These Truths Are Self-Evident

IF they are allowed to do this to ONE of us
They have the POWER to do this to us ALL.
The problem is systemic… and it must CHANGE.

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https://www.npr.org/2021/09/22/1039718450/congressional-negotiators-have-failed-to-reach-a-deal-on-police-reform

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https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/video-shows-police-kenosha-wis-shooting-black-man-back-n1237819

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https://buffalonews.com/news/local/buffalo-man-charged-in-attack-on-capitol-officer-says-he-buried-cops-badge-in-backyard/article_3c9f8f5e-8398-11eb-87ca-9f337774ebb3.html

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/08/26/aaron-bowman-body-camera/

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https://www.reuters.com/world/us/lawyers-black-man-killed-by-ncarolina-officers-release-autopsy-2021-04-27/

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/i-cant-breathe-five-years-after-eric-garner-died-in-struggle-with-new-york-police-resolution-still-elusive/2019/06/13/23d7fad8-78f5-11e9-bd25-c989555e7766_story.html

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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jul/08/george-floyd-police-killing-transcript-i-cant-breathe

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https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2021-03-05/police-video-california-man-who-died-said-i-cant-breathe

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https://abcnews.go.com/US/woman-arrested-capitol-riot-asks-court-approve-trip/story?id=75657911

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https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/19/politics/ted-cruz-cancun-texas/index.html

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https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/mother-11-year-old-texas-boy-who-died-during-power-n1258564

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/barr-is-a-no-show-at-house-hearing-on-mueller-report-as-democrats-warn-of-threat-to-democracy/2019/05/02/005c0ab2-6cda-11e9-a66d-a82d3f3d96d5_story.html

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https://www.nytimes.com/2004/03/11/us/5-million-settlement-ends-case-of-tainted-texas-sting.html

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https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/911-call-prior-rayshard-brooks-fatal-shooting-police-released-n1231160

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https://www.cnn.com/2017/06/20/us/philando-castile-shooting-dashcam/index.html

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/07/17/bride-to-be-called-911-for-help-and-was-fatally-shot-by-a-minneapolis-police-officer/

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https://www.axios.com/daunte-wright-shooting-police-accidental-9f19f8f2-bb82-490c-8cb0-0a897d213778.html

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https://nypost.com/2021/09/19/new-haven-cop-robert-ferraro-charged-with-killing-fellow-officer-in-vegas-dui-crash/

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https://www.axios.com/minneapolis-police-george-floyd-press-release-0fa00f93-06df-409d-b2e2-fad463de354d.html

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https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/03/politics/pennsylvania-probation-illegal-ballot-trump-2020/index.html

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https://www.aclu.org/issues/voting-rights/fighting-voter-suppression/crystal-mason-thought-she-had-right-vote-texas

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https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/07/us/politics/trump-stormy-daniels-lawsuit-dismissed.html

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https://www.insider.com/62-year-old-man-imprisoned-for-43-years-innocent-2021-6

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https://www.wsj.com/articles/critical-report-fbi-failure-to-investigate-larry-nassar-11626280355

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https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/will-the-fbi-ignore-testimonies-from-kavanaughs-former-classmates

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https://www.thecut.com/2018/09/the-meaning-behind-dr-christine-fords-second-front-door.html

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https://www.supremecourt.gov/publicinfo/press/oath/oath_kavanaugh.aspx

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https://www.nytimes.com/1999/12/09/us/memphis-jury-sees-conspiracy-in-martin-luther-king-s-killing.html

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

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https://www.nytimes.com/1976/03/11/archives/nixon-testifies-kissinger-picked-wiretap-targets-says-he-ordered.html

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2021/09/01/fbi-burglary-hoover-cointelpro/

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https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=130401193

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https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/11/politics/fbi-releases-first-9-11-document-after-biden-order/index.html

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https://www.cnet.com/news/mueller-report-ag-barr-says-no-evidence-of-trump-collusion/

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https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/05/10/527755991/trump-meets-with-russias-lavrov-at-the-white-house-today

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https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/11/us/windsor-virginia-police-stop-army-lieutenant-lawsuit/index.html

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https://www.news-press.com/story/news/crime/2021/09/16/lee-county-deputy-who-asked-inmate-say-i-cant-breathe-fired/8357746002/

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https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/01/nyregion/mdc-brooklyn-jail-heat.html

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https://www.texastribune.org/2021/02/18/texas-jails-prisons-winter-storm/

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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/apr/10/us-prisons-coronavirus-uprising-riot

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https://www.npr.org/2017/04/26/524744989/when-la-erupted-in-anger-a-look-back-at-the-rodney-king-riots

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https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/16/nyregion/eric-garner-case-death-daniel-pantaleo.html

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https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/justice-department-finds-that-ferguson-officer-did-not-violate-michael-browns-rights/article_06cfab32-5fb1-59dc-bf47-5711ae36cd8a.html

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/06/09/dangerous-rise-anonymous-cops/

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https://www.npr.org/2020/07/17/892277592/federal-officers-use-unmarked-vehicles-to-grab-protesters-in-portland

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https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/13/us/politics/capitol-police-riot-report.html

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https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/hsph-in-the-news/blacks-whites-police-deaths-disparity/

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https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/15/us/african-americans-sickle-cell-police.html

All of this… and it’s only a snippet. A snapshot.

So many thousands more, but only a handful of these: 

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IF they are allowed to do this to ONE of us, then we give them the POWER to do this to us ALL. 

Trends change. Things happen. TIME marches on. 

Where will it go from HERE… 

The problem is systemic… and it must CHANGE. 

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https://jackcharbonneau.com/2021/04/24/justice/

-JC 

Beware the Company You Keep

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This is not a time for cowardice. This is not a time for the faint of heart. DEMOCRACY and our interpretation of what it means, is on the line. Two-hundred-and-forty years are at stake… and the fate of the next 240 may soon be determined.

This is a moment that calls for THOUGHT. This is a moment that calls for REASON… two things that disappear when our emotions take control. Our right to STAND UP and SPEAK OUT isn’t unique in this world, but it is fleeting. Hong Kong comes to mind… Belarus as well. Steps taken backwards. Liberty taken away.

Where once there was FREEDOM, state-sponsored SILENCE remains… and for what reason. At who’s direction… at who’s EXPENSE. Because if it’s REVOLUTION we’re talking about here, then we must be CLEAR. Every one of us must understand what that entails… exactly what that means.

 

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This Nation helps DEFINE the word Revolution. THIS Nation. The United States of America. Where it is our RIGHT to decide our FATE.

Revolution is violent. Bloodless coups do not exist. In battle AND upon the streets, when nations engage in war, civilians on BOTH sides die… as those who STARTED the war suffer no consequence.

When the fighting is INTERNAL, when the ever-consuming fires turn brother against brother… there is no hiding from that. There is no safety on our streets. No matter what side is victorious, there are no winners in a civil war… this Nation still bears the SCARS of that.

We even have the deeds of our OWN ACTIONS. What has our meddling in the affairs of other nations produced? In how many countries have we tipped the scales? How many times have we paid the price… because of our own ego.

By our hands, with our consent. At the ballot box… Elected Officials, BEHOLDEN to the DOLLAR. Don’t forget! If you are outraged AT our elected officials, or enraged BY our elected officials, that’s exactly what they want. 

If you’re not mad… they can’t FUNDRAISE. 

 

… at OUR expense.

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/07/31/trump-committees-fundraising-2021-fec/

 

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Who in the hell would take up ARMS at the direction of a POLITICIAN? Have they earned even a modicum of TRUST in that regard… 

 

‘We’ll be greeted as liberators.’

‘Wanted dead or alive.’

‘This would have happened if we left 10 years ago or 10 years from now.’

‘We’re gonna walk down to the Capitol, and I’m going with you.’ 

 

 

To those who would say NOW is the time for Revolution, I would say I can sympathize. I can understand that desire… I voted for Al Gore. I voted against the agenda carried out for 8 years. But I believe in the Constitution, and I believe in the Will of the American People, whenever they are fully informed. 

Right now NONE of us are fully informed… and it’s by design. Now, it’s effecting our CHILDREN as well. 

 

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https://www.wsj.com/articles/facebook-knows-instagram-is-toxic-for-teen-girls-company-documents-show-11631620739 

 

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None of us… LEFT or RIGHT… is being told the full story. 

 

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https://www.thedailybeast.com/facebook-lets-whitelist-vips-break-all-of-its-posting-rules-report-says 

 

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But we all know what the problem IS

 

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… at OUR EXPENSE. 

 

Let us invoke HUMILITY before we resort to violence. Let us employ KNOWLEDGE before we submit ourselves to the OPINIONS of others. We must admit there is a problem before we begin to solve it.

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How deeply do you hold your convictions? For what is it that you fight… why must we even fight when we know our elected officials should be SOLVING this problem.

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https://www.politico.com/news/2021/07/27/jim-jordan-legislative-terrorist-gop-500785 

 

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https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/06/politics/jordan-osu-wrestlers-strauss-invs/index.html 

 

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https://www.politico.com/news/2021/09/15/hastert-settles-child-sexual-abuse-suit-511972 

 

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We all know what the problem is… MONEY allows it to continue. 

The MAJORITY stands opposed. 
The MAJORITY stands United.

 

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https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-58573887 

 

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Let us address the reason it continues and not give in to our base instincts. This is not a Democrat issue. This is not a Republican issue. This is a TRANSPARENCY issue… not a call for revolution. This is a call for CLARITY. 

Who among us isn’t angry? Who among us isn’t ready to cry REBELLION? The “Revolution” isn’t going to be fought on a battlefield… it’s going to be fought in the arena of OPEN DEBATE. Because in that battle, we can LOSE without falling BACK. Everyone goes HOME after the rhetorical shots are fired, and we can look forward to the next engagement.

The MAJORITY of this Nation stands for what is RIGHT. Those who call for violence to solve a POLITICAL ISSUE… do not. 

-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. 

 

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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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6A306EAD-41BF-449F-B1B8-E96DB8B4652Dhttps://constitution.congress.gov/browse/amendment-14/section-3/ 

 

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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