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

 

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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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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 

 

Boulevard of Broken Dreams

Image: President Biden. At Camp David. 

 

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/biden-camp-david-afghanistan-taliban-republican-criticism 

 

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It’s as if we must TEACH our Government how to WALK all over again…

How did this happen?

 

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https://apnews.com/article/bagram-afghanistan-airfield-us-troops-f3614828364f567593251aaaa167e623 

 

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Empty U.S. military bases overtaken by the Taliban. Our partners and allies left to fend for themselves. Where were the hand-off ceremonies, the passing of the torch, the symbolic gestures of UNITY? 

There was no exit plan. Just like there was no plan for victory. Just like there was no plan in Iraq… “We’ll be greeted as liberators.” Politicians, beholden. Making vital life and death decisions… securing THEIR agendas and THEIR political future first. 

The Will of the People was to bring our troops HOME. The implied part of that sentiment was only IF and WHEN Afghanistan was secure. The American People were led to believe Afghanistan was secure. The actual situation on the ground in the region was not being fully elevated… 

 

What the hell were we not told. 

 

There seems to have been some THIRD-PARTY interest involved in the success of the advancing Taliban forces. Then again, Donald Trump chose to telegraph to our adversaries EXACTLY when we would be leaving. Joe Biden just decided to go along… 
Two sides. Same coin. 

What is the vital piece of intelligence we’re missing? The American People can only form their opinions based on what’s made available to them, and none of us thought the Government of Afghanistan would fall in 90 days… let alone ONE WEEK. 

 

One trillion dollars. Twenty years. Thousands of LIVES. What did all that MONEY go toward… did “Fat Leonard” take up shop in Afghanistan? We are now left to ponder what happened, as our HISTORY unfolds before us…

It feels as if the Towers have fallen once again. 

 

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The message of the American People is not being told. The Will of our Country is being SILENCED… and it seems WE are the last to know. It’s been going on for so long now the MAJORITY of us weren’t even born when it began. 

In order to determine the path of a distant celestial body, we need only TWO confirmed positions, observed at different points in time. From this we can extrapolate where it will be in the future… 

 

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Right now in the United States of America it’s 1975. 

 

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THE PEOPLE have already learned that lesson… that’s why we ALWAYS support our Troops no matter what our Government has done. 

And now look at what OUR Government has done. 

 

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https://www.independent.co.uk/asia/south-asia/afghanistan-taliban-women-rights-adverts-b1902922.html 

 

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Fool me ONCE, shame on YOU. Fool me TWICE… shame on US

 

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Our future has not been written. We can make the CHANGE… but only if we CHOOSE to do so. 

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This far… and no farther. 

 

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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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 

 

A ‘Show-Me’ State of Mind

It’s kind of like a union. There are dues that are paid and protections afforded. Certain considerations are made in crucial moments, sometimes seemingly inexplicable… often without full explanation or any consequence.

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https://www.wkyc.com/article/news/politics/nina-turner-leads-poll-11th-congressional-district-race/95-5842fe8f-4824-4185-8020-c0f16a47da96

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It’s the CAUSE… where do you STAND? Because it’s either you’re WITH us or AGAINST us. ‘What? You dare step outta line?! You’re no better than one of THEM. You’ll LEAD them to winning the next election!’ 

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It’s the CAUSE for which they STAND… preservation of the PARTY

In their eyes, from their point of view… there’s no one else who can stand and fight the forces of opposition, they’re too big to FAIL. They hold HALF the cards. 

The fate of our Nation rests in the hands of two political parties, that no MAJORITY would vote for if they were presented with a better option. Because they said so… or else. Too big to fail is never a good thing. 

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When our Presidents consider what policies they will pursue, they consult with the White House Legal Counsels, the Solicitors General, outside legal counsels, personal advisors who are also lawyers… all in an attempt to avoid breaking the law. To avoid having a policy or directive BLOCKED by the courts. 

The previous Administration didn’t give a damn about legal OPINIONS. They acted in what they saw as their constituency’s best interests, and they let the courts decide what would stand and what would be struck down. They challenged the OPINIONS of legal counsel. They pushed through their agenda come hell and high water! And when their actions were halted they appealed or started again. 

They didn’t seek to break the law, in many instances they sought to TEST the limits of the law and expand its definition and application. 

… and THIS Administration? 

 

They seem to fear the law. They believe the OPINIONS of their legal counsel seem firm… why should they be challenged? Why should they seek different OPINIONS? You have to consider what people might think if one of their Executive Orders were struck DOWN… how would that make the President LOOK? How would that make the Party LOOK?! 

Someone might think they were criminals! Hearings could be held, investigations could be launched… that might scare the DONORS. 

But don’t forget, they hold the MAJORITY. There would be no hearings if courts decided their ACTIONS were too extreme, and the courts have no problem saying so… it’s their DUTY to do so. Give them something to DO instead of fearing their OPINIONS

What is the OPINION of the Democratic PARTY? Seriously… I would like to KNOW, and so would every other American Citizen. Make sure it is FULLY DEFINED before it’s shot down in flames. 

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/06/02/state-voting-restrictions/ 

 

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As the sun sets on our democracy, they might look back with fondness for the Presidency of Joseph R. Biden. For FOUR YEARS… he did what was legal and there was no hint of scandal. No court struck down any of HIS Executive Orders. He stayed well WITHIN the framework of ESTABLISHED LAW… 

A fitting capstone to almost 240 years of FREE and FAIR elections. On a scale of 1 to 46? A solid 23. Not a scratch on it… the last time this Nation had a Democratic President. 

And sure, what MORE could have been done? The courts, the decisions… it would have been illegal to even TRY

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Their tactics, though they seemed illegal, were only slightly mischievous… according to the Supreme Court. What more
could have been done? I mean, after all… it was “a priority” of his Presidency. 

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It’s a fight WORTHY of the full attention of the highest authority in our current POLITICAL landscape. $25 MILLION is a lot of CASH… how will those resources serve to secure our Right to Vote? 

The DNC now believes this issue is of such IMPORT, they are willing to spend TENS of MILLIONS of DOLLARS on… 

Educating. Voters. 

 

Of course… if only we weren’t so dumb. Then maybe… Democrats might hold ALL THREE BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT? Then maybe… we’d have UNITY in the Unites States SENATE?

Hmmm… we’ve ALL seen this show before! Their attempt to “educate voters” is as big a DODGE as is the Republican Party’s BIG LIE. The VOTERS don’t need to be educated. A MAJORITY of us already know… 

They just want to raise more MONEY

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The emails. The fundraisers. The get-out-the-vote drives. ‘The struggle continues!’ ‘The fight marches on!’ They BLOW SMOKE while ROME BURNS. 

Progress was made. We stressed the importance OF the passage OF this legislation that’s being BLOCKED…’ as it has now been for days. Months. YEARS. As it was BEFORE they came to power. 

But hey, you know. You gotta toe that PARTY LINE… amiright! When the chips are down. When it’s all on the line. Not everyone’s tough enough to HANG IN THERE… together. For the PARTY… Who else ya gonna vote for? 

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Yes, Madam Vice President… this is the fight of our lifetime. Let us pray your Administration dedicates a bit more time and determination to THIS fight, than they have so far to the fight for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. 

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https://richmond.com/news/local/central-virginia/powhatan/powhatan-today/local-powhatan-girls-involved-in-equal-rights-amendment/article_07ef203e-fb9d-11e7-a0b9-ff975530f870.html 

 

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But hey… how’s that bipartisan infrastructure package coming? 

 

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I worry they’re walking into a gunfight with a switchblade. They’re fighting a prairie fire with PRAYER. They’ve shown up to a cockfight carrying a CONDOM… who the hell is that gonna protect once the fighting really gets underway? 

 

While I appreciate ACTION being engaged in by the Leadership of the Democratic National Committee, I remain unconvinced of the effectiveness of their strategy to create legislative change. It certainly is a SHAME the Democratic Party’s Leadership isn’t more OPEN to new ideas, new OPINIONS, and new strategies… 

 

“Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was. 
Same as it ever was… same as it ever was.” 

-Talking Heads, ‘Once In a Lifetime’


-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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https://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/fulton-county/investigation-marjorie-taylor-greene-filed-homestead-exemptions-2-homes-violating-state-law/ 

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https://www.thedailybeast.com/rep-matt-gaetz-snorted-cocaine-with-megan-zalonka-escort-who-had-no-show-govt-job 

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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