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Beware the Company You Keep

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This is not a time for cowardice. This is not a time for the faint of heart. DEMOCRACY and our interpretation of what it means, is on the line. Two-hundred-and-forty years are at stake… and the fate of the next 240 may soon be determined.

This is a moment that calls for THOUGHT. This is a moment that calls for REASON… two things that disappear when our emotions take control. Our right to STAND UP and SPEAK OUT isn’t unique in this world, but it is fleeting. Hong Kong comes to mind… Belarus as well. Steps taken backwards. Liberty taken away.

Where once there was FREEDOM, state-sponsored SILENCE remains… and for what reason. At who’s direction… at who’s EXPENSE. Because if it’s REVOLUTION we’re talking about here, then we must be CLEAR. Every one of us must understand what that entails… exactly what that means.

 

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This Nation helps DEFINE the word Revolution. THIS Nation. The United States of America. Where it is our RIGHT to decide our FATE.

Revolution is violent. Bloodless coups do not exist. In battle AND upon the streets, when nations engage in war, civilians on BOTH sides die… as those who STARTED the war suffer no consequence.

When the fighting is INTERNAL, when the ever-consuming fires turn brother against brother… there is no hiding from that. There is no safety on our streets. No matter what side is victorious, there are no winners in a civil war… this Nation still bears the SCARS of that.

We even have the deeds of our OWN ACTIONS. What has our meddling in the affairs of other nations produced? In how many countries have we tipped the scales? How many times have we paid the price… because of our own ego.

By our hands, with our consent. At the ballot box… Elected Officials, BEHOLDEN to the DOLLAR. Don’t forget! If you are outraged AT our elected officials, or enraged BY our elected officials, that’s exactly what they want. 

If you’re not mad… they can’t FUNDRAISE. 

 

… at OUR expense.

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/07/31/trump-committees-fundraising-2021-fec/

 

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Who in the hell would take up ARMS at the direction of a POLITICIAN? Have they earned even a modicum of TRUST in that regard… 

 

‘We’ll be greeted as liberators.’

‘Wanted dead or alive.’

‘This would have happened if we left 10 years ago or 10 years from now.’

‘We’re gonna walk down to the Capitol, and I’m going with you.’ 

 

 

To those who would say NOW is the time for Revolution, I would say I can sympathize. I can understand that desire… I voted for Al Gore. I voted against the agenda carried out for 8 years. But I believe in the Constitution, and I believe in the Will of the American People, whenever they are fully informed. 

Right now NONE of us are fully informed… and it’s by design. Now, it’s effecting our CHILDREN as well. 

 

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https://www.wsj.com/articles/facebook-knows-instagram-is-toxic-for-teen-girls-company-documents-show-11631620739 

 

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None of us… LEFT or RIGHT… is being told the full story. 

 

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https://www.thedailybeast.com/facebook-lets-whitelist-vips-break-all-of-its-posting-rules-report-says 

 

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But we all know what the problem IS

 

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… at OUR EXPENSE. 

 

Let us invoke HUMILITY before we resort to violence. Let us employ KNOWLEDGE before we submit ourselves to the OPINIONS of others. We must admit there is a problem before we begin to solve it.

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How deeply do you hold your convictions? For what is it that you fight… why must we even fight when we know our elected officials should be SOLVING this problem.

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https://www.politico.com/news/2021/07/27/jim-jordan-legislative-terrorist-gop-500785 

 

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https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/06/politics/jordan-osu-wrestlers-strauss-invs/index.html 

 

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https://www.politico.com/news/2021/09/15/hastert-settles-child-sexual-abuse-suit-511972 

 

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We all know what the problem is… MONEY allows it to continue. 

The MAJORITY stands opposed. 
The MAJORITY stands United.

 

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https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-58573887 

 

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Let us address the reason it continues and not give in to our base instincts. This is not a Democrat issue. This is not a Republican issue. This is a TRANSPARENCY issue… not a call for revolution. This is a call for CLARITY. 

Who among us isn’t angry? Who among us isn’t ready to cry REBELLION? The “Revolution” isn’t going to be fought on a battlefield… it’s going to be fought in the arena of OPEN DEBATE. Because in that battle, we can LOSE without falling BACK. Everyone goes HOME after the rhetorical shots are fired, and we can look forward to the next engagement.

The MAJORITY of this Nation stands for what is RIGHT. Those who call for violence to solve a POLITICAL ISSUE… do not. 

-JC 

 

Cause and Effect

I held on to HOPE that day after the Towers fell, that someone might still be alive… and truly, the hands of Divinity reached out and delivered.

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https://nymag.com/nymetro/news/sept11/2003/n_9189/

The story of their survival is amazing. As we witnessed tragedy playing out before us, at such a pivotal moment in TIME… someone made it out ALIVE. I remember asking anyone with news if anyone else had made it out… there would be time for anger and Justice another day… the Human Need in that moment was like a mental anchor, keeping me from drifting too far downstream.

Is there anything I could be doing to help save a LIFE?

It was soon apparent, as emergency triage centers filled with doctors and nurses… there were no patients. There were no casualties. The destruction was total. We would soon be honoring memories.

(At 5:40 in the video) “The building collapsed to dust.” -Joe Casaliggi

Though we live one thousand miles away with no physical connection to any of those SOULS, every one of us here in the Great State of Kansas knew what we were witnessing. Every one of us knew what this meant. My girlfriend at the time… my ‘high school sweetheart’… was an MP in the United States Army. She shipped out shortly after 9/11. We knew the uncertainty that lie ahead, and we parted ways as good friends.

It’s been twenty years since I last saw her. She served, got married, started a family… as we all do. twenty years…

In that moment, our reactions were almost instinctual. We knew War had come. Whatever sacrifices were to be asked of us… whatever it was we could do to HONOR those families and ensure this could NEVER happen again… the fight was JUST. The objective was CLEAR.

And then we INVADED IRAQ.

Our President LIED to us about yellowcake uranium. Our Secretary of State LIED to the United Nations about Mobile Processing Sites. Our Secretary of Defense LIED about how we would be greeted by the Iraqi People… and all but a notable FEW of our Elected Officials SUPPORTED those lies. Knowingly.

EVIDENCE, gathered after the fact. The outing of an undercover Intelligence Officer. In order to cover up their LIES… and they thumbed their noses as they held their heads HIGH. Hypocrisy… on full display! And to think, some people even had the nerve to claim, that Our President knew about the attacks in advance

But that’s just crazy-talk right there.

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https://nsarchive2.gwu.edu/NSAEBB/NSAEBB116/pdb8-6-2001.pdf

“Bin Laden Determined to Strike in US”

Maybe that sentence would have had a greater IMPACT on someone like Al Gore, than it obviously did on George W. Bush.

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https://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/exactly-12-years-later-msna75220

Conspiracy Theories exist. It does us no good to remain ignorant to their claims. The fanciful, the distraught, the horribly misinformed, the self-serving and the ideologically driven. All of them, sprinkled with verifiably provable facts. To bolster their position or add credibility to an obscure concept… one that often hides a racially charged or anti-Semitic agenda at its core.

Every one of their ideas are easily deconstructed in the LIGHT. We don’t need Conspiracy Theories to understand what truly happened that day. We have FACTS. We know WHY this happened.

The intelligence was there. The lights were all FLASHING RED… critical pieces weren’t passed up the chain. Oversight was lax…

HUMAN ERROR 

That’s what allowed this to happen. In essence… it was an inside job.

In those early months of a new Administration, with their transition period stunted by prolonged legal challenges. Was there something that they missed… was there something MORE they could have done to prevent this from happening in the first place?

We may never know… they were too busy figuring out how to INVADE IRAQ.

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https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2011/12/leadup-iraq-war-timeline/

Go find me a way to do this.”

-POTUS, January 2001.


And even upon this Hallowed Day,
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We all know what the problem is. An unpopular President elevated with only a MINORITY of support. Faced with a LIFE-THREATENING crisis, the Administration was too pre-occupied with their own agendas to be prepared in advance… and the American People are stuck holding the the check when the balance comes due.

Some things NEVER CHANGE… and that’s precisely what needs to change.

It doesn’t matter how many countries we invade. How many TRILLIONS of dollars we spend on securing the Homeland. If we do not address the cause of this problem… it will happen again. No matter how healthy the chicken is, if it doesn’t have its HEAD screwed on correctly, it’s only a matter of TIME.

We’ve spent the last twenty years trying to build something beautiful out of the ruins that were made. For our security, as well as theirs. We believed it could be done. We were told it could be done… it seems, in this we’ve found COMMON GROUND with the People of Afghanistan:

Elected Officials take positions that stand opposed to the Will of The People, because of the influence that MONEY has on their decision making processes.

We did everything we could possibly think of so it would never happen again, but we never addressed the UNDERLYING CAUSE of our problem. Twice now, in less than twenty years… 

We must fulfill our promise and ensure it can never happen again.

-JC

In the Course of HUMAN Events

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THIS is the best we could have hoped for… this is the best we could have done. This President says so. The LAST President says so. The PEOPLE wanted us out… a deadline’s a deadline. We even signed a treaty. And lord knows, when we sign a treaty our elected officials must abide.

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https://www.history.com/news/native-american-broken-treaties

This is the best our election system can produce. THIS is the product of our partisan political system. An adversarial contest between opposing ideological entities… who now STAND in agreement.

This was to be expected no matter when we decided to leave, be it 10 years ago or 10 years from now. What more could have been done? What MORE could President Biden do… he’s just the President.

Of the United States of America.

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/01/25/trump-muslim-ban-legacy-biden/

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https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/hamedaleaziz/trump-debate-immigrant-children-cages

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https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/04/climate/trump-paris-agreement-climate.html

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https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/new-probe-confirms-trump-officials-blocked-puerto-rico-receiving-hurri-rcna749

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https://www.forbes.com/sites/chuckjones/2019/08/30/amid-trump-tariffs-farm-bankruptcies-and-suicides-rise/

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2019/01/14/coast-guard-working-without-pay-government-shutdown-sees-surge-west-coast-migrant-intercepts/

What more could have been done?

These excuses presented by the current Administration don’t hold water in-light of the previous one. We’ve now seen the IMPACT a President can have on every aspect of our daily lives. To say there was nothing that could have changed this outcome is either naive, ignorant, or intentionally misleading.

And it damages the stature of The Office.

A weak and inept Executive Office puts our National Security at risk. A stubborn and near-sighted Administration jeopardizes our stable relationships abroad.

A President who concedes that there will be people left behind, in a war that’s been on-going for 20 years, lacks the vision and foresight necessary to earn the confidence of the American People.

The phrase ‘There’s nothing I can do’ should not be in the vocabulary of the President of these United States. As it is with all of us… they have a CHOICE.

The bottom line is all about priorities. Who’s interests do you represent? How will you judge and interpret an incoming stream of information. How will you react and what conclusions will you draw from the overall picture painted by those events.

The unfolding course of events during our withdrawal from Afghanistan is the best Joe Biden could have hoped for.

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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/sep/03/female-journalists-afghanistan-future-dire-media-freedom

… and now we move on to Domestic Events.

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https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/01/us/supreme-court-texas-abortion.html

And now, once again… what will our priorities BE. Because now, LIVES are on the line. Once again, history attempts to repeat itself. Presenting a moment that demands CLARITY.

The PEOPLE know where Justice lies…

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https://www.npr.org/2020/01/15/796754345/virginia-ratifies-the-equal-rights-amendment-decades-after-deadline

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https://www.rollcall.com/2021/03/17/house-votes-to-nix-deadline-for-equal-rights-amendment-ratification/

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https://news.bloomberglaw.com/daily-labor-report/senators-push-for-equal-rights-amendment-wont-end-court-battle

… do our elected officials? 

Better still, will they do what’s RIGHT or will they BOW to their DONORS, to secure their political future.

They need to see… it’s a TRICK QUESTION! There is NO POLITICAL RISK in defending the rights of others. In fact…

It’s required.

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We may be able to determine the path of our journey, but we cannot change the destination. Equal Justice Under Law. It’s emblazoned upon the archway of our Highest Court. If it is not for ONE of us… then it is not for ALL of us.

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What outcome is the best we can hope for… what else could have been done.

ONE MAN now stands in the way of EQUALITY for HALF of this Nation. 


Mr. President, listen to THE PEOPLE and direct the archivist to add the 28th Amendment to the Constitution. There is no political risk in supporting the Constitution.

The People have spoken. It’s time to ratify EQUALITY. 

-JC

Where Do YOU Stand.

The PEOPLE demand action…
and THEY go on vacation.

The PEOPLE want to secure our Right to VOTE.
The DNC commits $25 MILLION to the cause.

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They’ve chosen to prioritize VOTER EDUCATION. Well… I suppose it’s about time we went to D.C. and EDUCATED them.

Our Rights will not be secured by MONEY. Our Rights will not be secured by INFRASTRUCTURE. Our Right to VOTE will only be secured by LAW. With LEGISLATION, PASSED by the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT… that’s how we secure the franchise.

That’s how we ensure the Will of the People reigns supreme. More participation equals BETTER GOVERNANCE.

STAND UP and SPEAK OUT!

How do we defeat the BULLY and the LIAR? We STAND UP for the Rule of Law, we stand FIRM in our convictions… and we stand UNITED.

We do not do this for a Political Party. We do not do this for our own self-interest or our own personal gain. We defend our Right to Vote for the NEXT generation, and the one that will come after them.

We do this because it is necessary. There must be no boundaries standing in the way of any citizen who wishes to participate in our democracy.

Our future National Security is ensured when our access to the ballot is secure.

STAND UP and SPEAK OUT… and you will not stand alone.

-JC

Boulevard of Broken Dreams

Image: President Biden. At Camp David. 

 

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/biden-camp-david-afghanistan-taliban-republican-criticism 

 

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It’s as if we must TEACH our Government how to WALK all over again…

How did this happen?

 

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https://apnews.com/article/bagram-afghanistan-airfield-us-troops-f3614828364f567593251aaaa167e623 

 

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Empty U.S. military bases overtaken by the Taliban. Our partners and allies left to fend for themselves. Where were the hand-off ceremonies, the passing of the torch, the symbolic gestures of UNITY? 

There was no exit plan. Just like there was no plan for victory. Just like there was no plan in Iraq… “We’ll be greeted as liberators.” Politicians, beholden. Making vital life and death decisions… securing THEIR agendas and THEIR political future first. 

The Will of the People was to bring our troops HOME. The implied part of that sentiment was only IF and WHEN Afghanistan was secure. The American People were led to believe Afghanistan was secure. The actual situation on the ground in the region was not being fully elevated… 

 

What the hell were we not told. 

 

There seems to have been some THIRD-PARTY interest involved in the success of the advancing Taliban forces. Then again, Donald Trump chose to telegraph to our adversaries EXACTLY when we would be leaving. Joe Biden just decided to go along… 
Two sides. Same coin. 

What is the vital piece of intelligence we’re missing? The American People can only form their opinions based on what’s made available to them, and none of us thought the Government of Afghanistan would fall in 90 days… let alone ONE WEEK. 

 

One trillion dollars. Twenty years. Thousands of LIVES. What did all that MONEY go toward… did “Fat Leonard” take up shop in Afghanistan? We are now left to ponder what happened, as our HISTORY unfolds before us…

It feels as if the Towers have fallen once again. 

 

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The message of the American People is not being told. The Will of our Country is being SILENCED… and it seems WE are the last to know. It’s been going on for so long now the MAJORITY of us weren’t even born when it began. 

In order to determine the path of a distant celestial body, we need only TWO confirmed positions, observed at different points in time. From this we can extrapolate where it will be in the future… 

 

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Right now in the United States of America it’s 1975. 

 

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THE PEOPLE have already learned that lesson… that’s why we ALWAYS support our Troops no matter what our Government has done. 

And now look at what OUR Government has done. 

 

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https://www.independent.co.uk/asia/south-asia/afghanistan-taliban-women-rights-adverts-b1902922.html 

 

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Fool me ONCE, shame on YOU. Fool me TWICE… shame on US

 

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Our future has not been written. We can make the CHANGE… but only if we CHOOSE to do so. 

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This far… and no farther.