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.
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.
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.
(Note: The location of “New Followers” changes starting in February 2019.)
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:
“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.
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.
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.)
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.
It is becoming increasingly CLEAR… the longer we wait, the more this becomes permanent. The larger the SCAR will become. And on DAY ONE, the Senate Majority Leader sent the United States Senate HOME FOR THE WEEKEND, knowing the spread of the virus was exponential. DAYS. Lost.
In order to SAVE LIVES, the doctors and scientists of the United States tell us we must STAY HOME. We are doing as required by science and by LAW… and the Senate Majority Leader tells the States, if they can’t cut it they should just file for BANKRUPTCY.
The leadership of the Senate GOP wishes to revert to the Articles of Confederation, a system we rejected over 200 years ago! The majority of the Republican Party currently advocates for political de-evolution.
… let them.
If they choose to fight for a lost cause, let history inform them as to their Party’s fate; cast aside and forgotten along with their political predecessors… Our sight is FUTURE FOCUSED. Let history be our GUIDE.
The NOISE… in this moment, the noise becomes deafening. Deflect and distract, not to our benefit, but to our detriment. It’s hard to find a TRUE bearing within all this chaos. The polarity shift within our political spheres has pushed this nation to its extremes. Divided us on things as basic as TRUTH and FACTS… at a time when we should be UNITED.
LIVES are in the balance, yet elected officials in the Senate unite behind a President, asking in GOOD FAITH, if we should investigate using cleaning supplies as a treatment for COVID-19.
Hey! You know… if it had never been investigated before NOW, in all those years of use on kitchen countertops and in toilet bowls… he might have a strong point.
With every passing day, with every insanity uttered. With every life LOST, the agenda of the Senate Majority Leader is laid BARE before his constituents and the American People. Continuing his lust for political power and electoral supremacy in this moment transforms his actions; from something simply unseemly or distasteful, into something historically adjudicated as being complicit.
But these agendas are NOT OURS. These agendas and ill-informed opinions are not those held by the MAJORITY. And, once again… this fall the people must choose the lesser of two evils:
Damned if you DO or Damned if you DON’T.
It’s time for the SYSTEM to change… it’s time for the system to represent the PEOPLE from whom it receives its POWER.
The vaccine is in human trials. May they proceed safely… then let us be on our way. This quarantine cannot end until either TESTING for the virus and it’s antibodies is widespread, OR a vaccine is mass-produced. Until then, we must proceed with CAUTION. The choice is CLEAR when cast in this light, yet the Governor of Georgia wants everybody in his State to go out and get a HAIRCUT… while the infection rate continues to GROW.
It is not a failure of science. It is not a failure of the PEOPLE. In fact… it’s not a failure of the system. The system has been designed to work this way. It is a government empowered by the people who put those elected officials into office… THE DONORS.
We have the ability to SAVE LIVES, simply by STAYING HOME. The only reason people want to go back to work, is because the United States Government has FAILED to take care of the PEOPLE first… the CORE of our economic engine. Instead of ensuring FOOD and SHELTER for EVERY AMERICAN until this pandemic is over, The United States Senate has focused on business owners… hoping their kindness and generosity would trickle down.
To that I say, let HISTORY be their guide.
Once again, every American Citizen knows better than Donald J. Trump what the best course of action is to SAVE LIVES… yet he does not act. He goes to great lengths to do the opposite of what is necessary. Just like his businesses, all the risk is on someone ELSE. When things go south… he’ll just WALK AWAY.
Our laws have been set up to enable people like him to be successful. Donald Trump is the shining example of what the GOP wants this nation to BE… and to that end is how they LEGISLATE.
To my ears, a call for a return to normal just rings hollow. I would not send my children to school next week… or next month. I would not go and get a haircut right now. I fear putting the life of my stylist in jeopardy more than anything else… because he is a black man. Even though I have Type 1 diabetes and am at higher risk, I know I have better health insurance than he does.
How would I justify a decision like that to his FAMILY?
When faced with a CHOICE, the Senate Majority Leader chose INACTION and IGNORANCE, over PREPAREDNESS and SCIENCE. Briefed in NOVEMBER by the United States Military, on the potential threat posed to U.S. Forces in Asia, the Gang of Eight could have started preparing THEN.
They knew in November. Now 50,000 Americans have died. And that number will only continue to rise. Plans EXIST… plans have been implemented across the GLOBE, successfully, and countries have started their RECOVERY…
Tests were available IN JANUARY. South Korea was testing hundreds of thousands every day at the peak of their crisis.
Millions of Americans remain in the dark.
Eddie Glaude Jr. said it best this week: “This is an invitation to the grave.” If not for ourselves, then for those around us who are more susceptible, more vulnerable… for those who are less fortunate than ME.
Because any success we realize by surviving this crisis would not be as sweet, if there was something we could have done… if only we had known.
My son asked me the other day, “What happens if the Dow Jones falls to Zero?”
um… brain BROKE.
What WOULD happen… COULD it happen? Zero would mean NO work was happening, no profits being made. In theory, it could never happen. Someone has to pump the oil, turn on the waterfall at the power plant, milk the cow BEFORE sunrise… so, what happens?
The Dow Jones Industrial Average has always been just a “rule of thumb” about how things are going in America. It’s never been a solid indicator of our economic strength. In large part, the “BOOM” witnessed from the Obama Administration through the Trump Administration has been theoretical… speculative. A huge amount of that financial growth comes from the Baby Boom generation and the DECADES of investments they’ve made saving for retirement.
If the growth was theoretical, in the form of interest and gains from investments, how does losing that detract from the value of the overall economic engine, the physical infrastructure, and the personnel that maintains and operates it?
What is the “American Dollar”… what is our economy BASED upon? It’s the hopes and dreams of a child. Promises made and placed on the back of the wings of a butterfly…
The economic strength and security of the WORLD is backed by the BLOOD, SWEAT, and TEARS of every citizen of the United States of America.
And as long as we still BELIEVE in the promise of ONE NATION UNDER GOD, then we will HONOR the value inherent in every dollar we print. That is what we give to the WORLD, and what we gain is a bigger market and a stronger community for all of us to live in.
The economic security we’ve created is NOT by accident. It is the product of trial and error, science and speculation, and lessons learned from knowledge received. Standing behind the portrait of George Washington is the face of every American Citizen. Should he FALL, behind him stands ANOTHER. And in every transaction made, on every continent, in every corner of the globe,
The WORD of the American People is HONORED as the standard, and is accepted as such no matter where you go.
It’s not because of the INK.
It’s not because of the paper.
It’s not even the promise of GOLD or SILVER that could come from it.
It’s the words written within our CONSTITUTION, and the value we place in it.
In this moment, when we are asked to bring our economic output to ZERO, when the choice we face is truly LIFE or DEATH, we are failing to meet our challenge. This is not being asked of us out of GREED. We are asked to do this out of CHARITY, for the benefit of our neighbors… and ourselves.
We must listen to our hearts and act as we know we should. To do what’s right for our COUNTRY. It is a challenge that we MUST meet, and anyone who attempts to push us in another direction is NOT advocating for the health and safety of ALL Americans… as our elected leaders should.
Our Nation was once given a promise, of rebuilding a Union from the ashes of War. With malice toward none and charity for all he wrote, and we were once again, ready to be made WHOLE.
That promise was STOLEN from us, that vision never came to BE. What could have been was left to our imagination, and the consequences of that day still reverberate in every corner of our society… following us where ever we go across the globe.
Today, we face a new struggle. Testing once again if ours is a Nation that can stand the test of time. It is a battle that stretches throughout Human History, and a fight that afflicts ALL MANKIND.
Right now, the markets have de-coupled from our economic activities. How they move in this moment is NOT a reflection of our nation’s economic strength, it’s a reflection of our government’s ability to LEAD. Based on historical data points, created by previous actions taken under similar circumstances; the rise and fall of the numbers tells us what the markets PREDICT will come, based on those actions within historical contexts…
If we do what has been done BEFORE, we will continue to see the SAME RESULTS.
Trust in the DATA… it cannot lie. Only the people who interpret the data can do that.
With confidence in yourself, believe in your ability to spot the LIES. Our best defense is a good bullshit detector… and an overabundance of CAUTION never hurts as well!
With charity for ALL… because we’ve ALL been lied to. Be sparing with your BLAME and HUMBLE in the light of knowledge, as the MAJORITY of us still have much to learn. Arm yourselves with knowledge and demand accountability for those who would continue to celebrate ignorance, even when presented with overwhelming evidence and are fully informed.
And if they continue to dispute the numbers, and willfully do not act… then the tally of the dead will educate us this fall when we VOTE.
STAND UP and SPEAK OUT!
Let everyone know exactly where you STAND! The line is drawn. CLEARLY… let there be NO DOUBT! We must do what is necessary to SURVIVE, and that means going AGAINST what we’ve been taught. (Once again we find ourselves through the looking glass. When libraries reopen, don’t look for it in the fiction section. It’s now been permanently relocated under reference… but I am confident, we will find our way!)
The self-made billionaire President, who went bankrupt multiple times and wrote off a billion dollars in LOSSES on his taxes, calls an emergency aid package a “stimulus”, implying we must BOOST our productivity. Still focused on economic growth, when what’s prescribed is CONTAINMENT.
To suggest anything OTHER than what is necessary for the survival of the PEOPLE of the United States of America should be seen as an affront to us ALL.
In the spirit of the season, of renewal and rebirth, we’ve been asked to sacrifice of ourselves, only for the promise of what might BE. With malice toward none and charity for ALL, let us fulfill the promise and ensure the vision of our Founders is affirmed.
ONE CITIZEN=ONE VOTE
When every citizen has guaranteed access to the ballot and every election is FUNDED in the SUNLIGHT, by the tax payers… we cannot begin to imagine what the future will bring! A restoration of our faith in the Rule of Law, born from the wellspring of our Union… envisioned by a new generation of infinite possibilities.
We, The People of these UNITED States… decide, and the choice is ALWAYS OURS.
Let us guarantee that for ALL TIME, and ensure this can NEVER happen again.
The American People deserve a third option on the debate stage this fall.
The truly “Revolutionary” part of my candidacy is simply who I am… I’m just some guy from Kansas.
A husband. A stay-at-home dad. A home owner. A citizen who is concerned for the future of our Nation. A person who’s always had a strong affection for our political system, but could never bring myself to the point of being able to SELL OUT my moral values.
As a young man, I drank and ran with the wrong crowd. Being a musician, many of my colleagues believed that was a job requirement. But my experience with drugs and alcohol is one of the better stories. Many of my friends battled addictions and lost more than I have. Millions more across this Nation are not here today to tell their tale.
I consider myself blessed… in so far as that is under someone else’s control. My actions have always determined my fate, but I know my actions are influenced by circumstances beyond my control. I’ve made my decisions in life based on the options before me, framed in the context of the surroundings I’ve found myself in. As it is with music, if the options before me will not produce the vision I see in my mind… I seek better options. And I do not settle until I’ve realized my goal.
If we continue to use the SAME TOOLS, we will see the SAME RESULTS…
… and we will never know what SOUNDS we’ve been missing if we just hit REPEAT.
Who is the best candidate to take on Donald Trump? Which candidate is he truly afraid of facing this fall? Will either of the Democrats be able to crack 50%? Is that the option we want facing Donald Trump in November… the candidate who can hold on to his BASE?
If our decision is not CLEAR CUT, there will be DOUBT in the result. This will NOT empower the American People.
Party Politics of the previous era are now gone… TODAY. Because ONE PARTY is all that remains. The other has been hijacked by the current occupant of the White House, and now complacency and rot have started to set in.
The politics of FEAR and DIVISION. Quite literally. Don’t forget: WASH YOUR HANDS!
“… I would call out the military.” –Joe Biden
“… and we are going to pay for it ALL.” –Bernie Sanders
Whoa now! Why are we supporting Unilateral Presidential Executive Actions? Without Congressional support, many of these proposals could only be enacted in that manor…
Isn’t that what we’re fighting AGAINST?
Did we not learn what can come from Presidents who are willing to go it alone?
Let us find COMMON GROUND on ALL these issues, and not lose sight of the main objective that this Nation must secure if it is to SURVIVE.
The future of our Nation is SECURE when every citizen’s RIGHT TO VOTE is ensured.
ONE CITIZEN=ONE VOTE
Remove the corruption. Restore HONOR in governance.