“… in Common Cause”

 

Wyandotte County Lake

 

I find a lot of my inspiration when I’m lost in nature… always have. In high school, I would spend the two hour gap between classes and work exploring the coves lining the shore of Lake Olathe. On my days off, I would drive up to Shawnee Mission Lake and build a fire in the old limestone fire pit, cook up some hot dogs, and watch the sparks fly off into the night.

Being a space nerd, I would think random thoughts… like how amazing is it that Earth is the only body in the solar system that can sustain an open flame in its atmosphere; or what would wind sound like on the surface of another planet; or simply… fireflies. What evolutionary side-step caused THAT trait to be a success? AND… did you know, there are no fireflies in France?

(My step-dad’s niece came from France to visit him one summer. As we sat on the patio, enjoying the sunset on her first evening in Kansas, her expression suddenly changed to shock and disbelief as she was staring at a group of trees off in the distance. She said something to my step-father in French and he started laughing, “She’s never seen a lightning bug before!”)

 

As an artist and musician, I found the peace I needed to let my mind go. To explore the nooks and crannies of thought… to search for meaning, looking for that glimpse of something no one has ever seen. In the sprawling concrete and asphalt jungle of suburban Kansas City, these parks and lakes provide sanctuary for wildlife being pushed out of their natural habitats. More importantly, they are a gift given to us, providing the community a space to reconnect with nature, and share that beauty with our children.

 

 

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Every Father’s Day I take the boys out to Wyandotte County Lake and feed the geese.

 

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This is Garrett doing his best impression of a goose. (… he’s the one wearing a blue shirt.)

 

In recent days, I’ve spent time contemplating the task at hand. Searching for words to convey a message and create a vision of something… no one has ever seen. Instinctually, I’m drawn back to these familiar waters, once again searching the depths of my soul. I drive the loop around the lake, sometimes twice… allowing the day’s events to show me where I should look…

 

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Inspiration found at the water’s edge is a fairly new phenomenon here in the Great State of Kansas. Judging from the limestone cliffs… there hasn’t been this much shoreline here in a few million years! Even as recently as 100 years ago, in the Kansas that Eisenhower grew up in, the only significant shorelines were those of the untamed rivers, the Kaw, the Arkansas, and the Mighty Missouri.

 

The lakes and reservoirs of the Great State of Kansas were constructed out of necessity, to mitigate the damages caused by a changing climate in the face of historic drought. The vicious circle of economic disaster and climate change helped give rise to the Great Depression, and in order to solve those problems, the Roosevelt Administration put people to work modernizing our nation’s infrastructure.

 

 

Projects like the Grand Coulee Dam and Hoover Dam, electrifying rural communities, making sure every community had access to water… but most importantly, these projects made it possible for Americans to get back to WORK. By providing the FUNDING to get these projects off the ground, the Federal Government helped bring new opportunity to communities that desperately needed an economic boost.

 

Wyandotte County Lake is one of the many projects funded by the WPA.

 

 

 

 

Roosevelt didn’t envision the Marshall Creek Dam… he created the vehicle necessary for that project to take shape. He empowered Americans to envision what could BE, and then STOOD BEHIND THEM, confident because we work in common cause.

He didn’t work the levers of government just so he could say, “See what I have done!” He didn’t create the WPA for the benefit of the United States Government. He saw a way that he could direct our government toward helping THE PEOPLE… to help make the lives of EVERY AMERICAN better. Because more participation makes better outcomes for everyone.

 

I do not seek power for myself, I seek power so that I might give it away. Securing it in the hands of THE PEOPLE… its one true safeguard.

 

“No President should fear public scrutiny of his program. For from that scrutiny comes understanding; and from that understanding comes support or opposition. And both are necessary. I am not asking your newspapers to support the Administration, but I am asking your help in the tremendous task of informing and alerting the American people. For I have complete confidence in the response and dedication of our citizens whenever they are fully informed.” – John F. Kennedy

“The President and the Press” (1961)

 

 

When we guarantee access to the ballot for ALL citizens of this nation, EVERY issue will gain CLARITY. The solutions to our nation’s problems will be realized once THE PEOPLE have UNIVERSAL ACCESS to the ballot.

 

JC

 

 

Official Campaign Statement: “I Support the First Amendment.”

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There are more things that UNITE us than divide! We agree on so many fundamental ideals, yet we bicker and fight over minutiae and arithmetic. No one wants to see unnecessary loss of life, especially when it is caused by inaction or ignorance… that’s why we pull to the side when we see an ambulance in our rear-view mirror.

We don’t stop and question the political leanings of the guy inside, we just GET OUT OF THE WAY! Because ONE DAY, it will be me who needs that ride… and I’ll be damned if it’s MY actions that cause someone else to leave before their time.

I would expect the SAME courtesy from someone else.

 

The SAME Constitution that protects the Liberty of supporters canvassing for Donald Trump’s reelection, protects the right of a High School senior to graduate.

 

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“Man arrested after driving van into GOP registration tent” ABCNews (02-09-2020)

 

 

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“Teen told his dreadlocks violate school code…” ABCNews (02-06-2020)

 

The SAME Constitution that protects my right to STAND UP and SPEAK OUT against the actions of the Commander-in-Chief, ALSO protects the right of an athlete to protest injustice during the National Anthem.

 

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Colin Kaepernick’s old team is in the Super Bowl…” Washington Post (01-31-2020)

 

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“Video shows Trump conducting orchestra…” CBSNews (02-03-2020)

 

Our Constitution ensures the SAME RIGHTS for the fool AND the philosopher, the aristocrat AND the ass… the con AND the converted.

Our Constitution allows us to ask questions and DEMAND answers. It establishes our ability to DEBATE without fear of reprisal from the Government… The Constitution protects our right to be wrong.

How can we find what is RIGHT if we SILENCE dissent? How can we ensure our conclusions are sound if no one is allowed to object?

 

If it is NOT for everyone… then it is NOT for me.

 

As I watch the news and listen to the candidates, I hear the SILENCE born of political expediency. Russia is FAKE NEWS, and the subject is now TABOO… “Just look at the polls!”

Who won in IOWA…? Vladimir Putin. Who will win in New Hampshire? Once again…

 

 

Where is the URGENCY? Where’s the OUTRAGE? Where’s the PLAN that will ensure this can NEVER happen again? The bells & whistles are distracting us from what has been continuously happening all along… and it’s being carried out to HIS benefit. By his PUPPET and his HENCHMEN, the Leadership of the United States Senate.

 

Is there NOTHING we hold sacred anymore? Our Constitutionally guaranteed Right to Free Speech is taken for granted. What if it were taken from us? Would that not instantly remind us of what it is we are fighting FOR?

We need look no further than Russia for an example, and their government’s opinion of FREE SPEECH…

 

 

“Don’t it always seem to go,

That you don’t know what you got ’til it’s gone…”

-Joni Mitchell

 

WAKE UP! If not NOW… then when? Is the AMERICAN FREE PRESS the enemy of the people or is it SILENCE? Is dissent STILL the highest act of PATRIOTISM, or shall we BANISH citizens for SPEAKING OUT against an abusive government? An act that, if it fell unto ME, it would be my DUTY to SAY SOMETHING… and I would expect the SAME from EVERY AMERICAN.

These are the VALUES we were raised with… don’t run with the WRONG CROWD, avoid GUILT by association, BEWARE of the company you keep. STAND UP and SPEAK OUT! Because our SILENCE allows it to continue.

 

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“If Nancy Pelosi Succeeds in censoring…” Newsweek (02-09-2020)

 

Our SILENCE makes us COMPLICIT.

 

We may not be there NOW, but we are certainly on the PATH.

Mind the LEDGE… it’s a long way down.

 

JC

 

 

#2. Our Right to Bear Arms

Every Now and Again

 

When you strip away all the nonsense, and get to the point of it all… I believe we’re NOT as far apart as it might seem. Or rather, as divided as they would WANT us to believe…

 

I find it disturbing to see Americans openly carry Arms in peaceful protest against gun safety laws, especially at events organized by PARENTS who have lost CHILDREN due to gun violence. Those parents are not the problem, and intimidating grieving parents and school children to exercise your Constitutional Rights does not help SOLVE this problem.

I also find it disturbing to see public support has GROWN for ending our Right to Bear Arms. But at this moment, considering the inaction of our elected officials, can you blame them? In the eyes of many, when you weight the costs vs. the benefits… how many lives have been SAVED because of our Second Amendment?

 

Right now, those parents only have PROOF of the lives that were NOT.

 

In this Modern Era of Digital Entanglement, of KNOWLEDGE gaining ground over FEAR and OPPRESSION, I began to question if it were even possible for another country to successfully mount an invasion of the United States. Consider the international outrage that would come before a single shot had been fired, or landing craft deployed.

In the YEARS following the school shooting at Sandy Hook, I found myself questioning if we should. The inaction of legislators had put me in such a negative state of mind, every time I saw the flag flying at half-mast due to ANOTHER mass shooting, I would ask, “WHY? Does it even MATTER?” We all knew the inevitable routine:

Thoughts and prayers… not while emotions are still raw… the Right to Bear Arms shall NOT be infringed.

Speaker Ryan had it down to a science.

 

 

… but that was BEFORE 2016.

 

That was BEFORE the Active Measures Campaign was carried out by the Russian Government in our elections. And now, we see the seeds that were sown in the years preceding the Second World War… being planted again TODAY.

It seems that every now and again, we need a little reminder of how important our Right to Bear Arms truly is, and how convenient it would be for a foreign adversary to impose THEIR will upon us… if only we were all UNARMED.

 

 

 

But as I said, I do not believe we are that far apart! We have to strip it down and simplify it to find the answer. WE MUST! There are eyes upon us RIGHT NOW watching, waiting… wanting us to FAIL. Stoking our emotions around an already emotional subject, creating a divisive narrative that pits our Health and Safety AGAINST our National Security.

That is a losing strategy.

 

Any laws or legislation we decide to enact must PAIR our Health and Safety WITH our National Security, as both are necessary if our Union is to survive.

Any requirements we enact beyond those of license, registration, and insurance, must not serve to create a financial burden for gun ownership; but MONEY should not decide what is or is not in our best interests.

Any punishments or preventative measures deemed necessary by the courts to prevent imminent harm, must have a CLEARLY DEFINED PATH for the Restoration of Rights; but we must accept that some crimes are worthy of losing the Right to Bear Arms.

A ‘three strikes’ policy is unacceptable when LIVES are lost or PERSONAL SANCTITY is VIOLATED by force. The Right to Bear Arms should not violate my Right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. It should SECURE these Rights for EVERYONE… equally.

 

 

I was raised to believe that our Right to Bear Arms is a vital piece of securing our nation against an attack from a hostile foreign adversary… this article seems to call that conclusion into question.

 

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How the NRA Rewrote The Second Amendment (05-20-2014)

(Quotes are from the article above)

 

“From 1888, when law review articles first were indexed, through 1959, every single one on the Second Amendment concluded it did not guarantee an individual right to a gun. The first to argue otherwise, written by a William and Mary law student named Stuart R. Hays, appeared in 1960. He began by citing an article in the NRA’s American Rifleman magazine and argued that the amendment enforced a “right of revolution,” of which the Southern states availed themselves during what the author called “The War Between the States.”

 

“At first, only a few articles echoed that view. Then, starting in the late 1970s, a squad of attorneys and professors began to churn out law review submissions, dozens of them, at a prodigious rate. Funds—much of them from the NRA—flowed freely. An essay contest, grants to write book reviews, the creation of “Academics for the Second Amendment,” all followed. In 2003, the NRA Foundation provided $1 million to endow the Patrick Henry professorship in constitutional law and the Second Amendment at George Mason University Law School.

This fusillade of scholarship and pseudo-scholarship insisted that the traditional view—shared by courts and historians—was wrong. There had been a colossal constitutional mistake. Two centuries of legal consensus, they argued, must be overturned.”

 

The National Rifle Association’s long crusade to bring its interpretation of the Constitution into the mainstream teaches… Constitutional change is the product of public argument and political maneuvering.

 

 

Minute Men, carrying long rifles and charging into battle against the Red Coats… that is the image of Patriotism that springs to my mind when I think of our Right to Bear Arms. Well trained militias… CITIZENS, defending our Country against those who seek to undo what has been created.

These militias were the product of a world of civic duty and governmental compulsion utterly alien to us today. Every white man age 16 to 60 was enrolled. He was actually required to own—and bring—a musket or other military weapon.

This idea is not alien to the brave men and women who have served this nation in uniform, or the families they were brought up in. It is not alien to the communities across the nation that SUPPORT the families of service members as they serve their country abroad. Nor is it alien in a city like Leavenworth, KS, where military life and civilian life co-exist daily.

 

In 1959, according to a Gallup poll, 60 percent of Americans favored banning handguns; that dropped to 41 percent by 1975 and 24 percent in 2012. By early 2008, according to Gallup, 73 percent of Americans believed the Second Amendment “guaranteed the rights of Americans to own guns” outside the militia.

 

Any observant person will note that I’ve omitted something. Our Right to Bear Arms serves to protect us from ALL enemies… both foreign and domestic. Some would say they fear an overreaching Federal Government, and our Founders did bear witness to the abuses that come from a tyrannical leader. Our Rule of Law is structured in such a way that it makes it almost impossible for our military to be deployed on OUR CITY STREETS. The checks and balances of our Legislatures and Judicial Branch, makes it almost impossible to target CITIZENS en masse and seize their property or incarcerate them on trumped-up charges.

During the first year of the Trump Administration, we were sailing adrift at sea. Still unable to fully understand how government WORKED, he was flailing about, unable to make any real changes happen. FAST-FORWARD two more years and now he’s learned how to take people out by DRONE…

What happens in FOUR MORE YEARS.

 

Before 2016, I would have said that it’s IMPOSSIBLE for our government to be used in such a way… Before 2016, I did not KNOW how easy it was to manipulate it. The perception of THE PEOPLE, the manipulation of the LEGISLATORS, the manipulation of the JUDGES… all secured by those who can AFFORD IT… $$$.

 

There was the ringing declaration from Patrick Henry: “The great object is, that every man be armed.”

The quote has been plucked from Henry’s speech at Virginia’s ratifying convention for the Constitution in 1788. But if you look at the full text, he was complaining about the cost of both the federal government and the state arming the militia. (“The great object is, that every man be armed,” he said. “At a very great cost, we shall be doubly armed.”) In other words: Sure, let every man be armed, but only once! Far from a ringing statement of individual gun-toting freedom,

It was an early American example of a local politician complaining about government waste.”

 

 

 

AT THIS MOMENT, we are all being manipulated… the left AND the right. VAST amounts of MONEY have been spent over DECADES to shape public opinion, prey on our FEARS, and motivate us to SPEND MONEY. In order to make us VOTE a certain way. To make us believe that our enemy is our NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR, and since the Federal Government is horribly mismanaged and unable to protect us… we should BUY MORE GUNS.

Our enemy THRIVES when we are fighting amongst OURSELVES, and not focused on the legislators who run successful campaigns CORRUPTED by DARK MONEY. Funded by SuperPACs. Political organizations that are funded by wealthy individuals, who have profited from the sale of MORE GUNS and NO REGULATIONS.

Safety is EXPENSIVE! and it chips away at the BOTTOM LINE. In the eyes of a gun manufacturer, it’s better for business to spend a few MILLION DOLLARS on a handful of political campaigns, than it would be to spend HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS on new technology and manufacturing equipment to make their products SAFER.

 

Our enemy in this fight is not the government, it’s the CORRUPT influence of MONEY on legislators within our government.

 

 

 

US Department of State- Foreign Service employees: 13,000
Civil Service employees: 11,000
Local employees: 45,000

US DOJ- Number of employees: 113,114

US Armed Forces- Active personnel: 1,380,895
Reserve personnel: 845,600
Deployed personnel: 210,000

CIA- Number of employees: 21,575 (estimate)

 

Who FILLS these posts? Who is appointed to LEAD them? Who carries out the WORK and shoulders the burden each and every day… we do, THE PEOPLE. Administrations come, and Administrations go, meanwhile the agenda of The United States carries on.

 

Though ill-informed it may be, it is now the opinion of the MAJORITY of this nation that our Right to Bear Arms is for EVERYONE and shall not be infringed. If we are to continue to support this Originalist Interpretation, we must RESURRECT the full intent of the Law.

We must demand personal responsibility on a level equal to that required of our Service Members. ANNUAL proficiency and safety evaluations; license and insurance requirements for all gun owners; title and registration for all legally purchased guns; and yearly mental health evaluations, conducted by a mental health professional, for all gun owners, paid for by the United States Government. We should not straddle working class families with more financial burdens, but no price should be seen as to high when it comes to preventing loss of LIFE.

 

Being in the interest of the Nation as a whole, these mental health evaluations must happen. We must ensure that they DO. IF every man be ARMED, then we will make SURE they are MENTALLY STABLE as well.

 

If not for OURSELVES… then for our CHILDREN.

 

JC

 

 

CLARITY: A Series of Essays Outlining Campaign Policy Positions

While it is true that the President helps decide what legislation should be considered, it is NOT the decision of the President ALONE.

The House and the Senate have the task of crafting legislation that serves the needs of the people who elected them. Therefore, the agenda of the United States Government is decided by the VOTERS when they decide who will represent them in Congress. So any agenda I might want to pursue as President would only be possible if THE PEOPLE vote for Senators who support ACTION.

 

The legislative tactic of INACTION currently employed by the Senate has given rise to MANY of the societal issues we seek to eliminate… the solution to those issues seems to present itself immediately when viewed in that context.

Remember… before you VOTE, find out EXACTLY where the candidates STAND.

 

Remove the CORRUPTION. Restore HONOR in governance.

End The Electoral College.

 

As each essay is completed, I will post the link and description below.

 

 

 

 

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“But, then again… it really doesn’t matter what the voters decide at the ballot box. ALL decisions are made at the convention by the DELEGATES. The long days, shaking hands, eating corn dogs, promising this and that… if the DELEGATES can’t agree, it’s all up for grabs.”

#1- ONE CITIZEN=ONE VOTE (01-05-2020)

 

 

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“When you strip away all the nonsense, and get to the point of it all… I believe we’re NOT as far apart as it might seem. Or rather, as divided as they would WANT us to believe…

It seems that every now and again, we need a little reminder of how important our Right to Bear Arms truly is, and how easy it would be for a foreign adversary to impose THEIR will upon us… if only we were all UNARMED.” 

#2- Our Right to Bear Arms (01-20-2020)

 

 

 

One of Ten

I drove up to Fort Leavenworth today… as I do whenever I’m in need of CONTEXT.

I rarely walk the rows of our most recently fallen service members as I don’t want to disturb grieving families, so I make a commitment to HONOR the memories of soldiers who most likely… no longer have someone around to remember their name.

 

As I read the stones, in my mind I say the names and ranks, in HONOR of their service. Some stones still “speak” and give a flash of LIFE… a unique characteristic, a nickname, a eulogy. A rebellious salute to the end of a life STAINED by WAR, made by an aged VETERAN who’s SPIRIT remained untarnished by the evils brought with it.

A majority are marked with the Cross of Christ, so the stones marked with a Star of David or the Star and Crescent reveal even more depth, and some stones mark the resting place of TWO souls…

The WOMEN who stood behind those heroes in LIFE, chose to rest beside them in death.

 

The oldest military grave at Fort Leavenworth Cemetery is that of Captain James Allen, who died in 1846, when our President was James K. Polk… 174 YEARS AGO.

Representatives from the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, WWI… fighting for the United States of America on HORSEBACK. Thousands of BRAVE men and women who’ve dedicated their lives to our Nation, over the course of CENTURIES…

 

The bitter wind blows through the oaks, rustling the crisp brown leaves and the clock chimes at the top of the hour. The sound echoes off the hillside, the SILENCE echoes throughout TIME.

 

I am humbled to think ‘WHAT CAUSE could rally so many people to give ALL of themselves, to ensure its continued existence… and could there ever be another seen as its EQUAL?’

As I pass the obelisk and crest the hill, the view of markers standing at attention rolls down and across the valley, and the scenery starts to change… WWII, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, Iraq… Mounds of DIRT. Freshly laid flowers. THEN, just grass. A sprawling hillside with a couple saplings, the green contrasting sharply with its marble edging…

 

… I now know where I stand.

 

 

U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71)

 

  • Length: 1092 feet (332.8 m)
  • Beam: 252 feet (76.8 m)
  • 2 Westinghouse A4W nuclear reactors, generating 194 megawatts
  • Speed: 30+ knots
  • Range: UNLIMITED
  • Ship’s company: 3,200
  • Air wing: 2,480 carrying 90 aircraft

 

… and this is only one of TEN. This is the culmination of over 230 years of scientific achievement, born of our CAUSE, our dedication to Equal Justice Under Law.

But the “Big Stick” is only a HOLLOW SHELL without the men and women who makeup her LIFEBLOOD, without whom she does not SAIL.

 

I do not say these things to boast. I do not say this to intimidate. I am simply stating a FACT, bringing CLARITY to a situation we’ve ALL seen before.

 

Our Experience must guide us now.

 

Let us not speak of escalation, when we KNOW where that path LEADS. At the end of that road, we know what fate LIES.

 

FIRST it’s a tanker, then it’s a refinery. Then it’s a military DRONE. Now, LIVES. First its US, then it’s THEM… once upon a time it was the Gulf of Tonkin. And before THAT, it was the Archduke Franz Ferdinand, and MANY years before… REVOLUTIONARIES. Dressed in a FALSE FLAG, wearing the clothes of NATIVES… drunkenly throwing TEA into a harbor…

 

We know where the path of escalation LEADS. A cost, measured in LIVES.

What GOOD is Experience if we do not LEARN from it? What will become of our collective KNOWLEDGE if we do not SHARE IT?

 

 

 

“The only winning move is: not to play.”

 

 

In so far as it is within my power… I will work toward ensuring that Kansas Hillside, stays forever GREEN.

 

JC

 

SUNLIGHT

 

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Sometimes you can gain more insight into what’s going on by looking at the SHADOWS… looking at the picture being painted and asking, “What’s NOT being presented?” Is something else being said, either intentionally or unintentionally, simply by the OMISSION of a specific topic?

 

Look at Donald Trump. He tweets and retweets hundreds of times a day about the HOAX being perpetrated against him. ‘There’s no evidence of a crime worthy of removal from office!’ He says he’ll be found innocent… what’s REALLY on his mind?

CONVICTION

 

… or in his case, a lack there OF.

What about the Senate Majority Leader? He’s talking about coordinating the Senate trial WITH the White House, even before the rules have been established for the trial to BEGIN. Under his leadership, Donald Trump is assured a trial that will vindicate him and assist in his re-election… BOTH of them. WHY.

These Constitutional norms have stood for more than 230 years, and now the Majority Leader of the United States Senate is PRE-JUDGING a trial… For WHAT? For TRUMP? For the GOP… for GREED?

 

 

I remember Paul Ryan GUSHING with schoolboy delight in 2016 when he found out his Conservative Crush from Indiana was going to be just a heartbeat away from the Presidency… HOORAY for the Republican Conservative Christian Movement.

Why are they ALL now in lock-step, supporting Donald Trump’s acquittal in the Senate? Why must Donald Trump remain in office, assuring him a strong position in 2020 to secure the Republican nomination with NO CONTEST…

 

Have they lost FAITH in Mike Pence?

 

Where is Mike Pence?! Where are the “IMPEACH TRUMP! ELECT PENCE 2020!” bumper stickers? Has something TAINTED the Vice President’s image… or is the Majority Leader simply protecting HIS interests? He knows SUNLIGHT would expose MORE than just wrongdoing carried out by the President and Vice President. It would also expose what was necessary for that wrongdoing to be carried out successfully… without Congressional interference.

 

They RANT and RAVE that the House’s case is “lacking”… that they HAD their chance to make a case and question witnesses. ‘If they can’t make a good enough case, then why should the Senate do the House’s homework FOR them?’

 

 

All while intentionally OMITTING the fact that Donald Trump has BLOCKED witnesses from testifying, WITHHELD critical information from Congress, and instructed his appointed officials to do the SAME.

And since the whistleblower came forward in July, MORE evidence has been brought to light. MORE witnesses have offered to testify or have been BLOCKED from testifying. MORE details, painting a clearer picture of what happened.

 

 

Multiple times now, I’ve heard the President say this is all just like the Kavanaugh Confirmation hearing… I find that very telling.

 

 

He’s right. During that time, MORE evidence came to light, MORE people came forward with MORE testimony, to paint a clearer picture… and NO further investigations took place. Witnesses with information were NOT questioned. The argument was, ‘We’ve already HAD investigations, why should the Senate do the FBI’s homework FOR them?’

 

 

PRE-JUDGED… before Dr. Ford or Justice Kavanaugh testified under OATH.

What’s NOT being said? What’s NOT being talked about THERE?
Always ask… “What’s the FLIP side?”

 

 

The Founders believed there should be a clear line separating Church and State. They drew from history inspiration for what they envisioned would make a JUST form of governance. They could see that any theocracy would eventually lead to tyranny, just as it has countless times throughout human history.

Those personal CONVICTIONS held by people of faith are UNWAIVERING, and any government established on such PASSIONATE rigidity, can easily be transformed from a rock of support to a mallet of oppression, in the hands of a disingenuous leader.

The Founders knew the nature of the political beast as well. The true nature of MAN, the tendency to gravitate toward those base instincts… the politics of “Us vs. Them” are much easier to sell to the people when they are presented as the WILL of the Almighty… making it easier to justify sending our children off to war.

 

We strive to keep the passions of our personal religious convictions OUT of government, to guard against the religious persecution of others BY our government. By doing so, we also seek to protect our religious institutions from the DIRT that naturally comes from running a State, especially one created by souls who are merely an IMAGE of the divine… unable to manifest the perfection OF divinity.

 

Escaping religious persecution is the reason we are ALL HERE. The intolerance of tyranny pushed our ancestors to uproot their families and sail THOUSANDS of miles over a violent ocean, seeking refuge on THESE distant shores.

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Because they made that journey, we give thanks every year for their BRAVERY. And in remembrance OF their journey, we’ve established this nation to ensure EVERYONE has that chance… it is for ALL MANKIND, to live in peace and seek the TRUTH, no matter where that truth lies.

 

-JC

Official Campaign Financial Disclosure (UPDATED 02/2020, YEAR END STATEMENT)

For the last two years, I’ve been working under the assumption that ALL of my FEC quarterly filings were being made publicly available. Even though the FEC Candidate’s Handbook states campaigns that have raised less than $5000 are not required to file, I fully intend to raise totals exceeding that amount.

As Treasurer of the political campaign Jack Charbonneau 2020: Political Revolution, I have followed the requirements laid out in the FEC Handbook and have retained a copy of all paperwork, as well as proof of delivery to Washington, DC, via UPS.

All filings have been ON TIME, even the filing that was DELAYED due to the Government Shutdown.

 

I became aware that my paperwork wasn’t available online because I made an ERROR last quarter. I sent the paperwork off to DC without making a copy first. I assumed I could pull a copy of the pdf from the FEC website and just file that, but the only thing they’ve posted is my campaign’s founding declaration.

 

Unfortunately, THIS is all I have for last quarter:

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In addition to filing it with the FEC, I will release a copy of my campaign’s 4th Quarter/Year End report on my website when it’s complete. That should be within the next couple of weeks. There’s no big changes, no surprises, but the quarter doesn’t officially end until January 1st. Campaign contributions could start rolling in any minute…

… and I am still hopeful!

 

 

FEC Paperwork for the Political Campaign

Jack Charbonneau 2020: Political Revolution

 

 

2018

 

2nd Quarter, filed July 2018:

 

 

3rd Quarter, filed October 2018:

 

 

4th Quarter/Year End, filed January 2019:

 

 

2019

 

1st Quarter, filed April 2019:

 

 

2nd Quarter, filed July 2019:

 

 

3rd Quarter, filed October 2019:

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4th Quarter/Year End, Filed January 2020:

 

 

 

If anyone has any questions or would like more information, feel free to reach out using the ‘Contact’ option at the top of this page. I am always happy to clarify.

 

JC