Overlord

When the order came down and the operation was a go, it was still raining… just as it had been for days before. The forecast called for a change in the weather. The rain would let up by mid-morning with clear skies in the afternoon.

There was no more time for delay. Any further setback would push the timing of the invasion off by WEEKS… an eternity in the midst of a European War.

General Eisenhower made the call, and then set about taking responsibility for whatever outcome the fates would allow.

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“Our landings in the Cherbourg-Havre area have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold and I have withdrawn the troops. My decision to attack at this time and place was based upon the best information available. The troops, the air and the Navy did all that Bravery and devotion to duty could do. If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt it is mine alone.”

https://www.businessinsider.com/d-day-in-case-of-failure-letter-by-general-eisenhower-2012-6

There comes a point where preparations must come to an end. There comes a time when we must TURN… and face the storm.

Through the storm, under cover of it… they pushed forward. The storm AIDED them as they sailed toward the coast. Unexpected, and caught underprepared; the Allied Forces crossing the English Channel gained an advantage, hidden within the veil of that storm.

As hellish as it was, we secured a foothold on that beach that dreadful morning… and as the first troops started rolling out into the French countryside, they did so under sunny skies. The Light, showing them the cost of the battle they’d just won.

The first battle, marking the end of the Second World War.

And no one knew if their campaign would be successful. Even Eisenhower understood the odds were stacked against them, but that did not mean they were destined to fail. Inexperienced and still wet behind the ears; they marched off those landing craft and into HISTORY… because their cause was Righteous. They were fighting to secure LIBERTY and the Right to Self-Rule.

In a hail of gunfire, on a rain-soaked chalk-white beachhead; 10,000 Allied Forces Service Members bravely gave their lives, so that we might stand here today and remember. So that it might never happen again… so that we might never forget.

It is the least we could do, to properly HONOR and remember what it was that they were fighting FOR… and what it was they were fighting AGAINST.

In these hours of trial and tribulation, I find comfort in what might BE. What might come… what will be BORN of our struggles. What will be inspired by the monuments that we now build? What will be the PRICE asked of us… what COST are we willing to pay.

Our struggle wasn’t born under CLEAR SKIES… the fight begins within the HEART of the storm. The storm helps clarify what it is we are fighting for. It tests our resolve and sharpens the mind, forcing us to adapt and evolve. And once the LIGHT returns, as we know one day it will… 

If we can overcome THIS… then there’s nothing that can stand between us and the future toward which we now strive.

A future, first envisioned… on this morning, some 78 years ago.

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Their struggle is now OUR struggle. Let us HONOR their sacrifices… and fight to ensure it may never happen again.

-JC

We All Know What the Problem Is…

A good guy with a gun… really? A good guy with a gun… a whole bunch of them stood by for 30… 40… 50 minutes, while grade school children died.

Their solution to this problem is insufficient. Their answer to this question has now proven to be WRONG.

We are a nation that believes in giving people the benefit of the doubt. We believe others are acting in GOOD FAITH because that’s how we would act. Our hearts may break when these acts of insanity happen, but we believe there is a better way.

More guns, more police, more security… POLITICAL THEATER.

Endangering the lives of everyone. Officers included.

We must forge a better way.

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https://jackcharbonneau.com/2020/01/20/2-our-right-to-bear-arms/

President Trump spent four years pushing the boundaries of the Oval Office… banning Muslims because of their country of origin, banning immigrants from Mexico because of COVID. Funneling BILLIONS of dollars away from our Department of Defense for his Border Wall… tracking the menstrual cycles of immigrant women being held in detention.

Even personally profiting off of our Secret Service by charging exorbitant amounts for accommodations while staying at his properties.

The lengths to which he would go for HIS constituents was unending. A constant barrage of Executive Orders, supporting the agendas of his DONORS and his political consultants.

And if The Court struck one down, they’d just change the language and try it again… because it’s all about Making America Great Again

“If the President does it, it’s not illegal.”
-Richard M. Nixon

“No obstruction, no collusion.”
-Donald J. Trump

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/05/25/jan-6-panel-is-told-that-trump-indicated-support-hanging-pence-during-insurrection/

And that precedent STILL STANDS.

The Occupant may change, but the OFFICE remains… no matter who holds it.

The People choose the agenda when we elect our President, NOT the other way around. ‘There’s nothing I can do’ should not be in the vocabulary of the President of the United States… it is a CHOICE. They CHOOSE not to act.

Who do our elected officials work for… who should they be working for.


It’s a degradation of the Social Contract. For over an HOUR. With a weapon of WAR, inside an elementary school… and those Police Officers FROZE. Worse still, they stood between parents and their children. They made the situation worse by enabling the shooter.

Twenty-plus years. BILLIONS of dollars. Security measures, more cops, more guns… what makes anyone think that their city isn’t NEXT? Imagine if we did the same thing after 9/11. Imagine if we invested all that time and effort into securing our skies… but decided we should continue to allow box-cutter knives on flights. The ONE THING that made that tragedy possible.

Police Officers are moms and dads, too. They are HUMAN BEINGS, fallible to the core… just like ME. Just like all the rest.

They should be out there fighting truancy. They should be out there locking up shoplifters and stopping domestic disputes. They didn’t sign up to go to WAR. They didn’t join the force to practice psychology, dealing with undiagnosed mental illnesses… and why would anyone expect them to? For god’s sake… why would anyone expect our TEACHERS to.

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https://www.politico.com/news/2022/05/26/biden-response-texas-school-shooting-00035523

If the President of the United States will not ACT to save the lives of children, then how can we continue to call him Our President? If not him, then WHO? Congress? The Senate? Violence happened in their workplace and yet they still do not ACT…

WHY?

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https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/28/us/politics/nra-convention-guns.html

We all know what the problem is…💰

They bombard us with insanity, pitting one side against the other… leaving us to chase our own tails instead of solving problems. NO ONE is coming to take away our guns, but teenagers don’t need access to weapons of war unless they are serving in one.

No one is shocked to see that it happened… everyone is shocked to see that no one in Washington is willing to do what’s necessary, to ensure it won’t happen again.

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https://www.cnn.com/2022/05/29/politics/adrian-alonzo-ellie-garcia-uvalde-shooting-cnntv/index.html

How could anyone… he was a child. From what we’ve learned of him so far… it sounds like there were a whole host of people who let that young man down.

How do we stop this from happening again?

That question now has a very CLEAR answer. The price of our inaction will be paid in LIVES… and to be SILENT is to be COMPLICIT.

-JC

Variations On a Theme: D.S. al finé

IF I were to sit down and think about it hard enough… I’ll bet I could come up with a list of at least 100 reasons why I cannot vote for anyone running as a Republican this fall. Chief among them, the delegitimization of the Office of President of the United States.

Because of that, they delegitimize the continued relevance of their own Political Party… so I will vote accordingly.

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/04/14/rnc-debates-commission/

On the flip side of that, right now I can’t seem to come up with a list of 10 reasons why I should vote FOR the Democratic Party. Yes, the GOP is running on NO national agenda, other than to OPPOSE. Their dog whistles have now become blow horns. They champion causes that disturb the MAJORITY of Americans and they slow any attempt to further the causes of Social Justice and Equality, even as their party holds a MINORITY in Congress.

The Democrats can’t protect a Woman’s Right to CHOOSE. The Democrats can’t protect our Right to VOTE. A Police Officer murdered a man with his knee while he had his HANDS in his pockets… yet the Democratic Party can’t pass a Justice Reform Bill that has that man’s name on it.

ONE PARTY is doing everything they can to roll back the clock, denying us that More Perfect Union, while the OTHER PARTY can’t seem to tie their OWN SHOES. And when they lose this fall, they’ll say it’s all OUR fault… THE VOTERS.

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

I guess they’ll have to spend more MONEY on “voter education” next time around.

I have no desire to vote FOR the Democratic Party. They have NO AGENDA. No message. No unifying principle that defines who they are… other than pleasing their DONORS at all cost… and yet somehow they say, it’s not THEIR fault.

It’s the VOTERS’ fault. 

Yes, it is the voters’ fault… because we’ve allowed this BS to go on for way too long. The charade is UP. The jig is OVER… the “BIG LIE” walks hand-in-hand with the “BIG GRIFT” and we are ALL being taken for a RIDE.

The Democratic Party has become the Neville Chamberlain to the Republican Party’s Adolph Hitler. The President continues to seek bipartisan solutions to problems caused by the OTHER PARTY… while the other party won’t even recognize him as the legitimate President of the United States.

And why do we feel like it’s all our fault? WE VOTED! Just like they told us to.

But it always seems just out of reach… ‘Not this election, but the NEXT! Next time, with YOUR HELP… your financial support… we’ll get this DONE!

… tick tock tick tock…

Time passes, and the narrative rolls along.

The conversation moves on, and the crisis de jure dominates the front page. War. Terrorism. Climate change. Inflation. Jobs. Jobs. Jobs…

Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was.

The People haven’t moved on… the Politicians have. Leaving in their wake a mountain of DEBT. A heaping PILE of unfinished business and unresolved problems, many of which they’ve raised MONEY on while they were in office.

Don’t talk to me about being a PRO-CHOICE party if you can’t pass a bill protecting a Woman’s Right to Choose. If the ACA can continue to STAND because it’s seen as Congress exercising its power to levy TAXES, then there must be a legislative path forward that will secure the support of all 50 Democratic Senators.

Yet one Senator still stands opposed.

And NO ONE seems surprised! He’s just doing what his “constituents” want him to do. He works for the people he represents… THE DONORS.

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https://www.vice.com/en/article/jgmwqp/greg-abbott-baby-formula

This isn’t a story of US vs THEM. This is a story of preparedness. This is a story of an inability to anticipate the consequences of enforcement of rules and regulations. This is a story about the real-life impact bad government has on ALL our lives.

This is a story demonstrating how incompetent our government has become, as they can’t even get the SIMPLE THINGS right.

It’s as if we must TEACH our government how to WALK all over again.

I can SEE the problem, just as clearly as everyone else. We’re stuck with no alternatives. BOTH parties contributed to this crisis… and it’s not as if this crisis couldn’t have been anticipated.

It was the Federal Government that enforced the law, shutting down that producer. It was the Federal Government that failed to anticipate the downstream impact of shutting down only ONE PRODUCER… knowing that they produce 1/3 of our domestic supply of formula.

And it was the Federal Government that crafted the legislation, that turned a BLIND EYE to the rise of a monopolistic takeover of our FOOD SUPPLY.

From the FIELD to the TABLE. Every aspect of our agricultural industries, from production to logistics has been SLIMMED DOWN. Cutting the FAT. Leaving more meat on the BONE at the end of the day… for less mouths.

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https://www.usatoday.com/in-depth/news/investigations/2020/03/09/climate-tariffs-debt-and-isolation-drive-some-farmers-suicide/4955865002/

All we have to do is read the news and everyone can SEE it. It should have been a Presidential priority from DAY ONEWhere’s the Democratic Party? Where’s the party that supposedly represents our FARMERS… the GOP?

IF we assume that our legislators work for the DONORS, then it is clear that they are getting exactly what they want.

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https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/12/us/politics/meatpackers-trump-covid.html

One party is BEHOLDEN to the DONORS while the OTHER party is hesitant to ACT, because it might scare away their DONORS… and that’s why nothing gets done.

They can’t FUNDRAISE on a problem that’s already been SOLVED.

Our two-party system is now BROKEN, and the parties will not seek to reform themselves. They continue to thrive on the dysfunction. They’ve become masters of the GAME they’ve created… and the losers of past political contests become the LEADERS of their party.

@3:58 in the video: “I know folks- Republicans, Democrats, Independents; purple people, blue people, white people…

And why is that? Because he raised a massive amount of MONEY.

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https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/11/politics/jaime-harrison-fundraising-record-south-carolina-senate-race/index.html

In my experience… the phrase ‘purple people’ is a dog whistle.
I can now see why he lost.

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https://www.cnbc.com/2019/06/27/harris-attacks-bidens-record-on-busing-and-working-with-segregationists.html

… be sure and “Get out the VOTE” this fall.

And so now we’ve come ‘round FULL CIRCLE. It was the ultimate catalyst that drove me to start my political endeavor back in February 2018, and the crisis continues to this day… unchanged.

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https://www.cnn.com/2022/05/15/us/buffalo-supermarket-shooting-sunday/index.html

And it’s all like variations on a theme… I swear I’ve heard this song before. The People demand it with their VOTE, but after the election the conversation starts to change.

The answers we seek as a Nation can be found… but only if we stand UNITED. As EQUALS. MY rights are not secure unless YOUR rights are secure. My Liberty is not secure unless your Liberty is secure as well…

And right now, neither Political Party is doing what’s necessary to secure our Democracy.

That needs to change.

-JC

Mission Creep

Four years. The blink of an eye, when compared to some others… because it’s been allowed to go on FOR YEARS.

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https://www.npr.org/2021/11/09/1049054141/a-secret-tape-made-after-columbine-shows-the-nras-evolution-on-school-shootings

I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s much easier to REMOVE someone from elected office who chooses to IGNORE the Will of The People, than it is to elect someone who will actually ACT.

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https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6558551/Casual-Paul-Ryan-starts-life-Speakers-chair-taking-kids-school.html

Why do they not act? When the evidence is CLEAR that their actions would SAVE LIVES… they hesitate. Instead of doing what is RIGHT they remain SILENT. For what? What’s more precious to them than saving someone’s life?

We all know what the problem is.

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It’s a hard thing to swallow… it’s just a numbers game. Even if the odds are infinitesimally small. One-in-a-million, one-in-a-billion… people are dying due to the vaccine. It’s a stone cold fact. To deny it, is to deny science.

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https://www.wibw.com/2022/02/10/nearly-year-later-autopsy-confirms-effingham-womans-death-by-allergic-reaction-covid-19-vaccine/

And that’s where this whole debacle went off the rails. Our elected officials chose to DENY SCIENCE and played politics with a deadly virus. I have no confidence that our elected officials are telling us the TRUTH right now… because BOTH SIDES have been manipulating facts and spinning scientific data for over TWO YEARS.

And now we can SEE just how accurate Donald Trump’s predictions were…

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5F9A559C-984E-49E8-9A52-2F8E8AC5CCA9https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/30/trump-says-keeping-us-covid-19-deaths-to-100000-would-be-a-very-good-job

“If we could hold that down… so we have between 100 and 200,000 – we altogether have done a very good job.”

—Donald J. Trump


Nailed it, sir.

IF ONLY they knew in advance, if only they had some sort of PLAN…

IF the odds are one-in-a-million, in this country alone that’s 350 people… worldwide that’s 8,000 deaths. Even if we are generous and it’s more like one-in-a-billion, we’re still condemning EIGHT people to die.

That’s a hard call for anyone to make… because it could be anyone. It could be my MOTHER, or my CHILD. It could even be ME. And that decision is made with intent. With knowledge… with consent. A decision was made, knowing with certainty what the outcome would be.

Because of our knowledge and our collective effort to SAVE LIVES… we are at the LOWER end of those initial internal projections. Unequivocally, our SACRIFICE has saved over one million American Lives.

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https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/intelligence-report-warned-coronavirus-crisis-early-november-sources/story?id=70031273

How many more could we have saved?

Because of their political GAMES, how many people have died… needlessly?

Let us learn from our mistakes now, so that next time, our grandchildren will be able to save a million more than we did.

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https://www.businessinsider.com/fiona-hill-says-putin-sees-us-as-weak-after-4-disastrous-years-under-trump-2022-1

And it’s not that hard to see how it could happen. When we lose focus on our goals. When doing what’s RIGHT becomes too cumbersome… when the PRICE of expediency is more attractive than the burden of responsibility.

At best we could say, that our elected officials are just out of touch with the lives of Everyday Americans. At worst… they act knowing the results of their inaction. And hey, I’m an optimist. I’ll gladly take a half-empty glass… if that’s all that’s left. But I refuse to be BLIND.

What person acting in GOOD FAITH, would name a bill after a recovering addict out of spite… especially when that recovering addict is the SON of the sitting President of the United States?

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https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10503993/Republican-Reps-introduce-HUNTER-Act-ban-taxpayer-funding-crack-pipes.html

Their privilege blinds them. They act as if addiction is simply a BAD DECISION made on the part of the ADDICT… therefore, they must be to blame.

Shame? They have NO SHAME… that’s what keeps their coffers FULL.

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https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/pressroom/nchs_press_releases/2021/20211117.htm

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https://dhhr.wv.gov/News/2021/Pages/West-Virginia-Experiences-Increase-in-Overdose-Deaths;-Health-Officials-Emphasize-Resources.aspx

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https://www.cnn.com/2017/03/21/health/opioid-trump-supporter-medicaid-health-care-reform/index.html

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Beware the company you keep.

Because you will be associated with their misdeeds, their criminal behavior… and to be SILENT is to be COMPLICIT.

When there is DOUBT within our Rule of Law, our adversaries WIN.

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https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-afghanistan-putin-ukraine-b2013938.html

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/08/25/mike-pompeo-taliban-timeline/

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https://www.state.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Agreement-For-Bringing-Peace-to-Afghanistan-02.29.20.pdf

Strip it all BARE. Lay it out there for the whole WORLD to see. That old phrase ‘You better get RIGHT with Jesus’ comes to mind… and that seems about right. They’ve now shown themselves to be the hucksters and carpetbaggers that they truly ARE.

They have NO FAITH in the Will of the MAJORITY… so they’ll just take whatever they CAN for themselves. While the rest of us desperately rally behind their PARTY… their RACKET… their COVER… praying that maybe someday, SANITY might rule the day in the United States Senate.

But we all know what the problem is… and an ADDICT will not change their ways until they admit they have a problem.

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https://www.opensecrets.org/news/reports/a-decade-under-citizens-united

Our elected officials, making FUN of addicts… laughing at the plight of their VOTERS. Their CONSTITUENTS. All while they fail to remember… damn near every single one of those addicts owes their addiction to the LAX OVERSIGHT allowed by the very legislative body in which they serve.

They fail to tell you… all of this could have been avoided in the first place.

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https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/features/what-led-to-the-opioid-crisis-and-how-to-fix-it/

Can they not remember? Did they simply forget? The mind does start to fade after a certain age… maybe we should just give them the benefit of the DOUBT.

Or maybe we all know what the problem is.

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Senator Manchin and his family’s got it all figured out… why can’t YOURS?

Is there nothing left that we hold SACRED? Is there nothing that can bridge the gap… no place where we can find COMMON GROUND?

If I may be so BOLD to suggest… there is NO political division in this country. There is no existential threat. There is still ONE overarching ideology that encompasses every political party, that every one of us can agree upon.

Our Legislators legislate based on MONEY and the pursuit thereof.

To FUND their Political Organizations.
To FUND their Political Parties.
To FUND their re-election campaigns…

All at the expense of THE PEOPLE they were elected to represent.

Any system that would allow the influence of MONEY to decide who is worthy of legislating for the rest of us, will inevitably favor those WITH money over those WITHOUT.

Be it the Second Amendment, a woman’s right to CHOOSE, or the teaching of this Nation’s long and prosperous HISTORY… we all know what the problem is.

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https://dailycaller.com/2022/02/03/nancy-pelosi-calls-on-american-athletes-to-stay-silent-during-olympics-in-beijing/

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https://sfist.com/2019/08/16/nancy-pelosis-three-primary-challngers-will-debate-saturday-night/

Remove the corruption, restore HONOR in governance.

No one holding the honorable title of SPEAKER of the House of Representatives should be advocating for SILENCE… on that fact, there is NO DEBATE.

-JC

Choose Your Own Adventure

How do we allow Judicial Discretion without ceding the continuation

of discriminatory intent? It all starts at the TOP.

It’s a pyramid scheme.

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https://www.npr.org/2021/12/08/1062369646/a-federal-judge-dismisses-rose-mcgowans-lawsuit-against-harvey-weinstein

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https://wjct.org/uncategorized/2019/01/judge-dismisses-ashley-judds-sexual-harassment-claim-against-harvey-weinstein/

Those judges are on the bench because they were nominated and confirmed by elected officials, who hold their office because of a discriminatory system. A system that is not representative of The People overall, but only a segment of the population.

A poll is a scientifically accurate snapshot of the electorate because of the deliberate attention paid to BIAS and efforts made to minimize its influence…

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… and any politician worth their salt, pays attention to the polls.

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https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/05/us/amir-locke-minneapolis-police-shooting.html

Our response to crime isn’t what eliminates crime or deters people from committing crime in the first place. What drives someone to commit a crime.

The overall societal elements that drive someone to pick up a GUN instead of a PHONE… the dire straits that lead someone to STEAL just to pay the BILLS… the conditions that lead one to find more in common with a criminal organization than with a worker’s union…

That is what changes. That’s what makes fertile ground. Not the actions of police. The police officers are only doing what they’re TOLD to do— Enforce the Law.

The Law… as created, by elected officials who are BEHOLDEN to campaign contributions.

You got a GOOD IDEA? Great! Let’s run it past the DONORS and see what they think… ’cause if they don’t agree, you might not get re-elected. If it hurts their BOTTOM LINE or stands opposed to their ideology, they might not DONATE to your campaign. Worse still, they might DONATE to your political opponent.

Hell… they might back a PRIMARY CHALLENGER for that election.

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https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/politics/gop-primary-challenger-against-liz-cheney-raises-over-1-million

They might even back a candidate that doesn’t EXIST.

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/11/20/florida-election-trump-senator-rodriguez/

And why not? If that legislation were to pass, it would cost them MORE MONEY than it would for them to fund a non-existent candidate.

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https://nicic.gov/private-prisons-united-states-2021

Don’t step outta line or the man will come for YOU next.

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https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2022/jan/30/alexa-factory-whistleblower-i-was-tortured-and-jailed-now-amazon-should-apologise

Did Stop and Frisk work? Crime went DOWN during that period in time, so elected officials took credit for that progress… until it was found to be locking up BLACK MEN disproportionately, then it was shunned and disavowed.

Does the beating and killing of MORE BLACK MEN by police reduce crime?

Unequivocally… no.

Then why does it continue to happen? During periods in time where crime rates are HIGH. During periods in time where crime rates are LOW. Whether we create MORE LAWS or REPEAL THEM. When our Nation’s economic activity is soaring AND when our economic activity is dismal… some things just remain CONSTANT. Some things are just a given.

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

Getting Tough on Crime is kabuki theater of the Highest Order… an enterprise, worth BILLIONS of dollars.

Throwing BILLIONS at crime does not address the underlying conditions that give rise to the criminality in the first place. So why would we associate a reduction in crime with MORE COPS, MORE LAWS, and MORE JAILS? Because they can’t STOP the crimes already in-progress.

There’s a delay effect… a temporal echo. What was PASSED by previous legislatures creates what we see TODAY. More cops, more policing, more violence does not solve the problem NOW. It only addresses the product of their inadequate and flawed legislation. It’s a parallel to Trickledown Economics.

You want people to NOT do crime? Then you have to present them with a viable alternative to a life of crime.

If life keeps biting you in the ass, eventually you stop caring about all the other noise and just focus on yourself. Me against the WORLD. Do or die…

We must avoid getting to that place.

And that doesn’t happen overnight. You can’t hire MORE COPS and solve a financial crisis. You can’t stop and frisk people and expect to solve the problem of increased murder rates. If you tell someone their JOB depends on them finding CRIME… then they WILL find it. Whether it exists or not.

Because they wouldn’t want to lose their JOB now. That could lead them down a dangerous spiral… and we all know where that could lead.

So why would we allow it to happen in the first place.

So NOW… let’s reduce crime. Let’s make MORE laws. Let’s get rid of LAWS. Let’s stop enforcing laws or shift the threshold of what constitutes a breaking of the law…

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https://www.cnn.com/2022/02/01/economy/us-job-openings-quite-december/index.html

If we do THIS, or if we do THAT. If we tweak it around the edges. If we look into the problem… let’s form a panel. A committee… an Investigative Body. MORE COPS. MORE POLICING. ‘I’m outraged!’… by the apparent result of their own INACTION? By the inability to anticipate the consequences of their legislative actions?

By the intentional limiting of options, caused by their need to FUNDRAISE for their re-election.

So, how do we fix it? How do we get back to NORMAL… without going back to Business as usual? More SUNLIGHT is always the answer.

How do we CLEARLY interpret the Will of The People? Is it with LESS participation? Will we find it through practices of exclusion and disenfranchisement? One man should not rule over a FREE PEOPLE, but should a small handful of elected elites be allowed to decide FOR US who is worthy of that position?

Again, unequivocally… no.

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https://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/common/generic/SeventeenthAmendment.htm

More participation equals BETTER GOVERNANCE. Everyone has a role to play, and everyone’s VOICE should matter equally.

With each successive HOUR, with each passing DAY… the generation that came after the LAST, now knows more than their predecessors… BECAUSE of the work they have done. What we have now was unimaginable to them… and what will come, is beyond our wildest dreams.

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https://www.darpa.mil/about-us/timeline/tiros

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TIROS-1

… because they asked WHY.

Because they knew the answers COULD be found, if only we look hard enough. If we refuse to be fooled by those who cling to old ideas and false pretenses…

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https://www.weathernationtv.com/news/a-satellite-look-back-at-50-years-of-earth-day/

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https://phys.org/news/2019-02-latest-weather-satellite-western-alaska.html

When we push the boundaries and expand our horizons… when we step outside our own little world… we find the answers. We gain KNOWLEDGE. And, of course… we find the answers to questions, we never even knew existed.

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If THIS is the image we wish to SEE…

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https://twitter.com/maxar/status/1269382265320214528?s=21

… then how can we expect to find it with resolution like THIS.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:2020_United_States_presidential_election_results_map_by_county.svg

And what will we SEE? The fine points, the details, the minutiae… at the heart of it all, is our LIVES. When the Rule of Law reigns Righteously and Equally, we will know what the opinion of the MAJORITY is. It’s the difference between thinking we know what The People want, and actually knowing what they want.

The answers to these problems exist. The question now becomes—

Do we have the COURAGE to find them?

CLARITY. Above all else. MORE SUNLIGHT is always the answer.

-JC