A Pyramid Scheme

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https://theintercept.com/2022/07/29/bank-of-america-worker-conditions-worse/ 

How can this be seen as a viable path toward a stable economic future? Focusing on the financial stability of corporations and financial institutions ensures there will always be something out there for people to BUY… but it doesn’t ensure there will be someone out there able to BUY IT.

Our Government goes to great lengths to ensure financial support for producers and manufacturers, but it often overlooks or is indifferent to the financial needs of the American Working Class.

They’ll step in and take action when the price of GAS or OIL starts to skyrocket, whether they actually have an effect on prices or not; but when people start losing their JOBS due to a pandemic… they hesitate. They drag their feet.

They fail to anticipate or understand the knock-on effects of an event like that. The generational trauma that can result from a family losing it all.

Companies and corporations, they have insurance payouts and golden parachutes. When things go SOUTH, they file for bankruptcy and then try it all over again…

Man, wouldn’t that be nice.

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https://www.nytimes.com/live/2022/08/07/us/climate-tax-deal-vote 

So, we’re COOL now… right?

See… they’ve been working for the American people all along.

Democrats get shit done! This is the People’s Agenda!

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https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/04/climate/trump-paris-agreement-climate.html 

All of it is ‘transitory’… because through all of it, there is no consistency between Administrations. It’s all or nothing. Do or die. What’s done under the leadership of ONE party is immediately undone by the NEXT. And it’s all done in the name of POLITICS.

Our Elected Officials play GAMES… while Americans DIE

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https://www.npr.org/2022/08/02/1115325176/pact-act-veterans-burn-pits-toxins-passes-senate 

Of course they were gonna pass that BILL. C’mon, it’s just POLITICS! They’re not monsters… just Senators. But you see… the problem is though; this is just what we’re able to SEE. Just the TIP. What other practices do they engage in that We, The People, aren’t privileged enough to see?

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If you’re not a fan of the sausage being made, then maybe we should change the way they make the sausage.

Our Right to LIFE, LIBERTY, and the PURSUIT of HAPPINESS is not transitory. It’s not an entitlement or a government handout… it’s what makes this Nation GREAT.

It’s not the WARS we’ve won. 
It’s not the GODS we worship.

It’s the UNALIENABLE RIGHTS that we’ve been given by Our Creator; enshrined in Our Constitution and protected by Our Bill of Rights.

These Rights are UNIVERSAL… regardless of the STATE in which you live.

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Because it is SELF-EVIDENT.

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The most PARTISAN among us should not be allowed to dictate to us which of our Basic Human Rights are acceptable… and which ones are not.

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https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/kavanaugh-conundrum-trump-s-fbi-grandstanding-highlights-flaw-bureau-s-ncna911991 

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https://www.snopes.com/news/2022/08/04/fbi-kavanaugh-wray-whitehouse/ 

The laws are written to benefit those at the TOP, while the rest of us must work just to get by. There is no SAFETY NET for the majority of this Nation. If we FALL, we fall. We start back at ZERO and pray we will somehow work our way back UP… Golden Parachutes be damned.

The people at the TOP of the pyramid must remember… it’s a long way DOWN without the support of the people at the BASE.

-JC

 

The Will of The People

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The recently leaked draft opinion in the case of  ‘Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health’, shows us that the rights of Women and Girls are not seen as Equal to those of Men by a majority of the Justices on our Supreme Court.

Their rights are transient. They’re subject to the whims of whomever holds office at any particular time, and they can be given or taken away as those officials see fit. There is no protection or guarantee. The author of that draft opinion sees women as merely a vessel, unworthy of Equal Standing under law.

Below is a copy of the email I sent this evening to President Joe Biden, asking him to call for the publication of the 28th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

None of us will truly be FREE… until all of us are.

With respect,

Mr. President… where are you? Talk about a legislative grand-slam! Right now, at your discretion… with your say so, we can begin celebrating the 28th Amendment to our Constitution!

How long must Equality wait?

Talk about monumental… that’s Walt Disney at the gates of Disney World right there! Open arms and silly hats for everyone.

It’s the realization of the core principle our Nation was founded upon… that we are ALL created Equal. Let there be NO DOUBT!

What President worth a damn wouldn’t want to see the fireworks display they’d put on for something like that? What President seeking RE-ELECTION in the 21st Century wouldn’t want to do all that they could to ensure Equality reigned supreme.

I won’t take up much of your time Sir, but I was reminded today of the relationship between Martin Luther King Jr. and John F. Kennedy; and how when History came calling… President Kennedy had no choice but to embrace it. One step closer to Equality, one step closer to realizing that Dream.

The fight for Civil Rights had to move forward. There was no more time for delay. He knew he had to start that process… if only they had what YOU have at your fingertips today.

OPINIONS. Everyone has one, you know the old saying… the ones that smell the worst are usually dropped by a lawyer. I’m surprised D.C. doesn’t smell more like Dodge City.

Two years ago, 38 of the 50 United States voted to ratify the 28th Amendment to the Constitution, recognizing Equality for Women and Girls. The requirements have been met.

“The time is always right to do the right thing…” and there is no better time to ACT than today. 76% of the States have spoken.

Listen to The People, Sir… let History sort out the rest.

On behalf of the 38 States that have voted for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment… for the sake of every woman in this country; Mr. President, call for the publication of the 28th Amendment. Let Equality be the Law of this Land.

Now, and for all time.

-JC

On the Subject of Equality

The following letter sent to the Archivist of the United States from the United States Senate, and signed by Senators Portman, Romney, and Johnson, moved me to add my own voice to the discussion.

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https://www.hsgac.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/2022-02-08%20Letter%20to%20Archivist%20re%20ERA.pdf?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=de6ac831-0170-4b20-be6c-4cd4075a2e1b

It remains my opinion that EQUALITY has no time limit, and the Will of The People should always reign supreme.

Below is a copy of the email I sent to the archivist this evening, outlining why I believe the Equal Rights Amendment should be added to the Constitution.

To: The Honorable David Ferriero
Archivist of the United States
National Archives and Records Administration 8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, MD 20740

Dear sir,

I am writing in regard to the letter sent from the United States Senate Committee on Homeland Security, dated February 8, 2022, and singed by Senators Rob Portman, Mitt Romney, and Ron Johnson, addressing their concerns about the 28th Amendment and the “… calls for you to disregard your duty and certify the ERA.”

There are few things in this world that are more important than doing one’s duty.

Upholding the Will of The People and defending the Rule of Law, even in the face of overwhelming pressure, is quite honorable indeed. Even when holding that position stands opposed to the opinions of many others, integrity must always be maintained. In a land based on precedent, our actions today will impact generations to come. There can be no doubt, some future case will be presented in an attempt to challenge the validity of a future amendment, and this situation will be referenced. Whether that amendment has already been ratified or not… so long as there is a Constitution left to amend.

It doesn’t take a Constitutional Scholar to see— there’s not a whole lot of legal precedent on the subject of Constitutional Amendments. Each and every case is important in its own right, and the Equal Rights Amendment is no exception.

Everyone seems to have an opinion on the subject, either reasons why the amendment is dead or why it should now be added to the Constitution, but there seems to be one fact that overrides them all— The People have spoken. The requirements have been met. That’s indisputable. Well… if there is a dispute, precedent shows us how disputed amendments can be resolved. There is no precedent allowing for a judicial override of the amendment process, and I say for good reason. Look no further than the example set by the State Supreme Courts.

Setting that precedent for amendments to the United States Constitution would introduce partisanship into the ratification process and it would allow for judicial review of any amendment before passage, especially if a partisan actor were ever appointed to your office. It would forever change the amendment process.

As I said, I’m no legal expert. Just a guy with an opinion. But, I am a Citizen who still hopes that one day, this Nation will pursue the amendment process with great vigor in order to bring about some much needed changes. As it currently stands, that process is already fraught with many obstacles. Whatever your decision will be, I pray you consider what precedents your actions will create… and always err on the side of The People. May their Will guide us all.

Thank you for your dedication and adherence to the Constitution, and good luck to you in whatever path you choose in your retirement.

Sincerely,

JC

Let There Be No Doubt

I keep thinking about WATERBOARDING, and how that War Crime… that Crime Against Humanity… was found to be justified by a lawyer. Did he ever go to prison? Were charges even brought against him?

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/electors-giuliani-trump-electoral-college/2022/01/20/687e3698-7587-11ec-8b0a-bcfab800c430_story.html

Of course not. It was a legal OPINION, presented after thorough research and collaborative efforts within the entire White House Office of Legal Counsel…

As directed by the Chief Executive.

There are no “Rogue Actors” in a White House Administration. There are only those who GIVE the orders and those who FOLLOW them… and if they don’t follow those orders, they are asked to LEAVE.

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The Commander-in-Chief gets what he wants. If they can’t deliver, then he finds someone who CAN.

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“But he did know about the general arrangement, that Michael would take care of things like this, like I take care of things like this for my clients.”

—Rudy Giuliani

The President sets the tone. The President calls the shots.

The Office is designed to ensure that, no matter who we elect as Our President, they can successfully enact whatever agenda they embrace…

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Whatever agenda they embrace.

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https://www.politico.com/news/2022/01/21/read-the-never-issued-trump-order-that-would-have-seized-voting-machines-527572

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Our election laws have become so cumbersome, they can now be used to justify overturning an election. And it’s not the lawyer’s fault, he was just doing what he was TOLD to do…

By the President of the United States.

He may not have signed the Executive Order, but we can SEE the results. He got what he wanted- a legal plan to keep him in the Office.

You know… ‘Nudge nudge, wink wink. Say no more!

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… give or take $200 million.

Now, imagine if we elected a President who worked this hard for THE PEOPLE… instead of focusing it all on THEMSELVES.

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Equality. As promised. Emblazoned upon the wall of our Highest Court. The People have spoken. It’s time to RATIFY EQUALITY.

Let there be NO DOUBT!

To be SILENT is to be COMPLICIT… where do YOU stand?

-JC

The Problem is Systemic… and it Must Change.

Is there any DOUBT? After this week… how can anyone NOT see it?

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https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/more-bubbas-no-black-pastors-attorney-man-accused-killing-arbery-n1284089

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https://www.cnn.com/2021/11/03/us/ahmaud-arbery-jury-what-we-know/index.html

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https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/17/nyregion/malcolm-x-killing-exonerated.html

The problem is SYSTEMIC. It permeates the entire Judicial System. From the way LAWS are created to the way they are enforced, to the way Justice is carried out… how much more PROOF do we need?

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https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/18/nyregion/christopher-belter-rape-sentence.html

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https://www.kcur.org/news/2021-06-03/missouri-governor-does-not-pardon-kevin-strickland-who-prosecutor-says-is-wrongfully-imprisoned

On January 15, 2021, James Comey was on The Beat w/ Ari Melber, talking about possible charges being brought in connection with the January 6th insurrection. While speaking about potential investigatory strategies that might be pursued by the FBI, Dir. Comey spoke about “prosecutorial discretion”.

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I tried to find the footage from that interview but… apparently it has fallen down the memory hole.

As an example of the potential unwarranted collateral damage the FBI could cause simply by bringing charges and issuing warrants for arrest, Dir. Comey suggested a hypothetical case of two parents being charged with drug trafficking.

IF there were multiple children in the home, prosecutorial discretion could be used and charges might only be brought against ONE parent instead of BOTH… for the well-being of the children.

Prosecutorial Discretion… boy, if that’s not a euphemism then I don’t know what is.

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When I was seventeen, I think it was the winter before my senior year in high school, me and three buddies all piled into Jason’s 86 Buick Skylark… alcohol may have DEFINITELY been involved.

We stopped at a brand new gas station that had just recently opened. It was fully automated. Back in 1997, this was something we’d never seen before. As soon as we realized there were no gas station attendants on-site… we decided to trash the place.

Window squeegees tossed, paper towels all thrown out, gas pump handles unholstered… I don’t know why, male stupidity fueled by Mad Dog 20/20 I suppose. In the moment, all four of us thought it was a GOOD IDEA.

Three days later when the COPS showed up at Jason’s house, we realized we’d messed up… apparently we forgot surveillance cameras exist.

After school that day, Jason’s Dad told us what happened. Since we only caused superficial damage, the owners of the gas station decided not to press charges… the Officers just wanted to let him know it was his son’s CAR they saw on the footage.

We spent the next three Saturdays raking leaves and doing odd jobs to “pay off our debts”… instead of being arrested.

And that’s just ONE example.


My roommate and I threw a party one night when I was living in my first apartment. As more alcohol was consumed we got louder. Some time after midnight, my roommate challenged one of his friends to some Greco-Roman-style wrestling (as he was known to do) in the living room of our
second floor apartment… and shortly after that, the COPS arrived.

They confiscated some questionable paraphernalia and poured out the bottles that were on the kitchen counter. After a search of the apartment and a promise that none of us were driving anywhere the rest of the evening, they issued us a citation for Minor In Possession of Alcohol and left…

Ignoring the THREE OUNCES of MARIJUANA I had sitting out on a pizza pan, lying on top of a pile of dirty clothes on the floor of my closet.

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https://www.aclu.org/gallery/marijuana-arrests-numbers

My roommate and his buddies liked to drink… a lot. I liked to smoke pot like it was going extinct… all of us were amazed that no one was arrested that night.

At the time we chalked it up to the idea that they were just looking for something else… harder drugs, people with warrants, etc. I don’t think the idea that we were a bunch of WHITE KIDS ever crossed our minds, it may not have even crossed those Officers’ minds. But I can’t help but think… would that night have turned out differently if we were BLACK?

Every piece of evidence I’ve seen over the last twenty-some years since that night tells me, yes… it would have been different.

While I am grateful for having been given the gift of a second chance, I feel guilty about the way in which it was given. How many of us can point to a particular point in TIME where compassion was shown; where if it had not, our lives wouldn’t have turned out the same? Traffic stops, speeding tickets, random encounters…

How many of us cannot?

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

I was GUILTY of possessing a CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE… what crime did Philando Castile commit? What crime did Jacob Blake commit? Where is the BALANCE… the EQUITY in that?

I don’t want things to change because I believe more WHITE PEOPLE should be arrested and sent to jail. Things need to change because I believe EVERYONE should be treated with the same level of compassion and respect that I was shown…

Regardless of the color of your SKIN. Regardless of the clothes on your BACK. Regardless of the numbers in your BANK ACCOUNT.

It seems like a futile endeavor, attempting to establish EQUITY within a system that is inequitable at its heart. To ignore the fact that EQUALITY is absent and still continue to pursue EQUITY is like offering someone a BRIBE. A PAY-OFF… a SETTLEMENT.

Sorry the system screwed you and will continue to do so in the future… here’s some MONEY. Now we’re even.’

The system is UN-EQUAL. Why continue to work to lift up downtrodden parts of our society if the system continues to be UN-EQUAL in its operation? Without Equal Protection Under Law, any progress that is made will simply wash away with the passage of TIME… under a different Administration. During another chaotic period in time.

It seems like it would require more effort and resources to make an UN-EQUAL system more EQUITABLE, than it would if we were to simply ensure EQUALITY is what the system is based upon from the start. Once we’ve established a foundation of EQUALITY, then we can work to ensure it is equitable for EVERYONE.

The problem is SYSTEMIC and it must CHANGE. If it can happen to ONE of us… then it can happen to us ALL.

-JC