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 

 

In the Course of HUMAN Events

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THIS is the best we could have hoped for… this is the best we could have done. This President says so. The LAST President says so. The PEOPLE wanted us out… a deadline’s a deadline. We even signed a treaty. And lord knows, when we sign a treaty our elected officials must abide.

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https://www.history.com/news/native-american-broken-treaties

This is the best our election system can produce. THIS is the product of our partisan political system. An adversarial contest between opposing ideological entities… who now STAND in agreement.

This was to be expected no matter when we decided to leave, be it 10 years ago or 10 years from now. What more could have been done? What MORE could President Biden do… he’s just the President.

Of the United States of America.

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/01/25/trump-muslim-ban-legacy-biden/

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https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/hamedaleaziz/trump-debate-immigrant-children-cages

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

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https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/new-probe-confirms-trump-officials-blocked-puerto-rico-receiving-hurri-rcna749

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https://www.forbes.com/sites/chuckjones/2019/08/30/amid-trump-tariffs-farm-bankruptcies-and-suicides-rise/

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2019/01/14/coast-guard-working-without-pay-government-shutdown-sees-surge-west-coast-migrant-intercepts/

What more could have been done?

These excuses presented by the current Administration don’t hold water in-light of the previous one. We’ve now seen the IMPACT a President can have on every aspect of our daily lives. To say there was nothing that could have changed this outcome is either naive, ignorant, or intentionally misleading.

And it damages the stature of The Office.

A weak and inept Executive Office puts our National Security at risk. A stubborn and near-sighted Administration jeopardizes our stable relationships abroad.

A President who concedes that there will be people left behind, in a war that’s been on-going for 20 years, lacks the vision and foresight necessary to earn the confidence of the American People.

The phrase ‘There’s nothing I can do’ should not be in the vocabulary of the President of these United States. As it is with all of us… they have a CHOICE.

The bottom line is all about priorities. Who’s interests do you represent? How will you judge and interpret an incoming stream of information. How will you react and what conclusions will you draw from the overall picture painted by those events.

The unfolding course of events during our withdrawal from Afghanistan is the best Joe Biden could have hoped for.

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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/sep/03/female-journalists-afghanistan-future-dire-media-freedom

… and now we move on to Domestic Events.

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https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/01/us/supreme-court-texas-abortion.html

And now, once again… what will our priorities BE. Because now, LIVES are on the line. Once again, history attempts to repeat itself. Presenting a moment that demands CLARITY.

The PEOPLE know where Justice lies…

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https://www.npr.org/2020/01/15/796754345/virginia-ratifies-the-equal-rights-amendment-decades-after-deadline

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https://www.rollcall.com/2021/03/17/house-votes-to-nix-deadline-for-equal-rights-amendment-ratification/

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https://news.bloomberglaw.com/daily-labor-report/senators-push-for-equal-rights-amendment-wont-end-court-battle

… do our elected officials? 

Better still, will they do what’s RIGHT or will they BOW to their DONORS, to secure their political future.

They need to see… it’s a TRICK QUESTION! There is NO POLITICAL RISK in defending the rights of others. In fact…

It’s required.

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We may be able to determine the path of our journey, but we cannot change the destination. Equal Justice Under Law. It’s emblazoned upon the archway of our Highest Court. If it is not for ONE of us… then it is not for ALL of us.

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What outcome is the best we can hope for… what else could have been done.

ONE MAN now stands in the way of EQUALITY for HALF of this Nation. 


Mr. President, listen to THE PEOPLE and direct the archivist to add the 28th Amendment to the Constitution. There is no political risk in supporting the Constitution.

The People have spoken. It’s time to ratify EQUALITY. 

-JC

Where Do YOU Stand.

The PEOPLE demand action…
and THEY go on vacation.

The PEOPLE want to secure our Right to VOTE.
The DNC commits $25 MILLION to the cause.

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They’ve chosen to prioritize VOTER EDUCATION. Well… I suppose it’s about time we went to D.C. and EDUCATED them.

Our Rights will not be secured by MONEY. Our Rights will not be secured by INFRASTRUCTURE. Our Right to VOTE will only be secured by LAW. With LEGISLATION, PASSED by the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT… that’s how we secure the franchise.

That’s how we ensure the Will of the People reigns supreme. More participation equals BETTER GOVERNANCE.

STAND UP and SPEAK OUT!

How do we defeat the BULLY and the LIAR? We STAND UP for the Rule of Law, we stand FIRM in our convictions… and we stand UNITED.

We do not do this for a Political Party. We do not do this for our own self-interest or our own personal gain. We defend our Right to Vote for the NEXT generation, and the one that will come after them.

We do this because it is necessary. There must be no boundaries standing in the way of any citizen who wishes to participate in our democracy.

Our future National Security is ensured when our access to the ballot is secure.

STAND UP and SPEAK OUT… and you will not stand alone.

-JC

At This Moment

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If we are not moving forward, then we are moving BACK. If we are not focused on the prize we’ve set our sights upon… we will lose it. Efforts to oppose progress in the struggle for Equality, succeed with the greatest of ease; while generations have struggled just to have their voices heard.

And once they are heard… it’s not enough. Deals are struck, concessions are made, processes happen, and isn’t it a shame…

Aw, shucks… maybe next time. 

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https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/30/arts/television/bill-cosby-release-conviction.html

But you know, I’ve heard this story before… the LAST TIME it happened.

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https://www.npr.org/2020/11/12/934265386/jeffrey-epsteins-former-prosecutors-used-poor-judgment-in-deal-doj-says

And the time before THAT

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https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/15/nyregion/harvey-weinstein-new-york-sex-assault-investigation.html

It’s easy to think that these are simply isolated incidents or just wealthy and powerful men acting abhorrently… nowhere near representative of the actions of ‘Average Americans’. But thanks to the powerful testimony shared by thousands of survivors through movements like #TimesUp and #MeToo, we now know that’s not the case.

The problem is systemic… and it happens everyday

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It makes it a hell of a lot easier to get away with CRIMES when the evidence is IGNORED, and when the laws are crafted to benefit the CRIMINALS.

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“It allows the criminal justice system to acknowledge the victim, and it provides an incentive for that offender to plea, in particular because it’s not an offense that requires that they register as a sex offender.”

I must admit, when I went searching for these cases that popped into my mind today, I couldn’t remember the exact details. I figured I’d be able to narrow it down to what I was looking for…

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There shouldn’t be over 5 million search results for that sentence. 

… and yet there are.

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While it’s comforting to know that the Great State of Pennsylvania acts SWIFTLY to free a Black Man when evidence shows he shouldn’t be incarcerated… forgive me if I do not celebrate his release. My thoughts are with those who are still seeking Justice.

Speaking of seeking Justice… the Governor of the Great State of Missouri might want to take note of his immediate release.

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https://www.kansascity.com/news/local/crime/article252244473.html

At this moment, our laws do not recognize women as being EQUAL to men. HALF of the citizens of this Great Country do not have EQUAL STANDING under our Constitution… in the 21st Century.

And it only continues to be so… due to the opinion of ONE MAN.

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https://www.thedailybeast.com/this-is-some-bullshit-womens-group-rails-against-biden-inaction-on-the-equal-rights-amendment

You know, it seems to me… I’ve heard this story once before.

-JC

Equal. Means. Equal.

Don’t let them fool you! Don’t get it twisted, this is just another example… another demonstration of a FACT that already exists.

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The New York State Legislature didn’t take away Governor Cuomo’s powers. He gave them away, the moment he violated the personal space of a campaign staffer… and then took personal offense when she forcefully rebuked his “gesture”. 

You can see it in his eyes… and in hers. 

 

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Let’s make sure we get something straight… I just wanna make myself clear…  

 

 … yes sir. we got it. 

 

If he had done that to a MAN, physically threatening someone like that is a violation of the law.

 

And yet he serves, at the expense of the People. 

 

It’s a lesson learned throughout the history of Our Republic. It’s not about the PERSON who resides at the TOP, it’s about THE PEOPLE they represent.

Gov. Cuomo, Leader McConnell, Donald Trump… ALL of them need to remember- this experiment was BORN before them, and it will LIVE ON long after they are gone. Our actions, our deeds… at the end of the day, that’s all we have left. That and the Constitution.

Whatever edifice we build for ourselves, as well as all the other ones that have yet to come and go, Our Constitution will remain regardless of who stands or who falls.

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We could attempt to legislate our way forward, trying to create some set of laws that would prevent our elected officials from acting in such a way, but we would never succeed. The House has passed, multiple times now, laws that would benefit the People, only to be STALLED on their way to the Senate. Unable to pass with a CLEAR MAJORITY… defeated due to the opinion of ONE MAN. 

“It is ESSENTIAL to such a government that it be derived from the great body of the society, not from an inconsiderable proportion, or a favored class of it; otherwise a handful of tyrannical nobles, exercising their oppressions by a delegation of their powers, might aspire to the rank of republicans, and claim for their government the honorable title of republic.”  –Federalist #39 

 
 

This is what the Founders spoke of, a select group of elected nobility. 

A long history of an ever-shrinking pool of worthy candidates, only those deemed worthy by the Party Elites.

Drain the SWAMP…? 

 

Drain the Swamp is not the answer. We need to Break the Dam, and let the rushing waters of Democracy breathe LIFE back into this brackish, backwater pool. More participation equals Better Governance. 

The solutions being presented do not rise to the level of the challenges we now face. If we continue to select our candidates using the SAME process, we will continue to see candidates that look THE SAME. Fighting yesterday’s battles. Holding on to tired ideologies and dogmas now shown to be in-error.

Through knowledge and understanding, we strive toward a more perfect Union.  To become better than what we were before… that is the point of the entire experiment! In order to disprove the critics, the naysayers, the people who believed Mankind was no more noble than the beasts. 

200 years ago many learned scholars believed that if the People were allowed to govern themselves, we would descend into MOB RULE. The experiment shows… Our Experiment in self-governance now proves, that conclusion is wrong. 

The Moral Compass of the MAJORITY points TRUE. 

 

The Majority of this Nation knows where Justice is found. We are ALL susceptible to falsehoods and fallacies, that is why ONE MAN should not rule over a FREE PEOPLE. 

We saw the horrors brought by a decentralized response to the pandemic on a National scale, now the people of New York will suffer the same as the Legislature has stripped the Governor’s pandemic powers… all because of the opinion of ONE MAN. 

… and his actions in this moment break NO LAWS.  

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“There’s no way under the sun that in 2021 that we are going to allow the filibuster to be used to deny voting rights. That just ain’t gonna happen. That would be catastrophic.” 
 
 

Yes Rep. Clyburn, it would be catastrophic if the filibuster was used to withhold rights from our citizens in the 21st Century… BUT, it wouldn’t be the first time it has happened…

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… and if things don’t change, it won’t be the LAST. 

When we defend the rights of others, we defend those rights for ourselves. 

Their struggles become our struggles, and we share the burdens and the benefits… EQUALLY. 

And I will continue to bang this drum until I’ve either torn a hole in it or change ACTUALLY happens, because their struggle is at the heart of ALL of our problems… HALF of this Nation is NOT guaranteed Equal Justice Under Law. 

Everything STARTS with Equality. 

 

-JC