At Our Discretion

When the Law comes for me… I have no choice but to comply. There are no negotiations on the terms of my surrender. There is no ‘privilege’ that I could invoke that would deter an Officer of the Law. They simply ASSERT their authority, and I go where they tell me… advising me that I have the right to remain SILENT.

I have no choice but to comply.

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It’s not that I don’t have OPTIONS… I just don’t have the MONEY required to exercise those options. I don’t have the funds necessary to secure legal counsel on retainer. I don’t have the legal connections or established rapport that would lead the Department to exercise prosecutorial discretion on my behalf.

They’d just do it, like they did with Paul Manafort or Roger Stone… just before DAWN.

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https://www.cnn.com/2022/04/08/politics/donald-trump-jr-meadows-text/index.html

When laws are broken, someone goes to jail. When laws are broken, and no one goes to jail… that is a degradation of the fundamental ideals of our society.

That is a Constitutional Crisis.

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https://www.motherjones.com/crime-justice/2022/04/amir-locke-no-knock-warrants-minneapolis-jacob-frey-mark-hanneman-ellison/

This wrong, if allowed to go un-righted, will lead to the destruction of us ALL. Legal Precedent, paired with the discretion entrusted to individual Officers and a system that believes the Officer’s WORD above all else. Until we decide to do something about it…

They retain the right to do this to us all.

A system that favors those with MONEY over those WITHOUT. How much time and effort would be necessary, to transform that system into one that’s EMPOWERED by those with money… to go after those without.

One might say… that time has already arrived.

Amazon, here we come.” —President Joe Biden

Bluster and bravado haven’t worked when it comes to swaying the opinions of billionaires, hell-bent on total domination… my guess is, it won’t work out well for us in the future.

Amazon isn’t the culprit. They have legal teams that work every day to ensure they are following the LAW. The law… as written, by our Elected Officials.

What good does it do us to attack companies who are following the law, when we can just change the law and ensure stricter enforcement of laws that already exist.

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https://www.npr.org/2016/03/16/470664561/mcconnell-blocking-supreme-court-nomination-about-a-principle-not-a-person

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https://www.politico.com/news/2020/09/18/mcconnell-vows-senate-will-hold-vote-on-ginsburgs-replacement-418021

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https://www.axios.com/mcconnell-ketanji-brown-jackson-confirmation-127977a3-a4ed-44a6-9485-80169ead4c45.html

Every part of our Legislative Branch is now BROKEN. Every aspect of it needs to be examined, and it’s been that way for YEARS. ‘But that’s just the way it is in DC…’ so why would anyone want it to CHANGE?

Why would anyone even want to TRY? Considering the depth of the problem and the SIZE of the reforms required. Attempting something so massive could endanger the Constitution itself  if we were to even try…

It seems to me, we’ve already reached that point if we do not ACT.

We must convince the naysayers. ‘We, The People…’ comes FIRST.

Without them, there is no ‘… United’.

It is now abundantly clear… the perception of what we have, and what it is we actually do have are two totally different things. We may be divided in PRACTICE, but we are not divided in PRINCIPLE. We do not stand divided.

The People of the United States of America are being divided… and it’s being done intentionally so.

Instead of focusing on the root of our problems, we’re laying blame at the feet of the other POLITICAL PARTY. Pointing fingers instead of finding common ground. We need to stop listening to talking heads and start SPEAKING OUT for ourselves.

Every one of us wants to “Stop Abortion”… but criminalizing a Medical Procedure will not stop abortions from happening.

My father once told me, ‘If you outlaw GUNS, only OUTLAWS will own GUNS.’

If we outlaw abortion, only “outlaws” will have access to abortion services… those with the financial means to do so. Those who can travel. Those who can afford to take time off from work… those who can have the nanny take care of the kids for the weekend.

LIVES are at stake. The lives of children AND the lives of the women who are forced to carry an unwanted pregnancy.

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This subject demands CLARITY.

We must ask ourselves, what is it we are trying to accomplish? Are we trying to SAVE LIVES… or are we simply trying to deny the fundamental Human Rights of HALF of our society?

Because we already know how to save the lives of the unborn.

We ensure women have access to everything necessary to ensure a healthy and successful pregnancy. And until that day comes, when a woman CHOOSES to become a mother… they are a Human Being seeking Medical Care.

There should be no government-sponsored “Death Panels” involved in making our healthcare decisions… period.

If we let them dictate to us when it is we are ALLOWED to have a child,

We give them the legal precedent to tell us when it is we CANNOT.

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https://www.investopedia.com/terms/o/one-child-policy.asp

There are NO LAWS restricting any aspect of my reproductive rights.
It should be the SAME for every American Citizen.
EQUALLY.

“The sacred defense of the Reproductive Liberty of ALL People being Our Common Duty, the Right of a Woman to Choose shall be protected.”

https://jackcharbonneau.com/2018/03/29/a-call-to-amend-the-constitution/

We need a CLEAN BREAK. We need a FRESH START. We need to find a way forward without ignoring the harm that has been done. We can go on about punishing everyone who has lived their lives adhering to false premises… being taught falsehoods as TRUTH, when in reality they were really LIES…

Or, we can forge a new understanding… reestablish what it is our Constitution actually means. ‘THIS is what we once believed… as a society, as a PEOPLE. But now those beliefs are NO MORE.’

We choose to CLARIFY what it is we stand FOR…

“… with Liberty and Justice for ALL.”

Is that what we STILL believe?

Then let us ensure that there is NO DOUBT.

-JC

Mission Creep

Four years. The blink of an eye, when compared to some others… because it’s been allowed to go on FOR YEARS.

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https://www.npr.org/2021/11/09/1049054141/a-secret-tape-made-after-columbine-shows-the-nras-evolution-on-school-shootings

I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s much easier to REMOVE someone from elected office who chooses to IGNORE the Will of The People, than it is to elect someone who will actually ACT.

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https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6558551/Casual-Paul-Ryan-starts-life-Speakers-chair-taking-kids-school.html

Why do they not act? When the evidence is CLEAR that their actions would SAVE LIVES… they hesitate. Instead of doing what is RIGHT they remain SILENT. For what? What’s more precious to them than saving someone’s life?

We all know what the problem is.

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It’s a hard thing to swallow… it’s just a numbers game. Even if the odds are infinitesimally small. One-in-a-million, one-in-a-billion… people are dying due to the vaccine. It’s a stone cold fact. To deny it, is to deny science.

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https://www.wibw.com/2022/02/10/nearly-year-later-autopsy-confirms-effingham-womans-death-by-allergic-reaction-covid-19-vaccine/

And that’s where this whole debacle went off the rails. Our elected officials chose to DENY SCIENCE and played politics with a deadly virus. I have no confidence that our elected officials are telling us the TRUTH right now… because BOTH SIDES have been manipulating facts and spinning scientific data for over TWO YEARS.

And now we can SEE just how accurate Donald Trump’s predictions were…

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5F9A559C-984E-49E8-9A52-2F8E8AC5CCA9https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/30/trump-says-keeping-us-covid-19-deaths-to-100000-would-be-a-very-good-job

“If we could hold that down… so we have between 100 and 200,000 – we altogether have done a very good job.”

—Donald J. Trump


Nailed it, sir.

IF ONLY they knew in advance, if only they had some sort of PLAN…

IF the odds are one-in-a-million, in this country alone that’s 350 people… worldwide that’s 8,000 deaths. Even if we are generous and it’s more like one-in-a-billion, we’re still condemning EIGHT people to die.

That’s a hard call for anyone to make… because it could be anyone. It could be my MOTHER, or my CHILD. It could even be ME. And that decision is made with intent. With knowledge… with consent. A decision was made, knowing with certainty what the outcome would be.

Because of our knowledge and our collective effort to SAVE LIVES… we are at the LOWER end of those initial internal projections. Unequivocally, our SACRIFICE has saved over one million American Lives.

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https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/intelligence-report-warned-coronavirus-crisis-early-november-sources/story?id=70031273

How many more could we have saved?

Because of their political GAMES, how many people have died… needlessly?

Let us learn from our mistakes now, so that next time, our grandchildren will be able to save a million more than we did.

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https://www.businessinsider.com/fiona-hill-says-putin-sees-us-as-weak-after-4-disastrous-years-under-trump-2022-1

And it’s not that hard to see how it could happen. When we lose focus on our goals. When doing what’s RIGHT becomes too cumbersome… when the PRICE of expediency is more attractive than the burden of responsibility.

At best we could say, that our elected officials are just out of touch with the lives of Everyday Americans. At worst… they act knowing the results of their inaction. And hey, I’m an optimist. I’ll gladly take a half-empty glass… if that’s all that’s left. But I refuse to be BLIND.

What person acting in GOOD FAITH, would name a bill after a recovering addict out of spite… especially when that recovering addict is the SON of the sitting President of the United States?

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https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10503993/Republican-Reps-introduce-HUNTER-Act-ban-taxpayer-funding-crack-pipes.html

Their privilege blinds them. They act as if addiction is simply a BAD DECISION made on the part of the ADDICT… therefore, they must be to blame.

Shame? They have NO SHAME… that’s what keeps their coffers FULL.

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https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/pressroom/nchs_press_releases/2021/20211117.htm

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https://dhhr.wv.gov/News/2021/Pages/West-Virginia-Experiences-Increase-in-Overdose-Deaths;-Health-Officials-Emphasize-Resources.aspx

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https://www.cnn.com/2017/03/21/health/opioid-trump-supporter-medicaid-health-care-reform/index.html

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Beware the company you keep.

Because you will be associated with their misdeeds, their criminal behavior… and to be SILENT is to be COMPLICIT.

When there is DOUBT within our Rule of Law, our adversaries WIN.

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https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-afghanistan-putin-ukraine-b2013938.html

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/08/25/mike-pompeo-taliban-timeline/

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https://www.state.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Agreement-For-Bringing-Peace-to-Afghanistan-02.29.20.pdf

Strip it all BARE. Lay it out there for the whole WORLD to see. That old phrase ‘You better get RIGHT with Jesus’ comes to mind… and that seems about right. They’ve now shown themselves to be the hucksters and carpetbaggers that they truly ARE.

They have NO FAITH in the Will of the MAJORITY… so they’ll just take whatever they CAN for themselves. While the rest of us desperately rally behind their PARTY… their RACKET… their COVER… praying that maybe someday, SANITY might rule the day in the United States Senate.

But we all know what the problem is… and an ADDICT will not change their ways until they admit they have a problem.

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https://www.opensecrets.org/news/reports/a-decade-under-citizens-united

Our elected officials, making FUN of addicts… laughing at the plight of their VOTERS. Their CONSTITUENTS. All while they fail to remember… damn near every single one of those addicts owes their addiction to the LAX OVERSIGHT allowed by the very legislative body in which they serve.

They fail to tell you… all of this could have been avoided in the first place.

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https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/features/what-led-to-the-opioid-crisis-and-how-to-fix-it/

Can they not remember? Did they simply forget? The mind does start to fade after a certain age… maybe we should just give them the benefit of the DOUBT.

Or maybe we all know what the problem is.

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Senator Manchin and his family’s got it all figured out… why can’t YOURS?

Is there nothing left that we hold SACRED? Is there nothing that can bridge the gap… no place where we can find COMMON GROUND?

If I may be so BOLD to suggest… there is NO political division in this country. There is no existential threat. There is still ONE overarching ideology that encompasses every political party, that every one of us can agree upon.

Our Legislators legislate based on MONEY and the pursuit thereof.

To FUND their Political Organizations.
To FUND their Political Parties.
To FUND their re-election campaigns…

All at the expense of THE PEOPLE they were elected to represent.

Any system that would allow the influence of MONEY to decide who is worthy of legislating for the rest of us, will inevitably favor those WITH money over those WITHOUT.

Be it the Second Amendment, a woman’s right to CHOOSE, or the teaching of this Nation’s long and prosperous HISTORY… we all know what the problem is.

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https://dailycaller.com/2022/02/03/nancy-pelosi-calls-on-american-athletes-to-stay-silent-during-olympics-in-beijing/

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https://sfist.com/2019/08/16/nancy-pelosis-three-primary-challngers-will-debate-saturday-night/

Remove the corruption, restore HONOR in governance.

No one holding the honorable title of SPEAKER of the House of Representatives should be advocating for SILENCE… on that fact, there is NO DEBATE.

-JC

Insert Issue HERE ______ .

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/11/26/kevin-strickland-gofundme-donations/

Is that not the embodiment of ALL our worst fears? There are few things that compare to false imprisonment… how can we call ours JUST, if this continues to happen. Is THIS what we’ve fought and died for… when it could be so much MORE…

Because I am SELFISH. I don’t want what happened to Mr. Strickland to happen to ME. Because I don’t want what happened, to happen to MY friends or MY family. Because I know… if we are SILENT, we could be next.

On this ideal we stand UNITED.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gadsden_flag

Railroaded. By those who were entrusted with AUTHORITY and POWER. The inkwell may have SPILLED all over this case, but how many others are sprinkled with the ink of their quills… how many lives were impacted by their office, in such ways that we’ll never know…

And this is just ONE case. In ONE city. In ONE STATE.

When we allow bias and prejudice against ONE, it leads to MORE. Based on race… based on gender… based on nation of origin… based on MONEY. Ideals that are not held by the MAJORITY thrive when we stand divided… chasing SHADOWS instead of establishing LAW.

Clarity. Before ALL ELSE… let us establish what it is we are striving FOR… is it for HATRED? Is it for EXCLUSION? Or is it for UNION… already established. Does anyone else worry we’re fighting amongst ourselves, while the other side doesn’t understand what it is their opponents are fighting FOR?

We’re just throwing around a bunch of pre-packaged political rhetoric that means NOTHING when exposed in the light of actual thought and conversation. It evokes within us a guttural response. Instead of asking QUESTIONS we simply rely on our preconceived notions… most of which were misinformed from the start.

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https://apnews.com/article/fact-checking-160551360299

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https://www.sfchronicle.com/sf/article/Is-shoplifting-forcing-Walgreens-to-cut-back-in-16536960.php

That was the solution for overcrowded prisons? Changing the dollar amount has the window-dressings of addressing a societal problem, but it does so at ARMS LENGTH. It doesn’t address the underlying issues that lead people to resort to such extreme measures.

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https://www.archdaily.com/972133/lehrer-architects-designs-new-tiny-home-villages-for-homeless-residents-in-los-angeles

… it’s not a permanent solution, but it is a good start.

The answers we seek already exist. We’re being presented with what’s leftover… only after it’s been approved of by the DONORS.

Explains why Democrats could only get HALF their agenda passed.

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https://nypost.com/2021/11/11/manchin-against-tax-credits-for-union-made-electric-vehicles/

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https://www.axios.com/manchin-senate-spending-biden-87a445c2-cfdf-4bba-bc20-dd62db2a613a.html

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https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/manchin-dems-2t-bill-faces-senate-gauntlet-81366189

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https://www.dailyposter.com/pharma-front-group-has-spent-1-2-million-backing-sinema/

Insert issue HERE _____.

The insanity generated by a vocal MINORITY on both sides is being amped up by BOTH political parties, in order to motivate people to DONATE. Legislators legislate based on MONEY and the pursuit thereof. Instead of solving problems, they FUNDRAISE… they can’t raise MONEY on a problem that’s already been SOLVED.

… and the struggle marches ON.

Because this has been going on for GENERATIONS… beyond my lifetime. I was born the year Kevin Strickland went to prison. My kids will be 18 in just a few years.

Will they be just as frustrated as I am today, attempting to teach their children the SAME LESSONS tomorrow… fighting the SAME FIGHTS for things that seem so close, yet just out of reach?

Kevin Strickland is PROOF they will not.
Ahmaud Arbery is PROOF they will not.

Laws have CHANGED. Knowledge has been codified. Acknowledging that, what once was believed to be Justified… is not. Changing the way we live our daily lives. A new understanding… lessons, learned the hard way.

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“An error doesn’t become a mistake, until we refuse to correct it.”
-John F. Kennedy

If we put aside the confusion and focus solely on the GOAL… the Mission Statement, the Ark of OUR Covenant. As She STANDS, with no biases to blind us… humility and compassion will guide us HOME.

Because that could be YOU… because that could be ME.

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https://www.heraldtribune.com/story/news/politics/2021/11/22/adam-johnson-photographed-capitol-riot-pelosi-lectern-pleads-guilty/8725500002/

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https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/30/us/police-killings-undercounted-study.html

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We are all but MEN, susceptible to fallacy and vice. We will find comfort in humility… because we find strength in numbers.

-JC

The Long Game

The simple act of driving a car demonstrates our ability to see the FUTURE. Two tons of steel, flying along at 70 miles an hour, just inches above a reinforced slab of concrete… with a huge degree of accuracy, we can state exactly what will happen 30 seconds into the future… 60 seconds into the future…

Much beyond that… too many variables can effect the outcome and our accuracy starts to fade. But we can reduce the number of potential outcomes if we apply the law of probability…

I probably won’t hit a DEER. 
I probably won’t drive off the BRIDGE.

A flat tire, a broken fan belt, a dead battery aside… if I’ve maintained the vehicle properly, the ENGINE probably won’t seize before the next exit. 

In so far as it is under my control, I probably won’t strike another vehicle.

It’s because of our INFLUENCE on the system… our ACTIONS make the difference. If we do not act, chaos rules.

 

 

Have we not had enough of all the bickering and fighting? Fighting amongst ourselves. Fighting endless battles abroad. Fighting over issues of LIFE and DEATH. Fighting over the mundane and trivial.

 

 

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https://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/2021/11/08/ted-cruz-slaps-down-big-bird-for-vaccine-propaganda-and-gets-tarred-and-feathered/ 

 

 

Fighting fights instigated by others, over things on which all of us thought we had already found COMMON GROUND.

The only common ground we can seem to find now is, BOTH SIDES believe the other is out to get them… and that is extremely telling in and of itself.

 

 

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https://www.statnews.com/feature/prescription-politics/federal-full-data-set/ 

 

 

No, it’s not the Republicans who want to overthrow our elections. 
No, it’s not the Democrats who want to take away our Liberties. 
Neither side wants these things to happen.

 

 

 

 

Who does then… who stands to BENEFIT from our INACTION?

Who stands to profit when our Legislatures cannot find UNITY on TAXING BILLIONAIRES…

THE DONORS.

 

The WRITER, DIRECTOR, and PRODUCER of the legislative shit-show that’s playing out in our Congress today. If this wasn’t exactly what they wanted to see, why would they continue to DONATE to their re-election campaigns.

The allowing of unlimited amounts of MONEY in our elections by the Supreme Court has poisoned our Government. It can barely establish a functioning majority to simply keep the lights on.

 

 

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2021/08/06/usps-dejoy-xpo-logistics/ 

 

 

Yet it can whip up the votes necessary to give a TRILLION DOLLARS to a myriad of corporations and entities in exchange for their continued SUPPORT NEXT ELECTION…

… next election. dammit man. How do you say that to George Floyd’s family… how do you say that to the students of Marjorie Stoneman Douglas… how do you say that to the families of Sandy Hook Elementary…

 

 

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https://www.npr.org/2021/11/09/1049054141/a-secret-tape-made-after-columbine-shows-the-nras-evolution-on-school-shootings 

 

 

How do you say that to the Officers who stood in the BREACH on January 6th… how many ZEROS need to be on that check.

 

And even on that we can’t seem to find COMMON GROUND, except for the fact that those people were there with a purpose. Those people where there to force their Will upon the MAJORITY.

Because they said so… while President Trump sat SILENT. 
They carried HIS banner. They waved HIS flags.

Those who did carry the flag of this Nation on that day, used it as an implement of OPPRESSION… against Law Enforcement Officers. In their OWN HOME.

 

 

May God Bless every one of those Officers.
They are the reason OUR BANNER still flies today.

 

 

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Damage from January 6th, still visible on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. (8/27/2021)

But we will make AMENDS.

 

We will seek to MAKE WHOLE that which was damaged, even as some scars will never fade. Every person who died because of the events of that day were AMERICAN CITIZENS… no different than YOU or I. 

What’s the difference. What paints the picture… what sets the STAGE.

 

 

In his pocket, he carried a five dollar Confederate note…

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I may not know all the WORDS. I might not even know all the NOTES…  but I know the TUNE. I can only do my BEST, to express what it is that I see, knowing that there are others out there who feel the same.

I believe we can achieve the impossible… because we’ve now witnessed it with our OWN EYES. Donald Trump brought to fruition concepts and agendas I never thought I would see in my lifetime, nor that of my children.

But it has happened. 

I believe in precedent. I also believe in the Rule of Law.

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https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/your-air-force/2021/01/07/woman-shot-and-killed-at-capitol-was-security-forces-airman-qanon-adherent/ 

4A637BFB-9B98-4C53-B0DC-0ED343D24E78https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/556030-trump-midterms-fuel-gops-squashing-jan-6-commission 

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When you SEE something… SAY something.

Forgive me if this seems offensive, but this is what I was taught in my school. This is what I learned from MY elders. Every fiber of my being tells me THIS is that slippery slope… THIS is that path. We must remember the stories taught to us by our grandparents.

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When you defend the rights of others, you defend those rights for YOURSELF. Where will we draw the LINE? What PRICE are we willing to pay? We ALL lose when they start burning books.

If what we’ve pledged ourselves to defend has become corrupt and dirty, it is our DUTY to do what is necessary to restore its HONOR. It cannot be ignored. Complacency. Negligence. ROT. We have been warned… INACTION will be the death of our Democracy.

To be SILENT is to be COMPLICIT.

-JC

Absolutely.

It’s hard not to live your whole life focused on the three inches right in front of your nose. Your interactions with others, their interactions with you. Your plans for the future and how those plans intersect with the plans of others. In the meantime, keeping a roof over your head and food on the plate consumes most of our TIME.

Because lord knows… their ain’t a whole lotta people out there who aren’t focused on the exact same thing!

Our family. Our close friends. Our congregations. Our community… individually, we can make changes in our lives; but many times those changes just happen to us, in the course of living our lives.

What we experience shapes us, it helps define who we will be. 

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https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2021-08-04/missouri-congresswoman-eviction-moratorium-fight 

 

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https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/congress-scrambles-extend-eviction-moratorium-saturday-expiration-n1275485 

 

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Our interactions with others informs our decision making process… and those interactions can stick with us for the rest of our LIVES. 

 

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https://ag.ny.gov/sites/default/files/2021.08.03_nyag_-_investigative_report.pdf 

 

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It’s reassuring to see that the leadership of the Democratic Party has finally found the COURAGE to SPEAK OUT. It’s disheartening to see the level of EVIDENCE that’s required for them to do so. 

OPEN SECRETS. Hidden in plain sight… you wanna talk about conspiracy theories? Look no farther than our elected officials. 

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How many times does this happen? Everyday. In Congress. In the boardroom. In the course of everyday events. Financial Institutions. Making lending decisions based on SEX and SKIN COLOR. Who carries more RISK. ‘… you live where?!’ 

Sorry, you don’t have the financial backing necessary to secure a loan. 

It’s because they are BEHOLDEN… they are forced to DANCE for the DOLLAR. Regulations. Oversight. Stripped away in the wake of a devastating financial crisis… for the benefit of WHOM?💰 

 

In their eyes, our elected leaders believe they are doing what’s RIGHT because they are fighting the ‘good fight’. In their minds, they can’t bring about change if they aren’t re-elected… therefore they must do what’s necessary to get re-elected. 

You put a DOLLAR in the machine and YOU get to pick the next song… how’s that for extensive knowledge of the bar. 

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That’s his “thing”, that’s his whole schtick. It doesn’t matter if there was no wrong-doing… the fact that there’s an investigation is all he needs. 

How would that declaration have played out? There was nothing illegal… that’s how our elections WORK. Legislators legislate based on MONEY and the pursuit thereof. 

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https://thehill.com/homenews/house/566479-clyburn-says-he-planned-to-stay-out-of-ohio-race-until-he-was-called-stupid 

 

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Representative Clyburn may not be stupid… but he sure thinks the American People are. That’s the BEST ANSWER he’s got, hurt feelings and THIN SKIN? 

IF ONLY they hadn’t gone and said bad things about a U.S. Representative, he might have stayed OUT of that particular election… the election that wasn’t even in his STATE. 

… right. 

He backed Nina Turner’s opponent because he didn’t want someone elected that would rock their BOAT. He wanted someone sympathetic to their cause. The status quo. Toe the LINE. Back to BRUNCH… there’s re-election campaigns to FUND. 

 

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It’s their cause. Their agenda. Senator Bernie Sanders has an (I) at the end of his name… the only thing Democrats LOVE about Bernie Sanders caucusing with their Party is his ability to FUNDRAISE. 

 

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https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/11/14/16640082/donna-brazile-warren-bernie-sanders-democratic-primary-rigged 

 

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/jim-clyburn-changed-everything-for-joe-bidens-campaign-hes-been-a-political-force-for-a-long-time/2020/03/30/7d054e98-6d33-11ea-aa80-c2470c6b2034_story.html 

 

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https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2020/01/13/election-2020-cory-booker-drops-out-leaving-democratic-field-less-diverse/4454654002/ 

 

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THIS is our Political System laid BARE. This is how the Political Infrastructure is RUN… and none of it is ILLEGAL. 

There is no “US vs. THEM” anymore. The Political Parties are UNITED. 

They work for the people who got them elected… 

THE DONORS. 

 

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https://www.huduser.gov/portal/pdredge/pdr-edge-frm-asst-sec-061118.html 

 

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https://www.bls.gov/opub/reports/minimum-wage/2020/home.htm 

 

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The majority of us don’t have the time necessary to spend absorbing every act undertaken by Congress; and how every piece of legislation for the last two-and-a-half years that has passed the House, has gone on to die a slow death in the Senate. Mitch McConnell says the Democrats hold a SLIM majority in the House, while Republicans in the Senate hold a SIGNIFICANT minority. 

Most people seem to forget… the Republicans held THREE BRANCHES for two years, and they only got ONE major piece of legislation PASSED. But my goodness… 

 

They sure did raise a lot of MONEY. 

 

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https://www.cbpp.org/research/federal-tax/fundamentally-flawed-2017-tax-law-largely-leaves-low-and-moderate-income 

 

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https://itep.org/55-profitable-corporations-zero-corporate-tax/ 

 

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What happens if 55% of us just don’t pay our taxes? This Country… and their agendas… would no longer exist. The American Middle Class is the MAJORITY. Every BAILOUT, HANDOUT, and SAFETY NET we’ve ever established has been FULLY FUNDED by the United States TAX PAYERS. Yet large corporations and dark money interests are allowed to write our legislation. They dictate to the legislators what legislation should be passed… 

 

If only the American People could afford their own LOBBYISTS. 

 

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What happens when our elected officials break the law? When I break the law, I go to JAIL. The Wheels of Justice simply turn. Officers from TWO CITIES AWAY came and took me into custody once for an outstanding, $150 moving violation.

But when it comes to Congressmen and their decisions, well… if we start doing that, it might lead to elected officials being held ACCOUNTABLE for their actions. Could you imagine… 

 

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https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/capitol-commission-republicans-arrests-b1891650.html 

 

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This is not a game for the MAJORITY of this Country, the law is nothing to be toyed with. Yet the previous Administration could pick and choose when they would IGNORE Congress and face no consequences for their actions… 

NO CONSEQUENCES. 

 

In a land rooted firmly in PRECEDENT. 

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Where will that lead us in the end. 

 

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The price of our INACTION will be measured in LIVES. 

 

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No matter how much we disagree, we all still fight for the SAME THING. Liberty. Justice. The American Way. How we go about securing those promises… that’s where we disagree, and that’s where monied interests play their hand. The last thing they want is The People UNITED behind a common cause. 

The system WORKS! On that we cannot disagree! The answers to our problems already EXIST… they’re being SILENCED by monied interests. 

 

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/01/12/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-pac-dccc-dues/ 

 

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https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2021/04/16/nancy-pelosi-house-speaker-book-susan-page-power-american-history/7231734002/ 

 

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In this Country, that honor should be EARNED… not seized. Granted, at the discretion of The People. Defended in rigorous DEBATE. 

In this moment, there is no debate. Among the party, leadership has SILENCED dissent. They say, ‘Look, we get it. There’s a bunch of legislation that YOU want us to pass, and there’s a bunch of legislation that WE wanna get passed… so let’s compromise. 

We’ll pass all that legislation that WE want to pass and THEN… at the END of the session… but even if we don’t have time to get all that done… be sure to DONATE to our re-election campaign…’ 

 

Besides, who else you gonna vote for… these guys? 

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If we continue working only to avoid worst-case scenarios, we might achieve our goals… but we will never know what we might have had, if only we had dared to TRY. Raising the bar will not produce failure, failing to demand BETTER is where we fail to succeed.

This is OUR Electoral System… so long as we allow it to BE. 

Absolute power corrupts. 

-JC