The Situation We Find Ourselves In

Maybe I was mistaken. I’d always taken it for granted… I thought it was a given. The idea, that everyone born in the United States of America truly believes what we were taught in elementary school… that any one of us could BE President of the United States.

It just seems for a MAJORITY of us… a majority of the time we don’t have the grand scheme necessary to pull off such a feat. We’ll just leave that one to the “professionals”.

Besides, I have to pick the kids up from school by 3:30. Anyway…

Maybe my world view is a little skewed. Having grown up here in the Great Plains, I may see things a bit differently. The Breadbasket of America feeds not only OUR Nation, the farmers of the Great State of Kansas FEED THE WORLD… this is HOME.

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I went to school in what was once a farmer’s field. I earned the rank of Eagle Scout camping in fields surrounded by COWS. Endless rows of CORN. Wheat by the mile. All bound for destinations unknown.

The awe inspiring complexity of Nature, mastered by our scientific achievements, to silence the cries of hunger worldwide… grown in the field where I got my first station wagon stuck in the MUD, doing donuts early one spring. Luckily, the girl I was with had a pick-up truck. 

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Ad Astra Per Aspera… to the STARS through difficulties. It is who we are. And we must remember why it is we are in the first place. Bleeding Kansas is also known as The Free State. We support a STRONG UNION. The future strength and stability of this Nation depends on it. It’s the reason we’re able to have these disagreements in the first place. 

How much control should the Federal Government have in our elections? How much control should be left up to the States? Should unlimited amounts of MONEY continue to influence our elections? Should EVERY CITIZEN be allowed to participate… all of these questions only exist within the framework of Our Constitution. 

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I live about 30 minutes away from a town named Lee’s Summit. It’s about a 45 minute drive to Lecompton, KS. I remember passing the Historical Marker as a young man, every time we’d drive out to the Free State Brewery on Mass street. 

I take PRIDE in our State’s Historic fight for EQUALITY. 

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I believe in the spirit of those who still dare to dream the impossible dream. From the Earth to the STARS… not because it is easy, but because it is HARD. 

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As Neil Armstrong approached the surface of the Moon, he did something that was not expected by Mission Control… but it was prepared for. As the Eagle descended along its predetermined flight path, Commander Armstrong looked out his window and saw where his ship was heading. They were going to land in a boulder field, with rocks the size of houses. 

He made the call and switched to manual control, stopping their descent. He took control of their spacecraft and flew horizontally just a few hundred feet off the ground, looking for a level surface on which they could land. The added time dangerously drained their fuel levels, as documented by the call from Mission Control:

“… 30 seconds.” 

They touched down on the Sea of Tranquility 30 seconds later with no time to spare. Decisive actions SAVED that mission. 

 

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In the early days of the space program, engineers working on Project Mercury didn’t want astronauts to have the ability to make those decisions. They wanted their space capsules to be controlled entirely by Mission Control, on the ground… back in HOUSTON. 

It was only because of the insistence of the Astronauts themselves that the engineers decided to include pilot controls in their design. All of them were former military test pilots and they didn’t want to be seen as an equivalent to the ‘test chimps’ NASA was already sending into Earth orbit. 

They didn’t want to be test subjects, simply along for the ride… 
They wanted to control their own destinies. 

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Commander Armstrong earned his seat on that flight a few months prior to launch. Because of his ability to improvise and react to situations as they develop, he proved himself more than capable of leading a successful mission. 

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Any one of those Apollo Astronauts could have been in that seat for that flight… only ONE of them was fully aware of the dangers posed and where they would have to draw the line in order to SAVE LIVES.

It was the experience gained, through the shared ordeal they all went through, that determined who would be the FIRST man on the Moon. All of them were WORTHY of that honor… destiny determined who it would be.


There was no way Neil Armstrong could fail, especially with the full support of every citizen of the United States. No one on Earth wanted him to fail… and he did so for ALL MANKIND.

That is how we find our Compass. That’s how we find our way back HOME. Let this be our Guiding Light. Our message, our gift… for ALL MANKIND.

Those are the words of a Leader. 

 

This Nation has so much to give. If we are not charitable with the gifts we’ve been given, we risk losing them. 

History shows us, they are not ours. They’ve been given to us, to be defended… with a promise that ONE DAY, we would do the SAME. With Liberty and Justice for ALL…  


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…when 90% of what you see is SKY, it’s hard not to dream of the STARS. 

-JC 

Independence

Our individual right to vote is the foundation upon which our Nation was built. Without our FREE and FAIR elections, this Nation would no longer STAND.

ONE PARTY has shown itself to be in opposition to the Will of the MAJORITY of the American People. The OTHER PARTY… I suppose we shall see. They say they are for securing our right to vote. Their ACTIONS suggest otherwise.

The URGENCY of the Democratic Party seems LACKING for such a high priority.


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The events that transpired on January 6th were not due to a swell of emotions in the moment or a wild tailgate party that got out of hand. There was a Call and Response to the madness that carried on for over FOUR YEARS. 

The call for violence came from within a CO-EQUAL BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT. The MAN may have left… but the OFFICE still remains. 

This is a Nation of PRECEDENT. As it stands, at this moment… Joe Biden could direct the SAME set of events. No law forbids it from happening… what consequences would he face? 

And still there’s INACTION in the United States Senate. 

No, we don’t need to investigate the events of that day… according to Senator Joe Manchin, the Senate hasn’t worked this well in over a DECADE! 


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“(Sen. Manchin) sees the Senate now operating the smoothest he’s seen it in 10 years.” —Garrett Haake, MSNBC 

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It seems our President would agree with that sentiment. 

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If the President won’t risk his political capital on forming a commission to investigate the events of January 6th, why would a lowly Senator from West Virginia? 

Why should any of them risk the potential political fallout when they can just PASS the responsibility on to a Representative, who will never have to face a public debate for her actions. 

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Law Enforcement Officers DIED, and our Commander-in-Chief would prefer the REBELS had a say in what we should do next. 

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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/may/29/joe-biden-republicans-bipartisan-filibuster-senate 

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They told him exactly what their agenda was 10 years ago… 

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… I guess he’s just trying to Keep America Great.

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As of this moment there are 86 legislative days left in the House and 83 legislative days left in the Senate. 

 

Who’s agenda is being furthered in this moment… who’s agenda is NOT. 

How are those bipartisan negotiations working out? 

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Elections have consequences. We watched the ‘former guy’ bend the law to his Will for four years… it’s about time someone did the SAME for the American People.

If the Democratic Party will not do the bidding of the American People, they will be seen as supporting the agenda of the MINORITY… and in 2023, that will be their Party’s fate. 

INACTION is the agenda of the MINORITY. 

 

They campaign on Smaller Government. ‘Government is the problem’… they are PROUD of their inaction. It lies at the CORE of their beliefs… the beliefs that were BOUGHT and PAID FOR by the DONORS who profit off of that political stance. 

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The first Presidential Election in which I could vote was ‘Indecision 2000’… The Daily Show knocked it out of the PARK that year. Having cut my teeth on the Impeachment of Bill Clinton, I was excited to finally voice my opinion and participate. 

 

I didn’t bargain for the experience that played out. 

 

Every nuance of the different positions played out in court, from the State level to the Federal level, reported on every news outlet… it was a real-time history lesson, eclipsing the sleazy one that had played out the SAME way just a few months earlier. 

Indeed… EVERY VOTE COUNTS. Vice President Al Gore lost by less than 600 votes in the Great State of Florida. 537 votes in just ONE STATE… in an election where he won the popular vote by over 500,000. 

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The problem was obvious. The inherent flaw in our election system could no longer be ignored. Systemic election issues in ONE STATE could disenfranchise HALF of the States in the Union. But twice now, in less than twenty years the MINORITY has decided where this Nation should STAND. By manipulating advertising DOLLARS in key swing districts, within certain demographics; through voter suppression tactics and zero-sum political campaigns… all funded by dark-money DONORS.

The Electoral College is the vulnerability. It allows the ascent of the BAD ACTOR who only seeks to further their agendas. The American People are not fooled easily, though. The BAD ACTOR cannot convince a MAJORITY of this country that they are right…

All they need is 46%. 

Let there be NO DOUBT. The MAJORITY stands in the right. 
Every time. We have the DATA to back that up. 

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Traditions end when they become deadly. New ways are employed when they are found to SAVE LIVES. The Titanic sank and thousands died. Every ship now carries LIFEBOATS to accommodate every passenger. 

Why would it be any other way? 

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The MAJORITY stands for the rights of every American Citizen. The MINORITY fights to EXCLUDE citizens and keep them out of their Democracy. 

The Filibuster and the Electoral College should go the way of the dinosaur, and so long as they continue to cling to the lies of Donald J. Trump… 

So too, should the Republican Party. 

-JC 

Integrity

“We can make these people whole again.”

That was the response of Senator Lindsay Graham, shortly after the lockdowns began in response to the outbreak of COVID-19… in the context of JOBS. In the context of Business Owners and the financial impact that would eventually come.

He suggested we could RESTORE… retroactively.

Putting aside the question of the saintly-hood of our Senators for a second… what was he speaking of? What glimmer of HOPE can we find within that statement… that’s IF Senator Graham was speaking in GOOD FAITH.

It seems COLD to color the situation in terms of MONEY, considering the toll taken in the lives of most people. It’s ignorant to even contemplate retroactively fixing what has been LOST… half a million from the virus, untold numbers from the dominoes that fell as our hospitals filled to capacity. There is NO amount of money that can replace that.

And it wasn’t due to a VIRUS. It was due to INACTION.
It was due to ineptitude, elevated by OUR VOTE.

As I write, I’m looking down at a freshly cleared field, tucked in next to a small tributary that feeds the Missouri River… a far cry from the crowded city streets of Manhattan or Seattle. The impact may be harder to see, but it is felt just the same.

We’ve lost LIVES. We’ve lost LIVELIHOODS, but we’ve lost more than that… we’ve lost a sense of TRUST. We’ve lost a sense of SECURITY. When lives are on the line, we call 911. We take it for granted. More people now know… that’s not always the case. We’ve lost our Innocence.

There is no retroactively fixing that. We’ve shattered the ILLUSION of security… and it was taken with our consent.

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I don’t believe the American People elevate liars intentionally. We only find out AFTER they’ve risen to power that they were being less than truthful… well, with the obvious exceptions of course.

And once those liars are exposed, they eventually find themselves voted out of office, or escorted out by authorities. When crimes are committed, those who perpetrated AND participated are eventually held accountable… except for those who are NOT. Even when the evidence seems overwhelming, some people just seem to SKIRT.

Identical crimes. Identical circumstances. Wildly different outcomes.
SAME Judicial System.

What’s the variable. What CHANGES that outcome?

“If OJ drove a bus he wouldn’t even be OJ, he’d be Orenthal the bus driving murderer.”
-Chris Rock


Chris almost got it right… it’s not fame. There are many people you’ve never heard of before, who’ve done the exact same thing. It’s the MONEY. It’s the ability to secure Legal Counsel… it’s the ability to secure QUALITY Legal Counsel.

MONEY allows people to get away with murder.

MONEY defines what is or is NOT murder, because we choose our Elected Officials based on who can raise the MOST MONEY… Therefore, our laws favor those with money over those without.


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https://www.washingtonpost.com/crime-law/2021/05/04/ledell-lee-dna-execution/ 

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To the Victor go the spoils, and those with MONEY always seem to win. History is written by the winners… and so are our LAWS. 

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Ashli Babbit wasn’t executed on January 6th, she was shot by police while Breaking and Entering the United States House of Representatives.


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The people who stormed the Capitol on January 6th weren’t exercising their First Amendment Right to protest… 

Donald Trump wasn’t directing that crowd to call on Congress for a redress of their grievances. He told them to “… fight like hell or you won’t have a country anymore.”

Officers were not greeted with hugs and kisses that day.

LIES have elevated these problems. Lies elevated the people who were willing to support those lies, and those lies continue to GROW… even as we know they are lies.

These are the FACTS… 

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https://www.businessinsider.com/fbi-says-tie-between-a-proud-boy-trump-white-house-2021-3 

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… and these are the LIES. 


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https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/15/politics/space-force-lohmeier-fired-after-comments/index.html 

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It’s a hard pill to swallow, but we must address these issues head-on, and establish what is FACT before we can move on. LIES do not save lives in times of crisis… they only serve to keep BAD ACTORS in power. 

“It’s about… an intelligence office for the Palestinian terrorist organization housed in that building, that plots and organizes the terror attacks against Israeli Civilians. It’s a perfectly legitimate target.” —Benjamin Netanyahu

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

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The BAD ACTORS don’t want us to realize that. They don’t want us finding COMMON GROUND… casting aside the insanity and FOCUSING on what is RIGHT.

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We lose our ability to LEAD, so long as we continue to cling to LIES. In order to find what is RIGHT, we must admit when we are WRONG… and work to ensure it can NEVER happen again.

-JC

A Constitutional Convention

Not to undo, but to strengthen. To fully define that which has not been addressed. To CLARIFY. To express what it is this nation stands for in words so clear, no rational mind could stand opposed to their ascent… and once passed, no legal mind could undermine their intent.

We need a Constitutional Convention to propose and debate a set of Amendments, addressing those issues that have been hijacked by Party Politics, to enflame passions and raise MONEY… all while these problems remain UNRESOLVED, to the detriment of THE PEOPLE these legislators were elected to represent.

Every piece of historical precedent shows us what we should be working toward. Everyday, every one of us swears an oath, in our hearts and our minds, to protect and defend it. But we can clearly see… it is NOT as it should BE.

There is nothing to fear, we must believe our eyes. We’ve been given the gift that so many others did not have. The Framers of our Constitution foresaw the need to make changes…


We have the ability to Amend. 

 

BEFORE the chaos that would eventually consume us. BEFORE the divisions are drawn and WALLS go up. The system… Our American Political System… is now BROKEN. Legislators legislate based on MONEY and the pursuit thereof. To FUND their re-election, to support their Political Party, to support their political careers. They cater to the interests of POLITICAL DONORS instead of working to pass legislation that would benefit the VOTERS they were elected to represent. 

HALF of our Elected Officials are BEHOLDEN to DARK MONEY interests, and the OTHER HALF are hesitant to ACT because it would upset their DONORS. 

Who Represents the American People in this DEBATE? 

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Though not written within our Constitution, by our consent, our system has settled into a two party system. Elections have, for the most part, provided a clear majority to establish a functioning government. 

Although they continue to do so, our ‘functioning government’ consistently does the opposite of what the voters demand. More Americans have died due to gun violence THIS YEAR ALONE, than have American Soldiers throughout 20 YEARS of war… in two countries. 

 

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American lives, lost… inaction in the United States Senate. 

Essential Workers, HAILED as heroes just a few months ago, more than deserving of being paid a LIVABLE WAGE in every state. Now… $15 is just TOO MUCH. It seems our Senators believe we should prioritize the needs of the United States Armed Forces… 

 

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https://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2020-07-28/gop-tucks-8-billion-for-military-weaponry-in-virus-bill 

 

 

… you wouldn’t want to see our soldiers go without PAY?  

 

 

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When you SEE something, SAY something. 

 

 

 

Because once it is SEEN and we do not ACT, we become COMPLICIT in allowing it to continue. What comes from our inaction is the fruit we will bear… our SILENCE will water the seed. 

It doesn’t matter what your political affiliation is. Left or Right, Red or Blue… we all know what the problem IS. MONEY in politics has unfairly tipped the scales against the Will of The People. If MONEY decides who will be allowed to legislate for the rest of us, legislation will continue to favor those with money over those WITHOUT. 

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What is the point of our Constitution? What were the ends that justified its creation? In order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, and to secure the Blessings of Liberty… for ourselves AND those yet to come. 

The experiment was created for THE PEOPLE. We are the experiment. We are the balance upon which the entire experiment is judged. Today we reap the harvest from seeds sown by men who still feared a KING. A vision of what could be, seen through the haze of musket fire… and their own hypocrisy. 

All men are created EQUAL’ they said… ‘except those we deem to be just three-fifths.’ 

So long as we are subjected to the structures that have arisen from the oppressive intent of the Three-Fifths Rule, the Will of the American People will never be fully realized. 

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The American People need CLARITY… not because it is easy, but because it is necessary. If we do not make the effort… if we do not seize the moment to secure the progress we have made, we remain at risk of losing it. It’s no longer hyperbole, it’s no longer a relic from a long forgotten PAST. 

When you STAND UP and SPEAK OUT in defense of the Rights of others, you defend those Rights for YOURSELF. And when you do, you will NOT stand alone. You stand with the MAJORITY… and we STAND UNITED. 

Every issue we struggle with has nuance and subtlety. We may differ on details and directions, but we agree on so much more than what is amplified in the media… by monied interests, who profit off of our division. Who make more MONEY if regulations are not passed. Who would prefer our legislatures remained deadlocked. And that suits the incumbents just fine… 

 

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

 

… be sure to DONATE all you can to the candidate of choice this fall. 

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Right now, we stand engulfed within the Fog of War. The shots have already been fired… in our classrooms, in our houses of worship, on the streets of every city, in towns across every state… in communities of color AND communities of privilege. 

 

Tens of thousands of American Citizens are dying, needlessly, every year, and HALF of our Congress supports doing NOTHING about it… the other half seems to think they make a strong point.

Who do these people work FOR? 

Who SHOULD they be working for. 

When every citizen is guaranteed access to the ballot, our National Dialogue will gain CLARITY. Ideas born of Bad Faith will fall away when exposed in the light of OPEN DEBATE. 

Do not forget… if we do nothing, the actions taken by those who wish to overturn our elections will become precedent. They will be studied and expanded upon, just as it was twenty years ago the last time this happened. They’re testing every guardrail, looking for weaknesses… and practice makes perfect. 

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I am fortunate to have grown up in the Kansas City Metro area, surrounded by multiple World-Class sporting organizations. For many years, that wasn’t the case. Even today, where one year we are crowned World Champions, and the next year we are not… even when the roster is identical to the year before, on this day we came up short. 

When we are on top, we remember where we once stood… looking UP to where we are now, where the eyes of the world are now trained. Where once stood another, one day another will stand. The only thing holding us back from remaining as great as we are now is our EGO.

Do we believe we are somehow better than all the rest, or do we remember that we are no different than everyone else… that if it were another standing in this place, we would be cheering them on just the same. Do we become complacent or do we strive to become better than ourselves? 

It’s the microcosm vs. the macrocosm. As above, so below. The United States of America is the GOLD STANDARD. We are the envy of the world. When we STAND UNITED there is no force on Earth that can stop us… the only thing that can take that away is our OWN EGO. Do we fall victim to the hype, or do we remain HUMBLE and strive for everyone to have the same… 

In order to solve the fundamental problems facing us today, we must clearly determine the Will of the People. Our Strength and Security depends on it. I believe in the judgement of the American People, whenever they are fully informed. 

Democracy is NOT dying, it’s being STARVED of new ideas. Conversations being had about subjects and grudges held since the BIRTH of this Nation… old ideas die hard. But we aid in their descent when we find COMMON GROUND. No subject should be seen as taboo if we are to find the answers we seek. We must show others where they are right, and help them understand where they are wrong. 

Why does HALF of this Country feel disenfranchised after the 2020 election? 

Why does HALF of this Country feel disenfranchised after the 2016 election? 

Why does HALF of this Country feel disenfranchised after the 2000 election? 

… and on, and on, and on… 

Let us stop the madness… while we still can. 

-JC 

Respect Your Elders

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Sure, I’ll admit it. I may be a little wet behind the ears, maybe not as long in the tooth as others… so I might be mistaken from time to time. But that’s why I choose to SPEAK OUT. To clarify. To educate, both myself AND others. How else would we find the answers that we seek?


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

That is why we are here today! It’s the cornerstone of our Democracy. Ideas are proposed and discussions commence. Improvements are added, weaknesses are highlighted, and legislation is voted upon… but that’s currently NOT the case in the United States Senate.

Legislation is NOT voted upon. Legislation is proposed, debated, enhanced and amended, and then… no vote. Even when that legislation has passed the House… no vote. Even if a MAJORITY of Senators approve… no vote. The Will of the Majority is overruled by the Minority.

40% IS GREATER THAN 60%. 

40% of the people know what’s best for this country… there must be something wrong with the rest of us

In order to stop the Majority from imposing its will upon the Minority. To protect the smaller States from the larger, more populous States… as if the Great State of California, to its own detriment, would actively pursue an agenda to harm another part of this Union!

It would be a rational fear to have… if we were living in 1776. 

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We must never forget the Presidency of Donald J. Trump. The passions and fire of ONE MAN, unleashed upon the people. Stoking anger and division for more than four years, and still… he could not convince a MAJORITY of this Nation that he was correct. Even with every outlet available to him, the PEOPLE were not convinced… THE PEOPLE were correct.

The MAJORITY of this Nation STANDS for Liberty and Justice for ALL. Not everyone believes in this… that is why they are in the MINORITY.

The MAJORITY of this Nation fights to protect the Rights of ALL citizens. It does not seek to hinder or harm, it seeks to elevate everyone. EQUALLY. Anyone seeking to protect the Rights of the Minority by standing OPPOSED to the Will of the Majority should consider UPDATING their position… in-light of the conclusions drawn from our most recent ‘experiment’.

Re-reading the words of our Founders, we can see our opinions have evolved considerably over the last 200 years. Roughly ONE THIRD of the words written about the Senate in The Federalist Papers are now GARBAGE… Senators are no longer selected by the Legislatures of the individual States. We ABANDONED that practice long ago and decided the PEOPLE should choose their Senators by direct vote. And why is that? More participation equals Better Governance.

IF your position is so STRONG, why is it you cannot rally a MAJORITY of support? IF your position is to stand opposed to the Majority, so be it. Please do so… Clearly. Make sure EVERYONE knows exactly where you STAND. When time shows your position to be correct, the Majority will stand with you.

And until that day comes, the MAJORITY of this Nation will support and defend your right to SPEAK OUT. Debate and dissent are essential to a thriving democracy, and we are all working toward the SAME GOAL: a more perfect Union.

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The United States Senate is the greatest deliberative body in the world INSPITE of the filibuster, not BECAUSE of it. The filibuster KILLS debate, it does not encourage it.

What makes the Senate superior is the six year term. The House, being elected every two years, is more closely tied to the fires and the passions of the People in the moment; whereas the Senate, not being constantly consumed with winning re-election, can work with a more deliberative approach to legislation, bringing a more informed and careful eye to the situation…

At least, that’s how it’s supposed to work.

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Reading through these theoretical suppositions, written over two centuries ago, where within these paragraphs do they speak of the ability of ONE MAN to override the will of the Majority? How are those actions characterized? What are their opinions of such actions…

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They speak of TYRANNY. They use it as an example in their demonstrations, of what it is they were attempting to AVOID… THIS is what we fear, so we want to create a governing body that will produce the OPPOSITE of these acts. 

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They saw the demise of our Democracy coming in the form of a consolidation of authority. An abdication of power by one branch of government, allowing it to become subservient to another. But they did believe it could right itself, if it ever did come to pass. 

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Unfortunately, as studious and thorough as they were, they were still unable to foresee the Dark Arts necessary to accomplish such an act… 

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Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you…  

THE FILIBUSTER. 

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… wiser words never spoken.

-JC