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

On Full Display

When the pandemic first washed ashore, they did nothing… well, that might be a bit unfair. They adjusted their PORTFOLIOS and then they did nothing.

Accurate tests were available in January, and they did nothing while we waited for an alternative supplier to produce our tests… and they turned out to be worthless.

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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/02/coronavirus-testing-how-some-countries-germany-south-korea-got-ahead-of-the-rest

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/2020/04/18/timeline-coronavirus-testing/?no_nav=true

For months our medical professionals fought a pandemic wrapped in TRASH BAGS, reusing masks far beyond the amount of time they were designed for… because they did nothing to BE PREPARED.

Then they did nothing to end the shortages.

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It’s only one or two cases… it’s just like the FLU… it’ll be over by Easter… by Labor Day… after the Election they’ll stop talking about it…

They did nothing and Americans died. Needlessly.

 

At the beginning of the pandemic we couldn’t PRODUCE enough of what was necessary to meet our needs. Now we have matched production, but we lack the ability to DELIVER what we need.

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https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2021/10/13/biden-to-announce-that-port-of-la-will-operate-24-hours-a-day-in-effort-to-ease-cargo-backlog/

So NOW there’s a problem. NOW there’s urgency…

Now. Not then.

Now… as our workforce has become fed up, we need to shift our focus to the supply chain. Immediately. And wouldn’t you know it, President Biden has a plan for that! He pimped it out when he announced the Port of Los Angeles would be running 24/7. It’s all part of getting us back to WORK and building back better…

It sure would have been nice if they had that same sense of URGENCY when it came to ensuring everyone had enough to EAT and a ROOF over their heads.

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https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/politics/2020/03/23/delayed-coronavirus-stimulus-bill-upsets-mitch-mcconnell/2897178001/

For ONE-TENTH the price of the CARES Act, we could have paid everyone’s mortgage and rent expenses for a YEAR. An extreme act, only considered because of their INACTION… how many problems would that have solved.

The conduits of Government have been SHUT OFF for everyday Americans. This monolithic entity of such Legislative Import, can only manage to pass temporary extensions on its obligations to pay its debt… kicking the can down the road until after the next election.

The United States Government shouldn’t be living paycheck-to-paycheck, yet it does. It has. For YEARS. With little variation, it has become the “norm”.

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Credit: Breaking Points w/ Krystal and Saagar

 

We may TRY, but we will never be the same. We may LIE and tell ourselves things can go back to where they once were… but that will only lead us to more of the SAME. The same weaknesses. The same vulnerabilities. The same crosses to bear.

Our perspectives have changed. A “pandemic epiphany”… a life, re-evaluated.

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https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4552776/user-clip-bush-shopping-quote 

In the wake of 9/11 George W. Bush called on all Americans to GO SHOPPING… that’s how we could do our part. ‘The terrorists WIN if they change our way of life.

How did that mindset work out for us. What will happen if we do that once again. ‘Just rub some DIRT in it and shake it off…

They knew in NOVEMBER 2019 and they did NOTHING.

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

 

 

I want to write the uplifting words that rise above the political divide… that will inspire us all to unite. That is the person I want to be… maybe someday I can be that person… but right now, I can only HOPE

Because right now, our Elected Officials don’t inspire HOPE… their inaction inspires despair. Right now our political parties don’t seek to UNITE this country, they only seek to unite their BASE. And even at that they’ve come up short… they can’t even unite themselves.

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https://www.vox.com/2021/10/16/22729648/manchin-climate-change-reconciliation-clean-electricity-program 

 

Now who didn’t see that coming? Oh, right…
Besides Joe Biden.

 

Senator Manchin works for the people who got him elected… THE DONORS.

It’s not a principled stance, unlike Senator John McCain’s vote against a Republican attempt to weaken the ACA. Senator McCain voted as THE PEOPLE directed. Senator Manchin is opposed to this legislation even though THE PEOPLE support it… 

 

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https://www.businessinsider.com/manchin-work-requirements-biden-child-tax-credit-sparking-democrat-2021-9 

 

 

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https://www.energy.senate.gov/chair 

 

 

As an Elected Official he works for THE VOTERS.

It seems Senator Manchin is no longer doing his JOB, and yet he continues to enjoy all the benefits.

 

I hope THE PEOPLE will keep that in mind next time they VOTE. 

 

-JC 

 

They Knew and They Didn’t Tell You

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https://www.politico.com/news/2021/09/30/manchin-proposed-15t-topline-number-to-schumer-this-summer-514803

A sincere intention to be OPEN and HONEST, regardless of the outcome… for what purpose? For who’s benefit? At the detriment of whom? What are the ends that will justify the collaboration… why even collaborate at all.

Must we re-invent the wheel every time we go for a DRIVE? Must we study the manuscripts of Da Vinci every time we FLY out to the coast?

Why must the exact same unnecessary Congressional DRAMA, play out every September over the subject of our National Debt Ceiling? It scares the hell out of the markets. It scares the hell out of our International Partners, and it scares the hell out of the American Middle Class… because WE are the ones who stand to lose it ALL if the bottom drops out.

I’m not going to patronize you by saying ‘This isn’t how our Congress WORKS’… because it is. DIRTY, through and thru. They’ve shown themselves. Clearly. This is the extent they will go to for their constituency…

THE DONORS.


That’s why Senator Manchin said debate on the $3.5 trillion spending package shouldn’t start until OCTOBER… because that’s the end of the QUARTER.

….

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Have to file those FUNDRAISING NUMBERS with the FEC. Keep it on the level…

Don’t want to piss-off the MONEY.

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What do you think those kayakers were saying?

‘Hey, Senator… thank you for funding Social Security 20 YEARS from now!’
‘Hey, Senator… thank you for preventing a hypothetical inflationary disaster!’

‘Hey, Senator… thank you for standing OPPOSED to the agenda the PEOPLE of the Great State of West Virginia overwhelmingly SUPPORT!’

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https://www.wvgazettemail.com/news/politics/poll-shows-wv-voters-support-using-tax-hikes-on-rich-corporations-to-help-pay-for/article_0df66787-202a-5b5e-8eb9-f20e0cd622da.html

I mean… who could be angry when you’re on a BOAT.
Especially when you can WRITE IT OFF as a business expense.

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What is carried out in the shadows? Drug deals go down in the shadows. Murders happen veiled in shadows. Assaults and bribery. Money laundering and racketeering…

Not Justice. Not Legislating.

No institution charged with upholding Justice should be doing so through any method associated with SHADOWS. No Legislative Body in a Constitutional Democracy, should support double-dealing in the SHADOWS… especially when it’s being done to their OWN TEAM.

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/us-policy/2021/06/25/gop-spending-biden-infrastructure/

I’m not sure what’s worse… the TRUTH or the SPIN. Watching the Progressive Caucus on all the news shows, talking about how they’ve made progress because conversations have now finally started.

They were never going to BUDGE. Leadership knew it.
Yet they let it all play out… for what. 

They engaged in BAD FAITH for the benefit of THEIR party… THEIR agenda. It’s one thing to engage in BAD FAITH for the benefit of the VOTERS… but this series of unfortunate events is NOT what we want.

How would Mitch McConnell have handled this? Imagine if Mitch McConnell were the Champion of Women’s Rights or the Leader fighting to secure our Democracy…

This would have all been wrapped up in NINE MONTHS.

As a TEAM, they created a PLAN. Bickered and negotiated from $6 trillion all the way DOWN to $3.5 trillion… ALONE. With no support from Republicans. It was CAMPAIGNED ON! We know what’s in the bill. We voted to SUPPORT this agenda in 2020.

It’s necessary. It’s fiscally sound, as it will strengthen infrastructure… and IT’S PAID FOR. But it’s not about the BILL. It’s not about the SPENDING.

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https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/27/us/politics/sinema-fund-raiser-social-climate-bill.html

They campaigned on it and the VOTERS supported it. Therefore, it would be detrimental to their POLITICAL FUTURE to stand OPPOSED to what the VOTERS want. There is no logical rationale for their position. Unless…

Are they planning to retire from politics? Are they planning to CHANGE PARTIES next election cycle? How do they expect to get RE-ELECTED if they stand OPPOSED to the Will of their constituents?

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https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/27/us/politics/sinema-fund-raiser-social-climate-bill.html

Oh, right. They are working for their constituents…
The people who got them elected.

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https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/arizona/2021/09/30/sen-kyrsten-sinema-budget-bill-concerns-white-house-schumer/5931577001/

… 

We have now struggled through a pandemic and a financial crisis… and if you’re OLD like me… you’ve probably seen this all before. All the SAME players in Washington. All the SAME ideas. All the same bullshit.

The pendulum swings and the politicians LIE. They dance for the DOLLAR, repealing protections enacted during the previous Congress, because the DONORS believe the PEOPLE have forgotten and opinions have moved on.

The People have not forgotten… nor will we. In fact, our resolve only GROWS. Our Intestinal Fortitude has strengthened. For a YEAR we sat isolated, together. Alone with nothing but TIME… and we WATCHED.

Their priorities… not OURS.

Bailouts. Corporate handouts. The Military. The Airline Industry. The Auto Industry. Insurance Companies. Healthcare Companies. Big Pharma. The Agriculture Industry. Meat Processing Plants… ‘No worries! The government is ON IT! Here, TAKE MY MONEY!

But… 

When it comes to Grandma and Grandpa or American families with CHILDREN… well, ‘We’ll need to see some PROOF that you are actually DESERVING of the pittance we might give you…

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https://www.politico.com/news/2021/10/01/medicare-benefits-hill-democrats-514946

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They’re attempting to reframe the entire debate. It’s those “radicals”. The “activists”. The extremists in the party that want to make life better for ALL Americans…

The MAJORITY of the Democratic Party.

A handful of Party Elites have highjacked the process. Aided and abetted by the LEADERSHIP. They knew in JUNE and said NOTHING.

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… be sure to lean in and be all creepy-like when she asks you that question, sir…

Of course Joe Biden is smiling. Everything is working out exactly as he planned. Instead of fully funding these projects, we’ll spend just enough MONEY to make the DONORS happy, while everyone ELSE gets SCREWED…

… but that sounds about RIGHT now, doesn’t it.

#EndTheHastertRule 

-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. 

 

… 

 

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 

 

Birds of a Feather

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https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/15/science/physics-neutrino-antimatter-ichikawa-t2k.html 

 

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The simple act of observing an event WILL CHANGE its outcome… it is a FACT. Demonstrated consistently, time and again. 

 

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/joint-chiefs-chairman-feared-potential-reichstag-moment-aimed-at-keeping-trump-in-power/2021/07/14/a326f5fe-e4ec-11eb-a41e-c8442c213fa8_story.html 

 

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Being born of the SAME, our destinies are entangled. Our WILL can overcome the inevitable. The tide was turned with the glance of an EYE. Because we SPOKE OUT and cried for ACTION, because we stopped and witnessed devastation. United, we watched and said, “No more.” 

As it was one Tuesday morning in September, we sat helpless and witnessed devastation playing out within our SKIES. United, we watched and cried, “No more,” and we were given the ability to manipulate TIME. 

One of those four planes was unsuccessful that day… because we SPOKE OUT. We gave them that time. 

The Will of the American People is REAL… and it is TANGIBLE. 

 

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There is no reason WHY that building should be standing. In the chaos of that moment, of that day. Within the grand scheme of things, within this chaotic Melting Pot of Passions… they said so themselves. Determined, they went there with a purpose. Who doubts the Will and ingenuity of the American People once they’ve settled on an agenda? 

There is no reason that building should still be standing today… 
and yet it does. 

I am NO FOOL. It was built by the hands of man, someday it will fall. It will come down. But in the meantime… what allows it to STAND? 

Is it the mortar or the stone? Is it the skeletal rigidity? The way in which it was constructed… the very force that will bring about its ultimate demise gives rise to its ability to continue to stand. The genius within the architecture gives rise to its longevity. Within those halls we create our FUTURE. Within those walls we find our shared destiny. 

 

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It doesn’t come from the structure itself, the generative force centered within the beating breast of our Democracy. That SPARK is not created by the vessel, the sum total is greater than the individual pieces from which it was made. 

That energy is imparted on to it from us, The People. We are the LIGHT that illuminates the Shining City. We are the BEACON that lights the way for generations to come… it’s found within us ALL

There are some who seek TRUTH and remain mired in DARKNESS; but we must remember, they still seek the TRUTH. We all journey toward the EAST, and our path bends toward the LIGHT. 

 

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A staircase within the US Capitol.

 

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Once upon a time it was a path untrodden… unknown horizons within a virgin territory. Yet they were willing to fight and die for the CHANCE, for the opportunity to find out. Was Mankind destined to be ruled over, or could we govern ourselves justly and remain FREE. 

Like the Rosary Beads of an aged adherent, like the meditative paths walked by devotees throughout the millennia; the rites of passage are followed through the LIGHT as well as through the shadows. We celebrate them in times of triumph, we cling to them in times of tragedy. They bear witness to our history, they guide us onward toward our destiny. 

We hold these truths to be SELF-EVIDENT. That we are ALL created Equal… and we have PLEDGED our LIVES and our SACRED HONOR to this Cause. Our Rites and Rituals are celebrated daily, we pay respect to those who have fallen in defense of our Country every time we gather… knowing none of this would be possible without the SACRIFICES they have made. 

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Although it was never written, our victory was preordained. It echoes throughout time as a Fundamental Principal, a Universal Law that undergirds our reality. Our scientific endeavors have now proved what’s been written, in countless religious texts over the course of thousands of years. When the LIGHT overcomes the DARKNESS, through the FORGE and the FIRES… we are what remains. 

It now burns within us ALL

 

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D-Day, colorized.

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A FACT. Demonstrated consistently, time and again. What once was… no matter how much TIME has PASSED… is always just around the corner, threatening our future.

We tip the scales in the judgement between what is and what will BE. We decide the course, we plot the journey. The PEOPLE… the MAJORITY of the citizens of the United States of America. It was born OF us. It must ALWAYS be a reflection of the same. 

If we are not fighting to secure our Democracy for everyone, then we are allowing it to FADE AWAY. Piecemeal. Watered down until it’s no longer possible for the PEOPLE to decide, and it won’t be due to any law that was PASSED… it will happen because we could not agree. INACTION will be the death of our Democracy. 

 

We have paid the price of both Blood and Treasure. We have secured the KNOWLEDGE necessary to find ‘Peace in our time’… 

 

Appeasement is NEVER an option. And we must STAND UP for the Rule of Law. 

 

… some things never change. 

 

-JC