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I was always told, if you don’t have anything nice to say… don’t say anything at all.

 

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“Trump Jr’s baseless attack on Biden…”  Slate.com (05/17/2020)

 

Everyone is eventually held accountable for their actions… even an atheist like myself believes that. My actions in life will be judged, weighed on the scales, and found to be either merits or mischievous; all dependent upon my choices and my values.

To tell you the TRUTH… I never really cared what most people think of me.😉

I’ve always attempted to treat others with respect, whether or not they show it in return. Even after realizing respect or common courtesy will not be reciprocated… I know, at the end of the day we are ALL still human. We all still have the ability to change, and someday that seed of hope might take root… you never know!

 

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“Ousted State Dept. IG was investigating if Pompeo made staffer walk his dog and run other personal errands” CNN.com (05/17/2020)

 

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“Pruitt used security detail to run errands…” TheHill.com (06/07/2018)

 

 

None of us can truly judge what is in another man’s heart. Individually, our sight will always be limited. Our Rule of Law accepts that fact and works to ensure Equal Justice by embracing the strength found in a Jury of our Peers. The Constitution affords us Due Process, making sure everyone has their day to be heard.

 

 

What we do and what we say MATTERS. We can effect those around us, as well as people we may never meet. Our actions can touch the lives of an entire CITY, changing the perspectives of people of like-mind in cities across the STATE, eventually bringing about changes in the make up of our Legislatures… thereby impacting lives in EVERY state.

 

 

… and there-in lies the problem.

 

Our SILENCE allows it to continue. To be SILENT and ignore injustice or criminal acts makes you COMPLICIT. Part of the problem is the SILENCE surrounding these subjects.

 

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… and the silence effects us all.

 

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www.rainn.org/statistics/victims-sexual-violence

 

I would not stand SILENT if someone were to shoot another person in the middle of 5th Avenue, and allow them to get away with it; nor could I lend my support to or elevate someone, who would dismiss the value inherent in another human being… simply because they could not see eye to eye.

 

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“A sexual assault allegation against Joe Biden has ignited a firestorm of controversy.” vox.com (04/29/2020)

 

Shame on her if she is LYING… but SHAME on us if we continue to ignore the root of this problem. Because these behaviors will continue, especially if they are affirmed and given our consent at the ballot box this fall. TWENTY-FIVE is too many, but ONCE is not enough…?!

 

How much lower must we drag the bar?

 

We’re only talking about the HIGHEST OFFICE in the land here.

Then again, who am I to say… I’m just some guy from Kansas.

 

JC

“What we’ve got here is… failure to communicate.”

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These images are impression and engagement statistics for my reply to the Tweet seen below. (LINK) On November 9, 2019, the number of people who had seen this Tweet was LOWERED from what it had been just three days earlier, on November 6, 2019.

 

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Listed BELOW are the monthly statistics for my social media campaign on Twitter, as of March 2020. I launched my Twitter account at the end of February 2018.

Note the number of “New Followers” I gain each month. Also note when those numbers start to deviate from being statistically random.

 

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(Note: The location of “New Followers” changes starting in February 2019.)

 

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Something changed late in the summer of 2019. No matter what, I cannot seem to get my follower count to stay above 150 followers. Every month I have a handful of “bots” who will follow me. I know they’re bots because it’s always a young woman with a bunch of numbers in her name, and they send me a direct message saying, “Hello” or “Hi there”, or “Can we connect”.

At the end of the month, the accounts are REMOVED from Twitter in their monthly security sweeps. All of the month’s progress is wiped out, leaving me hanging at just under 150 followers.

 

 

 

As soon as it became CLEAR that I should report potential interference in my campaign, I took immediate action. I contacted my Representative in Congress.

On September 20, 2019, I sent the following email to my Representative, Sharice Davids:

 

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“I am concerned the President is blocking my comments on his Tweets in violation of the 2nd Circuit ruling in July 2019. I believe he is labeling my campaign hashtag as a phrase he doesn’t want to see.

I believe the term he uses is ‘shadow banning’.

 

Again, I don’t have proof of who is doing this. I only have my own internal data analysis, and it suggests a firm LIMIT to the size of audience I can reach.”

 

Unfortunately without any PROOF of my suspicions, there was nothing she could do. Once I had PROOF that a candidate for President of the United States was being CENSORED on Twitter, I contacted the Speaker of the House.

I felt confident that my claim would be heard. As she repeatedly said… whistleblowers are “her wheelhouse”. But I am no fool. I was hopeful political affiliation would not determine who’s case is worthy of consideration when it comes to investigating crimes committed by the President.

 

BUT… 

 

Should party affiliation matter in a moment like this? Is removing Donald Trump from Office this fall NOT the top political priority for the Speaker? Is Joe Biden the candidate who can do that?

Would she remain SILENT if I had physical evidence that Joe Biden’s campaign was the target of this censorship?

Is it now ACCEPTABLE in the United States of America for an incumbent to SILENCE their political opposition?

 

… where does THAT line of questioning lead.

 

 

What candidate does Donald Trump fear the most. We’ve seen what lengths he will go to, to dig up DIRT on opponents… and not even THAT, just to arouse the suspicion of, a possibility of, some kind of INVESTIGATION into

He was IMPEACHED for it… and he would do it again. He said so on live TV.

The candidate Donald Trump fears the most is the one with NO DIRT to be found, the candidate he has no LEVERAGE over. If there is no dirt, his only option is to label that candidate’s campaign messaging as OFFENSIVE.

‘That VILE, NASTY phrase… #EndTheElectoralCollege!’

 

 

It offends him. So it is “shadow banned”, unable to be seen by the PUBLIC. It’s MOVED from sight, hidden behind a virtual wall that says “Click HERE for more replies“… hidden away because he’s offended? Or is it because he has NO REPLY…

 

The President of the United States has NOTHING TO SAY in response to that phrase.

No defense. No denial. No discussion.

 

 

(ASIDE: If you want to hear a really interesting story… ask me about being BLOCKED on Facebook.)

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Do you remember in the Spring of 2018, when it was reported that Donald Trump was privately discussing Constitutional Amendments with his team, and they were telling him that it was a bad idea…? I do.

 

 

That was the point in my campaign, where I knew without a doubt, that my ideas were in his circle of influence. If not him, then someone on his team. I realized that I had become an advocate. I had INFLUENCE on the decision making process of the President of the United States… and humbly, I have not forgotten it.

 

The best part is, every position I’ve staked out that aligns with my views, and demonstrates decisions I would make if I were in Office, they’re all POLAR OPPOSITE of everything he represents. But I do not stake these positions out simply to oppose Donald Trump… I’m just being ME.

These are the things I hold sacred… it’s all written right here.

… biased? Yes, it is an autobiography. And it is a Political Campaign, an inescapable fact. If anyone doubts my motives, I welcome your inquiries, and I would gladly answer them DIRECTLY.

 

 

 

 

I’ve sought to propose a SOLUTION to the problems highlighted by the current Administration… he is not the FIRST. His is only the most recent example of systemic issues that have existed since this nation was founded. Allowed ascent through an electoral system that declares VICTORIOUS a candidate, who LOST the vote of the people by 3 MILLION.

 

And Twenty years ago the vote was even closer.

And Nixon may have had justification to call for recounts in 1960 against JFK.

And on, and on, and on…

 

… is anyone else tired of chasing our own tail?

 

What IF our Presidential Primaries worked more like the NCAA Championship Tournaments… and they only lasted SEVEN MONTHS.

What IF EVERY STATE had an equal say in who should be our next President.

What IF ONE CITIZEN truly did equal ONE VOTE.

 

Which candidate does he truly fear facing this fall…

That should be for THE PEOPLE to decide.

 

 

 

 

I’ve shared this information with my elected representative and received NO RESPONSE. I’ve shared this information with the Speaker of the House… again, NO RESPONSE.

If a candidate believes their campaign is the target of foreign interference, they should call the FBI… what about domestic interference? In this specific instance… should I address this to the Attorney General of the United States? Would he ensure this case is expedited and brought to light BEFORE the election?

 

So… admittedly, I have a political stake in this. Should I surrender two years of campaign data to the investigative arm of my political opponent… in the middle of my campaign? My campaign has always been about the people. Everything I have done, I’ve done for OUR benefit.

I would want to know, before I made my decision this November, if the incumbent OR his campaign were actively SILENCING one of their opponents.

 

That is a fact that should not be silenced…

To be SILENT, is to be COMPLICIT.

 

 

-JC

 

 

30 Days

I hope I am wrong… but science says otherwise. I hope that after 30 days of this reopening, the number of Americans dying decreases and new infections are on the decline, making this plan irrelevant. Then we can go on about our lives, and everything can get back to normal…

I hope that I am wrong.

 

 

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“US just reported its deadliest day… as states reopen” CNBC.com (05/02/2020)

 

Some reports say the virus can be spread asymptomatically for 14 days. Recent reports from doctors in the field suggest that number could be 21 days. When cases present as severe, hospitalization and support often become necessary within 3.

Band-Aids and patchwork will not suffice. If we treat this highly contagious pathogen as if it will just BLOW AWAY, then we are accepting our fate.

Tens of thousands will die AND we will have a Great Depression. A worldwide economic slowdown that will bankrupt Baby Boomers and Millennials alike. Generations will be effected… in China, and in the United States.

The next TWENTY YEARS would be consumed with just trying to recover.

 

OR 

 

We can END this crisis in 30 DAYS.

 

In the span of ONE MONTH, we can go from National fear and anxiety to CLARITY and FOCUS. Ready to get back to work rebuilding and RECOVERING.

But we must commit to the endeavor in GOOD FAITH and HONOR our Sacred Duty; for in your hands, rests MY life, and in my hands… I hold YOURS.

 

Putting aside the obvious restlessness and boredom, why do Americans want to return to normal? Because they need to be productive and make a living… so they can have FOOD and SHELTER. The inaction of our government created this crisis, the inaction of our government BLOCKS our path out. Reinforcing misinformation and lies gives Americans a false sense of urgency, to get things back to normal as quickly as possible.

They’ve put us in an awkward position from which we must make our decisions. STEP BACK, and act not out of motivation spurred on by our base instincts, but out of CHARITY. Everyone of us, whether we STAY HEALTHY and survive; or we become SICK, requiring a ventilator in an ICU, we will ALL depend on the charity of others to survive… and we MUST survive.

Institutional memory, like muscle memory… knowledge and experience. That’s what’s on the line right now in our healthcare system. The next generation will not have the learned expertise of a mentor to guide them, jeopardizing the health and safety of us ALL. We must FACE FACTS… this Administration supports BOTH inaction and misinformation.

 

How do you kill a virus? You STARVE IT…

If it cannot SPREAD it dies.

 

In 30 DAYS we can eliminate the virus and return to normalcy if everyone shelters in place, and all essential workers have testing and personal protective equipment. We must apply the lessons we have learned so far and focus our efforts on what works. Because a vaccine will not be available until 2021… in the meantime, we are on our own.

Either 30 days NOW, or 30 days in NOVEMBER. I know what choice Donald Trump would prefer… what do THE PEOPLE want to do?

 

30 DAYS to prepare, then 30 DAYS to END THE QUARANTINE. If the Congress can pass a bill that will ensure FOOD and SHELTER for every American in less than 30 DAYS, then the sooner we can begin. But it must cover EVERYONE, home owners and renters, families and individual citizens, local businesses and major corporations.

If we commit to 30 DAYS and come out on the other side with no significant loss of life, and the virus is contained and traceable, then we can begin to implement our FULL RECOVERY all at once, united and safely.

 

The misinformation and lies fuel our divisions. Instead of doing what’s right, we do what appears to be necessary. The choices have been deliberately LIMITED… none of the shells presented in this “game” contain the “prize” we seek.

 

If we unite in COMMON CAUSE, we can CHANGE the game and put the odds in our favor. Every American Citizen KNOWS how to defeat the virus. All we have to do is STOP FIGHTING and we win… once we UNITE, success is ours.

Let Donald Trump go home and play Chinese Checkers. There’s only ONE WAY to win in this nation… work the fundamentals, keep your EYE on the ball, follow through, and no one wins ALONE. We STAND united.

 

And once we are victorious, we will celebrate in every city across this land, but we will be celebrating in remembrance OF… not in boastful pride of our accomplishments.

 

That day cannot come soon enough.

 

-JC

Let History Be Our Guide

It is becoming increasingly CLEAR… the longer we wait, the more this becomes permanent. The larger the SCAR will become. And on DAY ONE, the Senate Majority Leader sent the United States Senate HOME FOR THE WEEKEND, knowing the spread of the virus was exponential. DAYS. Lost.

In order to SAVE LIVES, the doctors and scientists of the United States tell us we must STAY HOME. We are doing as required by science and by LAW… and the Senate Majority Leader tells the States, if they can’t cut it they should just file for BANKRUPTCY.

The leadership of the Senate GOP wishes to revert to the Articles of Confederation, a system we rejected over 200 years ago! The majority of the Republican Party currently advocates for political de-evolution.

 

… let them.

 

If they choose to fight for a lost cause, let history inform them as to their Party’s fate; cast aside and forgotten along with their political predecessors… Our sight is FUTURE FOCUSED. Let history be our GUIDE.

 

The NOISE… in this moment, the noise becomes deafening. Deflect and distract, not to our benefit, but to our detriment. It’s hard to find a TRUE bearing within all this chaos. The polarity shift within our political spheres has pushed this nation to its extremes. Divided us on things as basic as TRUTH and FACTS… at a time when we should be UNITED.

LIVES are in the balance, yet elected officials in the Senate unite behind a President, asking in GOOD FAITH, if we should investigate using cleaning supplies as a treatment for COVID-19.

Hey! You know… if it had never been investigated before NOW, in all those years of use on kitchen countertops and in toilet bowls… he might have a strong point.

 

With every passing day, with every insanity uttered. With every life LOST, the agenda of the Senate Majority Leader is laid BARE before his constituents and the American People. Continuing his lust for political power and electoral supremacy in this moment transforms his actions; from something simply unseemly or distasteful, into something historically adjudicated as being complicit.

 

But these agendas are NOT OURS. These agendas and ill-informed opinions are not those held by the MAJORITY. And, once again… this fall the people must choose the lesser of two evils:

 

Damned if you DO or Damned if you DON’T.

 

It’s time for the SYSTEM to change… it’s time for the system to represent the PEOPLE from whom it receives its POWER.

 

The vaccine is in human trials. May they proceed safely… then let us be on our way. This quarantine cannot end until either TESTING for the virus and it’s antibodies is widespread, OR a vaccine is mass-produced. Until then, we must proceed with CAUTION. The choice is CLEAR when cast in this light, yet the Governor of Georgia wants everybody in his State to go out and get a HAIRCUT… while the infection rate continues to GROW.

 

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“Georgia starts to reopen but nervous mayors warn that coronavirus crisis isn’t over.” CNN.com (04/25/2020)

 

It is not a failure of science. It is not a failure of the PEOPLE. In fact… it’s not a failure of the system. The system has been designed to work this way. It is a government empowered by the people who put those elected officials into office… THE DONORS.

 

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“Bush signs bank bailout, Oct. 3, 2008.” Politico.com (10/03/2013)

 

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 “McConnell signals interest in protecting employers from  coronavirus  litigation.”  Market Watch (04/24/2020)

 

We have the ability to SAVE LIVES, simply by STAYING HOME. The only reason people want to go back to work, is because the United States Government has FAILED to take care of the PEOPLE first… the CORE of our economic engine. Instead of ensuring FOOD and SHELTER for EVERY AMERICAN until this pandemic is over, The United States Senate has focused on business owners… hoping their kindness and generosity would trickle down.

 

To that I say, let HISTORY be their guide.

 

 

 

Once again, every American Citizen knows better than Donald J. Trump what the best course of action is to SAVE LIVES… yet he does not act. He goes to great lengths to do the opposite of what is necessary. Just like his businesses, all the risk is on someone ELSE. When things go south… he’ll just WALK AWAY.

 

 

 

Our laws have been set up to enable people like him to be successful. Donald Trump is the shining example of what the GOP wants this nation to BE… and to that end is how they LEGISLATE.

 

 

To my ears, a call for a return to normal just rings hollow. I would not send my children to school next week… or next month. I would not go and get a haircut right now. I fear putting the life of my stylist in jeopardy more than anything else… because he is a black man. Even though I have Type 1 diabetes and am at higher risk, I know I have better health insurance than he does.

How would I justify a decision like that to his FAMILY?

 

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“African Americans struggle with disproportionate COVID death toll.” National Geographic (04/24/2020)

 

 

 

When faced with a CHOICE, the Senate Majority Leader chose INACTION and IGNORANCE, over PREPAREDNESS and SCIENCE. Briefed in NOVEMBER by the United States Military, on the potential threat posed to U.S. Forces in Asia, the Gang of Eight could have started preparing THEN.

 

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“Intelligence report warned of coronavirus crisis as early as November.” ABCNews.com (04/08/2020)

 

NOVEMBER 2019.

4 DEMOCRATS and 4 REPUBLICANS.

Who has acted in the interest of THE PEOPLE?

 

… who has NOT.

 

They knew in November. Now 50,000 Americans have died. And that number will only continue to rise. Plans EXIST… plans have been implemented across the GLOBE, successfully, and countries have started their RECOVERY…

INACTION in the UNITED STATES SENATE

 

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“McConnell slams brakes on next round of coronavirus aid.” Politico.com (04/21/2020)

 

Tests were available IN JANUARY. South Korea was testing hundreds of thousands every day at the peak of their crisis.

 

Millions of Americans remain in the dark.

 

Eddie Glaude Jr. said it best this week: “This is an invitation to the grave.” If not for ourselves, then for those around us who are more susceptible, more vulnerable… for those who are less fortunate than ME.

Because any success we realize by surviving this crisis would not be as sweet, if there was something we could have done… if only we had known.

 

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“In New York Nursing Homes, Death Comes to Facilities With More People of Color.” NPR (04/22/2020)

 

They’ve known since November. It didn’t have to be like this.

Let us ensure it can never happen again.

End the Electoral College.

 

-JC

 

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“Indelible in the Hippocampus…”

The Scouts of Boy Scout Troop #86 had, for many months as their leader, an older Scout who was a bit of a hard nose. He was a drum major for the Olathe South Marching Falcons, and he led our Troop with an emphasis on structure and discipline, with rigidity and order…

Needless to say, 50 or 60 high school kids on a Monday night weren’t exactly stoked to comply with his sanctimonious leadership style.

As his 18th birthday approached, we began considering who we wanted to be his replacement. It was more or less assumed that our new leader would be one of the older Scouts that had been with the Troop for a longer period of time. More than likely, our new Senior Patrol Leader would be one of the Scouts that were in his Patrol, the term for a group of Scouts within the Troop itself.

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The Senior Patrol Leader is the Scout who decides where the Troop will go for the monthly camping trips. One weekend a month, every month, the Troop spends a weekend learning important skills at various locations throughout the Kansas City area. Some locations are near facilities that can help Scouts earn Merit Badges that they wouldn’t normally be able to earn.

One weekend we camped at a park located near an airport, operated by the University of Missouri, where we spent the weekend earning our Aviation Merit Badge. Another weekend, we camped near the depot of an old railroad that once served the States of Kansas, Texas, and Arkansas (KTA) in the 19th century. We helped their museum change railroad ties on the still-operating line, and in the process we earned our Railroading Merit Badge.

 

But those trips had happened under previous leadership, and we wanted our new Senior Patrol Leader to plan future trips to places like those, to the places that we wanted to go. I guess that sounds about right for a bunch of adolescent teenagers. (NOTE: Back in MY day… teenagers were rebellious and self-centered. FYI)

 

At some point before the election, proposed as more of a joke than anything else, the name of one of the younger Scouts was recommended. He wasn’t part of the youngest group of Scouts who had just recently joined the Troop, he joined with the group before that. He had been with the Troop no more than nine months.

The argument was made that as a younger Scout, it would be easy to convince him to see things our way. In essence, we believed he would do as we said because he would be a “pushover”. A young Scout, wanting to fit in with the older Scouts…? Every camping trip would be where we told him we wanted to go.

 

No one in the Troop was excited to vote for any of the candidates… so the majority of the Troop voted for the “pushover”. One month later, our new Senior Patrol Leader subjected the younger Scouts to an “underware check”. It was the first camping trip with him as our new leader.

 

We enabled that to happen by electing someone we wouldn’t have chosen under different circumstances.

 

 

The Catholic Church.

The Boy Scouts of America.

The United States Military…

The United States Supreme Court.

 

The Movie Industry.

The Music Industry.

The Hotel and Service Industry.

The Fast-Food Industry.

 

Even in small businesses. “Ma and Pa” shops that only employ a handful of people…

 

Like the United States Senate.

 

 

Once the light pierces the darkness, it’s hard to go BACK to the way things were before. To do so would mean ignoring what has been seen, forgetting what has become KNOWN.

That is why the DARK AGES are part of our PAST… our HISTORY. Not our future.

 

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Wyandotte County Lake under quarantine- 03/27/2020

 

 

At the end of the day, it’s all about making sure THEY have a better shot at making it. That they start out with more opportunities than I had. By working to make sure their future is successful… MY future will be as well.

What will we leave behind when we go? In this moment, I’m thinking not so much as will I be remembered… but will anyone be around to do any remembering? Will they have the luxury of leisure, to sit and contemplate the past; or will they be so busy just trying to SURVIVE in the moment, that they’ll be unable to take the time to expand their horizons?

When you must spend every waking moment in a constant struggle to put food on the table, things like education take a back seat. You know… “When I get around to it.”

 

So much is up in the air right now as our nation stands watching… faced with a choice that is all too clear. There is so much that we must do, and so much of it must be done RIGHT… as we may not have this chance again.

 

What will our children make of this moment? How will democracy be judged by future generations? The political structure that we grew up with is now gone. It died with the passing of the Republican Party. All that remains is a hollow shell of what once was, held up only by our belief in it… a stiff breeze is now all that’s required.

 

When you SEE something… SAY something!

 

Because that’s how things CHANGE.

 

 

 

 

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“Woman broadens claims…” NBC News (04/12/2020)

 

Right now the men on the ballot this fall are TWO SIDES of the SAME COIN, and I cannot in GOOD CONSCIENCE, vote for either. That worries me…

That should worry EVERY American Citizen.

 

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Shall we RATIFY equality… or must women wait ANOTHER 100 years?

The choice must always be ours!

 

“… with Liberty and Justice for ALL.”

 

-JC

In Lives and Livelihoods

 

 

… November 2019.

 

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“1st known coronavirus case traced back to November…” Livescience.com (03/14/2020)

 

… and consider how fast this virus travels.

 

Chinese press reports the emergence of a particularly severe respiratory infection in December. Even though publicly reported information shows President Trump would not be briefed on the subject by our intelligence agencies until late January, it would be wrong to assume that no one in our government knew what could be happening.

 

 

Besides, President Trump and President Xi are BEST FRIENDS… they talk on the phone all the time. About TARIFFS and trade, and North Korea.

December 20, 2019:

 

 

… don’t forget who’s listening in on those calls.

From October 25, 2018:

 

 

 

 

What SHOULD our government DO?

What should HAVE BEEN DONE to avoid the situation we are now IN?

 

 

 

We were PREPARED. 

 

Deliberate actions were then taken…

to ensure we were NOT.

 

 

SARS. N1-H1. Swine flu. Ebola. Each and every event, we have learned from that experience and developed strategies to implement, in real-time, to prevent the start of an unmitigated spread across this nation, because the cost of dealing with an event like that would be staggering… both in lives and livelihoods.

 

It is unsustainable to continuously stock the large volume of equipment necessary to deal with mass casualties from a disaster like this. That is why we were prepared to stop it before it had the chance to take hold. Knowledge and information sharing, mass testing, public awareness, social distancing… all preventative measures, taken to FORTIFY our nation and protect its citizens. To SAVE LIVES…

February 27, 2020:

 

 

 

Starting in DECEMBER, when the Intelligence Community would have briefed the Gang of Eight about the potential disaster being SILENCED by President Xi, the White House Pandemic Coordination Team would have been contacted and preparations would have STARTED IN DECEMBER. Questions would have been asked:

  • What would we need in a worst case scenario?
  • What do we have on-hand right NOW?
  • Who will need to have it first?

 

Under the leadership of an alternative Administration, preparations would have already been underway to protect American Lives and our interests abroad… MONTHS before President Trump was reportedly first informed.

February 26, 2020:

 

 

 

After it was known that the situation in China was being underreported, travel bans would have taken effect. Mandatory screenings and quarantines of American citizens returning from China, as well as other nations where outbreaks were beginning, would have minimized exposure here, by containing any spread only to known sources, stopping community transmission of the virus within our borders.

 

February 29, 2020:

 

 

 

In an alternative time line, this story would have ended HERE. Under another Administration, we would have mitigated the spread before the first instance of infection without a known source, and we would have continued to MONITOR. By taking temperatures of EVERYONE entering the United States and continued social distancing measures, as well as continued testing to guarantee our findings were SOUND.

 

We would then be able to extend a hand, to help the countries from whom we had learned. We could have sent supplies and expertise to China, to help in their battle for containment. We could have reached out to the government of Italy and offered whatever support they needed, to minimize the devastation they are now enduring.

 

Through our leadership, by taking decisive action immediately, with ONE PURPOSE… leaders of every nation would have LISTENED to what our Commander-in-Chief was saying, LISTENED to where the doctors and scientists of the United States believed the virus was going next, and ACTED to avoid worst case scenarios… and avoided unnecessary loss of LIFE.

Now, leaders of the world have listened to what OUR PRESIDENT has said…

 

 

Elected by OUR VOTES.

An embodiment of the WILL of THE PEOPLE of the United States of America.

 

 

I refuse to be ignorant.

I refuse to play DUMB.

Even IF we practice EVERY prescribed act of social distancing asked of us in this moment, PERFECTLY…

 

 

“… if we can hold it down to 100,000 to 200,000 [deaths caused by coronavirus]… we all together, have done a very good job.”

–Donald J. Trump, President of The United States of America (03-29-2020)

 

 

Yet we are still not ready to do what is required to meet that expectation.

 

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“Trump resists nationwide stay-at-home order.” ABC News (04/03/2020)

 

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“Fact Check: Georgia governor says we only just learned…” CNN.com (04/03/2020)

 

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“It’s a shit sandwich.” Politico (04/03/2020)

 

Our WORDS matter. Our words carry weight that we may not see immediately, but the consequences are real… and they will follow.

I do not blame the governors, they are doing the best they can in this unprecedented situation. I do not blame the hospital workers who are now charged with fighting this fight. I don’t even blame President Xi for our current situation… because I wouldn’t have believed his official numbers actually reflected reality from the outset.

 

I would have assumed they were intentionally LOWERED for his political gain…

Anything to SAVE FACE.

 

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“… while you still can.” (11/16/2019)

 

Beware the company YOU KEEP

 

 

But NOW… what do we do NOW?

 

The crisis has not been averted. We are awash in the surge of the pandemic, and we have LOST the chance to end this before it began. The only course of action, if we choose to protect LIFE over ALL ELSE, is to STAY INDOORS. By mandate, we must stay home and STOP THE SPREAD. Our own government says so!

And how will Congress help?

 

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$1200. For a family of FOUR… that MIGHT cover food for a MONTH.

What about everything ELSE?

 

Life savings… spent in a matter of WEEKS. Plans for retirement, now thrown into chaos over the uncertainty projected by our President. But the GOP Leadership is ready to give it ALL AWAY to “small businesses”… while the workforce STARVES.

 

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“McCarthy: Republicans to oppose Democratic coronavirus bill.” Politico (03/12/2020)

 

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“Republicans Are Worried Coronavirus Stimulus Bill is Too Generous…” Vanity Fair (03/25/2020)

 

These elected officials are representatives of the people who put them into office…

THE DONORS

They make their decisions with their interests in mind, and obviously not the interest of the VOTERS who elected them.

 

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“Sen. Kelly Loeffler sold at least $18 million more…” Vox.com (04/01/2020)

 

 

 

 

 

And I know it’s like I’m kicking a dead horse here… the mainstream media will tell you too, the whole Russia thing is FAKE NEWS! But all of this was the exact same strategy employed by Vladimir Putin on the people of Ukraine, in the decade preceding his interference in our elections.

All of the chaos and unrest, led by a sympathetic leader, installed by corruption and political manipulation…

Right down to the man who was tapped to handle the situation in Ukraine.

 

 

 

 

“… politically driven falsehoods that so clearly advance Russian interests.”

 

 

 

McConnell says that the Speaker should hold off on any plans for a 4th aid package… the FIRST CHECKS haven’t even arrived, bleeding everyone’s savings, leaving us all on the brink… and we should HOLD OFF?

For the benefit of WHOM? The PEOPLE? Their FAMILIES? The people who have lost ONLY their business… only their home… only a FAMILY MEMBER? Our charity is abundant, but these organizations cannot hold out forever.

 

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“Government needs to step in…” CommonDreams.org (04/02/2020)

 

 

 

We MUST have FOOD and SHELTER NOW.

 

How can we expect to reignite our economic engine if the CORE has been hollowed out? Not only from the death toll… but from diaspora. Where do you GO when your life is changed forever…

 

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“A Kremlin-linked Firm Invested Millions in Kentucky.” Time (08/13/2019)

 

 

We are no longer talking about incompetency, we are no longer refering to party politics. Launching an investigation into wrong doing that will cause loss of life on this scale, is necessary. Speaker Pelosi isn’t launching this investigation to make Donald Trump look bad, sir…

 

He did that all ON HIS OWN.

 

 

 

A lack of TESTING brought us to this point.

The only way out of this situation is MORE SUNLIGHT.

 

Every citizen must be tested.

 

BOTH for the virus and the antibodies produced by SURVIVORS of the disease. Once we know who has it, and who HAS had it, we can accurately predict where it will go NEXT. Without this vital information, any strategy we attempt to pursue is just a roll of the dice.

If we don’t know who has it, EVERYONE must believe they do have it and can SPREAD IT. YOU may be a carrier…

 

STAY HOME. Save a nurse’s LIFE!

 

 

 

 

We did not seek it, but once again… WAR has come to our shores. And once again it strikes the island of Manhattan. TWICE now in TWENTY YEARS.

We have FAILED to secure her as we once promised we would do. 20 years. 2 wars… yet we did not address the underlying CAUSE of the problem. Now we STAND, suspended in our own Temporal Echo… able to SEE what has become, and compare it to what shall BE.

 

We do not do this for ourselves.

We do this for our CHILDREN, and THEIR children…

We do this to HONOR those who have come BEFORE.

 

 

LibertyWe must remember what it is we are fighting FOR. Do not forget! She STILL STANDS in your harbor today…

Let her LIGHT be your guide.

 

In this fight we know what must be done. Dutifully we shall RISE and face this moment, and preform with our eyes fixed upon the future.

And as the wave comes crashing ashore, across every state and through every community; we now face the SAME STRUGGLE with you… We are ALL from New York.

May her LIGHT guide us ALL

 

 

GOD SAVE THE QUEEN

 

 

-JC