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Respect Your Elders

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Sure, I’ll admit it. I may be a little wet behind the ears, maybe not as long in the tooth as others… so I might be mistaken from time to time. But that’s why I choose to SPEAK OUT. To clarify. To educate, both myself AND others. How else would we find the answers that we seek?


In an OPEN and HONEST debate, the best ideas always rise to the TOP. 

That is why we are here today! It’s the cornerstone of our Democracy. Ideas are proposed and discussions commence. Improvements are added, weaknesses are highlighted, and legislation is voted upon… but that’s currently NOT the case in the United States Senate.

Legislation is NOT voted upon. Legislation is proposed, debated, enhanced and amended, and then… no vote. Even when that legislation has passed the House… no vote. Even if a MAJORITY of Senators approve… no vote. The Will of the Majority is overruled by the Minority.

40% IS GREATER THAN 60%. 

40% of the people know what’s best for this country… there must be something wrong with the rest of us

In order to stop the Majority from imposing its will upon the Minority. To protect the smaller States from the larger, more populous States… as if the Great State of California, to its own detriment, would actively pursue an agenda to harm another part of this Union!

It would be a rational fear to have… if we were living in 1776. 

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We must never forget the Presidency of Donald J. Trump. The passions and fire of ONE MAN, unleashed upon the people. Stoking anger and division for more than four years, and still… he could not convince a MAJORITY of this Nation that he was correct. Even with every outlet available to him, the PEOPLE were not convinced… THE PEOPLE were correct.

The MAJORITY of this Nation STANDS for Liberty and Justice for ALL. Not everyone believes in this… that is why they are in the MINORITY.

The MAJORITY of this Nation fights to protect the Rights of ALL citizens. It does not seek to hinder or harm, it seeks to elevate everyone. EQUALLY. Anyone seeking to protect the Rights of the Minority by standing OPPOSED to the Will of the Majority should consider UPDATING their position… in-light of the conclusions drawn from our most recent ‘experiment’.

Re-reading the words of our Founders, we can see our opinions have evolved considerably over the last 200 years. Roughly ONE THIRD of the words written about the Senate in The Federalist Papers are now GARBAGE… Senators are no longer selected by the Legislatures of the individual States. We ABANDONED that practice long ago and decided the PEOPLE should choose their Senators by direct vote. And why is that? More participation equals Better Governance.

IF your position is so STRONG, why is it you cannot rally a MAJORITY of support? IF your position is to stand opposed to the Majority, so be it. Please do so… Clearly. Make sure EVERYONE knows exactly where you STAND. When time shows your position to be correct, the Majority will stand with you.

And until that day comes, the MAJORITY of this Nation will support and defend your right to SPEAK OUT. Debate and dissent are essential to a thriving democracy, and we are all working toward the SAME GOAL: a more perfect Union.

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The United States Senate is the greatest deliberative body in the world INSPITE of the filibuster, not BECAUSE of it. The filibuster KILLS debate, it does not encourage it.

What makes the Senate superior is the six year term. The House, being elected every two years, is more closely tied to the fires and the passions of the People in the moment; whereas the Senate, not being constantly consumed with winning re-election, can work with a more deliberative approach to legislation, bringing a more informed and careful eye to the situation…

At least, that’s how it’s supposed to work.

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Reading through these theoretical suppositions, written over two centuries ago, where within these paragraphs do they speak of the ability of ONE MAN to override the will of the Majority? How are those actions characterized? What are their opinions of such actions…

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They speak of TYRANNY. They use it as an example in their demonstrations, of what it is they were attempting to AVOID… THIS is what we fear, so we want to create a governing body that will produce the OPPOSITE of these acts. 

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They saw the demise of our Democracy coming in the form of a consolidation of authority. An abdication of power by one branch of government, allowing it to become subservient to another. But they did believe it could right itself, if it ever did come to pass. 

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Unfortunately, as studious and thorough as they were, they were still unable to foresee the Dark Arts necessary to accomplish such an act… 

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Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you…  

THE FILIBUSTER. 

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… wiser words never spoken.

-JC

For Those Without a Voice


Could you imagine? Questioning yourself, your actions… every decision that you’ve made. And at the end of the day, the only question that’s left…

Was there something MORE I could have done? 

 

 

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Was there something I could have said. Was there something I did that made that situation worse? Would this outcome have even happened if I hadn’t been involved. 

What more could have been done, that wouldn’t have raised the temperature of an already inflamed situation… why am I so damn tired, but still can’t fall asleep. 

 

How much of ourselves are we willing to put on the line for the sake of others… for our family… for a complete stranger? Ms. Frazier’s got it figured out. She may not know it yet, but she’s on the right path. It’s not about anything she did in that situation… it’s about what he did. It’s about what he didn’t do. 

 

Darnella did the only thing that could have been done to calm that situation, and not everyone would have been as STRONG… to hold UP that mirror, so he could SEE exactly what he was doing. She gave him every opportunity to change his ways. 

She chose to STAND UP and SPEAK OUT on George Floyd’s behalf before anyone else… may we ALL find the strength and courage to follow her lead. 

-JC 

The Future

It’s done. The END is in sight. This week I received my first Moderna shot and in a couple more weeks I’ll get my second.

Get the SHOT… and let’s get Back to WORK. 

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Vaccines SAVE LIVES.
They save YOUR life. 
They save NURSES’ lives… 
They save AMERICAN LIVES. 

A fully vaccinated American Workforce is the ONE sure path back to economic stability at home and economic dominance abroad. We must all do our part. As President Carter said: “It’s up to YOU.” 

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This is how our government SHOULD function. This is what Leadership is all about! The accomplishments of this Administration should be remembered as extraordinary, for sure… but they must also be remembered as standard. As normal. As the benchmark by which we will compare all future Administrations.

This is how the Executive Branch of our government should function by default.

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Yet some elected officials still believe we should have listened to the previous Administration.


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March 26, 2021… We haven’t even gone SIX MONTHS, and what he did in the aftermath of the 2020 election is now LEGAL in the Great State of Georgia.


CUE: Some future Georgia Secretary of State

“Upon further review, at the urging of our President, this office has recalculated the votes and indeed…

We’ve found 11,780 votes that were cast in-error.” 

God bless the United States of America.

We no longer need to DEBATE. We no longer need to raise counterpoints to their legislation. The States will decide who’s votes COUNT and who’s do NOT…

Don’t worry… everything’s under control!
Just turn off the TV and go back to sleep.


Because of the position they have taken as a PARTY, I will not support or encourage anyone to support, ANY candidate who is endorsed by the GOP or adheres to their Party Line. And because of that fact, there is only ONE viable choice in a TWO PARTY SYSTEM…

The system is Broken. 
The American People need a FRESH START. 

When we are forced to pick a candidate because there is NO ALTERNATIVE, we become vulnerable. Our National Security is compromised. ONE PARTY supports SUPPRESSING the vote, while the OTHER PARTY appears POWERLESS to stop them, even as they hold a MAJORITY in both chambers. 

They are doing exactly what their constituents want them to do, and I’m not talking about VOTERS here…

They work for the DONORS.💰💰💰 

And what will they say, after they’ve pushed their case as far as legally possible, and possibly further… ‘We need to come together and not make this all about POLITICS.’

Besides that… what’s the alternative.

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“There are GRAVE RISKS associated with eliminating the filibuster… just so you know. Because when we’re in the minority which eventually does happen, the issues that we care most about will be harmed.” 

— Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Deadline: White House, MSNBC. (03/25/2021)


We can’t do it. Because if we DID do it, they might take it away… but we COULD do it, though. But only for special occasions. And only if you ask us REALLY, REALLY nicely. If NOT, a Senator might not get re-elected…

… you wouldn’t want that to happen now, would ya’?


I don’t think anyone wants to see Joe Manchin cry again.

Eliminating the filibuster would make them bear RESPONSIBILITY for their ACTIONS. It would force them to WORK and be held accountable for their legislation. They would have the ability to ACT instead of dodging and passing the BUCK onto the White House. Whether intentional or not, the obvious fact that their actions have benefited our foreign adversaries should not be overlooked.

For four years, President Trump made the Office LOOK weak, while Leader McConnell’s intentional inaction MADE the Senate weak. They’ve BOTH made the Judiciary weak, by dragging out court cases seeking testimony and evidence for YEARS without a conclusion. Then, when crisis comes…

We are adrift, lost in a sea of corruption. Navel-gazing… looking for someone ELSE to blame.

… but DON’T WORRY! The Midterm Elections are just a few short months away! Be sure to DONATE your MONEY to the candidate who will do ALMOST anything to get RE-ELECTED… oops! I mean get things DONE for their constituents!

They are holding our potential future HOSTAGE for their political careers. 

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Your VOICE makes a difference… use it. To be SILENT is to be COMPLICIT. But be warned, in this moment if you are silent, it will speak LOUDER than it had once before. Whether this Nation stands or falls, one day it will be asked… Where did YOU stand?

… and what will you say. 

-JC 

Through the Looking Glass

I remember what I was taught.

I tried to call him out every time it came across my desk… I think we ALL did.


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This Nation’s teeth were cut on racism like this… and there’s only ONE WAY we can ensure it stops.


STAND UP and SPEAK OUT. 

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https://www.boston.com/news/crime/2021/03/18/new-mom-army-vet-among-8-killed-in-georgia-spa-shootings 

We should be no more upset with people of Asian Descent for the spread of this virus, than we are with people of English Descent for the current spread of the predominant strain of COVID-19 in the United States.

Viruses do not discriminate. 

I find these acts of violence against the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities abhorrent and everyone should SPEAK OUT when they see these acts happen. I wish only for PEACE, as their contributions are a wonderful and vital part of our story. 

But… I cannot be SILENT. Nor should anyone else. We must LISTEN to what we’re being told, as well as what is being SAID. 

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/religion/2021/03/19/robert-aaron-long-evangelical-treatment-facility-sex-addiction/ 

There’s a difference between STORY and NARRATIVE… and sometimes the STORY is amplified by the obvious SILENCE of others. 

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… don’t look at ME like that! 

SILENCE on the subject of Conspiracy Theories led to an armed insurrection on January 6th. What harm is done when we are denied FULL DISCLOSURE? What lessons can we learn from this moment that will teach us something about what went wrong in that young man’s life… so that we can ensure it will never happen again with someone else. 

Yes, it’s uncomfortable. And yes it deals with harmful stereotypes, but it must be addressed. Openly. It’s a subject not everyone is familiar with, and it’s something that everyone needs to be aware of… knowledge leads to understanding. 

Our SILENCE allows it to continue. 

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My ears perked up the moment I heard the word addiction. Now having gained the knowledge that comes from 12 years of sobriety… after so many lost at the bottom of a bottle… I have an extra bit of empathy for anyone who struggles with addiction. Because I did not know, I struggled… as it is for many people who cannot afford treatment or mental health services. Just like Prostate Cancer or Breast Cancer, addiction is a treatable disease of the MIND.

But I am NO FOOL… 

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This was no “bad day” as described by the Sheriff… this man’s future was decided the moment he gave up on LIFE, and became its enemy.


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Why did that man choose those businesses. What was he expecting to find in those establishments? Was he looking for something he ASSUMED he would find, or was he CERTAIN he would find it. Yes, there is ONE common denominator between all these establishments…

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https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2019/02/26/florida-human-sex-trafficking-ring-full-story/2990465002/ 

… but it is not the ONLY ONE. 

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And once again we find ourselves at a crossroads of Fire & Fuel, where one broken aspect of our society ignites another… spreading beyond all social barriers and effecting everyone.


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https://www.glamour.com/story/jeffrey-epstein-survivors-roundtable 

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https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/10/the-disturbing-saga-of-robert-kraft 

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https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/ex-spa-owner-denies-selling-access-trump-says-dems-target-n985381 

I remember how thoroughly the lessons penetrate our collective psyche around situations like these. Anyone my age has been well educated on what the definition of the word “is” is… and when we learn these lessons WRONG, we have to GO BACK and re-educate ourselves. We have to undo the damage that’s been done… because we have LEARNED.

Our definition of what is RIGHT and what is WRONG has evolved.

Our Laws need to reflect that.

This is how we ensure a proper path Forward.

SHAME on him if he’s using the excuse of addiction in an attempt to avoid responsibility for his actions, but shame on US if we do not LISTEN to what he is saying.

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/religion/2021/03/19/robert-aaron-long-evangelical-treatment-facility-sex-addiction/ 

It all starts with how we perceive one another.

We believe in Equal Justice Under Law.

Do we PRACTICE what we PREACH.

I do not raise these issues to give cover for criminal behavior or detract from the apparent racism of these actions. I want to find the answers…

I want to do all I can to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

-JC

STAND UP and SPEAK OUT

To anyone who has ever asked, “What is Systemic Racism?” Or anyone who has ever wondered what Systemic Racism would even LOOK like. Well…

This.  

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This is Systemic Racism. THIS is the injury that’s suffered when we turn a BLIND EYE. As a White Man, I am appalled that this is what Justice would look like to anyone entrusted with the HONOR of presiding over its administration.

Law Enforcement Officers DIED. 

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… yet this man poses no threat to his community? 

Of course! The law was written BY people who look like HIM, FOR people who look like him. That is why he felt he could engage in those activities in the first place… and LOW and BEHOLD! 

The “System” complies.

Due process. Innocent until proven guilty… and all that jazz. 



Yes, some might say that these are only a few cases highlighted by an amped-up media, hungry for divisive stories and starved of a conscious; but do not look away when these stories continue to happen. Not just human interest stories from years ago… but RIGHT NOW. Every day.

Most stories pass unnoticed, like a callus that forms in the palm of your hand while you’re carrying around a heavy load… eventually, that pain is just expected.


And it CONTINUES to this day… even with the LEFT in control of the balance of power. Just as it was when the RIGHT was in control, and when the balance of power shifted before THAT… because who would want to give up such a privilege? ‘To SPEAK OUT might jeopardize MY rights or MY liberties…’

That line of thinking is a FOOL’S ERRAND! 

The simple fact that a separate status even exists makes it possible for systemic bias to someday form against YOU… or people who look like you. Or come from the same PLACE as you… or worship the same god as you. 


Today it’s Mexico.
Yesterday, the Middle East.
Long before that, it was Ireland and Italy…

Who will it be TOMORROW.



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https://www.brookings.edu/research/new-census-data-shows-the-nation-is-diversifying-even-faster-than-predicted/ 

When we defend the rights of OTHERS, we defend those rights for OURSELVES. Equal Justice Under Law. If it is not for ONE of us, then it is not for ALL of us.

Because of Systemic Injustice, citizens who have engaged in an attempted overthrow of The United States Government WALK FREE…

What crime did Philando Castile commit? 

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“Had those been Black Lives Matter or Antifa protesters, I might have been a little concerned.”

—Senator Ron Johnson(R), WI.

This is the agenda of the Senate GOP… and this is the agenda of the entire National Republican Party.

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https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/542796-arizona-house-republican-says-party-thinks-everybody-shouldnt-be-voting 

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https://blackvotersmatterfund.org/news/g-a-voter-restrictions-are-blatant-voter-suppression-elected-leaders-business-community-must-take-a-stand/ 

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STAND UP and SPEAK OUT! 

Make sure everybody knows exactly where you STAND. Coca-Cola, Home Depot, UPS… will you be supporting DEMOCRACY in the future, or will the American People have to take their business somewhere else? Now is not the time to be silent! 

To be SILENT is to be COMPLICIT. 

The problems we face as a Nation can be solved, but only if we STAND united… as Equals. The MAJORITY of this Nation supports Democracy.

… where do YOU stand? 

-JC