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

Integrity

“We can make these people whole again.”

That was the response of Senator Lindsay Graham, shortly after the lockdowns began in response to the outbreak of COVID-19… in the context of JOBS. In the context of Business Owners and the financial impact that would eventually come.

He suggested we could RESTORE… retroactively.

Putting aside the question of the saintly-hood of our Senators for a second… what was he speaking of? What glimmer of HOPE can we find within that statement… that’s IF Senator Graham was speaking in GOOD FAITH.

It seems COLD to color the situation in terms of MONEY, considering the toll taken in the lives of most people. It’s ignorant to even contemplate retroactively fixing what has been LOST… half a million from the virus, untold numbers from the dominoes that fell as our hospitals filled to capacity. There is NO amount of money that can replace that.

And it wasn’t due to a VIRUS. It was due to INACTION.
It was due to ineptitude, elevated by OUR VOTE.

As I write, I’m looking down at a freshly cleared field, tucked in next to a small tributary that feeds the Missouri River… a far cry from the crowded city streets of Manhattan or Seattle. The impact may be harder to see, but it is felt just the same.

We’ve lost LIVES. We’ve lost LIVELIHOODS, but we’ve lost more than that… we’ve lost a sense of TRUST. We’ve lost a sense of SECURITY. When lives are on the line, we call 911. We take it for granted. More people now know… that’s not always the case. We’ve lost our Innocence.

There is no retroactively fixing that. We’ve shattered the ILLUSION of security… and it was taken with our consent.

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I don’t believe the American People elevate liars intentionally. We only find out AFTER they’ve risen to power that they were being less than truthful… well, with the obvious exceptions of course.

And once those liars are exposed, they eventually find themselves voted out of office, or escorted out by authorities. When crimes are committed, those who perpetrated AND participated are eventually held accountable… except for those who are NOT. Even when the evidence seems overwhelming, some people just seem to SKIRT.

Identical crimes. Identical circumstances. Wildly different outcomes.
SAME Judicial System.

What’s the variable. What CHANGES that outcome?

“If OJ drove a bus he wouldn’t even be OJ, he’d be Orenthal the bus driving murderer.”
-Chris Rock


Chris almost got it right… it’s not fame. There are many people you’ve never heard of before, who’ve done the exact same thing. It’s the MONEY. It’s the ability to secure Legal Counsel… it’s the ability to secure QUALITY Legal Counsel.

MONEY allows people to get away with murder.

MONEY defines what is or is NOT murder, because we choose our Elected Officials based on who can raise the MOST MONEY… Therefore, our laws favor those with money over those without.


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https://www.washingtonpost.com/crime-law/2021/05/04/ledell-lee-dna-execution/ 

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To the Victor go the spoils, and those with MONEY always seem to win. History is written by the winners… and so are our LAWS. 

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Ashli Babbit wasn’t executed on January 6th, she was shot by police while Breaking and Entering the United States House of Representatives.


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The people who stormed the Capitol on January 6th weren’t exercising their First Amendment Right to protest… 

Donald Trump wasn’t directing that crowd to call on Congress for a redress of their grievances. He told them to “… fight like hell or you won’t have a country anymore.”

Officers were not greeted with hugs and kisses that day.

LIES have elevated these problems. Lies elevated the people who were willing to support those lies, and those lies continue to GROW… even as we know they are lies.

These are the FACTS… 

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https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-was-watching-tv-while-riots-took-place-2021-1 

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https://www.businessinsider.com/fbi-says-tie-between-a-proud-boy-trump-white-house-2021-3 

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… and these are the LIES. 


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https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/15/politics/space-force-lohmeier-fired-after-comments/index.html 

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https://www.forbes.com/sites/nicholasreimann/2021/05/07/in-arizonas-bizarre-election-audit-ballots-are-being-checked-for-bamboo-and-election-chief-has-been-assigned-protection/?sh=acfe6aa183b8 

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It’s a hard pill to swallow, but we must address these issues head-on, and establish what is FACT before we can move on. LIES do not save lives in times of crisis… they only serve to keep BAD ACTORS in power. 

“It’s about… an intelligence office for the Palestinian terrorist organization housed in that building, that plots and organizes the terror attacks against Israeli Civilians. It’s a perfectly legitimate target.” —Benjamin Netanyahu

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https://www.politico.com/news/2021/02/08/netanyahu-israel-corruption-charges-467605 

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

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The BAD ACTORS don’t want us to realize that. They don’t want us finding COMMON GROUND… casting aside the insanity and FOCUSING on what is RIGHT.

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We lose our ability to LEAD, so long as we continue to cling to LIES. In order to find what is RIGHT, we must admit when we are WRONG… and work to ensure it can NEVER happen again.

-JC

… would you like to say a few words?

TODAY we have a CHOICE… tomorrow our decision will have been made, and our future will be sown. Our perch on history right now, whether seen as exciting or exhausting… no one can say it has NOT been amazing!

And because of the path I am on, I feel like the most IMPOTENT person on Earth. Like the guy on-deck, swinging away in the batter’s box, a front row seat no closer than THIS… none more helpless or vulnerable.

The antithesis of the pentacle, the polar opposite of everything that stands at the height of power. I sit and scribble on notebook paper words of OPPOSITION, while Men in High Office craft LEGISLATION that will destroy a family. I am searching within myself, to find some calm during this turbulent time, Our President uses the BULLY PULPIT… against us.

On my tablet, I get notifications from different apps through out my day. Uploads, comments, but also weather notifications and… I’m disturbed by a thought I had the other day. I opened my iPad, read through the list and thought, “What a relief… it’s only a Geomagnetic Storm.”

So, I’m watching… swinging away. Trying to get my timing down. CHOMPING at the bit… cliche, cliche…

I feel guilty. Unable to help, but knowing that I can…. humbled that I will. Desperate for patients, but unable to find any. Delusional to believe anyone is actually listening to a word I say. But STUBBORN and persistent. Unable to bend, as required by Our Constitutional Duty. Yes, we are all bound by the SAME OATH the Presidents take when they enter the Office, because they come from US.

We are the balance upon which EVERYTHING is weighed. And I assure you… that weight is felt.

Stand up and speak out. Use your voice to make things better in YOUR life, for the people YOU care about. Because, when you do that, you are supporting ideals a MAJORTIY of Americans support. Good and caring people still live in the Land of the Free! And when you STAND UP and defend Liberty and Justice… FOR ALL, you are NOT ALONE, here… in the Home of the Brave.

When we choose to make things better for ourselves, we make it better for everyone.together without even realizing.

Keep your head UP!!

JC

So… that’s what I’ve got. That’s the pitch. It’s not magic. It’s not LIES. It’s not flashy or trendy… but, then again- That’s not up to me.🙃

Why are YOU voting?

I am shocked no one sees it. I am EXCITED! It’s an upwelling… a surge. A wave BIGGER than anyone can see. The earthquake was MASSIVE, and he continues to damage our Country. But the wave it caused is deceptive. As it approaches shore, its SIZE will become apparent!

 

 

 

 

Voter enthusiasm is high! Voter turnout is at record highs! BOTH Democrat and Republican, excited to vote FOR our basic human rights! NO ONE is excited to go vote for anything supporting Trump’s agenda. Republicans were biting the bullet, and those who despised the MORAL DECAY planned to stay home November 6th.

… but then the Kavanaugh hearings happened.

NO Republican Senator STOOD UP for a victim of sexual assault. NO Republican Senator believed the POWERFUL testimony, under oath, before Congress and the World, of Dr. Christine Blassey Ford. And NONE of them can give a clear answer as to why. Key witnesses were ignored. Credible allegations ignored, perjury dismissed as partisan attacks, politicians IGNORING the SAFETY and WELLBEING of 50% of their constituents. The blatant disregard for the Rule of Law and the wholesale liquidation of Our VALUES as a Country now demands… everyone must vote.

 

 

 

THAT is the surge in Republican enthusiasm. It is painfully obvious to anyone who values Our Constitution… Why am I voting? Because our CURRENT elected officials stand impotent in the face of an imminent threat to our National Security. In fact, IF you watch the actions of the Leader of the Republican Party, our elected officials seem to be AIDING our foreign advasries through INTENTIONAL INACTION.

If you SEE something, SAY something!

So the stage is lit, and the players are at their marks. We see how the story must go. And of course, as has been the constant recurring central theme throughout this entire fiasco, a group of refugees numbering close to 7,000 is making its way HERE, to Our Country… to Our Home. Asking for SAFETY. Asking for a CHANCE…

What are YOU gonna tell them? Would you turn them away? Because that would be, at least, compassionate… compaired to what the President and the Congress and the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security have planned for FAMILIES, REFUGEES… a huddled mass yearning to be FREE.

THIS is the easy part! The unity, the comradery, the “Democracy In Action!”… Pull the Lever and Make a Difference!

AFTER the election… THAT is where the work begins. That is where our mettle will be tested. When the votes are counted and the SHEER SIZE of the rejection becomes apparent… what do you think HE will say? Hmmm…

“More people voted for the Democrat candidate than there are Registered Democrats! RIGGED ELECTION!”

He’s going to test the RESOLVE of the American People. He’s going to STAND, bald-faced, blustering, and barbaric, telling everyone “It’s ‘THEM’! ‘THEY’ did this! ‘THEY’ are trying to take away your ‘THING’ or ‘STUFF’! No Republican would EVER vote against ‘America’!”

STAND… do NOT be silent… in for a DIME, in for a DOLLAR. United, we have stood on shores more dangerous than this, more drenched in blood than we have seen SO FAR. And the lessons that they missed BEFORE we landed at Normandy must be remembered NOW-

No appeasement.

STAND UP for the Rule of Law Everytime. Every where.

Equal Justice Under Law.

And now we MUST add- Equal Means Equal. Because the division stoked by friend and foe alike within our society is fueled by hate and fear, Eliminate the divisive talking point. Race, gender, religion…

We discriminate against others AT OUR OWN PERIL. If it isn’t obvious NOW… just wait until November 7th.

Walking My Path.

You don’t wake up one morning and say “You know what? I don’t believe in god anymore.” It is a process. It doesn’t just happen. When you have friends, or know a family member with a story. And then you ask questions… about your faith, and yourself, then the people you trust.

I accepted Jesus Christ as my lord and savior on January 17, 1991, the evening operation Desert Shield became operation Desert Storm.

I was 12.

My best friend, Eric, brought me to a youth group event at his church. They were convinced this was it, this was the beginning of the events that foretold the return of Jesus, and I had to be “saved” right now.

To me, that argument seemed pretty sound!

So I prayed with youth group leaders, and friends in the congregation. And by the end of the evening I asked Jesus to wash away all my sins and began the moral life of a Southern Baptist Christian.

That evening was not the first time I had gone with Eric and his parents to Vista Baptist Church. They were involved with the congregation. Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays most weeks, unless special events were happening. Eric’s mom was a devout ‘fire and brimstone’ Christian… and she LIVED it!

She was inspiring. The entire church was! The love and faith that pours from a Southern Baptist Church is beautiful! It moves people to stand and raise their arms to the sky. It fills the air with love and praise. Being in a service on Sunday with a good servant of the Lord, recounting the gospel’s word to hundreds of families of faith… you can’t help but sing!

The welcome feeling of love and faith was appealing to a kid from a single parent home. It was closer to the TV reality I grew up watching at home, than home REALLY was.

Eric and I participated in a religious version of Boy Scouts called AWANAS. We would receive awards based on bible memorization and understanding of different messages. Some of the kids wore the uniform and had badges and pins. It was quite involved if you really wanted to get into it. At that time, Eric and I were in Boy Scouts. It did not excite me to the same extent.

I did enjoy going to the Large music events. The organization that sprang up in the early 90s called “See You at the Pole”, where Christian youth would gather at the flagpoles before school and pray before classes started, also involved large concerts with Christian artists. I saw Carmen twice. I saw a Christian death metal band. A couple Christian boy bands. Sadly, I never got to see Amy Grant. I had her “Heart in Motion” album and I STILL know the words to the songs even though I haven’t owned that album since I was 16. One of the songs popped up on the music at Walgreen’s one day and all of a sudden I’m singing along with a B-side track off of an Amy Grant album, in the middle of the afternoon… in 2018.

I spent a lot of time going to events and being a good Christian Solider, spreading the word to as many as I could. I felt the word of Jesus and shared it with everyone. I felt a connection, and it showed. I brought my Aunt Marty to Jesus shortly after my grandfather died. I know it helped her through a difficult time in her life, as that period in time was difficult for all of us.

Less than two years later, grandma would be gone, too. It was comforting to believe there was purpose to the loss. That, even though it was not seen, there was a reason for the madness. And though we could not see it, in time, we would know… we just had to have faith.

As I got older, as is inevitable, I started asking questions. Science and math have always been my favorite subjects outside music, and a good scientist always asks questions! The answers were always the same… you just have to have faith.

I remember meeting a devotee of the Krishna Conciseness movement, and I asked him about their view of Jesus. He explained that they saw Jesus as a messenger. Jesus told the people, in that place, at that time, exactly what they needed to hear. The only way to salvation is like THIS. The kingdom of heaven lies through ME.

So, I bought a copy of the “Bhagavad Gita… as it is” with a full interpretation of the text. To help put it all into context. It was the first time I contemplated another religious text and not the bible, and it would not be the last.

Modern religions. Historical religions. Ancient religions. ALL carry similar stories. ALL teach LOVE for our fellow Man and PEACE comes from understanding. I would never claim to be a religious scholar, but every religious text I have read shares a compelling story about love. The WORDS they teach give COMFORT to families who grieve, they proclaim the ceremonies of Unions are CELEBRATIONS, and these texts anoint the new generation, when those Unions so decide. But as I grew older I could see the hypocrisy. The WORDS of Men seemed pure, but their DEEDS were pure evil.

… and it is NOT just to be thrown upon religious establishments. Unfortunately, it undermines EVERY aspect where power over weaker individuals creates profit. It just so happens this continues to this day.

I believe in the power of the SUBATOMIC. I believe in a balance of power. I believe that my actions HERE, can DIRECTLY effect someone on the OTHER SIDE of the planet… It’s spooky almost!

But I also believe that on a subatomic level, when we consider what each and every atom actually IS, that we are made up of mostly EMPTY SPACE, and yet I sit here and CONTEMPLATE… YES, don’t tell my ‘Atheist Brethren’, but some days I would call myself “agnostic”… but only SOME DAYS. Agnostic suggests someone who’s “on the fence”. No… pick a side, then let’s Move On!

Each religion, from historical to modern, shares stories that share common themes within common narratives, yet their origins are separated by thousands of years. Wise men recorded these stories to share knowledge with future generations. What elders learned in THEIR years that kept them alive, inspired by the WORD of the Creator, Universe.

As I have walked my path, seeking the answers, walking as FAR AWAY from religion as possible, I found… the answers lie within creation itself!

It can never be as brilliant as the LIGHT, it is only a spoken representation, The WORD of Universe… and We are ALL a part of it.

So, in other words- I will continue to walk my path. I continue to want to know ALL I can. I want to learn ALL I can from every religious text. I want to know the story so I can compair that with other stories, and find the commonality that lies within ALL our shared history!

And I want that opportunity to exist for ALL MANKIND, forever. Each person’s spiritual path is just that… THEIR OWN!

It is my belief, whenever someone decides to ask questions about their humanity, they should be guaranteed access to the answers… ALL OF THE ANSWERS. To make the best informed decisions… After all, on that day of judgement, there will be no one there to answer for your actions… but YOU. We all follow the path, together, the LIGHT showing us the way.

… but I am just an Athiest! I don’t have all the answers. Nor would I ever be so arrogant to claim that I did.

There’s only one way to find out for sure.

JC