30 Days

I hope I am wrong… but science says otherwise. I hope that after 30 days of this reopening, the number of Americans dying decreases and new infections are on the decline, making this plan irrelevant. Then we can go on about our lives, and everything can get back to normal…

I hope that I am wrong.

 

 

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“US just reported its deadliest day… as states reopen” CNBC.com (05/02/2020)

 

Some reports say the virus can be spread asymptomatically for 14 days. Recent reports from doctors in the field suggest that number could be 21 days. When cases present as severe, hospitalization and support often become necessary within 3.

Band-Aids and patchwork will not suffice. If we treat this highly contagious pathogen as if it will just BLOW AWAY, then we are accepting our fate.

Tens of thousands will die AND we will have a Great Depression. A worldwide economic slowdown that will bankrupt Baby Boomers and Millennials alike. Generations will be effected… in China, and in the United States.

The next TWENTY YEARS would be consumed with just trying to recover.

 

OR 

 

We can END this crisis in 30 DAYS.

 

In the span of ONE MONTH, we can go from National fear and anxiety to CLARITY and FOCUS. Ready to get back to work rebuilding and RECOVERING.

But we must commit to the endeavor in GOOD FAITH and HONOR our Sacred Duty; for in your hands, rests MY life, and in my hands… I hold YOURS.

 

Putting aside the obvious restlessness and boredom, why do Americans want to return to normal? Because they need to be productive and make a living… so they can have FOOD and SHELTER. The inaction of our government created this crisis, the inaction of our government BLOCKS our path out. Reinforcing misinformation and lies gives Americans a false sense of urgency, to get things back to normal as quickly as possible.

They’ve put us in an awkward position from which we must make our decisions. STEP BACK, and act not out of motivation spurred on by our base instincts, but out of CHARITY. Everyone of us, whether we STAY HEALTHY and survive; or we become SICK, requiring a ventilator in an ICU, we will ALL depend on the charity of others to survive… and we MUST survive.

Institutional memory, like muscle memory… knowledge and experience. That’s what’s on the line right now in our healthcare system. The next generation will not have the learned expertise of a mentor to guide them, jeopardizing the health and safety of us ALL. We must FACE FACTS… this Administration supports BOTH inaction and misinformation.

 

How do you kill a virus? You STARVE IT…

If it cannot SPREAD it dies.

 

In 30 DAYS we can eliminate the virus and return to normalcy if everyone shelters in place, and all essential workers have testing and personal protective equipment. We must apply the lessons we have learned so far and focus our efforts on what works. Because a vaccine will not be available until 2021… in the meantime, we are on our own.

Either 30 days NOW, or 30 days in NOVEMBER. I know what choice Donald Trump would prefer… what do THE PEOPLE want to do?

 

30 DAYS to prepare, then 30 DAYS to END THE QUARANTINE. If the Congress can pass a bill that will ensure FOOD and SHELTER for every American in less than 30 DAYS, then the sooner we can begin. But it must cover EVERYONE, home owners and renters, families and individual citizens, local businesses and major corporations.

If we commit to 30 DAYS and come out on the other side with no significant loss of life, and the virus is contained and traceable, then we can begin to implement our FULL RECOVERY all at once, united and safely.

 

The misinformation and lies fuel our divisions. Instead of doing what’s right, we do what appears to be necessary. The choices have been deliberately LIMITED… none of the shells presented in this “game” contain the “prize” we seek.

 

If we unite in COMMON CAUSE, we can CHANGE the game and put the odds in our favor. Every American Citizen KNOWS how to defeat the virus. All we have to do is STOP FIGHTING and we win… once we UNITE, success is ours.

Let Donald Trump go home and play Chinese Checkers. There’s only ONE WAY to win in this nation… work the fundamentals, keep your EYE on the ball, follow through, and no one wins ALONE. We STAND united.

 

And once we are victorious, we will celebrate in every city across this land, but we will be celebrating in remembrance OF… not in boastful pride of our accomplishments.

 

That day cannot come soon enough.

 

-JC

Let History Be Our Guide

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.

 

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“Georgia starts to reopen but nervous mayors warn that coronavirus crisis isn’t over.” CNN.com (04/25/2020)

 

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.

 

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“Bush signs bank bailout, Oct. 3, 2008.” Politico.com (10/03/2013)

 

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 “McConnell signals interest in protecting employers from  coronavirus  litigation.”  Market Watch (04/24/2020)

 

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?

 

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“African Americans struggle with disproportionate COVID death toll.” National Geographic (04/24/2020)

 

 

 

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.

 

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“Intelligence report warned of coronavirus crisis as early as November.” ABCNews.com (04/08/2020)

 

NOVEMBER 2019.

4 DEMOCRATS and 4 REPUBLICANS.

Who has acted in the interest of THE PEOPLE?

 

… who has NOT.

 

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…

INACTION in the UNITED STATES SENATE

 

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“McConnell slams brakes on next round of coronavirus aid.” Politico.com (04/21/2020)

 

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.

 

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“In New York Nursing Homes, Death Comes to Facilities With More People of Color.” NPR (04/22/2020)

 

They’ve known since November. It didn’t have to be like this.

Let us ensure it can never happen again.

End the Electoral College.

 

-JC

 

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In Lives and Livelihoods

 

 

… November 2019.

 

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“1st known coronavirus case traced back to November…” Livescience.com (03/14/2020)

 

… and consider how fast this virus travels.

 

Chinese press reports the emergence of a particularly severe respiratory infection in December. Even though publicly reported information shows President Trump would not be briefed on the subject by our intelligence agencies until late January, it would be wrong to assume that no one in our government knew what could be happening.

 

 

Besides, President Trump and President Xi are BEST FRIENDS… they talk on the phone all the time. About TARIFFS and trade, and North Korea.

December 20, 2019:

 

 

… don’t forget who’s listening in on those calls.

From October 25, 2018:

 

 

 

 

What SHOULD our government DO?

What should HAVE BEEN DONE to avoid the situation we are now IN?

 

 

 

We were PREPARED. 

 

Deliberate actions were then taken…

to ensure we were NOT.

 

 

SARS. N1-H1. Swine flu. Ebola. Each and every event, we have learned from that experience and developed strategies to implement, in real-time, to prevent the start of an unmitigated spread across this nation, because the cost of dealing with an event like that would be staggering… both in lives and livelihoods.

 

It is unsustainable to continuously stock the large volume of equipment necessary to deal with mass casualties from a disaster like this. That is why we were prepared to stop it before it had the chance to take hold. Knowledge and information sharing, mass testing, public awareness, social distancing… all preventative measures, taken to FORTIFY our nation and protect its citizens. To SAVE LIVES…

February 27, 2020:

 

 

 

Starting in DECEMBER, when the Intelligence Community would have briefed the Gang of Eight about the potential disaster being SILENCED by President Xi, the White House Pandemic Coordination Team would have been contacted and preparations would have STARTED IN DECEMBER. Questions would have been asked:

  • What would we need in a worst case scenario?
  • What do we have on-hand right NOW?
  • Who will need to have it first?

 

Under the leadership of an alternative Administration, preparations would have already been underway to protect American Lives and our interests abroad… MONTHS before President Trump was reportedly first informed.

February 26, 2020:

 

 

 

After it was known that the situation in China was being underreported, travel bans would have taken effect. Mandatory screenings and quarantines of American citizens returning from China, as well as other nations where outbreaks were beginning, would have minimized exposure here, by containing any spread only to known sources, stopping community transmission of the virus within our borders.

 

February 29, 2020:

 

 

 

In an alternative time line, this story would have ended HERE. Under another Administration, we would have mitigated the spread before the first instance of infection without a known source, and we would have continued to MONITOR. By taking temperatures of EVERYONE entering the United States and continued social distancing measures, as well as continued testing to guarantee our findings were SOUND.

 

We would then be able to extend a hand, to help the countries from whom we had learned. We could have sent supplies and expertise to China, to help in their battle for containment. We could have reached out to the government of Italy and offered whatever support they needed, to minimize the devastation they are now enduring.

 

Through our leadership, by taking decisive action immediately, with ONE PURPOSE… leaders of every nation would have LISTENED to what our Commander-in-Chief was saying, LISTENED to where the doctors and scientists of the United States believed the virus was going next, and ACTED to avoid worst case scenarios… and avoided unnecessary loss of LIFE.

Now, leaders of the world have listened to what OUR PRESIDENT has said…

 

 

Elected by OUR VOTES.

An embodiment of the WILL of THE PEOPLE of the United States of America.

 

 

I refuse to be ignorant.

I refuse to play DUMB.

Even IF we practice EVERY prescribed act of social distancing asked of us in this moment, PERFECTLY…

 

 

“… if we can hold it down to 100,000 to 200,000 [deaths caused by coronavirus]… we all together, have done a very good job.”

–Donald J. Trump, President of The United States of America (03-29-2020)

 

 

Yet we are still not ready to do what is required to meet that expectation.

 

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“Trump resists nationwide stay-at-home order.” ABC News (04/03/2020)

 

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“Fact Check: Georgia governor says we only just learned…” CNN.com (04/03/2020)

 

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“It’s a shit sandwich.” Politico (04/03/2020)

 

Our WORDS matter. Our words carry weight that we may not see immediately, but the consequences are real… and they will follow.

I do not blame the governors, they are doing the best they can in this unprecedented situation. I do not blame the hospital workers who are now charged with fighting this fight. I don’t even blame President Xi for our current situation… because I wouldn’t have believed his official numbers actually reflected reality from the outset.

 

I would have assumed they were intentionally LOWERED for his political gain…

Anything to SAVE FACE.

 

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“… while you still can.” (11/16/2019)

 

Beware the company YOU KEEP

 

 

But NOW… what do we do NOW?

 

The crisis has not been averted. We are awash in the surge of the pandemic, and we have LOST the chance to end this before it began. The only course of action, if we choose to protect LIFE over ALL ELSE, is to STAY INDOORS. By mandate, we must stay home and STOP THE SPREAD. Our own government says so!

And how will Congress help?

 

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$1200. For a family of FOUR… that MIGHT cover food for a MONTH.

What about everything ELSE?

 

Life savings… spent in a matter of WEEKS. Plans for retirement, now thrown into chaos over the uncertainty projected by our President. But the GOP Leadership is ready to give it ALL AWAY to “small businesses”… while the workforce STARVES.

 

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“McCarthy: Republicans to oppose Democratic coronavirus bill.” Politico (03/12/2020)

 

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“Republicans Are Worried Coronavirus Stimulus Bill is Too Generous…” Vanity Fair (03/25/2020)

 

These elected officials are representatives of the people who put them into office…

THE DONORS

They make their decisions with their interests in mind, and obviously not the interest of the VOTERS who elected them.

 

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“Sen. Kelly Loeffler sold at least $18 million more…” Vox.com (04/01/2020)

 

 

 

 

 

And I know it’s like I’m kicking a dead horse here… the mainstream media will tell you too, the whole Russia thing is FAKE NEWS! But all of this was the exact same strategy employed by Vladimir Putin on the people of Ukraine, in the decade preceding his interference in our elections.

All of the chaos and unrest, led by a sympathetic leader, installed by corruption and political manipulation…

Right down to the man who was tapped to handle the situation in Ukraine.

 

 

 

 

“… politically driven falsehoods that so clearly advance Russian interests.”

 

 

 

McConnell says that the Speaker should hold off on any plans for a 4th aid package… the FIRST CHECKS haven’t even arrived, bleeding everyone’s savings, leaving us all on the brink… and we should HOLD OFF?

For the benefit of WHOM? The PEOPLE? Their FAMILIES? The people who have lost ONLY their business… only their home… only a FAMILY MEMBER? Our charity is abundant, but these organizations cannot hold out forever.

 

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“Government needs to step in…” CommonDreams.org (04/02/2020)

 

 

 

We MUST have FOOD and SHELTER NOW.

 

How can we expect to reignite our economic engine if the CORE has been hollowed out? Not only from the death toll… but from diaspora. Where do you GO when your life is changed forever…

 

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“A Kremlin-linked Firm Invested Millions in Kentucky.” Time (08/13/2019)

 

 

We are no longer talking about incompetency, we are no longer refering to party politics. Launching an investigation into wrong doing that will cause loss of life on this scale, is necessary. Speaker Pelosi isn’t launching this investigation to make Donald Trump look bad, sir…

 

He did that all ON HIS OWN.

 

 

 

A lack of TESTING brought us to this point.

The only way out of this situation is MORE SUNLIGHT.

 

Every citizen must be tested.

 

BOTH for the virus and the antibodies produced by SURVIVORS of the disease. Once we know who has it, and who HAS had it, we can accurately predict where it will go NEXT. Without this vital information, any strategy we attempt to pursue is just a roll of the dice.

If we don’t know who has it, EVERYONE must believe they do have it and can SPREAD IT. YOU may be a carrier…

 

STAY HOME. Save a nurse’s LIFE!

 

 

 

 

We did not seek it, but once again… WAR has come to our shores. And once again it strikes the island of Manhattan. TWICE now in TWENTY YEARS.

We have FAILED to secure her as we once promised we would do. 20 years. 2 wars… yet we did not address the underlying CAUSE of the problem. Now we STAND, suspended in our own Temporal Echo… able to SEE what has become, and compare it to what shall BE.

 

We do not do this for ourselves.

We do this for our CHILDREN, and THEIR children…

We do this to HONOR those who have come BEFORE.

 

 

LibertyWe must remember what it is we are fighting FOR. Do not forget! She STILL STANDS in your harbor today…

Let her LIGHT be your guide.

 

In this fight we know what must be done. Dutifully we shall RISE and face this moment, and preform with our eyes fixed upon the future.

And as the wave comes crashing ashore, across every state and through every community; we now face the SAME STRUGGLE with you… We are ALL from New York.

May her LIGHT guide us ALL

 

 

GOD SAVE THE QUEEN

 

 

-JC

 

The Choice is Always OURS

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.

 

 

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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.

 

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“Governor Rejects State Lockdown”- Jackson Free Press (03/23/2020)

 

Educate them NOW… SAVE LIVES.

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.

 

We must End the Electoral College.

 

JC

Let This Be Our Finest Hour

Ours is not a monarchy, but we entrust our President with immense power. Each piece of our Federalist Puzzle acts independently of the others, yet they are at their BEST when they act in-concert. We despise socialism, decry anything that even smells like it, but we know… charity has always been our strongest suit.

 

The Federal Government of the United States has entrusted to us more than TWO TRILLION DOLLARS, to mothball our economy and support each other as we fight this battle. The Government must pick some winners as a matter of National Security, but the rest is up to us.

 

Today we must choose our destiny.

 

We must decide what we will create for our children. Will we act based on emotion, blindly running away from danger? Or will we act with KNOWLEDGE, and turn our eyes toward the future. We must work to lay out a solid foundation… and ensure this can NEVER happen again.

The sickness has always been there… it’s just taken a PANDEMIC for us to fully SEE it.

 

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Months of inaction… months of misinformation. Months of insider trading and months of delusion… Time lost. Opportunities now GONE… and this is only the FIRST WEEK of a 30 day shutdown in Kansas City.

 

… since January 24th.

 

They’ve asked us to give up so much. Our progress… our future… our security… and they repay us by focusing on ‘Small Businesses’ as they call them: The Airline Industry, The Cruise Ship Industry, and the Real Estate Industry… BOY! That sounds like one hell of a payday for anyone named TRUMP… and every Senator who is subservient to him.

 

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“How a McConnell-backed effort to lift Russian sanctions boosted a Kentucky project”- The Washington Post (08/13/2019)

 

 

To the Congregations of Faith across this Great Nation-

Your faith is needed in this hour! Stay home and PRAY… but also, take ACTION if you can. DONATE to your local food pantry. GIVE all that you can if you have that ability, because SO many of us will now be in need.

Science and knowledge are the gifts we have been given, so that we might begin to understand… and we are to use these gifts as best as we are able, given the limited sight with which we were born. IN UNION, we’ve pledged our fates and fortunes! We must shepherd the weak in this hour, as we are ALL but men… and inaction will surely cost us more lives.

 

 

Our dependence on technology and our need for a clean and reliable energy source to power it, will only GROW because of this experience. My endocrinologist recently told me that insulin pumps in the next five years will be as reliable and accurate as my pancreas used to be. So much so that insurance companies will start requiring them in order to limit the complications caused by diabetes.

And now, we’ll become more dependent on teleconferencing to diagnose sickness, to educate our children, to communicate with loved ones trapped in another city, or summon first responders. All dependent on electricity and a stable high-speed internet connection. If you don’t have either one of those, you are now unable to participate in our society.

 

Will we allow this to become another tool of oppression… another discriminating factor used to keep others out? Or will we ensure it is a necessity, a vital utility that must be accessible to ALL Americans? A RIGHT, protected and secured by our United States Government.

To be clear… we must be CLEAR! We must define exactly what we want our future to BE. The Top-Down economic policies of the last 107 years have brought us to this point. The stability envisioned by creating our Federal Reserve is now being artificially manipulated by individuals who only want to gain INSIGHT… to have KNOWLEDGE of the future that others do not.

 

So that they might profit off of the misfortune of others. 

 

Two trillion dollars, unchecked and mismanaged, will only further that agenda if we do nothing about it.

 

 

In the blink of an eye, roughly ONE THIRD of our nation is now unemployed. Restaurants, bars, fast food… every commercial kitchen across the country has now been hollowed out, out of necessity. To prevent unnecessary loss of life.

With adequate foresight into the current situation, we could have PREPARED ourselves for this and made the transition seamlessly. Instead, we’ve upended families and taken them away from their HOMES. A decade of hard work spent recovering from the LAST recession, slowly fading away… it must NOT be so.

 

Take advantage of every lifeline the Congress is making available to us in this hour, and HOLD THE LINE. If your home loan is backed by the Federal Government, you cannot be evicted… HOLD THE LINE. Money is coming, though it’s not as much as they will be giving to Boeing… take it, and do all that you can, and HOLD THE LINE.

 

Defeat the virus, and then defeat FEAR and DIVISION. Our Nation’s economy is STRONG when the people have money to SPEND… and when people have money to spend, they can take care of the people they LOVE.

It is not the job of our Government to take care of the people, it’s the job of our Government to make sure everyone has an EQUAL OPPORTUNITY to take care of themselves.

 

 

 

In this hour, it is our DUTY to protect and defend our Constitution from those who seek to kick us while we’re down, as we fight for our lives… as our attention is turned somewhere else.

No, it’s NOT the first time. BULLIES are as they’ve always been. It’s nothing new. We know who they are… and we know how to defeat them.

 

STAND UP and SPEAK OUT!

 

When you STAND UP and defend the rights of others… you protect those rights for yourself.

 

HOLD THE LINE until NOVEMBER!

 

JC

… Out Like a Lion.

It’s hard to resist the urge.

‘There’s only SIX LEFT… buy them ALL!!’

No. Breathe… I can just drive back to the store tomorrow. Besides, someone else’s dog might want to eat, too.

It’s been pleasantly strange for the past few days. The shelves have been pretty well cleared, but for the most part our family’s unique tastes have been met. Two people with dairy allergies, 3 people who are mostly vegetarian, and a diabetic… but the order doesn’t go into effect until Tuesday… I guess we’ll see how long that lasts.

 

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“How  will the stay at home order work in the Kansas City Area?” The Kansas City Star (03/22/2020)

 

Even for a foggy Sunday evening, the streets between here and North Kansas City are quiet. Hy-Vee was busy. And there was an A.A. meeting in-progress next door to the laundromat on Vivian. It looked like it was a full house. But now, as I think about it, every 3rd or 4th chair was empty. Even with Social Distancing, we MUST stay connected!

Always REACH OUT if you need HELP! Do not succumb to the effects of ONE disease, just to avoid being infected by ANOTHER.

 

Everyone here in the Kansas City Metro is taking this seriously, and it looks like only a few people are out stocking up at the last minute… for the most part, people around here seem ready for what’s next. Anxious because of the unknown, but determined to do what’s needed NOW… to save lives.

Maybe we ARE strange here in the Midwest. That Bunker Mentality is drilled into us as a survival instinct from an early age. “What do you do when you hear the Civil Defense sirens? Go to the BASEMENT and wait for the All Clear.”

 

Only FOOLS ignore warnings.

 

Like trying to play chicken with a train… the train won’t budge, so you’d better MOVE.

Because there IS NO OTHER WAY. Scientifically tested, verified year after year, and practiced DAILY. The risk is just not worth it, and there is no room for error.

 

At the end of the day, we ARE in this together. After the storm passes and we come out to face the unknown, we know there’s work to do… because some people will not be as fortunate as we are. Some people will do everything necessary and STILL fall short, and some people will survive through no fault of their own.

Regardless of our individual walks of life, whether we’re rich or poor, we ALL face the same threats. When the skies open up and unleash their fury, we are all EQUAL… and we should all be grateful that we are STILL HERE.

 

 

Kansas City is a beautiful city and we are fortunate to live in such a supportive community. Stretching across TWO STATES, separated by rivers and governing philosophies, the two cities seamlessly work together in times of need to overcome challenges of all sizes. And we know we will be successful when we support each other.

 

No one succeeds without the other.

 

We may be a little rough around the edges. We may be a bit strange and stick out in a crowd. But deep down, we’re all the SAME. Trying to do better for ourselves than what came before. To make the world a better place for my kids… and yours.

When we STAND united, we can whether ANY storm.

 

JC