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Let Us Bear Witness (Updated June 9, 2020)

I show restraint in this moment, not to curry favor or present a certain persona. I’m not trying to pull a political dodge, or play both sides. I hesitate to cast speculation on guilt or innocence in these recent cases of police brutality, out of an assumed sense of DUTY.

I believe in our Rule of Law, and will NOT allow my personal opinion of a particular set of circumstances to effect the process…

 

Because Justice MUST be served.

 

No matter how disgusting the idea is, that an officer of the LAW could harbor such animosity toward the PEOPLE they’ve sworn an OATH to protect and serve…

 

 

No matter how disturbing the thought, that a man with a BADGE could go from servant of the PEOPLE, to counterinsurgent, at the flip of a switch…

 

 

UPDATE (June 9, 2020):

“In a statement, the police department said it released a series of videos — including surveillance at every entrance and exit at the public safety training center — because social media posts are still identifying Pederson as ‘Umbrella Man.’

‘This type of disinformation can jeopardize the officer’s reputation and safety and chip away at the trust this police department has worked so hard to build with its community,’ St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell said in a statement.

Minneapolis police, the local agency responsible for investigating the incident, said information related to the incident and who ‘Umbrella Man’ might be is investigative and unavailable for release.”

http://www.twincities.com/2020/06/08/umbrella-man-st-paul-police-officer-george-floyd-minneapolis/

Video footage and eyewitnesses must not be ignored.

 

No matter how many times it’s seen, in countless cities in EVERY STATE

 

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“Georgia father, son charged in killing of Ahmaud Arbery.” Washington Post (05/08/2020)

 

No matter how many times this has happened over the course of the last 4 years in this city alone…

 

 

 

 

No matter how angry or frustrated I become, I will NOT allow my opinions to influence my decisions… because that is the person I one day hope to BE. That is what I want for myself. Because that’s how I would want to be treated… if that were me.

 

As it is with any case, everyone is afforded the right to a FAIR TRIAL. Everyone has their day in court. But that process cannot START without an arrest. JUSTICE comes, both for the victim and the accused, with an ARREST. Let the FACTS be known, and let the TRUTH speak for itself…

 

All we need to do is LISTEN.

 

Then we can start to HEAL.

 

-JC

‘Jack Charbonneau 2020: Political Revolution’ Fundraiser Announcement

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With the proper amount of support, I still believe I can make it on to the ballot and change the course of this election. The arguments continue to grow around what has been done and what has NOT been done. INACTION in the SENATE. INACTION in the WHITE HOUSE. Meanwhile… the PEOPLE are living it.

 

Is THIS the way we want it to continue to BE? Beyond 2021… is THIS the government we choose to empower? Does THIS represent the Will of the American People?

 

The PEOPLE deserve a THIRD OPTION on the debate stage this fall. A candidate who represents their agendas and their responsibilities.

With your help… I would be HONORED to be that candidate.

 

-JC

… to Overcome.

 

A successful investor like Warren Buffet is successful because he invests in the things he uses, the things he enjoys. There is no big secret… there is no magic wand or crystal ball. At its core, it’s basic common sense. The KEY is having the confidence to ACT when the timing is right.

But even Mr. Buffet knows… there is no “I” in team. An organization is only as good as the people you surround yourself with, and their input shapes the decision making process as well. A good team not only reinforces good ideas, they also expand the field of view and provide insight into areas previously unknown. A good team also tells their leader when they are WRONG, and they demand only the BEST LEADERSHIP for their endeavors…

Meaning a good team must have core ideals that NEVER BEND.

What… like Hitler?”

No. We know where that leads… we’ve seen that message before. Whether it be a religious institution or a corporation, a king or a president; those organizations that STAND the test of time are STRONG at their foundation. Because they stand in the RIGHT. Not just factually or authoritatively…

 

Because they stand FOR what’s right.

 

And this is what makes OURS the greatest! That SIMPLICITY… the well-thought, endlessly debated, constantly remade and amended, beauty and simplicity…

That we are ALL created equal, and entitled to be judged equally in the eyes of the law. Without favor due to family ties; and without the prejudices of race, religion, or creed. In this moment, we are judged by our ACTIONS. What we defend is what will define us. Our actions will declare to the world what THE PEOPLE of the United States want this nation to BE.


Today we write our HISTORY. Today marks our beginning… let us celebrate in remembrance OF what was, instead of mourning what might have been.

Let no crime go unpunished, but not to make punishment the ends that we seek. What punishment exists that could surpass what we already face…

For this crime of INACTION we’ve been sentenced to CONFINEMENT with nothing but TIME on our hands, in a penitentiary of the mind. Once we’ve paid this debt to society and we begin our rehabilitation, we must decide… what will we create? What will we deem ‘worthy’ of being pulled up from the ashes, in this hour… as so many of us fight to survive?

 

DIVISION is our enemy.

 

Not some NATION, not some VIRUS. As we fight amongst ourselves, the other nations of this world CARRY ON… with or without the United States.

The answers we seek will be found once we UNITE in-support of OURSELVES. The Moral Compass that guides the heart of every American points TRUE. In every instance over the course of the last 200 years, inevitably… we’ve found our way.

The MAJORITY of this nation STILL STANDS united in SPIRIT and in PRINCIPLE; and when the majority of this nation stands united in common cause… Continents remain FREE. Viruses are eradicated.

 

Democracies are SECURED.

 

There is no problem THE PEOPLE of the United States cannot SOLVE.

 

-JC

Gut Check

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