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Stand, Before That Right is Taken Away.

Yesterday, I lost my ability to use Twitter. I was shocked. Not exactly sure why, have not been contacted by anyone. But I understand that it is not a platform I can use when I choose. I am ALLOWED to use it as SOMEONE ELSE chooses. I believed that was the case when I started, and as I have spoken out, I have noticed certain “glitches in the Matrix”, that show there are ‘eyes’. THAT IS ONE POINT OF MY PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN.

1.) Can this be done?

2.) IF this CAN be done, WHO CAN DO THIS?

3.) WHO IS THE GATEKEEPER?

3a.) who SHOULD be the gatekeeper?

VIRTUAL IDENTIFICATION

…is a brand new idea, and our digital lives are a REAL thing that will exist, potentially, forever. We are ALL currently engaged in a World War. It has been discussed in vague terms, veiled in ‘virtual’ and ‘in-essence’ descriptors, but no one has addressed HOW this fight is fought.

IF we are ALL the SOLIDERS, SHOULDN’T WE BE ARMED??

And, as an ALLEGORICAL call to arms, this is so unreal. The answer is simple-

EDUCATE. FIGHT THE TROLLS. Critical thought. Honest open debate shows where BAD ACTORS hide. As Citizens, we know other citizens. The cracks in the digital warfront lie in the inability of our enemies to BE in an American Community. To be living and socializing, and interacting, and contributing, and KNOWING what’s going on, on a daily basis, SHOWS clearly when people are not afraid to discuss hard subject matters.

Knowing we are SUPPORTED and ENCOURAGED to contribute to the NATIONAL CONVERSATION, whether our ideas are deemed ridiculous or genius, is necessary. Be CONFIDENT… I want to hear the TROLLS loud and clear! So I know where I can stand on firm ground, next to people from the home of the free.

I am hopeful I will be allowed do this. If so, who do I have to thank? Hmmm… I think I like that. I’ll leave it right there.

Keep your head UP!!

JC

 

So Here I Sit…

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Facebook closed my account in the first three days of starting it. (back in February)

Today, Twitter says something is “technically wrong”… but Twitter is up.

I guess every Presidential campaign has it’s setbacks. Some are huge. Some are bumps in the road. Overcoming obstacles shows what a person is made of. HOW that happens displays either courage or incompetence. How someone reacts can show what their motivations truly are. It can also stand as a ‘great filter’ of sorts. Keeping elements segregated. Sorting the wheat from the chafe.

At this moment, I feel scared. Yes, for my Presidential chances, obviously. But I fear more for the future of the First Amendment. IS it an illusion? When one acts in ‘good faith’, with pure motives, OPEN and HONEST, and not be allowed to voice their opinion, to be debated in an open and honest manner, do we really have freedom to speak? I cannot even find out what or why, as both Facebook and Twitter have not contacted me further.

“You can do it your own way, If it’s done just how I say.” -Metallica

keep your head up.

Leadership

I have to teach my 12 year old son about leadership. This will be either a good conversation, or a head butting contest. Knowing my son…

He is playing Fortnite: Battle Royale and has becomes focused on the win. He has developed decent leadership skills, but is becoming a bit overbearing. He seems too focused on the win. I’ve got to figure how to tell him to focus on “the assist” as hard as he does “the win”.

Now, I’m NOT a military strategist. I AM an Eagle Scout. And I have been part of successful teams. The biggest lesson I have learned from that experience:

Don’t go into business with family or friends. It will destroy that relationship. Every time.

I would say, being from Kansas, in recent years our State has been home to quite a few good leaders. The one that I gained the most from watching was Roy Williams, coach of the KU Jayhawks. His strategy was quite simple: fundamentals, deep bench, every one touches the ball before it goes in, everyone wins. When everyone’s talent is being utilized to its fullest potential, no one can stop you. Focus hard on getting the ball into the RIGHT person’s hands at the RIGHT time, and it’s bank! Nothin’ but net.

So, it went well. He is very perceptive and open to criticism. Unlike me, when I was his age (or like his little brother… grrrr… he and I are too much alike) I was stubborn and wouldn’t listen to sound advice. Or, I would think I knew better and do as I thought best.

I can’t tell you how many times I have said in the back of my mind “Damn, Dad. Why didn’t I listen?” I know someday that will be the case with my kids. I guess that’s how it goes.

Keep your head UP!!

JC

 

Campaign Update: Gaining Momentum.

I wanted to thank the people who have subbed my wordpress site and the people who follow me on Twitter @MrJLCharbonneau. In a world where the power of words and their usage has been compressed into a couple sentences, it gives me hope that THIS method of communication has reached the most people directly so far. I hoped the YouTube videos on the Hastert Rule and the Electoral College would have seen more traffic, but it’s not going away.

As I have engaged with people, I have found quite a few conservative supporters. As shocked as I was at first, it really is not so suprising. After all, I am from Kansas. I am a former Southern Baptist Christian. I own guns. I live in a socially conservative community. Even though Wyandotte county is one of two blue dots in this sea of red, I pass more church steeples than family planning centers on my way home.

As the political spectrum has polarized, portrayed as a widening gap tearing at our social cohesion, a funny thing happened. I first noticed it during the TARP debates in 2008/2009. As the Senate was debating a bank bailout of trillions of dollars, Senator Sam Brownback argued in opposition. Why should we bailout these institutions who gambled away all that money? Let the free market decide winners and losers.

Suddenly, I was APPAULD to find myself thinking “Hey, that Sam Brownback has some good ideas.”

I am a liberal. I describe myself politically as so liberal I make Keith Olbermann look like Rush Limabugh. Jokingly, of course! But, I realized in ’08 that as our views polarize, we find ourselves uniting again. We all walk a different political direction, sometimes wandering in the dark with fools and magicians leading us, but we come back to the same problems. Seeking answers, to problems we all face. Wasting all that time looking, when our answers were all the same, as well as the problems.

Common decency needs to be displayed in real life more. An appreciation of others’ points of view and a genuine desire to show you care… just a bit. Not sayin’ go hug a stranger. I’m not gonna do that. (People are weird… have you met some of them? YIKES!) But a positive outlook can go far. Until you realize your being trolled, then it’s gloves off.

So, right now I have 11 followers on Twitter and 6 or 7 here on WordPress. Hey, not a bad first couple months. And have raised… let me see… $0.00 with no Patreon patrons. Cool. I am not worried yet about this. It’s early. I don’t think I should worry until 2020. At that point, if no funding rolls in I will re-evaluate and see what options exist. I would like to say I could do this with no funds, but that’s how you get the exposure. Get the word out. If I could recruit 1,000 volunteers, some from every State, territory, and DC, then maybe… still, I doubt it would fly.

For Now, I will be satisfied yelling political obscenities at senators and representatives. Hoping to start a conflagration in the collective mind of Our country. Maybe there is just enough oxygen in the ether to whip up a fire big enough to turn our country’s leadership back to gold.

keep your head UP!!

JC

“…follow the Bouncing Ball…”

Its dizzying to watch. The morning news programs. They have opinion writers and former staff from the Ghosts-of-Presidents-Past, speaking about events unfolding in real time, in many cases the events unfolding were set in motion years earlier by that commentator’s sphere of influence, ‘what-I-woulda’ve’ and ‘if’n-it-were-me’ to the edge of confusion some mornings.

To the EDGE of confusion. And as it was designed. Consider this-

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Yes… to the Edge of confusion!! Not quite confusion, per se. Just… enough to make MOST of the people tune out. But, not so much as to incriminate themselves. Because, the PEOPLE are watching. SOME of them GET it. SOME of them have been paying attention JUST enough.

Muddy the waters. It is obvious by watching current Congressmen speak about CLASSIFIED INTEL, that there is something the public is NOT even SLIGHTLY aware of. To what that is, I can only speculate. But, being a data nerd/ open source researcher, I feel I have an understanding about some current events that covers a wider spectrum than most people.

And as I watch these people, talking heads and political legislators, dancing about, trying to avoid a phrase (not because of being ‘blue’) or stopping a reference mid sentence, then other legislators on that discussion panel, from FORMER ADMINISTRATIONS, laugh oddly loud… in such a way, that upon reflection… shows that there is an insider joke, and MOST people are not even aware the ‘setup’ exists!

In Congress, they inform us with redacted memos. IF they inform us, they inform us with partisan conclusions, drawn from the same set of CLASSIFIED facts. CONCLUSIONS drawn based on the idea some of these CLASSIFIED FACTS will not see the light of day for 100 years. As someone once said… “Alternative facts”.

So, now to report on this divisive, engulfed, partisan divide is Hill Reporter totally-not-dependent-on-viewer-retention-and-name-recognition. “Opposing views on Capitol Hill make people mad. Too bad! Smile…”. “Tonight. Your info is SOLD on Facebook. Should you KNOW? Follow me and give a thumbs up if you agree…”

As these old world titans stand crumbling and reinventing, they have attempted to ensure their survival as news institutions by selling their ‘souls’. Eliminating diversity in order to become financially sleek. Cutting the fat meant removing the free and open aspect of journalism. Competition produces the best product. FAIR and REGULATED open competition.

What’s my point…

Our legislative body’s leaders’ agenda is successful if a.) Republicans stay in power AND/OR b.) no Congressional bills can move forward. It is a WIN either way for people who want to see the government constricted. All of this is being covered by mega media titans, in some cases less than 10 companies deliver %100 of news and information to the People, attempting to ensure the funding still rolls in…

All of them FUNDED by the same companies who don’t pay taxes. Sorry, to be fair, most pay an amount of tax money. I pay in the neighborhood of %25, where as companies making 10 digits a year pay less than %5 due to income tax deductions, charities, Federal Tax relief to stimulate job growth, loss write-offs… If I had extra cash, I could possibly afford an accountant or a lobbyist…. sigh.

At the end of it all, they are framing a debate ABOUT the facts. Not framing the debate WITH the facts. If we allow them to tell us what they want to tell us, THIS will not go away. If we choose to move forward, UNITED, we must wash away the ‘original sin’. This entire debate structure is designed to divide. Anger is where we are. EVERY decision has led us to THIS SPOT. Each path has been followed. Each road gained experience and moved us closer. But trying the same tactics tried before will get us more of the same, for US and the FUTURE.

In 2016, we elected the guy who said “Let’s burn this place to the ground!” We all felt “Yes! Metaphorically speaking, hell yeah!!!” Well, some of us realized that he might just do it IRL. Now that the match has been struck, many who felt this WAS a good idea are having second thoughts.

There has to be a better way.

Keep your head UP!!

 

Disconjoined Morals and Ramblings (pt. 1)

Today I saw a man standing on the corner of Parallel and 64th. Long hair, leathery skin, wide brimmed hat. Unlit cig in one hand, both hands shaking. Not sure if he was singing along with music or just talking loudly, alone by the traffic light. 6 cars were stopped at that light for a couple minutes. I wondered what all the other people were thinking. After a few seconds, I realized ‘There, but for the grace of god, go I…’

George Carlin once said “… the poor are there just to scare the shit outta the Middle Class.” There’s a NEW villain in town. Not foreigners, not gov’t intrusion-

An 8.5″ X 11″ neon green/yellow piece of paper.

When a neighbor’s house suddenly becomes empty. Then the yard doesn’t get mowed. Then a few more weeks pass. One day in the front window, CLEARLY visible as you drive your KIDS TO SCHOOL everyday, a notice of foreclosure on a neon green/yellow piece of paper. I remember them pop up everywhere in 2010-2012. How many families were shattered by that? As they creep today, I wonder who’s next.

The situation between Stormy Daniels and Donald Trump is a GREAT metaphor for how my generation has been treated by people of Mr. Trump’s generation… Screwed us over, roughed us up a little, threw some pity money at us, then walked away. Respect your elders. Elders who act RESPECTFUL shall earn mine.

Propaganda has an interesting effect on people. It makes some FORGET the facts, and others (the one’s who remember the facts) get MAD at the people who FORGOT the facts. GOOD people do GOOD things even when no one is looking.

As the climate changes, and it doesn’t go the way scientific forecasts have predicted, what will YOU do? What should Our government be doing? Why aren’t we doing more…

We have the liberty to choose the course. It is not set in stone. When we look at all the different approaches to shaping our government and making ourselves a better society, we can make the choice. All of the texts speak of the battle between good and evil, light vs. darkness, the weak vs. the powerful. The moral is always the same- good will prevail in the end. Light conquers darkness. And at some point, we must ask ourselves “Good… or evil?” Where do YOU stand?

Where DO you stand? We should ask that more often. Come together in the light. Speak freely. That’s the ONLY way this works. KNOWLEDGE will keep us ALL free.

Keep your head UP!!

JC

 

In the Interest of Full Disclosure…

Running for President of the United States is an honor and a privilege that many people won’t get the opportunity to pursue. I hope offer a real alternative to issues that matter to me, and you reading this starts that ball rolling. But, pursuit of idealist views and a brighter tomorrow are not my only motivation.

Our household income is less than $150,000. When I left my last job in 2008, I became the “housewife”, my wife is the breadwinner. The yearly salary of the job of Commander in Chief (CinC) is THREE times as much. I would be lying if I said this did not have an effect on my decision. I am currently running a “charity”, so to speak, by running the house. I would not necessarily want to start another. My wife and I decided my next job will have to have a salary. I have looked at a couple options, but this one would pay a BIT more…

And when you look at it, the salary of the CinC is pennies to some. Especially when you consider hours worked vs. pay. Look at the last two two-term Presidents. Each, in the span of 8 years, went from middle-aged father to grey-haired granddaddy! The toll this job takes on the person seems to be enormous, and no pay would seem to be a good compensation.

This job demands so much because so much is in their care. It is a HUGE responsibility… it is, after all, the defense of the “last best chance for humanity”.

When we hear about a new candidate for President, it is usually announced via an “exploratory committee” to investigate the possibility, then the wealthy individual has to divest from their companies in order to not enrich themselves through this position.

The position of President has become a “joke” in this way. “Will you run for President?” “I can’t afford the PAY CUT!” “Ha, ha, ha….”

Hmmm…. Good joke. Excuse me while I pawn my guitar so I can put gas in the van until payday this week. Pardon me while I figure out what DECADE I will finally get my mortgage out from underwater and, maybe, break even after all the blood, sweat and tears I’ve put into modernization and renovation. I’ll laugh about that one as I wait in line to pay more for my insulin this year.

My family and I stand to do better financially just from the salaried position of CinC. As I see it, EVERY family will stand to do better, though.
I believe the Consumer Protection Agency is a GREAT thing.
I believe the new tax structure is insane and believe it should be changed in 5 years when the current structure is set to expire.
I believe in paid maternity leave for BOTH parents.
I believe in alternative energy independence for individual residences.
I believe we all have a responsibility to prepare for climate change.
I believe we should offer Statehood to our island nations, to ensure future natural disasters are treated with the same importance as ones that occur in Kansas.
I believe that mental health care, dental, and vision should be included in your insurance.
I believe our public education system is capable of SO MUCH MORE and should be FULLY FUNDED to reignite a desire to become an educator, and to give our future a strong foundation to build upon.

We all have the chance to gain more, just by uniting under the simple idea that we can GOVERN OURSELVES! Whether or not I get the chance to move any piece of legislation, the goal of Ending The Electoral College is sufficient enough for me. Once we remove money from our election system, the rotten smell will slowly disappear, along with the super-pacs and think-tanks.

Let me know what you think. I’m not doing this for my benefit… and that’s not lip service… If I didn’t feel I had a very good idea that can change SO MANY PEOPLE’s lives for the better, I would not be running for ANY office. My wife suggested I start with a House run or Senate bid. That’s how it works. I GET it. I see this as a unique time, and a solution to the our problem became crystal clear to me. One that has not been offered in an achievable way. I need to be finishing my house repairs, tending to my two boys’ needs, caring form my wife so she can be successful in her career as a cardiac nurse, and… AND take care of my newly diagnosed type 1 diabetes. I got a full plate as it is. A political career is NOT usually top of my list.

John McCain’s last public speech spoke to me. He spoke of being a rebellious young man, then growing up and finding he needed to give something back to that system that gave him the ABILITY to be that rebellious young man. As an Eagle Scout, I can understand that desire. That love of THIS country, is a beautiful anomaly. People are ready to fight and DIE for the belief that you should be allowed to SPEAK YOUR OPINION FREELY without fear, Right now! Some guy in a bar has had one too many three hours ago and is ready to go…. And EVERYONE has YOUR back. Every time someone wants to shut someone else up, everyone stops and PAYS ATTENTION. Usually, someone shouts “Let ’em speak!”

THAT’S the Country I know. That’s where I come from. And THAT’S the face I want standing at the helm, steering this ship…. not the guy at the bar… BUT, now that I think about it, “he would be BETTER than the LAST TWO CANDIDATES!” “Ha, ha, ha….”

Now, the real wisdom comes from knowing, if that was a joke or not.

Keep your head UP!!

JC