The Time is Always Right to Do the Right Thing.

When I first started my 2020 campaign, I ran on ideals… like elevating the Will of The People, ensuring Liberty and Justice for ALL, and fighting for Equal Justice Under the Law. Virtuous, Righteous Ideals. Just as every successful candidate has done.

With practice and patience… with hard work and careful contemplation… a vision was forged. A method that might bring about an end to all this madness… a substantive GOAL to be reached.

The WORDS they speak, are the resume of the candidates. Their answer to the question- ‘What’s your vision for the future of this Nation?

That was a damn fine speech.

If that speech had been given by a candidate seeking OFFICE this fall, that speech might have sealed it. It hit all the right marks.

But that speech wasn’t given by a candidate seeking office. That speech wasn’t given by a civilian with NO POWER, someone fighting to make change happen. That speech was given by an INCUMBENT. An ELECTED OFFICIAL, who currently holds the reins of POWER.

The soaring WORDS of an aged historian ring HOLLOW… when compared to the legislative agendas pursued by the man who said them.

He said, “We The People, are the TRUE HEIRS of the experiment that began more than two centuries ago. We The People, have burning inside each of us, the Flame of Liberty that was lit here at Independence Hall.

Indeed we do Sir… every one of us.

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https://thespun.com/nba/sports-world-reacts-to-u-s-basketball-brittney-griner-news

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https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/04/sports/basketball/brittney-griner-biden-russia.html

We are still, at our CORE a Democracy. And yet, history tells us that blind loyalty to a single leader and a willingness to engage in political violence, is fatal to Democracy.

I most certainly agree.

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https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/05/24/us/tulsa-race-massacre.html

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The cynics and the critics tell us nothing can get done, but they’re wrong. There is not a single thing America cannot do.

On this point… I must disagree. Right now, that doesn’t seem to be the case.

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Because right now, ONE MAN stands OPPOSED to the Will of the MAJORITY. Thus rendering his speech to the realm of the aspirational. A vision of what could BE, if only

If only we were willing to accept EQUITY… in lieu of EQUALITY.

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https://www.vox.com/2022/6/29/23187002/black-women-abortion-access-roe

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https://www.texastribune.org/2022/06/30/texas-abortion-black-women/

EQUITY is not the same as EQUALITY.
Only EQUAL. MEANS. EQUAL.

Partisan political rhetoric is a TOOL used to secure power, in order to enact a particular legislative agenda. Partisan political rhetoric is NOT a legislative agenda.

Every American Citizen believes in the promise of Our Founding Documents. All of us share in the CELEBRATION of Our Independence. That is not in question. The question is… what are you going to do to secure it?

It doesn’t matter how angry Joe Biden gets… he’s still going to be Joe Biden. The former Vice President of these United States… the former Senator from the Great State of Delaware. The former Chair of the Foreign Relations Committee… the former Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

We all know who Joe Biden is, but I will be voting for Democratic Candidates on the ballot this fall in spite of that. The stakes are just TOO HIGH to do otherwise.

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Partisan political rhetoric will not SAVE LIVES. Only ACTION will do that. And so… we must ACT. We must VOTE. We must sound the siren and STAND UP for our Unalienable Rights.

When you defend the Rights of OTHERS, you defend those Rights for YOURSELF.

President Biden has called on us to VOTE… so that is what we must do. If he cannot summon the political COURAGE necessary to do what’s required, then we must make it easy for him to change his mind. We must fill the Senate with candidates who will ACT to secure Equality.

Every man, woman, and child who is legally eligible to VOTE, must STAND UP and DEFEND the Rights of Women and Girls this fall. We must SHOW President Biden and the Leadership of the Democratic Party, that it’s in their best interest to listen to the Will of the American People.

As we did in 2018. As we did in 2020. As we will do in 2022.
And if they fail us… as we will do once again in 2024.

We must send them the TOOLS necessary to secure Equal Rights for Women and Girls. Every day, without the protection of EQUAL STANDING UNDER LAW, more women will suffer, and more women will die… needlessly.

It’s no longer hypothetical. It’s a FACT… and we cannot wait until 2024.

Not for the sake of ONE PERSON. Not for the sake of ONE PARTY.
Let us do this NOW… in 2022.

Because it’s the RIGHT thing to do.

-JC

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Variations On a Theme: D.S. al finé

IF I were to sit down and think about it hard enough… I’ll bet I could come up with a list of at least 100 reasons why I cannot vote for anyone running as a Republican this fall. Chief among them, the delegitimization of the Office of President of the United States.

Because of that, they delegitimize the continued relevance of their own Political Party… so I will vote accordingly.

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/04/14/rnc-debates-commission/

On the flip side of that, right now I can’t seem to come up with a list of 10 reasons why I should vote FOR the Democratic Party. Yes, the GOP is running on NO national agenda, other than to OPPOSE. Their dog whistles have now become blow horns. They champion causes that disturb the MAJORITY of Americans and they slow any attempt to further the causes of Social Justice and Equality, even as their party holds a MINORITY in Congress.

The Democrats can’t protect a Woman’s Right to CHOOSE. The Democrats can’t protect our Right to VOTE. A Police Officer murdered a man with his knee while he had his HANDS in his pockets… yet the Democratic Party can’t pass a Justice Reform Bill that has that man’s name on it.

ONE PARTY is doing everything they can to roll back the clock, denying us that More Perfect Union, while the OTHER PARTY can’t seem to tie their OWN SHOES. And when they lose this fall, they’ll say it’s all OUR fault… THE VOTERS.

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

I guess they’ll have to spend more MONEY on “voter education” next time around.

I have no desire to vote FOR the Democratic Party. They have NO AGENDA. No message. No unifying principle that defines who they are… other than pleasing their DONORS at all cost… and yet somehow they say, it’s not THEIR fault.

It’s the VOTERS’ fault. 

Yes, it is the voters’ fault… because we’ve allowed this BS to go on for way too long. The charade is UP. The jig is OVER… the “BIG LIE” walks hand-in-hand with the “BIG GRIFT” and we are ALL being taken for a RIDE.

The Democratic Party has become the Neville Chamberlain to the Republican Party’s Adolph Hitler. The President continues to seek bipartisan solutions to problems caused by the OTHER PARTY… while the other party won’t even recognize him as the legitimate President of the United States.

And why do we feel like it’s all our fault? WE VOTED! Just like they told us to.

But it always seems just out of reach… ‘Not this election, but the NEXT! Next time, with YOUR HELP… your financial support… we’ll get this DONE!

… tick tock tick tock…

Time passes, and the narrative rolls along.

The conversation moves on, and the crisis de jure dominates the front page. War. Terrorism. Climate change. Inflation. Jobs. Jobs. Jobs…

Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was.

The People haven’t moved on… the Politicians have. Leaving in their wake a mountain of DEBT. A heaping PILE of unfinished business and unresolved problems, many of which they’ve raised MONEY on while they were in office.

Don’t talk to me about being a PRO-CHOICE party if you can’t pass a bill protecting a Woman’s Right to Choose. If the ACA can continue to STAND because it’s seen as Congress exercising its power to levy TAXES, then there must be a legislative path forward that will secure the support of all 50 Democratic Senators.

Yet one Senator still stands opposed.

And NO ONE seems surprised! He’s just doing what his “constituents” want him to do. He works for the people he represents… THE DONORS.

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https://www.vice.com/en/article/jgmwqp/greg-abbott-baby-formula

This isn’t a story of US vs THEM. This is a story of preparedness. This is a story of an inability to anticipate the consequences of enforcement of rules and regulations. This is a story about the real-life impact bad government has on ALL our lives.

This is a story demonstrating how incompetent our government has become, as they can’t even get the SIMPLE THINGS right.

It’s as if we must TEACH our government how to WALK all over again.

I can SEE the problem, just as clearly as everyone else. We’re stuck with no alternatives. BOTH parties contributed to this crisis… and it’s not as if this crisis couldn’t have been anticipated.

It was the Federal Government that enforced the law, shutting down that producer. It was the Federal Government that failed to anticipate the downstream impact of shutting down only ONE PRODUCER… knowing that they produce 1/3 of our domestic supply of formula.

And it was the Federal Government that crafted the legislation, that turned a BLIND EYE to the rise of a monopolistic takeover of our FOOD SUPPLY.

From the FIELD to the TABLE. Every aspect of our agricultural industries, from production to logistics has been SLIMMED DOWN. Cutting the FAT. Leaving more meat on the BONE at the end of the day… for less mouths.

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https://www.usatoday.com/in-depth/news/investigations/2020/03/09/climate-tariffs-debt-and-isolation-drive-some-farmers-suicide/4955865002/

All we have to do is read the news and everyone can SEE it. It should have been a Presidential priority from DAY ONEWhere’s the Democratic Party? Where’s the party that supposedly represents our FARMERS… the GOP?

IF we assume that our legislators work for the DONORS, then it is clear that they are getting exactly what they want.

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https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/12/us/politics/meatpackers-trump-covid.html

One party is BEHOLDEN to the DONORS while the OTHER party is hesitant to ACT, because it might scare away their DONORS… and that’s why nothing gets done.

They can’t FUNDRAISE on a problem that’s already been SOLVED.

Our two-party system is now BROKEN, and the parties will not seek to reform themselves. They continue to thrive on the dysfunction. They’ve become masters of the GAME they’ve created… and the losers of past political contests become the LEADERS of their party.

@3:58 in the video: “I know folks- Republicans, Democrats, Independents; purple people, blue people, white people…

And why is that? Because he raised a massive amount of MONEY.

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https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/11/politics/jaime-harrison-fundraising-record-south-carolina-senate-race/index.html

In my experience… the phrase ‘purple people’ is a dog whistle.
I can now see why he lost.

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https://www.cnbc.com/2019/06/27/harris-attacks-bidens-record-on-busing-and-working-with-segregationists.html

… be sure and “Get out the VOTE” this fall.

And so now we’ve come ‘round FULL CIRCLE. It was the ultimate catalyst that drove me to start my political endeavor back in February 2018, and the crisis continues to this day… unchanged.

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https://www.cnn.com/2022/05/15/us/buffalo-supermarket-shooting-sunday/index.html

And it’s all like variations on a theme… I swear I’ve heard this song before. The People demand it with their VOTE, but after the election the conversation starts to change.

The answers we seek as a Nation can be found… but only if we stand UNITED. As EQUALS. MY rights are not secure unless YOUR rights are secure. My Liberty is not secure unless your Liberty is secure as well…

And right now, neither Political Party is doing what’s necessary to secure our Democracy.

That needs to change.

-JC

Insert Issue HERE ______ .

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

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

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

On this ideal we stand UNITED.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Explains why Democrats could only get HALF their agenda passed.

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

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

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

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

Insert issue HERE _____.

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

… and the struggle marches ON.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-JC

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/

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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