The Case FOR The People

I hear what they’re saying… free tuition for ALL, free healthcare for ALL, debit forgiveness… They want to give away the STORE! To please you… to please “THEM”… to please ME.

But how many times have they promised us THE MOON, then stuck US with the bill on a $400 HAMMER? Talked about being greeted as “liberators”, only to be kicked out by THEIR elected government.

Assuring us that there WAS WMD… but they must have DISPOSED of it.

All of them are clambering around to take a shot at the “Big Banks” and “Big Tech” and “reign in Wall St.” Just as they did after 2008? Statutes and regulations passed, then slowly degraded through DE-FUNDING, eroding protections, issuing fines that amount to “pocket change” when (and IF) laws are found to be broken… actions taken by elected officials BEHOLDEN to the SAME entities for THEIR re-election. It is a COLD HARD TRUTH-

MONEY DECIDES OUR ELECTIONS.

After the Speakership of Paul Ryan ended, for the FIRST TIME in 10 years The House held a hearing on GUN VIOLENCE. For 10 years, The House did NOT actively investigate solutions to PREVENT GUN DEATHS. The Dickey Amendment forbids the CDC to FUND RESEARCH into PREVENTING GUN DEATHS… while the NRA spent over $30 MILLION in the 2016 election, donating to re-elect politicians loyal to their FUNDS.

In 2009, our elected officials passed the TARP Act to “bail out” the banks. Most news outlets did not call out the fact that these institutions were INSURED… on top of the bailout, they were REIMBURSED for their losses.

… my mortgage is STILL underwater.

Donald Trump inflated the value on a $20 MILLION property to over $200 MILLION in an attempt to secure a loan to buy a FOOTBALL TEAM.

Meanwhile I couldn’t write off snow tires as a work expense for my wife, a PEDIATRIC INTENSIVE CARE NURSE who was designated a critical team member, required to show up during ANY natural disaster… guess I need a better TAX MAN.

 

In 2003, when my wife and I purchased our home, we knew the school district wasn’t the best, but we hoped we could rehabilitate our house and turn it into a profit, then move somewhere with better schools before our kids reached that age. The housing market has not returned to where it once was, and the schools have not improved.

We decided the work on our house could wait, and we enrolled our boys in a private school. It’s NOT EASY… financially speaking. But not everyone HAS that option! Many families are STUCK with whatever their elected officials provide for education. Elected officials, who are influenced by the FUNDS of wealthy groups who have earned their wealth… in PRIVATE, FOR-PROFIT EDUCATION.

History books are compiled and decided, curriculum, accountability, and standards decided by appointees… appointed by elected officials, BEHOLDEN TO FUNDRAISING.

The DONOR over the VOTER.

The people on the ballot, when it comes time for us to vote, are there because they were the BEST FUNDRAISER. At the beginning, in the primaries, in the LOCAL race for State Rep or State Atty General. MONEY decided who COULD run, and ultimately who DID run.

Look now at the Democratic Primary Debates. The idea of FUNDRAISING deciding who should have the HONOR of addressing the PEOPLE… couldn’t they have just as easily employed a polling/survey method of SOME type?

“If you want your VOICE to COUNT, you better throw in a BUCK!”

INSERT ISSUE HERE ______. IF a politician can manipulate a particular issue in such a way that it motivates DONORS to DONATE to the PARTY, then that issue will NOT BE RESOLVED. It will continue to be “on the verge ” of being “taken away” or you will be “forced to submit” to it ANY DAY NOW…

“… so you’d better throw in a BUCK!”

 

The question is… are we ready to DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT?

The system WORKS, so well in fact, the FATAL FLAWS within it have become OBVIOUS to anyone of GOOD FAITH. We must make a CHOICE.

We can either fundamentally alter our system in an attempt to legislate a solution to every possible flaw that could arise, while continuing to correct mistakes AFTER they have presented themselves…

OR

We can CHANGE the way we CHOOSE the people we elect to represent us. Ensure the VOTERS have the ultimate say in EVERY STEP of the election process…

 

From PRIMARY ELECTION to GENERAL ELECTION.

WE FUND THE CANDIDATES.

Every Federal election.

EVERY time.

 

Give EVERY candidate EQUAL ACCESS to election funding and the press, and debates will focus on solutions to issues, not stoking fear and anger… pointing fingers instead of TAKING ACTION.

Any candidate who runs on a platform like that will be CLEARLY exposed by full public scrutiny… of their message, of their policies and positions… and without the filter of DARK MONEY. FUNDS donated by people who might prefer it if… SOME people didn’t know they were donating to such a cause. Groups and individuals who DONATE to campaigns on BOTH SIDES, expecting to buy influence with whomever wins the election… because the POLITICAL PARTIES need money, too.

 

Over the course of the last 16 MONTHS of this campaign, I’ve posted 100 entries here on my website and Tweeted over 15,000 Tweets, clarifying my position on every topic, from Kavanaugh to Parkland. From disenfranchisement in Georgia to disenfranchisement in Dodge City, Kansas. I’ve attempted to be OPEN and HONEST about my positions and have encouraged folks to press me for clarification if needed and will continue to do so. Even though it could be seen as a political cop-out, ducking and dodging policy positions so as not to be tied down to ONE position over the OTHER… I question the entire PREMISE OF THE DEBATE on EVERY ISSUE being tossed around right now. The desire of every candidate to pin down EVERY position on EVERY issue seems premature…

Don’t forget, the United States Senate is where good legislation goes to DIE.

The president ALONE does NOT make the Law. Where do these Senators expect to find the bi-partisan support necessary to FUND all of these campaign promises? BILLIONS on Trump’s wall… TRILLIONS on tuition forgiveness?

What about the SYSTEMIC PROBLEMS that have created the ASTRONOMICAL COST of secondary education? And the financial institutions left unchecked to take advantage of the unsuspecting and vulnerable?

A Band-Aid won’t fix the KNIFE IN OUR BACK… and back ’round we go again, back to the attack on the MAIN financial tool middle class Americans have relied on for the last 75+ years for our social advancement- INCREASING HOME EQUITY. Homeowners can only do SO MUCH to make that happen. A large part of it relies on the UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT to do it’s part by making communities SAFER and keeping INFRASTRUCTURE up-to-date and IN GOOD REPAIR, among MANY others.

The NEXT President of The United States should NOT be the candidate who says, “I went out and listened to what ORDINARY AMERICANS have to say.” The next President of The United States should already know what’s on the mind of Ordinary Americans… because THAT’S WHO THEY ARE. Because MY SURVIVAL is tied directly to YOURS.

WE are the BALANCE upon which the entire system is judged…

What do we want our government to LOOK LIKE?

WHO should our government work FOR?

 

Is our system what we want it to BE? Remove the CORRUPTION and restore HONOR in governance… and we will discover how much MORE our system of governance can BE.

THE PEOPLE, and their UNIVERSAL ACCESS to the ballot, become the SECURITY SYSTEM protecting our Constitutional Democracy. Ensuring FAIR and EQUAL REPRESENTATION, based NOT on DOLLARS… but on EACH OTHER.

 

ONE CITIZEN= ONE VOTE

 

We MUST End The Electoral College.

 

 

JC

 

A Day of Remembrance

 

Today I had to teach my kids that our nation’s history books are created by a panel of people nominated by ELECTED OFFICIALS, who are dependent upon FUNDRAISING. That’s the ONLY REASON I could come up with… to explain WHY I was not told the story of June 19, 1865. To explain why I had never heard the phrase Juneteenth.

 

 

Today the House Judiciary took the FIRST STEPS in a process to understand what we need to do, as a NATION, to heal the wounds cause by the GOVERNMENT SANCTIONED practice of SLAVERY. An institution that has caused GENERATIONAL DAMAGE to Americans of African Descent, and has lessoned the HONOR of our Constitution.

HR 40 would establish a Presidential Commission to investigate what must be done to make amends for injustices enabled by OUR Rule of Law. To HEAL, we must first CLEAN THE WOUND. We must find the answers so we can move FORWARD TOGETHER, and solve the injustices we continue to see LIVESTREAMED by on-lookers and by-standers.

 

 

They do these things to CITIZENS of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA! TODAY… black people. TOMORROW…

STAND UP and SPEAK OUT! When you STAND UP and defend the rights of others, you defend those rights for YOURSELF. The ONLY WAY to ensure your rights is to ensure them FOR US ALL.

I believe the practice of slavery was horrifying, as do the MAJORITY of Americans. Let us find the path to UNDERSTANDING. To ACKNOWLEDGE the sins of our PAST, RESTORE JUSTICE in the hearts and minds of ALL CITIZENS, and TEACH OUR CHILDREN why we remember and WHY we must NEVER FORGET.

To establish our intention and demonstrate our RESOLVE, I believe we should establish Juneteenth as a Paid Federal Holiday, and dedicate it as a day of remembrance and a celebration of the expansion of Liberty.

… I don’t need the conclusions of a commission to determine THAT.

 

JC

 

“The Case Against The President”

I’ve just posted the first installment of a new series of videos detailing the story laid out in the Special Counsel’s Report. More videos to come, detailing the evidence and the implications found within THE MUELLER REPORT.

… STAND UP for the Rule of Law!

JC

 

“The Case Against The President: Part 1, The HEART of the Matter”

 

 

Official Campaign Statement: Celebrating Our First Year and First Campaign Interview.

Even though May 15, 2018, is the signature date at the bottom of the political organization’s founding documents, the decision was made on February 17, 2018. In my HEART, that is the date I began this journey, regardless of the date the paperwork was filed.

As the official anniversary of the campaign approaches, I am excited to share a link to my FIRST CAMPAIGN INTERVIEW-
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2020 Election: Meet the Candidates with Paul Duddridge

 

Despite the technical issues, we had a great conversation on several topics, including the border wall, campaign finance, the Equal Rights Amendment, and ending the Electoral College. Mr. Duddridge is an avid supporter of Trump’s policies and agenda, but it was good to see that COMMON SENCE is alive and well!

No matter where our opinions fall within the political paradigm, we ALL seem to agree on ONE THING- Remove the CORRUPTION in our elections, and the system will better serve THE PEOPLE.

For more information on press availability, or clarification on any specific issues I have not yet addressed, feel free to drop me a line and I will make every effort to address your concerns. As DONATIONS start to roll in, I plan on taking this show on the road! As dates and locations become available, I will post them HERE and also on Twitter. And, as always…

ANY help given is GREATLY appreciated!

Help me AMPLIFY my message! DONATE.

Eye of the Beholder

“What we’ve got here is… failure to communicate.”

— Captain, Cool Hand Luke

 

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Cover page of the SCO report, released April 18, 2019. credit: The Daily Gazette.

 

 

On Thursday, April 18, 2019, the Special Counsel’s Office released their report on Russian interference in the 2016 US elections. For weeks preceding the release, the president, the GOP, the Attorney General of the United States, the president’s legal counsel, and MANY MORE have said the report exonerated the president. “NO COLLUSION! NO OBSTRUCTION!” To anyone who believes this:

I urge you to READ THE REPORT.

Take to the task with the frame of mind of proving the people who believe what’s in the report, wrong. DEDICATE yourself to understanding EVERY ASPECT of what is in Volume #1 of the report. Because it lays out in a STEP-BY-STEP, PERSON-BY-PERSON timeline, who knew WHAT, and WHEN they knew it.

It becomes PAINFULLY OBVIOUS that Donald Trump has been LYING.

EVERY person interviewed by the Special Counsel, people who surrounded Trump during the campaign and during the transition, ALL of them were AWARE of Russia’s desire to help Trump win the election. EVERY campaign staff member made it CLEAR, to anyone reaching out on behalf of, or directly from the Russian government, any communication was BUSINESS ONLY. And EVERY person interviewed was certain that Trump WAS NOT INVOLVED…

EVERY person interviewed said so.

EVERY person said Trump DID NOT KNOW they had communicated with Russians, or if he did know, it was in conjunction with the “Trump Tower: Moscow” project that was ONGOING through June 2016. The project that he LIED ABOUT publicly when he said he had no business with Russia.

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Volume #1, page 171.

ABOVE: THIS was the internal response of the President-elect’s team after President Obama announced the United States would impose sanctions on Russia for meddling in our elections. A CLEAR disregard for ESTABLISHED LAW, honored by BOTH SIDES OF THE ISLE.

THEY KNOWINGLY WORKED AGAINST THE ORDERS OF A SITTING PRESIDENT

CLEARLY, people within the campaign were ACTIVELY seeking to work with the Russians. Attempts were made by the President-elect’s STAFF to conduct BUSINESS with a FOREIGN ADVERSARY,

But NOT the President-elect… HEAD of the Campaign. 

 

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Volume #1, page 156.

 

EVERY person interviewed made sure to express the fact that Donald Trump did NOT communicate with Russia and he was unaware of their attempts. All while communicating via word-of-mouth, or via encrypted private communications apps that don’t save messages intentionally.

 

NO PHYSICAL EVIDENCE! NO COMMUNICATIONS!

 

“… so what? It’s just dirt on a rival campaign. Besides, they’d NEVER BEEN in government before. THEY DIDN’T KNOW THE LAW.”

What they were offered, and what they sought, is an abstract concept. They were seeking INFORMATION… DATA. They were seeking “something of value” for their campaign, that was known to be illegal- STOLEN EMAILS. To BOOST their chances of winning an election. Be it an endorsement or assistance, a political campaign must account for services provided with a monetary value. DIRT ON OPPONENT seems like a “something of value” to me. And campaign finance laws, though they are HORRIBLY insufficient, are there to protect OUR DEMOCRACY. Products of lessons learned, from the corruption of our PAST.

We must consider this ALL in context… we’re speaking about DONALD J. TRUMP. His former lawyer testified before Congress that he would do ANYTHING to win. He was running for the HIGHEST OFFICE in a land, GOVERNED BY the RULE OF LAW. To suggest he is ignorant of the law seems… a stretch. ESPECIALLY when weighed TOGETHER with ALL THE EVIDENCE.

Which leads me to a sticky situation. One year ago, knowing this would be necessary, I began my campaign for the OFFICE. Knowing who Donald J. Trump was, I knew the only way ANYONE would be allowed to call him out on ANYTHING that he has done, would be OFFICIALLY… within the CONSTITUTIONALLY PROTECTED and PUBLICLY VIEWED political arena. AS AN ADVERSARY in RHETORICAL BATTLE.

AS A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

As an EQUAL, seeking the HONOR of serving THE PEOPLE.

And in THIS light… I frame my battle. NOT against Donald J. Trump. He is a PRODUCT OF THE PROBLEM. He is THE BEST EXAMPLE I CAN USE TO DEMONSTRATE WHY WE NEED 100% TAX PAYER FUNDED ELECTIONS, but he can just as easily be substituted with GWB, or Nixon, or Clinton (both). The CORRUPT influence of FUNDRAISING, creating laws favoring DONORS over VOTERS, enforcing laws based on WEALTH instead of guilt or innocence, brings us NOW… to this point.

We are ALL faced with a CHOICE.

I seek the POWER of the OFFICE, to ensure it REMAINS the OFFICE OF THE PEOPLE. Not to WEAKEN it, not to CHANGE it, but to CLARIFY and FULLY DEFINE it. Without deference to PARTY or POLITICAL IDEOLOGY, with DEDICATION TO UNION, and our SHARED, COMMON-GOOD. Because I believe in the WILL of the American People.

 

And that means we STAND UP FOR EQUAL JUSTICE UNDER LAW!

EVERY CITIZEN.

Every time.

Just as the story goes, if you don’t stand up for the rights of others, someday you will stand ALONE. When you DEFEND the rights of others, you DEFEND those rights for YOURSELF! It hardly seems fair to allow someone who has NO RESPECT for the OFFICE HE HOLDS, to remain there and avoid accountability for his actions. Just consider the idea of MANDATORY MINIMUM SENTENCING for POSSESSION.

The problems we face CAN BE SOLVED when we STAND united, AS EQUALS. When the sign on the door says “Equal Justice Under Law” and we STILL don’t enforce it EQUALLY for all citizens, it is not what it appears to be. And that DOUBT in our CONSTITUTION makes us weak. Benefiting only ONE MAN. We, the PEOPLE, must CUT THE STRINGS on HIS PUPPET.

WE DECIDE WHAT OUR GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE! We decide, because we are the balance upon which the system resides, we choose what we will see.

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What do YOU SEE… faces or a vase?
The Sonoma Marin Fair Hosts Annual Ugliest Dog Competition

I’ll bet there’s a spot on his body that will make his leg kick if you scratch it JUST RIGHT… and someone who KNOWS where it is.

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WHO’S THE CRIMINAL HERE?

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WHO’S THE CRIMINAL HERE?

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… who’s the criminal HERE?

 

 

What IF the ‘DIRT ON OPPONENT’ was ‘A BAG OF WEED’?

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A BAG OF WEED. credit: The First Amendment.

 

When looking to purchase a bag of weed, it is NOT advisable to walk up to someone who is suspected of possessing it, and exclaim, “Good day, kind sir! I am looking to PURCHASE SOME MARIJUANA. Would you have ANY FOR SALE? HERE IS SOME CASH…”

Everyone knew the Russians had what they were seeking. The staff asked around, they emailed people they thought might be close to someone, who ‘knew someone’ in Putin’s circle… but strictly about “BUSINESS”! Not… you know. (wink)

 

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Volume #1, page 138.
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Volume #1, page 139.

 

“… using CODED LANGUAGE about a conversation he had that day.” Hmmm….

Does anyone remember THIS?-

 

On July 27, 2016, during an interview on CBS while at the REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION, Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort was asked for CLARIFICATION 1:59 into the interview: “So to be CLEAR, Mr. Trump has no FINANCIAL RELATIONSHIPS with any Russian Oligarchs.”

His response, after stuttering and stumbling, fighting to find the right words:

“That’s what he said…. That’s obviously our position.”

 

… I think you’d have to be HIGH to believe THAT.

 

STAND UP for EQUAL JUSTICE UNDER LAW.

End The Electoral College.

JC

As We Cross Another April

I spent the day in Jefferson City, MO, standing up with many other feminists to demand that the Missouri Legislature bring the Equal Rights Amendment up for a vote. With only ONE MORE STATE needed for a Constitutional Amendment, Missouri has the chance to be THE STATE that puts it over the top!

Thank you to Erica Benson for organizing the event, and to MO Sen Jill Schupp and MO Rep Judy Morgan for sponsoring the ERA on this SECOND ATTEMPT at ratification. Everyone who believes in Equal Justice Under Law should DEMAND Equality for Women and Girls… what’s more American than EQUALITY?

Ever hopeful, I prepared a speech before the event, and since it didn’t come up, I’d like to share it here. I believe the historical parallels can help provide us with guidance… because we have seen this all before, and we know how it CAN go. Had I been given the opportunity, this is what I would have said-

 

 

As We Cross Another April

I’ve come here from the FREE STATE, the Great State of Kansas, as a self-appointed representative of the thirty-seven States that have already voted for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, with a MESSAGE for the remaining thirteen-

The war, is over! Today… NOT tomorrow. HERE is where we have drawn the line here, is where we make our stand… UNITED!

Because we have SEEN where division goes. We have seen where entrenchment leads… we’ve built monuments of granite and marble to stand as reminders.

Four score and seven years ago, the ideology of FEAR and DIVISION rose to power in Europe: the Nazi Party became the Majority, giving rise to a new leader.

We are now engaged in a new struggle, testing once again if ours is TRULY a Just Nation. Today, we are gathered in one of the LAST vestiges of our Civil War, just north of the Mason-Dixon Line, in the birthplace of the Missouri Compromise. It is altogether fitting and proper that, the renewed hope for the Equal Rights Amendment has brought us to this place, for as we struggle to recognize Equality for Women and Girls, we must also remember the unfulfilled promises made to Men and Women of Color, who CONTINUE to struggle for the SAME… long after Equality was ratified.

It is for us here today, to be dedicated to the unfinished work that so many have fought for and have thus far so nobly advanced. It is these principles that are born within the hearts of ALL humanity. That we are ALL created Equal, endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights. It is the basic compassion within us ALL that moves us to STAND UP and DEFEND the Rights of others. We must remember the stories, taught to us by our Great- and Grand-parents:

NO APPEASEMENT.

Stand FIRM for what’s Right.

STAND UP for the Rule of Law.

Yes, the path is long and yes, this struggle is draining, but today, OURS is a BATTLEFIELD of WORDS. We must remember, those words have all of the impact of a DIGITAL BULLET… because they can strike the HEART, and motivate the MIND.

So we must be dedicated to the great task before us. We must HONOR those who have been lost and take increased devotion to the cause for which they LIVED their lives believing in-

Equal Justice Under Law.

Let us not judge, that we be not judged. “Woe unto the world because of offenses, for it must needs be that offenses come; but woe to that man by whom the offenses cometh.”

When fear and division give rise to oppression and tyranny, each one of us is faced with a CHOICE. We know how to defeat the liar and the bully- STAND UP and SPEAK OUT for Equal Justice Under Law. Because when you stand and DEFEND the Rights of OTHERS, you defend them for YOURSELF!

Time-tested, history-affirming, righteous ACTION in defense of Liberty is what makes OURS, a truly BLESSED NATION! When we, individually and BRAVELY, STAND UP for EQUAL JUSTICE… We STAND in GOOD COMPANY!

With malice toward none, with charity for ALL, with firmness in the right, as god gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for HER who shall have borne this battle, and for HER widow and HER orphan, to do all that is necessary to realize that lost promise of a Just and Lasting peace, among ourselves and with ALL nations.

Let us remember the WORDS of Susan B. Anthony:
“These assertions, of the framers of the United States Constitution, of equal and natural rights of ALL the people to a voice in government, have been affirmed and reaffirmed by the leading statesmen of the nation, throughout the entire history of our government.”

And that of James Madison himself:
“Let it be remembered, finally, that it has EVER BEEN the pride and the boast of America, that the Rights for which she contended, were the Rights… of HUMAN NATURE.”

… seems pretty “self-evident” to me.

Equal. Means. EQUAL.

JC

… de minimis.

Why do you lock the car doors when it’s parked in YOUR driveway? Why do you lock the FRONT DOOR of your home? Safety and security can be seen as one-in-the-same-

You would not want an eight-year-old to have access to a brand new sports car… both for the sake of the car, AND the eight-year-old!

To be SAFE helps us to STAY SECURE.

The meaning of these values may have been watered down in the buzz-word, focus group, kid-tested, monetized world we live in. Lady Liberty sells me car insurance in 5 second spots, and Ben Franklin can apparently set me up with some sound retirement planning. SAFETY is JOB #1… because it sells a bunch of cars, but please wait. You are a valued customer, someone will be with you shortly.

CRYSTAL CLEAN, but still somehow FILTHY…

Like the impromptu questioning of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Waiting for an elevator, she was asked about her administration’s decision to cut funding for the Special Olympics, and stood in SILENCE… when questioned.

About HER actions.

… pleasantly!

When HER BOSS was then asked about the same, he TRIUMPHANTLY proclaimed… as any NOBLE KING MIGHT DO when he feels that his SUBJECTS are unhappy… “We’re taking care of it.” Huzzah…

god save the KING of the united states of america.

IT’S DIRTY… everyone can see it just the same! Does it BREAK LAWS… THAT question is NOT being fully addressed regarding MANY ASPECTS of our current elected government officials’ actions. But EACH ONE, every time they are questioned about cutting FUNDING for education, or redirecting FUNDING from military developments to build a wall, or stealing FUNDING from FEMA to imprison refugees, their legalese and dogged determination seems to be enough to let them SLIP… dodging any real accountability for CRIMES COMMITTED… documented.

Ours is a country of LAWS, written in plain terms, so ANYONE can understand them, and if they so choose, pledge allegiance to them. Whether you are a scholar of the Law or a carpenter framing a home, you know the Law! You’re SUBJECT TO IT everyday. And ignorance of the Law is no excuse! I’ve heard stories of judges explaining that to some of my friends. Many of those friends ALREADY KNEW that BEFORE they attempted to use the bogus excuse! And they paid the price. They were served with Justice. And most of them have been better people ever since. Because our Law is fair, rehabilitation is ALWAYS the goal. Encouragement and support is ALWAYS the surest way forward.

Our system of Law has become OPPRESSIVE of the PEOPLE because JUSTICE is now served based on WEALTH… NOT guilt or innocence.

Disproportionately effected by penalties and punishment, financially unable to secure counsel to ensure a fair outcome, and many times corralled into pleading guilty to an offense to simply avoid the appearance of guilt for another crime…

The public defenders here in KCK don’t usually go OUT OF THEIR WAY to get their clients’ case dismissed when they are facing charges of possession. In fact… there’s an old saying in the customer service biz- “Turn ’em and BURN ’em”, meaning get as many customers served as quickly as possible, put the hammer down, cliché cliché…

Justice, weighed against GOLD. The balance can never be fair. At any point in our lives, we can point to a time where we were not financially secure… hell, for me- DOWN RIGHT POOR. But that time did not dictate what I am today, nor who I will BECOME in the future. It may guide my decisions for the rest of my life, but that is just human nature… and sometimes I have to burn my hand on the stove TWICE before I learn!

If you BELIEVE in the Rule of Law, if you believe in Our Constitution… STAND UP. See through the rhetoric. See through the agendas. See through the LIES. We know our system of governance is a system that only works when men and women of HONOR put the GOOD OF THE NATION above ALL ELSE. And we know what issues DIVIDE US with ease.

Don’t let them do it! NOT this time around. Every time an elected official or a candidate for office ducks back into stoking FEAR, ANGER, and DIVISION by blaming “THEM”… question it!!

– HOW DO WE SOLVE THAT ISSUE?

– WHO STANDS TO BENEFIT from that issue NOT being RESOLVED?

– WHY IS THIS PERSON SAYING THIS?

– Is the elected official or candidate for office attempting to FUNDRAISE by appealing to WEALTHY DONORS when they spout the newest “Their side sucks!” chant?

– WHO would LIKE hearing this person SAY those things… and would that group/organization/institution DONATE to a political organization LARGE AMOUNTS OF CASH?

The phrase I’ve learned since I began my campaign, that describes this mess PERFECTLY is ‘de minimis’. When dealing with a Presidential Campaign and the VAST OCEAN OF CASH, accounting errors are made. Numbers can be crunched incorrectly or funds can be collected mistakenly… or SPENT mistakenly. NOT with ill-intent, but subject to punishment just the same.

Some amounts are considered to be ‘de minimis’, or lacking in significance. Amounts SO SUPERFLUOUS that investigating criminal activity is seen, in the eyes of the Law, as unnecessary, irrelevant.

Mistakes of $10,000… of $15,000.

“OOPS!”

“… don’t worry about it! That amount of money is MINISCULE.”

 

A handful of mistakes over the course of a fairly successful campaign, and that amount of money, seen as ‘de minimis’ to the Law, could total MORE THAN THE VALUE OF MY HOUSE. That amount of money could change the life of ANY American Citizen I’ve ever known!

Imagine if we elected a President who saw the salary of the Office as ADVANCEMENT, understanding the TRUE VALUE of the wealth that amount of money holds. (aside: I’m sure if you asked any of them, they’d say it wasn’t enough. BUT, I bet ALL of them would say, they’d do it all over again… free of charge.)

An appreciation for an amount as de minimis as $15,000 is something I cannot forget. Nor do I ever hope to.

To be honest, I can’t remember the last time I had a portrait of Ben Franklin in my pocket-  hashtag MAGA.

#EndTheElectoralCollege

JC