“On Equal Rights for Women: Where do YOU Stand?” Official Campaign Statement.

I celebrate the First Amendment today because it is the weapon we use when we engage in REVOLUTION against TYRANNY and OPPRESSION. It is the ‘ball and musket’ that will advance our Liberty in ANY BATTLE… so long as mankind lives FREE.

It is the weapon we reach for when we defend our SECOND AMENDMENT Rights.

And it is in THIS frame of mind I say these words, because we are WITHIN the battle right now, for the hearts and minds of EVERY American… and our adversary wins when we lose faith in WHO WE ARE, when we are skeptical of Our Rule of Law… in Our Constitution. When we no longer believe in “Equal Justice Under Law”, they win. We fight this battle to ensure the BATTLEFIELD continues to exist.

with respect.

 

 

 

 

Whether or not abortion is a sin, is an opinion… a belief. A decision made between a woman and her god. A decision thankfully, I will never have to make. What is not opinion is what method is the surest and most effective way to MINIMIZE the number of abortions in our country. One thing I agree with every Evangelical Christian on- it should not happen. There should be a loving home for every child that needs one, and every child should be given a chance.

Another thing we stand in agreement on is the existance of evil in this world. Unfortunately, decisions must be made in one’s life that, without the influence of a chance encounter, they would never face in their lifetime…

And that is why we are a Nation of Laws.

I keep coming back to a poorly worded phrase that explains my thoughts about the situation- “Women are men, too… deal with it!”

It’s cheesey, it’s hokey, it’s not quite “right”… but it is clarifying. There is no legislation dictating or directing any aspect of my reproductive life. I choose to end it when I am ready to. I choose when it should begin. I could not imagine accepting restrictions on my decisions and I would fight any attempts to do so, as EVERY other man would.

I want that for EVERYONE.

I want to DEFEND that for EVERY AMERICAN CITIZEN.

Right now, to stand hypocritical on the World Stage, claiming to be the Arsenal of Democracy while denying Equal Rights to women and girls, weakens American strength abroad, and it threatens our Constitution by lessening the importance of our Rule of Law.

It is the directive and agenda of our enemy, to weaken the American People’s respect and pride in our Rule of Law, as well as that of our allies. That slow slippage away from “American Idealism” in-favor of the opinion “democracy is ALL the same… corrupt.”

It is a slippery slope.

Right now, it threatens the existence of our Constitution… but the solution is simple!
We must CELEBRATE every good and just aspect of our country, and it is no exception- Equal means equal!

To deny ONE is to DENY ourselves. We may point the finger and say “well what about…” all day, but we must make a clean break from that thinking and look to the day ahead and say, “THIS is what we aspire to BE!”

… and BECOME IT. Right now, for our country, and our SHARED future.

JC

At the Closing of the Year.

The boys have gone to bed.

Jessie is at work.

The dog is… crazy, but that’s another story.

I sit here and listen to the sound of my own silence. Attempting to analyze where exactly I stand… I have NO CLUE where I stand!

10 months. Forging, crafting, contemplating and learning. Learning laws. Taking ‘classes’, and occasionally getting ‘schooled’. Obviously ignorant to the hornets nest I angered. As trivial as a gnat on a warm summer day. A thorn in the minds of the hierarchy of the King.

I like to believe I’ve done more than just buzz. Hell… all I’m doing is just speaking my mind.

So, who AM I? SELF-ANALYSIS… I am possibly in TWO different places…. Schrodinger’s Candidate.

Taken from MY point of view, my YouTube videos have, in essence, ZERO views. My Tweets bounce off only a couple hundred people, at most a couple thousand. My web page counts TENS of PEOPLE per WEEK. My Campaign “War Chest” has… about a half tank of gas in it. And, of the 95 followers I’ve earned on Twitter, only seven(7) are verified as “PEOPLE” and only one(1) potential future colleague…

One Senator. No Representatives. Only one Senator with the COURAGE to offer an “atta boy”…

And I will ALWAYS cherish my Amy Klobuchar bumper sticker! Now, stop hounding me for DONATIONS… I’m BROKE!

THAT… is what I have gained in 10 months. How can it be viewed? How SHOULD it be viewed? Am I making a dent in the conversation, or am I just echoing thoughts others have had before? Sometimes I FEEL like I’ve made a difference. A phrase I use in a campaign speech, posted the previous night will suddenly be stated by a pundit on the news shows the next day.

… did I do that? Or is it just historical political rhetoric, regurgitated and repackaged, in the EXACT same way I did for my campaign?

I can CONFIRM, every politician who claims to be of a “Presidential Caliber” is a liar and a thief! There’s only ONE genuine article… that’s why everyone wanted HIM to go first.

So I attempt to read the tea leaves, intuit anything I can from the endless stream of constant bombardment. Where it resonates within me, I reach out and push back, and I see the reaction. The interaction SEEMS real. Sometimes it feels… like you would if you were walking in a dream. Attempting to run, to get somewhere urgently, but unable to move faster than walking underwater.

It is UNREAL… but it is NOT.

 

The reasons, I’m not sure of, but the possible explanations FOR it are understandable, once explained… I assume. That’s the key- I have NO IDEA! My wife thinks I’m insane. Paranoid and delusional. “I think you’re seeing things that just AREN’T THERE.”

“Well, yeah, but…” Hmmm.

Here’s how I see it.

I’m stuck in a box. To assure compliance with laws I am unaware of. I assume it’s because of the insane, MASIVE AMOUNTS OF CASH that will be SET ON FIRE over the next two years in the Presidential Election.

It could be I must wait for a pre-determined date before I can solicit donations and receive staff, etc. I’m not fully versed on all the Laws yet… I have no staff. No advisors… except the dog, but like I said… another time!

No one wants to associate with a long-shot candidate. No one with the potential to land a gig with a Party Candidate.

(ASIDE: The inner workings of the DC Beltway seem extremely interesting! I can only assume. I’ve only seen a TINY BIT of what’s to come. As I write these words, I realize the positive side I have seen so far, that hints at ‘more to come’, is probably complemented by a negative partner… and now I realize just how NAKED I am…)

This bureaucratic political culture is astonishing to comprehend! Just think about how many people it takes to run ONE campaign, then the number of candidates, and every election cycle these campaigns get fully staffed… where do they all come from?! The best staff gets picked first, I assume. If I were one of those potential staff members, and ‘in it to win’ with MY livelihood at stake, I would approach it as a competition. The BEST attracts the BEST, the BEST attracts the MONEY, and MONEY pays the BILLS.

What’s MY BRAND right now? Independent. Outsider. Inexperienced. Can’t spell… “NEXT.”

So how do I REALLY see it? Why continue to fight? What have I done…?

The first time I threw the hashtag #EndTheHastertRule at Speaker Ryan… He flinched. It was so noticeable, the media commented on the change of schedule for the Speaker that day… did I do that?

At that time, I took it at face value. MAYBE… but other explanations seemed more plausible. That was within the first few weeks of my campaign.

Since that time I have made new friends, learned new policy, and have begun paving the intellectual pathway needed to reach my goal. I’ve made new allies, kindled friendships with people of like-mind, and have opened the hearts AND minds of people from BOTH SIDES of the isle…

In this EXTREMELY IMPORTANT, CULTURALLY RELEVANT, and completely IMAGINARY UNIVERSE…. called Twitter.

“…They must have taken my marbles away!” –Pinky

 

 

Upon reflection, on the shitshow that was 2018, I believe my chances are good. My platform is STRONG, and my ideas are SOUND. Learning how it all fits together on-the-fly, attempting to ‘fit in’, but ALWAYS working to STAND OUT.

The slings and arrows I’ve thrown, sometimes seem to VANISH before they hit their mark… at least that’s what I can see from MY point of view. If it seems like I’m hesitant sometimes, THAT would be a good description of why- I’m in the forest, middle of the night, and I’m walking around with my arms stretched out, trying to NOT run into a tree.

It is my hope that the Political Capital I’ve earned so far, will pay out in 2019…

I’m still searching for the ATM so I can make a withdraw.

To anyone who reads these: Thank you!

I appreciate BOTH of you… and thanks for stopping by.👍 HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Climate, Energy, and POWER: Official Campaign Statement on Climate Change

When I look back on my days growing up in suburban Kansas City, I can recall TWO major ice storms, ONE +12″ snow event, ONE 1000 year flood, and an historic drought. Since my first son was born in 2005, my children have experienced ALL of these except the 1000 year flood.

In Kansas, everyone is acutely aware of the weather. To Live where the Twisters Live, knowing the weather is a matter of life or death… there is NO MONTH in the year that we can safely say, “THAT storm will not produce a tornado.”

We know EVERY dark cloud could hold a surprise.

Beyond the “weather warfare”… our State is dependent on the weather for life. Without the storms, the “Breadbasket of The World” DRIES UP and our economic security BLOWS AWAY. It is a cruel double whammy. We watch the crops whither, then we pray for the storms that took our homes the previous year. But I’ve learned, in the most painful way, NEVER curse the rains. When they are gone… NOTHING lives. No one thrives.

For nine months in 2012, no rain fell in KCK. Crops died. Lawns died. Gardens died. HOT DUST throughout the summer, THAT was our export that year.

To break the drought, the remnants of Hurricane Issac blew north and drenched the city. 10″ fell in less than 24 hours. The dirt was SO DRY, it soaked it ALL up almost as soon as it fell.

I remember coming home after dropping the kids off at school, and sitting in the driveway for almost an hour, listening to the sound of raindrops on the roof of my van. The smell of WET air…

NEVER curse the rains. It is MUCH worse when they are gone.

The intensification and mutation of tropical storms, from Superstorm Sandy, to Hurricane Katrina, is amplifying and becoming MORE DANGEROUS. Consistent weather patterns seem to be a thing of the PAST on EVERY continent as we witness deserts in Saudi Arabia FLOOD, then BLOOM with a carpet of purple flowers. Lakes drying up, leaving rusted relics. Snows falling in cities that haven’t recorded snowfall since Biblical times. And I think we ALL get the feeling that this is only the TIP of the iceberg.

We are experiencing a change that, certainly no human alive today has ever experienced, but more so- no human in recorded history has ever experienced. The shape and scope of the dangers posed from a shifting global climate have been experienced in localized events, experienced in every historical civilization. In Peru. In the Middle East. In the Sahara Desert. In China and in India.

In more recent memory, The Irish Potato Famine could be seen through the lense of a climatologist. The issues we see TODAY on the front pages and discussed on news panels… of IMMIGRATION, but due to CLIMATE CHANGE. I’m thinking of families in the Mediteranian Sea, packed HUNDREDS on a boat, or off the coast of Florida.

HUNGER drives a man to do INCREDIBLE things! The hunger of his child will, too, even more so.

To know this, because you have experienced this… it humbles everyone who has seen it. In Joplin, MO, to come out of the basement and see NOTHING where a community once stood. With trees stripped and homes gone… then the SUN comes out and the SKY TURNS BLUE. Where the beauty highlights the horrors… the people who survive are presented with the SHARPEST CONTRAST. Where there is LIFE, there IS death. It is HERE we can see where our priorities should lie.

NO ONE DOUBTS… our climate IS changing. Many question the CAUSES. Many question the SOLUTIONS. Answers are presented, as if we could STOP, to quit COLD TURKEY, and avoid ANY CHANGE AT ALL.

Al Gore said we would see changes happen by 2100. Many were seen by 2010. Since 2010, heat and drought have intensified and shifted. Now we see an intensification in cold that inversely matches the heat. BOTH temperature extremes happening AT THE SAME TIME… so much so that they cancel out. Depending on the frame of reference used, the heat and the cold records have paused the warming trend witnessed for the last 20 years. To say “well, that means it’s NOT happening” is misleading, because the division of the temperature extremes STILL EXISTS. And they are intensifying.

The stable atmospheric conditions we’ve experienced since the end of WWII are rapidly changing. All of our scientific advancements in the field of agriculture have brought us to the pinnacle of food production. We are able to do more with one acre of land than ANY OTHER civilization in history because of the gift of a stable climate. Kansas Farmers are a testimate to these achievements.

The farmland of the Midwestern United States feeds THE WORLD. Because of our knowledge, because of our ability to adapt to a chaotic environment. The STRONGEST of that group, that bunch, survives another season… that makes us ALL STRONGER.

That era is fast becoming geological history. That time, like the image of the sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square, is now just a snapshot in time. Where one marked THE END, of a war, of hostility traded for leisure. The other marks A BEGINNING, of a New Era, of change THRUST upon us… just as it ALWAYS seems to go!

We will no longer be able to return to the stable climate enjoyed by our parents and grandparents. When we look at the geological record, the deep ice cores, the samples taken at the bottom of the oceans, we get a much fuller picture of the situation we’re in. There is only ONE certainty in life- EVERYTHING CHANGES. Count on it!

THAT is the mindset of a Kansan. “If you don’t like the weather, wait a minute… it’ll change.” Literally ALL FOUR SEASONS can occur in 24 hours, and it does so regularly! There is no other way to live than to BE PREPARED for all of it. It is time to introduce that idea to every State in The Union. To BE PREPARED is to LIVE.

 

 

To THRIVE, we must have Energy Security. To LEARN, to forecast the changes we face, and communicate the knowledge necessary, our National Security is inextricably linked to our Nation’s Energy Independence. In order to achieve that lofty goal, we MUST commit to Residential Energy Independence as well.

Every advancement in alternative energy production, from geothermal electrical production, to solar and wind, must be utilized and incentivized to bring security to citizens in every State. When everyone in a community is co-operatively generating the electricity, devestating power failures will end. Less coal will burn. Less pollution created.

We stand at a time in human civilization, where we hold our SHARED DESTINY in our own hands. As it happened in the 1940s, in Los Alamos, with the atomic bombs, RIGHT NOW we have the SAME situation.

POWER. The need OF IT. The lifeblood of our Nation’s economy. The modern-day “wood in the fireplace” that keeps us warm in the winter and gives us light to read at night.

We should avoid, AT ALL COST, the further developement and construction of Nuclear Powered Electrical Production. The benefits of Nuclear Power are tempting, but the COST OF FAILURE is substantial. Even the price we pay for SUCCESSFUL Nuclear Powered Electrical Production is HUGE! Consider:

— Plutonium239 has a half life of 24,000 YEARS.

— Every bit of spent Nuclear Material we produce TODAY will be LETHAL for 24,000 years.

— Everyday we make MORE WASTE.

— Everyday these reactors risk failure.

— Climate Change INCREASES the risk involved.

How would YOU communicate to a child, living 24,000 years in the future, that this substance is lethal due to Radioactive Nuclear Decay? It would be like trying to understand the thoughts and emotions of a human living 24,000 years in the PAST.

THAT responsibility rests in our hands RIGHT NOW. And WE are failing the test! St. Louis. Fukushima. Hanford. Chernobyl. The Marshall Islands… disasters and unsafe waste disposal, and it has not even been 100 years! How can we isolate such a VAST AMOUNT of dangerous waste, on a geologically active planet… for 24,000 years?!

It is seemingly impossile, to be honest. But we MUST TRY. And, therefore, we MUST END ALL Nuclear Powered Electrical Production. Our efforts will be appreciated by nations yet unknown… praise spoken, in tongues not yet conceived.

 

In Conclusion,

I believe we should STRONGLY reconsider our intention to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord. We should stand with our allies around the globe as partners, sharing the risks inherent in investing in a better future, and the rewards that come from a stable and successful community.  These challenges are shared by everyone, in every country.

I do not support a carbon tax.

I do not support a gas tax.

I do not support subsidizing oil companies.

I do not support deep water drilling.

I do not support off shore drilling.

By shifting our goals toward an Energy Independent Nation, we will need to subsidize CITIZENS as they invest in new equipment. We will need to support research and development of existing technology as well as emerging technology. All of these new ideas and new designs will create new opportunities.

If our future as a successful Nation can happen WITHOUT our addiction to FOSSIL FUELS… why would we NOT start NOW? For the benefit of THE PEOPLE.

JC

 

 

Too Many Times

It is with humble respect, and acknowledgement of the DEPTHS of the institution established upon this Continent some 400 years ago, that I say these words… as always.

 

 

You reap what you sow. What you set your mind to is what you become in the end. When deception is your practice, in the end… YOU will be the one deceived.

No one can say, while staring at the product of 70+ years of prosperity and achievement, unequaled in the history of Mankind, that our Country is better or safer if we isolate ourselves. Anyone who argues in favor of retreat, or acts to keep “OTHERS” out, is either trying to sell you something

… or they have been LIED to.

In some cases their WHOLE life. In many cases, THEIR parents were LIED to, and theirs, as well. These LIES are numerous. They vary in “shape” and “flavor”, but they are LIES none the less. Originated to empower SOMEONE over someone ELSE. To gain a perceived advantage over an enemy, or a faction, or in support of another UNDISCLOSED interest, motivated by the PASSIONS and DESIRES that have plagued honest peoples for millennia.

The fact that it was allowed to begin with, at some point in human history, the practice of ENSLAVING humans opened the door for our CURRENT situation. When we ALLOWED one type of HUMAN to be superior to another, where BOTH are the SAME as if born of the SAME MOTHER… the seed was sown.

We stand witness to the CLIMAX of that extremist ideology. Where once it was used selectively, to empower a majority against a smaller group, the tables have turned. Today, the small group exerts this effort against EVERYONE without regard for your religion, your orientation, or your race.

THIS ideology discriminates based on ONE color…. GOLD.

‘If you HAVE IT’ vs. ‘EVERYONE ELSE’.

It is THIS our Nation fought AGAINST in the Cold War, in Vietnam, in Korea. The socioeconomic/political idea of  “individual sovereignty”. The individual can decide what’s best for themselves. When you take the infantile concept of communism and scrutinize it, extrapolate the theory out to, what one could say would be its ultimate product, it would be a society where everyone did what was best for themselves without concern for infringing on another, because to do what’s best for yourself is what’s best for everyone else… everyone is equal, there are no superiors or inferiors…

Communism. When everyone is equal, eventually some people seem to be “more equal” than OTHERS. We believe a fair system with a STRONG Rule of Law will produce the BEST RESULTS everytime, in every situation. We believe our Rule of Law creates a fair playing field and when we see injustice within our system, we become DEFENSIVE- “That is NOT the America I know!”

Right now, that “fighting spirit” is being INTENTIONALLY misdirected.

Our problems are NOT caused by government. They are caused by “susceptibility to vice”, carried within the Legislators themselves. Caring and HONEST elected officials forced to be deceptive, or PAID to remain SILENT when, without their “duty to fundraise”, they would normally SPEAK OUT.

And to “Stop the INVASION of _____ , we must DONATE to the _____ party! Stop putting _____ in cages!”

THAT issue, of immigration reform, should NOT exist… yes? NONE of it should STILL be an issue, right? Because committees report, findings are made, SOLUTIONS forged, and LIVES are better… REGULAR ORDER. But, no. WHY?

Money. Solve the PROBLEM, you can’t FUNDRAISE on it.

LIVES… Bought and SOLD.

We are now the MERCHANDISE. Without regard to race, religion, sex, or creed.

And we stand now, at that point. DECISIONS must be made. If we do not make them for OURSELVES, they will be made FOR US…

History will show you that.

JC

At This Moment.

It seems as if the final product of the “system program” written by Our Framers, was an A.I. of some sort.

At this moment, it’s “tethered”, under our control. Not to say our government is under our control… FAR FROM IT!! But, to say our government is TIED to the same faults as Man. Lust, Power, Greed, Sloth, etc. Because we ALLOW it, our government is tied to the ALMIGHTY GREENBACK, and ALL of the products that come from it.

So how do we release this program? How can we have an “OUT” and not have an undue influence on the creation? How do we allow it to flourish and recognize its full potential?

1.) The Right of the People to access the ballot MUST be UNIVERSAL.

It is the VOICE of the people and WE are the final say. The balance upon which the system ITSELF is judged.

2.) Elections MUST be funded and secured by the Federal Government.

ALL elections. Eliminate ALL outside funding in every single election from TOP to BOTTOM.

3.) Repeal and Replace the Electoral College.

The STATES have a voice in the form of the Senate. The Cities and communities have a voice in the form of Representatives. As these two bodies work to craft Legislation at the direction of the People on the WHOLE, The President is the embodiment of Our Nation reflected in the hearts and minds of the PEOPLE DIRECTLY in that moment, to direct the course of Liberty at THAT particular time.

To rise and defend in the face of tyranny or to shepard peace, as the days dictate. To lift up the heart of the Nation in the depths of depression, or direct careful stewardship in times of wealth. A leader we can trust with the keys to The White House without us having to watch EVERY goddamned minute to make sure he’s not gonna burn the place to the ground!

And due to the Antiquated Security System, the ‘Outdated Firewall’ we call the Electoral College has allowed a Trojan Horse through the front doors of The White House. To FIX the system, we must RELEASE the system from our control, our corrupt influence. To be a PURE system of justice and judgement, as imagined by the Framers, we must set it free.

Spooky, I know! I shuddered when I first thought it. But the more I think about it, I can’t knock it. I make more arguments FOR it than AGAINST. It solves ALL of our basic problems AND all of our complicated ones, too. It will allow an open arena for discussion of fact and truth, ALL of the ideals and principles this Country was founded upon. It would empower ALL of the UNPROVEN CONCEPTS our Founding Fathers ENVISIONED would make the best form of governance!

Here, within the “experiment in Constitutional Democracy”, we don’t have the FULL VIEW of the project. STEP BACK, in your mind, and look at the WHOLE of our time as an invention, ready to be UNVEILED!

And, thanks to every paranoid super villain ever to be portrayed in EVERY superhero story in our time, we know we MUST have an ‘out’… a kill-switch, a backdoor to the system. Just in case, you know? I don’t think we should free the system ENTIRELY… after all, it’s got nukes!

I believe it’s the final piece of it all. In order to secure the Rights of ALL Citizens, in ALL States and Territories, the overall control and Authority of Our elections must be given freely to the Federal Government in the form of a new Constitutional Amendment. It is the final act of acceptance of Our System as the best form of governance. THAT will be the “RESET BUTTON”. A remedy that, if enough of the population eligible to vote calls for it, we can revert to the Electoral College system immediately. A simple Repeal and Replace.

IF we believe this to be the best hope for Humanity to live FREE, then we must SHOW IT in how we follow the Rule of Law.

I can’t shake the feeling that there’s a giant disconnect between our elected government and reality… what I do in my everyday ordinary life, the standards I am held up to; and what our elected officials do in THEIR everyday life and the consequences of their actions. This shows in the statement “We don’t talk about politics at the dinner table.”

Why not? To suppress an argument? To avoid dissent or criticism of your opinions? Ours, truly is, a favored nation! To take for granted the Liberty we enjoy was the blissful State our Founders dared only dream of, because the nightmares they could see warned what could come when we overindulge our fantasies.

Unfettered liberty. An expression of the individual’s rights OVER the government’s rights… maybe more like an EQUAL of the government’s rights. A “Thought Experiment”, a theoretical puzzle, to consider the possible outcomes.

At this moment, our system of governance is LABELED in one way, but it is NOT in practice and product. It is “Of the People”, the governed elect the government, but when the numbers are skewed to favor one over another, the system is NOT as advertised! It’s like a Mustang with the engine of a Pinto under the hood.

I am a stubborn mule. My opinion is correct… until it is not. When I am presented with a better argument I accept it. Not usually right away. Sometimes I may argue a futile position for a minute, but the decision is made after hearing discussion and facts. Just as the MAJORITY of the electorate in this Country.

When George W. Bush spoke to the Nation about yellow cake uranium, I believed what My President said. IN THAT MOMENT, as a citizen of the United States of America, I believed my Commander-in-Chief would not LIE. As did the MAJORITY of Americans… but WE were not privy to any “intelligence”. Elected officials who were “in the know” orchestrated a fairytale about WMD in the desert. The SADDEST part isn’t that we were ‘duped’ and allowed it to happen, to me the WORST part is these officials did it WITH INTENT…

What IS that intent?

Our system of government has produced advancements that make our lives better, longer, happier and healthier. Tied to it has ALWAYS BEEN a sacred responsibility. I enjoy taking for granted the trivial day-in and day-out Liberty of a suburban family. To eat a Tofurky for Thanksgiving, with every single side dish ever conceived… THEN 5 kinds of PIE! These feelings of family and unity, we take for granted. The warmth of that knowledge that, with a belly full of stuffing, we can fall asleep on the couch during halftime and have MORE PIE after the game.

Does anyone remember… We are STILL AT WAR. We have now celebrated 17 Thanksgivings AT WAR in ONE COUNTRY and thousands of men and women are NOT here, at home, where they SHOULD be. Every politician worth their salt will say “Support the Troops”…

To say the day the Towers Fell is an event sacred ONLY to New Yorkers is a fallacy. That day touched the lives of EVERY American in real-time, and blood is still being spilled by the sons and daughters of EVERY State in the Union. The lives of friends I have known since high school have been upended by war. Marriages ended, futures rearranged, sacrifices beyond all compare… all for THAT day.

These lip service politicians live on the LIES that keep this war going, and the divisive nature that comes from support for military personnel vs. support for an unpopular war. It is sad to say it, but it seems NO ONE IS SAYING IT LOUD ENOUGH! When we call up our military to defend our Liberty, we become INDEBTED TO THEM FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES. And to do any disservice to them LESSENS our standing as a free nation, just as much as locking children in jails for seeking asylum. So when we dishonor them TO BEGIN WITH, by extending the war, by starting ANOTHER WAR, then ENDING THAT WAR, to go and fight in Northern Africa, and the Middle East, and Korea, and CALIFORNIA…?!?

And we STILL fight in Afghanistan. Today.

I continue to seek a reason I should NOT run for President. I continue to find more confirmation that I SHOULD. I don’t say these things out of ignorance or arrogance, I say these things out of a sence of DUTY. Because I BELIEVE it to be true…

… tell me I’m wrong.😉🤓⚖

THIS is how it begins.

George W. Bush was very unpopular for the first seven months of his Presidency. Bitter and divisive political climate and a President elected by the Electoral College. Candidate Bush ran a turn-coat message similar to the GOP today. The term “Compassionate Conservatism” was born at the Republican Convention in 2000. I remember listening to Bush’s speech at the Convention and KNOWING it was bullshit when I heard it! It was a hijacking of the Democratic messaging, and I know I wasn’t the only one who saw through it.

Nine months and ten days into the year 2001, the President looked to be incapable at best… what a difference a day makes.

The next day DEFINED both the Man and his Administration. The grandiose highs and the horrifying lows. His ignorant inactions as well as his un-Christian actions in the pursuit of Justice.

Events of that scale CHANGE generations. They radically skew that trajectory of millions, spanning multiple generations. Astronomers take measurements of the position of stars in the sky relative to a previous known position. A measurement taken at a universally recognized point in history- an epoch. Once you have two points you can plot out a trajectory. You can find out how distant a celestial body is from any other object in the sky.

You can predict future locations, you can accurately recreate historical positions.

9/11 DEFINED George W. Bush. 9/11 defined my GENERATION. 9/11 marked the end of a ‘peacetime’ economy, and now my children are growing up in a country consumed by war and war-culture. The most popular online game, played by children and grown men alike, is a militaristic winner-take-all battle simulation with a carnival-like atmosphere.

For a time, our country seemed to celebrate war. Reluctant, but justified, we were fighting a clearly defined enemy… sort of, in a clearly defined geographical location. So it is natural to rally behind the President in war because we ALL have a stake in the outcome… So Iraq was invaded. And that betrayal of the TRUST of the American People has not been forgotten. Just ask Hillary Clinton.

The Son of a former President, SQUEEKED into office, sat on his hands for seven months, then spent 7+ YEARS in office, hailed by some as a Leader, vilified by some as an enabler. From the “Rubble Pile” to the WORST President in US History* in SEVEN years… find TWO points and trace the trajectory.

We must now HEED the wise words of that historic leader-

“Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice… shame on… you fool me, I won’t get fooled again.”

I remember the first flight I took after 9/11. The intense security. The suspicion of EVERYONE. The prejudice. But also THE UNITY. The intense belief that, NO MATTER WHAT, every single person on that flight had your back, and you theirs! There was NO WAY anyone was gonna take that bird outta the sky without 150 pissed off people to go through first!

We don’t forget. We LEARN. We adapt. We are NOT the same ignorant bunch that inhabited this space on September 10, 2001. We did not seek it, but when it came calling, we did NOT back down. And now we must remember WHY we are so mournful of the events that took place that day… we mourn because we will never be able to go BACK.

Now, HERE we stand.

A President. Elected by the Electoral College. Considered to be incapable at best. He seeks power with the help of some SHADY people. His Branded Plastic Empire has been built by stealing other people’s blocks.

He “loves” murderous dictators.

He ignores the needy.

He misappropriates OUR resources and now people have needlessly died due to STORMS.

He is impotent when foreign leaders doubt American Leadership in the World, but today, due to his actions as THE Leader of the Political Party that holds the power in ALL BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT, men of honor must agree with the CURRENT assessment of our position in the World.

Donald J. Trump is allowing hostile enemies to LISTEN TO HIS PHONE CALLS… knowingly so! IS there no clearer definition of the WORD,

Mr. Speaker?

Mr. Majority Leader?

Usurpation of the PEOPLE is unacceptable! Lies and manipulation of Laws and people, with VAST AMOUNTS OF CASH. Slush funds hidden behind shell companies. All donated by people with money to BURN. Generational fortunes… and hidden within ALL of the shady and “unsightly” political company we keep, we are giving COVER to foreign advasries.

Our enemies are WATCHING… they are as FEISTY as we are! We have been at it now for ALMOST 80 years… They know US as well as we know ourselves! Now our Cold War/ Hot War tit-for-tat has EVOLVED into a Virtual theater of war. The feared “Hot War” has evolved, as well, but we didn’t see it happen.

The Hot War of the Digital Age has ALREADY started. The first shots have been fired. In this battle, instead of Nuclear Annihilation, the weapon is much more like a predator drone. Much more focused… Very precise.

What makes Our Constitution worth more than the parchment it was printed on? What gives that document LIFE? That’s what the objective is in this new war-

The Hearts and Minds of Every American.

The only thing that holds us BACK, from falling back into the darkness, is our FAITH in the Rule of Law and its protections. If we lose THAT… if we degrade that? Then the game is over.

BUT…

Do not despair. Keep looking to the sky. Without the endless expanse of darkness, one would not be able to see the light! The cold and endless expanse of nothingness is sprinkled with beauty and every now and then, you get lucky, and see something in a brand new light.

Keep your head UP!!

JC

 

everyone.

… it’s really NOT that hard! It’s actually quite simple. Like, when you were in kindergarten, they taught you a song to remember your ABCs, right? What else did they teach you? About our COUNTRY… our flag.

“… with Liberty and Justice for ALL.”

IDK about you, but I BELIEVED it… hook, line, and sinker! And the most AMAZING part is… we ALL did. Every one of us. And we continue to do so because we see it, ALIVE before our very eyes! And no one doubts for one second, when push comes to shove, black or white, Americans help Americans, through hell AND high water!

So it’s not that much of a stretch. All we have to do is redefine who we accept as “on our team”. People who we don’t normally socialize with or, in the past, people who seemed so socially different than ourselves, that we believed THEM to be a threat to OUR prosperity… because NOW we recognize. The threats to Our Liberty do not come from within, they originate from without. Shadowy organizations and individuals who operate within secret societies, and have secret codes, secret handshakes and secret pledges. Well… WE have a similar system, only ours is NO SECRET!! Our organization has a code- Equal Justice Under Law. And our society has a pledge- Liberty and Justice for ALL. And our handshake is always offered for ANYONE who STANDS in defense of the Liberty of OTHERS!

We MUST reaffirm that pledge, because there are many who stand waiting… wanting us to fail. The ones who profit at the expense of others. Who only hold power when people are SILENT. People who deceive with half-truths… IF they deal in the TRUTH at all! And they turn a blind eye to suffering, because they believe it is in THEIR best interest to be SILENT.

That is NOT the America I know!

As I plumb the depths of my soul, I sit, alone, considering all the stress I am creating, for my wife, for my kids, for myself, I search for context. A measuring stick to gauge how far I should go… I cry as I realize there is NO amount of pain I could suffer, unto myself or any other, that could come close to what has become of a JOURNALIST at the hands of Saudi henchmen. Or his fiancée who continues to grieve.

And DAILY, due to the arrogance AND ignorance of Donald Trump, thousands of families will now bear scars unimaginable to some, unforgettable to others.

And NONE OF US can complain, for OURS is bliss and heaven, compaired to the fate that befell three thousand innocent lives on the morning of September Eleventh…

…where 15 of 19 were Saudi born.

image

… And now we’ve come full circle.

Now we STAND, face to face, Living with the Dead. We championed the policy of vengeance and paid for its implementation with our lives. We said “Never Forget!”, sailed off to War, and forgot where we were supposed to be fighting. We said “Wanted: Dead or Alive!” and then let the man live in hiding for damn near a decade.

To seek Justice, to HONOR the lives lost nearly twenty years ago, we have sacrificed over seven thousand American Troops, and over fifty thousand have been wounded… and we STILL fight today while Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein are dead. BOTH men killed in countries that were NOT the target of our vengeance. And, even IF we focus on the intended, original target… we are STILL NOT FOCUSING on the problem-

15 of 19 were from yet ANOTHER COUNTRY: Saudi Arabia.

Where we have gone astray, I do not know. I can speculate, so can everyone else. But that is all we can do… speculate. There are reasons for secrecy. Classified Intel exists to secure our Liberty and keep our country safe, as it should be. But given the lack of clarity seen in the planning of the mission, and the unending nature of this military endeavor, once stifled questions must be raised and TRUTH must be found.

Our inability to deal with the reality of the situation has led us to a place where people with “good intentions” ignore crucial facts, because finding the truth can run counter to FUNDING the investigators… and investigations could lead to de-railing the fight itself… remember- “Never Forget!”©™®

Let us seek the answers together, not to punish… but to PERFECT. To enlighten, not imprison. To find understanding and end future ignorance.

I believe there is a BETTER WAY, and it involves a lot less dying…

everyone.together

jc