IN THE LIGHT, where everyone can see. Any mistakes I have made, I’ve done so in GOOD FAITH. Seeking answers. Knowing I alone could never solve all our problems. It goes to the heart of who I am and what I believe…

I’ll put my fate in the hands of the MAJORITY of this Nation. Every time.
Whenever they are fully informed.

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Before the experiment, there was no PROOF. There was no DATA.
Cast aside your preconceptions in LIGHT of the data we have gained!
The experiment shows… the Will of the Majority is SOUND. It is JUST.

The Experiment was created for us… we ARE the experiment.
We are the BALANCE upon which the entire experiment is judged.

May the blessings of a NEW YEAR come to all of us,
And may God continue to bless the United States of America.

-JC

Delineation

I condemn, in the strongest terms possible, anyone who supports the agenda of the Nazi Party.

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I condemn, in the strongest terms possible, anyone who would remain SILENT on the subject of antisemitism.

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I condemn, in the strongest terms possible, anyone who would call for the suspension of the United States Constitution.

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I condemn, in the strongest terms possible, anyone who would support or defend the continuation of a TWO-TIERED Justice System.

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I condemn, in the strongest terms possible, the criminalization of the mentally ill.

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I condemn, in the strongest terms possible, the deliberate targeting of civilians in a theater of war.

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I condemn, in the strongest terms possible, the degradation of the Rights of any U.S. Citizen through intimidation or force.

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I condemn, in the strongest terms possible, the removal of the Reproductive Rights of HALF the Citizens of this Land.

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https://www.politico.com/news/2022/12/03/anti-abortion-republican-party-roe-00071988

I condemn, in the strongest terms possible, anyone who would ignore the Will of the Majority of the United States of America.

I condemn, in the strongest terms possible, the murder and dismemberment of a United States Journalist.

I’ve spent my time this week, trying to piece together a new post addressing the problems we face… like election security or campaign finance reform. Like gun safety legislation or police reform. So many issues that demand our time and effort.

Yet these are the issues we must address.

Then I say… so be it.

The BAD ACTOR shines brightest in the light of OPEN DEBATE.

I support, in the strongest terms possible, the implementation of a Two-State solution in Israel; in order to achieve a lasting PEACE.

I support, in the strongest terms possible, the Right of Israeli to exist.

I support, in the strongest terms possible, the expansion of NATO to include a FREE and INDEPENDENT Ukraine.

I support, in the strongest terms possible, restoring FAITH in our Constitution by ensuring HONOR in our Electoral Process.

I support, in the strongest terms possible, immediate passage of HR40; establishing a Presidential Commission investigating reparations for slavery.

I support, in the strongest terms possible, the establishment of community assistance programs, designed to reduce the use of force by Law Enforcement Officers within our communities.

I support, in the strongest terms possible, ending Qualified Immunity.

I support, in the strongest terms possible, CLOSING THE SKY and ending the War in Ukraine.

I support, in the strongest terms possible, Trans-Rights and the Rights of Parents securing medical care for children who are transitioning.

I support, in the strongest terms possible, enshrining a Woman’s Right to CHOOSE in the U.S. Constitution.

I support, in the strongest terms possible, the immediate publication of the 28th Amendment to the Constitution, guaranteeing Equal Standing for Women and Girls.

I support, in the strongest terms possible, calling a murder… a murder.

The fight for Democracy will not be won with hypocrisy.
It will only be won with EQUALITY.

-JC

The Truth HURTS.

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https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/09/us/politics/woodward-trump-book-virus.html

The widespread economic problems we face, weren’t caused by the Biden Administration’s economic policies… they were caused by the unmitigated spread of COVID-19.

The unmitigated spread of COVID-19 wasn’t caused by mask-wearing, or a maleficent scientist or doctor… it was caused by the deliberate INACTION of President Donald J. Trump and his Administration.

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https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/intelligence-report-warned-coronavirus-crisis-early-november-sources/story?id=70031273

The rise of Donald J. Trump wasn’t due to his superior oratory skills or the strength of his domestic political agenda. The rise of Donald J. Trump and his “UltraMAGA” agenda, is the direct result of the ROT and CORRUPTION he once claimed to be fighting against.

The rot and corruption inherent within the Party Establishment was employed in the shadows of the Presidential Primary, to benefit one candidate over another.

A finger was placed on the scale… thereby upending the BALANCE maintained within our electoral process.

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Ego. Anger. Self-interest. Greed. A perceived sense of entitlement… a perceived sense of grievance. These are not the values we should be holding UP and rewarding with elected office… especially an elected office as consequential as the Office of The Presidency.

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Yet those values are espoused in successful candidacies to this day. Making the actions of previous Administrations the object of their vengeance… as if political agendas were specifically created to hurt others, as opposed to HELPING them.

This creates the destructive cycle in which we find ourselves, as the focus of the NEXT election… will inevitably be on the LAST.

Are you better off now than you were four years ago?’

That question has now lost all meaning in light of the Presidency of Donald J. Trump and the events of 2020. Let there be NO DOUBT… we will be better off in 2024, than we were in 2020.

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The question now becomes: How do we ensure we’re better off four years in the FUTURE? Where do we want to GO… how will we get there? Will we find the answers we seek by embracing the failed ideologies of our PAST?

That is for The People to decide.

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I don’t know you… you don’t know me. Yet we have within us the same RED BLOOD. We harbor within us the same hopes and fears. Our worlds seem MILES apart… yet each one of us still STANDS for the same beliefs. That we are ALL created EQUAL, and that some rights transcend these Earthly bounds.

Our Nation is Great because we embody Great Things. Foundational beliefs. Core values, engrained in the heart of every American Citizen. The right to LIFE, LIBERTY, and the PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS. Guaranteed… not just for some or a select few… but for all of us.

When you defend the rights of others, you defend those rights for yourself.

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On account of sex… regardless of what that might be.

I still believe in the WORDS, as they were written…
We are ALL created Equal.

Now, it’s up to us to ensure it is so.

-JC

Thank You For Your Service.

Fifty-fifty… split right down the middle.

The extremes are still extreme. California is still BLUE… Texas is still RED.

There was no Political Earthquake. There was no Political Tsunami… this is our political landscape.

This is the pinnacle of our Political System. This is the BEST it can produce, and this is what it will produce once again in 2024.

Is that the way it should continue to BE?

AP reporter: “What will you do differently… between now and 2024?” 
President Biden: “Nothing.”

Is that why you voted this fall, for nothing… for more of the same? Did you cast your vote in celebration of what Democrats have accomplished… with control of the House, the White House, and the Senate?

Joe Biden sure thinks so… and so do his DONORS.

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Joe Biden stood in the breech, long before the HEROES of the Capitol Police did on January 6. He stood up and faced the metaphorical fight, in HOPE that it might not come to that.

Joe Biden marshaled every tool at his disposal, to secure victory for his Political Party…

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https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/09/nyregion/sean-patrick-maloney-lawler.html 

A Political Party that now stands in the MINORITY.

Just look at how hard we have to VOTE to make sure things stay NORMAL. Never mind moving AHEAD… just fighting to ensure we don’t move BACK. Taking rights AWAY. Denying HALF the people of this Nation access to lifesaving HEALTHCARE.

Joe Biden stood in the BREECH to defend this Union, and we will always be grateful. We will always owe a debt of gratitude to Joe Biden and the Leadership of the Democratic Party… and we thank you for your service.

But I didn’t vote FOR nothing. In fact… that’s exactly what I voted against.

If I wanted NOTHING to change, I would have voted for the Republican Party. But now things have changed. The lives of Women have changed, and they will have to bear the consequences of this election for the next TWO YEARS.

If the Democratic Party isn’t given a reason to change, then they will not change. This fight is no longer theirs… it is OURS.

Every election cannot continue to be THE existential election of our lifetime. It cannot continue like this. The rotational speed of our two-party system has exceeded its limits and the balance has been destroyed. One side is seen as “illegitimate” by the other, and the other side AGREES. It’s the ONE THING we all agree on-

The SYSTEM is the problem.

 

Everyone agrees. Everyone… except the DONORS.

They’re just fine with the way things are going. Their profits are safe and secure. Let’s just MOVE ON to the next election… $17 BILLION well spent.

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https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/midterm-elections-2022/democrats-republicans-2022-midterms-spending-b2220297.html 

The Democratic Party did not win this election, yet they are celebrating. As of right now, the Democratic Party still has a slight chance of securing the House Majority… but that’s all they’ve got. 51 Senators does not a MAJORITY make. Therefore, when the gavel changes hands… the agenda will be decided by the GOP. 

Can you imagine… running against the agenda of a 20th century dictator… and only BARELY squeaking by? Just like they did in 2020. Just like they did in 2022… 

Thank god! We only lost the HOUSE!

This is what The People want. This is what they voted for…

Time for us to go and work with the GOP.

It’s not like the majority of their party supports INSURRECTION or something. Sure would be nice if there was an ongoing Presidential Commission looking into the events of January 6… but unfortunately, that train has already sailed.

 

Just before the election, Jen Psaki was on Deadline: White House, discussing conversations she had with voters in the Suburbs of Detroit. One voter brought up the issues surrounding the 2000 election, and the fact that Democrats feel the same way about the Presidency of George W. Bush as Republicans feel about the Presidency of Joe Biden.

Jen Psaki said that worried her. She was concerned that the narrative surrounding election integrity was starting to spread… as if it were something NEW within the Democratic Party.

I’m not sure if that’s her opinion or if it’s the opinion of the Democratic Party, but it shows us the mindset of Party Leadership… as reflected in the observations of a former White House Press Secretary.

The Leadership of the Democratic Party has no plan to change a system… that works just FINE for them.

The filibuster? The Electoral College? A Woman’s Right to CHOOSE? Yeah, that’s ALL on the ballot. Every election. Every time. It’s always on the line… and if you want things to stay the way that they are, then you’d better DONATE all you can before the NEXT election.

That’s their plan. That’s the way things are. Legislators legislate based on MONEY and the pursuit thereof. Therefore, legislation favors those with MONEY over those WITHOUT.

Is this still a Democracy or is it not? 
I believe more participation equals BETTER GOVERNANCE.

If the Democratic Party has a PLAN to secure our Democracy, then let them speak it. Now. Before the 2024 campaign begins. In the SUNLIGHT where everyone can see. We cannot afford to go into the fight with the same tired strategies that were employed this time around… just ask Rep Maloney.

Complacency. Insincerity. Political hypocrisy. These are not the values that will secure our Democracy.

Will the Democratic Party RISE to the occasion, or will they continue to cling to the PAST… elevating failed candidates to leadership positions, simply because they raised a BOATLOAD of CASH in the last election…

The People of the United States of America deserve a BETTER WAY.

 

-JC

Home.

What good comes from violence… what goals are sought? What is their ultimate prize?
And what is the outcome. What happens to the VOICE that’s been silenced by violent acts?

Their WORDS do not fade, they grow stronger.
Their CAUSE does not falter… it SURVIVES them.

Strengthened in resolve, that act of violence does not achieve their stated objective… it DEFEATS it. That act becomes the foundation, upon which our HISTORY is made.

Will we be the ones who must tell our grandchildren that democracy fell on our watch? That the experiment was simply all for not… that the price of GAS was just too damn HIGH…

I’m sorry, I refuse to believe it… not this time.
I don’t believe that anymore.

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Our names will now be recorded in the written pages of our HISTORY, alongside others whose lives have spanned the boundary between geological times. That place on the page, where you can POINT to it and say, ‘THIS is what was… and now, it is NO MORE.’

Washed away in the blink of an eye… Modern Life becomes Ancient History. Last week seems like an eternity. What once was stable, has now crumbled… and what still STANDS, seems different than it was before.

But we are born the descendants of SURVIVORS.
As it has been, so shall it ever be. UNITED… we must forge a BETTER WAY.

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https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/03/29/hijackings-rare-after-911-security-improvements/82375474/

In the immediate aftermath of the attacks on September 11, the safest place to be in the United States of America was onboard a domestic commercial airline flight. Long before the TSA and the beefed-up security… the full-body scans and the taking off your shoes… no one dared start something.

Because every passenger on that flight knew…
Any unchecked act of aggression would have only ONE outcome.

Therefore, it was up to us to ensure there could only BE one outcome.

Every person on that flight was ready to make it so.

Before 9/11 there was always that possibility the hijackers would fly to Cuba or Mexico… negotiate for MONEY, etc… and eventually, everything would just work itself out. So long as we stayed SILENT…

My god… if only we hadn’t been so BLIND.

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Because we still BELIEVE in the process… because we still STAND for the Rule of Law. Because the Long Arc of History still bends toward JUSTICE… because that Long Arc will not bend ALONE.

It is OURS to decide, what path we will take when it comes to our Union. Not the DONORS… not the SPECIAL INTERESTS. THE PEOPLE… for whom this Nation was conceived. Without our VOICE the process is incomplete… so we must VOTE.

Every issue is on the ballot this fall. EVERY ISSUE… save one.

That issue is on the ballot in 2024.

I will cast my VOTE this fall because my VOICE matters, just as much as anyone else’s. I will VOTE for those candidates who STAND UP for our Rule of Law, and I will vote AGAINST those who do not.

To be SILENT is to be COMPLICIT… and we will REAP what we have SOWN.

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As the sun rises on this new landscape, we see little of familiarity. The shadows cast hide even more that the eye cannot see. After the fire’s rage, after the chaos and unrest… even if NOTHING still stands…

We will still have our Union… and we will not stand ALONE.🇺🇸

The most radical among us fight constantly, and yet somehow… we eventually work our way back toward the MIDDLE. In this moment, we must work from the middle OUT. We must clear out the debris and start anew… as all that’s left are foundations.

In the aftermath of violent destruction, that’s all that’s left.
When nothing still stands… we must follow them.

That’s how you know where you are…

Home.

-JC