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/trump-was-watching-tv-while-riots-took-place-2021-1 

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

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… and these are the LIES. 


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

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https://www.forbes.com/sites/nicholasreimann/2021/05/07/in-arizonas-bizarre-election-audit-ballots-are-being-checked-for-bamboo-and-election-chief-has-been-assigned-protection/?sh=acfe6aa183b8 

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

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

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https://www.politico.com/news/2021/02/08/netanyahu-israel-corruption-charges-467605 

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

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

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

-JC

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

STAND UP and SPEAK OUT

To anyone who has ever asked, “What is Systemic Racism?” Or anyone who has ever wondered what Systemic Racism would even LOOK like. Well…

This.  

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This is Systemic Racism. THIS is the injury that’s suffered when we turn a BLIND EYE. As a White Man, I am appalled that this is what Justice would look like to anyone entrusted with the HONOR of presiding over its administration.

Law Enforcement Officers DIED. 

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… yet this man poses no threat to his community? 

Of course! The law was written BY people who look like HIM, FOR people who look like him. That is why he felt he could engage in those activities in the first place… and LOW and BEHOLD! 

The “System” complies.

Due process. Innocent until proven guilty… and all that jazz. 



Yes, some might say that these are only a few cases highlighted by an amped-up media, hungry for divisive stories and starved of a conscious; but do not look away when these stories continue to happen. Not just human interest stories from years ago… but RIGHT NOW. Every day.

Most stories pass unnoticed, like a callus that forms in the palm of your hand while you’re carrying around a heavy load… eventually, that pain is just expected.


And it CONTINUES to this day… even with the LEFT in control of the balance of power. Just as it was when the RIGHT was in control, and when the balance of power shifted before THAT… because who would want to give up such a privilege? ‘To SPEAK OUT might jeopardize MY rights or MY liberties…’

That line of thinking is a FOOL’S ERRAND! 

The simple fact that a separate status even exists makes it possible for systemic bias to someday form against YOU… or people who look like you. Or come from the same PLACE as you… or worship the same god as you. 


Today it’s Mexico.
Yesterday, the Middle East.
Long before that, it was Ireland and Italy…

Who will it be TOMORROW.



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https://www.brookings.edu/research/new-census-data-shows-the-nation-is-diversifying-even-faster-than-predicted/ 

When we defend the rights of OTHERS, we defend those rights for OURSELVES. Equal Justice Under Law. If it is not for ONE of us, then it is not for ALL of us.

Because of Systemic Injustice, citizens who have engaged in an attempted overthrow of The United States Government WALK FREE…

What crime did Philando Castile commit? 

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“Had those been Black Lives Matter or Antifa protesters, I might have been a little concerned.”

—Senator Ron Johnson(R), WI.

This is the agenda of the Senate GOP… and this is the agenda of the entire National Republican Party.

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https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/542796-arizona-house-republican-says-party-thinks-everybody-shouldnt-be-voting 

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https://blackvotersmatterfund.org/news/g-a-voter-restrictions-are-blatant-voter-suppression-elected-leaders-business-community-must-take-a-stand/ 

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STAND UP and SPEAK OUT! 

Make sure everybody knows exactly where you STAND. Coca-Cola, Home Depot, UPS… will you be supporting DEMOCRACY in the future, or will the American People have to take their business somewhere else? Now is not the time to be silent! 

To be SILENT is to be COMPLICIT. 

The problems we face as a Nation can be solved, but only if we STAND united… as Equals. The MAJORITY of this Nation supports Democracy.

… where do YOU stand? 

-JC 

… where did you STAND?

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Well good… now that THAT’S over with. I guess we can all move on.
Now that everything’s settled.
Now that everyone’s reached some kind of definitive conclusion.

Some may see things differently than others. Some may disagree completely on what is FACT and what is not. Unfortunately, no matter how you see things, I think we can all agree that there’s no good news to report from our recent PAST. But, things are looking good for our future… that’s if we are willing to learn from our mistakes.

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Because it’s on full display! Right NOW, upon the World Stage… HYPOCRISY! In the United States Senate. Evidence, if presented in any other Federal Courtroom would lead to conviction… dismissed and IGNORED by our Elected Officials.

It must be nice to have a Senator in your pocket. 

… but that sort of thing doesn’t happen in my daily life.

If I break the law, or one of my friends or a family member were to act in such a way… there’s no special consideration given to that situation. There is no Gang of Eight who will attempt to sway opinion by withholding evidence or testimony in that case… the Wheels of Justice simply turn.


… and oh, isn’t it sad. Isn’t it a shame. Another life wasted, fallen to a life of crime. Another criminal behind BARS, another perp off the street…

Who ARE these people?! Ye, GODS amongst Men? How is this even close to being Representative of our NATION, of our DAILY LIVES?

This is the Vision of Governance they wish to see.
This is Justice, in the eyes of our Elected Officials.

Who’s interests do they REPRESENT. 

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This is the road they have paved. Through their actions, by their VOTE. They have affirmed this action. This is not a conclusion to anything… it’s now complete. The Leader of the Republican Party for the foreseeable future will be Donald J. Trump. Everyone needs to understand and prepare for that.

Be it two years, be it four years. Even if it is eight years from now, eventually this question will be raised again. This is not the time to be SILENT. The defense of Democracy means we must act. If we do nothing, THIS is what it will continue to BE!

Fix the gerrymandering, secure the right to vote for ALL Americans, secure our elections from foreign interference, yes to all of it! But at the heart of it all, we’re still securing and defending the same old broken electoral system, that allows us the privilege of choosing between the candidates the DONORS have deemed acceptable.

Government by the dollar. Justice to the highest bidder.

… we all know what the problem is.