A New Day

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“The Executive Power shall be vested in a President…

He shall hold his Office as follows:”

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https://jackcharbonneau.com/2018/04/30/how-should-the-constitutional-amendment-read/

Sec 1.2 shall be UNDONE…” Why? Because this is what we aim to CHANGE. “Each State shall appoint… a Number of Electors…” The Electors are the people who elect our President, not The People. We VOTE to choose who our Electors will be. They decide who will be our President.

At one time it was believed this was for our National Security, but the Supreme Court has ruled that is not the case. Electors may only vote for the candidate the VOTERS decide… so the question becomes:

Why do we still have Electors if they are unable to vote their conscience?

They are now an unnecessary, redundant step in the process…
It’s time we created a replacement for this antiquated electoral system.

Sec 1.3 shall be UNDONE and written as follows…” This is the section that describes the process by which the Electors will choose our President. IF we choose to undo the Electoral College, this section of our Constitution becomes a BLANK SLATE. How do we choose our President? More to the POINT… how do we choose our Presidential Candidates?

That is currently UNDEFINED.

What should our Government LOOK like? What do we want our Government to BE? Should MONEY decide who is allowed to seek The Office as it currently does, or should IDEAS rule the day…

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

We must re-envision the contest we call our Presidential Election, from the Primary to the General. We have the power to make it exactly as it should be…

A Battle Royale of the MINDS.

We, The People, create the platform and supply the resources necessary to elevate the candidates… not the other way around. We’ve created this Office for OUR BENEFIT. Let us fully define what it is we want this “Application Process” to be, for every candidate.

Sec 1.3 Each of the Several States shall select, by ballot of eligible voters… an eligible candidate for President.

Fifty Presidential Candidates. As our Nation grows, more candidates will be added. Candidates as diverse as each and every State, representing their State’s interests and presenting solutions born of their life experience. Selected as the best candidate to represent their State, and chosen via a State-run Primary Election in which EVERY United States Citizen residing in that State is eligible to VOTE.

Every Citizen 16 years of age and older.

This should not be a goal to be realized in the future. This must be the base-line, our starting point. Every Citizen. Every Election. This is what we are fighting to secure. If someone suggests we must disenfranchise a certain set of the electorate for any reason, we must fight TOOTH and NAIL to preserve their Right…

As if I were losing my Right to VOTE.

More participation equals BETTER GOVERNANCE, and when you defend the Rights of others… you defend those Rights for yourself.

The balance between States’ Rights and Federal Authority must always be considered. We benefit greatly from the individual States running an election free from undue Federal burdens. Under the umbrella of the Federal Government, the State Governments provide a secondary line of defense against BAD ACTORS attempting to subvert our elections.

Therefore, we should seek to build on this strength and include it as a vital piece of our new system. If we think of it in terms of a Government Contract seeking production of a product… the Federal Government will create the specifications of the desired product and demand that it be produced in strict adherence to a specific set of conditions.

Statewide Primary Elections will produce ONE candidate from each State. Each individual will have been fully vetted by every citizen within their State BEFORE they step on to the National Stage, where they will be scrutinized once again by every citizen in the country in our Federal Primary Elections.

Every citizen. Every election. Multiple ballots, ensuring The People are fully informed at every step of the process. Placing our National Security in the hands of The People. DIRECTLY.

No middleman. No partisan filters. No select group of elects. No elite nobles to stand guard and “protect” what they deem worthy of protecting.

OPEN, HONEST, and TRANSPARENT. We are the balance upon which the entire EXPERIMENT is judged! Whomever stands victorious at the end of this process will have done so with the full backing of the MAJORITY of this Nation.

Let there be NO DOUBT!

And that is how we will ensure January 6, 2021, will NEVER happen again.

I believe in the 1st Amendment. Being a musician, I value having the ability to utilize EVERY tool in my toolbox when I create something new.

When I was younger, I would write in the form of Shakespearean Sonnets. The limiting structure and rhyme scheme forces the mind to streamline its thoughts, weeding out any unnecessary WORDS and getting straight to the POINT.

Within these constraints it’s possible to create perfection… every word, necessary to convey a feeling or an image… I think that’s why I find Twitter so fascinating. Always attempting to compose perfection.

I see WORDS as if they were COLORS… what image am I trying to PAINT in the minds of whomever will HEAR them?

No words should be taboo. No thoughts should be outcast. How can we find what’s ACCEPTABLE, if we are not allowed to LEARN what is not.

Banning thoughts and words is like banning the color RED… how can we create the images necessary to learn what evil looks like if we banish all the colors of the NIGHT? Without proper context, how will we recognize the beauty that comes from the return of the LIGHT?

HATE SPEECH is a different story. Hate speech that incites anger and motivates people to violence has NO PLACE in our society. Everyone should have the right to express their opinions, except for when those opinions advocate for violence or cause harm to others.

We cannot censor our way out of our problems. Misinformation must be addressed HEAD-ON. Like a fungus in a dark, wet room… it will spread if it’s ignored.

As individuals, we make decisions about what we believe to be TRUE based on all of the information we’ve gathered throughout our lives. Based on that limited perspective, we will eventually be in-error. We will make the wrong decisions based on limited data or a lack of up-to-date information.

But as the years pass, our cumulative knowledge grows… as does our accuracy.

As a Nation, we have over 200 YEARS of accumulated knowledge. As an Institution, our Union has erred. Today, those errors are OUR TREASURE. Because we can LEARN from our mistakes.

No idea should be seen as so outrageous that it cannot stand as a guardrail for our PUBLIC DEBATES. ‘This is the third rail… This is what we will not tolerate…’ Because we can SEE it. We can describe it. We can point to it when it’s on FULL DISPLAY.

And if it must continue to be so, that some people will only learn things the hard way, and they will continue to cling to ideas that are WRONG; then we must LISTEN to what they are saying. It is their RIGHT to be WRONG… and it is our DUTY to show them why they are so.

And it’s the DUTY of the United States Government to ensure all of this happens SAFELY.

Our Government takes in information from many sources throughout the World. As they consume new information, they deem some intel as “SECRET” or “CLASSIFIED”, in order to gain a strategic advantage against our adversaries or to protect our National Interests.

And even then, some of that classified information makes its way out into the public. Intrepid reporters engaged in old-fashioned, shoe-leather journalism, regularly beat our intelligence gathering communities to the story, essentially doing their job for them.

It is in the interest of Our Government to evaluate the veracity of new information on a daily basis and make an overall determination as to what is FACT and what is FICTION. I believe it is in the interest of every United States Citizen to know what the opinion of our Federal Government is on any information they see fit to evaluate.

Not to censor or to stifle dissenting opinions, but to share more broadly what their official opinion is. Like the labels Twitter attached to the former President’s Tweets in the final days of his tenure, or the information box YouTube attaches to videos that deal with disputed facts and fringe subjects… like fake moon landings or JFK conspiracy theories.

The integrity and security of Our Intellectual Debates shall be overseen by the Secret Service, with full Congressional oversight and direction.

As a unified entity, our Government must make conclusions as to the veracity of available information. It should be done so in a CLEAR and PRECISE way so that everyone knows exactly what their opinion is, and we can take that into consideration when determining what is TRUTH in our everyday lives.

I believe this task should fall on the shoulders of the United States Secret Service… but there are many, MANY corrective steps that must be taken before that HONOR can be bestowed upon them.

I believe they are deserving of the chance to make amends… because we entrust them with protecting one of our most sacred institutions. We NEED them to function properly.

Let us rededicate our efforts to ensuring it is so.

-JC

A Constitutional Convention

Not to undo, but to strengthen. To fully define that which has not been addressed. To CLARIFY. To express what it is this nation stands for in words so clear, no rational mind could stand opposed to their ascent… and once passed, no legal mind could undermine their intent.

We need a Constitutional Convention to propose and debate a set of Amendments, addressing those issues that have been hijacked by Party Politics, to enflame passions and raise MONEY… all while these problems remain UNRESOLVED, to the detriment of THE PEOPLE these legislators were elected to represent.

Every piece of historical precedent shows us what we should be working toward. Everyday, every one of us swears an oath, in our hearts and our minds, to protect and defend it. But we can clearly see… it is NOT as it should BE.

There is nothing to fear, we must believe our eyes. We’ve been given the gift that so many others did not have. The Framers of our Constitution foresaw the need to make changes…


We have the ability to Amend. 

 

BEFORE the chaos that would eventually consume us. BEFORE the divisions are drawn and WALLS go up. The system… Our American Political System… is now BROKEN. Legislators legislate based on MONEY and the pursuit thereof. To FUND their re-election, to support their Political Party, to support their political careers. They cater to the interests of POLITICAL DONORS instead of working to pass legislation that would benefit the VOTERS they were elected to represent. 

HALF of our Elected Officials are BEHOLDEN to DARK MONEY interests, and the OTHER HALF are hesitant to ACT because it would upset their DONORS. 

Who Represents the American People in this DEBATE? 

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Though not written within our Constitution, by our consent, our system has settled into a two party system. Elections have, for the most part, provided a clear majority to establish a functioning government. 

Although they continue to do so, our ‘functioning government’ consistently does the opposite of what the voters demand. More Americans have died due to gun violence THIS YEAR ALONE, than have American Soldiers throughout 20 YEARS of war… in two countries. 

 

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American lives, lost… inaction in the United States Senate. 

Essential Workers, HAILED as heroes just a few months ago, more than deserving of being paid a LIVABLE WAGE in every state. Now… $15 is just TOO MUCH. It seems our Senators believe we should prioritize the needs of the United States Armed Forces… 

 

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… you wouldn’t want to see our soldiers go without PAY?  

 

 

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When you SEE something, SAY something. 

 

 

 

Because once it is SEEN and we do not ACT, we become COMPLICIT in allowing it to continue. What comes from our inaction is the fruit we will bear… our SILENCE will water the seed. 

It doesn’t matter what your political affiliation is. Left or Right, Red or Blue… we all know what the problem IS. MONEY in politics has unfairly tipped the scales against the Will of The People. If MONEY decides who will be allowed to legislate for the rest of us, legislation will continue to favor those with money over those WITHOUT. 

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What is the point of our Constitution? What were the ends that justified its creation? In order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, and to secure the Blessings of Liberty… for ourselves AND those yet to come. 

The experiment was created for THE PEOPLE. We are the experiment. We are the balance upon which the entire experiment is judged. Today we reap the harvest from seeds sown by men who still feared a KING. A vision of what could be, seen through the haze of musket fire… and their own hypocrisy. 

All men are created EQUAL’ they said… ‘except those we deem to be just three-fifths.’ 

So long as we are subjected to the structures that have arisen from the oppressive intent of the Three-Fifths Rule, the Will of the American People will never be fully realized. 

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The American People need CLARITY… not because it is easy, but because it is necessary. If we do not make the effort… if we do not seize the moment to secure the progress we have made, we remain at risk of losing it. It’s no longer hyperbole, it’s no longer a relic from a long forgotten PAST. 

When you STAND UP and SPEAK OUT in defense of the Rights of others, you defend those Rights for YOURSELF. And when you do, you will NOT stand alone. You stand with the MAJORITY… and we STAND UNITED. 

Every issue we struggle with has nuance and subtlety. We may differ on details and directions, but we agree on so much more than what is amplified in the media… by monied interests, who profit off of our division. Who make more MONEY if regulations are not passed. Who would prefer our legislatures remained deadlocked. And that suits the incumbents just fine… 

 

You can’t FUNDRAISE on a problem that’s already been SOLVED. 

 

… be sure to DONATE all you can to the candidate of choice this fall. 

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Right now, we stand engulfed within the Fog of War. The shots have already been fired… in our classrooms, in our houses of worship, on the streets of every city, in towns across every state… in communities of color AND communities of privilege. 

 

Tens of thousands of American Citizens are dying, needlessly, every year, and HALF of our Congress supports doing NOTHING about it… the other half seems to think they make a strong point.

Who do these people work FOR? 

Who SHOULD they be working for. 

When every citizen is guaranteed access to the ballot, our National Dialogue will gain CLARITY. Ideas born of Bad Faith will fall away when exposed in the light of OPEN DEBATE. 

Do not forget… if we do nothing, the actions taken by those who wish to overturn our elections will become precedent. They will be studied and expanded upon, just as it was twenty years ago the last time this happened. They’re testing every guardrail, looking for weaknesses… and practice makes perfect. 

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I am fortunate to have grown up in the Kansas City Metro area, surrounded by multiple World-Class sporting organizations. For many years, that wasn’t the case. Even today, where one year we are crowned World Champions, and the next year we are not… even when the roster is identical to the year before, on this day we came up short. 

When we are on top, we remember where we once stood… looking UP to where we are now, where the eyes of the world are now trained. Where once stood another, one day another will stand. The only thing holding us back from remaining as great as we are now is our EGO.

Do we believe we are somehow better than all the rest, or do we remember that we are no different than everyone else… that if it were another standing in this place, we would be cheering them on just the same. Do we become complacent or do we strive to become better than ourselves? 

It’s the microcosm vs. the macrocosm. As above, so below. The United States of America is the GOLD STANDARD. We are the envy of the world. When we STAND UNITED there is no force on Earth that can stop us… the only thing that can take that away is our OWN EGO. Do we fall victim to the hype, or do we remain HUMBLE and strive for everyone to have the same… 

In order to solve the fundamental problems facing us today, we must clearly determine the Will of the People. Our Strength and Security depends on it. I believe in the judgement of the American People, whenever they are fully informed. 

Democracy is NOT dying, it’s being STARVED of new ideas. Conversations being had about subjects and grudges held since the BIRTH of this Nation… old ideas die hard. But we aid in their descent when we find COMMON GROUND. No subject should be seen as taboo if we are to find the answers we seek. We must show others where they are right, and help them understand where they are wrong. 

Why does HALF of this Country feel disenfranchised after the 2020 election? 

Why does HALF of this Country feel disenfranchised after the 2016 election? 

Why does HALF of this Country feel disenfranchised after the 2000 election? 

… and on, and on, and on… 

Let us stop the madness… while we still can. 

-JC 

Yup…

So… yeah. I was the only one who showed up to my “press conference”. I thought I had convinced at least one person I had the right idea. IDK… maybe I haven’t communicated clearly? Maybe I overestimated Twitter. Maybe I have a bad idea. I would have thought by now someone would have said so.

But it is a BEGINING, and in no way THE END. I was giving myself pep talks, to build my confidence, thinking the same thing. So, now I’ll use that as a comfort. It was not my last event. Hopefully next time, I won’t be there alone.

I just wanted to provide an end goal everyone could rally around. An alternative to what is happening right now. I felt it could sway opinions since there would be a solution to support, instead of just fighting AGAINST…

I’m not going away. I’ll be here. Patients is a virtue. I wish I had it.

keep your head up.

JC

“A Permanent Solution to a Temporary Problem…”

I spoke to a new friend today about an equal rights amendment… for children. It’s sat in my mind for a while, and I think I realized an important truth. And I realized it in direct relation to our Constitution.

In one of my previous posts-https://jackcharbonneau.com/2018/06/05/let-experience-solve-it/ where I misconstrue the words of George Washington as an endorsement for my candidacy (sarcasm!) I spoke about the Constitution’s inherent strength that comes from

“… The existence of a “blank sheet” at the end of our Constitution. It is the most brilliant part of the whole document… nothing. everything. anything. The People’s will. Where the wellspring of fraternity flows strong, that is where OUR just patriotism comes from. Washington KNEW that the exponential growth of human minds, burning brightly within the kiln of a fair and just system, would always provide a solution.”

We are here today, because of the children of today. As it was then, so it is now. When they first put quill to parchment to “…secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish…” the future of all Americans shall be bright, bold, and fully armed with the KNOWLEDGE any successful democratic republic would require.

Because they knew, that in THEIR hands… the hands of the children, their OWN destinies lie. The PAST would one day be protected by the present.

Our whole system has been flipped upside down due to the influences of corrupt money in our collective values. No one should want harm to come to a child. Bottom Line. Ellis Island- “… Please answer one question to enter the US- Should anyone harm a child?” Answer: “NO.” “Good. Welcome to America.” So then as it should be now. And IT IS in our lives, but NOT in our governance. NO ONE believes that it IS a problem, because that would lead to admitting “MY GOVENMENT HAS A CHILD ABUSE PROBLEM.”

But that is where it starts. OWNING past mistakes to take control of the future destiny not yet sown. Beyond that which mortal man can see, to the NEXT ridge over the horizon.

Where We stand NOW. Looking back 200 years… THEY stood looking back 200 more. And they sought to BEGIN a process that could, ONE DAY, effectively deal with the sin of servitude and disgust our world now, can hardly even comprehend. Only a few today know of what I speak, and mindfully, fewer tomorrow. But THEIR WOUNDS are OUR WOUNDS today none the less. Because it is a scar carried collectively. What hurts ONE, hurts US ALL. Because we are United States of interaction, compassion, of collective desires, and collective fears.

If we strip away, the shine and sparkle of our shared society. The partisan, the political, the persona and the façade, down to the mettle, where corrupt corrosion occurs, we all know there is no future in a society that cannot stand to protect children. It is as allegorical as it is literal. Genetically or orally. The past is written in the future, as we ALL stand HERE TODAY.

How we chose to treat our children… our COLLECTIVE children. Individual as well since it all starts in the ‘home’, but I speak more of the community, the commonality in principle if not actual. If we ALL believe in the idea that a “blank sheet” is representative of “nothing. everything. anything“, then it would only make since that we should establish, with firm Command, a permanent, established Law defining the basic human rights enjoyed by all. A basic protection of humane rights to all minors. And adherence to this protection should be so obvious and forthright, that it seems almost a frivolous and superfluous law to anyone in our society! Its VERY EXISTANCE should be seen as a Declaration of Liberty for ALL, and adherence is the fabric that binds us together! In joy and love.

Because, on the smallest order, of genetic evolution, I would give all to protect my children. I also believe I would do the same for your child, too. Because that is our understanding. That is our “social contract” at the end of the day. Hell AND high water.

…and now WE can stop, and try to see 200 years AHEAD.

Consider the consequences of our inactions today. How many died due to our collective inaction in Puerto Rico… New Orleans… Parkland, Florida. How many have died, due to our collective fears, of an “enemy” abroad, and our willingness to buy into that fear. And now we hide from fears that plague communities, divided from one another. Individual fears faced alone, silent, and unopposed. After two decades of war in a country that produces massive amounts of opium as cash crops , our country has an opioid addiction. But, then again, we still haven shaken the OTHER addiction we came home with from WWII…  OIL

The ills of our society are vast. To an individual they are more innumerable than stars in the sky. And it would do it no justice to attempt even a partial list now. But ALL of those issues, the pain suffered silently by so many TODAY, as then… NO ONE could deny the roots of ALL lie in the treatment of ourselves, as a child. I fear a delve deep into the recesses of my mind some days! As do many, as do many who cannot delve into that past, for fear of losing one’s current ‘self’. And its horrible to contemplate, and its horrible to speak of…

But that doesn’t make it go away. And there should be NO ONE who would not give it ALL to make it go away. For ourselves. For them. To honor those who started this ‘experiment’. Because the Framers KNEW… they knew this moment would one day come.

I just realized that. I don’t think ANY OF US could ever be that smart. THAT’S incredible.

Well… that’s all we have to do. Seems pretty simple.

Keep your head UP!!

JC

 

 

“Into the seeds of time” 2024

The future isn’t written. It can be changed. You know that. Anyone can make their future whatever they want it to be. – Doc Emmett Brown

We are not here to curse the darkness, but to light the candle that can guide us through that darkness to a safe and sane future. – John F. Kennedy

The best way to predict the future is to invent it. – Alan Kay

 

Calendar of US House of Representatives
The highlighted days are working days in the US House of Representatives.

2016 Primary by Month
A system that includes no direct ballot vote, no input from all eligible voters.

If you have not read my blog post titled “How Should the Constitutional Amendment Read?”, please read through that for the proposed wording for changing our election system. https://jackcharbonneau.com/2018/04/30/how-should-the-constitutional-amendment-read/

I will attempt to paint the picture I have in my mind’s eye using the two calendars above.

Starting in January of the Presidential election year, each State will begin their State Primary Elections. (House calendar shows term resumes at the beginning of January) A support system of multimedia assistants and directors, staff as needed, press coordinators, will be available for each candidate in each State’s primaries, paid for with Federal Tax Dollars. The focus of this, and the Main Primary, will be in the hands of the candidate, the creative control falling to the candidate. The Federal Election Fund will provide tools, tech, people, staff, communications outlets, as needed as directed by the candidate. The debates and ballots should wrap up by the beginning of March.

The 1st congressional working day in March should be the day the President of the Senate announces, in Joint Session, the names of the candidates eligible for election. I see it being a renewal of our pride, a celebration of our peaceful transition of power. A public recognition of the will of the People. A celebration of what unites us ALL. All States participate, and all States send their best and brightest with hopes that our common good is realized. Proud of ALL candidates, because ONE among them will be the next CinC.

Preparations starting on that day, the first of three National Ballots will fall on the first Tuesday in April, narrowing down the 50 to 25. (Adjustments in number of candidates will be necessary as new States are added to Our Union) Another month of debate and discussion leads us to another National Ballot on the first Tuesday of May, narrowing the remaining field from 25 to 10. One month later, on the first Tuesday in June, the 10 candidates will be narrowed by National Ballot, down to the two final candidates.

At the discretion of the President of the Senate, the two remaining candidates will be announced no later than 4 July, before Congress leaves for the summer. Personally, I believe the tradition of announcement should fall ON The 4th of July for two reasons-

1.) It will provide sufficient time to allow for any contesting of votes or systemic issues that should come to light between the June ballot and announcement.

2.) It is an affirmation! A National Celebration of our Country. Why NOT?!! Fireworks, parades, a Celebration of our INDIVIDUAL POLITICAL POWER! We, The People, realize the dream of our founders, every time we stand up, speak out, and pick a citizen who will lead us ALL into the future.

A fitting date to present extraordinary individuals as the people We choose to represent the US in the world.

This idea must be expanded upon. It is a skeleton to be sure. But it is a starting point for discussion about the size and scope of staff that will be required. MANY thousands of jobs in technology and design, web strategists, media strategists… IF we want participation, this must be a big production. A tour de force in order to captivate our country. AVAILABILITY and OPENNESS with SECURITY and OVERSIGHT. This is an institution of THE PEOPLE, and we demand the BEST system possible. It must ensure that the candidate’s platform is heard by all who seek the information. It must be advertised in all appropriate ways to ensure the public is fully informed about times, places, locations, directions, debate venues.

By working in coordination with Federal level elections officials and the Secret Service, the ability of States to decide how, when, where, certain aspects of the system will work will allow variation. An official set of requirements and laws with enforced punishment, must be met by each State with regard to ballot access and procedures in the process of voting. ALL VOTES MUST BE BOTH DIGITAL AND PHYSICAL. All voters must have their voter ID. A new photo ID, verified via a documentary in-person process (either a citizen goes to a location OR the Elections official will come to them if circumstances demand)  and provided as a FREE SERVICE TO ALL ELIGIBLE VOTERS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. Locations opened in all States to be run by the Federal Government, integrity and security ensured by the Secret Service.

These sites could serve a multifunctional headquarters for press centers, voting centers, registration centers… a community level hub for candidate information and Citizen Voter Initiatives, campaign rallies, etc.

This system will allow for a National voice in the selection of a candidate for president, where our current system is… a potato. NO State seems to hold any power in deciding who will be president NOW. Let’s attempt to ensure ALL States have a say in the CANDIDATES, not just the President.