Insert Issue HERE ______ .

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/11/26/kevin-strickland-gofundme-donations/

Is that not the embodiment of ALL our worst fears? There are few things that compare to false imprisonment… how can we call ours JUST, if this continues to happen. Is THIS what we’ve fought and died for… when it could be so much MORE…

Because I am SELFISH. I don’t want what happened to Mr. Strickland to happen to ME. Because I don’t want what happened, to happen to MY friends or MY family. Because I know… if we are SILENT, we could be next.

On this ideal we stand UNITED.

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

Railroaded. By those who were entrusted with AUTHORITY and POWER. The inkwell may have SPILLED all over this case, but how many others are sprinkled with the ink of their quills… how many lives were impacted by their office, in such ways that we’ll never know…

And this is just ONE case. In ONE city. In ONE STATE.

When we allow bias and prejudice against ONE, it leads to MORE. Based on race… based on gender… based on nation of origin… based on MONEY. Ideals that are not held by the MAJORITY thrive when we stand divided… chasing SHADOWS instead of establishing LAW.

Clarity. Before ALL ELSE… let us establish what it is we are striving FOR… is it for HATRED? Is it for EXCLUSION? Or is it for UNION… already established. Does anyone else worry we’re fighting amongst ourselves, while the other side doesn’t understand what it is their opponents are fighting FOR?

We’re just throwing around a bunch of pre-packaged political rhetoric that means NOTHING when exposed in the light of actual thought and conversation. It evokes within us a guttural response. Instead of asking QUESTIONS we simply rely on our preconceived notions… most of which were misinformed from the start.

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https://apnews.com/article/fact-checking-160551360299

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https://www.sfchronicle.com/sf/article/Is-shoplifting-forcing-Walgreens-to-cut-back-in-16536960.php

That was the solution for overcrowded prisons? Changing the dollar amount has the window-dressings of addressing a societal problem, but it does so at ARMS LENGTH. It doesn’t address the underlying issues that lead people to resort to such extreme measures.

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https://www.archdaily.com/972133/lehrer-architects-designs-new-tiny-home-villages-for-homeless-residents-in-los-angeles

… it’s not a permanent solution, but it is a good start.

The answers we seek already exist. We’re being presented with what’s leftover… only after it’s been approved of by the DONORS.

Explains why Democrats could only get HALF their agenda passed.

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https://nypost.com/2021/11/11/manchin-against-tax-credits-for-union-made-electric-vehicles/

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https://www.axios.com/manchin-senate-spending-biden-87a445c2-cfdf-4bba-bc20-dd62db2a613a.html

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https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/manchin-dems-2t-bill-faces-senate-gauntlet-81366189

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https://www.dailyposter.com/pharma-front-group-has-spent-1-2-million-backing-sinema/

Insert issue HERE _____.

The insanity generated by a vocal MINORITY on both sides is being amped up by BOTH political parties, in order to motivate people to DONATE. Legislators legislate based on MONEY and the pursuit thereof. Instead of solving problems, they FUNDRAISE… they can’t raise MONEY on a problem that’s already been SOLVED.

… and the struggle marches ON.

Because this has been going on for GENERATIONS… beyond my lifetime. I was born the year Kevin Strickland went to prison. My kids will be 18 in just a few years.

Will they be just as frustrated as I am today, attempting to teach their children the SAME LESSONS tomorrow… fighting the SAME FIGHTS for things that seem so close, yet just out of reach?

Kevin Strickland is PROOF they will not.
Ahmaud Arbery is PROOF they will not.

Laws have CHANGED. Knowledge has been codified. Acknowledging that, what once was believed to be Justified… is not. Changing the way we live our daily lives. A new understanding… lessons, learned the hard way.

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“An error doesn’t become a mistake, until we refuse to correct it.”
-John F. Kennedy

If we put aside the confusion and focus solely on the GOAL… the Mission Statement, the Ark of OUR Covenant. As She STANDS, with no biases to blind us… humility and compassion will guide us HOME.

Because that could be YOU… because that could be ME.

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https://www.heraldtribune.com/story/news/politics/2021/11/22/adam-johnson-photographed-capitol-riot-pelosi-lectern-pleads-guilty/8725500002/

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https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/30/us/police-killings-undercounted-study.html

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We are all but MEN, susceptible to fallacy and vice. We will find comfort in humility… because we find strength in numbers.

-JC

The Problem is Systemic… and it Must Change.

Is there any DOUBT? After this week… how can anyone NOT see it?

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https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/more-bubbas-no-black-pastors-attorney-man-accused-killing-arbery-n1284089

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https://www.cnn.com/2021/11/03/us/ahmaud-arbery-jury-what-we-know/index.html

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https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/17/nyregion/malcolm-x-killing-exonerated.html

The problem is SYSTEMIC. It permeates the entire Judicial System. From the way LAWS are created to the way they are enforced, to the way Justice is carried out… how much more PROOF do we need?

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https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/18/nyregion/christopher-belter-rape-sentence.html

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https://www.kcur.org/news/2021-06-03/missouri-governor-does-not-pardon-kevin-strickland-who-prosecutor-says-is-wrongfully-imprisoned

On January 15, 2021, James Comey was on The Beat w/ Ari Melber, talking about possible charges being brought in connection with the January 6th insurrection. While speaking about potential investigatory strategies that might be pursued by the FBI, Dir. Comey spoke about “prosecutorial discretion”.

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I tried to find the footage from that interview but… apparently it has fallen down the memory hole.

As an example of the potential unwarranted collateral damage the FBI could cause simply by bringing charges and issuing warrants for arrest, Dir. Comey suggested a hypothetical case of two parents being charged with drug trafficking.

IF there were multiple children in the home, prosecutorial discretion could be used and charges might only be brought against ONE parent instead of BOTH… for the well-being of the children.

Prosecutorial Discretion… boy, if that’s not a euphemism then I don’t know what is.

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When I was seventeen, I think it was the winter before my senior year in high school, me and three buddies all piled into Jason’s 86 Buick Skylark… alcohol may have DEFINITELY been involved.

We stopped at a brand new gas station that had just recently opened. It was fully automated. Back in 1997, this was something we’d never seen before. As soon as we realized there were no gas station attendants on-site… we decided to trash the place.

Window squeegees tossed, paper towels all thrown out, gas pump handles unholstered… I don’t know why, male stupidity fueled by Mad Dog 20/20 I suppose. In the moment, all four of us thought it was a GOOD IDEA.

Three days later when the COPS showed up at Jason’s house, we realized we’d messed up… apparently we forgot surveillance cameras exist.

After school that day, Jason’s Dad told us what happened. Since we only caused superficial damage, the owners of the gas station decided not to press charges… the Officers just wanted to let him know it was his son’s CAR they saw on the footage.

We spent the next three Saturdays raking leaves and doing odd jobs to “pay off our debts”… instead of being arrested.

And that’s just ONE example.


My roommate and I threw a party one night when I was living in my first apartment. As more alcohol was consumed we got louder. Some time after midnight, my roommate challenged one of his friends to some Greco-Roman-style wrestling (as he was known to do) in the living room of our
second floor apartment… and shortly after that, the COPS arrived.

They confiscated some questionable paraphernalia and poured out the bottles that were on the kitchen counter. After a search of the apartment and a promise that none of us were driving anywhere the rest of the evening, they issued us a citation for Minor In Possession of Alcohol and left…

Ignoring the THREE OUNCES of MARIJUANA I had sitting out on a pizza pan, lying on top of a pile of dirty clothes on the floor of my closet.

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https://www.aclu.org/gallery/marijuana-arrests-numbers

My roommate and his buddies liked to drink… a lot. I liked to smoke pot like it was going extinct… all of us were amazed that no one was arrested that night.

At the time we chalked it up to the idea that they were just looking for something else… harder drugs, people with warrants, etc. I don’t think the idea that we were a bunch of WHITE KIDS ever crossed our minds, it may not have even crossed those Officers’ minds. But I can’t help but think… would that night have turned out differently if we were BLACK?

Every piece of evidence I’ve seen over the last twenty-some years since that night tells me, yes… it would have been different.

While I am grateful for having been given the gift of a second chance, I feel guilty about the way in which it was given. How many of us can point to a particular point in TIME where compassion was shown; where if it had not, our lives wouldn’t have turned out the same? Traffic stops, speeding tickets, random encounters…

How many of us cannot?

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

I was GUILTY of possessing a CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE… what crime did Philando Castile commit? What crime did Jacob Blake commit? Where is the BALANCE… the EQUITY in that?

I don’t want things to change because I believe more WHITE PEOPLE should be arrested and sent to jail. Things need to change because I believe EVERYONE should be treated with the same level of compassion and respect that I was shown…

Regardless of the color of your SKIN. Regardless of the clothes on your BACK. Regardless of the numbers in your BANK ACCOUNT.

It seems like a futile endeavor, attempting to establish EQUITY within a system that is inequitable at its heart. To ignore the fact that EQUALITY is absent and still continue to pursue EQUITY is like offering someone a BRIBE. A PAY-OFF… a SETTLEMENT.

Sorry the system screwed you and will continue to do so in the future… here’s some MONEY. Now we’re even.’

The system is UN-EQUAL. Why continue to work to lift up downtrodden parts of our society if the system continues to be UN-EQUAL in its operation? Without Equal Protection Under Law, any progress that is made will simply wash away with the passage of TIME… under a different Administration. During another chaotic period in time.

It seems like it would require more effort and resources to make an UN-EQUAL system more EQUITABLE, than it would if we were to simply ensure EQUALITY is what the system is based upon from the start. Once we’ve established a foundation of EQUALITY, then we can work to ensure it is equitable for EVERYONE.

The problem is SYSTEMIC and it must CHANGE. If it can happen to ONE of us… then it can happen to us ALL.

-JC

The Long Game

The simple act of driving a car demonstrates our ability to see the FUTURE. Two tons of steel, flying along at 70 miles an hour, just inches above a reinforced slab of concrete… with a huge degree of accuracy, we can state exactly what will happen 30 seconds into the future… 60 seconds into the future…

Much beyond that… too many variables can effect the outcome and our accuracy starts to fade. But we can reduce the number of potential outcomes if we apply the law of probability…

I probably won’t hit a DEER. 
I probably won’t drive off the BRIDGE.

A flat tire, a broken fan belt, a dead battery aside… if I’ve maintained the vehicle properly, the ENGINE probably won’t seize before the next exit. 

In so far as it is under my control, I probably won’t strike another vehicle.

It’s because of our INFLUENCE on the system… our ACTIONS make the difference. If we do not act, chaos rules.

 

 

Have we not had enough of all the bickering and fighting? Fighting amongst ourselves. Fighting endless battles abroad. Fighting over issues of LIFE and DEATH. Fighting over the mundane and trivial.

 

 

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https://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/2021/11/08/ted-cruz-slaps-down-big-bird-for-vaccine-propaganda-and-gets-tarred-and-feathered/ 

 

 

Fighting fights instigated by others, over things on which all of us thought we had already found COMMON GROUND.

The only common ground we can seem to find now is, BOTH SIDES believe the other is out to get them… and that is extremely telling in and of itself.

 

 

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https://www.statnews.com/feature/prescription-politics/federal-full-data-set/ 

 

 

No, it’s not the Republicans who want to overthrow our elections. 
No, it’s not the Democrats who want to take away our Liberties. 
Neither side wants these things to happen.

 

 

 

 

Who does then… who stands to BENEFIT from our INACTION?

Who stands to profit when our Legislatures cannot find UNITY on TAXING BILLIONAIRES…

THE DONORS.

 

The WRITER, DIRECTOR, and PRODUCER of the legislative shit-show that’s playing out in our Congress today. If this wasn’t exactly what they wanted to see, why would they continue to DONATE to their re-election campaigns.

The allowing of unlimited amounts of MONEY in our elections by the Supreme Court has poisoned our Government. It can barely establish a functioning majority to simply keep the lights on.

 

 

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2021/08/06/usps-dejoy-xpo-logistics/ 

 

 

Yet it can whip up the votes necessary to give a TRILLION DOLLARS to a myriad of corporations and entities in exchange for their continued SUPPORT NEXT ELECTION…

… next election. dammit man. How do you say that to George Floyd’s family… how do you say that to the students of Marjorie Stoneman Douglas… how do you say that to the families of Sandy Hook Elementary…

 

 

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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 

 

 

How do you say that to the Officers who stood in the BREACH on January 6th… how many ZEROS need to be on that check.

 

And even on that we can’t seem to find COMMON GROUND, except for the fact that those people were there with a purpose. Those people where there to force their Will upon the MAJORITY.

Because they said so… while President Trump sat SILENT. 
They carried HIS banner. They waved HIS flags.

Those who did carry the flag of this Nation on that day, used it as an implement of OPPRESSION… against Law Enforcement Officers. In their OWN HOME.

 

 

May God Bless every one of those Officers.
They are the reason OUR BANNER still flies today.

 

 

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Damage from January 6th, still visible on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. (8/27/2021)

But we will make AMENDS.

 

We will seek to MAKE WHOLE that which was damaged, even as some scars will never fade. Every person who died because of the events of that day were AMERICAN CITIZENS… no different than YOU or I. 

What’s the difference. What paints the picture… what sets the STAGE.

 

 

In his pocket, he carried a five dollar Confederate note…

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I may not know all the WORDS. I might not even know all the NOTES…  but I know the TUNE. I can only do my BEST, to express what it is that I see, knowing that there are others out there who feel the same.

I believe we can achieve the impossible… because we’ve now witnessed it with our OWN EYES. Donald Trump brought to fruition concepts and agendas I never thought I would see in my lifetime, nor that of my children.

But it has happened. 

I believe in precedent. I also believe in the Rule of Law.

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https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/your-air-force/2021/01/07/woman-shot-and-killed-at-capitol-was-security-forces-airman-qanon-adherent/ 

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When you SEE something… SAY something.

Forgive me if this seems offensive, but this is what I was taught in my school. This is what I learned from MY elders. Every fiber of my being tells me THIS is that slippery slope… THIS is that path. We must remember the stories taught to us by our grandparents.

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When you defend the rights of others, you defend those rights for YOURSELF. Where will we draw the LINE? What PRICE are we willing to pay? We ALL lose when they start burning books.

If what we’ve pledged ourselves to defend has become corrupt and dirty, it is our DUTY to do what is necessary to restore its HONOR. It cannot be ignored. Complacency. Negligence. ROT. We have been warned… INACTION will be the death of our Democracy.

To be SILENT is to be COMPLICIT.

-JC

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

A New Day

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“The Executive Power shall be vested in a President…

He shall hold his Office as follows:”

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https://jackcharbonneau.com/2018/04/30/how-should-the-constitutional-amendment-read/

Sec 1.2 shall be UNDONE…” Why? Because this is what we aim to CHANGE. “Each State shall appoint… a Number of Electors…” The Electors are the people who elect our President, not The People. We VOTE to choose who our Electors will be. They decide who will be our President.

At one time it was believed this was for our National Security, but the Supreme Court has ruled that is not the case. Electors may only vote for the candidate the VOTERS decide… so the question becomes:

Why do we still have Electors if they are unable to vote their conscience?

They are now an unnecessary, redundant step in the process…
It’s time we created a replacement for this antiquated electoral system.

Sec 1.3 shall be UNDONE and written as follows…” This is the section that describes the process by which the Electors will choose our President. IF we choose to undo the Electoral College, this section of our Constitution becomes a BLANK SLATE. How do we choose our President? More to the POINT… how do we choose our Presidential Candidates?

That is currently UNDEFINED.

What should our Government LOOK like? What do we want our Government to BE? Should MONEY decide who is allowed to seek The Office as it currently does, or should IDEAS rule the day…

In an OPEN and HONEST debate, the best ideas always rise to the TOP.

We must re-envision the contest we call our Presidential Election, from the Primary to the General. We have the power to make it exactly as it should be…

A Battle Royale of the MINDS.

We, The People, create the platform and supply the resources necessary to elevate the candidates… not the other way around. We’ve created this Office for OUR BENEFIT. Let us fully define what it is we want this “Application Process” to be, for every candidate.

Sec 1.3 Each of the Several States shall select, by ballot of eligible voters… an eligible candidate for President.

Fifty Presidential Candidates. As our Nation grows, more candidates will be added. Candidates as diverse as each and every State, representing their State’s interests and presenting solutions born of their life experience. Selected as the best candidate to represent their State, and chosen via a State-run Primary Election in which EVERY United States Citizen residing in that State is eligible to VOTE.

Every Citizen 16 years of age and older.

This should not be a goal to be realized in the future. This must be the base-line, our starting point. Every Citizen. Every Election. This is what we are fighting to secure. If someone suggests we must disenfranchise a certain set of the electorate for any reason, we must fight TOOTH and NAIL to preserve their Right…

As if I were losing my Right to VOTE.

More participation equals BETTER GOVERNANCE, and when you defend the Rights of others… you defend those Rights for yourself.

The balance between States’ Rights and Federal Authority must always be considered. We benefit greatly from the individual States running an election free from undue Federal burdens. Under the umbrella of the Federal Government, the State Governments provide a secondary line of defense against BAD ACTORS attempting to subvert our elections.

Therefore, we should seek to build on this strength and include it as a vital piece of our new system. If we think of it in terms of a Government Contract seeking production of a product… the Federal Government will create the specifications of the desired product and demand that it be produced in strict adherence to a specific set of conditions.

Statewide Primary Elections will produce ONE candidate from each State. Each individual will have been fully vetted by every citizen within their State BEFORE they step on to the National Stage, where they will be scrutinized once again by every citizen in the country in our Federal Primary Elections.

Every citizen. Every election. Multiple ballots, ensuring The People are fully informed at every step of the process. Placing our National Security in the hands of The People. DIRECTLY.

No middleman. No partisan filters. No select group of elects. No elite nobles to stand guard and “protect” what they deem worthy of protecting.

OPEN, HONEST, and TRANSPARENT. We are the balance upon which the entire EXPERIMENT is judged! Whomever stands victorious at the end of this process will have done so with the full backing of the MAJORITY of this Nation.

Let there be NO DOUBT!

And that is how we will ensure January 6, 2021, will NEVER happen again.

I believe in the 1st Amendment. Being a musician, I value having the ability to utilize EVERY tool in my toolbox when I create something new.

When I was younger, I would write in the form of Shakespearean Sonnets. The limiting structure and rhyme scheme forces the mind to streamline its thoughts, weeding out any unnecessary WORDS and getting straight to the POINT.

Within these constraints it’s possible to create perfection… every word, necessary to convey a feeling or an image… I think that’s why I find Twitter so fascinating. Always attempting to compose perfection.

I see WORDS as if they were COLORS… what image am I trying to PAINT in the minds of whomever will HEAR them?

No words should be taboo. No thoughts should be outcast. How can we find what’s ACCEPTABLE, if we are not allowed to LEARN what is not.

Banning thoughts and words is like banning the color RED… how can we create the images necessary to learn what evil looks like if we banish all the colors of the NIGHT? Without proper context, how will we recognize the beauty that comes from the return of the LIGHT?

HATE SPEECH is a different story. Hate speech that incites anger and motivates people to violence has NO PLACE in our society. Everyone should have the right to express their opinions, except for when those opinions advocate for violence or cause harm to others.

We cannot censor our way out of our problems. Misinformation must be addressed HEAD-ON. Like a fungus in a dark, wet room… it will spread if it’s ignored.

As individuals, we make decisions about what we believe to be TRUE based on all of the information we’ve gathered throughout our lives. Based on that limited perspective, we will eventually be in-error. We will make the wrong decisions based on limited data or a lack of up-to-date information.

But as the years pass, our cumulative knowledge grows… as does our accuracy.

As a Nation, we have over 200 YEARS of accumulated knowledge. As an Institution, our Union has erred. Today, those errors are OUR TREASURE. Because we can LEARN from our mistakes.

No idea should be seen as so outrageous that it cannot stand as a guardrail for our PUBLIC DEBATES. ‘This is the third rail… This is what we will not tolerate…’ Because we can SEE it. We can describe it. We can point to it when it’s on FULL DISPLAY.

And if it must continue to be so, that some people will only learn things the hard way, and they will continue to cling to ideas that are WRONG; then we must LISTEN to what they are saying. It is their RIGHT to be WRONG… and it is our DUTY to show them why they are so.

And it’s the DUTY of the United States Government to ensure all of this happens SAFELY.

Our Government takes in information from many sources throughout the World. As they consume new information, they deem some intel as “SECRET” or “CLASSIFIED”, in order to gain a strategic advantage against our adversaries or to protect our National Interests.

And even then, some of that classified information makes its way out into the public. Intrepid reporters engaged in old-fashioned, shoe-leather journalism, regularly beat our intelligence gathering communities to the story, essentially doing their job for them.

It is in the interest of Our Government to evaluate the veracity of new information on a daily basis and make an overall determination as to what is FACT and what is FICTION. I believe it is in the interest of every United States Citizen to know what the opinion of our Federal Government is on any information they see fit to evaluate.

Not to censor or to stifle dissenting opinions, but to share more broadly what their official opinion is. Like the labels Twitter attached to the former President’s Tweets in the final days of his tenure, or the information box YouTube attaches to videos that deal with disputed facts and fringe subjects… like fake moon landings or JFK conspiracy theories.

The integrity and security of Our Intellectual Debates shall be overseen by the Secret Service, with full Congressional oversight and direction.

As a unified entity, our Government must make conclusions as to the veracity of available information. It should be done so in a CLEAR and PRECISE way so that everyone knows exactly what their opinion is, and we can take that into consideration when determining what is TRUTH in our everyday lives.

I believe this task should fall on the shoulders of the United States Secret Service… but there are many, MANY corrective steps that must be taken before that HONOR can be bestowed upon them.

I believe they are deserving of the chance to make amends… because we entrust them with protecting one of our most sacred institutions. We NEED them to function properly.

Let us rededicate our efforts to ensuring it is so.

-JC