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

At Our Discretion

When the Law comes for me… I have no choice but to comply. There are no negotiations on the terms of my surrender. There is no ‘privilege’ that I could invoke that would deter an Officer of the Law. They simply ASSERT their authority, and I go where they tell me… advising me that I have the right to remain SILENT.

I have no choice but to comply.

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It’s not that I don’t have OPTIONS… I just don’t have the MONEY required to exercise those options. I don’t have the funds necessary to secure legal counsel on retainer. I don’t have the legal connections or established rapport that would lead the Department to exercise prosecutorial discretion on my behalf.

They’d just do it, like they did with Paul Manafort or Roger Stone… just before DAWN.

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https://www.cnn.com/2022/04/08/politics/donald-trump-jr-meadows-text/index.html

When laws are broken, someone goes to jail. When laws are broken, and no one goes to jail… that is a degradation of the fundamental ideals of our society.

That is a Constitutional Crisis.

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https://www.motherjones.com/crime-justice/2022/04/amir-locke-no-knock-warrants-minneapolis-jacob-frey-mark-hanneman-ellison/

This wrong, if allowed to go un-righted, will lead to the destruction of us ALL. Legal Precedent, paired with the discretion entrusted to individual Officers and a system that believes the Officer’s WORD above all else. Until we decide to do something about it…

They retain the right to do this to us all.

A system that favors those with MONEY over those WITHOUT. How much time and effort would be necessary, to transform that system into one that’s EMPOWERED by those with money… to go after those without.

One might say… that time has already arrived.

Amazon, here we come.” —President Joe Biden

Bluster and bravado haven’t worked when it comes to swaying the opinions of billionaires, hell-bent on total domination… my guess is, it won’t work out well for us in the future.

Amazon isn’t the culprit. They have legal teams that work every day to ensure they are following the LAW. The law… as written, by our Elected Officials.

What good does it do us to attack companies who are following the law, when we can just change the law and ensure stricter enforcement of laws that already exist.

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https://www.npr.org/2016/03/16/470664561/mcconnell-blocking-supreme-court-nomination-about-a-principle-not-a-person

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https://www.politico.com/news/2020/09/18/mcconnell-vows-senate-will-hold-vote-on-ginsburgs-replacement-418021

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https://www.axios.com/mcconnell-ketanji-brown-jackson-confirmation-127977a3-a4ed-44a6-9485-80169ead4c45.html

Every part of our Legislative Branch is now BROKEN. Every aspect of it needs to be examined, and it’s been that way for YEARS. ‘But that’s just the way it is in DC…’ so why would anyone want it to CHANGE?

Why would anyone even want to TRY? Considering the depth of the problem and the SIZE of the reforms required. Attempting something so massive could endanger the Constitution itself  if we were to even try…

It seems to me, we’ve already reached that point if we do not ACT.

We must convince the naysayers. ‘We, The People…’ comes FIRST.

Without them, there is no ‘… United’.

It is now abundantly clear… the perception of what we have, and what it is we actually do have are two totally different things. We may be divided in PRACTICE, but we are not divided in PRINCIPLE. We do not stand divided.

The People of the United States of America are being divided… and it’s being done intentionally so.

Instead of focusing on the root of our problems, we’re laying blame at the feet of the other POLITICAL PARTY. Pointing fingers instead of finding common ground. We need to stop listening to talking heads and start SPEAKING OUT for ourselves.

Every one of us wants to “Stop Abortion”… but criminalizing a Medical Procedure will not stop abortions from happening.

My father once told me, ‘If you outlaw GUNS, only OUTLAWS will own GUNS.’

If we outlaw abortion, only “outlaws” will have access to abortion services… those with the financial means to do so. Those who can travel. Those who can afford to take time off from work… those who can have the nanny take care of the kids for the weekend.

LIVES are at stake. The lives of children AND the lives of the women who are forced to carry an unwanted pregnancy.

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This subject demands CLARITY.

We must ask ourselves, what is it we are trying to accomplish? Are we trying to SAVE LIVES… or are we simply trying to deny the fundamental Human Rights of HALF of our society?

Because we already know how to save the lives of the unborn.

We ensure women have access to everything necessary to ensure a healthy and successful pregnancy. And until that day comes, when a woman CHOOSES to become a mother… they are a Human Being seeking Medical Care.

There should be no government-sponsored “Death Panels” involved in making our healthcare decisions… period.

If we let them dictate to us when it is we are ALLOWED to have a child,

We give them the legal precedent to tell us when it is we CANNOT.

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https://www.investopedia.com/terms/o/one-child-policy.asp

There are NO LAWS restricting any aspect of my reproductive rights.
It should be the SAME for every American Citizen.
EQUALLY.

“The sacred defense of the Reproductive Liberty of ALL People being Our Common Duty, the Right of a Woman to Choose shall be protected.”

https://jackcharbonneau.com/2018/03/29/a-call-to-amend-the-constitution/

We need a CLEAN BREAK. We need a FRESH START. We need to find a way forward without ignoring the harm that has been done. We can go on about punishing everyone who has lived their lives adhering to false premises… being taught falsehoods as TRUTH, when in reality they were really LIES…

Or, we can forge a new understanding… reestablish what it is our Constitution actually means. ‘THIS is what we once believed… as a society, as a PEOPLE. But now those beliefs are NO MORE.’

We choose to CLARIFY what it is we stand FOR…

“… with Liberty and Justice for ALL.”

Is that what we STILL believe?

Then let us ensure that there is NO DOUBT.

-JC

… for what it’s worth.

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What led to the death of President John F. Kennedy.
Why did the Twin Towers fall.
What brought down the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City.
Why did Madison Cawthorn say what he just said.

What motivated a young man, to seek out some random Pizza Joint in the suburbs of Washington, DC…

What was the actual reason for our War in Iraq.

What motivated the people who stormed our Capitol on January 6.
What motivated Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to set into motion, the events that played out that Tuesday morning in September…

… does anybody even care anymore.

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https://www.politico.com/news/2022/03/31/enthusiasm-gap-dems-00021774

What motivates someone to choose violence over the Rule of Law.
What entitles someone to the perceived power to claim dominion over another… what enables them to do so.

What sanctifies unjust actions.
What enshrines deceitful tactics.
What undermines the Righteousness of the Testimony of TRUTH.
What turns the prophetic into foolishness…

… what metrics should we use to differentiate between the two.

Why arrest the mother who steals bread to feed her children.
Why ignore the billionaire who cheats on his taxes.

Why move Heaven and Earth to welcome refugees fleeing war in Ukraine… while we spend an arm and a leg shipping Haitian refugees back to the home from which they’ve escaped.

Why do we work so hard keeping other people out, when we should be focusing all that time and effort verifying every single person we choose to let in.

In this Hour of Judgement… how can we afford to turn anyone away.

What happens when the FOOD doesn’t grow.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Flood_of_1993

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012–2013_North_American_drought 

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https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-00789-x

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https://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/war-ukraine-hurt-poor-nations-importing-grain-83387197

What happens when the FUTURE … suddenly becomes our PAST.

What happens when we realize, we can take hold the Reigns of TIME and command it all to STOP. What happens when we realize… we are the embodiment of both space and time.

What happens when we finally see, we are all born of the SAME… and to which, we shall ALL one day return…

What happens when the Will of the MAJORITY reigns Supreme.

What happens when we remember, that OUR struggle is THEIR struggle; and that what happens to ONE will eventually happen to us ALL… no matter how trivial or truly significant…

What happens when the FOOD doesn’t grow.

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https://www.science.org/content/article/vanished-people-may-live-us-southwest

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

What happens when the first domino is allowed to fall unchecked…

Did you hear about some crazy shit that went down at the Oscars.

-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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Credit: Breaking Points w/ Krystal and Saagar

… 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

Focus On The Problem

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After we left our tour of the White House, I ducked down the stairs to catch the train at McPherson Square. At the top of the stairwell was a musician, playing his heart out on an old beat-up six string… his case was propped open, and a stack of cash had started to pile up.

I stopped and smoked the rest of my cigarette, absorbed in the moment. Blocks away, the HEART of our Democracy… what better STAGE? What better venue than THIS… quite literally, at the Crossroads of our Nation.

I tossed some cash on the stack, gave him a smile and went on my way.

I don’t remember if it was an original tune or if it was a cover, but whatever it was he was playing… it was HIS. In that moment. On that stage. He was playing what he decided. He staked out his place and did what he does best.

To uplift. To inspire. For the sheer joy of doing it. To share something that… no matter how insignificant it may be, might make the difference in someone else’s day. To frame the moment in a different LIGHT… to bring comfort to others as they go on about their day.

The stage may be small, but the connection is REAL none the less. There, on FULL DISPLAY. Sharing a little piece of your SOUL… one person at a time.

He didn’t have to choose that stairwell. He could have played in the park or on the street corner. He could have played by the Smithsonian or the Capitol where more tourists would have had more disposable income.

But he set up shop RIGHT THERE, with less than $100 to show for his efforts… I wish I would have had more to give.

What are my intentions? What do I want to accomplish? The same thing that young man was doing on that STAGE… everything I possibly can, to inspire CHANGE in the hearts and minds of everyone I can reach.

Be it on a SOAPBOX in a subway stairwell. Be it on a street corner with a sandwich-board sign… whatever it takes. Whatever the cost, for such a Righteous cause as OURS demands no less.

We are the United States. WE decide our fate… until it is no more. Until I have nothing left to give… because we would have nothing without Her. So I continue to STAND.

Until it is done.

IF the Political Divide will not UNITE to reform our laws so that they reflect The Will of The People directly, then The People must assert their place in our Constitutional Democracy and demand the TWO PARTIES be tamed.

For the sake of our Country. For the sake of our National Security.

For the sake of our children, who will inherit whatever it is we leave behind for them… who will have the CLARITY of time to decide who was to blame and who was correct.

Our actions will be judged by the passage of TIME… memorialized appropriately.

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The American People are willing to fight and die for the LIES of elected officials… just so long as they wrap it up in something SHINY and top it off with a red, white, and blue BOW. And we know to a certain extent, that they’re ALL full of shit… they’re OUR politicians. We voted them into office. We bought their lies.

The Gulf of Tonkin. The sinking of the Maine.

Had Roosevelt listened to different advisors, he might have avoided the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Had George W. Bush listened to his IC, he might have read a BOOK on some guy named Usama while he was vacationing on his RANCH that August.

Even with PERFECT hindsight, as we can see the full TRUTH of their lies, we either ignore uncomfortable facts or we selectively forget pivotal news conferences… where a journalist threw a SHOE at the Leader of the Free World.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muntadhar_al-Zaidi

Makes ‘Let’s go Brandon’ seem kinda quaint, don’t you think.

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https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2022/01/03/liz-cheney-says-trump-unfit-office-jan-6-probe/9080887002/

What will we leave behind, when we’re gone. When TIME has done away with us. We did not choose it, but we live in interesting times. I believe Rachel Maddow was right… that old timey “blessing” is actually a curse.

But we cannot ignore it… because we cannot escape it. There is no safe harbor on this PLANET once Democracy dies. Look no farther than our HISTORY for guidance. Be it the 20th Century, A.D. Be it the 5th Century, B.C.

Let the call go forth across this Land that this is Our Time. We, The People. No ONE MAN shall rule over a FREE PEOPLE. They are but representatives of ourselves, given ascent and allowed to govern because of OUR CONSENT. Let us ensure we bestow that HONOR upon those worthy of such a title. Let us raise the bar, before we lose the ability to do so…

Because it has not yet been done.

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https://jackcharbonneau.com/2021/01/11/act-as-if-it-would-happen-again/

Because it will not BE done, if we allow things to go on without change.

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Shattering the darkness like a bolt out of the sky, in an instant we are shown what was hidden… a snapshot of our place in TIME. Burned like an image onto a silver plate. That clarity will eventually fade… until the next flash of LIGHT comes.

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Should we wait for more information… or should we ACT.

It is with humility that I ask, because I want to know. That is precisely why I ask. To better understand where I am coming from, to help inform my point of view. It’s not born of arrogance or brashness… it is with confidence that I write these words.

I have called upon this Nation to address a simple question. I believe we must find the answer, as the future of our Democracy depends on it.

‘Should the American People be allowed to elect their President by Direct Vote?’

Let us address this problem HEAD ON and solve it once and for all. Because we know we should. Because we know we can… as they could not.

MILLIONS of points of data, spread across 13 COLONIES… transmitted on HORSEBACK. To do this accurately on a Continental Scale consistently, every election, is an almost unthinkable task… in 1776.

Is our 18th Century electoral system secure enough to withstand an assault by a 21st Century Tyrannical Leader, hell-bent on taking over our Constitutional Democracy?

Our National Security is ensured when the Will of The People reigns SUPREME.

And how do we know this? What evidence do we have that can confirm this? Over 200 years of SHARED INTEREST, of UNITED PURPOSE… two centuries of COMMON GROUND.

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Anyone who stands opposed to the ideal of Equal Justice Under Law, stands opposed to the Will of the MAJORITY. “… with Liberty and Justice for ALL.” Not just for SOME or a select FEW… but for everyone. It’s what we’ve all pledged to protect and defend.

Let us waste no more TIME debating the validity of the Experiment. Let us affirm it. Let us celebrate it. Let us cling to it, as if it were our LIFEBOAT… and may the Rule of Law stand as our COMPASS, guiding us all safely back HOME.

May the Will of the MAJORITY of this Blessed Land, always prevail.

-JC