Because There Is a Need

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This is what we get when we’re forced to vote against someone, instead of for them. When we vote against someone else, we are forced to take on all the baggage carried by the ‘lesser of two evils’… and decisions are made that are opposed to the Will of The People, because their positions stand opposed to the will of the candidate.

When I wake up in the morning, the first thing I focus on is making sure others have something to eat. Then… it’s usually caffeine. IF everything goes to plan, after the kids… after the critters… if everything is in order, then I can find time for myself.

Sure, it might help if I wake up at 0430 every morning, but I’m a night person. In a busy household, that’s usually the best time to find some PEACE… when everyone else is asleep.

Priorities. ‘What is it that I’m trying to accomplish? What is the goal I’m trying to reach?’ There may only be 24 hours in a single day, but there are many more days to come after this one; and most goals worth attaining require multiple days… multiple years… to complete. It’s all about maximizing your time, as well as biding it.

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We are ALL created EQUAL. That is the foundation upon which our society was built. That is the goal the Framers had in mind when they set about constructing a Just form of Governance.

It was a DESTINATION to be reached. The outcome of this endeavor.

What is done to ONE of us is done to us ALL.

Because that is how we ensure it cannot happen to ME. It’s the most selfish and most honorable act anyone can engage in. When we defend the Rights of OTHERS… we defend those Rights for OURSELVES.

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Arizona rally for the Equal Rights Amendment, 2018.

Our history informs us. It gives our current situation CONTEXT. It frames the moment that surrounds us and gives us a glimpse of how things might be.

Our  history inspires us… because of the injustice that endures, our HEROES have been found. Out of the ashes have risen our Nation’s finest hours. In acts of COURAGE, undertaken as an act of defiance. Our history is defined by struggle. Toward what do we struggle… toward what do we strive. If we cannot NAME IT, then how can we expect to SOLVE IT? 

HALF of the citizens of this Nation do not have EQUAL STANDING under our Constitution. In Civil Rights. In Reproductive Rights. In Property Rights. In EQUAL PAY. Women are treated as second-class citizens, subject to the dictates of whomever holds office at the time…

If it can happen to ONE of us, then it can happen to us ALL.

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In September, 2010, when Justice Scalia shared his views on discrimination on the basis of sex, he said:

“Certainly the Constitution doesn’t require discrimination on the basis of sex, the only question is whether it prohibits it.

It doesn’t.

It demonstrated clearly what the opinion of the United States Supreme Court is on the issue of Equality:

Equality doesn’t exist.

Legal precedent. Dating all the way back to THE DOCUMENT itself. 

“No one ever voted for that.”

There is NO LAW restricting any of my Reproductive Rights. It should be the SAME for everyone… EQUALLY. If we allow the government to dictate to us when we can exercise our basic human rights, someday they will have legal precedent to tell us when we cannot.

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On account of sex… regardless of what that may be.

Only EQUAL. MEANS. EQUAL.

-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 

 

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